Hi everybody! One of the things I get asked a lot about crocheting is how to keep your edges straight. Sometimes you’re just crocheting along and then you realize your side edges are slanting? Maybe your work is starting to look like a triangle on one or both edges and you don’t know why?
Here are a couple tips to help you out with this. And don’t be discouraged, this is a really common thing when you are first starting to crochet. It just takes practice!
First check your row count - if you’re supposed to have 20 stitches in the row, do you? Did you remember to count the turning chain? This will be a chain 1 if working in single crochet or a chain 2 or 3 if working in double crochet, for example. Most patterns will have you count that turning chain as if it’s a regular stitch.
If you count your stitches every couple rows, it will help you to stay on track. If you’ve missed or dropped a stitch, or accidentally put two stitches in one spot, you’ll catch it sooner and be able to fix it quicker. I know, counting’s not fun, but it does help keep your edges straight!
Tip 2 - make sure you’re putting a stitch into that turning chain from the previous row. This shows up at the end of the current row you’re working on, but It’s super easy to forget that the turning chain is there and just keep going without it. This is the most common reason I’ve seen when someone’s edges aren’t straight. Skipping that turning chain will decrease your edge by one stitch each row and your edge will slope. So when you get to the end of each row, just check and make sure you’ve put a stitch into that pesky turning chain.
That’s it for today’s beginner crochet tips! Look for more in the future and if you have any questions about your own crochet, leave a comment! I’d love to see if I can help you figure it out.