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 #2: Turn Worn-Out Clothes, Sheets and Linens Into Crochet Supplies.
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.)
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.
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.
Tip #6: Buy Unwanted "Stash" From Other Crocheters and Knitters.
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.
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.
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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