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

Knitted Sweaters are a beautiful addition to your wardrobe. Our included yarn calculation table gives you the quick answers to the question – How much yarn do I need to knit a Women’s Sweater? No running out of yarn!

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

The example pattern I’m using is the Basic V-Neck Pullover by Knit Picks using stockinette stitch and simple ribbing. It is a great option for beginners.

How Much Yarn Do I Need For A Women’s Sweater?

I’ve included how much yarn you need for a Women’s Sweater with different finished bust measurements of 28.25 32.5, 36.75, 41, 45, 49.5 inches with the example pattern.

To knit a Women’s Sweater with finished bust measurements 28.25 inches (71.8 cm),  – (using the example pattern) you will need a minimum of 880 yards (804.7 meters) of Worsted Weight #4 yarn, total weight of 14.4 oz (400 g) – Number of skeins is 8 skeins (each skein weighs 1.8 oz/ 50 g).

Women’s Sweater Yarn Estimates
Finsihed Bust 28.25 inches With Worsted Weight Yarn (#4)

Bust Size (In)

inches

Bust Size (Cms)

71.8 cms

Estimated Yardage

880 yards

Estimated Meterage

804.7 meters

Estimated Ounces

14.4 oz

Estimated Grams

400 gms

Estimated Skeins

8 skeins

To knit a Women’s Sweater with finished bust measurements 32.5 inches (82.6 cm),  – (using the example pattern) you will need a minimum of 990 yards (905.3 meters) of Worsted Weight #4 yarn, total weight of 16.2 oz (450 g) – Number of skeins is 9 skeins (each skein weighs 1.8 oz/ 50 g)

Women’s Sweater Yarn Estimates
Finsihed Bust 32.5 inches With Worsted Weight Yarn (#4)

Bust Size (In)

32.5 inches

Bust Size (Cms)

82.6 cms

Estimated Yardage

990 yards

Estimated Meterage

905.3 meters

Estimated Ounces

16.2 oz

Estimated Grams

450 gms

Estimated Skeins

9 skeins

To knit a Women’s Sweater with finished bust measurements 36.75 inches (93.3 cm),  – (using the example pattern) you will need a minimum of 1100 yards (1006 meters) of Worsted Weight #4 yarn, total weight of 18 oz (500 g) – Number of skeins is 10 skeins (each skein weighs 1.8 oz/ 50 g).

Women’s Sweater Yarn Estimates
Finsihed Bust 36.75 inches With Worsted Weight Yarn (#4)

Bust Size (In)

36.75 inches

Bust Size (Cms)

93.3 cms

Estimated Yardage

1100 yards

Estimated Meterage

1006 meters

Estimated Ounces

18 oz

Estimated Grams

500 gms

Estimated Skeins

10 skeins

To knit a Women’s Sweater with finished bust measurements 41 inches (104 cm),  – (using the example pattern) you will need a minimum of 1210 yards (1106 meters) of Worsted Weight #4 yarn, total weight of 19.8 oz ( 550 g) – Number of skeins is 11 skeins (each skein weighs 1.8 oz/ 50 g).

Women’s Sweater Yarn Estimates
Finsihed Bust 41 inches With Worsted Weight Yarn (#4)

Bust Size (In)

41 inches

Bust Size (Cms)

104 cms

Estimated Yardage

1210 yards

Estimated Meterage

1106 meters

Estimated Ounces

19.8 oz

Estimated Grams

550 gms

Estimated Skeins

11 skeins

To knit a Women’s Sweater with finished bust measurements 45 inches (114.3 cm),  – (using the example pattern) you will need a minimum of 1320 yards (1207 meters) of Worsted Weight #4 yarn, total weight of 21.6 oz (600 g) – Number of skeins is 12 skeins (each skein weighs 1.8 oz/ 50 g).

Women’s Sweater Yarn Estimates
Finsihed Bust 45 inches With Worsted Weight Yarn (#4)

Bust Size (In)

45 inches

Bust Size (Cms)

114.3 cms

Estimated Yardage

1320 yards

Estimated Meterage

1207 meters

Estimated Ounces

21.6 oz

Estimated Grams

600 gms

Estimated Skeins

12 skeins

To knit a Women’s Sweater with finished bust measurements 49.5 inches (125.7cm),  – (using the example pattern) you will need a minimum of 1540 yards (1408.2 meters) of Worsted Weight #4 yarn, total weight of 25.2 oz ( 700 g) – Number of skeins is 14 skeins (each skein weighs 1.8 oz/ 50 g).

Women’s Sweater Yarn Estimates
Finsihed Bust 49.5 inches With Worsted Weight Yarn (#4)

Bust Size (In)

inches

Bust Size (Cms)

125.7 cms

Estimated Yardage

1540 yards

Estimated Meterage

1408.2 meters

Estimated Ounces

25.2 oz

Estimated Grams

700 gms

Estimated Skeins

14 skeins

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

To knit a Women’s Sweater measuring finished chest 36.75 inches (93.3 cm),  – (using the example pattern) you will need a minimum of 1100 yards (1006 meters) of Worsted Weight #4 yarn.

How Many Skeins Of Yarn Do I Need For A Women’s Sweater?

To knit a Women’s Sweater measuring finished chest 36.75 inches (93.3 cm),  – (using the example pattern) you will need a minimum of 10 skeins (each skein weighs 1.8 oz/ 50 g) of Worsted Weights #4 yarn. 

How Many Balls Of Yarn Do I Need For A Women’s Sweater?

To knit a Women’s Sweater measuring finished chest 36.75 inches (93.3 cm),  – (using the example pattern) you will need a minimum of 10 balls (each ball weighs 1.8 oz/ 50 g) of Worsted Weights #4 yarn.  

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

To knit a Women’s Sweater measuring finished chest 36.75 inches (93.3 cm)  – (using the example pattern) you will need a minimum of 18 oz (510 g) of Worsted Weight #4 yarn. 

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Now you know how much yarn you’ll need to knit a Women’s Sweater, it’s time to start your next project!

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Author: Jodie Morgan is a passionate knitter and blogger with 40+ years of experience currently living in Chiang Mai, Thailand. 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. Please say hello, or see what she's making on Ravelry.

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