Kim (frankiedavis)'s reply: I’m thinking you want to be tighter, with a smaller hook, and maybe a not very stretchy thread. usually when I am joining a sc into a previous round, I go through both loops of the stitch. I use the back loop only for rows or places where I want a defining line. But for joining with one stitch, you want a little more strength, and using 2 loops will also prevent that one loop from stretching out. Hope this helps!
Christina: so I made the suggested changes so does this look right? Or do I need to go down another needle size?
Lori (loriart): It looks really nice to me! You are using hooks not needles? Then you can block them, get them wet, pat them in a towel and lay out flat to dry. You can pin them to a perfect shape then too.
Christina: My first attempt at a shamrock it isn’t beautiful but not awful for my first attempt
Kim: If you make a ring (buttony) and sew it in the center, it would be perfect!
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