How Much Yarn Do I Need To Knit A Long Scarf? [Answers for 1 Size]

By Jodie Morgan

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

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I recommend using a pattern to knit a scarf. The designer gives the yarn weight and yardage. Not up for calculating yarn yardage? A knitting kit has got you covered. Check out the details here.

The example pattern I’m using is the Reversible Stripes Scarf in New Yarns by Purl Soho. It’s a great option for beginners.

Here’s my handy guide to how much yarn for knitting a long scarf and yards of yarn required when using the example pattern in sport weight #3 yarn.

How Much Yarn Do I Need For A Long Scarf?

To knit a long scarf with the finished length measurement of 70 inches (178 cm) using the example pattern, you need a minimum of 872 yards (797 meters) of sport weight #3 yarn. A total weight of 14 oz (400 g). Number of skeins is 4 skeins (each skein weighs 3.5 oz – 100 g).

Long Scarf Yarn Estimates
With Sport Weight Yarn (#3)

Final Size (In)

70 inches

Final Size (Cm)

178 cm

Estimated Yardage

872 yards

Estimated Meterage

797 meters

Estimated Ounces

14 oz

Estimated Grams

400 g

Estimated Skeins

4 skeins

How Many Yards Of Yarn Do I Need To Knit A Long Scarf?

To knit a long scarf with the finished length measurements of 70″ (178 cm) using the example pattern, you need a minimum of 872 yards (797 meters) of sport weight #3 yarn.

How Many Skeins Of Yarn Do I Need For A Long Scarf?

To knit a long scarf with the finished length measurement of 70″ (178 cm) using the example pattern, you need a minimum of 4 skeins of sport weight #3 yarn. (Each skein weighs 3.5 oz – 100 g).

How Many Balls Of Yarn Do I Need For A Long Scarf?

To knit a long scarf with the finished length measurement of 70″ (178 cm) using the example pattern, you need a minimum of 4 balls of sport weight #3 yarn. (Each skein weighs 3.5 oz – 100 g).

How Many Ounces Of Yarn For A Long Scarf?

To knit a long scarf with the finished length measurement of 70″ (178 cm) using the example pattern, you need a minimum of 14 oz (400 g) of sport weight #3 yarn. 

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Conclusion

Now you know how much yarn you need to knit a scarf, it’s time to start your next project! Want to knit a different style of scarf? Read my article on how much yarn for a chunky scarf, or how much sport weight yarn for a scarf.

About The Author

Jodie Morgan From Knit Like Granny

Jodie Morgan (Author & Founder)

jodie@knitlikegranny.com | Lives In: Regional Australia

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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