How to calculate yardage (in four easy steps!)


Have you ever been in a situation where you have a lovely ball/skein/hank/glob of yarn, and you don’t know how many yards you have? This can also happen if you’ve lost the label and forgotten the brand, or if you have some hand-spun yarn. Luckily, there is a way to calculate yardage with just a couple steps! (Fair warning: it involves a bit of algebra…but if I can do it, so can you!)

Disclaimer: This method worked with my wool yarn – I’m not sure how it will work with other fibers. It’s not intended to give an exact measurement! I’m just sharing what works for me. :)

Step 1: Locate the ball of yarn and weigh it. I like using grams because then we don’t need to deal with decimals. Write down your measurements.

This skein of my handspun yarn weighs 15 grams.

This skein of my handspun yarn weighs 15 grams.

Step 2: Grab a ruler and measure the Wraps Per Inch of your yarn. What we’re doing here is determining the weight of your yarn. Here’s a link to ‘Determing Yarn Weights with Wraps Per Inch‘. (Also check out the Ravelry Standard Yarn Weights – the only problem is they don’t do wpi for thinner yarns.) Count how many wraps of yarn you have per inch, then find out what weight it is. This blue yarn has 25 wpi, so it’s a lace weight yarn.

Step 3: Next we need to ‘compare’ our skein to a skein where we know both the weight and the yardage. That’s why we found out the yarn weight. I like to use for this, but to make things easier, I’ve written up a table for you! (The table is based on random skeins of the appropriate weight – that’s why the numbers seem so random.)

WordPress won’t let me upload the chart, and it also won’t let me do tabs, so forgive the rather rudimentary chart below!

Yarn Weight……….Grams……….Yardage
Double Knit (DK)…….141………….459
Super Bulky………….142………….81

Step 4: Now it’s time to use all these numbers to (finally) calculate the yardage. When I say ‘commercial yarn’, I mean to use the table to find the numbers for your yarn weight (lace weight for me.) If you know basic algebra then you can plow right ahead and ignore my guidance. :)

Your Yarn Weight                           Your Yardage (X)
_________________________  =  __________________________
Commercial Yarn’s Weight        Commercial Yarn’s Yardage

Here’s what it looks like for me:

15          X
____ =  _____
100       500

No need to reduce fractions or anything like that. Just multiply diagonally so it will end up like this (using * for the times symbol):

Your Yarn Weight * Commercial Yarn’s Yardage = Commercial Yarn’s Weight * x

Here’s what it looks like for me: 7,500 = 100x

Next, divide both sides by the number next to X (you know the drill) and that number is your yardage.

So I have about 75 yards of lace weight yarn. (Another handy thing about this process is that you find the yarn weight at the same time!)


"Harriet" yarn

“How accurate is this process?” you ask. Good question, and I was curious myself – in theory it works, but how accurate is in theory? So I applied this process to my first skein of yarn, the one above, and got 24 yards. Then I manually measured it and it was 23 yards. Pretty close, in my case! Still, this isn’t an exact science and it might work differently with different fibers. It does give you an estimate, at least!

Now I’m off to figure out what to make with my handspun yarn!

P.S. I made a new page to keep track of my spinning exploits – you can view it here if you’re interested. :)

Pumpkin Pi ~ Free Crochet Pattern! π


As it gets closer to Halloween, the seasonal crochet patterns start rolling in – I’ve had this pattern written up since last Pi Day, but I wanted to wait until it was more relevant. Finally, the day has arrived and I can share it with you!

I had trouble thinking of an original name, so this picture should explain the title! (This picture was from my Pi Day post, where you can get the pattern for  the π part.)


  • Worsted-weight yarn in two colors, for the pumpkin and stalk (I was unoriginal and did orange and green, respectively. This would be a great use for that glow in the dark yarn!)
  • size G (4.00 MM) crochet hook for the pumpkin, and size H (5.00 MM) for the stalk. If you wanted the stalk to be skinnier, stick with the G hook throughout.
  • Teeny tiny blob of stuffing
  • If you wanted to do a face on your pumpkin, you could certainly do that; I just left mine plain.

Special Stitches

I use US terms in all of my patterns, here’s a quick list of the stitches used and their corresponding UK terms:

US single crochet (sc) = UK double crochet (dc)
US double crochet (dc) = UK triple crochet (tr)

  • Front Post Double Crochet (fpdc): YO, insert hook from right to left around the post of indicated stitch, YO, pull up a loop, (YO, pull through 2 loops) twice.  HERE is a good tutorial on Moogly.


