How Much Yarn Do I Need To Knit A Men’s Sweater? (Answers for 6 Sizes)

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

The example pattern I’m using is the Adult’s Knit V- Neck Pullover by Yarnspirations. It includes 6 different sizes from Extra Small to 5XL. It’s a great option for beginners.

How Much Yarn Do I Need For a Men’s Sweater? 

Here’s my handy guide to how much yarn for knitting a Men’s Sweater in 6 different sizes and yards of yarn required when (using the example pattern) in Worsted Weight #4 yarn.

Size Small

To knit a Men’s Sweater with finished chest measurements of 37″ (94 cm) using the example pattern you need a min. of 1260 yards (1152 meters) of Worsted Weight #4 yarn, total weight of 24 oz (680.4g).

Number of skeins is 4 skeins (each skein weighs 6 oz/ 170.1g).

XS/S Men’s Sweater Yarn Estimates
With Worsted Weight Yarn (#4)

Final Chest Size (In)

37 inches

Final Chest Size (Cms)

94 cms

Estimated Yardage

1260 yards

Estimated Meterage

1152 meters

Estimated Ounces

24 oz

Estimated Grams

680.4 gms

Estimated Skeins

4 skeins

Size Medium

To knit a Men’s Sweater with finished chest measurements of 40.5″ (103 cm) using the example pattern you need a min. of 1260 yards (1152 meters) of Worsted Weight #4 yarn, total weight of 24 oz (680.4g).

Number of skeins is 4 skeins (each skein weighs 6 oz/ 170.1 g).

M Men’s Sweater Yarn Estimates
With Worsted Weight Yarn (#4)

Final Chest Size (In)

40.5 inches

Final Chest Size (Cms)

103 cms

Estimated Yardage

1260 yards

Estimated Meterage

1152 meters

Estimated Ounces

24 oz

Estimated Grams

680.4 gms

Estimated Skeins

4 skeins

Size Large

To knit a Men’s Sweater with finished chest measurements of 44.5″ (113 cm) using the example pattern you need a min. of 1260 yards (1152 meters) of Worsted Weight #4 yarn, total weight of 24 oz (680.4g).

Number of skeins is 4 skeins (each skein weighs 6 oz/ 170.1g).

L Men’s Sweater Yarn Estimates
With Worsted Weight Yarn (#4)

Final Chest Size (In)

44.5 inches

Final Chest Size (Cms)

113 cms

Estimated Yardage

1260 yards

Estimated Meterage

1152 meters

Estimated Ounces

24 oz

Estimated Grams

680.4 gms

Estimated Skeins

4 skeins

Size Extra Large

To knit a Men’s Sweater with finished chest measurements of 49″ (124.5 cm) using the example pattern you need a min. of 1575 yards (1440 meters) of Worsted Weight #4 yarn, total weight of 30 oz (850.5g).

Number of skeins is 5 skeins (each skein weighs 6 oz/ 170.1g).

XL Men’s Sweater Yarn Estimates
With Worsted Weight Yarn (#4)

Final Chest Size (In)

49 inches

Final Chest Size (Cms)

124.5 cms

Estimated Yardage

1575 yards

Estimated Meterage

1440 meters

Estimated Ounces

30 oz

Estimated Grams

850.5 gms

Estimated Skeins

5 skeins

Size 2 Extra Large & 3 Extra Large

To knit a Men’s Sweater with finished chest measurements of 55″ (140 cm),  – (using the example pattern) you need a min. of 1890 yards (1728 meters) of Worsted Weight #4 yarn, total weight of 36 oz (1020.6 g).

Number of skeins is 6 skeins (each skein weighs 6 oz/ 170.1g).

2XL/3XL Men’s Sweater Yarn Estimates
With Worsted Weight Yarn (#4)

Final Chest Size (In)

55 inches

Final Chest Size (Cms)

140 cms

Estimated Yardage

1890 yards

Estimated Meterage

1728 meters

Estimated Ounces

36 oz

Estimated Grams

1020.6 gms

Estimated Skeins

6 skeins

Size 4 Extra Large & 5 Extra Large

To knit a Men’s Sweater with finished chest measurements of 63″ (160 cm),  – (using the example pattern) you need a min. of 2205 yards (2016 meters) of Worsted Weight #4 yarn, total weight of 42 oz (1190.7 g).

Number of skeins is 7 skeins (each skein weighs 6 oz/ 170.1g).

4XL/5XL Men’s Sweater Yarn Estimates
With Worsted Weight Yarn (#4)

Final Chest Size (In)

63 inches

Final Chest Size (Cms)

160 cms

Estimated Yardage

2205 yards

Estimated Meterage

2016 meters

Estimated Ounces

42 oz

Estimated Grams

1190.7 gms

Estimated Skeins

7 skeins

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

To knit a Men’s Sweater with finished chest measurements of 44.5″ (113 cm),  – (using the example pattern) you need a min. of 1260 yards (1152 meters) of Worsted Weight #4 yarn.

How Many Skeins Of Yarn Do I Need For a Men’s Sweater?

To knit a Men’s Sweater with finished chest measurements of 44.5″ (113 cm),  – (using the example pattern) you need a min. of 4 skeins of Worsted Weight #4 yarn (each skein weighs 6 oz/ 170.1g).

How Many Balls Of Yarn Do I Need For a Men’s Sweater?

To knit a Men’s Sweater with finished chest measurements of 44.5 (113 cm),  – (using the example pattern) you need a min. of 4 balls of Worsted Weight #4 yarn (each skein weighs 6 oz/ 170.1g).

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

To knit a Men’s Sweater with finished chest measurements of 44.5 (113 cm),  – (using the example pattern) you need a min. of 24 oz (680.4g) of Worsted Weight #4 yarn. 

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