To crochet successfully, you’ll need a number of tools at your disposal – one of the most important being yarn.
Without enough yarn or the right yarn, your project will fall flat on its face before it even begins.
Once you’ve learned the basic skills needed to crochet, you’ll be able to create almost anything. From hats and scarves to cushions and jumpers, the opportunities are endless!
If you’re wondering how much yarn you’ll need to get started, the answer is largely dependent on what sort of project you’re undertaking.
In today’s post, we’ll be showing you how to calculate EXACTLY how much yarn you need to create the perfect project, so you can stop relying on guesstimates, and work with real numbers!
Work With Your Own Yarn And Hook Combination
Want to know how much yarn you need to crochet? The secret lies in your own hook and yarn combination.
To find out exactly how much you need, you’ll need to work out how much yarn you need for each stitch with your own tools. On average, the thicker your yarn, the bigger the hook, and the more yarn you’ll need to work with.
Tips For Determining Yarn Amounts And The Right Yarn
Before we take a deep dive into calculating yarn, here are a few things you should consider before you buy yarn for your crochet project:
- The Weight: First off, consider the weight of your yarn. With a higher weight, you’ll need fewer yards (also called skeins). If you’re using a light yarn, you may need two, three, or even four yards, whereas, with a heavier yarn, you may only need one or two.
- The Size of your Project: You’ll also need to consider the size of the item you’re crocheting. For example, if you’re creating an item of clothing, consider the size before you start buying yarn. Even for items like blankets, you’ll need to consider whether it’s for a child or an adult, and what sort of size you need to create.
- The Stitches: What sort of stitches will you need to create your project? Different stitches will require different amounts of yarn.
- Your Crochet Hook: Crochet hooks come in all sorts of shapes and sizes – what size hook will you be using? Using different hooks will create different patterns that will change both the size and tension of your stitches.
- Your Usual Tension and Gauge: What’s the usual amount of tension and gauge you use when crocheting? Or, what tension and gauge are recommended for the pattern you’re creating? The gauge and tension you need to use will change the final outcome, as the amount of yarn needed will vary, and allow for more or less space between the stitches, depending on your project.
Calculate How Much Yarn You’ll Need For Your Pattern
Working out how much yarn you’ll need for a particular pattern is relatively simple, and you’ll just need one easy formula – simply multiply the amount of stitches in the pattern by the number of inches each stitch uses.
Wondering how many crochet stitches make an inch? Let’s take a look at an example.
Let’s say you’re creating a blanket with the logo of your favorite artist in the middle. You’ve decided that your blanket should measure 35” x 45”, and you want a border of 5” to surround your logo.
To create this blanket, you’ve decided to use an H (5mm) hook which creates a gauge of 16 rows/stitches per 4” inches. Here’s the formula you need to use:
16 divided by 4 = 4 rows/stitches per inch.
Calculating Yarn Yardage
Here’s another way to determine how much yarn you’ll need – calculating yarn yardage. This may sound a little intimidating, but it’s actually pretty simple. Here’s what you’ll need to do:
- Test Square: Start off by creating a test square for each of the most common stitches you’ll be using. Each test square should be roughly 10 stitches wide and 10 rows high.
- Measure: Now, you’ll need to measure how long your ten stitches are. To do this, pull out the stitches and measure their length.
- Calculate The Length of One Stitch: Determine how many stitches are used in the pattern and long each of your ten stitches is. Then, you’ll need to divide this number by 10 to know the length of 1 of the stitches. Preferably, you should do this in either inches or cm, and then convert it to yards later.
- Calculate the Stitches In Your Pattern: Now, take a close look at your pattern and find out how many stitches are in each row. Multiply this by the total number of rows, and this will give you the total amount of stitches.
- Calculate How Much Yarn is Needed for Each Stitch: Now, add up how much yarn you need for each of the stitches, and this will give you the total amount of yarn in either cm or inches. Convert this to yards.
- Find the Number of Skeins: Once you’ve converted this to yards, divide it by the length stated on the yarn label. This will tell you how many skeins you need.
- Compare: Now, compare the guideline amount on the label to your number, and see if it’s close to similar to the suggested amount.
If you have a tendency to deviate from exact patterns, we’d recommend adding in extra skein just in case.
There’s nothing worse than coming to the end of the project, only to find out you don’t have enough yarn to complete it. It’s better to have too much than too little!
Sometimes, it’s hard to know exactly how much yarn you need for your project. If you’re tired of over or underestimating, it’s time to stop relying on guesstimates!
To get a more accurate number, you can use the formulas in this article to give you a more precise estimate and help your project run smoothly.