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How to Save Money with Crocheting

Updated on June 7, 2013
Buy Yarn on Sale
Buy Yarn on Sale | Source

How to Save Money with Crocheting

Even though yarn can be expensive, crocheting is considered to be an inexpensive hobby, and can actually help to save you money.

Instead of spending your money on new clothes, bags, purses, hats, scarves and other winter accessories, you can make your own and only spend a fraction of that money.

Crocheting allows you to create many useful items, such as clothing articles, winter accessories, bag and totes, baby items, afghans and many decorative items for around the house. Making these necessities yourself can save you a whole lot of money in the long run.

The only thing with crocheting is that it takes a bit of time to create your own items. However, crocheting is an enjoyable hobby, and the extra time spent on it will only make the item more cherishable. And in many cases, handmade items are more durable than anything that is commercially produced.

Anthro Inspired Hat

Consider this Anthro Inspired Hat, which sold in retail stores for $50.00. The designer from “Design Adventures” thought instead of spending that much money, she could design her own for a fraction of the cost. I never saw the hat that was sold in the stores, but I would say that she did a lovely job with her design. Depending on the yarn that you use, it might only cost you something like $5.00, or even less.

Broomstick Lace Ruffled Scarf - Free Crochet Pattern
Broomstick Lace Ruffled Scarf - Free Crochet Pattern | Source

Broomstick Lace Ruffled Scarf

And the same things holds true for scarves and other accessories. Ruffled scarves can sell anywhere from $10 to $50, but depending on the yarn you used, you could very well make one for $10 or less. Ruffled scarves generally use up more yarn, and thus, if you were to use an expensive yarn you would end up having to spend more than $10. However, it would still be cheaper than if you were to buy it.

Despite the fact that you can save money with crocheting, it is also very easy to walk out of a yarn store with a $100 worth of yarn. And although this yarn can last you while, the cost can still add up. The following tips will help you to save on yarn and patterns so that you can still save money with crocheting.

How to Save On Yarn

Buy the Yarn on Sale. One of the best ways to save on yarn is stock up on it when it goes on sale. This means that you will have to plan ahead and make some quick decisions as to what you want to make with it. Another downfall is that you will need to fork over the money all at once, which might seem like a lot at the time, but it will save you in the end.

A Friendly Bonus Tip: Do Not go shopping every time your favorite yarn goes on sale as this might lead to a stash that you no longer know what to do with.

Look for Discontinued Yarn. Discontinued yarn is yarn that will no longer be made available. As a result, the prices are reduced in order to get rid of the yarn as fast as possible. These yarns are often packed into bags with no labels. But if you know your yarns then you can easily tell what they are, and whether or not you will like them.

Buy in Bulk. If you can, always buy your favorite yarns in bulk, or at least in large balls. Often times this will mean that you end up spending more on one trip, but it will save you time and money in the end.

Avoid Expensive Yarns. You always get what you pay for, and expensive yarns, such as bamboo, are really worth the extra price. However, a soft synthetic yarn might look just as good in scarf as that bamboo or another natural yarn.

To help you determine whether you want to use an expensive yarn, take into consideration where, and how the finished item will be used. It if will exposed to a lot of wear and tear, then you might want to consider making it with a cheaper yarn. You might choose the natural and more expensive yarn for a clothing article to wear close to your body, and then choose a soft synthetic yarn for the outer garment. This way you can still feel good, look good and save your money.

How to Save on Patterns

Free Pattern Leaflets. Most yarn stores will generally have small pattern leaflets that you can take home for free. Some of these patterns are very simple, but many of them are also very nice and stylish.

Yarn Label Patterns. Although most yarn companies will post their patterns on their websites, they will often also put the patterns on the yarn label. This saves you the time and energy of having to find and print the pattern yourself.

Free Crochet Patterns Online. There are tons of free crochet patterns that you can find online. As with the free leaflets, some of the patterns online are very simple and straightforward; however, many of them are also very elegant looking.

You might not always find what you are looking for, but it can never hurt to check online first.

Below are some of the websites that you can go to for free crochet patterns.

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    • Rhelena profile imageAUTHOR

      Rhelena 

      5 years ago

      Awesome! Glad you found this hub useful. :)

    • Miss Crayola profile image

      Miss Crayola 

      5 years ago from Sainte-Marie, QC, Canada

      I was looking for ways to crochet on a budget and you gave me some helpful hints. Thanks!

    • Rhelena profile imageAUTHOR

      Rhelena 

      6 years ago

      Wordsmith, thank you for stopping by and sharing your tips. And I agree, yarn shopping is part of the fun. :)

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      Veronica Lewis 

      6 years ago from Pocono Mountains, Pennsylvania

      Great ideas on how to save. I try to keep my stash as small as possible. I realized that every time I wanted to make something I never wanted to use what I have. Part of the fun was buying new yarn! LOL! So nowadays other than thread (which I go through like crazy), I keep very little of other types of yarn.

    • Rhelena profile imageAUTHOR

      Rhelena 

      6 years ago

      Lol, yeah its hard not to stash.

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      PWalker281 

      6 years ago

      Yes, organizing and storage are challenges but not enough to keep me from stashing :-)

    • Rhelena profile imageAUTHOR

      Rhelena 

      6 years ago

      Haha, perhaps you're right that no stash is ever too big. The only thing is that it gets in your way, and it is hard to keep organized. :)

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      PWalker281 

      6 years ago

      I am currently crocheting a "shroat" (shrug + coat) with some yarn that I had tried using in another project only to find out I didn't have enuf for it. And I have a fairly big yarn stash which I am trying to use up before I go out and purchase more. But when I do, I'll keep these excellent tips in mind. It's great that we have this skill that we can use to create beautiful AND functional items. Rated up and useful!

      P.S. No stash is EVER too large :-)

    • Rhelena profile imageAUTHOR

      Rhelena 

      6 years ago

      Hey that is a great idea! No sense in throwing it out or donating it to charity if you can still use it. Thanks for the tip!

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      Kimberly Schimmel 

      6 years ago from North Carolina, USA

      I also save money by reusing yarn from other projects. I only use yarn still in good condition, e.g. a sweater that wasn't worn because it just didn't fit right.

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