Yarn Gauge Comparison and Yardage Estimator

This table is really useful as a yardage estimator, but even more useful is the summary of different yarn gauges – this is an enormous help when swapping yarns and patterns around and trying to end up with the right size garment when you’re using different yarn than the pattern was meant for!!

The following table shows estimated yardage needed according to your gauge. Yardage shown is for an average long-sleeved pullover (sweater) or cardigan according to chest measurements, allowing for a 2" wearing ease in the finished garment ie finished garment chest size would be the given chest measurement + 2").

For short-sleeved sweaters, reduce yardage by about 20%, and for sleeveless sweaters and children's garments, reduce it by about 30%. Add 10 - 20% for textured & multicoloured patterns.

Note: Bracketed numbers are lengths in metres.

Gauge (no of st per 4” or 10 cm) Usual Needle Size Common Name Chest size
34-36” 38-40” 42-44” 46-48”
30-32 3.25 mm Lace Weight, Baby Weight (2 or 3-ply) 2420 (2200) 2640 (2400) 2860 (2600) 3080 (2800)
27-29 3.25 mm Fingering (4-ply) 1980 (1800) 2420 (2200) 2640 (2400) 2860 (2600)
24-26 32-34 rows 3.75 mm Sport 1760 (1600) 1980 (1800) 2420 (2200) 2640 (2400)
21-23 30 rows 4 mm DK (8-ply, light worsted) 1650 (1500) 1760 (1600) 1980 (1800)) 2420 (2200)
19-20 28-30 rows 4.5 mm Worsted (between DK and aran) 1430 (1300) 1650 (1500) 1760 (1600) 1980 (1800)
17-18 st 24 rows 5 mm Heavy worsted Aran (12-ply) 1320 (1200) 1430 (1300) 1650 (1500) 1760 (1600)
15-16 22 rows 6 mm Chunky 1210 (1100) 1320 (1200) 1430 (1300) 1650 (1500)
12-14 20 rows 6 - 8 mm Bulky (this may be nearer a chunky) 1100 (1000) 1210 (1100) 1320 (1200) 1430 (1300)
10-11 10-16 mm Polar 770 (700) 880 (800) 990 (900) 1210 (1100)

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