Online Yarn Shopping Tips

Tips for Online Yarn Shopping

Mikey, The Crochet Crowd

Mikey, The Crochet Crowd

I am Michael Sellick, known online as 'Mikey', I am the founder and leader of The Crochet Crowd. I'm a 'hooker' at heart with the passion to crochet and play with yarn.

10 thoughts on “Tips for Online Yarn Shopping

  • January 9, 2016 at 10:37 pm
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    I love your face book articles and have used them often, I love this page and want to buy but I am the other side of the world in Australia!! I am looking for a double sided crotchet hook and no one here has heard of such a thing! I love this page so informative like all your articles, keep it up we will all be crocheters like Micky.!! Keep up the good work.

  • January 9, 2016 at 12:31 am
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    as I live about 2 hours away from Michaels and over 4 hours from any specialty yarn shops, I shop online for almost all my yarn. The only problem I have is to do with colour. I wish they site would specify which solid colours are used in variegated yarns so I don’t have to guess (which doesn’t always work well).

    • January 9, 2016 at 7:24 pm
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      That would be nice because the colors aren’t always true on your monitor!

  • January 8, 2016 at 5:43 pm
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    Liked the article. Is there any way of recommending alternate yarns for UK. The blanket yarn ?

  • January 8, 2016 at 2:58 pm
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    Thank you Mikey! Great article! Totally agree with the fact that we all like to touch and feel the yarn before buying, making it difficult, at least for me to be bold and order yarn online. I remember watching the video where you introduced your design of the “Stitch, Stop & Roll Crochet Afghan” and you had like a sampler of yarn…I don’t know but maaaybe companies should make samplers to send with your orders, or to frequent buyers….just to feel a piece of each yarn…the weight specially for me is importatnt…when trying to substitute yarn in a pattern. Well, that’s just a thought.

    Thank you Mikey again…and what does it mean “were we Bang on or out to Lunch?” I know english but I guess I need to learn more expressions like that.

    • Mikey, The Crochet Crowd
      January 10, 2016 at 8:37 am
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      I’m very slangy and informal generally. Bang on… ummm my own express… of great article and out to lunch meaning you disagreed with my statements or didn’t like that article.

  • January 8, 2016 at 2:00 pm
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    Great article! Another cost to consider with online shopping is the shipping costs if you live outside of the US. A lot of online retailers offer free shipping to the States for lower dollar amount purchases (under $30 or $50) but shipping to Canada or the UK is only a reduced rate/free for orders over a much higher dollar amount (like $75 to $100), or they always charge to ship outside of the US. That can add to the cost of a project depending on what you are buying.

    I do have to say that I have ordered yarn and notions from the Knit Picks website multiple times and the customer service is FANTASTIC. Really prompt responses and the one issue I ever had was resolved satisfactorily and they refunded part of my cost to compensate for the issue – I didn’t even ask them to do that!

    I also like their website because they have reviews for every product and it seems like their customers are really great about providing a lot of positive and CONSTRUCTIVE negative feedback to help you make the right purchase for your project. They also have video reviews and demos for all their yarns and products so you can get a sense of what you are buying without being able to physically touch it. And their staff are all passionate knitters, crocheters, spinners so their ideas and comments about products are very useful to making choosing what you need for your projects.

    My go-to yarn store used to be Len’s Mills for their selection of brands and prices, but now I find I start my project planning at Knit Picks.

  • January 8, 2016 at 11:24 am
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    excellent article

  • January 8, 2016 at 11:24 am
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    It’s nice to know these tips if you are to buy on line, I bought on line from the summer tent sale you were at, they sent the wrong colour of wool to me I called they sent me the correct colour and told to keep the wrong one as they made the mistake. They were excellent to deal and as fast as lightning in delivering and resending.

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