I know when I first saw the word ‘multiples’ in a crochet book I said to myself, “WHAT?!”
My first encounter with multiples was when I found a crochet book on my mother’s book shelf one day and it had all of this ‘stuff’ about multiples in it and it sent my eyes all wobbly!
When multiples are mentioned in a crochet pattern they are referring to how many chain stitches you need to make to create a foundation chain that will support the sequence of stitches required for the design in the pattern.
There is a formula that can be used, some call it the Foundation Chain Formula or Starting Chain Formula, to work out how many chain stitches are needed to make any pattern in whatever size you want.
If you wanted to crochet a blanket and the pattern said ‘multiples of 10 + 2’, then to create the actual design for that pattern (it might be 5dc and 5sc) you need to create 10 chain stitches for that design and the ‘+ 2’ means to add an extra 2 chain stitches for the turning chain.
If you want the blanket to be bigger than the 10 + 2, (which you would because 12 stitches isn’t enough to make a blanket) then to cater for that design (or stitch pattern) you would add on more sets if 10’s and you would have something like:
100 + 2 which would mean that you create the design 10 times (because you have 10 sets of 10) + have the 2 for the turning chain.
So, in other terms if you wanted to crochet a pattern of multiples of 10 + 2 then the formula would be:
Multiply (number stated in the pattern to create the design) by (the number you want for your length), then add (the number required for the turning chain).
eg. 10 x 10 + 2 = 102 (102 chain stitches are required to create the pattern and support the amount of stitches required)
A pattern that states multiples of 8 + 3.
To make a foundation chain for a multiple of 8 + 3, you would multiply 8 x (whatever number you want) then add 3.
eg. 8 x 20 + 3 = 163 (therefore you would create a foundation chain made up of 163 chain stitches to support all the stitches required for that pattern)
I hope that I have explained this clearly enough for you to understand.
If you have anything to add to this article then by all means do so by leaving your comments below because there can never be enough different explanations on this subject of multiples.
All the best,
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