Going into a craft store is a wonderful thing to do if you’re a knitter or crafter but, if you’re not careful, you could easily develop a vice that could turn pretty costly. The good news? You don’t need to spend a fortune on knitting supplies and gadgets to live out your knitting desires.
Here are 20 clever knitting hacks that will save you money:
Make Your Own Yarn Bowl
- Did you receive a few too many drink holders from Christmas? Put them to good use! This 30 ouncer is a great size for a skein and the mouth can be used as the yarn hole.
- Plastic food containers make great yarn bowls. They are inexpensive and you probably have an extra one lying around. You can either cut a hole through the top or just remove it when you’re working and replace it when you’re done.
- Want something that can fit an entire skein? Use a plastic water jug. If you don’t have one to spare, they are inexpensive to buy. Also, there’s no need to drill or cut a hole in these as the spout can be used to thread your yarn through, which works great with chunky yarn, too. They even come with a convenient travel handle! How great is that?
- If you’re just working around the house or if you’re working with multiple skeins, why not try a colander? This will help keep your yarn from getting tangled, but be careful with metal colanders as some have rough edges and can snag your yarn.
- Want to keep your yarn from rolling around or falling on the dirty floor? Try a tissue box. The rectangular sizes are great for larger skeins while the square sized boxes are perfect for lighter, thinner yarns, and both are ready to use.
- What about a ceramic planter? There’s no need to drill or cut anything.
- Want it to blend in with your decor? What about a teapot? You may not be able to travel with it but it sure is pretty to look at. Note: This method is discouraged if you have a wild housecat who firmly believes in practicing kitty parkour.
- Given that last statement, this last option is a favorite of ours. This stainless steel bowl has a rubber non-slip base and is unbreakable. Because of its nested lid, it travels well, too.
Make Your Own Knitting Needles
- Do you love to BBQ? Why not upcycle these skewers into knitting needles? They will require a good sanding and waxing to prevent snagging, but they are practically ready to go. Break a pair? No worries. They’re inexpensive and come in large packs so you’ll always have a backup.
- Are you more of a DIY-er? Then head down to your local hardware store and pick up some wooden dowels. They come in a range of lengths and thicknesses so you can choose what width you need and cut them down to size which means you’ll be able to get several needles out of one dowel. This is also a good option if you are making a super bulky project that requires really thick or really long needles.
Make Your Own Needle Tip Covers
- Do you love wine? Have you been saving wine corks for years waiting for the perfect project? We know you have a drawer full! Wine corks make great knitting needle covers. Just be sure to use the top end to prevent any potential staining. And we don’t recommend knitting under the influence. That always ends badly.
- Don’t drink wine? No worries! You can pick up a few tapered corks from your local hardware store or craft store for next to nothing.
Make Your Own Stitch Markers Case
- Ladies, if your foundation comes in a cute plastic container like this, you can upcycle it to hold your stitch markers.
- Fellas, if you love mints then check your car because you probably have a plastic mint container lying around. These make great storage for stitch markers or other small knitting notions.
Make Your Own Stitch Markers
- Don’t have any stitch markers? Check your garage for washers like these. If you don’t have any at home, you can get them at your local hardware store. They’re available in a variety of sizes and materials. They come in handy but they’re definitely heavier than plastic.
- Want something lighter than washers? We’ve got you covered. In case you hadn’t figured it out already, the hardware store is a magical place. O-rings are another stitch marker option. You could get this 200 piece O-rings kit with convenient storage container for under $10. That’s a lot of stitch markers! And since they’re rubber or plastic, they won’t weigh your needles down while you work or stretch your yarn with the weight.
- On the go and can’t stop for stitch markers? Try using your earrings because knitting waits for no one.
So there you have it! These 20 knitting hacks will get you thinking about the endless possibilities of household items and save you a ton of money.
Do you have a personal favorite knitting hack that’s not listed here? Please share it in the comments! We’d love to hear it.