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Multiple Of - Explained For Starting Chain

When A Starting Chain Says To Crochet A Multiple Of A Certain Number

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Every once in awhile, I receive an email from a crocheter asking me what it means to crochet "a multiple of" for the starting chain. This is sometimes called a Starting Chain Formula and is used to make it possible for a crocheter to come up with a starting chain to make any size desired for that certain pattern.

The Starting Chain Formula is calculated by figuring out how many stitches are needed for each design repeat in that pattern plus any extra chains needed for the first turning chain plus any extra stitches that are given in the pattern directions for edge stitches that are done before the design repeat begins and for edge stitches that are done after the design repeat ends at the other edge.

Following are some examples.

What does it mean to crochet a "multiple of 6 plus 4"?
To chain a "multiple of 6 plus 4", multiply 6 times another number, then add four more.

Examples:

6 x 2 = 12 plus 4 = a total of 16

6 x 3 = 18 plus 4 = a total of 22

... and so forth.

What does it mean to crochet a "multiple of 12 plus 1"?
To chain a "multiple of 12 plus 1", multiply 12 times another number, then add one more.

Examples:

12 x 2 = 24 plus 1 = a total of 25

12 x 3 = 36 plus 1 = a total of 37

... and so forth.

Examples of some patterns that give a Starting Chain Formula:

Cross-Over Long Double Crochet - http://crochet.about.com/od/learnmorestitches/tp/skcrdc.htm

Cross-Over Shells - http://crochet.about.com/library/weekly/aa012399.htm

Open Shell Edging - http://crochet.about.com/library/weekly/aa032501.htm

Photo How-To For Diagonal Shell - http://crochet.about.com/library/weekly/aa071198.htm

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