converting a baby blanket pattern needle size ?
Ok, so the mom I am making this blanket for starting having contractions 3 weeks early....Darn that nature! The lady at the lys poo-pood the pattern the way it was written and told me to change it and then was not super helpful about doing it. The pattern calls for sz 15 needles with 2 strands of dk yarn final size 34 x 43, guage: in stockinette 11 sts and 14 rows = 4"
Now here is what she told me to get: sz 8 or 9 needles and single stand worsted weight yarn. In her defense I much prefer the smaller needles and the finer lay of the knitting. My guage on sz 8 needles is 5 sts and about 6 rows =1 inch.
So finally the question: with my guage in mind, do I multiply 5 x 34 inches to get the number of stitches to cast on? The basket weave pattern is in multiples of 3 so I think I can mess with that to get the rows to work out.
Any help would be much appreciated. TIA