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Estimated Yarn Amounts For Baby Cardigans

At times you'll find a knitting pattern doesn't give you the amount of yarn needed for the pattern. Or perhaps it tells you the number of ounces you need, but not the yards or meters (see Substituting Yarn for more help on why you should substitute by yards or meters and not ounces or grams).

These are the estimated number of yards or meters needed to knit a baby cardigan sweater for various sizes and gauges. Keep in mind these are estimates and assumes the cardigan is knit in stockinette. Some stitch patterns use more yarn than others.

Newborn-3 months
Finished Chest Measurement 18 inches/46 cm

Sts Per Inch/CM

Yards

Meters

4 210 185
4.5 220 200
5 250 225
6 280 260

6 months
Finished Chest Measurement 19 inches/48 cm

Sts Per Inch/CM

Yards

Meters

4 220 195
4.5 235 215
5 260 235
6 300 275

9 months
Finished Chest Measurement 20 inches/50 cm

Sts Per Inch/CM

Yards

Meters

4 230 205
4.5 240 220
5 265 240
6 310 280

12 months
Finished Chest Measurement 22 inches/56 cm

Sts Per Inch/CM

Yards

Meters

4 235 215
4.5 255 235
5 285 260
6 330 300

18 months
Finished Chest Measurement 24 inches/61 cm

Sts Per Inch/CM

Yards

Meters

4 255 230
4.5 275 250
5 300 275
6 360 325

24 months
Finished Chest Measurement 26 inches/66 cm

Sts Per Inch/CM

Yards

Meters

4 340 310
4.5 370 335
5 415 380
6 475 435