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Topic: Figuring out how much yardage to buy using vintage patterns?  (Read 294 times)
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« on: January 31, 2009 08:23:04 PM »

I have bought all these gourgeous vintage pattern books online.

Is there any way I can figure out how much yardage I need for a particular pattern, using measurements of my gauge swatch to the bust size, etc? I'm not a math person by any means, so I will not be insulted if you spell it out for me like I'm 5 years old... Cheesy

I know how to substitute yarns by using a gauge swatch--I tend to buy my yarn at Big Lots and discount bins and store it. I have 12 skeins of Bernat Cashmere and am dying to use it in a vintage cable pattern, but thinking I don't have enough.

Thanks everyone for any help you can give!
« Reply #1 on: January 31, 2009 09:50:38 PM »

If you think you're going to be doing a lot of the patterns, maybe check out this leaflet:


As the title suggests, it really is very handy to have around when you are buying yarn!

Elann also has a guide on their website:  http://elann.com/faq.asp#estimates, although I have purchased according to their estimates in the past and I always come out with a LOT of extra yarn at the end, so I think you would probably be safe not bothering with, say, buying and extra ball just in case.

Studio Marlowe  Knitting patterns, etc.
« Reply #2 on: February 01, 2009 07:35:35 AM »

There's charts here for vintage yarns, their weight and yardages per skein - http://www.vintageknits.com/yarncharts.html

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