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How to know how many strings of each color to use? by Katz 1 year ago

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I am brand new to this. I decided I wanted to learn to make bracelets to provide to the volunteers at the various organizations I am involved with.

So my question is: How do you know how many of each color string to use?

Example: I have created a basic word pattern in 2 colors in the Alpha Generator that simply spells out "BCR VOLUNTEER". So how do I know how many strings of the background color to use and how many for the letters themselves?
The information at the top says "8 rows x 58 colors".

Once I know how to determine number of strings per color and I get decent at this, I will be making more elaborate bracelets (say with tigers for Big Cat Rescue or cats & dogs for SPCA), so this is the all important question to me at this moment.
RE: How to know how many strings of each color to use? by Pitash 1 year ago

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First of all, it says 8x58 as the dimensions. Look at the first number, in this case, eight, to determine your letter strings. You need eight, because this is the width. I would suggest not cutting any string for the background. It is more beneficial to use an entire skein just so you don't run out. Does all of that make sense?
RE: How to know how many strings of each color to use? by Katz 1 year ago

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First, thank you for the quick response!

Being this is such a simple design, I can see that part of it. So it's 8 for the letter strings and then you add one for the background string, correct?

How about when I get a bit more elaborate? How do you make a determination then?

I saw Pattern #56617 which showed 20 strings. It was also only 2 colors, but I saw the creator had a bit more red than white, so I was attempting to figure out how the creator figured that out. Or is a lot of this trial and error after you get out of the simple patterns?

I've created a few "I can't wait until I'm better and can make these!" patterns in MS Paint using the grid format that I'm looking forward to attempting, but I guess I'm a bit hung up on this portion of it. :( I hate to waste anything by having too much of an item or finding out I didn't have enough of it to begin with.
RE: How to know how many strings of each color to use? by Pitash 1 year ago

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Absolutely! I love to help, and I'm on here waaay too much. Haha :)

You always use the width for the number of letter strings. Usually, dimensions go length x width, but you can always just count if you aren't sure.

What are you asking, exactly? The one you mentioned is a normal pattern, so it works a bit differently from an alpha, which you're using to make the words. I guess I just don't understand your question...

You shouldn't worry too much about it. Really, you'll get the hang of it pretty quickly. It is a little hard to gauge how much string you'll need, but I always cut way more than I think I'll actually need. At the very worst, I'll have some left over to make something small with. Keychains and bracelets for kids are a good idea for leftovers :)
RE: How to know how many strings of each color to use? by Katz 12 months ago

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Morning!
I am speaking of a picture pattern. Example: I decide to make a tiger cuff bracelet for the upper arm that is about 75 strings width. How do you determine number of strings of each color? I've got a green background and then an orange, black, and white tiger.
(I am of course speaking about WAYYY in the future when I've got this down pat. Just bothering me now to figure this out or if it's really just trial and error.)
RE: How to know how many strings of each color to use? by Pitash 12 months ago

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Hello! Well, you would just have to count how many your picture shows of each color. It should total up to 75, the width. Since you're making a big bracelet, I would use more than one skein or the background. I usually do about one skein per 10 strings wide. So, for 75 strings, I would do eight. Just so you don't run out :)
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