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Knitting Calculator at Jimmy Beans Wool

Estimating your yarn requirements

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The following information is purely meant to assist you with your high -level calculations in determining how much wool you require for your project.  There are many factors that contribute towards the amount of wool required and Woolcrate can therefore not be held responsible for incorrect quantities purchased by customers.

 

If you’re using the yarn called for in a pattern, the pattern usually tells you how many balls to buy for each size.

However, if you choose to use a yarn different from the pattern’s suggestion, you may need to do a little calculating:

  • Number of skeins called for in the pattern × yards per skein = total yards needed for the pattern

  • Total yards needed for the pattern ÷ yards per skein of your chosen yarn = number of skeins you need (round up to the nearest whole number, if necessary)

 

If you aren’t working directly from a pattern or are working at a different gauge than a pattern recommends, you don’t have a tidy way to determine how much yarn to buy. Estimate how much you need. This table gives yardage approximations for various projects in a variety of gauges.

Yarn Weight Category Stitches per Inch Yards Needed for a Hat Yards Needed for a Scarf Yards Needed for an Adult Sweater
1 Superfine 7 to 8 300 to 375 350 1,500 to 3,200
2 Fine 6 to 7 250 to 350 300 1,200 to 2,500
3 Light 5 to 6 200 to 300 250 1,000 to 2,000
4 Medium 4 to 5 150 to 250 200 800 to 1,500
5 Bulky 3 to 4 125 to 200 150 600 to 1,200
6 Super bulky 1.5 to 3 75 to 125 125 400 to 800

Patterns usually call for a little more yarn than you’ll actually use, but because you want to swatch and account for the unknown (you actually hate three-quarter sleeves, or you’ve had some terrible yarn accident), buy a little extra yarn, particularly if it’s being discontinued. A ribbed or cabled pattern takes more yarn than stockinette stitch, and your knitting may vary.

 

The following table provides another view on required wool:

Baby

Toddler

Kid

Teenager

Adult

Hat

0-50 gm 50 – 75 gm 75 – 100 gm 100 – 125 gm 125 – 150 gm

Scarf

NA NA 200 – 300 gm 250 – 350 gm 350 – 450 gm

Baby Shoe

0 – 50 gm 0 – 50 gm 50 – 100 gm 100 – 150 gm 100 – 150 gm

Shawl / Poncho

NA 150 – 200 gm 200 – 300 gm 300 – 400 gm 400 – 500 gm

Blanket / Bed Sheet

300 – 500 gm 500 – 800 gm 800 gm – 1.5 kg 1.5 – 2 kg 3 – 5 kg

Sweater / Pullover / Cardigan

100 – 150 gm 100 – 200 gm 200 – 300 gm 300 – 400 gm 300 – 400 gm S
400 – 500 gm M
500 – 600 gm L
600 – 700 gm XL
700 – 800 gm XXL
800 gm – 1 kg XXXL