Knitting: Estimating How Much Yarn You Need

Part of the Knitting Patterns For Dummies Cheat Sheet

If you're not working directly from a knitting pattern, then use this chart to estimate your yarn needs. This table shows you some typical knitting patterns and yardage approximations for a variety of sizes. Smaller sizes obviously need the yardage at the low end of the range, and larger sizes need yardage at the high end of the range. Heavily textured knitting projects (think ribs or cables) also need more yarn.

Yarn Weight Category Types of Yarn in Category Gauge (Stitches per Inch) Yards Needed for a Hat Yards Needed for a Scarf Yards Needed for an Adult Sweater
1 Superfine sock, fingering, baby 7 to 8 300 to 375 350 1,500 to 3,200
2 Fine sport, baby 6 to 7 250 to 350 300 1,200 to 2,500
3 Light DK, light worsted 5 to 6 200 to 300 250 1,000 to 2,000
4 Medium worsted, aran 4 to 5 150 to 250 200 800 to 1,500
5 Bulky chunky, craft, rug 3 to 4 125 to 200 150 600 to 1,200
6 Super bulky bulky, roving 1-1/2 to 3 75 to 125 125 400 to 800
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