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Estimated Yarn Amounts For Baby Pullover Sweaters

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 pullover sweater for various sizes and gauges. Keep in mind these are estimates and assumes the sweater 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

4 185 170
4.5 200 185
5 220 210
6 260 240

6 months
Finished Chest Measurement 19 inches/48 cm

Sts Per Inch/CM

Yards

Meters

4 195 175
4.5 215 200
5 235 215
6 275 255

9 months
Finished Chest Measurement 20 inches/50 cm

Sts Per Inch/CM

Yards

Meters

4 200 185
4.5 225 205
5 245 225
6 285 260

12 months
Finished Chest Measurement 22 inches/56 cm

Sts Per Inch/CM

Yards

Meters

4 220 200
4.5 240 220
5 270 245
6 310 280

18 months
Finished Chest Measurement 24 inches/61 cm

Sts Per Inch/CM

Yards

Meters

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

24 months
Finished Chest Measurement 26 inches/66 cm

Sts Per Inch/CM

Yards

Meters

4 315 290
4.5 340 315
5 390 360
6 440 405