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Feb 5, 2012 14:28:36   #
qucie
 
How many stitches do you need to cast on to knit nine inch squares for a lapgan?
 
Feb 5, 2012 14:38:18   #
jenk57
 
I think that would depend on type of yarn and needle size. I would look on the label of the yarn you are planning to use. See what the suggested needle size and gauge are. Make a swatch and calculate how many stitches per inch for your knitting. Once you know the number of stitches per inch, for the desired pattern, then multiply by the number of inches for the desired outcome.
Feb 5, 2012 14:39:27   #
muppet
 
That will depend on what yarn and needle size you intend to use. Have a look on the ball band it should say how many stitches to the inch and on what size needles.
Feb 5, 2012 14:42:24   #
Leonora
 
It all depends on what ply yarn you use with what size needles you use with it. The best thing is to choose what yarn you like, and needles you feel will give you the fabric you want, and do a gauge swatch, and work it out from that. Everyones tension is different too, so there are no magic answers for you, it's a trial and error thing until you get the fabric you want.
Feb 5, 2012 16:35:25   #
Carol J.
 
Knitting worsted weight yarn works up to 5 sts to the inch on no. 8 needles so 9 x 5 is 45. If you are using a design, add enough to cover your pattern, if you have a pattern using a multiple of 6 sts, you would cast on 48 for 8 repeats. If the square ends up 9 1/2 inches, the world won't come to an end, keep an open mind and if you can, find a pattern to follow using the yarn you have.

Carol J.
Feb 6, 2012 06:25:37   #
qucie
 
Thanks to everyone for their insightful response. I am going to do the best I can
 
Feb 6, 2012 11:57:09   #
PGreene
 
Hi Qucie, I am knitting squares for a blanket (teaching first and second graders how to knit). We use worsted #4 yarn and size 10 needles and cast on 30 for a 8 inch square. You may need 35 or so. Just knit a few rows and measure.
Feb 6, 2012 20:58:25   #
fayby
 
Hi, have you tried knitting a square on the diagonal? You start with three stitches, increase at the beginning of each row until your piece measures the size you need, this is along the sides where you have done all the increases. Time to have a cuppa then you reverse the process by decreasing at the beginning of each row until you have three stitches, cast off. If you are using very bulky yarn you could start and end with one stitch. Good luck and happy knitting. fayby.
 
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