Peggy’s Weaving Tips > How many ounces in a 50-gram ball ?

Many balls of yarn sold for knitting are in grams. 50 grams equals 1 3/4 ounce. Here are some conversions between grams and ounces. More metric conversions are in the Appendix of my Book #1, “Winding a Warp & Using a Paddle”.
50 grams (gm)Other useful amounts:
100 gm
500 gm
1000 gr (1 kilo)

1 oz.
1 lb.
1 gm

= 1 3/4 oz = .11 lb.= 3 1/2 (3.53)oz. = 0.22 lb.
= 17 1/2 (17.6)oz = 1.1 lb
= 35 1/4 (35.27)oz. = 2.2 lb.

= 28.35 gm
= 454 gm = .454 kilo
= 0.035 oz = .0022 lb

From: “Handbook of Timesving Tables for Weavers, Spinners and Dyers” by Bettie G. Roth and Chris Schulz, PO Box 951, Elk Grove, CA 95759-0951In my Book #1, “Winding a Warp and Using a Paddle” and the new book, Weaving for Beginners, I have a chapters on planning a project and calculating how much yarn you’ll need for warp and weft. There is a worksheet which I copy and use when I start thinking about a project. Perhaps I use several sheets with different versions until I decide just what I want to do with the amount of yarn I have on hand.

Taken from Weaving for Beginners.




10 thoughts on “Peggy’s Weaving Tips > How many ounces in a 50-gram ball ?”

    • 19.36 ounces- for 11 balls (100g = 17.6oz. 50g = 1 3/4 ounces.) there is a chart of useful equivalents inside the back cover of my book, weaving for Beginners.

  1. Can you tell me in yards of yarn instead of oz. Or pounds that’s not helping me . need to know 500g equal to how many yards ? . In ordering skeins of yarn .

    • Christine:
      Before you can know how many yards in 500 g you need to know how heavy or light the yarn is. For example 500 grams of fine silk would have many more yards than 500 grams of a heavy wool yarn.You could easily see this if we said a yarn weighed a pound. You would need to know how many yards there were in THAT PARTICULAR YARN, wouldn’t you because some yarns are heavier than others. I think the manufacturer you are ordering from should have that information so you can order. On the inside of the back cover of my beginners book I have useful equivalents. There is a chart “From Yards in Balls and Skeins to Yards per pound”. A 50 g ball or skein of 5/2 pearl cotton has 231 yards in it and a 50 gram ball of rug wool has 29 yards. I hope this helps. The chart goes on to say that the 50 g ball of 5/2 cotton has 2100 yards per pound and a 50 g ball of rug wool has only 260 yards per Pound.
      I can see why you are stymied. There is also a chart that gives equivalents of grams to ounces, etc. etc.

  2. I have a old baby knitting pattern that takes 12 ounces of 4ply wool how many balls do I need in grams please if you can help me I would be grateful

  3. How many grams would 16oz of double knit (sport weight in the US) make? I’m dyslexic for numbers and I can’t possibly work out that 50g = something, and 100 = x, y, z.
    Thankyou. x


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