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Alanna
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5:20 am May 09, 2007

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?

Thanks girls! Get those calculators working! Very Happy

I really ought to be ashamed of myself Embarassed
stitcherfe
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8:49 am May 09, 2007

Alanna: I tried to calculate this out, and this is what I came up with: Confused

Because 2.5 cm = 1 inch,

10cm x15 cm = 7.5 in x 12.5 in which, on 18 count is 135 stitches x 225 stitches

18cmx18cm = 15.5 in x 15.5 in which, on 14 count is 217 stitches x 217 stitches.

So, by these numbers, you're pattern will be 8 stitches over in length.

Hope this is correct and helps. Can you modify the pattern to make it fit? It sounds like it would be fun to do, and really nice.

Happy Stitching! Stitching

Nancy
Alanna
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4:06 am May 10, 2007

Nancy, you are my hero!

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.

Hmmm, I'm sure I'll find one straight away Rolling Eyes
stitcherfe
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9:47 am May 10, 2007

Good luck, Alanna Laughing

Nancy
rifestitch
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3:00 pm May 11, 2007

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... Confused LOL
Alanna
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4:53 pm May 11, 2007

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! Cool
rifestitch
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10:59 am May 16, 2007

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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! Cool


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....
Alanna
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12:24 pm May 16, 2007

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! Wink
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12:40 pm May 16, 2007

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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! Wink


I wouldn't say we're behind - we're just running alongside in a parallel universe Razz
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