Guide: Cheap vs. Inexpensive Yarn for Knitting

Where to find cheap yarn?

Nobody wants to pay more than necessary for yarn. Cheap or inexpensive yarn may be a good choice for certain projects. As for example, crafting projects, where durability, or how your project or garment hold up after long term use, or how easy it will be to clean, isn’t that important.

Crafting yarn

Crafting yarn can be hard to work with, but when used for smaller projects, the strain on your fingers and hands will be manageable, as opposed to working up a whole sweater with rough yarn.  One of our staff members knits cute stuffed animals using craft yarn from her local big-box craft store. There is no reason to splurge on cashmere for projects like these.

Best value yarn for knitted garments

In our store we specialize in affordable, quality yarn made from natural fibers that are easy to work with and that will make your garments drape beautifully. When you put so much time and effort into a sweater, dress or shawl, you want your finished project to withstand use, look beautiful for years, and with as little piling as possible!

Having searched high and low for years for the perfect price-to-value ratio, we decided to specialize in yarn from Sandnes Garn of Norway. It is made to the highest standards, ethically sourced and manufactured with environmentally friendly dyes and processes. Sandnes Garn alone offers over 35 qualities of yarn (with 40+ colors each) ranging from lace weight Silk Mohair to chunky Fritidsgarn (not to mention their wicked popular collaboration with PetiteKnit: Sunday). Many of their yarns come in both superwashed and non-superwashed qualities, making them perfect creating garments for both kids and adults, from dresses and sweaters, to blankets and socks.

Sandes Garn Patterns & yarn

Lamana Superlight yarn

If you want to splurge some more on your special project, German made LAMANA, offers unparalleled luxury for the price.They have a unique spinning process that makes their yarns half the weight of “normal” yarns, allowing you to make lightwaight garments of chunky yarn! Our staff can’t stop squishing those balls of yarn and fantasizing about their next project! If you are looking for higher-end, extra chunky yarn, Malabrigo remains a knitter’s favorite, and one of our most popular offerings.

Indie-dye yarn

Finally, when they want something really unique, yarn connoisseurs often gravitate to hand-dyed yarn (also known as indie-dyer yarn).  We offer a selection of hand-dye from local dyers as well as international artisans.

At the end of the day, the choice is yours. Figure out how much you are willing to spend on your next project, and our experienced staff will assist you in both finding patterns and yarn for your budget.

Indie-dye yarn