Keri recently asked during a Live Q&A session….
“How much yarn do I need for a woman’s XLarge / 1X tank top or shell?”
There isn’t a simple answer for that question, Keri! Immediately, my brain started asking more questions.
- How long do you want the tank?
You may be short and want a high hip length or you may be tall and need more length
- XLarge / 1 X can mean a wide range of bust dimensions
Better to know the desired FINISHED bust size
- What yarn are you using?
Standard gauge? Mid-Gauge? Bulky?
- What stitch pattern are you using?
Tuck will take TONS more yarn than lace
- What’s YOUR stitch gauge?
The only accurate way to estimate yarn needed is to knit and weigh a swatch
With all that being said, here are 3 ways to “guess-timate” how much yarn you need:
|Use “The Knitter’s Handy Guide to Yarn Requirements”. This inexpensive, classic leaflet helps you determine “how much yarn?” The included charts are for a number of knitting shapes (hats, vests, sweater, mittens). Keri could use the “vest” chart. She would choose the stitch gauge of the yarn she is planning to use and select a vest by bust size. The chart will then give her an idea of how many yards/meters she will need.
BUT …. it doesn’t take into account the desired length
|Search Ravelry or other pattern sources for a similar sweater shape, knit in a yarn of similar weight as you plan to use. Examine the sizing, stitch pattern, length and use their yarn estimate for your project.
BUT … This can be time consuming and guesswork
|For the MOST ACCURATE way to determine how much yarn you need, check out the resources at Knit it Now!