Turning a dishcloth pattern into an afghan or baby blanket.

June 16, 2008 at 12:04 pm 1 comment

Dear SweaterBabe,

I have a lot of patterns for dishcloths that I would like to make into afghan sizes and baby blanket sizes. Is there a formula for increasing a crochet pattern or decreasing a pattern.

— Dawn

Dear Dawn,

Without seeing what your dishcloth pattern looks like, I can try to give some general advice.

Most crochet patterns have a section that repeats, then some number of chains that is needed to get started.  That’s why many crochet stitch patterns says to begin by chaining a multiple of X plus Y sts.

If you can figure out what that X and Y are for your dishcloth pattern, then you can extrapolate and make an afghan or baby blanket out of the same pattern.

For example, if it seems like the dishcloth pattern is over a multiple of 3 sts plus 4, then you just need to determine how many multiples of 3 will get you the width that you want for your afghan or blanket and add the chain 4.

Assuming the dishcloth is 14″ wide or so, multiplying it by 5 will give you approximately a 70″ wide afghan…

Many well-written patterns will provde the stitch pattern in a generic form (thereby providing the “mult of X plus Y” instruction needed) separately from the specific instructions for the project. 

Hope that helps!

— SweaterBabe


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  • 1. AW  |  June 17, 2008 at 12:48 pm

    Here’s a free pattern using a dishcloth pattern for a blanket.

    Wendy’s Favourite Dishcloth Pattern
    (Extra Large Dishcloth Makes Beautiful Baby Afghan)

    This is the easiest pattern I know, use cotton yarn. For a baby afghan – use this pattern and increase to about 185 stitches on needles, transfer to round needles, as you decrease change back if you like.

    Cast on 4 stitches

    Row 1 Knit 4

    Row 2 Knit 2, yo (yarn over hook), knit to the end of the row

    Repeat Row 2 until you have 44 stitches on needles

    Decrease Rows

    Knit 1, knit 2 together, yarn over needle, knit 2 together, knit to end of the row.

    Repeat this row until you have 4 sts, knit 4, and bind off

    If you want a hook to hang the cloth, before binding off, break yarn and draw through, using a crochet hook chain about 10 sts and fasten securely.


    approx = approximately

    beg = begin(ning)

    ch = chain

    dec = decreas(e)(s)(ing)

    fpsc – front post single crochet

    hdc = half double crochet

    inc = increas(e)(s)(ing)

    rem = remain(s)(ing)

    rep = repeat rnd(s) = round(s)

    RS = right side
    sc = single crochet

    sl = slip

    st(s) = stitch(es)

    tbl = through back loop

    tog = together

    yo = yarn over

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