I’ve just started Knitting about a month ago and I’ve made a few scarves with different patterns and colors and what not.
My question today is that I’m tiring to figure out what the formula is for how many stitches I need to cast on for various projects.
For example; if I wanted to make an armband and the arm measured 22 inches at the middle of the bicep, my circular needles are number 8 (us) and 24 inches long. How do I use this information to tell me I need (blank) number of stitches to cast on?
Also I’ve notice that in the books that I have they all want me to make a swatch and them measure it out and blah, blah, blah,. I’m thinking there must be some formula or something
If I just wanted to make a hat and My head measured 22 inches as well I’m figuring that making a swatch would not help me because I’m decreasing and what not, then if I’m doing ribbing then that’s a whole other issue.
Long story short I don’t want to waste my yarn making swatches and I have a lot of ideas that are not from patterns. I’m sure this is something that is obviously a beginner thing that I’m going through so if someone could help me I would be ever so grateful