A Guide to Buying Yarn Bundles in the January Sales

Discount yarn is a bit of a boxing ring. Seriously. You know as well as I do that it’s not a cheap hobby and boy, do we love knitting. So it follows naturally that when the price goes down a little, it’s going to be popular.

There are two big yarn seasons when the big companies launch new brands, autumn/winter (all the warm wools) begins in August, and spring/summer (cottons and linens) begins in February. So you’ll usually find stores making big clear outs in June/July and then again after Christmas. But the biggy is the one in the winter, because that’s when you’re likely to find the Cashmere and all the yummy tweeds.

Some of the big retailers (John Lewis for one) will make their discount yarn available on Christmas Eve, so it’s worth taking a look if you’ve got a spare few minutes. The number of years I’ve waited until all that remained was yellow and orange shades are far too many to count, and how quickly that occurs, is scary.

If there’s something you see that you fancy knitting at the beginning of December in winter wool, it might be worth waiting to see if the price goes down.

Thankfully, there’s very little need to physically rush to the shops to grab the bargains now that everything is online, but it might be worth the trip to your local independent yarn store if you need a touch of purse-friendly stash enrichment. Your local yarn shop is going to be the quieter option, with more interesting yarns to choose from.

One word of advice though, don’t buy bags and bags of yarns that you aren’t familiar with. Have a list ready of tensions you need to match, colours you want and total metres for that pattern you’ve got in mind. If you don’t buy enough at sale time, chances are when you run short you’ll struggle to find any more later.