Published on April 16th, 2018 | by Angie


Earth friendly yarns for Earth Day!

Many knitters want to be sure that their yarns have less of a carbon footprint. We rounded up some of our most gorgeous Earth friendly yarns in the richest shades inspired by Mother Nature herself! Love your knitting and the planet with this brilliant edit. And if we haven’t featured your favorite, why not explore our collection of eco-friendly yarns by clicking here

1. Cascade 220 Sport – Cyan

This sport weight yarn is snuggled between a 4 ply, fingering weight and DK weight. The high twist of Cascade 220 Sport makes it this beautiful yarn a perfect choice for any project, and the impressive stitch definition creates fabulous Fair Isle effects.

We love this shade, which reminds us of a cloudless summer day. Made with 100% Peruvian Highland wool, this yarn is of the Earth. Corriedale sheep, known for strong wool with a long fiber, are bred with our well-known and beloved Merino sheep for a superior softness that can’t be beat. Soft, strong, and Earth-friendly? Sign us up!

eco knitting yarn sport

2. Classic Elite Villa – Emerald

Lace work, solid knits, cables, crochet, this 4 ply yarn can do it all. A luxurious blend of baby alpaca and bamboo, you can’t get yarn any smoother than Classic Elite Villa. Baby alpaca is known for its super soft, airy texture, and bamboo is widely regarded as the best choice for plant based baby knits. Don’t be afraid to cast on this yarn in warmer months – this yarn is airy, light, and perfect for foundation garments that can be worn stand alone in summer, or layered when autumn and winter take hold. We absolutely adore Emerald, which shares a name with the Emerald Isle, known for rolling hills covered in rich green grasses.

3. Rowan Creative Linen – Natural

Could this DK weight yarn be the best warm weather yarn available? It’s certainly a contender, with a delightful blend of cotton and linen, and no splitty strands in sight. This gorgeous natural hue is the color of oatmeal. Both linen and cotton come from plants and are grown around the world, harvested by many different agricultural cultures. These plant-based fibers are known for their small carbon footprint and sustainable production.

4. Berroco Vintage DK – Fennel

You might not usually think of a superwash yarn as being Earth friendly, but this yarn’s versatility and longevity means that it will be worn for years, passed down to family members, passed around to friends, or kept all to yourself. Available in a huge range of shades, including this gorgeous shade of Fennel, is a DK weight yarn and just begging to live in your wardrobe!

5. Debbie Bliss Paloma – Mint

Created with a blend of Merino wool and baby alpaca, this super bulky, super chunky yarn has a wonderful chainette texture that’s a wonder to knit with. It has a soft stitch definition and a stretchy tension that’s perfect for contemporary knitted garments. Debbie Bliss Paloma’s Mint is a fabulous gentle fresh shade that’s perfect for spring!

mint eco yarn Debbie Bliss

6. Lorna’s Laces Pearl – Cookie’s Deep Dark Secret

This beautiful blue is reminiscent of deep ocean water, teeming with fish and sea creatures. The blend of silk and bamboo is unbelievably fabulous, perfect for your elegant heirloom knits. This yarn would make a stunning shawl, and would only need one hank for most patterns. It has silk  harvested from the cocoons of silkworms, alongside the celebrated sustainability of bamboo to create a perfect yarn.

7. Dream in Color Classy Kettle Hand-Dyes – Bermuda Teal

A worsted, aran weight, this 100% merino wool yarn uses traditional hand-dying techniques that result in beautiful tonal shades with rich gradients and subtle variegated transitions. Merino wool is known for its softness and versatility, making this yarn an excellent choice for garments. This shade, named for the clear waters of the Sargasso Sea, which lies to the East of Bermuda.

Are you an eco-knitter? What’s your favorite eco-yarn? Explore all our bold and beautiful collection of eco yarns by clicking here!

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Last updated: April 16th, 2018.

7 Responses to Earth friendly yarns for Earth Day!

  1. Anji says:

    Awesome that you created a list of Eco friendly ones. I switched to being more Eco friendly last year, it’s been awesome so far though i wish I could knit with the beautiful wool (I’m allergic to lanolin).

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  3. Deborah Manning says:

    I would really love a list of eco AND vegan friendly yarns. Plant based fibres as I hate having to work with acrylics. I love making things but hate having to see all my work go into something out of yarn that I loathe.

  4. Jan says:

    Sure these yarns are lovely but surely it would be better to promote British Pure Wool or Alpaca Yarns. I do think yarn sourced in Peruvian Hills will have a pretty hefty footprint!

  5. Teresa says:

    Beautiful yarns, and I would love to knit with them but on my limited budget as a full time carer for my elderly mother, I simply can’t afford to. Are there no eco friendly yarns out there for people on a low income?

  6. Anna Funnell says:

    Thank you for the last one with the eco-friendly dying. Would have been nice to include more of these as it’s definitely something I’m looking for! I want to be eco-friendly, but I do love bright colours too!

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