How Much Yarn Do I Need To Knit A Child’s Sweater? (Answers For 3 Sizes)

Knitted Sweaters are a lovely addition to a child’s wardrobe. Our included yarn calculation table gives you the quick answers to the question – How much yarn do I need to knit a Child’s Sweater? No running out of yarn!

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I highly recommend using a pattern to knit a Child’s Sweater. The designer gives details of the yarn weight and the yardage.

The example pattern I’m using is the Child’s Knit Crew Neck Pullover pattern by Caron using stockinette stitch and simple ribbing. It is a great option for beginners.

How Much Yarn Do I Need For A Child’s Sweater? 

I’ve included how much yarn you need for a Child’s Sweater for 6, 8 and 10 year olds with their respective finished chest measurements. 

6 Year Old Child’s Sweater

To knit a Child’s Sweater measuring finished chest 30 inches (76 cm),  – (using the example pattern) you will need a minimum of 945 yards (864 meters) of Worsted Weight #4 yarn, total weight of 18 oz (510 g) – Number of skeins is 3 skeins (each skein weighs 6 oz/ (170 g).

8 Year Old Child’s Sweater

To knit a Child’s Sweater measuring finished chest 32 inches (81.5 cm), – (using the example pattern) you will need a minimum of 945 yards (864 meters) of Worsted Weight #4 yarn, total weight of 18 oz (510 g)  – Number of skeins is 3 skeins (each skein weighs 6 oz/ (170 g).

10 Year Old Child’s Sweater

To knit a Child’s Sweater measuring finished chest 34 inches (86,5 cm),  – (using the example pattern) you will need a minimum of yards (meters) of Worsted Weight #4 yarn, total weight of 24 oz (680 g) – Number of skeins is 4 skeins (each skein weighs 6 oz/ (170 g).

How Much Worsted Weight Yarn Needed For a Child’s Sweater?

Here’s my handy guide to how much yarn for knitting a Child’s Sweater in 3 different sizes and yards of yarn required when knitting stockinette (using the example pattern) in Worsted Weight #4 Yarn.

Child’s Sweater (6 year old) Yarn Estimates
With Worsted Weight Yarn (#4)

Chest Size (In)

30 inches

Chest Size (Cms)

76 cms

Estimated Yardage

945 yards

Estimated Meterage

864 meters

Estimated Ounces

18 oz

Estimated Grams

510 gms

Estimated Skeins

3 skeins

Child’s Sweater (8 year old) Yarn Estimates
With Worsted Weight Yarn (#4)

Chest Size (In)

32 inches

Chest Size (Cms)

81.5 cms

Estimated Yardage

945 yards

Estimated Meterage

864 meters

Estimated Ounces

18 oz

Estimated Grams

510 gms

Estimated Skeins

3 skeins

Child’s Sweater (10 year old) Yarn Estimates
With Worsted Weight Yarn (#4)

Chest Size (In)

34 inches

Chest Size (Cms)

86.5 cms

Estimated Yardage

1260 yards

Estimated Meterage

1152 meters

Estimated Ounces

24 oz

Estimated Grams

680 gms

Estimated Skeins

4 skeins

How Many Yards Of Yarn Do I Need to Knit a Child’s Sweater?

To knit a Child’s Sweater measuring finished chest 30 inches (76 cm),  – (using the example pattern) you will need a minimum of 945 yards (864 meters) of Worsted Weight #4 yarn.

How Many Skeins Of Yarn Do I Need For A Child’s Sweater?

To knit a Child’s Sweater measuring finished chest 30 inches (76 cm),  – (using the example pattern) you will need a minimum of 3 skeins (each skein weighs 6 oz/ (170 g) of Worsted Weights #4 yarn. 

How Many Balls Of Yarn Do I Need For A Child’s Sweater?

To knit a Child’s Sweater measuring finished chest 30 inches (76 cm),  – (using the example pattern) you will need a minimum of 3 balls (each ball weighs 6 oz/ (170 g) of Worsted Weights #4 yarn.  

How Many Ounces Of Yarn For A Child’s Sweater?

To knit a Child’s Sweater measuring finished chest 30 inches (76 cm)  – (using the example pattern) you will need a minimum of 18 oz (510 g) of Worsted Weight #4 yarn. 

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Now you know how much yarn you’ll need to knit a Child’s Sweater, it’s time to start your next project!

Want to know which yarn is best to use for a Child’s Sweater? To see my current recommendations, search for my article – The Best Yarns for Knitting.

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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. Please say hello, or see what she's making on Ravelry.

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