525,600 Stitches….More or Less

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My one year (re-learning) crochet anniversary is rapidly approaching, and with that I started thinking, in the past year, I wonder how many stitches I’ve actually made – and that includes ripping out pieces and starting again, and finished works.

Not only has my mind been thinking about these things with my crochet-versary on the horizon, but as I started a new project last night and was counting the rounds, I started wondering just how many stitches I’ve completed.

It’s funny, when I’m in the middle of a project, yes I’m counting my rounds to make sure I stay on track, but once a round is completed my internal counter resets to zero. And I just focus on the next round. But, as an accountant, numbers interest me greatly, so I was curious.

Taking just one pattern, my Captain America Snuggle Luvvie:

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How many total stitches did I use for him? I went back to the pattern and started adding things up. Based on the stitches per row (not counting the embroidery), there are almost 2,800 stitches in this one piece (2,772 to be precise). And I made two of those close together, which is more than 5,500 stitches. That’s a pretty staggering number (for me, at least, as a newbie-ish crocheter). I know based on the size that the snuggle luvvies are probably the largest of my creations, but there are a lot of stitches in my other patterns, too.

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Then, something the size of Hello Kitty is about 6,480 stitches for one – and I have made three of those trying to get the pattern correct, which is close to 20,000 stitches. Holy Moses!!!!

It is funny how when you are in the middle of something, even though you know there are a lot of stitches and detail that go into it and you know that you have counted a lot, it doesn’t really seem like that many, until you actually go back and look at it.

When I decided to use 525,600 (an homage to the song “Seasons of Love” from Jonathan Larsen’s Rent), I didn’t really think that it was going to be anywhere close to what I actually crocheted this year. I was thinking maybe 10,000 stitches to be reasonable. I think I may have been a lot closer than I knew.

So, I guess when it came to this past year (2017-18), if you would ask me, how did I measure the year: The answer would be happily in crochet stitches.

Hugs and cuddles,

Elisha

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