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Topic: Vegan Yarns, Especially Thinner Yarns. Linen. Questions.  (Read 1126 times)
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« on: October 23, 2008 10:31:16 AM »


I'm having trouble finding thinner yarns that are vegan or knowing how they knit up. I do not find the person who runs the local main yarn shop very helpful when I am in the shop so I'm kind of on my own. (I really don't even want to shop there but have to out of desperation)

I have patterns that call for fingering or DK weight yarns but it is so hard to find these yarns that do not contain wool and/or silk.

Anyone have any experience with these non wool yarns? Any recommendations on what knits up well. Do the linen yarns knit up soft? I'm looking at smaller projects. Not sweaters.

Thanks in advance for any help.  Smiley
« Reply #1 on: October 23, 2008 07:50:06 PM »

There are a number of thinner yarns out there - including bamboo, soy, corn, and even cotton.

They do knit up differently but I think would make good shawls. I used bamboo for a snood and it worked out very well.

« Reply #2 on: October 25, 2008 04:12:16 PM »


I have been knitting for over 30 years, and I *love* wool and other natural/animal fibers. I've been a vegetarian for 12 years and recently I've been seriously contemplating becoming vegan. Having to give up my love of wool, etc. has been more challenging than some of the other changes.

Anyway, in answer to your question, I think that you'll just have to do some experimenting with fibers. Linen, while it feels a bit crisp on the skein, gets softer each time you wash it. I will also be experimenting with some of these non-animal fiber yarns because I know that I must stop using wool, but it will be a process. If your LYS is not helpful, I'd try traveling to other nearby shops and ask local knitters for recommendations.

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« Reply #3 on: October 25, 2008 04:14:49 PM »

Katia Mississippi 3 is a nice fingering weight acrylic blend in a wide range of colors if you want something for colorwork.

Crystal Palace makes a few nice vegan sock yarns with stretch. There's a corn one and a soy one. The colors are nifty, too.

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« Reply #4 on: October 27, 2008 12:37:00 PM »

Thank you. That Katia Mississippi 3 looks really nice. I'm going to try it.

Thank you for your kind post Evelyn. Even though I went vegan from one day to the next 3 years ago, it can be a process and actually was over years of being vegetarian as I ate less and less dairy or eggs.

I think I will have to do some experimenting with yarns also. My hope is there will be more and more vegan yarns on the market over the next few years. Thank you again.
« Reply #5 on: January 14, 2009 09:20:51 AM »

I knitted 3 linen skirts last year and wore them almost every day. They were machine washed and dried and became softer with every wash. No irining was needed. They hace a wonderful drape. Not a lot of stretch with linen, lasts longer and has a softer hand than cotton...btw, cotton is one of our mast sprayed crops. Hemp is also great, lasts forevever, and becomes softer with use.
« Reply #6 on: January 14, 2009 11:05:10 AM »

Have you looked at the book "No Sheep for Me"? I think it's by Amy Singer. It may have the non-wool info you're looking for.

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« Reply #7 on: January 14, 2009 11:14:26 AM »

Knowing what projects specifically you were looking to make would probably help with suggestions. I've got a ball of Cascade Fixation on the desk in front of me that I am using to knit a newborn hat for my soon to be niece/nephew (my brother and his wife are vegan):


But it's a 98.3% cotton 1.7% elastic fingerling weight blend that has limits to it's usefulness. Good for hats and baby socks, but probably not so great for other projects. Lots of cool colors though.
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