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Finding Free Yarn for Personal Use

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Finding free or very inexpensive yarn for your own use is not necessarily that difficult. There are a number of resources you can try such as, Freecycle, Craigslist, Goodwill, and even the community page for you city. This is a page about finding free yarn for personal use.


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April 27, 2017

I love to crochet and am on a limited income. How can I get free yarn?


April 27, 20172 found this helpful
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You can ask on Freecycle or Craigslist. You can also get yarn very cheaply at estate sales.

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April 28, 20171 found this helpful
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Good advice. I buy scarves and afghans all year and "frog" them, because you "rip it rip it rip it". Cute, huh? Then I make cat mats for the local shelters.

You can also go to the same thrift stores and often find big bags with yarn in balls or even still in the skeins for dirt cheap. Also, go onto Craigslist into arts and crafts and put in yarn. Some sell it for low prices if you come to their home or meet them at a public place.
I hope these help.

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January 30, 2017

I'm on limited a income and wanted to know where can I get free yarn. I find crochet helps with my anxiety disorders.


I would gladly accept any yarn given to me; I live in Woodlandpark, Colorado.


January 30, 20170 found this helpful
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I live in Woodland Park, too. No, really.

So, here's what you do: Get on Woodland Park Community Page on Facebook.
If they ignore you I can recommend you since I'm on the page.

You can ask there if anyone has extra yarn. I'll bet you'll get a lot.

There is also the Woodland Park Buy and Sell page where you can make your request. I'm also a member of that group.

Let me know if there is a problem getting on either page.

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November 27, 2018

I'd like to know how I can get free yarn. I'm on disability and have no blankets. The only thing I can do is to make it myself.


I'd love to have free yarn so I can stay warm this winter.


November 27, 20180 found this helpful

Finding Free Yarn

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Unraveling old sweaters

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November 27, 20180 found this helpful

First of all; you should look for free blankets as cold weather is already here in many parts of the country. Look for yarn second so you will have a backup blanket.

  • Place wanted ads on Craigslist, Freecycle,, as well as any other local sites.
  • These sites are VERY easy to use; just find them on the internet and click on your zip/area and read the simple instructions.
  • Look at the free sections on these sites before you ask for anything as there may already be free items you can use.
  • Ask for free blankets and/or yarn and state your reason for asking. Be sure you have a way to pick up anything offered before you agree to accept it.
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  • If you have a church in your area you should ask at their office as they generally have ways to get supplies like this. You do not have to be a member but should live in the area.
  • Salvation Army will always give blankets and winter clothing but you have to apply and fill out a form. They are usually very nice and accommodating with things like this. Accept any clothing offered also.
  • Church thrift stores will also help with blankets as well as Hospice Thrift stores. You do have to ask.
  • Some of these places may also have free yarn but blankets first.
  • Be sure to check out as this will be people within your immediate neighborhood so you would not have to travel very far.
  • There are good people all over so ask for help and you will find it.
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November 27, 20180 found this helpful

You don't mention where you I hope there is one near you...have you tried Project Linus for blankets?


I have heard good things about them!

I say this because I fully agree with cybergrannie...blankets for now first, then yarn later.

If you have old sweaters around that you can't use, these are a faster way to make use of something you may already have...old sweaters...and turn them into warm and stylish blankets:

Prayers that you find what you need this holiday season and beyond!

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November 30, 20180 found this helpful

I would check with your local thrift shops, most of them get wool donated to them, mostly not a whole ball of wool and no matching colors, not really worth putting out for sale, if you don't mind a blanket of many colors I believe if asked they would be glad to give you the odd lots rather than throwing them away. I am assuming you know how to knit or crochet. Good luck !!

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