Ideas for How to Organize Yarn

Are you in need of some ideas for how to organize yarn, crochet thread and other fibers for crochet, knitting, weaving and needlework? If so, these 6 ideas are sure to help you get your yarn stash organized and under control.

1. Baskets

Crochet Hook, Knitting Needle and Yarn Organizer Basket
Crochet Hook, Knitting Needle and Yarn Organizer Basket

Baskets are not only practical organizers, they’re beautiful too.


Pictured above is a a large, round, lidded wicker basket that has been customized to include a muslin liner featuring pockets for crochet hooks, knitting needles, gauges, and similar needlework tools. If your yarn stash is small, this is an ideal all-in-one organizer that could help you organize all your knitting and crochet supplies in one place. If your yarn stash is large, you could use the basket for holding yarns you’re currently working with or planning to use soon.

2. ArtBin Yarn Drums

The Artbin Yarn Drum Is a Yarn Organizer, Crochet Project Bag and Knitting Project Bag -- All in One. Here you can see the Yarn Drum in action. It's storing 2 of my works in progress plus 8 balls of Cascade 220 yarn. In the mesh pocket we have Crochet Lites crochet hooks, small steel crochet hooks, a pair of Clover bamboo knitting needles, an official Easyloop Yarn Tool for Fauxchet, a cable needle and a random mix of aluminum crochet hooks.
The Artbin Yarn Drum Is a Yarn Organizer, Crochet Project Bag and Knitting Project Bag. In this picture, you can see the Yarn Drum storing 2 of my current crochet projects plus 8 balls of Cascade 220 yarn. In the mesh pocket are Crochet Lites crochet hooks, small steel crochet hooks, a pair of Clover bamboo knitting needles, an official Easyloop Yarn Tool for Fauxchet, a cable needle and a random mix of aluminum crochet hooks.

The ArtBin Yarn Drum is an effective organizer for the yarn and knitting or crochet projects you currently have in progress. There are two sizes; the larger Yarn Drum will hold a substantial afghan in progress, and the smaller one is better suited to smaller projects. It is a breeze to take your projects with you when you have Yarn Drums to put everything in. My recommendation: Buy several!

3. ArtBin Translucent Plastic Stacking Organizers

Use the ArtBin Super Satchel to Organize Yarn for Crochet or Kni
Need a yarn organizer to keep your yarn looking nice for your crochet or knitting projects? The ArtBin Super Satchel 1-Compartment is the ideal organizer to use for this purpose.

4. Clear Plastic Baggies + Hanging Shoe Organizers

Yarn Neatly Organized in a Hanging Shoe Organizer for the Closet
Yarn Neatly Organized in a Hanging Shoe Organizer for the Closet

If you have ample closet space, hanging shoe organizers are excellent

5. Sailor’s Clear Drybags

Yarn Organized in a Clear Sailor's Drybag
Yarn Organized in a Clear Sailor’s Drybag

6. Sailor’s Gear Hammocks

Yarn Organized in a Sailor's Gear Hammock
Yarn Organized in a Sailor’s Gear Hammock
Yarn Organized in a Sailor's Gear Hammock
Yarn Organized in a Sailor’s Gear Hammock

Gear hammocks work well for cramming a whole bunch of yarn into a ridiculously tiny amount of space. I know this because my husband and I lived in a 24′ sailboat from 2010 – 2012 (at which point we moved into a 34′ sailboat, and that felt like a luxury mansion in comparison). While we were living in the smaller boat, a single gear hammock housed the majority of my yarn stash. So if you live in a tiny apartment or a small condo, and you need a space-saving yarn storage solution, I can recommend this firsthand as a solution that works pretty well. You can hang a hammock in just about any oddball spot. Another plus: The yarn is easily visible, which saves you time hunting for the skeins you want to grab and use.


Hopefully one or more of these 6 yarn organization ideas will work for you — even if you live in a small space. Implementing any of these ideas can help you keep better track of your yarn and hopefully keep everything neatly organized for efficient future use.

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