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How to Save Money on Crochet

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On the one hand, crochet is a reasonably affordable hobby. If you aren't a "yarn snob," you only have to spend a few bucks* on a ball of yarn and a couple more dollars* on a crochet hook to get started.

On the other hand, a few bucks* here and a few more there, over time can add up to a great big bundle of cash.

[*or Pounds / Euros / Shekels (etc.) -- insert currency of your choice.]

With that in mind, let's take a look at some money-saving ideas you can put to use to cut the costs on your crochet "habit."

Tip #1: Use Free Crochet Patterns

Free Crochet Patterns
Free Crochet Patterns Available on Our Website -- Photos © Amy Solovay, Licensed to About.com, Inc.

There are plenty of patterns available on the Internet. Some you have to pay for, and some you don't. If you take advantage of all the free ones, it will save you a bundle!

You can also find bunches of free tutorials and free videos too.

Tip #2: Turn Worn-Out Clothes, Sheets and Linens Into Crochet Supplies.

Rag Balls for Crocheting
Rag Balls for Crocheting -- Photo © Amy Solovay

Pictured at left: rag balls for crocheting. You can make rag balls like these by cutting old sheets into strips and rolling them up for use in your crochet projects. We have provided free patterns for crocheting with fabric, including rag rug patterns and more.

Tip #3: Crochet With Plarn.

Plarn
Plarn -- Photo © Amy Solovay

You can make "plarn" out of the plastic bags you take home from the grocery store. Plarn is good for making pouches, scrubbies, purses, bags and more. When you crochet with plarn, you get a nearly-free project; assuming you already have the crochet hook(s) you need, all you have to pay for is the findings you use for finishing your project (zippers, buttons, snaps, etc.)

Tip #4: Discover the Advantages of Coned Yarn.

A Cone of Yarn
A Cone of Yarn -- Photo © 2009 Amy Solovay, Licensed to About.com, Inc.

Coned yarn can save you money in a couple of different ways, plus it has additional benefits over and above the cost savings. If you aren't already aware of these benefits, you'll definitely want to check this article out.

Tip #5: Use or Re-Use Your Gauge Swatches.

The link above takes you to a list of ideas for different things you can do with your gauge swatches when you are finished with them. Some of the ideas will save you money, and some of them will merely help you to ensure that the yarn and time you put into your gauge swatches will not go to waste.

See Also: Poll: What do you do with your gauge swatches when you are finished with them?

Tip #6: Buy Unwanted "Stash" From Other Crocheters and Knitters.

Buy Unwanted "Stash" From Other Crocheters and Knitters.
Buy Unwanted "Stash" From Other Crocheters and Knitters. Photo © Amy Solovay.

You can often find deals on yarn and crochet thread that other crafters no longer want. Whenever you have a free moment to spend yarn shopping, check Ravelry, Etsy, Ebay, Craigslist, and your local thrift stores for bargains.

This works both ways; if you have yarn you no longer want, you can sell it or barter it too.

Tip #7: Make the Most of Your Scrap Yarn.

Crochet Flower Applique
Crochet Flower Applique -- Photo © Amy Solovay

Most of the time, when you finish a crochet project, you'll end up with one or more partial balls of yarn left over. This can be so frustrating. You probably don't want to throw them away, but at the same time it isn't always easy to figure out what to do with them.

Check out these free scrap yarn patterns to find lots of ideas for using up yarn that's left over from other projects. That way, none of your leftovers go to waste, and you make the most of the money you've already spent on the yarn.

Pictured at left is a flower applique that you can make using bits and pieces of scrap yarn.

See Also: What to do with leftover yarn.

Tip #8: Find Yarn, Supplies and Project Ideas at the Dollar Store.

Sometimes you can find fantastic deals on yarn, beads, and other supplies at the dollar store. I've even occasionally been inspired with new project ideas from supplies I found at the dollar store.

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