Yarn Review: Eco-Friendly Fibers

We all want to do our part to lessen our impact on the environment. Choosing yarns made of organic, natural wools and other fibers is one way for knitters to do that. These yarns do not utilize any pesticides or chemicals throughout the life of production, all the way from what the sheep eat or how a plant is grown to the material with which the yarn is dyed. Here, we review just a handful of high-quality, certified organic yarns of today’s market. For more information and ideas about eco-friendly knitting, check out Knitting Green by Ann Budd.


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1. DEBBIE BLISS ECO BABY

Content: 100% organic cotton Put-Up: 137 yd [125 m]/ 1 3/4 oz [50 g] Construction: multi-ply Care: Machine wash cold, dry flat Recommended Gauge: 25 sts = 4″ [10 cm] on size 3 [3.25 mm] needles

Sportweight Eco Baby is made from organic, fair-trade cotton. The high-twist yarn comes in more than twenty-five soft colors for baby. Distributed by LoveKnitting. www.loveknitting.com

2. WOOLGANIC HAND DYED 8 PLY DK ORGANIC WOOL KNITTERS YARN

Content: 100% certified organic Australian merino fleece wool Put-Up: 113 yd [104 m]/1 3/4 oz [50 g] Construction: multi-ply Care: Handwash in wool wash, dry flat in shade Recommended Gauge: 22 sts = 4″ [10 cm] on size 6 [4 mm] needles

WOOLganic was created when the founder was unable to find organic wool yarn in her home country, Australia. WOOLganic is spun in New Zealand with certified organic merino wool from Australia and dyed with metal-free dyes. The Hand Dyed Semi Solid collection features strong, vibrant colorways that enliven knitting projects. www.australianorganicwool.net.au

3. QUINCE & CO. SPARROW

Content: 100% organic linen Put-Up: 168 yd [155 m]/1 3/4 oz [50 g] Construction: multi-ply Care: Machine wash cold, dry flat Recommended Gauge: 24 sts = 4″ [10 cm] on size 3 [3.25 mm] needles

Sparrow is spun in Italy with organic linen fiber that comes from Belgium. It lends itself well to lace and has beautiful drape after blocking. The airy colorways are all fine choices for soft, feminine garments. www.quinceandco.com

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4. THE GREEN LINE FROM JAGGERSPUN

Content: 100% organic wool Put-Up: 166 yd [151 m]/1 3/4 oz [50 g] Construction: 3-ply Care: Dry clean or handwash in cool water, dry flat Recommended Gauge: 24 sts = 4″ [10 cm] on size 3 [3.25 mm] needles

The Green Line is spun at the Jagger Brothers mill in Springvale, Maine, and is organically dyed in their New England dye house. The sportweight yarn is available in thirty-six beautiful shades. www.jaggeryarn.com

5. KPC YARNS GOSSYP 4 PLY

Content: 100% organic cotton Put-Up: 197 yd [180 m]/1 3/4 oz [50 g] Construction: 4-ply Care: Machine wash cold, dry flat in shade Recommended Gauge: 28 sts = 4″ [10 cm] on size 3 [3.25 mm] needles

Gossyp, an organic yarn from Knit Purl Crochet Yarns, comes in three different weights—4 ply, DK, and chunky. Enjoy the abundance of options with sixty fun colorways in the two latter weights and forty colorways in the chunky line. This yarn knits up into a soft, comfortable fabric with that drapey quality knitters crave. www.kpcyarn.com

6. O-WOOL CLASSIC WORSTED

Contents: 100% certified organic merino wool Put-Up: 99 yd [90 m]/1 3/4 oz [50 g] Construction: 4-ply Care: Handwash in cold water, dry flat Recommended Gauge: 16–18 sts = 4″ [10 cm] on size 8–9 [5–5.5 mm] needles

O-Wool specializes in crafting environmentally responsible, locally created yarns in Philadelphia and Boston. Processed according to organic standards, Classic Worsted is made of soft, totally organic merino wool. This durable yarn is easy to work with and knits up quickly on the needles. The colorways, ranging from pale to bold, add to the all-natural quality of the yarn. www.o-wool.com

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