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I am a new knitter, just learning to make a few things (discloths, felted bags, a hat and booties...) and I've been practicing some very simple stitches and making simple projects to get the hang of knitting w/ even tension and learning a few stitches. I have made such simple things that I really don't think a pattern is necessary. I mean, who needs a pattern for a simple scarf or tote bag? Well, the very basis ones anyway.<br><br>
So, I haven't used patterns, just picked the stitches out of a book and started knitting. This is great except that I can never accurately predict how much yarn I'm going to need. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> If I have too much, no big deal, but a couple of times I've run short and had to adapt or just barely made it w/ enough yarn.<br><br>
I'm wondering if there are tables or charts somewhere that help you estimate how much yardage of different weights of yarn you need for a project. If I could find a chart that says "X yards of X weight yarn knitted at X stitches per inch will work up to approx X inches by X inches..." Ykwim? Does something like this exist?<br><br>
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What you are looking for is a Yardage Estimator. I will have to see what I can find.<br><br><a href="http://www.fiber2yarn.com/info/how_much_yarn.htm" target="_blank">http://www.fiber2yarn.com/info/how_much_yarn.htm</a> <a href="http://www.knittingfool.com/pages/yards1.cfm" target="_blank">http://www.knittingfool.com/pages/yards1.cfm</a>
 

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Just stumbled across this post. I know it's ancient but I felt since I found it others might find it as well.
Personally, I would say that all these charts and calculators are kind of worthless because they only work out if you meet the gauge. Since most knitters will create a different fabric even though they are using the exact same needles and yarn, this means you have to knit a swatch first to ensure that these calculators and charts work for you.
But if you need to knit a swatch anway, you can make your own calculations based on that (here are a couple of ways to figure out the yarn requirements for a scarf)
 
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