How Much Sock Yarn Do I Need To Knit A Sweater? [Answers for 3 Sizes]

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Our included yarn calculation table gives you quick answers to the question – How much sock yarn do I need to knit a sweater? No running out of yarn!

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I reviewed, fact checked and updated this post on May 17, 2023.

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I recommend using a pattern to knit a sweater. The designer gives the suggested yarns, yarn weight and yardage. The example pattern I’m using is the Lion Brand Gradient Pullover designed by Vladimir Teriokhin. It’s a great option for beginners.

How Much Sock Yarn Do I Need For A Sweater? 

Here’s my handy guide to how much yarn for knitting a sweater in 6 sizes and yards of yarn required when using the example pattern in sock weight #1 yarn. This is finer yarn creating a lighter fabric, than a sport weight sweater yarn.

Size Small-Large

To knit a sweater with finished chest measurements of 52 inches (132 cm) using the example pattern, you need a min of 7,119 yards (6,510 meters) of sock weight #1 yarn. A total weight of 37.1 oz (1,050 g). Number of skeins is 7 skeins (each skein weighs 5.3 oz – 150 g).

Size S-L Sweater Sock Yarn Estimates
With Sock Weight Yarn (#1)

Final Size (In)

52 inches

Final Size (Cm)

132 cm

Estimated Yardage

7,119 yards

Estimated Meterage

6,510 meters

Estimated Ounces

37.1 oz

Estimated Grams

1,050 g

Estimated Skeins

7 skeins

Plus Size

To knit a sweater with finished chest measurements of inches (162.5 cm) using the example pattern, you need a min of 14,238 yards (13,020 meters) of sock weight #1 yarn. A total weight of 74.2 oz (2,100 g). Number of skeins is 14 skeins (each skein weighs 5.3 oz – 150 g).

Plus Size Sweater Sock Yarn Estimates
With Sock Weight Yarn (#1)

Final Size (In)

64 inches

Final Size (Cm)

162.5 cm

Estimated Yardage

14,238 yards

Estimated Meterage

13,020 meters

Estimated Ounces

74.2 oz

Estimated Grams

2,100 g

Estimated Skeins

14 skeins

How Many Yards Of Sock Yarn Do I Need To Knit A Sweater?

To knit a sweater with finished chest measurements of 52″ (132 cm) using the example pattern, you need a min of 7,119 yards (6,510 meters) of sock weight #1 yarn.

How Many Skeins Of Sock Yarn Do I Need For A Sweater?

To knit a sweater with finished chest measurements of 52″ (132 cm) using the example pattern, you need a min of 7 skeins of sock weight #1 yarn. (Each skein weighs 5.3 oz – 150 g).

How Many Balls Of Sock Yarn Do I Need For A Sweater?

To knit a sweater with finished chest measurements of 52″ (132 cm) using the example pattern, you need a min of 7 balls of sock weight #1 yarn. (Each skein weighs 5.3 oz – 150 g).

How Many Ounces Of Sock Yarn For A Sweater?

To knit a sweater with finished chest measurements of 52″ (132 cm) using the example pattern, you need a min of 37.1 oz (1,050 g) of sock weight #1 yarn. 

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Jodie Morgan From Knit Like Granny

Jodie Morgan (Author & Founder)

jodie@knitlikegranny.com | Lives In: Chiang Mai, Thailand

Author: Jodie Morgan is a passionate knitter and blogger with 40+ years of experience currently living in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Taught by her mother and wonderful grandmother “Mama”, she fell in love with crafting from a young age. When she’s not knitting, you’ll find her enjoying a cup of coffee with cream, or sharing helpful resources and tips with the online knitting community. Get to know Jodie and the team on our meet the team page.

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