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- Buy your yarn at thrift stores. Although this idea can be objected by “yarn snobs,” this is a good way to find yarn for the cheap. You might not find 100% wool, name-brand yarn, but you might find the little gem you may need. (Hello non-barf-green yarn, I’m looking at you!)
- Don’t use expensive name-brand yarn. There’s name-brands in everything today, even yarn. You’ll find that name-brand yarn, along with normally being super-high quality, comes with a hefty price tag. You can find equivalents of name-brands in the cheaper yarns, even if it takes a washing or two to soften.
- Don’t always buy brand new needles. Something I see some knitters do is buy a pair of needles every time they have a new project. This equals hundreds of needles that might not be used. If you have one set of size 8 dpns, and they are being used, but you need them for another project, just finish the project that the needles are being used for before you buy another pair.
- Make your yarn last. Instead of doing itty-bitty meaningless projects that barely equal to an 1/8th ball of yarn (which can make or break a project!) skip them to do bigger projects that will last longer. It’ll provide more satisfaction to have a project on your hands instead of starting one every ten minutes. Plus, bigger projects like sweaters, blankets, hats, and mittens have a tendency to be used.
- Save your scrap yarn. It sounds a little silly, but save your scrap yarn. If you have ten yards of yarn left, or even just a yard, save it! You can use shorter lengths for sewing things onto other projects. Longer scraps can be used to do a scrappy scarf made with all sorts of colors!
- Be careful with your yarn. Being careful with your yarn is important. If your cat/dog somehow manages to break that awesome striping yarn, it could be yards and yards until you have the perfect join again.
- Watch where you buy your yarn. Sometimes, one craft store may mark up (or down) a ball of yarn compared to other stores. A $1 less here compared to a $1 more here can make a big difference. Make sure that you add in gas prices to get to said store, too. The further you drive to buy the $1 dollar less ball of yarn may not be as worth it as you thought!
- Stick with plain yarn. I’ve noticed that generally plain yarn is less expensive. It takes less work to make a one-color yarn than it is to make self-striping yarn. As awesome as self-striping is, you can always embellish plain yarn to your tastes.