|Ann Budd's a-twisted-little-raglan|
I'm not a huge sweater knitter, but I do know that to answer this question we need to take into account several factors;
- Weight of yarn - how fine you spin each single ply and how many plys you choose to have will affect the finished yarn's length.
- Size of Garment - the smaller the size you make your jumper, or the closer it hugs the body then it will require less yarn.
- Stitch type - if you choose something complicated like a cable, or lace pattern then you will use much more yarn. This is also true of ribs, where the patterning pulls in the final fit of the garment.
- Garment design/knit patterns - a design with complicated necklines, sleeves or body shaping may require more yarn than a basic shape.
Typically in my experience knit patterns may suggest anywhere from 550-700g for a very basic small to medium sized jumper in a DK weight (Also be aware that DK weights can vary from manufacturer to manufacturer). So I would expect not to have to use much more for a sweater like the Ann Budd design pictured (a twisted little raglan).
Here is an example of where the amount of yarn will rise for a similar size, but a stitch that uses more yarn.
If Sue had chosen a more basic stitch pattern her yarn would have gone further and so she would have needed to spin less yarn, possible up to 100g less.
My advice, to those who ask this question is;
- Find a basic pattern that you like and find out the weight and length of the yarn required. They will often estimate how many balls at 50g, or 100g you will need to buy.
- If you are in a shop take a look at the yarn you were asked to use in the pattern. Is it a single ply, or two ply... if it is a DK, is it slightly thicker or thinner that the weight a standard DK yarn? Write this down, or even ask at the counter if they can give you the 'wraps per inch' (which depends on packaging as to whether they will do this or not). Then use this as your starting point to plan your yarn.
- Knowing this you can ask your fibre supplier if the tops/roving/fibre/fleece you are buying is repeatable, or if there is stock to cover your requirements. Some suppliers, as I do at www.sarastexturecrafts.com will offer custom services on some/all of their lines, so if you need more than there is in stock they could order, or dye this for you.
- Buy say 100g more than you think you need. This will cover you for any mistakes, shortfalls, or pattern adaptation during knitting.
- Keep a note pad and a yarn gauge handy, so you can record how far each of your 100g worth of fibre goes and how close it is to the pattern's intended yarn. You can gauge before you start knitting if you will have enough yarn to finish your jumper.
Once your project is finished you will have a basis to plan future more complicated projects... and spinning for new projects becomes less daunting.
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Have a wonderful day... Sara x