So I practiced my chain. For about ten minutes. Then I began making another dishcloth. (For what it's worth, I worked on this a lot when we were driving through Kansas, because Kansas is dull, dull, dull. I'm sorry if you live there.) This dishcloth came out..........better. And square-ish. A dishcloth that is all kinds of just adequate. As you can see here:The longer part there, so clearly pointed out by the arrows, was my beginning point. So I think it's safe to say I still need to work on my chain stitch. I know, I know. Also, I feel as if I kept track of my stitches the whole time so I'm thinking my problem might be with my tension. Still. I was really concerned about making my stitches too tight and I think I overcompensated by making some too loose. Especially on my chain. Does that sound feasible?
I think my single crochet stitch is pretty good. Not great, but good enough and continuing to improve. Sometimes downright pretty.
My next questions would be, How do I finish it? Is there a different stitch I do around the sides to neaten it all up and give it a more polished look? Do my sides even look right, because honestly, I'm not sure I'm doing it properly? I went to Youtube but couldn't really narrow down what I needed to do or even what term to search for. A little help here? I've been using this dish cloth as-is and it's not fallen apart yet, so I'm guessing that it's okay.
In the meantime, Jodi was kind enough to send me some yarn, being modeled here by my lovely assistant:Guess what I've begun working on? That's right, another dishcloth. I'm not giving up until I can make one totally square. Either that, or I can start a business crocheting dishcloths for geometry lovers, since apparently I can make things like trapezoids or hexagons without really even trying.