Recently while I was listening to a KnitCents podcast episode (have you checked these out yet?), I heard Rachel mention a particular online yarn shop that had a sale going on. I made a note of the yarn shop, then decided it would be a good idea to look for some other online shops with good prices. So below I have listed several online yarn shops I’ve discovered, either recommended by other knitters to me or else recommended by Ravelry knitters in some of the frugal groups I like to peek into from time to time. Note that I did not include Knitpicks, WEBS, or Patternworks. These are three of my favorites, but I’ve mentioned them many times before. I wanted to stick with shops I haven’t mentioned in an article or newsletter recently, since many of you are probably already aware of these. So let’s get to shopping and saving!
Great Ways to Save on Yarn Online
Elizabeth’s Fiber & Yarn Store: This is the shop I heard about through the KnitCents podcast. It’s a great choice if your yarn interests extend beyond knitting. Do you enjoy spinning, dyeing, and/or felting? Then you’ll want to take a look at the offerings here! Yarn Paradise: I was alerted to this site by a reader named Laurie a few weeks ago. I’ll let her describe the site herself: “[It] is based in Turkey. They have luxurious, high quality yarn of all types and colors. The prices are shocking, like $1.99 a skein for alpaca, cashmere or silk!! The variety is totally mind boggling. The shipping costs are no more expensive than local yarn sites. “One way they keep their prices low is you have to buy by the bag of yarn. So you might have to buy a multiple of 4 or a multiple of 6 skeins– you can’t just buy one. But that hasn’t been an issue for me. It’s the same as buying a bit extra in the store so you don’t run out. “I’m making a shawl for my sister-in-law of cashmere/silk/alpaca and I love feeling it in my lap as I work on it. I’m going to miss it when it’s finished! But I think it was something like $30 (including shipping) for the 600 grams I bought to make the 3-foot by 6-foot shawl. Finally, inexpensive gorgeous yarn!” Ravelry ISO and Destash of Yarn Group: Okay, obviously this isn’t actually an online yarn shop. But, it’s a terrific way to get yarn at great prices or even to swap. You can look at the current listings of Destash posts, or you can even post your own In Search Of (ISO) if you’re looking for a specific yarn. Just follow the rules of the group (posted in the “Guidelines and Rules” link at the top of the page) and have fun shopping and/or posting! DROPS: DROPS happens to be not only one of my favorite sources for free patterns, but also a great source of quality yarn. They frequently have sales on both yarn and needles. Colourmart: Don’t let the British spelling fool you – this shop ships all over the world. It has a terrific yarn search tool, whereby you can search by color, fiber content, weight, and so on. Or, if you don’t really know what you want and would rather just browse, you can do that too. This shop is able to offer yarn quite inexpensively because it acquires closeouts and mill ends from luxury yarn manufacturers. Finally, if you’re looking to buy yarn online, I highly recommend this excellent blog post: Ninja Shopping, Yarn Edition. You’ll find some fantastic tips on ways to save money shopping for yarn online. You won’t regret it! So if you’re looking to score some good yarn at great prices, check out these sites!