I am new to the community as well as to crocheting. My grandmother taught me the basics of how to knit when I was about 20 and I really really enjoyed it. A few months ago, my brother's girlfriend crochet him a blanket for christmas and I was floored at the detail you could get with just a hook and some yarn. I wanted to do it, it looked so fun. She taught me how to start and how things worked and she said that, it would be good to get a book too for when she is not visiting and if I forget what she had taught me. I bought a book and started trying to crochet a few things from it but, the book seemed wrong. It was telling me to decrease or cast off when the project wasn't even started, it was telling me to increase in the middle of something with no way of recovering in the end, you know like making a boarder around the piece or whatever. I was rather disheartened and I was kind of mad that I spent money on a book that wasn't helping.
I decided after a while that I wanted to make a scarf for my fiance, and that I was just going to use the basic things the book had told me to you, which was the chain and the single stitch and the double stitch. I started with the single and then went to double and then went back to single, and that is the pattern I have been using, I was also chaining one up for the single and two up for the double. I thought I was doing really good, until I laid it out to take a picture of it. Oh man...the edges were very uneven, sometimes it looked like it was flaring out, other times it looked like I was strangling it with how far it was pulled in. He says he likes it no matter what it looks like but, I want to be able to make straight edges at least for later projects lol. I want to know what I'm doing wrong, because, i don't know how i increased in the time I did, or decreased in the times i did. I'm kind of teaching myself at this point because, not even my brother's girlfriend knows how in the world i did it lol.
I was thinking of going back and taking 4 days work out of it and starting again from where it looks even but, that's A LOT or hours and A LOT of work to be just ripping out and starting from scratch. Is there a way I can fix it now, even this far in, or is it doomed to look like this. I was half tempted to tell him that it was ripped directly from the night sky with how bad the edges are lol, but, if I can fix it, I will lol.
Thank you, THANK YOU so much for your help and feedback.
Edited by O-Castitatis-Lilium, 30 January 2013 - 02:32 PM.