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Amount of yarn used vs. recommended by pattern

Posted by: cloudymoor (IP Logged)
Date: October 13, 2009 03:15PM

Is it a common issue that patterns tell you to by alot more yarn than the project calls for due to dye lot issues, differences in knitting styles, et. al. or am I in a minority here. I just finished a sweater that called for 11 balls of yarn and I knit to gauge no problem, same needle size as called for, and ended up with four balls left over. It's not tragic, but it makes me second-guess myself when purchasing new yarn.

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Posted by: KT (IP Logged)
Date: October 14, 2009 08:34AM

Since yarn is actually sold by weight, even though yardage is actually more useful in my opinion, you might end up with extra yarn but you are also just as likely to end up with just enough yarn.

Color can affect the weight of the yarn -- that is darker colors weigh more -- so the same number of balls (same weight) may give you less yardage.

Also, when you said you met gauge, did you meet both stitch and row gauge? If you got fewer rows to the inch, you might have actually used less yarn than required.

Finally, for multi-color work, one usually will end up with extra yarn unless you buy a kit because you may only need a few yards of a color but need to buy the entire ball.

Posted by: cloudymoor (IP Logged)
Date: October 14, 2009 03:18PM

Hi KT,
Thanks for the response. Lots of really great info that I hadn't a clue about (particularly regarding color weight!) I actually met stitch and row gauge requirements exactly and used the exact size needle to boot!

Posted by: KT (IP Logged)
Date: October 15, 2009 07:28AM

Great that you met both stitch and row gauge. My general rule for purchasing yarn is to actually buy a couple of balls more than called for just in case. Maybe this particular pattern designer built that into the yarn requirements and you lucked out needing fewer.