My first Sweater ( The money pit)

I have been knittin for over 10 years, I first started out with wool socks and mittens on double pointed needles. This year I told myself that I would knit a sweater. So I when to Mass. Ave. Knit Shop here in Indianapolis, which by the way is the "BEST PLACE for YARN". The owner Susan is a wonderful person and a Knitting BRAIN.  Well back to m sweater it is a Karabella Yarns pattern  KK196 MEN'S RIBBED TURTLENECK. The patter called for 13 50g ball of a soft wool. So I got the 13 balls on SALE for $6.30 = $81.90.  I started knitting the sweater on December 26 and to my amazement I was finished whit the body of the sweater by the 11th of Jan. Then I started on the sleeves knitting them both at the same time. when I saw that I was not going to have enought yarn. So I went back to Mass. Ave Knitt Shop to find out that they had sold out of the yarn that I needed. So I had to get on line and find the yarn that I needed. That yarn just came this wednesday I ordered 3 ball at $9.00 a ball plus shipping = #31.00 Started knitting the sleeves again to find out yesterday that there still is not enought yarn. So it was back to to order 2 more balls of yarn at $22.99. so the moral to this story is when you buy YARN BUY EXTRA YARN


So true, I don't know what i was thinking of as I bought the yarn to make my first sweater. I didn't buy enough. I went back to the store & luckyily for me they still had some of the same batch. Sweet lady let me take it & I'll go back & pay for it on Tuesday, payday!

But, yes always make sure that you buy enough & then some I'd say. Oh, is that how a stash gradually builds by the way? 


Knit away, knit away

"They say best men are moulded out of faults; and, for the most, become much more the better for being a little bad." William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure

Oh, yes! That's how stashing starts -- a little left-over yarn becomes a closet-full and eventually grows into rooms of yarn. You know you are a major stasher when you can knit for the rest of your life from your stash and not run out of yarn.

Of course, you always see a yarn you just must buy a little bit of ... 

I read somewhere that it's advisable to buy around a third more than the pattern says.  You can always return, sell, give away what you don't need (or make scarves, gloves or whatever) rather than try and source extra.  Batches vary quite a bit in colour matches, so it's sensible to do this. Ebay is a great place to get shot of what you don't need.  Either that or the huge wicker ottomans I stash all my spare wool in!


I'd be concerned about my gauge if I needed that much more yarn than the pattern called required.  Typically the pattern is fairly accurate about how much yarn you'll need but, as others have mentioned, I too usually pick up at least an extra ball. 

kiwiknitter's picture

Contratulations on your first jersey and welcome to MWK!  I always purchase a few extra skeins of wool whenever I make anything just to be sure.  I knit a swatch first to get the gauge correct but even so,  not all skeins are created equal and some are longer than others.  I've also discovered that different colours appear to knit differently.  I always purchase my wool at our exclusive department store and not at the smaller knit shops because of their easy return policy: no questions, no hassles, no rules.  They know me there so even if I lose the sales docket I can still return the extra skeins.  Depending on the wool you're using, if you do run out and can get more of a different dye lot you can always "weave" the colours by alternating a round of each colour x 12 times.  I've had to do this and it was successful.  I always first knit both sleeves at the same time on circ's and then use the left-over wool in the next piece which is the front.  I find that this way there is less wasted wool at the end of the project.  The last piece I knit is the back so that if there is a problem, it will be less noticable.  I know this is the reverse of most knitting patterns but it works for me.

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ulf's picture

When I made patterns for a swedish yarncompany they wanted me  knit an L for photografing and then estimate the quantity of yarn that was needed for other sizes. I think that if you knit the size on the photograf the quantity is correct but the smaller or larger it gets the more incorrect is the quantity. They haven't knit a XL or XS, just estimated how much yarn you need. And no, my time as a patterndesigner wasn't successful.

drmel94's picture

You might considering getting Ann Budd's 'Knitter's Handy Guide to Yarn Requirements'. It's a laminated fold-out pamphlet that gives yarn requirement estimates for basic designs, and she appears to calculate for some additional yarn to be safe. If you're doing heavily textured designs (e.g., aran sweaters) or Fair Isle type patterns, then you need to estimate for the additional yarn required for those, but as a good starting point it's an excellent and handy reference. I can't imagine a yarn shop not having it available and it's available online, as well. Just google "yarn requirements".

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