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HELP!! I just can't do it.

Posted by gracie01 (My Page) on
Sun, Sep 28, 08 at 10:30

I have a shawl pattern with homespun yarn & a size J crochet hook. I need to chain 139 first. I've twice ripped out my work because the chains "disappear" to my eye. Should I try a larger hook? I'm trying to chain loosely, but I still can't seem to "find" the stitches.

p.s. this is my first attempt with homespun yarn.


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RE: HELP!! I just can't do it.

I can understatand this, and I'm sure others here will be more helpful than I--but are you saying you are having trouble getting the chain done, or is it difficult to work the second row into those chains?

I don't think a larger hook would help.


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RE: HELP!! I just can't do it.

It is the yarn.


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RE: HELP!! I just can't do it.

Well it is the yarn, but how can Gracie get through this difficult start? I was wondering if you could make your starting chain with the homespun and a second thinner yarn of contrasting color and then clip it out later. Just a thought--I've never tried it.


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RE: HELP!! I just can't do it.

While you could do as socks suggested, I expect you will have the same trouble all through your piece. Crocheting with homespun is a chore. At least in knitting, you can see all your stitches on the needle. You might try crocheting the entire piece with another yarn or thread held together with the homespun.


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RE: HELP!! I just can't do it.

Thanks all, you know I think I'll try some scrap yarn with the homespun. I made the chain last night, then when making the first row of stitches I had some chain left over, but my stitch count was correct, so obviously I was putting more than one stitch in each chain. Wish me luck, or else the yarn is going back to the store.


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RE: HELP!! I just can't do it.

Keep us posted on how it goes. I think it's a very forgiving yarn as far as small errors go. Good luck.


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RE: HELP!! I just can't do it.

I DID IT!!! I'm happy to report that I used a baby yarn along with the homespun for my chain. It still wasn't easy to find those darn stitches, but it sure helped. Also I used a K hook instead of J. I can't believe the difference in using that K hook. With the J hook the yarn kept snagging on the hook; not so with the K. I'm already done with 4 rows. I am mostly crocheting by "feel" instead of sight, since I've been crocheting for many years. This yarn is defintely NOT for beginners. Thanks everyone for all your help.


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RE: HELP!! I just can't do it.

Glad to hear you wiped that homespun into shape. It is a bit of a challenge.


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RE: HELP!! I just can't do it.

I think I remember having a similar experience with that yarn. You are right, it's not for beginners (or quitters either!) I assume your final product will be bigger because of the bigger hook so watch that.

Congratulations!


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