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Getting Your Motif to Lay Flat

Tips for How to Get Your Motif to Lay Flat

 

Getting Your Motif to Lay Flat

When crocheting, if your shape keeps ruffling and will not lay flat, here are a couple of tips: (try them in this order)

  • First, check to make sure you don’t have too many increases in each round. (Counting stitches is always a good idea to make sure you’re on track.)
  • If your stitch count is good, try a smaller hook size. This will help each stitch take up less space, which will result in less (or hopefully no) ruffling or waving of the motif.
  • If those didn’t work, try a taller stitch (Example: Work an extended sc in place of sc – or extended dc instead of your regular dc.)

For the motif below I had to do both. I went down a hook size and I did an extended stitch.

When your crochet project won't lay flat it can be frustrating! Here are some tips on how you can get it to cooperate and look good.
This was BEFORE I made the changes. 
I didn’t finish it because it was ruffling and I knew it would never lay flat. I tried going down a hook size but it was still rippling. So, I used the smaller hook size and I replaced the regular stitch with an extended stitch. The combination of the two worked.
When your crochet project won't lay flat it can be frustrating! Here are some tips on how you can get it to cooperate and look good.
AFTER CHANGES
By getting your shape as flat as possible in the beginning it will help not only when you block the piece, but also with the finished product.
Happy Crocheting!


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