Alright, everybody knows that mathematics is not my strong point, but not even the SQ fabric calculator can figure this one out for me! I'm about to get a reputation for failing grey cells, but here goes:
I'm thinking of making an afghan out of 12 little patterns (Beatrix Potter) I love and have found a ready made Zweigart Palisade (cotton Novara) afghan with the right number of squares already in it. What could be easier? Well, the patterns are 10cm by 15cm when done on 18 count (they don't give a stitch count unfortunately), but this Zweigart afghan is 14 count and the squares are 18cm by 18cm. So, my question is: how big will these patterns be when stitched on 14 count? will they fit the squares?
It does look like I'm going to be about 10 stitches over on the height though doesn't it... I don't know that I'm clever enough to start modifying patterns to fit bits of fabric. I might have to keep hunting for another ready-made afghan with slightly larger squares.
Good thing Nancy saw this first - I can't figure out anything anymore without the stitch count, to the point of me going to the chart to figure it out. I hope that would be considered progress after all these years of this silly hobby of ours... LOL
Well what I never realised is that those thread counts are actually in inches! Having never used inches in my life, it seems like quite an alien concept. So if it's 18 count, then it's just 18 times whatever your fabric/design width is in inches. Small miracles happen every day!
quote:Originally posted by Alanna Well what I never realised is that those thread counts are actually in inches! Having never used inches in my life, it seems like quite an alien concept. So if it's 18 count, then it's just 18 times whatever your fabric/design width is in inches. Small miracles happen every day!
I've seen the measurements given in centimeters, but it's always in parentheses, and always on the European sites - even there, this craft is managed in English units? Guess I never thought about it... though I should have, because we had that problem where I used to work on an assembly line. All of our directions were of course written in US measurements, which worked for our little company in Ohio; when we expanded to down here in Atlanta, where there is a huge foreign population, and we started to hire lots of people from other countries, I couldn't get a couple of the supervisors to understand that telling them to measure 2" and cut didn't mean anything to them, unless they took the time to teach them how to read our ruler, or we convert everything and rewrite our instructions to include both. They opted to mark the lengths on their desks. It worked, though didn't actually solve the issue....
quote:Originally posted by Alanna Yeah, I think the US is really the only place left in the world where they still use the imperial system... ah, it's ok- we know you guys are 100 years behind the rest of us!
I wouldn't say we're behind - we're just running alongside in a parallel universe