How Much Yarn Do I Need To Knit Socks?

By Jodie Morgan

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

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I highly recommend using a pattern for knitting socks. The designer gives details of the yarn weight and the yardage.

The example pattern I’m using is the Go Your Own Way Socks pattern by Stacey Winklepleck. It’s a simple sock pattern using stockinette stitch, using Fingering Weight Yarn (Super Fine #). It is a great option for beginners. There’s a range of size inclusions.

How Much Yarn Do I Need To Knit Socks?

To Knit Socks measuring Foot length 9 inches (23 cm), Foot Circumference 8.5 inches ( 21.6 cm), Leg length 5.5 inches (14 cm) – (using the example pattern) you will need a minimum of 357 yards (326 meters) of Fingering Weight (Super Fine #1) yarn, total weight of 3.5 oz (100 g) – Number of skeins is 1 skein (each skein weighs 3.5 oz/ 100 g).

How Much Yarn Needed For Socks?

Here’s my handy guide to how much yarn for knitting socks and yards of yarn required when knitting stockinette (using the example pattern) with fingering weight (Superfine #1) yarn.

Chunky Scarf Yarn Estimates
With Bulky Weight Yarn (#5)

Foot Length (In)

9 inches

Foot Length (Cms)

23 cms

Foot Circ (In)

8.5 inches

Foot Circ (Cms)

21.6 cms

Leg Length (In)

5.5 inches

Leg Length (Cms)

14 cms

Estimated Yardage

357 yards

Estimated Meterage

326 meters

Estimated Ounces

3.5 oz

Estimated Grams

100 gms

Estimated Skeins

1 skein

How Many Yards Of Yarn To Knit Socks?

To Knit Socks measuring Foot length 9 inches (23 cm), Foot Circumference 8.5 inches ( 21.6 cm), Leg length 5.5 inches (14 cm) – (using the example pattern) you will need a minimum of 357 yards (326 meters) of Fingering Weight (Super Fine #1) yarn, 

How Many Skeins Of Yarn Do I Need For A Pair Of Socks?

To Knit Socks measuring Foot length 9 inches (23 cm), Foot Circumference 8.5 inches ( 21.6 cm), Leg length 5.5 inches (14 cm) – (using the example pattern) you will need a minimum of 1 skein (each skein weighs 3.5 oz/ 100 g) of Fingering Weight (Super Fine #1) yarn.

How Many Balls Of Yarn Do I Need For Knit Socks?

To Knit Socks measuring Foot length 9 inches (23 cm), Foot Circumference 8.5 inches ( 21.6 cm), Leg length 5.5 inches (14 cm) – (using the example pattern) you will need a minimum of 1 ball (each ball weighs 3.5 oz/ 100 g) of Fingering Weight (Super Fine #1) yarn.

How Many Ounces Of Yarn For Knit Socks?

To Knit Socks measuring Foot length 9 inches (23 cm), Foot Circumference 8.5 inches ( 21.6 cm), Leg length 5.5 inches (14 cm) – (using the example pattern) you will need a minimum of 3.5 ounces (100 g) of Fingering Weight (Super Fine #1) yarn.

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Is 50g Enough For Socks?

50g/1.8oz is enough for baby/toddler socks. 50g/1.8oz is not enough yarn for adult sized socks. You need at least 100g/3.5oz of sock yarn/fingering weight yarn for adult sized socks. 

Conclusion

Now you know how much yarn you’ll need to make socks, it’s time to start your next project! Explore excellent fibers to use in this article.

This post is part of my series explaining how much yarn for different types of socks. Next up is how much yarn for ankle socks?

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Jodie Morgan From Knit Like Granny

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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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