If there’s two things that we can’t get enough of, it’s bargains and bulky yarn! Using thick yarn is obviously a wise choice for your big projects, but getting your chunky yarn cheaply means you don’t have to worry about your huge projects getting too expensive to complete.


Fortunately there’s plenty of cheap chunky yarns available, with many of the larger yarn brands offering a budget range. And remember, just because you’re trying to save money doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice on quality!

All of the yarns in this list have an RRP under £5. However, if you’re prepared to spend a bit more and want to look at some extra chunky fibre options, check out our other buyers guide on the best chunky yarns.

Best cheap chunky yarns

1. Marriner Chunky Yarn

Marriner Chunky Yarn

Marriner have long been one of our favourite brands when it comes to budget yarn. They have a wide range of yarn weights available at incredibly affordable prices – the majority having an RRP of less than £2.

Their award winning Chunky range is an excellent choice for knitters and crocheters who are looking for sensibly priced yarn. Marriner themselves describe the range as their ‘cheap wool alternative’. Available in a range of solid colours, this versatile and consistent yarn is perfect for those looking to save pennies!

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2. Bergère de France Barisienne 7

Bergere de France Barisienne 7

Bergère de France produces fantastic yarns in a wide range of fibres, styles and prices. We particularly love their chunky Barisienne 7 yarn which retails at just £1.95 (although shipping costs do vary among different retailers).

It’s a 100% acrylic yarn that is surprisingly light and has a fantastic twist and structure. It’s available in 25 superb solid colours. Be careful when buying though, because as well as this Barisienne 7 chunky range there’s also a Barisienne DK range too!

3. Hayfield Bonus Chunky

Hayfield Bonus Chunky Yarn

When it comes to cheap chunky yarn, there’s one yarn that’s always popular – Hayfield Bonus Chunky! Hayfield created the Bonus range to provide a quality acrylic yarn in a wide range of bright colours at a reasonable cost. The more-than-affordable price tag means you can add the 51 yarn colours to your stash without breaking the bank.

4. Lana Grossa Feltro

Lana Grossa Feltro

Think you can’t afford pure wool on a budget? Think again! The Lana Grossa Feltro is a chunky roving-style yarn made from 100% pure new wool and it comes in at a surprisingly low price. As you may have guessed from the name, it’s perfect for felting too. There’s a range of 23 bold and bright shades to choose from – it’s a yarn we’d definitely recommend trying!

5. King Cole Big Value Chunky

King Cole Big Value Chunky

Do we really need to say anything more about this fantastic yarn from King Cole – it’s all in the name! The Big Value Chunky range is a consistent and colourful yarn with a strongly defined twist and a nice squishy feel to it.

The affordable price tag isn’t the only reason it’s an incredibly popular yarn! As well as coming in 39 awesome colours, including some rather funky neon shades, it’s also machine washable and can even be tumble dried.

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6. Stylecraft ReCreate Chunky

Stylecraft Recreate Chunky

We know that sometimes making the eco-conscious choice can be tricky, and for some people the bottom line comes down to price. Well, Stylecraft are here to help with this new addition to their ReCreate range.

The new ReCreate Chunky yarn is made entirely from recycled polyester, wool and acrylic fibres. This soft yarn is available in eight interesting heathered shades and is machine washable too.

7. Emu Classic Chunky

Emu Classic Chunky yarn

The Emu brand was first established over 80 years ago, and is now exclusively available from The Knitting Network. Their Classic Chunky yarn is a 100% acrylic yarn with an unbelievably cheap price tag and 30 hand-picked colours in the range. As well as being affordable when bought as single balls, there are quite a few multipack options too.

8. Scheepjes Chunky Monkey

Scheepjes Chunky Monkey Worsted Weight yarn

If you’re all about the colours, then you probably already know that Scheepjes are renowned for creating yarn ranges with a huge variety of shades. Their Chunky Monkey yarn is no exception, with a whopping 67 bright and beautiful colours to choose from. It’s made from 100% premium anti-pilling acrylic, but trust us when we say the word ‘premium’ is very important – you’ve not felt acrylic as soft as this before!

9. James C. Brett Party Time Chunky

James C Brett Party Time chunky

If you’re happy to use acrylic yarns (and why shouldn’t you be) then there’s probably plenty of yarns in this list that will suit you perfectly well. So we thought we’d include a bit of a wild card!

The James C. Brett Party Time Chunky yarn is a self-stripping 100% acrylic yarn with some really bright colour variegations! Great for adding some bright cost-effective colour splashes.

10. Rico Creative Melange Chunky

Rico Creative Melange Chunky Yarn

Just sneaking in at the top end of what we’re classifying as affordable, the Rico Creative Melange yarn is a great choice for if you want a little treat at a reasonable price.

It’s a blend of 53% Wool and 47% Nylon with a fairly loose twist in a roving yarn style. But it’s the colours that we really love, with a blend of long colour fades in combination with strong stripes, all with a lovely hand-dyed/hand-spun effect. It’s definitely worth treating yourself to a ball or two!

How to find cheap chunky wool

As well as looking for those bargain yarns, remember that you can always save a little bit more with some savvy shopping!

Sign up to newsletters and keep an eye out for sales. It’s easy to miss a bargain when you just look at a website homepage, so signing up to newsletters is a good way of making sure you don’t miss out on any last-minute sales. Some retailers also offer a discount code for signing up to their newsletter, which is definitely worth doing - you can always unsubscribe afterwards.

Also, keep an eye out for multi-buy offers. Many online retailers sell yarn packs. These may just be bundles of yarn from a range or packs designed for specific projects, but both options will normally save you a little bit of money compared to buying the balls individually.


Why not try a yarn bundle?

If you’re looking to really saturate your stash with some new yarn, then check out our pick of the best yarn packs and yarn bundles.


Matt SpiersDigital Assistant, Gathered

Matt Spiers is a crochet artist and designer who has been overseeing Gathered's crochet articles for over 2 years. He previously worked as Digital Assistant for Simply Crochet magazine and is our in house video editing pro. What started as a hobby a decade ago led to Matt developing a passion (and then a career) with crochet. As well as still regularly writing and designing for Simply Crochet magazine, Matt is a crochet artist in his own right, having displayed and created crochet installations at festivals and fibre events across the UK. You can keep up to date with Matt at @onemancrochet on Instagram.

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