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how to fix uneven crochet edges

how to fix uneven edges on a crochet rectangle. Simple and easy trick to make your sides even... without undoing any of your work

crochet shrinking sides?

    Do your rectangular projects worked in rows ever look lopsided?  Grow smaller (or larger) as you go?   Are you ever afraid your rectangular afghan will turn out to be more like a triangle?
   I've been there before.  I stopped working my rag rugs in rows because I was becoming so frustrated with frogging my work.  It was brutal to rip out rows of stitches that I had given hours of my life to make.
   There are ways to prevent this problem from happening in the first place.  Proper techniques to keep your edges lined up.  That is not what this post is about.
   This is a technique for when you have uneven edges on a complete or nearly complete project.  This is a way to salvage what you have without frogging a single stitch.

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  This tip is a way to even up the edges so that your crocheted item will look like the rectangle it was meant to be without having to pull out any of the work that you have already completed.   
  When I use this technique on a rag rug made from fabric yarn, the bulk hides the stitch changes.  Plus, the fact that rugs are seen from at least five feet away helps disguise any stitch inconsistencies.  This works the best on an item like a recycled denim rag rug or anything else that is randomly colored or without a high contrast patterns, It works better for a hit or miss than for a black and white striped rug, .
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​​HOW I FIX UNEVEN SIDES WITHOUT UNDOING A SINGLE STITCH

When I have a rectangle with uneven edges, I have one trick that will almost always fix the problem.   I use stitch changes in an outside border to even everything out.  Sometimes one row is enough to get things looking alright again, but sometimes I use a border two or more rows thick.  
Different crochet stitched have different heights.  I use that to my advantage here.  In areas that are where I want them  to be already, I will use a short stitch like slip stitch or single crochet.  In places that need more volume to reach the rectangles edge, I will use a tall stitch like double crochet.  The height of the tall stitch should make up some of the empty space.  I have made a diagram to show how I do this.

stitch chart for correcting uneven rectangle edges

note - across the top and bottom, where no correction is needed, I will usually work a aingle crochet stitch all the way across the row



​​IN CONCLUSION


​will this trick work for every project?  No, of course not.  Sometimes you have no choice but to frog your work.  
It is not perfect, but this border correcting trick has saved more than one project from being ripped apart.
I hope that it is useful for you as well.  Do you have any tricks to correct your crochet mistakes?  Let me know.  I always am interested in new ideas just in case I might need them in the future.
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This post first appeared on Reragg: No Scrap Wasted, please read the originial post: here

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