Earth friendly yarns for Earth Day!
Many knitters want to be sure that their yarns have less of a carbon footprint. We rounded up a few yarns that you can use guilt-free in celebration of Earth Day!
This sport weight yarn is snuggled between a 4 ply, fingering weight and DK weight. The high twist of this beautiful yarn makes it 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!
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. 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.
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 blue looks like the ocean, painted onto an old map of the world. 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.
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, this DK weight yarn is begging to live in your wardrobe. This shade, named for the famous bird, is gorgeous and vibrant, perfect for any garment or accessory.
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. Basil is a fabulous multi-tonal shade, containing earthy neutrals alongside a lush forest green, with hints of purple that pop and blend the hues together.
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.
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.
If you were creating a new yarn, where on Earth would you get your inspiration from, and what would it be spun from?
Last updated: August 3rd, 2017.