how many skeins for a small sweater
by michelle bandyk
How many skeins of a bulky yarn will I need to make a bulky sweater?
What size is the sweater you want to make, which yarn do you intend to use, and what kind of pattern?
You haven't told me whether it is a sweater for an adult or a child, so if I gave you a number I would only be guessing.
The type of yarn you intend to use will make a difference as well. Synthetics are lighter than natural fibres so there will be more yards (or metres) in a skein of Acrylic yarn than a pure wool yarn for example.
Another thing is that skeins come in a variety of weights. The skeins you want to use might be 50 grams, 100 grams or even 200 grams. Without knowing more about the yarn, I could not even hazard a guess.
As for the pattern, is it a plain sweater or is it patterned? A garter stitch sweater will take a different amount of yarn than an aran.
Is it long sleeved or short sleeved? Round or v neck, or a cowl neck. Maybe it is a boat neck. All will require a different amount of yarn.
Is it a snug fit design or loose fitting?
Long or short?
Knitted on small needles (tight weave) or large needles (loose weave)?
My suggestion would be that you find yourself a pattern for you sweater and check out the materials section of the pattern. Even if you plan to use a different yarn, the number of skeins specified in the pattern will give you a reasonable estimate of the amount of yarn you will need.
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