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Having just ripped out half of a sweater, please learn from my mistake! I've discovered that, when I get into my crochet groove and start picking up speed, my stitches start to get tighter. As a result, my fabric was getting narrower as I was working more length. What started out as 46 inches across had ended up being about 44 inches across once the piece was about 9 inches long! So, keep relaxed and steady in your yarn tension and measure your piece often!