Craft Ideas for Adults | 22 July 20155 Common Crochet Problems and Fixes Share article facebook twitter google pinterest It’s incredibly satisfying to finish a crocheting project. But what do you do if you make a mistake in the middle or toward the end? Customize Your Crochet gives you the fixes to all of your crocheting problems! Oops! How Do I Fix That? Sometimes when a garment is totally finished you will realize that everything is not quite as it should be. The edges may not be even or your foundation chain may be too tight and the garment is pulling at the bottom edge. Here are a few tricks that can fix some common problems. Too Tight Foundation Chain If you have chained too tightly and the bottom of your garment is pulling, you can, with a little patience, remove the chain and single crochet a new edge. Cut the first stitch, then work your way carefully across the row, taking out one stitch at a time, and working a single crochet in the free loop. Uneven Edges As you prepare to sew your garment together, or to pick up stitches on the front edge, you might discover that your edges are so uneven it makes sewing or picking up stitches difficult. You can correct this by working a row of stitches along the edge, using combinations of single crochet, half double crochet and double crochet, filling in uneven spaces as you go. Weaving in the Ends Weaving in all ends can be tedious, but for your project to be properly finished, it should look just as good on the inside as it does on the outside. Prepare by leaving long tails as you work. Thread the tail on a yarn needle, and weave the tail into stitches on the wrong side of the garment, working in one direction for a few inches. Then, turn and weave in the opposite direction, weaving into nearby stitches to avoid creating too much bulk. Shoulders Stretched Another common problem with crochet garments is that sometimes the shoulders and back neckline stretch out after wearing or are too loose to begin with which causes the sleeve caps to droop. Reinforcing the area with lace seam binding is a quick fix for this problem. Works like a charm! Blocking If you feel your garment needs blocking, lay it on a padded surface and pin it into shape according to the pattern schematics adjusted for your body measurements. Spray it with a fine mist from a spray bottle, then cover it with a towel and allow to dry. Sometimes gentle steaming is needed, but remember NEVER to rest the iron on the crocheted fabric. Rather, place a damp cloth over the garment and skim the iron gently over the press cloth, allowing the steam to penetrate through to the crocheted fabric. Allow the garment to dry completely before moving it. — Buy from an Online Retailer In North America: In The UK: Take charge of the fit and details of your crocheted garments, with guidance from needle art designer Margaret Hubert! Designers have to create crochet patterns in standard sizes, but very few people’s bodies actually match up to those “average” measurements. Customize Your Crochet teaches crocheters how to adjust standard size patterns to fit their unique measurements. The techniques and processes taught in this book are the same ones that designer Margaret Hubert has used for years to teach classes on custom fitting. With this book, individual crocheters can learn to adjust patterns to fit themselves and the others for whom they crochet. But Customize Your Crochet goes beyond a basic, good fit to help the crocheter create a truly custom garment. Maybe you’d like that neckline a little higher, or you’d like a little flare to the sleeves. With this book, you can add individual details and give your crocheted creations personal style. Diagrams and illustrations are used throughout to explain body shapes and make comparing measurements simple. Step-by-step photography shows the details for garment construction, specific increases, decreases and other shaping methods, as well as finishing techniques and embellishments. Jump in and be confident that your next project will match your shape and style to perfection! Share article facebook twitter google pinterest If you have any comments on this article please contact us or get in touch via social media.