A question I get asked a lot is “how much chunky yarn do I need for a throw?”. There are lots of different factors involved, so I’ve put together my expert knowledge and recommendations for you.
What influences how much yarn you’ll need
There are lots of different factors involved in working out how much yarn you’ll need:
- whether you’re crocheting or knitting,
- the size of the yarn,
- the needle/hook size,
- your unique tension,
- the stitch, and
- whether you’re feeling anxious or relaxed.
A quick guide:
I allow 6 x 300g skeins of Homelea Bliss for a 1m x 1m crocheted throw rug (knitting will use less than this), and 4 x 1kg balls of Homelea Hug for an arm crocheted 1m x 1m throw rug. Sometimes I use this as a guide, allow some extra, and just go with the flow and see what size throw I end up with.
A more accurate way to work this out: make a test piece with 1 skein or ball to work out what you’d like to make and how much yarn you’ll need – I’ve included instructions down below on how to do this below. You can always turn it into a cowl or a scarf once you’ve made your blanket.
Why not join Blanket School instead? One of the perks of your membership is that we’ll work out how much yarn you’ll need for you (and teach you how to easily work it out too).
The most accurate way to work out how much yarn you’ll need
The way I work out how much yarn I’ll need for a chunky throw is to do a gauge square with 1 skein or ball of yarn and then use some simple maths.
This is what to do:
1 – Make a square
Crochet/knit a square that’s at least 30cm (0.3m) x 30cm (0.3m). For the most accurate answer make sure you use the stitch and hook/needle size you want your throw to be made with.
2 – Weigh and measure
Weigh the square in kilograms (kg) and measure it in metres (m).
3 – Square area
Calculate the area of the square by multiplying the length and width (both from 2 above). For example – 0.3m x 0.3m = 0.09m2.
4 – Square weight / area
Calculate the weight per area of your square by dividing the weight (from 2 above) by the area (from 3 above). For example – 0.3kg / 0.09m2 = 3.3kg/m2.
5 – Throw size
Work out how big you want your throw to be – I allow 0.7m x 0.7m for a baby blanket, 1m x 1m for a throw and for my queen sized bed I allow 1.7m x 1.7m.
6 – Throw area
Calculate the area of my throw by multiplying the size lengths (from 5 above). For example for a throw = 1m x 1m = 1m2.
7 – How much yarn
Calculate the amount of yarn by multiplying the square weight/area (from 4 above) by the throw area (from 6 above). For example – 3.3kg/m2 x 1m2 = 3.3kg.
8 – Allow some extra
I always allow extra yarn because there’s nothing worse than being a little bit short and not being able to get more yarn in the same dye lot! I allow at least an extra 10% and I do this by multiplying the amount of yarn by 1.1 – for example 3.3kg x 1.1 = 3.6kg.
If you need to get this weight back to grams to use with Homelea Bliss simply multiply it by 1000. For example – 3.6kg x 1000 = 3600g.
There are 300g in each skein of Homelea Bliss, so to work out how many skeins divide your weight in g by 300. For example – 3600g / 300 = 12 skeins.
The easy way to make chunky blankets and improve your crocheting
Crocheting blankets doesn’t have to be hard. It can be easy to work out how much yarn you’ll need, and follow the easy patterns.
In Blanket School we help you improve your crocheting the easy way while making beautiful blankets. You’ll love being part of our mindful crochet community, and joining in with the weekly tasks and creative challenges. We even have weekly Crochet Help Sessions to answer all your questions and get you unstuck.
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With love, Lynda.