Some people are hesitant whether they would continue their interest in crocheting because they think it’s expensive. If you wish to get into crocheting and you are not sure if you can afford the hobby, then read on.
Crocheting can be both affordable and expensive. It will all depend on the resources you will use. Your budget is actually almost irrelevant in crocheting because you can spend as much or as little as you want to. You don’t have to invest much to get started with crocheting. There are quality crochet hooks under $5. Yarns are available in a broad range of prices. High-end yarns are pricey, but you don’t certainly need them. You don’t have to spend a lot on instructions or patterns. There is a multitude of free resources on the internet.
How Much Does Crocheting Cost?
First off, let’s enumerate the basic tools you will be needing to do a crochet project.
- Crochet hook
- A pair of scissors
You can buy a good crochet hook under $5. If you’re just beginning to crochet, you might only need a hook or two. You can purchase a skein of acrylic yarn for as low as $2. If you are just practicing, you don’t need to buy expensive yarn. You also probably have at least one pair of scissors at home, so you don’t need to buy one. You can start crocheting at less than $10. That’s pretty affordable!
As you get into the hobby of crocheting, the cost may increase because you probably want to grow as a crocheter and use different kinds of yarn and hooks, depending on the project that you want to do. If you want to use a higher quality yarn than acrylic, you can purchase wool or higher quality acrylics, which can cost you around $5 to $18. Some rate and imported yarns can cost around $20 to $40 or even more.
If you are planning on crocheting a simple scarf, you will use around $5 to $10 worth of inexpensive acrylic yarn and approximately $10 to $40 for yarns with higher quality. If you want to be extravagant and use cashmere for your scarf, you will be needing around $80 to $100 or more for yarn.
If you want to do a sweater, it can cost you around $30 to $50 or $200 to $300 for higher quality yarns.
There is no exact cost with crocheting. It will always depend on what project you will make and the materials you will use.
Ways to Make Crocheting More Cost-Effective
It is actually possible to make crocheting cost-effective, and it is about as inexpensive as you make it. Starting the hobby of crocheting is quite affordable; however, once you begin moving in new directions, things can start to get more expensive.
A project will cost you as little as $5 and as expensive as $500. It’s no problem for you if you have huge amounts of cash to spare, but if you want to tighten your belt a bit, here are some tips to make your crocheting hobby cost-effective.
Use Budget-Friendly Yarn
A yarn can cost $1 or $2 to hundreds of dollars. Can you believe that you can get an actual gold that is spun into yarn? Insane! If you want a more affordable crochet project, stick to cotton, acrylic, cotton blends, and affordable wool varieties. It is vital that you do your research, as well, so you can make the most out of your materials.
Do the Math Before Starting a Project
Compute everything before starting any project, especially with blankets. Most patterns will tell how much yarn you will need for a particular project. Make sure that you buy all the yarn required at once. If you buy less yarn that is needed, you will be going to the store for more. What if the yarn you need is already out of stock? It will cause some significant delays in your project.
Also, make sure that you do a practice swatch. You have to take note of how much yarn it uses and then do the calculation on the amount of yarn you will be needing for the project. You don’t want to estimate that you will be needing four balls of $2 yarn when you really need ten balls. That, ladies and gentlemen, is the opposite of affordable and cost-effective crochet.
Make Small Projects
No matter what type of yarn you use, making a blanket is expensive. Baby blankets can be a more cost-effective project, but even then, you are looking at numerous balls of yarn and it will start to add up. Arm warmers, hats, beanies, scarves, bags, slippers, small homewares, and shawls use less yarn than others. It is more cost-effective to make small stuff if you want to cut down on buying yarn.
Avoid large projects such as big garments and blankets, if you are aiming for cost-effective crochet.
Ignore What Other Say That Crochet Uses More Yarn
It is a myth. Crocheting may use more yarn than knitting. However, the difference is barely noticeable. The amount of yarn you will use will also depend on your pattern. So, if you want a cost-effective project, then pick a pattern that uses less yarn. It’s that simple.
Instead of Buying Lux Items, Make Them
Have you ever walked past a delightful cashmere scarf in a store and nearly fainted when you saw the $400 price tag? The good news is, you can just make one! It might still be out of your desired price range, but you can save a lot for fancy items or special gifts if you make them yourself.
For instance, a nomad shawl will probably cost $60 to create. It is luxurious, pleasant to wear and would cost around 300 dollars in a shop. When we say “cost-effective crochet,” we are not only referring to spending less – it is also about cost reduction.
Use Inexpensive Hooks
You don’t have to buy expensive hooks to crochet. Ergonomic hooks are really not necessary if you don’t have arthritis or any problem with your hands. Make sure you do hand stretches and exercises before diving into your crochet project to avoid those dreaded hand cramps.
You can always check your local thrift store for crochet materials. If you have the time, you can check all of them if you want to, so you can see which store offers the most affordable crochet tools and materials.
Have Some Unworn Knits? Recycle Them into Yarn
You can unravel knit items that you don’t wear anymore, or you can check out second-hand shops for cotton sweaters. There is actually a little art to it and you have to be patient, but when you see 10 to 15 yarn balls from it, I’m sure you will get excited to start a new project.
One tip is to go with bulky or chunky knits. It is a nightmare to unravel thin knits. Natural or lux fibers are also great. There is no point in unravelling inexpensive acrylic and spend a lot of time when you can buy the same yarn for the same price.
You Can Recycle T-Shirts into Yarn
Wait, what? T-shirts into yarn? Yes, you read it right. You can cut up one of your old shirts and make your own t-shirt yarn.