This is worked in a continuous spiral unless otherwise indicated, so do not join your rounds.

Rnd 1: 6 sc in a Magic Ring, or ch 2, 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook.

Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st around.

Rnd 3: *Fpdc around 1st sc from 1st rnd, 2 sc in next sc* around.

Rnd 4: *1 fpdc around fpdc from last rnd, sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc* around.

Rnd 5-7: *1 fpdc around fpdc from last rnd, sc in next 3 sc* around.

Rnd 8: *1 fpdc around fpdc from last rnd, sc in next sc, sc2tog* around.

Rnd 9: *1 fpdc around fpdc from last rnd, sc2tog* around.

Rnd 10: *1 fpdc around fpdc from last rnd, sk next sc* around. Sl st to 1st fpdc to join.

Switch to stalk-colored yarn and larger hook.

Rnd 11-12 (or desired stalk length):  Sc in each st around. At the end of the last rnd, sl st to 1st sc and end off. Weave in ends.


Your pumpkin is done! Now go, make a few more, and display them on your mantel/shelf/porch for everyone to behold.  Or give a few out to lucky trick-or-treaters. :)

Clusters Infinity Scarf ~ A Free Crochet Pattern From Crochetvolution!


I can’t believe Crochetvolution has been up for over two weeks and I haven’t posted about this!

The Fall issue of Crochetvolution is live, and it includes a pattern from yours truly. I’ve had it finished for several months, but of course I couldn’t post about it. Well, I’m delighted to be able to share it with you now.

It’s the Clusters Infinity Scarf! As you can tell from the name, it’s comprised of lots of clusters alternating with the Linen Stitch, so the clusters appear stacked atop each other.

Because I love modifying patterns, this one is very easy to customize. All you need is an even number of stitches in the first row, and you’re good to go! You could make it shorter for a cowl, or thicker if you had more yarn (my version used about 150 yards.) As usual, it’s entirely up to you.

So go forth and check out the Fall issue – there are some awesome patterns for scarves, shawls, etc. to keep you warm with the changing weather!

Happy I Love Yarn Day! (and a new blog button)


That’s right! The 2nd Friday of October, the 10th this year, is I Love Yarn Day! Check out the Craft Yarn Council’s page. I thought I would share some ways to celebrate everyone’s favorite yarn holiday in style.

  • Teach someone to crochet (or knit!) The Happy Blob is a great intro to amigurumi, and I’ve taught people to crochet with the Valentiny Heart pattern.
  • Do some yarn bombing! If you don’t have the stamina to do Attic24 style, try putting some bunnies around town for the Bunny Drop Project.
  • Join a Flash Mob! Okay, it’s a little too late for this one, but who says Yarn-Crafting Flash Mobs can only happen today?
  • Wear something you crocheted (or knitted) out in public. I made the Lighthearted Tunic, and I think it would be perfect for this!
  • Give a spontaneous handcrafted gift to somebody!
  • Pull out some yarn the next time you’re waiting in line, sitting on a park bench, or out in public. You can get a head start on – *whispers* – holiday gifts!
  • If you’re in the mood for a nice dystopian read, check out The Yarn Wars, then go hug a person who does a different fiber art.
  • Add a button to your blog to show your love for yarn! Because EVERY day is I Love Yarn Day!


To add the button to your sidebar, copy & paste the following code into a ‘Text’ widget (it should work for both Blogger and WordPress.) 

<div align=”center”><a href=”; title=”Cogaroo Crafts” target=”_blank”><img src=”; alt=”Cogaroo Crafts” style=”border:none;” /></a></div>

Happy I Love Yarn Day to you, my lovely blog readers. Are you doing anything to celebrate this wonderful day?

Crochet I-Cord Headband ~ Free Pattern


Have you ever tried crocheting an I-cord?  They’re usually knitted on double-pointed needles, but, like cables and the stockinette stitch and likely more things that I don’t know about, crocheters can do them too! I love that it stands for Idiot Cord, too. :)

Here’s a headband that I designed using this technique.  I think it looks a bit like a knitted cable…but it’s made entirely with I-cords, nothing else!



  • Yarn: cotton would work well since it doesn’t stretch, to develop the pattern I used ‘I Love This Yarn’ which is acrylic and which worked just fine.
  • Hook: A size below the one recommended for your yarn – I used H, or 5 MM.

