How to Work Multiple in Crochet Patterns

You have probably seen the term multiple used in projects and instructions before and wondered what it meant. There are a series of numbers given, for example "multiple= 5 plus 3" or "multiple= 8 plus 10". This is the amount of chains that will be needed to for your project. It will help in determining how large you want your project to be. You might have a favorite stitch and want to use it in a baby afgan and a large adult afgan for yourself. Depending on the tension you use when you crochet, the size of your hook and the size yarn you are using; each will factor in to how large your final project will be. In helping with that you have the multiple. In the examples I have used above, the "plus 3" and the "plus 10" are used only one time. They help you get to the point in starting your project so you can complete your main pattern. The numbers before the plus, in this example are the "5" and the "8", determine how many chains you will need for the width of your project. The "5" means that it takes 5 chains to complete the stitch so the work will come out even. The "8" means the same thing, only it will take 8 chains to complete the stitch. Lets say that you are using the pattern that needs 8 to complete the stitch and you want 12 of the pattern stitches in your project. All you do is multiply 12 X 8 = 96. What you do is crochet 96 chains plus 10 more, which is 106 chains to complete the project. Remember, the plus amount is only done once and is for the stitch in the very begining of the project.


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