I’m sure I’m not the only knitter and crocheter in the world who is on a budget. I didn’t know this when I chose crocheting as the first craft I would learn, but crochet eats yarn like nobody’s business. Inch for inch, crochet will require more yarn to make fabric than knitting will. Let’s not forget crochet stitches like puff, popcorn, and bullion. There’s even a stitch that’s called “yarneater”!
Even when you’re knitting, unless you’re making little bits like coasters, wash or dish cloths, or face scrubbers, chances are that you’re going to need more than one skein of yarn to finish your project. The more yarn you need, the more money you spend, obviously.
Besides that, most people who crochet and/or knit also fall in love with yarn, sort of, and they collect it–no, they accumulate piles and piles of it! I know I have! So when you can spend less and get more, who wouldn’t be happy about that?
Here in the States, where I live, it’s pretty easy to get your hands on huge skeins of acrylic or synthetic yarns quite inexpensively. A few examples are Red Heart Super Saver (already large, but you can get Jumbo sized skeins too, in a limited range of colors), Bernat Super Value, Caron Simply Soft, Caron One Pound, Lion Brand Pound of Love, Phentex, and so on. If you want a large quantity of pure cotton, put some 400 or 360g Bernat Handicrafter Cotton or Lily Sugar and Cream cones in your cart (electronic or otherwise). And if you don’t mind a cotton blend, Premier makes some pretty big skeins too.
But where can you find ginormous skeins of a wool-acrylic blend at reasonable rates? Correct me if I’m wrong, but that’s not something you can obtain easily in the US.
Enter European yarns! How I discovered European yarns is another story for another post, but, boy, am I glad I did! There are several wool-acrylic blends to choose from, but my absolute favorite is Stylecraft Special Aran with Wool.
This yarn comes in 400g/14oz skeins with a whopping 816 meters/892 yards! While the color range isn’t as broad as I would like, the yarn itself is lustrous and soft between the fingers. Even better, you can machine wash and dry it! Wonder of wonders! (This is especially helpful when you have limited space to lay items, like afghans, flat to dry after washing.)
Your next question will probably be, “Where can I get this fantastic yarn, M?” Well, here are a few sites where you can acquire the lovely stuff: Wool Warehouse, Deramores, and sister sites Love Knitting and Love Crochet. (The last three links are for US-based customers only; I don’t know how to change that, but a Google search for those store names should help those not based in the US).
When you visit these sites, you’ll notice something interesting right away. Wool Warehouse has the best price for a skein of Stylecraft Special Aran with Wool. As of the writing of this post, the price is about $9 USD. But visit Deramores, and the price goes up to $12+. On the Love Crafts sites, it’s $14.50! What?! Keep in mind, though, that at Deramores, you get free shipping on orders over $50; and on Love Crafts sites, on orders over $75. While Wool Warehouse has reasonable shipping rates–starting at about $4USD for overseas shipping under a certain weight limit–you’ll never get free shipping. On the contrary, the shipping costs go up the heavier your package will end up being. Still, I must say that I frequent Wool Warehouse most often, and I’m a very happy customer! 🙂
So before your next major craft undertaking, whether knitting, crocheting or something else yarn-related, I highly recommend checking out the wool-acrylic blends available in 400g/14oz sizes on these sites. You might find something you like better than my favorite Stylecraft yarn. Just be careful to check the care instructions before you buy! (Another story for another post.) 🙂
What gigantic-skein yarns do you recommend?
“The better to save money with, my dear!”