If you have decided to be more environmentally aware in 2022, it is worth your while looking at yarns that include recycled fibres.
UK Hand Knitting members have started including these types of yarns in their ranges because they too want to reduce their environmental impact.
Here are a few yarns you might want to consider
King Cole Forest Aran
Forest Aran is made up of 35% wool, 20% acrylic, 20% polyamide and 25% viscose – all recycled and reclaimed fibres. It comes in 10 subtle shades.
The reclaimed fibres come from both recycled garments and the waste from spinning.
Amazingly recycled plastic bottles can be turned into yarn. The polyester element of ReCreate (40% Wool, 30% Acrylic, 30% Polyester) comes from the bottles while the rest is recovered from other textiles to create a soft DK yarn. It comes in eight colours from light shades of grey and pink to a mustard yellow and cherry red.
James C Brett’s Retwisst range includes mainly cotton-based recycled yarns for knitting, crochet and macrame, and you can also find a range of projects to go alongside them.
Our favourite is the 90% Cotton, 10% Elastane, T-shirt Yarn which is used with 8mm-12mm needles and hooks. https://www.jamescbrett.co.uk/yarn/retwisst-t-shirt-yarn
Essentials Cashmere Recycled DK uses cashmere from the residual fibres from pure cashmere manufacturing processes and combined with wool for stability, to create a luxurious eco DK yarn (95% Cashmere 5% Wool).
So far, yarn companies are finding there is plenty of interest in recycled yarns so look out for more appearing in the months ahead.