So let me explain.
There are thousands of fantastic dishcloths out there. In search of a good dishcloth to make into a set for my boss recently, I came across many dishcloths that I thought would make a neat "granny square" for a blanket. Things like a maple leaf pattern and an american flag pattern (I'm an american living in canada) and all kinds of love/wedding ones, and the list goes on and on. I saw a cute paw print one that I'd love to make to represent our pets. I was thinking that if I made a bunch of these dishcloth "squares" in something soft instead of cotton, I could put them together to create a blanket. And this blanket could be full of squares that represent various things in my husband and I's life together so far... and it could be a fantastic Christmas present.
Here's the problem. There's no "standard" size for dishcloth patterns. Some you CO 40, some you CO 32, some you CO 48, and then some you go for 50 rows, some 45 rows, etc. (You get the idea -- they're not all the same size/dimensions.) I was thinking of downloading all of the free patterns and trying to find a way to "make it work" and pick a height/width that seems average and reduce or increase patterns as needed to make them fit a standardized size, but... that may not be the best way to go about it. I need each square to be a standard size to make seaming them together on all sides doable.
So, my question... are there generators out there or some software I can use to create charts/graphs of these items where I am able to specify SET dimensions, i.e. 40 stitches wide by 50 stitches tall and make images I want to use get fitted to that? I've not created a pattern from a chart before in that way - (we're not talking about dishcloths that have fancy patters that require certain stitch counts, just the typical garter border + stockinette center with the shape of the image in garter) but I assume it'd be fairly easy once I got the hang of it.
What do you think? Is this a lost cause? What do you think the easiest route to go about this is? Should I just use what's already out there and do my best to add/reduce a few rows as needed to make the patterns fit a set size or should I try to re-create these into set dimensions myself? If anyone has any other suggestions on how to go about this project I'd love to hear them
Thanks for your input!
P.s. I've tried the knitpro generator and it doesn't seem to do what I'm thinking. Yesterday I uploaded a silhouette image of a moose to test it out, and even when I chose a set dimension and told it portrait, it turned out landscape and the number of rows/stitches I had specified were ignored. :(