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The Best Place To Buy Yarn Online For Crochet Lovers – My Guide

We use the internet for fantastic things. Browsing beautiful yarns are no exception. Buy yarn online and treat yourself! It’s exciting to get yarn.

The Best Place To Buy Yarn Online For Crocheters

I’ve included the best yarn companies, how to buy yarn online, and tips. Here’s a list of the best places to buy yarn online.

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Aqua and orange yarn with crocheted flowers and crochet hook

Best Places To Buy Yarn Online

Here it is. The best online yarn stores on the internet.

WeCrochet

WeCrochet

Finally! An online yarn store dedicated to crochet! (1)

They have many ranges, of all specifications, like yarn weight. They have superfine weight yarn to jumbo yarn.

Pros

  • Decent shipping rates
  • Affordable prices
  • Fast shipping
  • Vibrant community
  • Large yarn selection

Cons

  • Only ship to the United States, Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom

Looking for a way to manage your fiber balls? Try a yarn reel.

Love Crafts

LoveCrafts

This website seems like a place to find inspiration, patterns, books, and tricks.

This knitting warehouse does sell yarn! Exclusive brands and familiar favorites at this yarn shop. They sell quality yarns perfect for making a blanket.

(Note: This was formerly Love Knitting.)

Pros

  • Complete your chosen yarn with patterns and inspiration
  • Easy to use search filter for yarn shopping (choose by fiber, color, weight)
  • Affordable
  • Good returns policy
  • Easy to make orders
  • International shipping
  • Friendly and vibrant community of crafters

Cons

  • Costly shipping

Now you’ve discovered some excellent places for yarn hunting, check out a crochet kit for beginners.

Lion Brand Yarn

Lion Brand Yarn

The online home of the grandparent of yarn companies! This was founded in 1878. Founded by a family and run by the fifth generation. They opened their online store in 1998.

They sell many other goods, like patterns, kits, and crochet notions.

Pros

  • Many free patterns available. (Note: You need an account to download them)
  • Excellent variety at this craft store
  • Engaging social media
  • International shipping
  • Affordable
  • Transparent return policy
  • Clearance sales regularly

Cons

  • The only yarn available is from their lines, no others
Lion Brand Yarns At WeCrochet

Jimmy Beans Wool

Jimmy Beans Wool

Founded in 2002 by crafter Laura Zander and her husband, it’s grown into a massive company. Jimmy is Laura’s nickname. The ‘beans’ is inspired by one of their previous ventures, a coffee shop.

They expand their range by acquiring new brands and designing products.

Plenty of selection, from cheaper acrylic to luxury ones.

Pros

  • Family-owned
  • Wonderful community
  • Beautiful merchandise, like hooks, crochet bags, and many more.
  • Loved by crocheters, knitters, & makers globally
  • Excellent, exclusive yarns
  • Cheap flat rate shipping of $5 for orders within the US.
  • Free shipping in the US with orders over $75
  • Excellent return policy
  • Regular sales with promo codes
  • Easy user interface

Cons

  • Expensive international shipping

I have a list of gifts for people who crochet in my guide.

Amazon

Amazon

A great place to buy yarn in bulk online. Why? They offer discounts if you buy ten or more of one yarn. Shop for a giant blanket and other projects, and save.

If you want to buy yarn wholesale, contact the seller or buy from a department store.

Pros

  • Massive range
  • Many other crochet supplies – notions, bags, hooks, etc.
  • Use your Amazon Prime membership! Get savings and free shipping
  • No need to learn a new interface if you’re already an Amazon customer
  • Keep track of your online purchases on one site

Cons

  • Some yarns won’t be available if you don’t live in the United States
  • The colors displayed may not be accurate to the actual yarn

Here are some yarns I recommend for Crochet Blankets and dishcloths.

Note: Clicking the above links takes you to further information, current prices, and customer reviews on Amazon.

Wondering what the best crochet yarn is? My post has you covered.

