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Is there an easy way to alter the size of a Cross Stitch Pattern?

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One of our lovely customers asked, “I love this pattern and want to make it for my son’s room, but it is smaller than I would like. Is there an easy way for me to adjust this pattern to be bigger?”

The answer is: YES!

There are 2 ways you can adjust the size of your Cross Stitch Pattern:

FIRST METHOD

This is the easiest method:  use the pattern as is, but change the size (count) of your Aida cloth!

All of our Cross stitch Patterns are designed for 14-count Aida cloth, which has 14 squares per inch. But you don’t always have to use 14-count Aida!

If you want your design to be larger, use a SMALLER count, such as 6-, 8- or 11-count Aida cloth, which has larger squares (fewer squares per inch) and will make your finished design larger. Remember, you will need to use 3 or even 4 threads when stitching on smaller count aida cloth. 

This method will ALSO work to SHRINK your pattern. Instead of using 14-count aida cloth, try using 18- or 24-count to make your finished design SMALLER. See the handy chart below 🙂

aida cloth counts

SECOND METHOD

This is next method: use the same size of Aida Cloth, but change the pattern slightly!

This method is a little more complicated, but works well to DOUBLE the size of your finished piece, and STILL uses 14-count Aida cloth.

What do you do?

Just stitch 4 “x”s for every 1 square on the original pattern. (For example, if there is a section of color that calls for 2 x 3 “x”s, you would stitch 4 x 6 “x”s instead.) If the original design size was 38 x 40 stitches, the new design would end up being 76 x 80 stitches.

See this example below:

Pink Sun-double

How can I figure out how much bigger (or smaller) it will be?

Here’s the math!!!

 stitch count of design ./. aida cloth count = finished size in inches

NOTE: You will have to make 2 calculations: 1 for the LENGTH and 1 for the WIDTH

So, how big will a 70 x 91 design be on 14-Count Aida?

70 stitches ./. 14 count aida = 5 inches (70 ./. 14= 5″)

AND

91 stitches ./. 14 count aida = 6.5 inches (91 ./. 14 = 6.5″)

ANSWER:  5″ x 6.5″

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So, what would that same 70 x 91 design be on 11-Count Aida?

70 ./. 11= 6.36″

91 ./.11= 8.27″

ANSWER: Approx. 6.5″ x 8.5″

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And finally, what would that same 70 x 91 design be on 18-Count Aida?

70 ./. 18= 3.8″

91 ./.18= 5.05″

ANSWER: Approx. 4″ x 5″

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Hope that helps!

Cheers,
Cheryl @ Tiny Modernist

More questions? I’m always happy to help. Email me at cheryl@tinymodernist.com

 

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4 thoughts on “Is there an easy way to alter the size of a Cross Stitch Pattern?

  1. Very nicely explained… It was very usefull to me and i will definately try this methods..

    thank you:)

  2. This was so helpful! I was trying to figure out how much fabric and what size I needed by the stitch count. Thanks for helping me figure that out. 🙂

  3. Very useful information. Thanks for sharing.

  4. I bought a 18ct aida picture and I have a hard time seeing the holes, so I decided to try putting it on a 14ct aida fabric. The finished picture on the 18 ct would be 11in x 16. So how can I figure out how much of the 14ct fabric I would need? Would it still come out the same size. I just don’t know what to do. Can you help?

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