How Much Yarn To Buy

If, like me, you have lots of old knitting patterns that give the quantities of yarn required in ounces rather than grammes, you may be a bit confused about how much you will actually need – I know I can never remember

Here is a useful guide that I found in Modern Knitting from July 1972:

No. of ounces No. of 50g balls No. of 100g balls
1 1 1
2 2 1
3 2 1
4 3 2
5 3 2
6 4 2
7 4 2
8 5 3
9 6 3
10 6 3
11 7 4
12 7 4
13 8 4
14 8 4
15 9 5
16 10 5
17 10 5
18 11 6
19 11 6
20 12 6
21 12 6
22 13 7
23 14 7
24 14 7

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For example, if the pattern says you need 15 ounces, look in the left hand column for 15 and you can see that you would require 9 x 50g balls or 5 x 100g balls.

Of course this is only a rough guide as a lot of the yarns used in the old patterns are now discontinued so you would have to use a substitute. You can usually guess at the yarn type by checking the pattern to see what tension number was used. For instance, 4ply(UK) is usually knitted at around 5 or 6.

I doubt that this table will be of much use to most of you but I’ve posted it here so that at least I should be able to find it when I need it!

Talk to you later,

Susan.

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6 Responses to How Much Yarn To Buy

  1. Margaret Cummings says:

    Thank you ~ I just love old patterns so I appreciate this as a guide

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  3. A very good reference point. Thank-you.

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