Furls Crochet

Furls Crochet Website

Furls is known for its luxury hooks, but they also have exclusive yarn lines.
Wander is 100% acrylic and Whims Merino is a superwash Merino and Nylon blend. They’re available in gorgeous colors.

Pros

  • Reliable
  • Excellent customer service
  • Yarns are suited to lots of crochet projects
  • Affordable
  • They look after their customers
  • Lots of patterns by independent designers

Cons

  • Limited range
  • Yarns sell out quickly

Want to make a splurge for your next project? See my guide to luxury yarn.

Yarnspirations

Yarnspirations

This store has lovely yarn and inspires crafters, crocheters, and makers.

They’ve bought many brands.

  • Lily Sugar&Cream
  • Patons
  • Bernat
  • Caron
  • Red Heart

So they have an extensive selection! They also sell patterns, notions, books, bags, and more.

Pros

  • Loved by many crocheters
  • Lots of yarn weights, from superfine to worsted weight yarn
  • Popular yarn brands in a convenient place.
  • Trackable shipping, fast and reliable
  • Quick and friendly customer service with email support
  • Great price ranges
  • All sorts of products, from cotton yarn to metal hooks
  • Having trouble? you can call, read the FAQ section or fill in the contact form

Cons

  • Limited luxury and artisan options
  • No live chat, but you can email their experts

Fabulous Yarn

Fabulous Yarn

A small, independent yarn company run by passionate owners. They have a physical location, a small yarn store in the NY area. They specialize in handcrafted, beautiful balls.

They have new offers daily, so keep an eye out for their wonderful products!

There’s terrific wool yarn from sheep and alpaca. Plenty of beautiful fibers for your yarn stash!

Pros

  • Wonderful hand-dyed luxury skeins and hanks
  • Wool yarn and plant fibers
  • Focuses on independent and small companies and designers
  • They source their yarns ethically
  • Perfect for gifts for crocheters
  • They also sell selections of tools
  • Fast shipping
  • Good returns policy

Cons

  • Smaller range than most companies

Purl Soho

Purl Soho

An online store and a brick-and-mortar shop, Purl Soho, was founded in 2002. It’s a family-owned company.

(There’s a pattern in the founding year. Maybe 2002 was good for yarn!)

Exquisite, handcrafted, and unique goods from all over the crochet sphere. Wonderful inspiration for a new project and something to suit anyone.

Focusing on diversity and inclusion, they listen and engage with their clients.

Pros

  • Wonderful high-quality products, like their hooks, needles, bags, pouches.
  • Extensive resources and tutorials for all crafts, from weaving to knitting
  • Hand-dyed skeins of many colors
  • Happy customers
  • Great return policy
  • Wide selection of fibers
  • Easy to use
  • This business works with all types of suppliers from all over the world
  • You get a fast reply from customer service

Cons

  • High shipping fees

Advantages Of Shopping Online

The yarn store is fantastic. It’s a whole experience! You can feel the yarn while dreaming of your next project. Wonderful.

Yet online, you’re sitting behind a computer screen. You can only see a picture. Don’t be discouraged. There are some great reasons to shop online.

  • If yarn stores aren’t near where you live
  • If you have limited mobility
  • If you don’t have transport options
  • If you don’t feel like going out! (We all have those days)
  • Deals and discounts aplenty
  • Convenience
  • TIme-saving
  • Delivered straight to your door
  • Spoilt for choice
  • Some brands are only available online

(Note: Don’t give up yarn stores! They’re run by people who love fiber arts.)

Snuggle Puff Yarn At WeCrochet

How Do I Shop For Yarn?

  • Choose an online yarn store!
  • Choose the perfect yarn.
  • Add it to your cart, browse for anything else you ‘need’ 😉
  • Pay for your order at checkout.
  • Arrange the shipping
  • Celebrate!
  • Eagerly await the arrival near your doorstep.

If you get stuck, every yarn company has a dedicated team to help.

multi colored hand dyed yarns

Get The Right Yarn

Important! Remember these questions as you browse yarns.

