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Using Baby Yarn to Make Adult Sweaters

Does anyone have any patterns for adult size (XL) sweaters using baby yarn? I've made shawls, but want a sweater made from it.

By Cricket from Parkton, NC



Using Baby Yarn to Make Adult Sweaters

There are basically 2 weights of baby yarn. One is called "sport weight" and the other is called "fine". Regular thickness yarn is called "worsted weight" and the thicker yarns are called "bulky weight" or "extra bulky". You'll need to know what weight your yarn is before you can look for a pattern. Once you know what size your baby yarn is (by thickness) you can then search for a pattern using the yarn weight. For example you can Google "free knitted sport weight sweater patterns" or "free crocheted sport weight sweater patterns" or some form of those words. There are lots of adult sweater patterns for sport weight yarn. Not so many for thinner yarn. Of course knitting with baby weight yarn can take much longer, so be prepared for the long haul!

Here are 4 great information charts:

Yarn weight by class:

Understanding yarn weights:

If you are still undecided, you can also decide what weight the yarn is by the size of needles they ask for:


Yarn weights, gauges, and hook/needle sizes:
(you can determine your yarn weight by needle size here)

Determining yarn weight:

* One of the best places to search is for nice sweater patterns is "".

You didn't say if you're a beginner or more advanced knitter. Also, you didn't say if you wanted a "pull over" or a "cardigan". Can you give us more info?

I love using baby yarn for adult projects! I especially love the shiny-nubby yarn in white or dark blue. It has a very classy and adult look. (04/27/2009)

By Cyinda

Using Baby Yarn to Make Adult Sweaters

You can also visit the sweater pattern generator, free online at If you enter your measurements, your yarn gauge and needle size, it will calculate the directions for a basic raglan, drop-sleeve or set-in sleeve pullover. (04/29/2009)


By Shay Simmons

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