In stitches where there are multiples, meaning that so many chains are required for a repeat pattern to exist, you use that info to figure out the custom size widths you need.
Understanding how to do this allows you to manipulate stitches into other projects besides what is shown on a pattern. In the Button Up Cowl, there is a Stitch Count given for the repeat pattern.
Here’s what the patterns says. STITCH PATTERN – Ch a multiple of 7 + 3
To figure out the width here is what I do:
- Chain in sets of 7… So count 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7. Make a decision if your project is wide enough.
- If your project isn’t wide enough, add another 7 chains and make a decision again. Keep repeating that.
- When you get to the desired size by either holding up the project to something like an existing afghan, bed, couch or even a measuring tape. STOP and then just add 3 at the end of the chain.
Why do this?
This allows you to complete afghans, shawls, pillows, runners and so much more by knowing that the multiple is. Most repeat patterns in afghans have a multiple. This allows designers to not have to write a pattern for unlimited sizing of projects and allows us crocheters to be creative.
In the case of this project. The edges are the same on both sides. The part between the edges keeps repeating itself until you get to near end of your chain. I explain that in the video tutorial.
While our fans are expecting to me to give you a firm chain count… part of this exercise is to understand this concept so you may use this knowledge with 1000’s of patterns online where this type of information is available. It’s good to know.