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:
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 🙂
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:
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″)
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″
Hope that helps!
Cheryl @ Tiny Modernist
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