How to Calculate the Starting Chain Using Stitch Pattern Multiples
Have you ever seen a pattern with a stitch pattern multiple? Or a starting chain formula?
Basically it will look like this:
Chain a multiple of 8 + 2 chains
To make the stitch pattern work you need to ensure that the starting chain you crochet is divisible by 8 and then you need 2 extra chain stitches for the turning chain.
As an example:
I want to make a blanket that is 10″ wide. It takes me 70 stitches to reach the 10″ size I want – the stitch pattern I want to use has the stitch pattern multiple of:
Chain a multiple of 6 + 2 chains
6 does not go evenly into 70 – you now need to modify the number of stitches in your starting chain to make the stitch pattern multiple (for your chosen stitch pattern) work!
It is really quite simple to do – you can either add extra stitches or take stitches away…
6 x 11 = 66
66 + 2 = 68
I will then take two stitches out of my starting chain – to make it 68 stitches in total length. This will allow the stitch pattern I chose to repeat 11 times across the width of my project.
Knowing how to apply this formula allows you to:
- use your own choice of yarn
- use your own choice of hook
- use your own measurements for crochet projects (i.e. Baby Blankets or King Sized Blankets – totally up to you!)