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1st time cross stitch afghan question
Tue, Apr 5, 2011 9:39 AM
Posted by Laura
I bought an arghan to stitch on & didnt really find any instructions with it. I'm an avid stitcher but the afghan is a first for me. I need to know how many strands of floss to use for these afghans. Does anyone know?
  • Reply from Martha Walker
    Saturday, March 16, 2013 9:40 PM

    It depends on the stitch count. 14 and under 4-6 strands anything over use 3 then 2. Personal preference has a lot to do with it. I guess this is what I prefer. But it is generally a rule of thumb. The bigger the pattern(hole) the more thread you need for the stitch to cover the fabric. Make sense? Go to top
  • Reply from Pamn Ravenscroft
    Sunday, June 2, 2013 9:46 AM
    Hi Laura, I love to stitch afghans. After my first one (an English Alphabet by Pat Rogers) using six strands of carefully laid floss--what a headache!--I have learned to use DMC#5 Pearl Cotton at every chance I get. More colors are available than you can find at Joanne's and Michael's. You have to get them from either LNS or online. It can be done. I would recommend using a color card to check the availability as not all DMC colors are available in #5 Pearl Cotton. Often a close substitute will do. I get my colors from Nordic Needle and 123 Stitch if I'm looking for a specific color. I keep my eye out for stashes for sale (like on eBay). I have a way of dealing with these skeins as they are not "bobbin friendly". If you'll e-mail me at I'll share this with you. It's not a great secret, but the description takes up a good bit of space. Live long and prosper, Pamn. Go to top