How Much Yarn Do I Need To Knit An Oversized Sweater? (Answers for 7 Sizes)

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Knitted Oversized Sweaters are like wearing a warm hug. Our included yarn calculation table gives you the quick answers to the question – How much yarn do I need to knit an Oversized Sweater? No running out of yarn!

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I highly recommend using a pattern to knit an Oversized Sweater. The designer gives details of the yarn weight and the yardage. This pattern requires a different amount of yarn if using an Addi machine. I share the details in my post.

The example pattern I’m using is the The Simple Knit Sweater by Ashleigh Kiser of Sewrella using garter stitch and simple ribbing. It includes 7 different sizes. It is a great option for beginners.

How Much Yarn Do I Need For An Oversized Sweater? 

Here’s my handy guide to how much yarn for knitting a Oversized Sweater in 7 different sizes and yards of yarn required when knitting garter stitch and ribbing (using the example pattern) in Super Bulky Weight #6 yarn.

How Much Super Bulky Yarn For Knitting Oversized Sweater?

To knit a Oversized Sweater with finished bust measurements of 30 inches (76.2 cm),  – (using the example pattern) you will need a minimum of 530 yards (485 meters) of Super Bulky Weight #6 yarn, total weight of 30 oz (850 g) – Number of skeins is 5 skeins (each skein weighs 6 oz/ 170 g).

XS Size Oversized Sweater Yarn Estimates
With Super Bulky Weight Yarn (#6)

Final Bust Size (In)

30 inches

Final Bust Size (Cms)

76.2 cms

Estimated Yardage

530 yards

Estimated Meterage

485 meters

Estimated Ounces

30 oz

Estimated Grams

850 gms

Estimated Skeins

5 skeins

To knit a Oversized Sweater with finished bust measurements of 34 inches (86.4 cm),  – (using the example pattern) you will need a minimum of 530 yards (485 meters) of Super Bulky Weight #6 yarn, total weight of 30 oz (850 g) – Number of skeins is 5 skeins (each skein weighs 6 oz/ 170 g).

Small Size Oversized Sweater Yarn Estimates
With Super Bulky Weight Yarn (#6)

Final Bust Size (In)

34 inches

Final Bust Size (Cms)

86.4 cms

Estimated Yardage

530 yards

Estimated Meterage

485 meters

Estimated Ounces

30 oz

Estimated Grams

850 gms

Estimated Skeins

5 skeins

To knit a Oversized Sweater with finished bust measurements of 38 inches (96.5 cm),  – (using the example pattern) you will need a minimum of 636 yards (582 meters) of Super Bulky Weight #6 yarn, total weight of 36 oz (1020 g) – Number of skeins is 6 skeins (each skein weighs 6 oz/ 170 g).

Medium Size Oversized Sweater Yarn Estimates
With Super Bulky Weight Yarn (#6)

Final Bust Size (In)

38 inches

Final Bust Size (Cms)

96.5 cms

Estimated Yardage

636 yards

Estimated Meterage

582 meters

Estimated Ounces

36 oz

Estimated Grams

1020 gms

Estimated Skeins

6 skeins

To knit a Oversized Sweater with finished bust measurements of 42 inches (106.7 cm),  – (using the example pattern) you will need a minimum of 636 yards (582 meters) of Super Bulky Weight #6 yarn, total weight of 36 oz (1020 g) – Number of skeins is 6 skeins (each skein weighs 6 oz/ 170 g).

Large Size Oversized Sweater Yarn Estimates
With Super Bulky Weight Yarn (#6)

Final Bust Size (In)

42 inches

Final Bust Size (Cms)

106.7 cms

Estimated Yardage

636 yards

Estimated Meterage

582 meters

Estimated Ounces

36 oz

Estimated Grams

1020 gms

Estimated Skeins

6 skeins

To knit a Oversized Sweater with finished bust measurements of 46 inches (116.8 cm),  – (using the example pattern) you will need a minimum of 742 yards (679 meters) of Super Bulky Weight #6 yarn, total weight of 42 oz (1190 g) – Number of skeins is 7 skeins (each skein weighs 6 oz/ 170 g).

XL Size Oversized Sweater Yarn Estimates
With Super Bulky Weight Yarn (#6)

Final Bust Size (In)

46 inches

Final Bust Size (Cms)

116.8 cms

Estimated Yardage

742 yards

Estimated Meterage

679 meters

Estimated Ounces

42 oz

Estimated Grams

1190 gms

Estimated Skeins

7 skeins

To knit a Oversized Sweater with finished bust measurements of 50 inches (127 cm),  – (using the example pattern) you will need a minimum of 742 yards (679 meters) of Super Bulky Weight #6 yarn, total weight of 42 oz (1190 g) – Number of skeins is 7 skeins (each skein weighs 6 oz/ 170 g).

XXL Size Oversized Sweater Yarn Estimates
With Super Bulky Weight Yarn (#6)

Final Bust Size (In)

50 inches

Final Bust Size (Cms)

127 cms

Estimated Yardage

742 yards

Estimated Meterage

679 meters

Estimated Ounces

42 oz

Estimated Grams

1190 gms

Estimated Skeins

7 skeins

To knit a Oversized Sweater with finished bust measurements of 54 inches (137.2 cm),  – (using the example pattern) you will need a minimum of 848 yards (776 meters) of Super Bulky Weight #6 yarn, total weight of 48 oz (1360 g) – Number of skeins is 8 skeins (each skein weighs 6 oz/ 170 g).

XXXL Size Oversized Sweater Yarn Estimates
With Super Bulky Weight Yarn (#6)

Final Bust Size (In)

54 inches

Final Bust Size (Cms)

137.2 cms

Estimated Yardage

530 yards

Estimated Meterage

776 meters

Estimated Ounces

48 oz

Estimated Grams

1360 gms

Estimated Skeins

8 skeins

How Many Yards Of Yarn Do I Need to Knit an Oversized Sweater?

To knit a Oversized Sweater with finished bust measurements of 42 inches (106.7 cm),  – (using the example pattern) you will need a minimum of 636 yards (582 meters) of Super Bulky Weight #6 yarn.

How Many Skeins Of Yarn Do I Need For An Oversized Sweater?

To knit a Oversized Sweater with finished bust measurements of 42 inches (106.7 cm), – (using the example pattern) you will need a minimum of 6 skeins (each skein weighs 6 oz/ 170 g) of Super Bulky Weight #6 yarn.

How Many Balls Of Yarn Do I Need For An Oversized Sweater?

To knit a Oversized Sweater with finished bust measurements from 42 inches (106.7 cm),  – (using the example pattern) you will need a minimum of 6 balls (each skein weighs 6 oz/ 170 g) of Super Bulky Weight #6 yarn.

How Many Ounces Of Yarn For An Oversized Sweater?

To knit a Oversized Sweater with finished bust measurements of 42 inches (106.7 cm),  – (using the example pattern) you will need a minimum of 36 oz (1020 g) of Super Bulky Weight #6 yarn.

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Conclusion

Now you know how much yarn you’ll need to knit an Oversized Sweater, it’s time to start your next project! Want to knit another size of sweater? See my post on how much yarn for a mens’ sweater, or how much yarn for a sweater vest.

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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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