On the one hand, crochet and knitting are reasonably affordable hobbies. If you aren’t a “yarn snob,” you only have to spend a few bucks* on a ball of yarn and a couple more dollars* on a crochet hook or pair of knitting needles to get started.
On the other hand, a few bucks* here and a few more there, over time can add up to a great big bundle of cash.
[*or Pounds / Euros / Shekels (etc.) — insert currency of your choice.]
With that in mind, let’s take a look at some money-saving ideas you can put to use to cut the costs on your crochet or knitting “habit.”
Tip #1: Use Free Knitting and Crochet Patterns
There are plenty of patterns available on the Internet. Some you have to pay for, and some you don’t. If you take advantage of all the free ones, it will save you a bundle!
You can also find bunches of free tutorials and free videos too.
Tip #2: You Can Use Worn-Out Clothes, Sheets and Linens as Knitting and Crochet Supplies.
Pictured here: rag balls for knitting or crocheting. You can make rag balls like these by cutting old sheets into strips and rolling them up for use in your knitting and crochet projects. We have provided free patterns and tutorials for crocheting with fabric, including rag rug patterns and more.
You can make “plarn” (plastic yarn) out of the plastic bags you take home from the grocery store. Plarn is good for making pouches, scrubbies, purses, bags and more. When you knit or crochet with plarn, you get a nearly-free project; assuming you already have the knitting needles and crochet hook(s) you need, all you have to pay for is the findings you use for finishing your project (zippers, buttons, snaps, etc.)
See Also: How to crochet without yarn
Yarn cones can save you money in a couple of different ways, plus they have additional benefits over and above the cost savings. If you aren’t already aware of these benefits, you’ll definitely want to check this article out.
The link above takes you to a list of ideas for different things you can do with your gauge swatches when you are finished with them. Some of the ideas will save you money, and some of them will merely help you to ensure that the yarn and time you put into your gauge swatches will not go to waste.
Pictured here is a dish scrubbie I made using a no-longer-needed gauge swatch plus a plastic produce bag that was originally used for bagging up organic lemons. You can make similar scrubbies using your old gauge swatches and our free project instructions — check ’em out.
Tip #6: Buy Unwanted “Stash” From Other Crocheters and Knitters.
You can often find deals on yarn and crochet thread that other crafters no longer want. Whenever you have a free moment to spend yarn shopping, check Ravelry, Etsy, Craigslist, and your local thrift stores for bargains.
This works both ways; if you have yarn you no longer want, you can sell it or barter it too.
Tip #7: Make the Most of Your Scrap Yarn.
Most of the time, when you finish a knitting or crochet project, you’ll end up with one or more partial balls of yarn left over. This can be so frustrating. You probably don’t want to throw them away, but at the same time it isn’t always easy to figure out what to do with them.
Check out these scrap yarn patterns to find lots of ideas for using up yarn that’s left over from other projects. That way, none of your leftovers go to waste, and you make the most of the money you’ve already spent on the yarn.
Tip #8: Find Yarn, Supplies and Project Ideas at the Dollar Store.
Sometimes you can find fantastic deals on yarn, beads, and other supplies at the dollar store. I’ve even occasionally been inspired with new project ideas from supplies I found at the dollar store.
Your Tips for Saving Money on Knitting and Crochet:
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This page was last updated on 3/26/2019.