I am trying to make a blanket that has me decreasing. The pattern says to dc3tog over the next 3 stitches and I have looked in my book-crochet for dummies and online for how to do that. Every time I think I've got it half way through the second row my project appears lumpy instead of flat and smooth like the picture. I have taken it out now at least 10 times and started over, all with the same result. What am I doing wrong? Please help.
This is one way to explain it: (Yarn over, insert hook in next stitch, pull up loop, yarn over and pull through 2 loops on hook) three times. Then, yarn over and pull through all loops on hook.
Good luck! I hope this helps...
It might look "lumpy" just because it's not worked further yet... or blocked after project completion.
Think of decreasing stitches like making a small dart, and increasing like a making a small gusset. Darts and gussets in clothing are used to nip in areas and curve out areas because the human body isn't a flat board (even for those of us less well-endowed). In dress-making, a dart or a gusset, just sewn, looks pretty terrible -- it needs to be ironed. Think of crocheting the same way. Working the next row over will help smooth the bumps, and so will blocking the project to size after completion.