I had 600g of yarn that I had changed my mind about, so I had been looking around for a different pattern for a sweater that would fit me and would also use minimal yarn. I found this.
According to the pattern it only needs around 250g. Mind you, that's Rico Creative (currently @ £2.99 for 50g at Amazon, so @ £15 to knit). Apparently Rico Creative knits as DK. I have 600g of DK waiting to be used, in 100g balls, at £1.50 per pall, so @ £4.50 to knit. It's Marriners Metro, like this
Image from Marriner's Yarns who also have awesome customer service and who's yarn is actually lovely to knit
So far it's okay. I'm around 8 inches up the back and haven't finished half a ball yet. It's knitted on 6.5mm needles (US 10.5, I think, and DK is worsted weight) which makes the yarn go further, it's plain stocking stitch, no ribbing at the bottom or anything, and there is minimal shaping. I'm waiting to see how it goes, as Rico Creative looks awesome but fine and fluffy. I've had some 'fine and fluffy' moments when the dratted yarn slipped off the dratted needles but it's easy enough to rattle off while watching TV. What is more, the cowl neck is sewn on without picking up stitches which sounds like heaven.
If this works out then it could be the first sweater in ages that I've found that is actually less expensive to knit than buy. However time will tell.
I get the stitches out on Thursday. I am hopeful that I will then go back to the jacket and finish it off.