AJK0207 - resizing an afghan pattern

A friend gave me a knitting pattern for an adult afghan and I would like to adapt it to a baby afghan but not sure how many stitches to start with.

Also, this pattern is knit singly but when finished you can separate the back from the front - I don't understand why that is but I love the feature of it.

The adult pattern is as follows:

Number 5 round needle
14 skeins of Dazzle yarn (more or less depending on how long you want the afghan. (use of skein for fringe)

Cast on 240 stitches.
Knit for 6 rows

1st row of pattern

Knit 3 stitches *yarn over, slip stitch, knit 1 stitch*
Repeat between asterisks up to the last 3 stitches
Knit the 3 stitches
2nd row of pattern and all following rows.
Knit 3 stitches *yarn over, slip one, drop next stitch, knit 1* Repeat between asterisks up to the last three stitches. Knit the 3 stitches.

(Note the stitch that is dropped is always the yarn over of the previous row)

Continue to repeat this last row over and over until piece is about 3/4 of an inch less than desired finished length. The final row of the pattern stitch is the same as the previous row, except that you DO NOT make any yarn overs.

After completing the last row, work 6 rows in garter stitch and bind off loosely. Cut 8 inch lengths for fringe.

Can you tell me how many stitches I would need to cast on for a baby afghan?

Thank you so much. (Also how does this create the space in between the front and back.


You have me intrigued with this one. The answer to one of your questions is quite easy.

Basically what you need to do is to measure the adult size and do a bit of math to calculate the number of stitches for a smaller version.

You divide 240 by the total width measurement, so that you get the number of stitches per inch or per centimetre depending on which measurement you use.

Then multiply the number of stitches by the width you want the baby afghan to be to get a rough number of stitches. To make the pattern work you need 6 plus a multiple of 2, so if you have an uneven number in your rough total add or deduct one stitch and you are good to go.

The other part of your question, how does the finished article "unfold" I am assuming that it is due to the stitch pattern. I haven't knitted this stitch before so I am going to have to try it and see how the effect works!

I will come back and add to your answer when I have had a play...

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Sounds like double knitting 2 me !
by: Nittykitty

I could be wrong but, if you were
to remove the phrase, "drop the
next stitch", you would have the
instructions for, double-knitting.
They may be telling you not to
work the slipped loop. Since they
are telling you that you will end up
with two sides it must be double
knit work. Instructions can be made
less clear when they throw in extra
words that they think will help you
I do not like the phrase, "dropped-
stitch" when they mean to say elongated
stitch. And if I am right about YOUR
instructions of two separate sides
it can only be double knitting.
I am double knitting a project right
now. I am a big proponent of double
knitting. It is the only way to
make "two separate sides."
It is my considered opinion that they
should never have added "drop stitch".
A dropped stitch is one which has not
been worked.
Knit the first stitch. Move the
yarn to the front as if to purl.
Don't purl...Slip the next stitch to
the right needle, (this stitch will
be knitted on the other side when you
turn your piece). Now bring the yarn
to the back as if to knit. And knit
the next stitch. This way you knit
every other stitch & leave a stitch on
your needle to be knitted on the other
side. When your instructions say,"yarn
over" it is my opinion that they are
referring to the yarn passing back to
the purl position & being brought to
the knit position as I mentioned
I can't think of anything else
which would cause the double knitted
effect in a fabric.
Hope this is the answer.

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