• cathy

What's your yardage? - part 1

Updated: Aug 15, 2019

Yesterday, on the way home from work, I stopped at the Longmont Yarn Shoppe. Ok, it was a 30 minute detour in 100 degree heat, but I was a woman on a mission. About a month ago I bought some gorgeous deep purple worsted yarn from Malabrigo to make a KnitWiz yoked sweater for my daughter. This is a test sweater for the yoked template - which will be available Sept 1st. But then I thought, wouldn’t it be cool to pair it with a variegated yarn for the yoke. I entered the store with high hopes, and wasn’t disappointed. Here’s what I found…

Malabrigo at the Longmont Yarn Shoppe

The first question I was confronted with was how much yarn to use. Only 2 skeins left, well that was easy. I’d use two skeins for the yoke. But is it enough? One piece of the software I haven’t yet made is a specific way to calculate yardages. There is a free tool for yardage estimates (click on ‘tools’) based on so I do know approximately how much total yarn is needed....

KnitWiz Yarn Estimator

However, more information would be helpful. The main reason there aren’t specific yardage calculations per design is because I just hadn’t thought of a good way to approach the math. Some people have their best ideas while standing in the shower. Staring (longingly) at a wall of yarn also works. At the end of July I am leaving my day job to concentrate on KnitWiz, and tackling yardage calculations will be my first goal.


Here’s how it’s going to work - I’ll use my daughter, Carolyn, as an example. Planning ahead, I took her measurements last time she visited, and have already entered them into the computer. For this sweater the yarn has inspired the design. I’ve got plenty of the main yarn for the body and only two skeins for the yoke. To make a limited amount of yarn work what I need to know is how deep to make the yoke. She wants a loose-fitting cardigan so I add plenty of ease to the design. Then I add pattern pieces, guessing at the yoke depth….

Design Details view - showing pattern pieces

After entering yoke details and swatch info I’m ready to create a project. As long as I have only one project associated with my design I can still change any detail. In this case I might need to tweak the height of the body to accommodate the amount of yarn available....

Shape pattern piece with our visual design tool

With a design subscription you may begin creating a project from either your dashboard, or via the link at the bottom of the design details page. Select the design for your project, and select a person’s measurements.…


From this "start a project" view, I will scroll down to see the button which will save my project. Next, stay tuned for part 2 - yardage calculations are coming soon.


Happy Knitting, fellow KnitWizards!

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