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Thread: HELP!!!! reducing a crochet pattern

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    Senior Member Japonica's Avatar
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    I did a search on here but couldn't find anything. I am making the GD's some crochet afghans for their 18 inch baby dolls. I have some really cute, easy patterns for baby blankets and would like to reduce the pattern to acommodate the 18 inch dolls. Does anyone know how to do this? :roll:

    Thanks in advance!

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    Try a finer yarn or crochet cotton and a smaller hook.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dungeonquilter
    Try a finer yarn or crochet cotton and a smaller hook.
    Very good advice...should have no problems with it being smaller in size

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    Quote Originally Posted by dungeonquilter
    Try a finer yarn or crochet cotton and a smaller hook.
    I would suggest that also because the scale will be better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by redquilter
    Quote Originally Posted by dungeonquilter
    Try a finer yarn or crochet cotton and a smaller hook.
    I would suggest that also because the scale will be better.

    I have crocheted for many, many years and this would be my advice also. Good Luck

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crabby Patty
    Quote Originally Posted by redquilter
    Quote Originally Posted by dungeonquilter
    Try a finer yarn or crochet cotton and a smaller hook.
    I would suggest that also because the scale will be better.

    I have crocheted for many, many years and this would be my advice also. Good Luck
    So I don't reduce the number of stitches, I just reduce the needle size? Wouldn't it turn out almost as big? I'm confused!!!

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    I'm sure others here have much more experience than I do, but reducing the thread and needle size will reduce the overall size some, but I think you're wanting to make it considerably smaller. Like comparing a lap quilt to a mini quilt almost... am I reading that right? if that's the case, you will have to reduce the number of stitches. Which pattern are you using?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rachel
    I'm sure others here have much more experience than I do, but reducing the thread and needle size will reduce the overall size some, but I think you're wanting to make it considerably smaller. Like comparing a lap quilt to a mini quilt almost... am I reading that right? if that's the case, you will have to reduce the number of stitches. Which pattern are you using?
    A shell stitch. I didn't want to do just single or double crochet, I wanted to do a pattern to make it more fun and grown up for the GD's

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    Quote Originally Posted by Japonica
    Quote Originally Posted by Rachel
    I'm sure others here have much more experience than I do, but reducing the thread and needle size will reduce the overall size some, but I think you're wanting to make it considerably smaller. Like comparing a lap quilt to a mini quilt almost... am I reading that right? if that's the case, you will have to reduce the number of stitches. Which pattern are you using?
    A shell stitch. I didn't want to do just single or double crochet, I wanted to do a pattern to make it more fun and grown up for the GD's
    I think you can do the shell stitch, but obviously if your directions are for a full size afghan and call for, let's say, an initial chain of 200 - you aren't going to do that amount for a doll quilt even if you are using a thin thread and smaller hook. Can you figure out if the pattern uses multiples of 3 or 4 or whatever and then reduce accordingly? Hmmm, now that I'm reading what I wrote, I don't think what I'm trying to say is coming across. If you want to PM me the pattern instructions I'll see if I can figure something out. It's hard to give advice without actually seeing what we're talking about.

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