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Chatty Knitter

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Posted - 12/12/2005 :  12:54:01 AM  Show Profile  Visit love2stamp's Homepage Send love2stamp a Private Message
Okay, so. I've crocheted for years, but it was always the "mom taught me some things, and I ran with those" method. For the most part, I wasn't really sure what I was doing. In the meantime, I've knitted for about 2 years now, but now I also want to grok crochet.

So, here's the thing. I thought the Turkish Treasure scarf in "Scarf Style" looked really cool, and I can handle single crochet, no problem. The yarn called for in the pattern wasn't really available to me, so I substituted. I chose something completely different, and I've worked with it a bit, but BOY is this scarf curling up. The scarf is worked horizontally, and the top and bottom are curling in. I wonder if I've been using the wrong hook size - I looked at the gauge on the label, which of course was aimed at knitters. So I picked a hook that was the same mm as the recommended needles, but maybe that's not right?

OR....what just occurred to me is that I know I tend to knit tightly, so when I'm swatching for knitting, I usually end up one or two needle sizes larger than what the pattern or yarn label recommends. So perhaps I also crochet tightly, and should gone up a hook size or two, and maybe it's the tight crochet that's causing the curl? I know I've crocheted large blocks of fabric before (e.g., kitty blanket), and they don't curl, but honestly, NO IDEA on how I picked a hook.

I know that was long-winded, but anything anyone can say might help me out here. The yarn I'm using is Rowan Wool Cotton, and I used a 4mm hook.


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Warming Up

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Posted - 12/16/2005 :  11:40:54 AM  Show Profile  Visit needlestohook's Homepage Send needlestohook a Private Message
Hi Emy,

I think I can help you out, but I need to see the scarf pattern you are having trouble with. Is it possible for you to send it to me in through a private message? I hope we can work something out.

Yours in Christ,

Merry Christmas everyone!
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The Irish Ewe
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Posted - 12/17/2005 :  05:24:28 AM  Show Profile  Visit The Irish Ewe's Homepage Send The Irish Ewe a Private Message
Er, she can't send you the pattern, as it's in a book, and copyrights are involved here.

Emy, I think you are right in that if you go up a size or two, the curling should lessen. It may not stop it, but there is always blocking. If I recall I had to go up one size when I made that scarf. Swatch, and see if you like the drape before and after blocking. And post a picture when you're done, I never got a pic of mine before it went (it was a custom order for a customer), been itching to crochet something for a while, maybe I'll give this scarf another whirl :)

The Irish Ewe
Norway, Maine
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Seriously Hooked

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Posted - 01/02/2006 :  12:42:50 PM  Show Profile  Visit crzyboutyarn's Homepage Send crzyboutyarn a Private Message
Did you do your gage? I have Knitted for years and I crochet all the time....I never do a gage, but that is just me. I usually say if you are using a yarn that is thinner that the weight recomended I use a smaller hook in order to prevent holes or and Larger with a thicker yarn. The best yarn to crochet with EVER it diana....I love to crochet with that, it always comes out beautiful. I just crocheted a sweater for my dog and she loves it. Hope this helps, if you have any questions you can just email me or PM me....

~Courtney [IMG][/IMG]
So many projects, so little time!
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Chatty Knitter

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Posted - 01/03/2006 :  12:42:02 AM  Show Profile Send knittingkeri a Private Message
I think that if you knit tightly, you probably would crochet tightly, even more so maybe. I knit very loose, I have to drop at least 2 needle sizes to get a good gauge. Even then, I have to go up a size in crochet hooks because it does not drape properly. (Caron simply soft recommended size 4.5mm (8): i knit on 6's and crochet on an I(5.5mm, size 9). Hope this helps!!!

May all of your days be as blessed as those I wish for myself,
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Gabber Extraordinaire

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Posted - 01/03/2006 :  09:21:38 AM  Show Profile Send sparkleplenty a Private Message
Your foundation row might be tight too. I tend to start with a tight foundation row and so I get some curling from that.

If I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning.
~Mahatma Gandhi
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