Hemp yarn

Vegan knitting

Cruelty-free crafting for knitters who live and breathe plant-based.

4th March 2016

With veganism becoming increasingly popular, more and more knitters are leaving wool, alpaca, silk and mohair behind in favour of fibres made from plants. If you don't eat meat or use animal products, chances are you choose not to wear them either. 

We've discovered UK-based Vegan Yarn Store, an online shop that only sells plant-based and man-made yarns – check it out here! They even offer a ball-winding service if you tend to get into a tangle when unraveling skeins (sound familiar?)

From hemp to banana bark and cotton, there are so many beautiful yarns to choose from. 

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That got us thinking about vegan yarns, and we thought we'd list some of our favourites!

Best for sock knitting 
It has to be Panda. With the lovely silky feel of bamboo and the durability of nylon, it's hardwearing and has plenty of give. You can get your hands on it at veganyarnstore.com, £4.95 for a 50g ball (59% bamboo, 25% cotton and 16% elastic nylon). 

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Best for colours 
We love Lolli from Conway & Bliss – it's bright and breezy with neon flecks throughout, 80% cotton and 20% polyester. Go to designeryarns.uk.com to find a stockist or get it from www.veganyarnstore.com for £3.95 per 50g ball. 

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Best chunky
We love DY Choice Chunky Chain! This bulky yarn is made from 100% Acrylic and comes in a great range of shades – perfect for those times when you really need a quick knit. Go to designeryarns.uk.com to find a stockist or get it from www.veganyarnstore.com for £3.95 per 50g ball. 
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Best for luxury
Ooh, we just love Mykonos from Berocco, made from a seriously silky blend of linen, cotton and nylon. It knits and crochets beautifully, creating fabrics with amazing drape. You can get it from www.loveknitting.com for £8.50 per 50g skein. 

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Like this? Read our review of sparkly yarns here