I’ve been knitting for decades.
I’ve been knitting sweaters for almost as long.
I’ve been designing my own patterns for close to 10 years, and professionally writing patterns for more than 5 years.
And no matter how I try, I still can’t accurately estimate how much yarn I need for a project.
Example 1A: My Provincial Tweed Sweater.I’ve been working on this bad boy for a while now, off and on over the last few months. I’ve gotten the body done to about hip length (it still needs the nice long ribbed hem that I have planned for it). It’s currently 15″ from the underarm. A nice, generous length for a sweater.I have used up 2 skeins of yarn to get this far. I originally thought I’d use 10 skeins.
Now I’m thinking I’ll maybe use 4 skeins. I’ve poorly estimated yarn yardage before, but dang… I was very very wrong this time.I guess everyone is getting blue tweed sweaters for Christmas.
Have you mis-estimated your yardage before? How badly were you off?