Tuesday, February 16, 2010

my granny is twisted!

...this granny is spinning out of control...


I am on the verge of ripping out and starting over,
but I don't know how to prevent the next attempt from
ending up in the same twisted fashion...
anyone know what might be causing my twisted granny...


I know that blocking works wonders...
but knowing there is already trouble....do I turn back now
and try again...HELP!!!!!

22 comments:

Karen Anne said...

Is this crocheting, about which I know nothing?

But I will hazard a guess - you're maybe holding it too tightly as you work on one end, thus reducing the stitch size?

Kristy said...

I just finished working on a large granny afghan/throw and the same thing was happening; but it all worked out in the end. I don't know the real reason why it happens; but I think it has something to do with the fact that you are continously working around the block in the same direction. You are in effect twisting it yourself. One possible solution I can think of would be to flip the block over and start from a different corner. This way you would be twisting it in the opposite direction...righting it. give it a go on a few rows and see if it works.

Teresa aka MarieSews said...

This same thing happens to me which is why I don't do large granny squares very often. My guess is that it has to do with the tension changing over time, which is what Karen Anne suggested as well. As the square gets larger I think it is harder to maintain the tension. I'm sure there is a someone more of an expert in crocheting who could give a more definitive answer. Maybe at your local yarn shop (if there is one near you!).

Leslie said...

I asked Google and found this, an easy answer, yay!

http://blog.sewhooked.org/2008/11/15/crochet-turn-around-granny/

Ann's blog said...

Hello, I also crochet granny squares and when making a blanket like yours it does twist, I don't think there is anything you can do about it and agree with the previous message, that is happens because you are going around and around!!!
I am also adopted, now 47 years old!

Jeni said...

keep going it will be o.k.

Carolyn S. said...

I have dabbled in crocheting so I don't know enough about it to help you. Sorry. But, I am bound and determined to crochet a granny square afghan and just purchased a fabulous book -- 200 Crochet Blocks for blankets, throws and afghans by Jan Eaton. You should check it out.

Miri said...

No technical help-I've only crocheted rag rugs-but your granny squares colors are lovely!

Kris said...

I have crocheted many granny square afghans and blankets and they all have a twist in the middle. Our kids say it's my signature and doesn't effect the warmth or pleasure people get from using them. The only time it will really show is when you have it stretched out like it is now. I have tried attaching the colors at different spots and it still happens. It is a beautiful afghan so don't fret over much about the twist.
Kris

Rocky Creek Scotties and Java said...

I have no idea what makes it twist, but I really like it this way.

kpaints said...

It's not a wonky quilt, it's a wonky afghan! I love it just the way it is! Cute!

Melissa said...

I have no advice, but I like the way it looks as it is!

Nicole Spring (Frontier Dreams) said...

I know nothing about crocheting but I have to say it is beautiful!

Heather said...

I wonder if it really is twisted or an optical illusion? I am not a good crocheter, I can never get my tension correct and everything is way too short.

michellebradford said...

You know if you make the same mistake all the way through, it is not a mistake anymore. :) Ha!
I have never had this happen...and I have made plenty of granny squares. If I haven't ruined the day I will take a totally wild guess. It might be in the transition to the next round. Are you chaining to get to the next round? Adding or subtracting a double crochet. It looks square until you get to round 7 or 8.
What I would do...start on the next one and turn this into a coordinating quilted pillow attached to the front. Or better yet, frame it in a shadow box for remembering. Just like quilting, we cannot make this into a pretend square.
I love your color choices! Don't take it out. I love the square too... double check your instructions and start over.
Love Always,
In stitches too!
Michelle

Sarah said...

I really wish I knew how to crochet! I didn't make those Easter bunnies because I don't know how to crochet. Thanks for your comment on my blog. It was fun to stop by here.

Anonymous said...

You need to count the stitches from the beginning to make sure that each side has exactly the same number. It's easy to make this mistake and as the perimeter gets larger, the one or two stitches "off" (too many or too few) even in just one location will create a seriously wonky "expanding granny" (what I like to call them. Once you start it out nice and square, you will probably figure out some repeating mistake you are making, or at least that's what I discovered after having this same problem. It's been a while since you posted this entry, what did you end up doing with it?

Debbie

Valula Hedgehog said...

Oooo, mine always does that too!

Yours in very pretty :-)

Fernanda said...

Lindas cores !!!

Katy~The Country Blossom said...

I think it looks wonderful. I think the lil twist gives it some character! :)

Anonymous said...

Has nothing to do with tension. If you turn your squares each row you will stop the twisting!

Anonymous said...

If you turn your work over each round, your afghan will be straight and not twisted. Also it will be reversible. Good luck.