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No matter which pattern you want to crochet, you will need the right amount of yarn. Learn here how to do it with an easy step-by- step calculation.
Unless you have an endless amount of money laying around (or does it grow on trees for some? LOL), you will likely need to know exactly how much yarn you will need for a specific pattern. Although it might not be as important for a hat pattern, it’s more crucial for a blanket pattern. Blankets require a lot of yarn and it can really eat into your budget when you want to make a bigger blanket, especially if you use premium yarn.
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Well, technically a crocheter (or knitter) never has too much yarn. I even wrote about our incredible yarn obsession in a detailed article here. But when you are on a budget or a client wants a specific yarn for a specific pattern it is important to know how much yarn to buy.
Be aware that certain stitches require more yarn than others. Yes, I even did an experiment to show that off. Please also consider that all of us have different tension. So gauge is a huge factor. This is why I created this detailed article and formula/calculation for you to use whenever you need to know how much yarn you need to buy for a certain pattern.
To make it easier, I created a written tutorial as well as a video tutorial for this. So no matter how you learn new content, you will be able to learn this one easily and quickly.
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How to calculate how much yarn is need for a specific pattern
So in order to do this calculation for any pattern, be sure to have at least one skein of the yarn you want to use (or an exact equivalent).
You will also need a scale (I used one from WeCrochet), calculator (I used my phone), a swatch of at least 4x4inches using the yarn (I used Billow yarn) you want to use. And you’ll need a pen and paper.
First you will make a swatch using the exact stitch you will use for the pattern. I made a 9×9 inch square. Make at least a swatch that is 4×4, 10×10 is better. Then weigh it and count your stitches and rows for that swatch and write it down.
Next calculate the amount of yardage you used in the swatch (step 4). And then figure out how many stitches (total amount) your pattern will have in the end.
Finally, on step 6 you will correlate your swatch to the pattern and calculate your yardage which then tells you (step 7) how many skeins you will need for that pattern. The video above goes through all the calculations step by step.
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