Why Is My Crochet Square a Parallelogram?


Recently I was working on a project for a future issue of Crochet World. It was to be a set of super simple crocheted squares. I had what I wanted to do in mind. I made the small square and it seemed off. I thought “hmmm, that will probably block out square.” And so I moved on to the next larger one. Eek, it had the same issue but was even worse. They looked like parallelograms; not squares.

What was happening? I had no clue but I knew it wouldn’t block out. So I did some research online and finally found out what the problem was.

Think about when you crochet. Your finished stitch slopes one direction or the other depending upon if you are right handed or left handed. When you turn your work it slopes the opposite direction. In my brain, I wanted a row of sc followed by a row of dc and I wanted to alter this throughout to keep it simple. Since the taller stitches all happened on the same row at the same interval, the slope of those stitches was more prominent and therefore the piece wanted to slope in that direction. Ahhhhhh….light bulb.

So ultimately I didn’t go with the above design since I truly did want a square. I needed something that either used the taller stitches on the wrong side of the work as well or I needed to stick with stitches closer to the same height throughout. Since it took me some digging to find the solution, I figured you all would appreciate this little tidbit of information as well.

—Britt Schmiesing, editor


2 responses to “Why Is My Crochet Square a Parallelogram?”

  1. I lv crocheting but known only GRANNYSQUSRS STICH ?! I WOULD LV TOBRACH OUT TO A FEW DIFFERENT ONES. I HAVE MADE ONE BIG GS AFAGAN BUT IN DIFFERENT COLORS ALL CAME OUT JUST RIGHT BUT ITS ONE BIG GS . I HAVE MSDE SMALLAR GS BUT PUTTING TOGETHER CORNER TO CORNER DOESNT LOOK RIGHT RIPP RIPP SO THEN JUST MAKE ONE BIG GS WHICH I GET MAD @ MYSELF WANT TO LEARN MORE. I AM 87 NOW NOT MUCH TIME IN LIFE BUT I WANT TO GO.OUT IN STICHES THAT I LEARNED LOL I ALSO WANT TO TEACH MY ADULT GRANDDAUGHTERS THEY BOTH SAID THEY WOULD LIKE TO LEARN ONE IS LEFT HANDED THAT WILL B HARD FOR ME.BUT SHES AN ARTIST 🎨 ON CANVAS & TILES BEAUTIFUL WORK SHE SELLS @ FAIRS ITS COLOR ART NOT STILLS OR SCENERY. SHE BLENDS HER COLORS ITS BEAUTIFUL! GRANNY BRAGING. SHE WAS FEATURE @ MELION ITALY MUSEUM OF ART IN SUMMER OF 2023. MY OTHER GD IS A HS SICENCE TEACHER BIO/ CHEM PROUD OF THEM BOTH THEY WANT TO LEARN & IF I CAN TEACH THEM A SIMPLE STITCH THEN THEY CAN LEARN MORE BUT GRANNY HERE TAUGHT THE 1ST STICH LOL
    I do not have a computer or do.not know how to use one .. Just my cell & email lol

    • Well I hope you can teach them. We have kits available at Annieskitclubs.com. The Hook & Needle kits have some video explanations that go along with them. But the afghan kit clubs are the ones with full tutorials of every step. There are even left handed videos. If you get them rolling with some basics, they could tackle them or perhaps you all could just work on one together.

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