Consumption Calculation for Sweater Garments

Consumption Calculation Method of Sweater Garments:

As we have seen normally in case of knitted items and woven items, by using solid fabric or finished fabric all types of knitted and woven items can be made. But in case of sweater garments, we haven’t seen anything as like that. No solid or finished fabrics are available here. By linking one yarn with another, the shape of the sweater parts are made. As a result, there is no available fabric consumption calculation method as woven or knit items.

Consumption Calculation Method of Sweater Garments:

In case of sweater garments, consumption can be calculated depending on the quantity of yarns needed to make a sweater garment.

At first, buyer sends a sample to sweater garments merchandiser. The very first work of the merchandiser is to weight that sample and marked it. Depending on the sample weight, garments merchandiser makes another sample according to buyers provided style and measurement chart. After making the sample, merchandiser should measure the sample weight and inform to the buyer. When the buyer approved the sample weight and style according to measurement chart then sweater garments merchandiser can take the first step of making yarn consumption for that order.

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Parts of a Sweater

The very next task for a sweater merchandiser is to multiply sample weight with 12pcs to know the weight of per dozen sweaters. Finally adding wastage percentage with that, can make the sweater consumption.

Normally the wastage percentage range is 10-20%. It should be noted that, wastage percentage can vary depending on the types of yarn and styling of garments. In case of cotton and acrylic, the range of wastage% is 5-7% and in case of viscose, spandex and wool it is 10-12%.


Buyer provides you a sample by mentioning the below information-

  • Yarn: 100% Acrylic, 2/36”S, 2ply
  • Sample Weight: 180gm
  • Knitting: 12 G/G, (2×2) Rib
  • Specifications: Plain knit placket, Slit, 2 pockets.

Now prepare the yarn consumption of the above sweater item.


Buyer provided sample weight- 180gm
Merchandiser made sample weight-190gm
Let, buyer approved the sample weight and style according to measurement chart.

Yarn needed per dozen garments = (190 × 12) = 2280gm= 5.03lb    (1lb= 453.6gm)
In case of acrylic yarn, wastage% is 5-7%.

So, after adding wastage% total quantity of yarn needed per dozen garments is-,
= 5.03 + 6% (here, we accept 6% wastage)
= 5.33lbs per dozen

So, Yarn needed per dozen garments is 5.33lbs.

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Mayedul Islam

Mayedul Islam is working as a Sr. Merchandiser in a reputed Buying House. He has great passion in writing different articles on textile and Garments specially on Merchandising and Garment Washing. Send


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