Converting Adult Size Afghan to a Baby Blanket

I want to convert one or two of my afghans patterns into a baby blanket. I currently use size 17 needles and use Thick & Chunky yarn. I'm not sure what size needles and type (and amount) of yarn to use.

Is there an easy way to do this? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.


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Hey buddy. Youtr gauge is important, so I will say just a wild guess that a size 7 to 9 needles with the same yarn will bring the afghan way down. Worsted Weight and dk sport instead of thick and chunky, but not necesarily, it all depends on the look that you are going for the afghan combined with the lowest size needles that you can comfortably work with the yarn to reach a good fabric!

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You'll probably want to swatch - but I'm willing to bet if you go to a US 10.5 needle and regular worsted yarn you'll end up with a baby blanket.

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Yes I agree test swatch, test swatch I can never say that enough, I always thought I was a pretty spot on tension knitter until I test swatched the first time and now find I usually have to increase my needle size anywhere from 1 to 1.5 mm to get a pattern tension. There are charts available to tell you how much yarn you need to have to knit certain sized items using gauge/tension and size. I use it always when substituting yarns. Common sense would tell me by using smaller yarn and needles with the same pattern will decrease the size but I have been caught out by common sense to often lol, to rely on it. Good luck and lets see the finished product, whichever you decide.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Jumping in with my 2 pennies worth - I've found that I can go with knitting worsted and a #9 - 10.5 needle and do pretty good for baby afghans. (#7s and baby sport weight yarns do pretty well, also.) As much as I hate to swatch, I have to agree that it is the best option here. I often figure out the pattern repeat and then cast on enough stitches to make a decent size. Another advantage is that you can adjust the stitch count as needed to make a nice size for babies. Another way I have begun to swatch is to cast on enough stitches to make a muffler/neck scarf. (Of course, that only works if you have enough yarn to spare from the main project.) Hope this helps. Books, knitting, cats...Life is Good.

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