Do you love to knit or crochet but do not want to spend a lot of money on yarn? You can find good quality yarn at bargain prices if you know where to look. Here are three tips to help you get inexpensive, quality yarn to feed your crafting habit.
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3 Ways to Find Inexpensive, Quality Yarn
Buy New Yarn on Sale
The easiest and most obvious way to buy inexpensive, quality yarn is to shop seasonal sales. Yarn trends change each year and manufacturers introduce new yarns each season. Watch for sales on last season’s yarn. Check local yarn shops, discount stores and online retailers for quality yarn at clearance prices. And don’t forget coupons—you can find many coupon online, or on manufacturer’s and retailer’s websites.
Check the Dollar Stores or Mighty Dollar. One year I found yarn for $1.00 a skein. I picked up enough to create lots of scarves and projects all winter long!
Tip: If you shop at Michaels or Hobby Lobby, make sure you do a quick search on your phone and get a 40% off coupon.
Buy Previously Loved Yarn
Many crafters have extra yarn. Some buy more than is needed for a project or lose interest in a project after purchasing the yarn. You can find good quality, previously loved yarn locally or online. Check out these sources:
Yard and Garage Sales – Read ads and flyers to find yard and garage sales with yarn. If a phone number is listed, call ahead to check which types and quantities of yarn are available.
Thrift stores – Check your local thrift stores for yarn. Talk to an employee to find out if there are set sale days for craft items. Chain thrift stores in a large area may send all craft supplies to one location. Find this out!
Online – Many crafters post excess supplies on various selling or swapping websites. Search your local craigslist or freecycle.org for quality yarn. Browse sites like Etsy. Join a crafting supply Yahoo group or Facebook group.
Recycle Sweaters to Make Your Own Yarn
One of the best ways to get quality yarn for pennies is to unravel good condition, high-quality commercially knitted sweaters. Ask friends and family for cast off sweaters, or buy them at thrift stores and yard sales. Sweaters at yards sales often sell for less than a dollar and many thrift stores routinely have bag specials where anything that fits into a bag is a few dollars.
To unravel a sweater, carefully take it apart at each seam without cutting through the fibers in the body of the garment. Lay each piece flat and find the beginning of the yarn, usually at one end of the shoulder. If the beginning is not obvious, you can cut through the yarn at one end and pull to start unraveling the yarn.
Wrap the yarn neatly around a large cardboard rectangle as you unravel it from the sweater. When you are done, tie the yarn together in four or five places and carefully remove it from the cardboard. Soak the yarn in cold water for a few minutes and then squeeze to remove excess water. Lay the damp yarn flat on a towel and allow it to dry completely. Once the yarn is thoroughly dry, roll it into balls to use in your next project.
Finding inexpensive, good quality yarn can be fun and easy. In fact, you may soon have more than you can use! As you add to your yarn collection, remember to label each new find according to fiber content and care requirements so that you can easily choose the best yarn for all your great knitting and crocheting projects.