I’m teaching myself how to crochet and, while I’ve somewhat masters the chain and single-crochet stitches, how do I keep my work from twisting? I look like I’m crocheting a wood shaving. ;_;
Twisting can be a couple of things, depending on how it is twisting. Some degree of twisting or rolling is natural to crochet (and really most fiber arts that involve yarn).
If there is a sudden twist, or what looks like a bend to your work, you may have accidentally put a stitch in the wrong position of the previous stitch. This often happens when working the first row of stitches into your chain. Mostly, it doesn’t cause long term issues, but you can always rip the stitches out and redo that section.
If the chain/piece seems to be spiraling, it may be because of tension and/or material. Tension is difficult to maintain at the beginning of the piece, before you have really hit a stride in the work, especially if you are just beginning. Don’t worry about it, just be careful to stitch in the appropriate places, and the piece will most likely be fine. Just take care to try to make your stitches the same tightness. An effective way of managing that is just being aware of how much yarn passes through your fingers as you stitch and how tensely you hold the yarn/piece.
If you have been working for a while, and the piece seems to be curling a bit on the ends/edges, most likely it is just the natural pull of the yarn as you work it. There isn’t a whole lot you can do about it, especially in pieces that require tighter/smaller stitches. After the piece is done, however, you can always block it.
Blocking is a process by which you reshape your piece to how you would like it to look. It is most often used for flat pieces like scarves, squares, blankets, and the like.