Making an I-Cord: You’ll need to know how to do them for this pattern, naturally…here’s a great tutorial from PlanetJune, in both right- and left-handed versions. (That’s where I learned it.)


Ch 9. Pull up a loop in the 2nd ch from the hook and in next ch (3 loops on hook).  Begin working an I-cord until it’s the length you would like the braided section of your headband to be.  Now fasten off as follows: wait until you have 3 loops on your hook, then YO, pull through 1, (YO, pull through 2) two times.  Then cut the yarn and pull it through.

Go to the next three unworked chains and work an I-cord in the same method as you did the first one.  Do this in the last three chains as well, fastening off on both.

Braid the headband and put a safety pin at the end to secure it.  Pull up a loop in the ends of each of the I-cords (at the safety-pin end).  Do an I-cord with those 3 loops until your tie is as long as you like, keeping in mind that it needs to be long enough to tie, and it will stretch a bit. The below picture might help you visualize the ties:


Make another I-cord tie at the other end of the headband by pulling up loops at the end of each of the I-cords and continuing in the same way.  Fasten off, and you’re done! Then you can go put it on the nearest Beethoven. :)

Have you done I-cords before? I love how so many things can be transitioned from knitting to crochet…it makes me wonder what will be discovered in the future!

Help me win some yarn! (pretty please)


So, I feel somewhat strange posting this, but I really do need your help. After all, it’s about YARN! :D

Remember the Design Your Own Wig Contest? I posted about my entry HERE, and now it’s voting time. The prize is a mystery box of yarn from Red Heart. In addition to making me super-amazingly-delighted, that would mean I could make more patterns for all of you!

Anyways, if you’d like to help me out by voting, I would be really appreciate it and would be eternally grateful. Just visit the Facebook gallery **HERE** and ‘like’ the picture of my ‘Tree Nymph Wig.’

The results will be announced on September 30th, so you still have a couple days! Thank you so much if you do vote for me. *virtual hug* (And if you were wondering, I’ll have a new free pattern soon, too – hopefully next week! Here’s a hint – it’s being modeled by Beethoven.)


Because I can never resist posting pictures of chickens… :)

Tree Nymph Wig!


At the beginning of September, I found out about Posh Pooch Dog Designs’ Wig Contest! Of course I entered, the prize is yarn. :) I finished my wig a week or so ago, but being a procrastinator, these pictures are coming in a grand total of ONE DAY before the deadline. You had to use her wig pattern, but you could use any colors or embellishments.

It was hard to decide what to make. At first I thought I would make an Elsa wig, kind of like this one, but that was really unoriginal, plus the shape of the wig pattern wouldn’t work for it. Besides, there was the problem that I didn’t have any natural hair colors. I mostly had green. So an idea started to form…a TREE NYMPH WIG!

I’m kind of embarrassed to show you this picture…I covered up my face, but it looks kind of weird. Don’t laugh…

Tree Nymph Wig Front

Also note the frame and text from iPiccy. Love that site! Technically the frame is holly leaves…but I don’t discriminate by season. :)

tree nymph side

I used the basic wig pattern but I did 5 rows of light green alternating with 2 rows of dark green, did the bangs in brown, then used foundation single crochet in dark green to extend it and continued on as normal. The fsc just gives it more of a stretch.

tree nymph back

It looks like a cactus from here. XD It’s quite warm…I guess because it’s made of all single crochets? Originally I was going to cover it with crochet leaves, but I decided I like the stripes as is. I’d love to try this out for the Barbies, or maybe for spare Liv Doll wigs that wouldn’t get matted. Hmm. I keep thinking of new variations!

I’ll be off now, so I can go submit this on time (deadlines are a great motivational tool.) Have you crocheted any wigs lately, or other cool stuff?

Barbie Galaxy Dress ~ Free Crochet Pattern


Hello! I meant to post yesterday, but I hadn’t taken any pictures, and I refuse to post a pattern without pictures. :) Finally, the stars have collided and I can share my latest creation with you.

I saw a completely awesome dress on the cover of my most recent book (‘These Broken Stars’, you can google it if you want to see) and I knew I wanted to crochet it for the Barbies. It took a while to figure out how to do the ruffles, and when I did figure it out, it took a LOT of yarn (at least for a Barbie dress! I think I could have made a cowl out of the same yardage!) I really like the finished product though, and I hope you do too. (It’s named the Galaxy Dress in honor of the space-themed book it was inspired by.)



