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tips for estimating amount of yarn needed for projects?
Hi, folks.

I have been knitting sporadically for a few years, but still have millions of questions. One thing I struggle with is how to estimate the amount of yarn needed for a project -- especially when I'm knitting without a pattern. For example, if I want to make myself a basic scarf using seed stitch, how do I determine how many balls/skeins of yarn to buy?

I'm considering a yarn online with the following info:

Chunky Wt.
5.5-8 mm needles (9-11 US)
3-4 sts per inch
94% Wool / 6% Silk

Available in:
50gr Balls (88yds)

How many balls should I buy to make a scarf?

Also -- if I find a pattern I like, but I don't want to buy the yarn suggested by the pattern (because it's out of my price range, or I just can't find it), how do I convert it into a yarn I have or a yarn I'm interested in?

Thanks for any tips you can throw my way!
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