How much yarn does crochet use? Single vs. double crochet

My previous post, how much yarn do I need? has been so popular that I wanted to expand on it a little bit today by looking at adding another stitch into the mix, the double crochet.

How much yarn do I need crochet

And this is only the beginning! I’ve compiled all this information and more into a handy-dandy ebook for Ami Club members. Yup, it’s the May 2017 ebook download! If you’re not a member, sign up!

Double Crochet vs. Single Crochet

The measurements above show you how much yarn you’ll use for a single crochet stitch for different thicknesses of yarn.

Did you know that different stitches use different amounts of yarn, too?

For my measurement, I measured single crochet and double crochet, both using a size H (5.0mm) hook, worsted weight yarn and crocheting through both loops.

how much yarn single crochet uses vs. double crochet

How much yarn does a double crochet in bulky yarn use? Or fingering? I’m only one gal! You’ll have to measure that yourself! Here is a tutorial on how to measure how much yarn a stitch takes.

You can use this number to calculate how much yarn your project will use or how many rows you can work on your blanket before you run out of yarn. Cool, right?

Which stitch should I use?

It looks like the double crochet uses more yarn, but keep in mind that it’s also a bigger stitch, too… so one stitch covers more surface area.

In this month’s Ami Club ebook download, I crochet swatches and directly compare how much yarn you’ll need to crochet the same size swatch in these two stitches. And then you can carry out the same calculations for your own project!

Knitting, too?

You can do the same comparison for any two stitches… even comparing a knitted stitch with a crochet one! Check out Not So Granny’s post on Does crochet really use more yarn than knitting?


4 replies on “How much yarn does crochet use? Single vs. double crochet

  • Nidhi

    Awesome work and very good information about crochet products. i like your article good job and thank you for the sharing this article. I read always your interesting and informative and related to art. thank you

  • Hannah

    I have been crocheting since years but never thought how much yarn used in Crocheting. thanks so much for coming up with this post. I will be sharing this in my crocheting group. And will subscribe your blog for more posts like this.

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