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Old 04-28-2008, 11:39 PM   #1
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How much yarn for socks?
I probably didn't use the right search words, because I couldn't find my answers.

How much sock yarn does it take to knit two socks? I realize gauge and size make a difference, but for an average knitter, if you decide to make socks, do you typically buy a 50 gm ball? Two 50 gm balls? Help!
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Old 04-29-2008, 12:49 AM   #2
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It depends on foot size and yarn weight, but I'd say average for fingering weight is about 450 yards. That seems to be about 100 grams.

Here's another estimate.
http://www.fiber2yarn.com/info/how_much_yarn.htm
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Thanks, that was about what I figured...I was just having trouble finding that info!
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Always buy 2 skeins for a pair of socks when it says 50g ball, to be on the safe side buy 3 or 4 depending on the ankle length.

I'm a bit peeved about having bought 4 skeins of (50g each) of dk weight yarn to make ankle socks for the summer. I'd bought 2 skeins of fingering weight and made a pair of socks with some left over, so I thought with these I'd get 2 pairs out of each skein for a total of 8 socks as they were only ankle socks - NO WAY, JOSE! I had one sock only for each skein with a tiny bit left over. Must be the different weight yarn. I hate that. Live and learn. On the upside - at least I get to buy more yarn!
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