Friday, September 29, 2006
Yarn needed question
One of the easiest ways, to avoid most of the calculations, is to knit one square and see how much it takes.
You could knit a square, pull it undone, and measure the yarn used.
Alternatively, put markers on the yarn before you start. Every metre/yard/5 yards/whatever unit you choose, push a small length of contrast yarn between the plies of your yarn. As you knit, remove these markers. Count the markers when you've finished and you will know how much you used for one square.
Multiply by the number of squares to find the total. Remember to add extra if you are adding a border.
Gauge can help, but as "pat" said (above), knitting one square would show how much yarn you'd use. I've seen approximations for sweater yardage in the The Knitter's Companion based on the type of yarn used, but different stitch patterns can use up more yarn than others.
I would suggest finding a similar pattern to what you intend to do, and use those requirements as a guideline.