A lot of new crocheters report to us that their projects suffer from mysterious narrowing. Though they don’t intend to reduce stitches, the intended square or rectangle turns into a triangle. It an be quite puzzling.
The reason is almost always caused by not working into the very last stitch of the row. That stitch isn’t always easy to spot, but happily we’ve got the perfect fix. All you need is a couple of ordinary hair clips, like the ones in the picture above.
It’s a very simple trick. Just make the first stitch of your new row and pause for a moment to pop a hair clip into the loop on top of it. It’ll sit there and mind its own business until you come back to it at the end of the following row.
When you get to the end of that following row, you’ll find the last stitch easily, because the clip is holding it for you.
All you have to do is work the last stitch, take out the hair clip, and then, after turning the work around and making your turning chain, you’ll insert it into the top of the first stitch you make on the next row.
Tada! That’s all there is to making perfect even rows. Of course, you can use a locking stitch marker if you like, but hair clips do the job just as well.
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