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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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I actually really like the Vanna White line- Vanna's Choice.
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 Post subject: Re: Knitters: Any vegan yarn recommendations?
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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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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?
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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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I really love Berroco Weekend


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


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 Post subject: Re: Knitters: Any vegan yarn recommendations?
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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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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?
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Yea! It's a Noro knockoff!

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 Post subject: Re: Knitters: Any vegan yarn recommendations?
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Thanks for the suggestion. I was just about to revive the thread, my Mom has mellowed out on the knitting until she found out that I was pregnant and insisted on making a wool blanket for the baby (giving birth in December *crosses fingers* and apparently kids can't wear coats in car seats?!) In general, which yarns are really warm?


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 Post subject: Re: Knitters: Any vegan yarn recommendations?
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Acrylic is the synthetic fiber most like wool on a microscopic level, and while it doesn't retain all of the properties that make wool a really great fiber for wet weather, it definitely has the warmth going for it. I find it to be less scratchy than wool, too. And, bonus, you usually don't have to block a piece that's knit from acrylic! I usually use Vanna's Choice or or Red Heart as others have suggested, unless I'm going to splash out on fancy yarn for a nice project. I find Cream & Sugar cotton yarn comes in a great variety of colors and palettes and is also good for things like baby clothes! Congrats, hopefully the little one will be turned out in style by all the knitters in his/her life!

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 Post subject: Re: Knitters: Any vegan yarn recommendations?
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Another vote for Vanna's Choice by LionBrand. It's warm and washer and dryer safe.


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 Post subject: Re: Knitters: Any vegan yarn recommendations?
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It sounds like your mom is not interested in the kinds of yarn you might find at big box stores (Michaels, etc). If that is the case, just be really clear that you only want plant or synthetic fibers. She should be able to go to her local yarn store and ask which yarns contain no animal fibers and find lots of options: bamboo, flax, cotton, acrylic, etc. Cotton is great for baby items as it is softer than wool and washes easily.


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Cotton isn't warm though, it steals heat away from the body.

I think acrylic is the way to go because it is warm and also gentle on baby skin. Wool itches and I've been told not to use wool for baby stuff anyway because it might agitate their skin and make them scratch themselves excessively.

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 Post subject: Re: Knitters: Any vegan yarn recommendations?
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Thanks for the suggestions. I sent a bunch to my mother and explained much more in detail that I try not to use wool and animal products. Yes my mother knows that I am vegan but I think she has interpreted my non food preferences as being thrifty (ie Me: Mom do they make this silk thread with synthetics? Mom: Oh but I already have so many silk threads! Just use mine!) so it is good to lay down the law. XD

I gave her a bunch of the suggestions you made and hopefully she will get excited about going to yarn shops and finding new fibers to knit with- which she should because she is pretty much allergic to all animal fibers now except for wool. So I just see myself as doing her a favorite. XD

Oh and since I assume knitters will be checking out the thread- this is what she is planning on making:
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/julius-blanket


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