Slip Stitch

@SomeCowgirl (32273)
United States
February 4, 2009 11:19pm CST
I can not properly execute a slip stitch for some reason or the other, and I am not really sure why. I think it has something to do with my tension, but whenever I do a slip stitch it is either too knotted or it is to loose and can be torn. Recently our chihuahua's have ruined one of my crochet projects and I know that it is partially because I am not perfect at making slip stitches and often times make them in the wrong places. My work gets worn before it can even be admired. Does anyone have any advice for me? I'd really like to learn to crochet, and if not crochet a craft that I could do which is enjoyable, and fun, something that will relieve stress. If I had a camera with film I'd show you what my project looks like.
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@pinkap (48)
• United States
17 Feb 09
Hey there, It sounds to me like your tension is off. Most of the time whenever I have a student come to me with this problem I usually have them practice! practice! practice! One of the favorites that my students have said was making wash cloths in the different stitches. Cotton does tend to be a bit 'sticky' so I usually don't like to have them working with the usual Sugar'n Cream or Bernat Handicrafter. There are some really nice cotton blends - either with acrylic or soysilk where the yarn is smooth with a little tighter than normal spin. Sometimes the yarn is a bit more expensive but it's well worth it. Not only will you learn but you will learn on something that is easier to work with. Plus you'll have some really cuddly soft wash cloths at the end. Start with a square cloth made is sc, the dc, then alternate some of the basic stitches around to get some kind of pattern. When it comes to slip stitch, try working just slip stitch - row after row - it will look a lot like knitted ribbing and it makes a really nice wash cloth for keep cleaning (all of those ridges!). :-) I would love to continue looking further into your crochet to see how else I can help. Maybe you've already done everthing above but are still having trouble? We can take it step by step and figure it out together. :-) :-) Take care, Pinka http://pinkap.blogspot.com http://pinkap.etsy.com
@SomeCowgirl (32273)
• United States
17 Feb 09
Thank you and I will definitely be looking at your websites soon. I see one is a store! I work with worsted weight, red hear super saver... so that might be the problem. I don't have time now to look into what I am doing wrong, but will later. I appreciate the response.
@pinkap (48)
• United States
17 Feb 09
They sweetie, there is nothing wrong with Red Heart Supersaver - it's an awesome yarn but if you unravel a but too much, it will start to split and make your crocheting practice a living nightmare. :-) When you're ready to start taking a look at your crocheting again, just let me know. :-)
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@SomeCowgirl (32273)
• United States
18 Feb 09
I appreciate it! Thanks for all the info on what's easier to use.