  • Size H (5.00 MM) crochet hook
  • Size L (8.00 MM) crochet hook
  • 1 skein of worsted-weight yarn (I used Red Heart Super Saver, as usual)
back view

back view

Top (make 2 pieces)

Using smaller hook, ch 19. Work in back loops now and throughout.
Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hk and in next 11 ch, hdc in last 6 ch.
Row 2: Ch 1, turn, hdc in first 6 sts, sc in next 12 sts.
Row 3: Ch 1, turn, sc in first 12 sts, hdc in next 6 sts.
Row 4: Ch 1, turn, hdc in first 6 sts, sl st through both loops of next st and fasten off, leaving tail for sewing.
Make your second piece and then leave them be. We’ll join them after we make the skirt.


Using larger hook, ch 80 (I know!), join with a sl st to form a ring, being careful not to twist the chain. Yes, this seems really long, but that’s what makes it ruffle, you’ll see later.
Rnd 1: Ch 2 (counts as dc now and throughout), dc in next ch and in each ch around through back loops only, sl st to beg ch to join.
Rnd 2-3: Ch 2, dc in each st around, sl st to ch 2 to join.
Rnd 4: Change to smaller hook. Ch 1 and work through the back loops only on this round. Sc2tog around, gathering up the opening a bit. Sl st to 1st sc to join. Change back to bigger hook.
Rnd 5: Ch 1. Work in the unused front loops of the previous round. Dc in each front loop around, sl st to first dc to join (because there was no ch 2 at the beginning of this round.)
Rnd 6-9: Repeat Rnd 5, repeat Rnds 2-3, then repeat Round 4 once.
Rnd 10-13: Repeat Rnd 5, repeat Rnds 2-3, then repeat Round 4 once.
Rnd 14-15: Repeat Rnd 5, then repeat Rnd 2.
Rnd 16: Switch to smaller hook and sc2tog around.
Rnd 17: Continue with smaller hook and sc2tog around. Fasten off, leaving long tail for sewing.


  1. Start with the top and fold one of the pieces in half. Use the tail from Row 4 and weave it through three stitches so you can sew the BOTTOM 4 stitches together. Fold it so you can sew along the chain end as well, basically you’re sewing an armhole.
  2. Do this on the other piece too.
  3. Hold the pieces together so the sc side meets in the back, then sew together the bottom 4 stitches there.
  4. Overlap the front, the chain end of the hdc side, by one row, then sew about 5 stitches up.
  5. Put the top on the Barbie and slide the skirt up to it (this made it easier for me anyhow.) Fold the skirt in half and mark the halfway points, then start at the side of the top and sew the skirt to it, using the markers to help place it.
  6. Weave in all ends and you’re done!

I hope I explained everything okay, it was kind of confusing to write the skirt pattern, so if you have any questions please do ask. I think this might be my new favorite Barbie dress, as I am a huge fan of anything ruffly and fancy. :)

Have a great day!

Cabled Chicken Sweater


Do you remember the Chick Cozy?

I can hardly remember when the chickens were that small! Good thing we have pictures, or I wouldn’t believe it… This post was over a year ago, and here’s what I said about it:

I’m planning to do a larger version when they’re all grown up, too.

I think they count as all grown up…or close enough!

The chickens were not happy when I tried this on them. Harriet was the best about it (she modeled the Chick Cozy as well) but she managed to remove it while I was trying to take pictures. This is really just a photo prop – if you want a practical chicken sweater, check out this pattern. It’s worth just google-imaging ‘chicken sweater’ for some adorable pictures.

A really, really lame picture in which Harriet flees from the Crazy Crochet Lady

A really, really lame picture in which Harriet flees from the Crazy Crochet Lady (the best I could get, though)

I, of course, did not invent the crochet cable; I learned it from various sources like this Craftsy tutorialActually, that link is the exact pattern that I used for the cable, although I made this whole sweater whilst sitting with the chickens. I will write it out in the pattern, but go there for a photo tutorial. (Yay for pictures!)



  • Small amount of worsted weight yarn (Red Heart Eco Ways for me in Aquarium) (I love being able to tell you the exact brand and color I used! It hardly ever happens!)
  • I (5.50 MM) hook
  • One chicken, 1 year or older

Special Stitches and Notes

  • Front post triple crochet (fptr): Click here for a tutorial on Moogly. The tutorial shows front post double crochet, so just do a triple instead and you’ll be good (wrap the yarn 2 times instead of 1.)
  • Cable Pattern (worked over 6 stitches):
    1. Right-side Cable (RS Cable): Skip next 3 stitches. Fptr over the next 3 stitches. Then go back to the 3 skipped stitches and fptr around each of them.
    2. Wrong-side Cable (WS Cable): Bptr around each of the next 6 stitches.
  • I use US terms in all of my patterns!

