Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 05-17-2013, 03:41 PM   #1
Casting On
Join Date: Oct 2008
Posts: 9
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Pattern Design help :(
Hello my fellow knitters!

Brace yourselves... this will probably be a long and confusing post. But I will do my best to explain what I'm doing here. I absolutely love to make flags of countries I've visited (I know, it's a little weird) and I have been working on the Norwegian Flag. I've since started a new endeavour -- an Israeli flag since I will study there next year and I calculated the specs. so it comes out to scale for a twin-sized afghan: just as I had done for the Norwegian flag.

My only problem is getting the center to work out with the star.

The finished blanket should be 69.1x95 in and I'm knitting on size 7 needles.

with my calculations that should be about 484 st. x 665 st. *give or take* and should work out divided into the following colour blocks (the overall 69.1x95in needs to be to the scale of 8:11):
white 45 h * 665 w
blue 76 h * 665 w
white 242 h * 665 w
blue 76 h * 665 w
white 45 h * 665 w

That leaves the star which should take up 200 stitches of the 242 white block *height and width* but I'm not sure how I work this into the pattern.

I found a knit chart for the star, but it's a 30x30 square. How do I increase it to compensate for the larger scale I need for my pattern?

I'm fairly new to knitting (and pattern making!) and would appreciate any help. I'm so sorry for the long post. I just wanted to make sure you had enough detail to see where I'm coming from.

All the best always,
Kuschelschaf is offline   Reply With Quote


This advertising will not be shown to registered members. Join our free online community today!

Old 05-17-2013, 04:21 PM   #2
Casting On
Join Date: Oct 2008
Posts: 9
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Oh! I completely forgot to include some important stuff!

Here's how I came up with my calculations:

I'm using size 7 addi needles (circuluar w/ 60" cable) and Patons classic wool.

the star pattern I reference can be found here:

The rest of the pattern I made myself. So no worries about copyright infringement!
Kuschelschaf is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-17-2013, 05:53 PM   #3
1st Leg of the Journey
Marg1e's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Sydney, NSW, Oz
Posts: 207
Thanks: 23
Thanked 30 Times in 24 Posts
Send a message via Skype™ to Marg1e
Not being helpful, just commenting ...
Crikey, Cuddly Sheep! - if you're wondering why you haven't been inundated with responses, it's possibly on two counts:
(1) your statement about being fairly new to knitting, in the context of your problem, and
(2) the intricacies of said problem.
I reckon a couple of the stars in this forum are off poring over hastily sketched charts, doing a lot of pencilling in and rubbing out ...
One of 'em will come up with something, no worries.
Meanwhile, is your degree in mathematics or logic?
The moving finger writes
Marg1e is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-17-2013, 06:10 PM   #4
Mod Squad
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Maryland
Posts: 11,324
Thanks: 836
Thanked 4,135 Times in 3,777 Posts
What an interesting series of projects. You've carefully thought it out.
For the stitches per inch, I'm assuming you've tried a gauge swatch to give you the actual number that you'll get. For the star, you could try graphing it out on knitter's graph paper (specifically for knitter's because knit sts tend to be wider than they are tall). This site may help with printing out the size you need and if not there are others on the internet. There's also a site that may help with the overall design of the afghan here.
Knitting Help Videos Here!-
salmonmac is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-17-2013, 06:43 PM   #5
Casting On
Join Date: Oct 2008
Posts: 9
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Thank you to both of you, Marg1e and salmonmac for your replies! I'm definitely grateful for any and all help!

I'm actually not a math major, I have degrees in Finance, German and Judaic Studies -- so I guess it might be the finance part of me that fell into a weird set of formulaic calculations. (which, especially for me, is rather unusual!)

I appreciate the graph paper and I'll go ahead and try to chart that out and let you know if I have any luck.

All the best always,
Kuschelschaf is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-17-2013, 06:59 PM   #6
2nd Sock, I Rock
GrumpyGramma's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2011
Posts: 9,772
Thanks: 2,350
Thanked 3,649 Times in 3,095 Posts
Wow. That's a cool project. I'm impressed. I was thinking along the same lines as salmonmac but she has a better grasp of it, thank goodness! I hope we get to see the flag when it's done, as you go along pics would be nice too. Could you post a photo of the Norwegian flag you've done? Please, pretty please.
~ GG

Cheating is an option. . . . Cheaters never win and winners never cheat, but smart knitters who want to retain an iota of sanity do, cheerfully. ~~Kory Stamper
GrumpyGramma is online now   Reply With Quote

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Baby Hat Pattern - My own design teachermom Pattern Central 8 11-10-2008 10:07 PM
Drops Design pattern sue in canada Pattern Central 3 06-25-2008 11:18 PM
When is a pattern to be called your design? gingergal4l8r General Knitting 10 03-03-2008 09:39 AM
how do you design your own pattern tarrentella Pattern Central 5 01-08-2008 09:01 PM
Pattern design question... brendajos How-to Questions 3 07-25-2005 10:18 AM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 10:24 PM.