Easy Knitting Calculators: How many stitches, rows and yards? (CC)


– Don’t panic! Has this happened to you? I’ll teach you how many
stitches to cast-on, how many rows to knit, and how
much yarn to buy, right now. Welcome to GoodKnit Kisses. We’re all about helping
you stitch your love and love your stitches. Help! Ahhh! How many stitches should
I cast-on, Kristen? How many rows should I knit? And how much yarn
am I gonna need for that queen-sized blanket? I get to answer these
questions all the time but I want you to be able
to answer them as well. This is all about Interactive
Knitting Calculators and you can get it by clicking on the link below to get this, this is our blog and this
has all the calculators in it that you’re
gonna want to use. So, you can go and
read this article, it gives you lots more
fantastic information. I’m gonna show you right now
how to use the calculator. So we’re just gonna
scroll on down, this is telling you
what you’re gonna need, and I’m gonna move this aside
and show you everything. All right, so let’s
get into what we need. You have got a swatch
that you’re gonna need, It’s made in the yarn
that you’re going to work on your project, make it
on the needles or the loom that you’re gonna be using,
and you’re gonna make it in the main stitch
pattern that you want. This is made in a stockinette because my pattern is a main
stocking stitch pattern. I also need a measuring
tape and that’s it as far as calculating
casting on stitches and how many rows to make. If you want to
calculate yardage, you’re going to
need a postal scale that measures in
grams or ounces. I like to measure in grams. And then you’re gonna
need this yarn label ’cause you wanna know how
many yards or how many meters that you need to cast-on. All right, so let’s get
into the calculators. You’re first gonna
make a gauge swatch and this talks about all
about making a gauge swatch, so go to that on how to
make that gauge swatch. So once you’ve got
your swatch made, you’re gonna want to go to
this Cast On Calculator here. And we’re gonna put in our width of our measured area for gauge. Now, I don’t measure
the entire swatch. I just measure across
in either two inches or maybe four inches, you’re
gonna put in that number and then you’re gonna
put in how many stitches that you count in that number. So I’m gonna show
you how mine works and then we’re gonna
put in the project width that you actually want it to be. So I’m gonna move this
aside and show you. So, first of all,
I’ve measured across and I’m gonna leave
out these two side, the inches on the side, this
is about a six inch project, and I’m measuring in
the middle four inches and I’ve measured
across and I’ve counted how many stitches that is. All right, and then later on
for your rows calculation, you’re gonna do the same. Now I don’t do the sides
and the top and bottom because I think it’s a more
accurate representation of what that is. So lets move these aside
and I’m gonna show you. All right, so the
Cast On Calculator, I’m just going to
put in here first, the width across that I measured and I counted all my stitches. So I did four inches, all right? And then I’m going to put
in the number of stitches that I counted, and I
counted 14 in this area. 14. And now I’m going to put in
the width of the project. I know that I need
30 inches wide, I’m making a flat panel, and
I’m gonna put in 30 inches. Now you can use inches
or centimeters in these, it doesn’t matter in the way
we’ve done the calculators. And then I just
scroll down and look, it’s already put the
number in for me. So I know that if I want
to make this whole panel in 30 inches wide, I
can use 105 stitches. Now I can divide that in
half or in threes if I want to make it in two
panels or three panels. Or I could even put
what width I want my, that particular panel
in, so let me check. I’m gonna do, divide it
in half, I’m gonna say 15, I wanna do two panels of 15. So it says that my stitches
I need 52.5 stitches here. Okay, see 52.5? Now I know in my pattern, I want to adjust it to whatever
pattern that is. So in my pattern I know
that I need an odd number of stitches anyway
on my cast-on, so
I’m gonna make it 53. So that’s really helpful for me. Now I’m gonna scroll
down and figure out how many rows that
I need to work. Okay, so we’re just gonna
use this same swatch example. When I did count those stitches, that I told you about,
I did it in four inches. So let’s just move that
in so you can see it. Four inches and then I got,
let me look at my notes, I got 19.5 rows, so 19.5, and then I’m gonna
put in my project length, and my project length
is going to be 54 inches and as soon as I do that, look
it came up how much I needed. So these are the rows
that I need, it’s 263.52. Now that’s if I was to
count all those rows out. I will tell you this though, if I need a finished
length of 53 or 54, and I get that many rows
and it’s that decimal point, just remember you do have
a cast-on and a bind-off. So, what I do is I
measure the length here and then I measure
the length here, which ended up being, I’ve
got a quarter inch here, and a quarter inch here,
and then I add that together and that is a half an inch and I can actually take
off this half inch here. So I only need 263 rows, if I knit 264 rows, then my project is gonna
be a little bit longer and if you’re trying
to match it up to something else in
size, then that’s, you’re gonna have
to account for that. All right, so let’s scroll down to the Project
Yardage Calculator. Okay this is how many
skeins do I need? How many balls of
yarn do I need to buy? So we’re gonna scroll
up here and it says, now this is not an
exact calculation, and it’s designed to give
you a ballpark estimate. It will be close but
it can’t be perfect. It also isn’t gonna take into
account changing yarn colors and things like that, so if
you need an extra ball of yarn, I would do so. It’s always a good call to
just get one more ball of yarn in case of whatever, it’s
always a good insurance policy to get one more ball and
besides there’s always projects you can use them in. So, we’re gonna
calculate the yardage. You’re gonna need a
few more things here. So, we’re gonna need to get
the yarn information off of our ball, so we’ve
got the wrapper here. And then we’re going
to look at the weight. Now you can put in
ounces or grams. I recommend grams, even though
you normally might speak in ounces in the U.S. Now, I’m in the U.S.
