crochet dreads need help.
its up to you whether to start over or continue. but clearly never use the hook again!
once and done yes its a mistake but not fatal one. it will take tiime to recover but will still be ok
natural is best but does take care to prevent or accept huge dreads. choosing another option to have some controls fine but its still best to then leave them alone from then on. that way your not adding to the harm and they can remain as healthy as can be
dont beat yourself up for starting a less then optimal way. just treat them better from here on out
if dreading is spiritual or meaningful to you though you might want to start over naturally for that reason
fwiw, my 1st set had huge fat crazy dreads too. i separated this set early on alot more and glad i did
18 years in i stopped though almost entirely now only separate the already big ones, letting the rest congo andget fatter