  • What kind of weight?
  • What kind of fiber?
  • How much do you need?
  • What colors?
  • What type of yarn?
  • Is it machine-washable?
  • Reasonable pricing?
  • What does it come in (hank, skein, ball, cake?)
  • What are you making? (Scarves, mittens, hats, a sweater, or socks?)

Don’t Forget Yarn Symbols & Labels!

Yarn labels have a wealth of information on them.

  • Yarn Weight – From 0-7, superfine, to super bulky!
  • Gauge – Remember this is a rough estimate, don’t forget a swatch first!
  • Hook Sizing – Best hook size to use, a match made in heaven
  • Yarn Amount – How much you get in one ball
  • Care Instructions – You want it to last, don’t you?
  • Make a checklist and check back often when considering a yarn.

Things To Remember When Buying Yarn Online

Keep A Checklist Handy

Keep track of what you need! Refer to your pattern/project guidelines.

Read The Details!

Examine the yarn labels. Don’t skim over only for you to miss it wasn’t machine washable, and now it’s felted! That’d be a disaster.

Keep An Eye On Customer Reviews

Read those reviews. Are they positive, negative? Any problems they encountered? It’s better to learn from other’s mistakes than yours!

New Tools from The Hook Nook. An assortment of Hook Nook tools and hooks on a blue background

Watch Out For Bargains & Sales

Everyone wants to save money! Here are some tips.

  • Yarn websites run sales and periodic savings often
  • Sign up for the newsletter. (Sometimes, they offer 10%-15% off your first purchase.)
  • Follow the yarn retailers on social media. Sometimes they advertise discounts
  • Seasonal sales happen. Take advantage.
  • Clearance sales! Winter fibers are in clearance in the warm months. Summer/Spring fibers are in clearance in the colder months.
  • Some yarn retailers have a box or bundle pack with a mixture of yarns.
Lots of soft and lofty yarns

Refunds, Returns & Exchanges

Sometimes the item you bought doesn’t measure up. Ensure you know the return policy before purchasing anything.

Which Is The Best Yarn To Buy?

It depends. Keep in mind what colors, which weight and fiber, and how much you need. Use your project or pattern as a guideline.

Where Can I Buy Inexpensive Yarn?

WeCrochet has great deals and savings regularly. Amazon is an excellent spot to buy yarn in bulk for a discounted price. Try Webs Yarn & Joann too.

I hope this information on the best online yarn shops is useful to you! Do you have a favorite online yarn manufacturer?

Looking for more info about yarn? See more here.

References

(1) Kim Werker, Knit Picks Launches Crochet-Specific Brand, WeCrochet: 19 Nov 2019. Retrieved from https://craftindustryalliance.org/knit-picks-launches-crochet-specific-brand-wecrochet/, 13 Feb 2020

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9 thoughts on “The Best Place To Buy Yarn Online For Crochet Lovers – My Guide”

  1. I can’t believe there is a yarn worth $300 per ounce!! What an expensive yarn. My goodness! Thanks for this very helpful information.

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    • Hi Katherine, thanks for your kind words and and good to know you found this post helpful. Yes super expensive 🙂 Cheers Jodie

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  2. I love the yarns at Lion Brand for my crochet projects. I was interested to see that WeCrochet was launched by Knit Picks. Goes to show that we crocheters have certain needs that differ from knitters.

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    • Great to hear Ben. Thanks for sharing. Yes WeCrochet has a lot to offer and being a dedicated site for crocheters, with staff having a passion for crochet, it’s a great place to shop. Happy Crocheting!

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  3. In my honest opinion buying yarn online just isn’t the same as going to a yarn store. I was sad to hear that the Lion Brand Studio in New York will close its doors in April 2020. I guess I will have to change over to buying their yarns online after that.

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    • Hi Bev, thanks for sharing your thoughts. Yes it is sad news another lovely local yarn store that won’t be around. It is good news that you will be still able to purchase their gorgeous range online. Cheers Jodie

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  4. My shop Eat Sleep Knit is another great resource for those looking for a super fun shopping rewards program and a beautiful selection of hand-dyed yarns, hope you will check it out!

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