Knits Winter Yarn Review: Eco Friendly Yarns

This article, by Hannah Baker, originally appeared in the Knits Winter 2016 issue.

We all want to do our part to lessen our impact on the environment. Choosing eco friendly 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 earth-friendly knitting, check out Knitting Green by Ann Budd (Interweave, 2010).

Debbie Bliss Yarn Review
Debbie Bliss

1. DEBBIE BLISS ECO BABY
Content: 100% organic cotton Put-Up: 137 yd [125 m]/ 1¾ 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

Sport weight Eco Baby is made from organic, fairtrade cotton. The high-twist yarn comes in more than 25 soft colors for baby. Distributed by LoveKnitting. www.loveknitting.com

WOOLganic Yarn Review
WOOLganic

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]/1¾ oz [50 g] Construction: multi-ply Care: Hand wash in wool wash, dry flat in shade Recommended Gauge: 22 sts = 4″ [10 cm] on size 6 [4.00 m] 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

Quince and Co. Yarn Review
Quince & Co. Sparrow

3. QUINCE & CO. SPARROW
Content: 100% organic linen Put-Up: 168 yd [155 m]/1¾ 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

JaggerSpun
JaggerSpun

4. THE GREEN LINE FROM JAGGERSPUN
Content: 100% organic wool Put-Up: 166 yd [151 m]/1¾ oz [50 g] Construction: 3-ply Care: Dry clean or hand wash 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 sport weight yarn is available in 36 beautiful shades. www.jaggeryarn.com

KPC Yarns
KPC Yarns

5. KPC YARNS GOSSYP 4 PLY
Content: 100% organic cotton Put-Up: 197 yd [180 m]/1¾ 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 KPC 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

O-Wool
O-Wool

6. O-WOOL CLASSIC WORSTED
Contents: 100% certified organic merino wool Put-Up: 99 yd [90 m]/1¾ oz [50 g] Construction: 4-ply Care: Hand wash 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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About HannahRoseBaker

Hi! I'm the editor of knitscene magazine. Before I became editor I was the assistant editor of Interweave Knits for over two years. I have a bachelor's degree in Anthropology, I love knitting, pizza, Justin Timberlake, and my Black Lab whose name is Girlfriend, and I live in Fort Collins, Colorado.

3 thoughts on “Knits Winter Yarn Review: Eco Friendly Yarns

  1. This is very good information. I’m glad to see forward movement in the green direction in the knitting world. I would also encourage knitters to check out their local farmers’ markets and spinners’/weavers’/knitters’ guilds for small local producers. I live near Koigu, which is now internationally known but I remember a time when it wasn’t. There are other sheep farmers/wool producers around here who are still small but committed to organic and sustainable practices. They ply their wares (pun intended) at the farmers’ market and local craft shows, and it’s possible to find some real gems.

  2. A lott of my friends have Ott lites and I would love to have one also. Getting older I find my eyes are not as good as they used to be. Thanks for the chance, Louise

  3. Thanks for this information! I didn’t know about some of these yarns.

    Another Eco Friendly yarn is Swans Island Washable Wool Collection

    https://swansislandcompany.com/product-category/handcrafted-yarns/washable-wool/

    an organic merino wool, treated with organic EcoWash to make it machine washable. I knit hats to give away, & I wanted a machine washable, organic wool for winter, & my daughter found this yarn. I just started a hat, & it’s a joy to knit with.

    Thanks again!

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