Earth Day, Hooray: Naturally Dyed Luxury Fibers

Many of us like to think Earth Day is every day, but the designation of a day to honor this precious planet definitely merits a shout-out. Our little ode this year comes in the form of celebrating fiber (no big surprise there). We are featuring naturally dyed luxury fibers that have minimal environmental impact when processed. Pulled directly from the knit.wear Spring/Summer 2018 issue, which also showcases sixteen eco-friendly knits for spring, this round-up of fiber will have you reaching for your hook or needles in honor of Earth Day – and again, that can be every day of the year!


naturally dyed luxury fibers

Nutmeg Fibers Cottage

Indigo is one of the oldest dyes known to humankind; it has been used to color textiles for more than 6,000 years. Most commonly associated with blue jeans, indigo’s rich color and subtle tonal variations make for a classic fabric. This smooth, almost cottony yarn is ideal for sweaters and hats.

Swatch Info

Content: 100% U.S. merino
Color: Indigo & Cochineal
Put-Up: 180 yd [165 m]/3½ oz [100 g]
Recommended Needle Size: Size 7 (4.5 mm)
Care: Handwash

Stitch Pattern: Zigzag Chart from the Weddell Top, knit.wear Spring/Summer 2018’s cover project.


naturally dyed luxury fibers

Sincere Sheep Cormo Fingering

Cormo sheep are descended from Corriedale and Merino sheep, which are known for their fine wools. Cormo wool is especially soft and springy and creates a warm, bouncy yarn. This yarn is entirely American-made, with wool grown in Wyoming, spun in Pennsylvania, and dyed in California. The swatch shows the potential for both lacy accessories and lightweight sweaters.

Swatch Info

Content: 100% Cormo wool
Color: Cumulus
Put-Up: 500 yd [457 m]/4 oz [113 g]
Recommended Needle Size: Size 1–4 (2.25–3.5 mm)
Care: Handwash

Stitch Pattern: Butterfly Lace graces the Ionian Top from knit.wear Spring/Summer 2018.


naturally dyed luxury fibers

Cascade Yarns Eco Duo

This undyed yarn is completely naturally colored; the marled hues come from the many natural shades of alpaca fiber. The yarn is spun to create subtle stripes from cream to tan. Warm and drapey, this yarn is best suited to shawls and loose, flowing sweaters.

Swatch Info

Content: 70% undyed baby alpaca, 30% undyed merino wool
Color: #1707 Latte
Put-Up: 197 yd [180 m]/3½ oz [100 g]
Recommended Needle Size: Size 8 (5 mm)
Care: Handwash

Stitch Pattern: Lace Chart A from the Timor Tee project in knit.wear Spring/Summer 2018.


Earth Day yarns

A Verb for Keeping Warm Pioneer

Founded by Kristine Vejar (author of The Modern Natural Dyer) A Verb for Keeping Warm specializes in naturally dyed organic yarns and fibers. Pioneer is made entirely from wool from a single flock of Merino sheep in California. This rustic, woolen-spun yarn is perfect for classic colorwork projects.

Swatch Info

Content: 100% organic merino
Color: Lava
Put-Up: 160 yd [146 m]/1¾ oz [50 g]
Recommended Needle Size: Size 5–7 [3.75 mm–4.5 mm]
Care: Handwash

Stitch Pattern: Lace Chart from the Moonflower Dolman, one of the sixteen eco-friendly projects found in knit.wear Spring/Summer 2018.


LAURA HULSLANDER is the project editor for knit.wear, Interweave Knits, and knitscene.


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