How Long Will It Take To Knit by Love Knitting

 
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How Long Will It Take To Knit?

I was recently contacted by the lovely people over at Love Crafts, letting me know about an exciting new tool they've created, "How Long Will It Take To Knit?". It is intended to predict how a long an item will take you to knit, and they asked me if I'd be willing to check it out.

So, what did I think?

Well, It's totally free, really simple and very user-friendly. I think it will be AWESOME in the lead up to the Big C Word... You know the one... Christmas. It will definitely help you plan out your Christmas knitting to make sure you get everything finished before the big day!

You just pop in your level of knitting ability, choosing between "an eager beginner", "a pretty nifty knitter", or "a knitting whizz".

You type in how many hours of knitting you average per week, then select what type of item you're wanting to knit. There are 10 different project options, so you'll definitely find what you're looking for. Once you've entered the information it generates your prediction in weeks... and it also gives you some fun "facts"!

Where can I access it?

Just click this link to be taken to the calculator!

Each project option does link to a Love Knitting pattern, but you aren't required to purchase the pattern in order to use the calculator. Of course, it's not an exact science, so it is more of a rough estimate, but it should give you a good idea!

Check out my examples...

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My friend LOVES knitted hats in Winter. In fact, not even just in Winter. He'll happily wear shorts and a t-shirt... With a chunky knitted bobble beanie on his head. He has a pretty big head (Sorry!) which makes finding hats in stores a challenge.

This year, I promised I'd knit him one for Christmas or his birthday. His birthday is less than 3 weeks before Christmas so the timing is similar.

Inputting the details into the calculator...

I put in that I'm a knitting whizz (humble brag), that I knit 7 hours per week on average, and that I want to knit a hat.

And it generated my prediction...

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It would take me approximately 7 hours to knit this particular hat. That is, of course, one week, if I knit 7 hours per week. Obviously, this may differ slightly depending on the pattern I'm using, the size of hat I'm knitting, and the weight of the yarn the pattern calls for. This is a cabled hat, which would take longer than a stocking stitch hat, but it's a good starting figure.

I also want to knit a jumper for my daughter this Christmas. She will be 10 months old at Christmas, and this pattern seems to be for a slightly older child, so again, mine may take a little less time, but it predicts this cardigan will take approximately 13 hours to knit.

I personally think this a great tool. It could definitely be made more accurate by including details such as the type of stitching, (stocking stitch, cables etc.), the weight of the yarn, and maybe even sizes of garments. This is because a baby jumper will obviously take less time than a 7-year-old's jumper.

With all that being said I think it's really fun, and it could be very useful for planning out your time appropriately in the lead up to Christmas!

So, what do you think of this tool? Do you think this will be useful in the lead up to Christmas? Are you even planning on doing any Christmas knitting this year? Let me know in the comments!

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