​UPDATED 11/2016

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How Much Yarn Needed for Projects

OTHER ITEMS:               SCARF for Childern        SCARF for Adults

  • FINGERING                    440                                700
  • SPORT WEIGHT             350                                660
  • DK WEIGHT                    250                                450  
  • WORSTED WEIGHT       190                                380
  • BULKY WEIGHT             125                                250


This is a quick look at what it takes to make a sweater, the amount is in yards.

This page should help you decide how much yarn you would need to buy for certain projects, including by yarn weight and garment size.  If you are using Art or Novelty Yarn, yarn without a smooth finish to it such as ladder yarn, paper yarn, frilly yarn, twisted yarn, yarn with stuff hanging off it or embellished in some way, it usually does not do well on a knitting machine and drops stitches, breaks or catches. You should always move the carriage much more slowly when using this type of yarn.  Some yarn can work but it will be a difficult project so be patient.  You can add these yarns as embellishments by hand on the cuffs, edges or hand knit a collar out of it, that is what I do.  Try it on the machine before you dedicate your project to the special and usually very beautiful yarn and decide then how to integrate it into your garment.  You can always weave it in.

There is also a pamphlet that I wrote up that teaches you how to figure out hoe much yarn you need for your project, and yes there is math involved.  You can download it in the  "Download Section"  or use this link:  How Much Yarn Math

There are also a ton of knitting calculators and pattern generators for your use in the  "Knitting Calculators"  page that figure out rows, increases, decreases and more.  There is a download on how to figure out much yarn you need for a sweater in the download section.  

Here is a yarn calculator:   http://www.creativeknittingmagazine.com/yarn_calculator.php

ALLOWANCES for GARMENTS
Allow 20% less for short-sleeved sweaters 
Allow 30% less for sleeveless or children’s garments
Add 20% - 30% for textured or multicolored patterns


CONVERSIONS
To convert yards to meters: Meters = yards X 0.9144 
To convert meters to yards: Yards = meters X 1.0936 
To convert grams to ounces: Ounces = Grams X 0.035 
To convert ounces to grams: Grams = Ounces X 28.57

OTHER ITEMS:              BABY BLANKET       THROW 60"X60"

  • FINGERING                    1351                     3500
  • SPORT WEIGHT            1200                      3150
  • DK WEIGHT                   1100                      2800
  • WORSTED WEIGHT      1000                      2660
  • BULKY WEIGHT               850                      1875


OTHER ITEMS:                  VEST for CHILD                          VEST for ADULT                    

CHEST SIZE                                                             36"       40"         44"       48"     52"     

  • FINGERING                  800-750                   950     1125     1300    1450   1650  
  • SPORT WEIGHT           300-600                  700        850       950    1100   1250  
  • DK WEIGHT                  275-550                  650        800       900    1000   1100
  • WORSTED WEIGHT     250-500                  600        750       850      950    1050  
  • BULKY WEIGHT           175-400                  450        550       650       700      800

OTHER ITEMS:                      HATS   

  • SPORT WEIGHT            175-275 
  • WORSTED WEIGHT       175-250  
  • BULKY WEIGHT            125-175  
  Gauge (st/4")    CHEST 32-24"    CHEST 38-40"    CHEST 42-44"    CHEST 46-48"  T

BABY

30-32

2420 yards2640 yards2860 yards3080 yards

  FINGERING/SOCK  

27-32

1980242026402860

SPORT

23-26

1760198024202640

DK/Lt WORSTED

21-24

1650176019802420

WORSTED

16-20

1430165017601980

ARAN

16-20

1320143016501760

CHUNKY

12-16

1210132014301650

BULKY

11-14

1100121013201430

POLAR/ROVING

6-11

7708809901100


OTHER ITEMS:               MITTENS for Childern        MITTENS for Adults

  • SPORT WEIGHT            75-100                               125-175        
  • WORSTED WEIGHT       75-100                               125-175
  • BULKY WEIGHT            50-75                                100-150

OTHER ITEMS:               SOCKS for Childern        SOCKS for Adults

  • ​SOCK WEIGHT              150-275                        325-525      
  • SPORT WEIGHT            125-225                        250-400        
  • WORSTED WEIGHT       125-200                        250-350
  • BULKY WEIGHT            100-150                        175-275