Crocheting a blanket can be a stress-reliever, but when you’re almost done, and you see that your blanket is wavy, it can be frustrating. What makes a crochet blanket wavy?
There are several reasons why your crochet blanket is wavy. It can be the tension, the count is off, or the last stitch of the row is placed in the incorrect part of the stitch below. If you are sure that your count is correct, you also have to maintain the same tension on the yarn. Another reason is that the foundation chain is too tight.
Don’t worry if your crochet blanket becomes wavy. There are things you can do to eliminate it.
Things You Can Do to Fix Your Wavy Crochet Blanket
1. You Can Try Using a Bigger Crochet Hook
When you use a bigger crochet hook, it will naturally make the gauge bigger, resulting in loosening the tension.
You can try going up 2 hook sizes from what the yarn label recommends. For instance, your yarn recommends a 5 mm size crochet hook. You can use a 7 mm size hook to prevent your blanket from being wavy.
2. Practice Crocheting More Loosely
Make your stitches a little looser. If you are a naturally “tight stitcher,” you will find this a little difficult, but with practice, you can do it. You have to be relaxed while you’re crocheting. You can try to drape your working yarn in your hand instead of wrapping it around your pinky and over your index finger. When the source of your yarn is looser, your stitches will be looser as well.
Blocking is done by stretching for the yarn to relax in the position you want, resulting in professional and better-looking crochet. It will make your edges straighter and points sharper.
There are different techniques of blocking: The Wet, Finger, and Steam blocking.
Wet blocking takes longer than the other 2 methods; however, the added time needed for air-drying the project will allow the stitches to stay put and relax longer.
Tools you’ll need for wet blocking:
- Sewing pins
- Blocking boards or athletic flooring tiles
- Spray bottle
Here are the steps to wet block your crochet project:
- Have your crochet project pinned to a blocking board (you can use standard sewing pins) in the position you wish for it to stay.
- Saturate your crochet project with some tap water using a spray bottle.
- Allow your crochet project to dry overnight before removing it from the blocking board.
The good news with blocking is that it will not be reversed with washing.
Steam blocking is a faster alternative to wet blocking. However, the result is not as excellent as wet blocking, and you should be more careful with this method. It is still an effective and great method, especially if you don’t have much time.
Tools you’ll need for steam blocking:
- Sewing pins
- Blocking boards or athletic flooring tiles
- Iron with steam setting
Here are the steps to steam block your crochet project:
- Have your crochet project pinned to a blocking board in the position you wish for it to stay.
- Hover your iron on steam setting at least one inch from your crochet project. Then press the steam buttons repeatedly until you cover the entire crochet project.
- Allow your crochet project to fully dry and cool before you remove it from the blocking board.
Here, the concept is the same with wet blocking. The stitches are relaxed and fixed into your desired position, but there is added heat to speed up the blocking process.
You have to be very careful when doing this method. Never place your iron directly on the crochet project, no matter what kind of yarn you used. Animal fibers will begin to felt while acrylics will melt.
Finger blocking is usually used for 3D crochet projects such as flowers. You will only need your fingers for this method; however, the result is not that permanent.
Common Crochet Mistakes
If you are just starting out crocheting, you tend to be more focused, making the right stitches that you fail to notice that your crochet projects are turning out a little wonky.
1. Only Crocheting the Front Loop
One of the most common mistakes, especially for beginners, is crocheting using only the front loop.
Some would even do this for a long time without them realizing it, and they have no idea why their crochet projects look a bit off. It is especially difficult to notice if you only do one-stitch projects such as scarves. However, the mistake becomes more noticeable when you are doing amigurumi or stuffed animals, granny squares, and other complex patterns. You will notice that things won’t even line up, and the crochet project turns out bigger than expected.
When you have fixed the issue, you will notice that the stitches look different. If the front part of your crochet seems a little different from the back, you are probably using only one loop.
2. Crochet Blanket Getting Wider
You might notice when you are crocheting a blanket or a scarf, the number of stitches per row keeps growing, giving the impression that you are making a trapezoid. This happens when you are not starting or stopping on the right spot.
Here are tips on how to avoid the problem:
- Count your stitches.
- Single crochets begin in the 1st stitch of the row, next to the chain.
- Double crochets begin in the 2nd stitch of the row, 1 stitch between it and the chain.
Counting stitches can be tiresome, but what you can do is count the number of stitches in the first row, then when you hit that certain number on the second row, you can stop and then turn.
If your count is correct, but the edge is still uneven, you may be starting in the wrong stitch. It can be tough at first, but you will eventually get a feel for when and where to stop.
3. Overly Tight Stitches
All of us get a little attached to our projects, but holding on tightly will only lead to super tight stitches that are cumbersome to work with. When you are making the 1st row, remember that you still have to fit another row into those loops. If the stitches are too tight, you will find it hard to do the next row.
Remember to relax, have some self-esteem, and believe that the project will work. You also have to remind yourself that it’s impossible for the yarn to run away. You will know if you are holding on too tightly when you have to loosen your grip to allow your yarn through the next stitch and if your hands ache just after a few minutes.
4. Amigurumi is Inside Out
It is the hardest to diagnose but the easiest to solve. You don’t have to rip the stitches to fix it. Would you believe that it will only take a few seconds?
If you are already finished with a crochet project, and it looks too blocky, the stitches look off, or the rows are too pronounced. First, you have to rule out the single-loop problem that was discussed above, try to flip the amigurumi and see if it looks much better.
Tips for a Stress-Free Crocheting
When you are stress-free, you are more likely to produce great pieces. So, here are some tips for stress-free crocheting.
- Take breaks
If you feel tired or you get frustrated with a new stitch, just step away for a few moments and relax. When you work on your project again, your brain is refreshed and you are ready to tackle any pattern.
When you begin a new project, you have to test it before diving in. When you are working with a pattern, you have to make sure the pattern’s gauge matches your gauge.
- Count the rows
You can use a row counter to make it easier for you to count the rows. If you don’t have a counter, you can use a pencil and paper.
- Count the stitches
Count the stitches in every row as you work to prevent your crochet project from being uneven and wavy.
- Join a group for crochet makers
If you need inspiration or new crochet friends, join a group that focuses on crocheting. Members of the group are able to help each other with patterns and tricky stitches.
- Check your posture
Several crafters complain about wrist and back pain. You have to make good posture a habit. Do not slouch and make sure you take breaks whenever your hands start to hurt.
What are the best crochet projects for beginners?
Begin with simple projects like potholders, baby hats, coasters, scarves, and headbands. Start items with minimal designs, then you can work your way up to more intricate designs when you already get the hang of it.
Crocheting takes time to master. You will encounter issues along the way, like a wavy blanket, but keep in mind that there is always a solution to every problem. Do not be disheartened when it happens. Patience and a positive outlook are keys to successful crocheting.