A question I get asked a lot is “how much chunky yarn do I need for a throw?” and I wish I could give a simple, and definitive, answer to this question!
There are lots of different factors involved, so I’m going to give you my expert guidance and some options that I use.
The simple (and not so accurate) answer
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. For example, if I wanted to knit a decent sized throw using Homelea Hug and 35mm needles (smaller stitches than arm crochet so more yarn needed) I’d estimate that I’d need at least 10kg of yarn.
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 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.
I hope this helps you! If you’ve got any questions comment below and I’ll answer.
With love, Lynda.