Starting from the bottom, ch 20, dc in 3rd ch from hk and in each ch across (18 sts.)

Row 2: Ch 2, turn, dc in first 6 sts, work RS Cable, dc in last 6 sts.

Row 3: Ch 2, turn, dc in first 6 sts, work WS Cable, dc in last 6 sts.

Rows 4-7: Repeat Rows 2 and 3.

Row 8: Repeat Row 2 one more time.

Row 9: Ch 2, turn, dc2tog, dc in next 4 sts, work WS Cable, dc in next 4 sts, dc2tog.

Row 10: Ch 2, turn, dc2tog, dc in next 3 sts, work RS Cable, dc in next 3 sts, dc2tog.

Row 11: Ch 2, turn, dc2tog twice, work WS Cable, dc2tog twice.

Row 12: Ch 2, turn, dc2tog, work RS Cable, dc2tog.

Row 13: Ch 2, turn, 1 dc, work WS Cable, dc in last st.

Row 14: Ch 2, turn, 1 dc, work RS Cable, dc in last st.

Lay your chicken sweater out with the RS facing you and make sure that your yarn is at the upper left-hand corner. Next, chain 40 and slip stitch to the upper right hand corner to form the neck strap. Slip stitch across Row 14 to bring you back to the left-hand corner. Sc down the left edge, making your stitches into the row ends. When you reach the bottom left-hand corner, chain 20 and attach to the bottom right-hand corner with a sc. Continue up the right side, and slip stitch to the first stitch to join. Fasten off, weave in ends.

Now the hardest part: try to put it on a chicken! The ‘easiest’ way is to put the strap around their neck (carefully!), then put the bottom strap around their tail, and quickly take a picture before they get too angry at you. You can see that I failed here…

Nevertheless, if you do make a chicken sweater, please let me know!

Pineapple Shawl


I made this shawl about a year ago, but I never posted about it (procrastination strikes again!) As it was a fairly sunny day, I took this opportunity to take some pictures, so I can finally share it with y’all!

The yarn was from an estate sale, I got a huge yarn haul from there. Actually, there were several other ladies that saw me buying all the yarn, and one of them found a skein and gave it to me, saying “Hey, yarn girl…” Yarn crafters are just so friendly. :)


The odd thing is, I hardly ever wear shawls, or scarves, or cowls, yet they’re my favorite things to crochet… maybe I’m better suited to making Barbie dresses, because there are always more Barbies to clothe!


I love the shadow the shawl casts, so I hung it up on the chicken run’s fence (which also casts a pretty shadow) and started taking pictures, but I was interrupted.


Why hello, Harriet. No, I don’t mind if you stand in the middle of my picture and pose. Yes, you’re a pretty pretty chicken. Now would you mind moving? …


I swear Harriet can tell when I’m trying to photograph something, because she ALWAYS comes and poses. She’s a camera hog. :)

My sister saw me struggling to take pictures, so she took pity on me and helped me out:


Admittedly, I think the shawl looks a lot better without me modeling it, but in general shawls are worn on people, so there we are.


In case you were wondering, here are the pattern and yarn details:

Pattern: Aphrodite Shawl (this pattern has a lot of different names, I went with the Pineapple Shawl for my purposes. I’ve linked to the Ravelry page so you can take your pick.)

Yarn: I used about 5 skeins of Lily Sugar and Cream Cotton in ‘Denim’. The finished shawl is nice and drapey and doesn’t need to be blocked (which is awesome, because I’ve never blocked anything!) I didn’t have enough yarn for the very last row, though, so I just left it off, and I still like it.

Hook: J (6.00 MM) as in the pattern


My favorite picture, taken by my sister (as much as I’d love to take credit here!) This is Pearl, looking adorable as always. And the next picture is by my sister as well (thank you! *waves*)


Now I’m curious: how many of you wear scarves or shawls or the like? I don’t like things tickling me so maybe that’s part of it. I would add a poll but WordPress appears to be angry at me. (It’s been angry at me a lot lately, I think – have you noticed I’ve started to replace my pictures?) You can still tell me your wonderful thoughts in the comments. :)

Now what should I crochet next? …