20 Tips for Saving Money on Crochet
Crochet is one of those crafts that can be really inexpensive if you’re smart about your crafting. It can also be really expensive if you’re not careful. I know that I can easily spend a lot of money just on nice yarn alone. If you love to crochet but are living on a budget then the following twenty tips can help you cut your crochet costs:
1. Use cheap yarn whenever it is appropriate. For example, if you are making a project for the first time and aren’t sure what you’re doing then use inexpensive yarn for your trial project.
2. Buy only as much yarn as you need for a project. Crochet patterns come with information about how much yarn you need to get the project done. It’s tempting to buy extra just in case but this usually results in wasted yarn.
3. Check your gauge. Too many crocheters skip this step. What can happen is that the item you’re making comes out too large or too small. You’ll either need to tear it apart or make another one. This all may waste your yarn.
4. Buy wonderful inexpensive yarns in foreign countries. If you are already planning a trip to a foreign country where the exchange rate is in your favor then take an extra suitcase along to get great yarn at a low cost. I did this in the yarn district in Buenos Aires.
5. Use expensive yarn for small projects. Afghans are great but they take up a lot of yarn. Save your priciest, nicest yarn for smaller projects instead.
6. Check thrift stores for yarn. Sometimes you can get great yarn on sale at thrift stores. You can also buy thrift store clothing and tear it apart to use the yarn for your own crocheted projects.
7. Crochet with cheap non-traditional items. Rag rugs made from clothing scraps and plastic bag crochet are too really common examples but get creative and you can really cut your crochet costs!
8. Use free patterns. There are a lot of great costly crochet patterns online and in crochet magazines. However there are also a lot of great crochet patterns available for free. Use your free options first. And try making your own patterns!
9. Embellish inexpensively. If you spend a lot of money on embellishments then you’re going to quickly increase the cost of your crochet art. Find cheap alternatives and let the crochet work itself be the main item of attention!
10. Shop around to get the best price on crochet supplies. Just because you have a favorite craft store doesn’t mean you should always shop there. There are many places both locally and online that sell crochet supplies. Shop around to get a good price on your purchases.
11. Get crochet books at the library. People who crochet can easily spend a lot of money creating a bookshelf of crochet books for themselves. Get the books you need from the library instead. You can always check them out again in the future if you want to use them another time!
12. Use Paperback swaps to get crochet books. If you do insist on owning your own crochet books then use a book swapping site like Paperback swaps to significantly lower the cost of getting those books. You essentially trade your unwanted books for the books that you want and all that you pay is postage.
13. Go to yard sales for yarn. Crafters eventually get rid of their stash and yard sales are a great place to find it for a low cost! You can also look for recycled yarn by finding items at these places that were crocheted and taking them apart for your own use.
14. Get yarn for free. Get active on Freecycle. Scour the free section of Craigslist regularly. There are people out there giving away their yarn and you can save yourself a lot of money on various crochet projects if you’re willing to get creative with the yarn that you can get for free.
15. Use your yarn stash. Almost everyone who crochets has a huge stack of yarn that they’ve already accumulated over time. Make a commitment to yourself that you’ll use up all of the yarn that you already own before you invest in additional crochet supplies!
16. Limit the number of craft supplies you get for crocheting. You need yarn and hooks and probably some tapestry needles. Crochet doesn’t require much else. However, there are a lot of different accessories that you can get for crocheting if you want, too. Pace yourself and limit the number of extra supplies that you get so that you can reduce the cost of being involved in this craft.
17. Use coupons when buying crochet supplies. Get everything at a discount each time that you go shopping for crochet supplies and your annual craft spending should go down significantly.
18. Barter crochet. Crochet is a skill that you can teach to others and your crocheted items are crafts that have some value. Barter these things to get other things that you might need. For example, you might barter a crochet lesson for vegetables from your neighbors’ garden, reducing your own grocery costs.
19. Sell your stuff. You can’t make a lot of money as a crochet artist but you can make a small amount. At the very least you can offset the cost of your craft by selling your work through local craft events and sites like Etsy!
20. Set a budget. One of the best ways to make sure that you aren’t spending too much on crochet supplies is to set a spending budget and stick to it. Whether it’s monthly or annual, your budget should reflect what you realistically can afford to spend on your craft.