If you don’t eat meat or use animal products, chances are you choose not to wear them either. With that in mind we decided we’d share some of our favourite vegan yarns. All the yarns below are free from wool, alpaca, silk, mohair and more – but avoiding animal fibres doesn’t mean compromising on quality! From socks to shawls, 4ply to chunky, there’s a vegan yarn out there to suit every taste.
Whether you’re dipping a toe into plant-based living for Veganuary or making a long-term commitment to avoiding animal products, you’ll want to try them out. Here’s our round-up of the best vegan knitting yarns…
Best vegan yarn for sock knitting
It has to be King Cole Party Glitz 4ply. Add some twinkle to your toes with this sparkly self-striping yarn, which comes in six fun and festive colourways – including pretty pink Fairy, pictured here. It’s available in 410m balls, which is enough for an adult pair of socks, and comes with a free sock pattern (though we think our free cable socks knitting pattern would work well too).
Best vegan yarn for colours
We can’t resist bright and breezy Cascade Yarns Nifty Cotton Splash, with its range of eight mood-lifting shades, each with bold pops of colour. This 100% cotton yarn is super-versatile, being great for homewares such as knitted dishcloths and shopping bags, as well as cool summer garments.
Best recycled plastic vegan yarn
Want a yarn that’s not only vegan but also environmentally conscious? Go recycled with Wool and the Gang New Wave: the polyester in each 53% cotton, 47% polyester ball is made from recycled plastic bottles! This chainette yarn has a great lustre and knits up into a bouncy fabric.
Best vegan yarn for homewares
If you haven’t worked with hemp yarn before, why not give Darn Good Yarn 100% Hemp a go? This durable fibre gets softer with every wash and as it has very little elasticity it’s an ideal choice for household items such as scrubbies, shower puffs and market bags. Organic, natural and sustainable – perfect!
Best luxury vegan yarn
We just love Mykonos from Berroco, made from a seriously silky mix of 66% linen, 26% nylon and 8% cotton. It knits and crochets like a dream, creating fabrics with gorgeous drape. There’s also a Stonewash version, dyed to look just like your favourite pair of jeans!
Best vegan yarn for summer
Every knitter needs a go-to summer cotton! Scheepjes’ super-soft Organicon is made from 100% cotton, and both the yarn and dyes used are Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) Certified. It comes in 21 shades, including soft pastels and classic neutrals, and is perfect for baby knitting patterns, toys, and more.
Best small-batch vegan yarn
Hand-dyed in limited quantities using botanical (plant-based) colours, Flora Fibres Artisan Vegan Yarn is a real treat for the eyes – and the needles! As well as beautifully soft cotton, they also offer Tencel and abaca (banana) fibre yarns. Check out their Etsy shop for all the latest colourways.
Best super chunky vegan yarn
Super-size your knitting with Hoooked Spesso, a strong, chunky 24-thread cotton yarn that works up in a flash, making it perfect for beginners and last-minute-gift makers. Plus it’s spun from recycled textile industry waste, so it’s good for the planet too! Choose from 16 solid shades.
Best hand-dyed vegan yarn
We’re smitten by the bold, sumptuous colours of HeyJay Yarn Planty Yarn. Ideal for lacy shawls and summer tops, this 4ply plant-based yarn is a lightweight, drapey blend of 70% bamboo and 30% linen. The dye lots are unique, so if you need multiple skeins make sure you snap them all up at once!
Best eco-friendly vegan yarn
Linen production requires no irrigation and few pesticides, so it’s a popular choice amongst environmentally minded crafters – plus it’s a delight to knit with and luxurious to wear. Eco-Stitch know this fibre well, as it’s the only one they stock! Their sport-weight LinenNaturals range features beautiful semi-solid colours, hand-dyed using low-impact dyes.
Best recycled cotton vegan yarn
Inspired by the idea of giving new life to old pairs of jeans, The Recycled Yarn from We Are Knitters is made from 95% cotton and 5% other fibres. This rustic-looking, single-strand DK yarn comes in six classic shades and is a great option for cool summer knits.
If you want to learn more about ethical and vegan knitting, check out Real Good Yarns, which includes lots of information and links to articles about how to craft more conscientiously, and also has a great Ethical Yarn Directory.
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