Instructions showing calculations how to resize a knit blanket, washcloth or towel. Easy explanation for use with any flat kit

One of the most common knitting questions that I am asked is how to resize a knit blanket, a washcloth or a towel. So, let’s take a minute to review that process.

It’s a relatively easy math equation, for which you need several variables:

The Gauge, the Desired Length, and the Stitch Multiple

For our first example of how to resize a knit blanket, let’s look at the Diagonal Basketweave Stitch Blanket:

  • Per the pattern, we have a multiple of 2 stitches plus 1
  • For the yarn used, we have a gauge of 2.5 stitches per inch
  • The pattern instructs to cast on 149 stitches for a blanket the width of 59″.
  • The formula we need is:  Gauge X Width= Number of Stitches
  • As the pattern is written: 2.5 X 59 =147.5/148 PLUS 1 = 149 Stitches
  • We round up because we need that multiple of 2 stitches.
  • So, if you wanted a blanket that was 25″ wide and you have a yarn with the same gauge, then:

2.5 X 25″ = 63.5/64 stitches PLUS 1.

 

Another example would be the Linen Stitch Blanket:

  • Per the pattern, we have a multiple of 2 stitches
  • With the yarn used, we have a gauge of 5 stitches per inch
  • The pattern instructs to cast on 250 stitches for a blanket the width of 52″ (not including fringe, just the blanket which is 50″ and the crochet edge which is 1″ on each side)
  • The formula we need is: Gauge X Width= Number of Stitches to cast on
  • As the pattern is written: 5 X 50 =250 cast on stitches
  • So, if you wanted a blanket that was 25″ wide and you have a yarn with the same gauge, then:

5 X 25″ = 125 cast on stitches

 

For our final example on how to resize a knit blanket, let’s look at the Cloverleaf Eyelet Baby Blanket:I am head over heels in love with this precious baby blanket. Pattern and instructions on how to make this knit baby blanket using the clover eyelet and crocheted cloverleaf border, with videos to provide further instructions to diy this sweet baby blanket. One of my all-time favorite knit projects.

  • We have a multiple of 6 stitches plus 1
  • We have a gauge of 5 stitches per inch
  • The pattern instructs to cast on 191 stitches for a blanket the width of 38″ (not including border, just the blanket). The multiple means we need to be a little flexible with the calculations…we just need to make sure we that the number of stitches we cast on sticks with the multiple.
  • Gauge X Width= Number of Stitches to cast on
  • 5 X 38 =190 PLUS 1= 191 cast on stitches
  • So, if you wanted a blanket that was 25″ wide and you have a yarn with the same gauge, then:

5 X 25″ = 125 PLUS 1 = 126 cast on stitches

I hope these illustrations of the calculations will help you resize a knit blanket, washcloth or towel. If you do have further questions, absolutely let me know.  I will gladly add to this post as needed.

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Instructions showing calculations how to resize a knit blanket, washcloth or towel. Easy explanation for use with any flat kit

 

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