Cast-On With These 5 Summer Yarn Blends

Lovely blends of plant and animal fibers make perfect summer yarn choices. Check out this gorgeous selection—another reason to start getting to work on summer projects!

1 Plymouth Yarn Linaza (50% alpaca, 25% linen, 25% Tencel; 440 yds [400 m]/100 g): shown in #1548 azul. The unexpected combination of alpaca, linen, and Tencel results in a lightweight, durable summer yarn. www.plymouthyarn.com

2 Schulana Lanalpaco (55% alpaca, 35% cotton, 10% merino; 120 yds [110 m]/50 g): shown in #07 aubergine; distributed by Skacel. A fine cotton binder forms the core of this chainette yarn with alpaca and merino blended together. www.skacelknitting.com

3 Knit One Crochet Too Cozette 2 (62% silk, 30% cotton, 8% rayon; 255 yds [233 m]/50 g): shown in #781 wisteria. The combination of silk and cotton creates a slightly slubby effect, giving this summer yarn a tweed-like appearance. www.knitonecrochettoo.com

4 Anzula Vera (65% silk, 35% linen; 365 yds [334 m]/115 g): shown in prudence. Linen has a distinctive papery feel that is softened into a smooth, crisp yarn by blending it with silk protein. The natural properties of both silk and linen contribute to a subtly variegated dye effect. www.anzula.com

5 Juniper Moon Farm Sabine (30% royal llama, 30% merino, 40% cotton; 218 yds [200 m]/100 g): shown in #16225 lilac; distributed by Knitting Fever. Llama and merino fibers keep the yarn soft and lightweight, while the addition of cotton adds a gentle tweed effect. (As of this blog update, Sabine is discontinued, but it’s still pretty widely available at local yarn shops.)

The featured image is the Alpinia Tank from knitscene Summer 2016, made with another great summer yarn option—Ancient Arts Heavy Lace in Raspberry Gelato. This 65% silk, 35% linen blend will have you craving sleeveless projects to wear on brilliant summer days.

(Originally posted on April 23, 2017; updated on June 18 2019.)

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