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 and vegan crochet 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
When it comes to yarns in a huge range of colours, Scheepjes are one of the best yarn brands out there! And if you’re all about the colour, then you’ll love their fabulous Whirl yarn cakes. The 4ply cotton and acyrlic blend cakes come with a generous 1000m in each cake, so easily enough for a shawl or wrap. plus with over 50 fantastic colour variations to choose from there’s bound to be a cake in your favourite colours!
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 plant based vegan yarn
This incredible silky-feeling yarn is made from somewhat of a surprising material – banana skin fibres! Heralded as a plant-based vegan alternative to traditional silk, this banana silk skein by Yarn Yarn Yarns has amazingly deep colours and a lovely slubby texture. Perhaps the best part is that Yarn Yarn YArns are dedicated to promoting fair trade and source their yarns from women’s co-operatives in India
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 Vegan Rafia yarn
If you’ve never tried working with Raffia before, you definitely should – it’s so much fun! Raffia is 100% paper yarn, and is great for big structural knitting and crochet projects, as it keeps its form nicely! Ra-Ra-Raffia by Wool and the Gang is one of our favourite Raffia yarns, as it’s incredibly lightweight and water resistant, plus it’s available in 8 fantastic colours!
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 vegan linen yarn
When it comes to Linen yarn, we do love Namolio! With beautiful colours that have a delicious sheen to them, this linen and flax blend yarns are a great choice for your airy summer projects!
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 organic vegan yarn
We’re used to seeing seaweed turn up in all sorts of things like beauty products and food… but even yarn? Yes that’s right, here’s another fabulous vegan friendly and organic product from Yarn Yarn Yarns! This 100% seaweed yarn is a nice chunky alternative to cotton, and as well as that lovely natural colour, seaweed even has anti inflammatory properties too!
Best recycled cotton vegan yarn
This braided recycled cotton cord is perfect for your big and chunky projects like bags and cushions, and comes in a great range of colours! It’s made from 90% recycled cotton fibres plus an extra 10% of acrylic, so you know it’s going to be a good strong yarn that will last for years!
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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We can help you find all the knitting and crochet goodies you need for your next project! Whether you’re looking for yarn, needles or knit kits, check out top knitting kits for beginners and crochet kits for beginners, best knitting needles and best crochet hooks. Alternaively you could learn about the best yarn for baby blankets and clothes, or check out our guide on how to choose the best yarn for crochet!