Crochet Patterns to Help Save Money
Choose Economy Yarns
Believe it or not, but knowing how to crochet can help to save you a lot of money in the long run! Depending on the pattern, the yarn and the item that you are making, you can save a lot of money.
Some patterns require expensive yarn and can end up costing you more than if you were to make a purchase in a store. At the same time, it all depends on how you look at it. If you're like me and crochet instead of going out and spending money or munching on chips and popcorn to pass the time, then it evens out in the end. :) Plus, crocheting is very relaxing and therapeutic, which, on its own, is priceless to me.
The surest way to save money with crochet is to choose economy yarns. Yarn companies like Red Heart and Bernat have many economy yarns that can be used to crochet just about anything on your list. Mind you, these economy yarns are not as elegant as some of the fancy yarns, but you can still create a lot of beautiful items with them. And the best part is that some of these yarns come out much softer and more beautiful after washing!
Basically the only investments that you need to make in crochet is your crochet hooks and the material that you will crochet with. As for patterns, there are countless free crochet patterns online that you can follow. You can also purchase patterns in books or online.
Below are some free crochet patterns that will help you save money, but still allow you to create something beautiful and/or useful.
Free Money-Saving Crochet Patterns
A Slice of Lime Coin Purse - Be A Crafter xD - I love this coin purse! And to make it would be so cheap. You can buy cheap coin purses at the dollar store, but trust me, you get what you pay for. I bought one once and it lasted for about a week before the zipper went on me. So crocheting one yourself is definitely worth it because it'll last a lot longer!
Aye Aye Eye Patch - Stitch11 - Check out this Eye Patch from Stitch11. You could probably purchase these at the dollar store. But making one yourself can be even cheaper as you can use left-over yarn from other crochet projects.
Basket Weave Granny Afghan - Meladora's Creations - An afghan such as this one could easily sell for several hundred dollars! Yet to crochet one yourself you can do it for well under a hundred. And the beauty of these afghans is they last a lifetime. Literally.
Bears Paw Afghan - Donna's Crochet Designs - Here is another awesome afghan design that would cost a fortune if you were to purchase the finished afghan.
Blackberry Striped Afghan - Moogly - And yet another beautiful afghan that is priceless.
Bracelet Pattern - My Hobby is Crochet - This bracelet is crocheted with embroidery floss. It has a beautiful stitch pattern, which makes this an elegant bracelet that you could wear to just about any occasion.
Breast Cancer Awareness Purse - Tawana's Cute Crochet - This purse is professionally designed! It's very stylish and perfect for any occasion! To buy a purse like this would cost you twice as much as if you were to crochet it yourself. It's made with Red Heart, which is a very inexpensive, yet durable, yarn to crochet with.
Credit or Gift Card Case - CrochetN'Crafts - This credit card case can be crocheted with a small amount of scrap yarn. Thus it doesn't have to cost you anything to make when you look at it from that perspective. Purchasing a wallet, on the other hand, could cost you anywhere from a few dollars and up depending on where you make the purchase.
Fiesta Earrings - Crochet Parfait - Crocheting your own jewelry is another great way to save money, and these earrings are no exception. They look like they are quick and easy to crochet up. And what's best, is that you can use up your odds and ends to crochet these.
Floral Necklace - Red Heart - How much would you pay for something like this? This pattern calls for a Bamboo yarn, which is more expensive. But still, crocheting it yourself would be a lot cheaper than if you were to purchase it.
Gumdrops Crochet Earflap Hat - My Hobby is Crochet - The stitch pattern used in this hat makes this item priceless! It's better than anything you could ever purchase in a store, and you can make it for half the price! Beautiful, beautiful pattern!
Lacy Beaded Hoop Earrings - Cynthia's Cynfully Spiffy Stuff - These earrings are absolutely gorgeous! You will need to purchase your hoops and beads, which might be expensive depending on where you buy them. As for the yarn, you might get away with leftovers, which then evens it out.
Magical Unicorn Headband - Nyan Pon's Knits and Crochet - Imagine how much you would have to pay for a headband such as this one. But to crochet one, you can probably do it for under a dollar depending on what type of yarn you use.
Mop Cover - CrochetN'Crafts - A crocheted mop cover will not only help save you money, but it is also an excellent way to save the environment. It works just as well as the store-bought covers, if not better. The only thing that would make these less convenient is that you have to wash them. But if you're doing laundry anyways, one mop cover won't make a difference.
Plarn Apron - My Recycled Bags - This apron is made out of plarn (plastic yarn). I'm not sure how well plarn would protect the clothes, but you could always line the apron with a solid bag (garbage bag) or a piece of inexpensive fabric. Perfect for BBQ's, in the kitchen or while crafting! Again, this project doesn't have to cost you anything but your time.
A note on My Recycled Bags: There are many free patterns on this website that require plarn, thus many great patterns to help save you money. You'll find lots of free bag and purse patterns, cozies and many patterns for everyday use.
Red Heart Hat - Cre8tion Crochet - Check out this beautiful crocheted hat done up in Red Heart Yarn. From my experience, Red Heart offers some of the most inexpensive yarns. The Comfort and Super Saver yarns are not the greatest to work with, but they result in beautiful products. And unlike many yarns, these two yarns come out nice and soft after washing. So this hat is definitely a cheaper alternative to anything you can find in the store.
Hope you find something that you can use and help save you money.
Crochet Pattern Bonanza
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A free crochet pattern directory with thumbnail images. The collection includes a variety of free crochet patterns, such as afghans, hats, scarves, hooded scarves, legwarmers, dishcloths and other kitchen items, amigurumi and more.