Tips for the Frugal CrocheterBy Erin Burger – 17 Comments
Crocheting can be very rewarding and calming, but sometimes it can also be a very expensive hobby to maintain. Over time I have come up with a few tips and have been taught a few things by other crocheters and knitters I have met in my life.
Stay Organized! Keeping track of the yarn you have at home helps to prevent you from buying unneeded yarn. Keep an index card in your purse and write down what yarn you are buying right after you buy it. When you’ve finished a project, cross that yarn off your card.
Organizing yarn in clear, separate containers is also a great way to prevent from buying unneeded yarns. I use clear craft (or childrens toy) towers with three or more large drawers that can be purchased very inexpensively at any walmart, target or kmart. If the yarns are properly organized by color or yarn weight, you are less likely to buy a yarn you already have!
Don’t purchase Stitch Markers! There are many alternative methods to marking stitches. Some I’ve learned over the years include one inch pipe cleaners, different colored yarn loosely tied into place, bobby pins, paper clips or small snap barrettes (my personal favorite).
Recycle Used Supplies Why buy fiberfill or any other stuffing product? Cut up some plastic grocery bags (if you can spare any from your Plarn projects) and use that for stuffing. You can also use unwanted ends and scraps from finished projects for stuffing as well!
Recycling Previously Used Yarn is also an excellent money saving and greener way of getting yarn for new projects. While you’re at the thrift store looking for sweaters, pick up a few cheap purses and reuse the zippers, handles, clasps and buttons!
Crochet Your Christmas Presents! Everyone loves a handmade Christmas gift and crocheting is a very versatile craft. Shawls for Mom, blankets for siblings, tree ornaments for the new couple, slippers for friends, cowls for that special friend, home decorations for the new homeowner, the list could go on and on.
Schedule Your Time! They say time is money and it happens to be one of the negatives about life. But if you properly schedule your day to include crocheting, it can be a great help. Plan to get all of your housework done before dark so you can spend an evening comfy in front of the t.v. with your crochet work. Have a kit ready with works in progress in a clear bag (the bags that sheets, pillowcases and comforters work well for large projects, freezer bags work for smaller projects) so you can get started right away without scrounging around for the right yarn or hook.
I work on projects in spurts through my day. I have a designated area in our home and in the space between my ‘working couch’ and the end table I have bags of works in progress waiting for me. I crochet for a half hour at a time, do laundry, answer client emails, work on other writing assignments, crochet for another half hour, and so on throughout my day.
Do you have any other tips to add to my list? Have any questions or comments? Please share here!