Many crocheters use cotton yarn for their projects. Unfortunately, it looks like the cost of that yarn might be on the rise this year. Sharon Watterson of The Examiner notes that the price of cotton jumped 92% last year. The increase was due to a direct result of the natural disasters that affected countries where cotton is produced. She additionally notes that recent flooding in Australia is going to worsen the problem in the year to come. Cotten production has been reduced by about 10% this year because of the flooding in Queensland. When supply goes down and demand does not, prices have to rise.

It is tough to say what the specific effect will be on the yarn market. Some of the options that you have available to you if prices on cotton yarn do rise include:

  • Work more with other types of yarn. You don’t have to use cotton yarn. Many other yarns are available. Although a lot of these are currently more expensive than cotton, it’s worth it to watch the price differences as the price of cotton changes.
  • Shop around. Different stores will continue to have different prices and deals on their yarn even as cotton rates change. Shop around to get your yarn at the best price possible.
  • Look for free and cheap yarn. Dollar stores, bargain bins at craft stores, online auctions, yard sales and Freecycle are just some of the places you might want to look for yarn giveaways and really cheap yarn. Of course, don’t sacrifice quality entirely. Get yarn that you’ll use and enjoy but go the extra mile to find it for free or cheap.
  • Use up your yarn stash before buying more. We all have one. If you need to cut crochet costs then this is one great way to do it.
  • Recycle your old crochet projects. Do you have items that you made at one point in time but no longer want or use? There’s no reason that you can’t take those projects apart, freeing up that yarn for use in other projects.

I personally haven’t seen any increase in the cost of my yarn yet. Have you?


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  1. As a threadie (working primarily with size 10 cotton thread), I am a bit concerned about the rise in the price of cotton. Also, it was just announced that Elmore Pisgah Mills in North Carolina has sold out to a Canadian company and will probably be shutting down. I buy most of my thread from them, and I worry about the availability of quality, low cost crochet thread in the future.

    • Kathryn Reply

      It’s scary when these changes happen. With some careful thought and creativity, I hope that we can all ride the swells of the market and continue to create great crochet work!

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