Things to Keep in Mind When Buying Wholesale Yarn

by | Feb 29, 2024 | News

Preparing to start an anticipated knitting, crocheting, or weaving project is a fun experience, and planning for it is critical to the finished product. Whether you are a business searching to buy wholesale yarn and fibers for your project or a knitting novice who loves to purchase in bulk, there is much to learn about this type of purchase.

Buying wholesale yarn in bulk versus at a local store is a completely different buying experience with often overlooked pros and cons. No matter what type of project you have planned, purchasing with this knowledge will ensure you walk away with premium quality wool that is a worthy investment.

Understand Your Project

Understanding the type of project you are about to embark on will help you decide on the type of yarn you need. There are various styles, such as cotton yarn wholesale and natural yarn wholesale, that work best when used correctly. At Meridian Specialty Yard Group, we will always make sure that understanding your project is a priority so you can make the best decision with the most beautiful outcome.

Choose the right weight of your yarn

Choosing the right weight of wholesale yarn in bulk can often be overlooked, but is just as important when making your wholesale yarn purchase as other factors, like how the yarn feels whenever you touch it or rub it against your skin. Eight different weights of yarn are most common in the United States (ranging from lightest to heaviest):

  • Lace
  • Superfine
  • Fine
  • Light worsted
  • Worsted
  • Bulky
  • Super Bulky
  • Jumbo

If you are new to choosing yarn and fibers, visit a local store to feel the difference in these varieties so you know what will work best for your project. If you have questions, reach out to us. As a yarn manufacturer we always look forward to hearing from our customers!

Choose High-Quality Yarn & Fibers

The quality of the yarn and fibers you choose matters; the best way to find out is to test the yarn and fibers in-store or ask questions online. There are four major indicators that a skein of hard is low-quality and should be avoided:

  1. It pills quickly – This means that the yarn looks old even if it’s not. If a type of yarn can’t take much wear and tear, that would be a key sign of low quality.
  2. The colors bleed – If your yarn is dyed, there is always the possibility that the color will bleed, meaning that excess dye leaves the yarn and releases into the water when washed and can transfer onto other nearby yarns or fabrics. Asking if the yarn needs a final wash before you start your project is important.
  3. You can visibly see the yarn splitting – If a piece of yarn does not have enough twist, that will lead to splitting. Purchasing low-quality yarn that splits can lead to your knitting needles going through the body of the yearn and not under and into the stitch. As a rule of thumb, wool yards tend to split less.
  4. It breaks in the piles – Snapping under tension can occur if fibers come apart while a yarn manufacturer spins them. If they knot the splits and they frequently occur in your skein of yard, it is considered to be low quality.

Align Your Purchase with Your Budget

Knowing your budget in advance is the best way to align your purchase with what makes the most sense for the project. For instance, while you may want to knit a huge Angora blanket, the price may not be something you would want to spend on that type of wool or fiber, as high-quality skeins can be expensive. If you are knitting something for profit versus something you plan to give as a gift or donate, thinking about the buyer and what they will realistically spend on your project is also important.

Lastly, while choosing unique wool and fibers can yield a beautiful outcome, there is always the possibility that you could run out and not have access to more. Make sure to add some wiggle room to your overall budget for purchasing more of your wool or yarn if you run out so there aren’t any surprises while completing your project.

Don’t be Fooled by Lower Prices

Speaking of putting together a budget for your upcoming project, it’s important to be cognizant of wholesale yarn pricing. Lower prices for wool and fibers do not always mean that it is the best deal and can indicate a low-quality product. A great way to not be fooled by lower prices is to pay close attention to the yarn or fiber labels and pay extra attention to the length, weight, laundry care, and what type of knitting needles need to be used.

If budget is a concern for your project, a great rule of thumb is to stick with highly durable yarns to invest in fibers that make sense for your needs, instead of too expensive and poor quality. To make this determination, look at specifics such as the weight of your yard, the ply, and their availability. Prices can rise on fibers, making them more difficult to get your hands on.

Shop For High-Quality, Durable Yarns from Meridian Mill House

Purchasing high-quality and durable yarn online is a unique experience right from the comfort of your home! If you’re wondering where to buy wholesale yarn, Meridian Millhouse has wonderful options that will make any project extra special. Simply browse our products to view the quantities and prices available in each variety easily. With wool created especially with small business hand-dyers in mind, we are a small business with heart, ready to help your business thrive.

Hannah Everhart


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