When To Save
If you can use scrap yarn, don’t worry about whether it’s cheap or expensive. A pattern like a crochet necklace, for example, is small compared to a garment. If the yarn is inexpensive and you only need a small amount, go ahead and use what you already have, even if it isn’t great quality.
YOU’RE NOT WEARING IT.
If you’re stitching something like home decor for example this crochet mobile you are likely worried more about colour or thickness than you are quality. If it isn’t going to be next to your skin, you can get away with something less expensive — even the itchy stuff.
IT’S FOR A KID.
If you know a kiddo, you know what kind of stress their garments and accessories go through. From yesterday’s lunch to playground mud, there’s no telling what your stitched gift will go through. While softness and care play a big role in your yarn choice, price probably does not. Plus, that kid is going to outgrow whatever hat or sweater you made, so you don’t have to worry about long-lasting durability. Remember though Wool will always be warmer than man made fibres.
When to splurge
YOU PLAN TO KEEP IT FOR A LONG TIME.
Low-quality yarn won’t last as long as expensive yarn, so if you plan to keep it around for a long time, make sure it’s going to last. An example of this might be an heirloom blanket such as the Debbie Bliss pattern above that you’d like to pass down to the next generation of your family.
YOU PLAN TO WEAR IT. A LOT.
Expensive yarns are usually more durable than cheap yarn. A good quality natural fibre will keep it’s quality for years a fine example is this Wendy Ramsdale pattern and wool because I don’t know about you but the men I know will wear and wear a jumper.
IT’S A GIFT FOR A FELLOW STITCHING FRIEND.
Fellow knitters and crocheters know a good yarn when they see one. Most of us won’t make a high-quality project for ourselves; instead, we give it to a friend or family member. If you’re stitching something for a friend who knows fibre well, then an expensive yarn will be much appreciated.
If I’m going to work that long and that hard as you would for this beautiful fair isle pattern in West Yorkshire Spinners Illustrious a blend of Falkland wool and Alpaca then I want the result to do the beautiful pattern justice with some equally beautiful yarn.
IT’S A SPECIAL OCCASION.
Special occasions call for spending some money. If you’re stitching something special — say, a shawl for a wedding then spend it on that expensive yarn that you’ve always been dying to work with. After all, if you can’t use it on a special occasion, then when can you use it?
WHEN DO YOU USE CHEAP YARN AND WHEN DO YOU SPLURGE? WE’D LOVE TO HEAR WHAT YOU THINK!