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What Can I Knit With 400 Yards of Yarn?

How much yarn for a scarf? How much yarn do I need for a baby sweater? You'd be surprised what 400 yards can do!

Updated January 21, 2020
What Can I Knit With 400 Yards of Yarn

400 yards of yarn is nothing to sneeze at, but it looks different depending on what weight of yarn you're looking at. It's not uncommon for fingering weight yarn to come in a single skein of over 400 yards of yarn, where you might find yourself buying 8 skeins (or more!) of super bulky yarn just to hit that 400-yard mark. Whether you have a special skein of sock-weight yarn for which you're looking for the perfect pattern, or you're practically drowning in super bulky yarn and don't know where to begin, we've got you covered here on AllFreeKnitting.

You might already have an idea that you can knit a bunch with 400 yards of lighter weight yarn, and your options narrow the heavier the yarn you use. While that is a good rule-of-thumb, you'd be surprised just how much you can accomplish with 400 yards (or fewer) of yarn in every single weight category. From scarves to shawls, you'll find yourself with no shortage of possibilities. All that's left to do is pick the perfect pattern.

Fingering Weight Patterns

You'll find that 300-500 yards is truly the sweet spot for fingering weight yarn; with this yardage, you can knit anything from a baby sweater to a pair of socks. That said, you're still unable to knit most shawls and scarves.

Sport Weight Patterns

While this weight of yarn is less common than its worsted, DK, and bulky counterparts, it's a gold mine when you can find 400 yards of a nice skein of it because you can knit up so much: baby knits, shawlettes, socks, you name it!

DK Weight Patterns

Since DK weight yarn is most commonly used for baby knitting patterns, it can be easy to feel pigeonholed into a baby project when you find yourself with 400 yards of dk weight yarn. However, there are plenty of accessories you can knit in this yardage and weight.

Worsted Weight Patterns

While you may be able to get away with knitting a hat out of 200-300 yards of worsted weight yarn, if you're lucky, 400 yards offers you a wider range of opportunities. Check out some of the patterns below for something you can knit... other than hats.

Bulky Weight Patterns

Things may start to get a little dicey the higher up in weight you go, but there is still plenty that you can knit in only 400 yards or fewer, from children's sweaters to bags! Don't let those 3 skeins of bulky yarn go untouched in your stash with patterns like these around.

Super Bulky Weight Patterns

You would be surprised how versatile super bulky yarn can be! You can knit a whole lot more with 400 yards than you might expect; just take a look at the patterns below and find your new favorite pattern.

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