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Old 05-22-2012, 10:38 AM   #1
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Estimate on how much yarn to buy
I am looking at some yarn on Ebay, but am having a hard time estimating if the yarn will be enough for my project. I realize it depends on the weight of the yarn and the item, but Is there a general 'rule of thumb" to estimate how much is needed for an item? For instance a scarf would be need this many ? grams or yards, a sweater this many grams/yards or an afghan this much?
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Old 05-22-2012, 10:46 AM   #2
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Yes it very much depends on it it's lace, fingering, dk, worsted, or bulky. There's a chart for the yardage needed in different weights for different items, someone may have a link to it. You could also look up patterns for the same weight and see what they average out to.
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Here are a couple of charts that may help but it also depends on the pattern and whether it has bobbles, cables etc. At least it gives you a general ides of yardage but always err on the side of buying too much yarn rather than too little.
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Here's a good one. Just remember that they are only an estimate. Yardage can vary depending on the stitch as well as gauge.

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