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 Post subject: Knitters: Any vegan yarn recommendations?
PostPosted: Mon Nov 10, 2014 2:47 pm 
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My Mom is a big knitter and knits so much that she pretty much offers to make us clothing all the time. I wasn't really a strict vegan for a long portion of my life, and now it is hitting me that 95% of the yarn my mother has is made with wool, or some other animal product. Luckily she is constantly getting allergic to animal products (no alpaca, llama, or angora) so that starts to narrow things down.

But she is really picky and demands the best quality. So what are REALLY nice vegan yarns? If I want something ever knit for myself again, I will have to get an idea of what yarns are out there that are compassionate.


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 Post subject: Re: Knitters: Any vegan yarn recommendations?
PostPosted: Mon Nov 10, 2014 2:55 pm 
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One of my favorite yarns that works great for all sorts of projects is Berroco Weekend.

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 Post subject: Re: Knitters: Any vegan yarn recommendations?
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Do you have a fiber preference? Like is synthetic ok?

I love some of the really soft cottons but they don't hold up that well to wear and tear. I really like tencel and bamboo blends because they're shiny and I think I bought berocco weekend per NA's suggestion and love it as well.

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 Post subject: Re: Knitters: Any vegan yarn recommendations?
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Thanks for the suggestion, I just looked it up and bookmarked it :) There's a poncho I've been thinking about making and that looks like it would be great for it.

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 Post subject: Re: Knitters: Any vegan yarn recommendations?
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I actually really like the Vanna White line- Vanna's Choice.
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 Post subject: Re: Knitters: Any vegan yarn recommendations?
PostPosted: Tue Nov 11, 2014 9:59 pm 
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kittee wrote:
I actually really like the Vanna White line- Vanna's Choice.
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I love Vanna's Choice as well! I have knit a lot of scarves and hats with it.

Bernat Super Value is also a great choice for warmth.

King Cole has a lovely DK yarn called Big Value.

Soft by Red Heart is also a lovely yarn. I have a few lace scarves and infinity scarves knit with it.

It really also depends on what you want to knit.

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 Post subject: Re: Knitters: Any vegan yarn recommendations?
PostPosted: Wed Nov 12, 2014 8:01 am 
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Thanks for the suggestions everyone!

I should check out those bamboo blends, since my Mom tends to shy away from synthetics. But I now have a few places to start with when picking out yarns.


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 Post subject: Re: Knitters: Any vegan yarn recommendations?
PostPosted: Wed Nov 12, 2014 8:46 am 
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i have some things I made out of vanna's choice too- it was on sale at joann's when i was up there last and i had a coupon, so it was crazy cheap.

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 Post subject: Re: Knitters: Any vegan yarn recommendations?
PostPosted: Wed Nov 12, 2014 8:54 am 
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My local yarn shop had plenty of vegan yarns in the summertime; good poly/cotton blends, linen, those jersey strips.... but in fall and winter, it's alllllll wool and some 100% cotton that's super-casual; good for things like dishrags. In some cases they sell out of the vegan things, and in some cases they just box up the lightweight yarns until warm weather returns.

So, if pickings seem thin right now, they might expand dramatically in the spring!

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 Post subject: Re: Knitters: Any vegan yarn recommendations?
PostPosted: Wed Nov 19, 2014 11:45 am 
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I really love Berroco Weekend


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 Post subject: Re: Knitters: Any vegan yarn recommendations?
PostPosted: Sun Dec 21, 2014 2:03 am 
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Any sock yarn recommendations? I'm making a pair of ugly self-striping socks (Berroco Comfort Sock). I really like the feel of it but they don't have many solid colors available. I definitely prefer solids-I bought this as a way to get into sock knitting, to be able to create a successful pair on actual sock yarn (I used the only vegan sock yarn from knitpicks in the past and they weren't coming out well so I abandoned ship). But I really would like to become more of a sock knitter. What fibers/brands do you recommend, and that aren't crazy expensive and have decent yardage?


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 Post subject: Re: Knitters: Any vegan yarn recommendations?
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I'm not a sock knitter but I do know some vegans who have knit socks with these yarns :

Panda Cotton Yarn : http://www.straw.com/cpy/yarns/pandacotton-card.html

Saucon Sock by Kraemer yarns : http://kraemeryarns.shptron.com/c/yarn_saucon-sock

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 Post subject: Re: Knitters: Any vegan yarn recommendations?
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Thanks so much! I'll check those out.


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 Post subject: Re: Knitters: Any vegan yarn recommendations?
PostPosted: Mon Jan 26, 2015 4:57 pm 
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I wish I could remember the one yarn my mother got where there was a small amount of seaweed in the yarn making it have some antibacterial qualities. Because of that a lot of people used it for socks. I THINK the brand was SeaCell, but I think there are other ones out there.


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 Post subject: Re: Knitters: Any vegan yarn recommendations?
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I might buy seaweed yarn just for the novelty factor!

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 Post subject: Re: Knitters: Any vegan yarn recommendations?
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Landscapes by Lion yarn is a rillllly nice new self striping aran weight.

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 Post subject: Re: Knitters: Any vegan yarn recommendations?
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Ooooooooh.

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 Post subject: Re: Knitters: Any vegan yarn recommendations?
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kittee wrote:
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Landscapes by Lion yarn is a rillllly nice new self striping aran weight.


Wow, in that photo it looks like Noro!

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 Post subject: Re: Knitters: Any vegan yarn recommendations?
PostPosted: Tue Jan 27, 2015 8:58 pm 
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Yea! It's a Noro knockoff!

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