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From: Clarkia
Date: 05-09-2003, 03:17 PM (1 of 4)
I have several books with patterns you enlarge (for instance, one square in the book equals 5 cm.) I tried one yesterday and it took me all afternoon. This weekend I want to play around with the scanner, cut the pattern into sections and then enlarge it. Has anyone else done this? It should be possible, but will take some thinking. Sure would be great as it would save money on patterns.

User: Clarkia
Member since: 05-05-2003
Total posts: 23
From: Rose48433
Date: 05-12-2003, 08:52 AM (2 of 4)
No Kay I've never tried this. Is this patterns for clothes or for crafts?
User: Rose48433
Member since: 04-17-2003
Total posts: 2
From: Clarkia
Date: 05-13-2003, 10:54 AM (3 of 4)
Well, friends, I finally figured out how to enlarge the patterns from the graphs. I will try to explain in case anyone else has purchased books with graphed patterns in them. You will need to be familiar with one of the graphics programs. I use MS Picture It Platinum.

1. Scan the pattern

2. Select the pattern itself.

3. Enlarge to correct proportions.

4. Print.

So first you need to take a very accurate ruler. I used metric because that side has the smallest increments. Measure the size of the square on your page. Look on the pattern for how large the actual square needs to be. Then do some math to figure out how many times larger the proper pattern square will be.

In your program, select the size you want your finished project to be. I measured the size of the pattern that I had cut out of my scanned picture and multiplied it by the number of times the pattern needed to be enlarged. For instance the squares in my book were 0.9 cm and they needed to be 5 cm. which is two inches. So I had to multiply the dimensions of the pattern part of my page by 5.5 It was pretty accurate but still didn't print out quite right (see below)

Print ONE page. (this is to prevent wasting paper if it isn't right)

Measure the squares to make sure they are the correct size. On my first try the squares were 1 3/4 inches and I needed them to be two inches so I just guessed at how much bigger I needed to enlarge them and tried again. Surprisingly it worked out the first time and I now have a beautiful size 6 overall pattern to try out. Took twelve sheets of paper. And most of an evening. But I bet I can do the next one in less than half an hour! Love doing something like this.

Good luck!


User: Clarkia
Member since: 05-05-2003
Total posts: 23
From: Llantrisant
Date: 05-29-2003, 06:03 PM (4 of 4)
Now thats letting the creative juices flow well done Kay
If at first you don't suceed, try-try again!
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Member since: 06-02-2002
Total posts: 144
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