How many stitches am I to begin with? How many loops do I need for my project? These are some of the questions knitters ask and counter frequently. The thickness of the yarn, size number of the knitting needle, the project you want to make and the thickness of the knitter’s hand are all factors that have an effect on the starting numbers of the knitting. However, it is pretty easy to calculate this. Using the following method, you will have the best results.
For example, cast on 20 stitches and knit the pattern you want to use in your project for five to six rows before cutting the stitches. Measure the length of 20 stitches. Then, do the calculation according to the size you would like to knit. Here’s an example:
Let’s calculate how many stitches we need for 45 centimeters if 20 stitches is 10 centimeters.
10 cm. 20 stitches
45 cm. X stitches
(20 * 45)/10=90 is the amount of stitches we would need in an example like this.
You can use this simple mathematical formula for all your projects. If you’re knitting using a hook, you can simply crochet 20 chain stitches and apply the pattern you’re going to knit before calculating.