Simple Way to Figure Out How Many Stitches to Cast On

Simple Way to Estimate the Number of Stitches to Cast On Without Any Calculations

We all know that we have to be very careful about the gauge. When we make a project from scratch, we should knit a swatch, count the number of stitches in 10 cm / 4″ square and do a few basic calculations to come up with the number of stitches to cast on.

I myself explained this concept in steps 2 and 3 of this tutorial, so I’m not going to say that all those preparation steps are not important. They are. And I still highly recommend following these steps when you make a hat, a sweater, a cardigan or any other item that is either close-fitting or is supposed to be of an exact size.

But what if we are ok with a slight difference in the size of the project. For example, what if we don’t mind making a scarf or a blanket that is a bit wider or narrower than we initially planned? Do we have to make a swatch and all necessary calculations? Not really.

In this situation, we can get away with a simple trick that I used many times to make quick scarves and blankets, including this lovely scarf that I made out of a single ball of yarn that my niece brought me from her travels.

Simple Way to Estimate the Number of Stitches to Cast On Without Any Calculations

Here’s how this little knitting hack works step by step

Of course, a lot depends on how tightly you cast on stitches and how much you stretch them on the needles. And let’s not forget that the stitch pattern also affects the size of the project – for example, ribbing is usually narrower than stockinette stitch.

But if the exact width of the project is not crucial, this simple trick will save you from the hassle of making a swatch, measuring it and calculating the number of stitches to cast on. If you are knitting a quick chunky project, you will probably finish half of it in an hour or so you would have otherwise spent on swatching.


The full step-by-step photo tutorial about this method, is a part of the Knitting Collection #4. Once you order your copy of this collection, you will instantly receive a “big PDF” (351 pages!) with this and 47 other tutorials included in the collection.

You will also receive one e-book and two knitting patterns as a special bonus, so go ahead and get it all right now before you forget 😊


If you enjoyed this tutorial,
here’s something else you might find helpful:

“Matching Cast Ons and Bind Offs” Book

Discover six pairs of cast on and bind off methods that form identical edges on projects worked flat and in the round.

“Neat Side Edges” Book

Learn twelve ways to make side edges of a knitted project nice and tidy. Plus, ways to fix side edges, and a way to improve edges of finished projects.


Happy knitting!

Maryna Shevchenko - www.10rowsaday.com

Simple Way to Figure Out How Many Stitches to Cast On
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Simple Way to Figure Out How Many Stitches to Cast On
 | 10 rows a day
Simple Way to Figure Out How Many Stitches to Cast On
 | 10 rows a day