Knitting & Crocheting All-in-One For Dummies
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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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Pam Allen is a knitwear designer and founder of Quince & Co. Shannon Okey is an author and knitwear designer. Find her at knitgrrl.com. Tracy Barr has been an editor, editorial manager, writer, and consultant on several Dummies books. Marlaina "Marly" Bird hosts her own YouTube channel, where she instructs viewers on knitting and crochet. Susan Brittain is a knitwear pattern designer and writer. Karen Manthey edits crochet diagrams for numerous books, magazines, yarn companies, and designers. Manthey was an editor at All American Crafts for 20 years.

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