Tuesday, May 29, 2007

The Curve of Doom

Okay, Ripplers. I took some close-ups of my doomed ripple and marked the increases with pink markers and the decreases with aqua markers. Take a look-see and see if you can figure out what I'm doing wrong- in other words, why the *&%^$$#* is my ripple curving? (I'm using the Soft Waves pattern)

Thanks for your help!!


Emily said...

From what I can see in the swatch, it looks like your increases are fine but your decreases might not actually be decreasing. If you count your stitches, do you still have the same number on each row or is the number of stitches increasing?

Also, in your close-ups, it doesn't look like your increases and decreases are stacked on top of each other. When you're doing an increase, you should be above the spot on the last row where you did an increase. Same for the decreases.

Hopefully that will clear things up. If it doesn't, I can try to post photos of a decrease and/or a diagram of how the stitches line up if you think that might help.

Dawn said...

OK darling, it is now clear as a bell. Your increases, putting 2 dc in the same stitch, are fine, but the decreases aren't. You care decreasing in the same stitch, so in effect you aren't decreasing at all. You need to start a dc in one stitch, pull through 2 loops, leaving 2 on the hook, insert your hook in the NEXT stitch over (make sure you're on the other side of the post, that is a good visual marker)and start a second dc, pull through 2 loops, then finish both stitches off together by pulling through the last 3 loops on the hook in one fell swoop....making 2 stitches in the row below into one in your working row.

i hope that's clear, it seems a bit awkward to me.

check out this tutorial at stitch diva studios and see if the pictures there help:


Dawn said...

um, and looking again, in the second row it looks like you may be doing some half double stitches along with your doubles. that too is going to goof with your height and throw things wonky.

half doubles start the same as doubles, but you pull through all of the loops at one time instead of taking them in groups of 2.

again, stitch diva has some great pictures in their tutorials that should make it clear.

nutnoh said...

Oh cool - you can make little rainbows out of them! :D Looks like you figured things out already. Enjoy!

rhonda said...

Wow. This totally was my "lightbulb" moment... I am just starting out on my FIRSt ever ripple pattern and it is, of course, the soft waves. But I am doing a swatch of JUST 12+3 and I have been coming up with some extra chains after just one go with Row 1. BUT the dc2tog instructions totally rocked, Dawn! Thanks! My swatch looks great and I have dc2tog down pat. I'll let you know my progress! Thanks!