Ditto Towels and Sheets
You can cut towels and sheets into long strips, and you can make doormats, bath mats and wall hangings. It is an brilliant way to use up old towels and sheets that you don’t use anymore.
Readjust the Way You Think
Crochet is actually a cost-effective hobby with an entry point of as low as $6. From there, the sky is the limit, that is, as long as your budget fits.
It also doesn’t hurt to spend money (that your budget allows) on a thing you really love doing. Ignore the hobby guilt and own your hobby. Invest in them if you must and don’t feel guilty about it.
Is Crochet Right for You?
Other than the cost, there are several other things you have to consider if crocheting is the right hobby for you.
Textured or Flat Surfaces?
If you are into textured surfaces, then crochet is right for you. All crochet projects are textured, even when you start with a smooth yarn and basic stitches such as single crochet.
If you are into flat surfaces, you can choose other crafts that you will probably enjoy more than crochet. You can try scrapbooking, sewing, watercolor painting, or drawing.
The level of your patience will contribute significantly to your success with crochet. You can still crochet if you are impatient; however, the hobby might not come as easily to you as it will for a patient person.
Crocheting will take hours, and even days or weeks, depending on your project. The most crucial of which is the effort you devote to making the project. If the whole process of crocheting is not daunting to you, you would probably enjoy it.
If you easily get impatient by just finding a pattern you like, crochet is probably not for you.
In crocheting, counting is a vital skill. You will need it for all crochet projects. Counting isn’t the hard part; there is a temptation not to bother with counting stitches. Resisting temptation is the hard part.
Basic math skills are helpful, as well, but are not important to start out with. You won’t really need that much math when you are at the beginning level.
If you crochet from patterns, the designer will usually have done all the needed math for you.
If you wish to work from stitch dictionaries, you will probably use a little more math. You will often use addition and simple multiplication to calculate your starting chain when starting a project. You can use a calculator if needed.
If you wish to design your own crochet patterns and projects, mathematical ability is essential.
Reasons Why Crocheting is a Great Hobby
Crocheting has numerous advantages and benefits that make it a great hobby for anyone.
It is relaxing
It has been proven that crocheting helps reduce stress and anxiety. If you are suffering from stress or anxiety, doing crochet as a hobby can help you to relax. The craft needs some concentration, so the tendency is, you are less likely to think about the things that make you stressed or feel anxious.
It helps with insomnia
When you focus on something easy, soothing, and repetitive such as crocheting, it can calm down your body and mind enough to make you fall asleep. If you find yourself tossing and turning at night, get your crochet tools, and start crocheting!
It builds your self-esteem
We all want to feel useful and productive. Working up a crochet project that you can give as a gift or sell at a fair will make you feel good and eventually build your self-esteem. Though we do not crochet mainly for compliments, it feels good to have a little external validation by someone receiving your gift or buying your item.
It helps ease depression
When we do things we like, dopamine is released from our brain. Dopamine is a chemical that significantly affects our emotions. It also functions as a natural anti-depressant.
It reduces the risk of Alzheimer’s Disease
Crocheting can help reduce Alzheimer’s disease risk by 30% to 50%. Engaging yourself in cognitive activities that stimulate your mind can help slow down or completely prevent memory loss. Whether you are planning on challenging your memory by working up a new pattern or learning a new technique or stitch, you will be helping yourself preserve your memories.
You are able to create something useful
Whether you are making a piece of clothing, a blanket, a hat, or a gift for someone. You create things that people can use and appreciate. It makes us feel good, as well.
You can make heirlooms
You can make something that can be used by future generations of your family. Crochet items can be passed from generation to generation and will still remain useful.
It is eco-friendly
Creations from crocheting are meant to be used and are not intended to be thrown away. You can recycle old crocheted items and make new ones, or use organic yarns.
It is a skill and hobby you can sell
You can potentially make a lot of money by crocheting. You can invest in quality yarns if you plan on selling your work. The return of investment will be quite hefty.
It’s a hobby you can do anywhere
You can crochet when you’re on a plane, a train, a bus, in your friend’s house, a coffee shop, a park, and just about anywhere. When you are waiting, and you’re getting bored, you can whip out your tools and start crocheting!
It can lower your blood pressure and heart rate
Crocheting will help you relax, especially when you are able to wrap up a great session. The level of cortisol in your body declines when you are relaxed. Cortisol is a hormone that causes stress and can be harmful to your heart and circulatory system at high levels.
It can improve your math skills
Crocheting is also about measuring, counting, adding, multiplying, and making patterns. You do most of the computing subconsciously, and you will ultimately notice that you have improved when it comes to math skills, like multiplying and adding numbers faster.
It puts you in control
When everything else in your life is out of your control – it can be an illness or other problems you encounter, doing crochet is a great way to put control back to your own hands. When you are crocheting, you are in full control – from the project you are making, the type of crochet hook and yarn you’ll be using, and more.
You can meet new friends with the same hobby
You can look for a local group in your area or even the internet for crochet friends. You can relate to each other and share tips.
It is good for your body
Crocheting has health benefits that have been proven. The small repetitive movements you make while crocheting will keep your fingers, hands, and arms supple. It can keep your eyes sharp, as well.
It can help break bad habits
If you are drinking a little too much, finding it hard to stop smoking, or if you tend to constantly reach for unhealthy snacks, then crocheting can help you. Keeping your hands busy with something that is positive and productive will likely break your bad habits. It can also keep your mind off them.
If you really want to push through with crocheting as a hobby, the cost will be the least of your problems. You can use affordable materials and tools to begin with and gradually spend more if you can. You can even make money out of it, and you can use the money to invest in higher quality materials.