How Much Yarn Do I Need To Knit A Cropped Sweater? (Answers For 5 sizes)

By Jodie Morgan

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A Knitted Cropped Sweater is great with jeans or skirts. Our included yarn calculation table gives you the quick answers to the question – How much yarn do I need to knit a Cropped Sweater? No running out of yarn!

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I reviewed, fact checked and updated this post on May 16, 2023.

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I highly recommend using a pattern to knit a Cropped Sweater. The designer gives details of the yarn weight and the yardage. In case you were wondering, knitting this up with a machine needs a different amount of yarn. More info here.

The example pattern I’m using is Barbican by Martin Storey. It includes 5 different sizes from Small to XXL. It is a great option for advanced beginners.

How Much Yarn Do I Need For a Cropped Sweater? 

Here’s my handy guide to how much yarn for knitting a Cropped Sweater in 5 different sizes and yards of yarn required when (using the example pattern) in DK Weight #3 yarn.

To knit a Cropped Sweater with finished bust measurements of 32-34 inches (81-86 cm),  – (using the example pattern) you will need a minimum of 1224 yards (1125 meters) of DK Weight Yarn #3, total weight of 16.2 oz (450 g) – Number of skeins is 9 skeins (each skein weighs 1.8 oz/ 50g).

Small Size Cropped Sweater Yarn Estimates
With DK Weight Yarn (#3)

Final Bust Size (In)

32-34 inches

Final Bust Size (Cms)

81-86 cms

Estimated Yardage

1224 yards

Estimated Meterage

1125 meters

Estimated Ounces

16.2 oz

Estimated Grams

450 gms

Estimated Skeins

9 skeins

To knit a Cropped Sweater with finished bust measurements of 36-38 inches (91-97 cm),  – (using the example pattern) you will need a minimum of 1360 yards (1250 meters) of DK Weight #3 yarn, total weight of 18 oz (500 g) – Number of skeins is 10 skeins (each skein weighs 1.8 oz/ 50g).

Medium Size Cropped Sweater Yarn Estimates
With DK Weight Yarn (#3)

Final Bust Size (In)

36-38 inches

Final Bust Size (Cms)

91-97 cms

Estimated Yardage

1360 yards

Estimated Meterage

1250 meters

Estimated Ounces

18 oz

Estimated Grams

500 gms

Estimated Skeins

10 skeins

To knit a Cropped Sweater with finished bust measurements of 40-42 inches (102-107 cm),  – (using the example pattern) you will need a minimum of 1496 yards (1375 meters) of DK Weight #3 yarn, total weight of 19.8 oz (550 g) – Number of skeins is 11 skeins (each skein weighs 1.8 oz/ 50g).

Large Size Cropped Sweater Yarn Estimates
With DK Weight Yarn (#3)

Final Bust Size (In)

40-42 inches

Final Bust Size (Cms)

102 -107 cms

Estimated Yardage

1496 yards

Estimated Meterage

1375 meters

Estimated Ounces

19.8 oz

Estimated Grams

550 gms

Estimated Skeins

11 skeins

To knit a Cropped Sweater with finished bust measurements of 44-46 inches (112-117 cm),  – (using the example pattern) you will need a minimum of 1632 yards (1375 meters) of DK Weight #3 yarn, total weight of 21.6 oz (600 g) – Number of skeins is 12 skeins (each skein weighs 1.8 oz/ 50g).

XL Size Cropped Sweater Yarn Estimates
With DK Weight Yarn (#3)

Final Bust Size (In)

44-46 inches

Final Bust Size (Cms)

112-117 cms

Estimated Yardage

1632 yards

Estimated Meterage

1375 meters

Estimated Ounces

21.6 oz

Estimated Grams

gms

Estimated Skeins

12 skeins

To knit a Cropped Sweater with finished bust measurements of 48-50 inches (122-127 cm),  – (using the example pattern) you will need a minimum of 1904 yards (1750 meters) of DK Weight #3 yarn, total weight of 25.2 oz (700 g) – Number of skeins is 14 skeins (each skein weighs 1.8 oz/ 50g).

XXL Size Cropped Sweater Yarn Estimates
With DK Weight Yarn (#3)

Final Bust Size (In)

48-50 inches

Final Bust Size (Cms)

122-127cms

Estimated Yardage

1904 yards

Estimated Meterage

1750 meters

Estimated Ounces

25.02 oz

Estimated Grams

700 gms

Estimated Skeins

14 skeins

How Many Yards Of Yarn Do I Need to Knit a Cropped Sweater?

To knit a Cropped Sweater with finished bust measurements of 44-46 inches (112-117 cm),  – (using the example pattern) you will need a minimum of 1632 yards (1375 meters) of DK Weight #3 yarn.

How Many Skeins Of Yarn Do I Need For a Cropped Sweater?

To knit a Cropped Sweater with finished bust measurements of 44-46 inches (112-117 cm),  – (using the example pattern) you will need a minimum of 12 skeins of DK Weight #3 Yarn (each skein weighs 1.8 oz/ 50g).

How Many Balls Of Yarn Do I Need For a Cropped Sweater?

To knit a Cropped Sweater with finished bust measurements of 44-46 inches (112-117 cm),  – (using the example pattern) you will need a minimum of 12 balls of DK Weight #3 Yarn (each ball weighs 1.8 oz/ 50g).

How Many Ounces Of Yarn For A Cropped Sweater?

To knit a Cropped Sweater with finished bust measurements of 44-46 inches (112-117 cm),  – (using the example pattern) you will need a minimum of 21.6 oz (600 g) of DK Weight #3 Yarn. 

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Conclusion

Now you know how much yarn you’ll need to knit a Cropped Sweater, it’s time to start your next project! Want to knit a different type of sweater? See my post on how much yarn for a child’s sweater.

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Jodie Morgan From Knit Like Granny

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Author: Jodie Morgan is a passionate knitter and blogger with 40+ years of experience currently living in regional Australia. 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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