# How do you size a cross stitch pattern?

Contents

Calculate the size of a design as follows: Look at your chart and count the number of stitches in each direction. Divide this number by the number of stitches to 2.5cm (1in) on the fabric of your choice and this will determine the completed design size.

## How big should I cut my Aida?

Calculate the Fabric Size Required

Stitched Image Size Suggested Fabric Size
Fabric Count Width Width
14 Count Aida 30″ 36″
16 Count Aida 26 ¼” 32 ¼”
18 Count Aida 23 ¼” 29 ¼”

## Is 14 or 16 count Aida bigger?

“14 count aida” means that there are 14 holes/squares per inch of the fabric. Therefore, “16 count aida” means that there are 16 holes/squares per inch and so, the squares or ‘crosses’ you stitch will be smaller.

## How do you calculate fabric size?

Figure out how much fabric you need with this formula:

1. Width of fabric divided by width of one piece equals the number of pieces that fit into width (rounded down to the whole number).
2. Total number of pieces divided by number of pieces that fit into width equals number of rows you need.

## How is Aida count calculated?

To calculate the count of Aida, look at one inch of the fabric. Count how many ‘squares’ are within that inch and that is the ‘count’.

## What is the difference between 14 and 18 count Aida?

The different types of Aida cloth are labeled according to their thread count. Therefore, 14 Aida cloth is a 14-count fabric which gives 14 stitches per inch, and 18 Aida cloth gives 18 stitches per inch, since it is an 18-count fabric.

## What is 11 count cross stitch?

The largest apple was stitched on 6-count fabric (6 stitches per inch), the medium on 11-count fabric (11 stitches per inch), and the smallest on 16-count fabric (16 stitches per inch). Fabric count also determines the size needle you use.

## Is there a right and wrong side to Aida cloth?

Determine the ‘Front’ and ‘Back’ Side of Your Fabric

Sometimes it’s just an instinct to tell the right side from the wrong side, but they do exist. It is not always immediately obvious especially on plain white Aida, but on certain cross stitch cloths you can tell the difference by looking at the selvage of the fabric.

## What’s the difference between 11 count and 14 count Aida?

The most common counts in Aida Cloth are 11, 14, 18 and 28. The higher the number, the smaller the stitches will be, because there are more stitches in each inch.

## What does 3 strands mean in cross stitch?

Stitching 2 over 2 means to stitch with 2 strands of embroidery floss over 2 threads in the fabric. Simularly when a pattern says “stitch 3 over 2” it means to stitch with 3 strands of embroidery floss over 2 threads in the fabric.

IT IS INTERESTING:  What kind of thread do you use to sew nylon webbing?

## How much fabric do I need for cross stitch pattern?

For example, if you are stitching over 2 threads on 32-count linen, divide the number of stitches by 16, not 32! However, if you are stitching over one thread (as many HAED stitchers do), then, yes, divide by 32. So, the pattern will require at bare minimum 5.7 x 8.6 inches of fabric.

## What size cross stitch frame do I need?

If you want to buy a frame that should cover you for most projects that you are likely to stitch (unless you are going to choose very wide designs), then go for a 24″ frame. As you can see by E for Elephant below, you can put a small design can go onto a large frame.

## What does 9ct mean in cross stitch?

It refers to the number of stitches (squares) per in. For example, 9ct would have 9×9, or 81 stitches per inch.