HELP: Calculate your yarn

Ever wanted to know how to calculate the amount of yarn you need for your knitting project or designA while ago, I was asked if  I could calculate some yarn for someone and after I did, I came up with an idea. What if I asked knitters if there was something knit related that was a bit of a mystery. Something people wanted a guide to or if I could help with a knitting problem…..

One of the most popular responses was the question “How do I calculate yarn?” So I thought it would be a good idea to make it into a guide, a free guide.

There are so many knitters who need to adapt patterns, sizing for example or those who design patterns and the problem was that all of the other ones on the web seemed really complicated.  So I’ve put together a really simple step by step guide that takes you through the entire process. The tension swatch, the design of the pattern and even a couple of methods of calculation that gives you a basic estimate right through to a detailed part for those who want precise measurements.

Now I can’t pretend that the process is a really quick one, you so have to knit a swatch and look through your pattern if it’s an existing one, but it is simple.

So if you need to calculate the amount of yarn you need for a project , designed something or want to know how much you need for a specific size, you can download this guide below.

Download PDF HERE: Calculating yarn


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3 Responses to HELP: Calculate your yarn

  1. Vicky October 1, 2013 at 4:18 pm #

    Oh Darn it. Yes I see the problem Marian. Yes you are quite right. Sorry it’s the amount that is wrong, a typo. It should say 513.36 m NOT 5133.6 m
    I have updated the file to have the accurate information now.

    Well done for spotting it. I completely missed it.

  2. Marian Herman October 1, 2013 at 3:21 pm #

    In your calculations, you need to divide total number of centimeters by 100 to get meters. But you only divided by 10. Yet the number of balls needed seems about right, definitely not off by a factor of ten.

    • Vicky October 1, 2013 at 3:54 pm #

      Hi Marian. Thanks for the comment.
      I think you are talking about Step 4 yes? OK so what we are doing in the pervious steps is that you have totalled up all of the sts you have for each piece and then with the tension swatch we have calculated the total amount of centimetres that you need in yarn for those stitches. Ok so in Step 4 we are simply converting that number (currently in centimetres) from centimetres to meters. There are 100 cm in a meter, so to convert, simply divide the total amount by 100. That will give you the same answer but in meters.

      Does that help? I hope that makes more sense. We can work through your example together, if you want to give me your stitches?