How to Knit and Crochet on the Cheap
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How to Knit and Crochet on the Cheap

If you like to knit or crochet, but find yarn and other supplies cost more than you are willing to pay, you may be glad to find that there are other sources and ways to obtain them. You can have a wonderful stash of yarn and a variety of tools and equipment for either craft with very little money.

There's nothing quite like being able to knit or crochet a useful item and know how cheap it was to produce. If it's made from amd with quality materials, that's even better. Finding the yarns and tools at cheap prices may take a little sleuthing and a little more work, but that can be enjoyable in itself.

First, of course, watch for coupons. Michael's, Hobby Lobby and other craft stores often put out very good coupons. 40% off is worth watching for! These coupons are usually for one item, so unless you need several skeins of yarn quickly, buy one and wait for the next coupon which usually comes the next week. If the store isn't extremely busy, you can sometimes find the same dye lot a week later. Probably the best use of these coupons is for knitting needles, crochet hooks, counters, scissors and so on. Buy one item and wait for the next coupon.

Discount stores sometimes have cheap yarn for less than you can buy at other stores even with a good coupon. "Dollar" stores and other rock bottom price stores carry yarn that is sometimes good quality and sometimes not. Let your own good sense be your guide, but don't overlook a yarn because it doesn't carry a familiar label. At a dollar a skein (I kid you not!), I can afford to knit house slippers that wear out in one year instead of two. The two year slipper yarn costs five dollars a skein. I'm money and comfort ahead and you can be, too.

Thrift stores can be real treasure troves - or not. In the past, I have bought bags of yarn for a very low price, but that doesn't happen in this area any more. Most yarn is sold by the skein and is sometimes just as expensive as that sold as new. If you know your prices, you may come across a good find. Thrift stores can be good sources of tools and equipment for both knit and crochet crafts, though. Knitting needles and crochet hooks are usually cheap, and you can sometimes find tape measures, specialty needles, pattern books and so on, at cheap prices.

Garage sales will generally have the best prices, both on yarn and accoutrements. The cheapest I've ever found was a laundry hamper crammed full of new yarn and old thread on wooden spools. I paid five dollars for it all. Look for "craft supplies" or something similar if you go through the ads before garage saling. Here is where cheap certainly does not equal poor quality and if you knit or crochet, you will be aware of the quality of the yarns, needles and other things offered.

One last piece of advice: When you go to thrift stores or garage sales, watch for hand knitted or crocheted items. You can unravel them and reuse the yarn. This is usually the best way to get good, cheap yarn. I've obtained some expensive yarn this way.

Don't let high prices stop you from doing what you love to do. Get the supplies you need on the cheap and knit or crochet to your heart's desire!

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Comments (7)

I haven't done this in years...I still remember the potholders I did at school...Maybe it's time to get to it, eh? Thanks for the tips Pat...especially about just using already knitted yarn pieces to begin anew.

An interesting knitting piece. Thank you dear Pat. Voted. Hope to be in your support.

Thank you both. :)

My ex-wife would have loved this article. She has been knitting for almost sixty years now.

Such good suggestions and presented well.Will return with a vote.

Returning with a well deserved vote.

Good ideas. I love to crochet and I'm always looking for ways to buy yarn cheap.