I have 1400 yards in stash, which since I'm holding my yarn double gives me 700 yards in length. I figured I'd probably need to buy one more skein to finish the sweater, so I'd have about 930 yards of yarn to work with-- which is about what I used to make my last aran weight sweater.
Now, this sweater has pockets, so I understand that I might need more yarn than for my last aran weight sweater, which didn't have pockets. But I also know that I only used 1,000 yards of worsted weight wool to make my last sweater, so I don't think I should need to buy more than two more skeins-- with two more skeins of yarn, I'd have 1,100 yards of length.
The pattern, which was published in Knitscene two-ish years ago, calls for six skeins of the discontinued wool, which came in balls of 245 yards. The smallest size takes five, my size and the next size up take six, and the two largest sizes call for seven and eight, respectively. 6 x 245 = 1,470. In order to get 1,470 yards of yarn length, given that I'm holding my yarn doubled, I need to find and buy four more skeins.
Now, my yarn is not snobby, artisinal, or particularly difficult to find, and I'm not that worried about dye lots or matching my stash yarn to what's in the stores now. It's also not expensive yarn-- it's workhorse wool, found in a number of giant box stores. My issue is this: Under what circumstances are two pockets going to take 500 yards of aran weight wool to knit?? The body of my last, worsted weight sweater, front and back, took that much yarn.
I know that patterns are written to sell yarn, but this feels ridiculous. I also know that because I'm feeling so self-rightous about it, I'll probably have to buy the four skeins the pattern thinks I need, and another two to appease the gods of knitting, who are currently planning out the specifics of my smiting.
And to think, all I wanted was a sweater so I wouldn't be so cold.
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