How Many Chains Do you Need to Start An Afghan?
We are constantly asked how many chains do you need to do certain size afghans. Using my crochet hook and measuring tape, I figured out the average chain counts you need to do in order to get close to size you want.
I am assuming 4 ply worsted yarn in the Medium 4 Weight Category. Yarn included in this category are examples like Caron Simply Soft, Caron One Pound, Bernat Super Value and etc. Just look at the ball band for the weight level of the yarn.
I have provided in the worksheet below how many stitches I had per inch. I have done the math for you. But if you want to do the math on any other yarn types or hook types. This is what you can do.
- Crochet a 3 Inch Chain.
- 1 sc 2nd Chain from hook and sc in each chain across. Turn.
- Ch 2, 1 hdc in each stitch across. Turn.
- Repeat last step 3 more times.
- Using a measuring tape, measure how many stitches per inch. It round to nearly 1/4 inch.
- Using that number how many stitches you had in an inch, times by the width you want. If you get a number with a decimal point, round to the nearest whole number.
- 3.75 stitches per inch x 39″ (twin size) = 146.25. Round to 146 stitches. That’s your starting chain.
The larger the hook you use, the less stitches you will have to do across a row. It’s something to consider for time and effort with your afghan.
You are welcome to click onto the picture to open the PDF. This will allow you to save or print my worksheet.
- I have provided 4 sizes of hooks which include the standard 5 mm / H Hook to 6.5 mm / J Hook that is typically suggested for this yarn level.