Many times while
browsing for a crochet stitch or pattern, you will notice it tells you to chain
a multiple of X number. You will need the correct multiple to avoid having to
frog your work (learn more Crochet Slang) because of chaining too few or too many.

A '

**multiple'**is the number you get as a result (or your answer) when dividing by a given number.

In other words,

**a 'multiple' is a number you get after the ‘ = ’ sign in the table of multiplication**.

The good news is that crochet patterns are very specific. It will clearly say what multiple is needed in order to complete the stitch for the pattern.

Let's say, I want to make a really
wide blanket where the instructions tell me to chain a multiple of 12. Then I
would either think of what are the multiples of 12 or look up the handy table
below and pick depending on the length of the chain desired.

12 x 1 = 12

12 x 2 = 24

12 x 3 = 36

12 x 4 = 48

12 x 5 = 60

12 x 6 = 72

12 x 7 = 84

12 x 8 = 96

12 x 9 = 108

12 x 10 = 120

12 x 11 = 132

12 x 12 = 144

Let’s say, I need a chain that will
be long enough for a blanket and it needs to be a multiple of 12. I might pick
108. Okay, so 108 is a multiple of 12, like the directions of the pattern told
me. I will chain 108.

Often times, it will also say, “chain
a multiple of 12 (in this case) + 2.

That means I will chain 108, 2 more
chains which will equal a total of 110 chains.

Hope this has been helpful to you.
Let me know in the comments if it makes sense. Looking forward to hearing from
you!