but I like to use grams ’cause I think
it’s more accurate. So I put in 150 grams here. So let’s type 150, and
then skein yardage, in yards or meters, and
then I’m gonna use yardage ’cause that’s what I’m
most familiar with, 312. So 312 yards and then I’m
gonna scroll down here and we’re gonna put in
our swatch information. Now, you use your gauge swatch that you already made to
collect this information but the width and the
length measurement of the swatch are for
the entire swatch, not the small section
that you measured to calculate the cast-on. So, you’re going to
measure the entire thing. So, let’s look at that again. We’re going to measure
from, and I blocked this, I did a light steam
blocking on here so that it wouldn’t roll on me,
and then I measured all the way from here to here, so
to the very outmost edge and I measured
from here to here. So I’m including the cast-on
and I’m including the bind-off in my numbers for
yardage because I’m going to have one in mine
anyway and it allows for that extra amount of yards,
so, I’ve got all that and then I also count in
there, my stitches and rows. So, my whole width
of the swatch, I
measured at six inches. And then the whole length or height of the swatch is 6.75. Okay, that’s what
my end measured. And then the number
of stitches across, I know that I casted
on 20 stitches. Okay, my number of rows is 34. All right, this is where we get into the weight of the swatch. If you’ve never
weighed a swatch, the easiest way to do it is
just turn on your postage scale, you can actually go to the post
office if you don’t have one so you can get this at
many different stores. I actually did get it at
a office supply store. So we’re gonna go here and
I’m going to put my swatch in. And I’m just gonna make sure
it’s laying on there right. It told me nine, and then earlier it
actually said 10. So it’s kinda teetering on
that number, see the 10? So I’m gonna go ahead
and use the 10 number ’cause that’s probably
the most accurate, and then that’s all
I need for that. But make sure your scale is
set to either grams or ounces when you’re reading this thing. All right, so we’re putting
in our weight of the swatch, which is 10 and I’m
gonna scroll down and my project width is
going to be 30 inches and it’s going to
be 54 inches long. And when I go down here,
it’s crunching the numbers, all the little calculating elves have already done their work
and it is a total of 832 yards or meters, whatever
number you put in. And then the number of skeins, it’s already programmed
it in for you because I told it how
many is in my skein and so it says
that I need three. Now, if I get the calculator
out and I look at this, I can actually show like
a regular calculator, and I take 832 divided by
312 which is my yardage, I actually get 2.67 so I can
see how close this is to three and if I have a color-changing
yarn like this one, I’m gonna go ahead and buy
one more just to be sure. So if it’s on the low side, then you’re probably
fine with three. So you need to use
your judgment there. But that is it and
that is how you make this Cast On Calculator,
Row Calculator, and your own
calculator work for you for our interactive calculators so that you don’t look
like this next time. I hope that’s helped you today and I hope next time you
don’t look like this (laughs). Please leave me a comment
below and tell me if that has helped you or if
you have any other questions and feel free to chat
amongst yourselves. Talk amongst yourselves. Thanks for joining us today, where we help you stitch your
love and love your stitches. See you again soon.