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.
The simple answer
I allow 6 x 300g skeins of Homelea Bliss for a 1m x 1m crocheted throw rug (it’s likely 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.
My recommendation is to make a test piece with 1 skein of Homelea Bliss 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. You can always turn it into a cowl or a scarf once you’ve made your blanket.
What influences how much yarn you’ll need
There are lots of different factors involved in how much yarn you’ll need – whether you’re crocheting or knitting, your tension, the stitch, the needle/hook size and even whether you’re feeling anxious or relaxed.
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
I’ve put together an online community and online courses (think ongoing Crochet A Long aka CAL with detailed videos, written instructions and amazing support) to make crocheting chunky blankets easy, it’s called Blanket School. I know just how frustrating it can be to work out what you’d like to make and then bring it to life.
The next round of Blanket School will be starting soon, so find out more about it here.
I hope this helps you! If you’ve got any questions comment below and I’ll answer.
With love, Lynda.