Saturday, November 20, 2010
Vegan Sweater Knitting - A Yarn Guide
While I'm on the subject of vegan yarn, I thought I'd share some thoughts on sweater knitting. Like I said in my last post, I get a lot of questions about vegan yarn and crafting in general so I'm hoping these posts will help new vegan knitters or even non-vegan knitters who are looking for something a little different :)
Since I live in Minnesota, keeping warm during the Fall and Winter is a big consideration. The best yarn I've found for warmth is Tatamy Tweed Worsted, a worsted weight machine washable yarn - the dk version is also top notch! Tatamy Tweed is a cotton/acrylic blend that comes in many lovely tweedy colors. Tweeds are rare in the world of vegan yarn and Kraemer Yarns has definitely done it right. I wear my Cobblestone Pullover that I knit in this yarn a few years ago pretty often it the winter and it keeps me warm but also breathes because of the cotton content.
Another of my favorite sweater yarns is Berroco Comfort. Comfort, just like it's sock weight cousin, is nice to work with, affordable, easy to care for, and comes in tons of beautiful colors. I knit this Tree Jacket in the Agean Sea colorway and love how it came out:
What I also love about Tatamy Tweed and Berroco Comfort is that they're great for all kinds of cold weather accessories, I made a pair of tweed mittens that I wore constantly (sadly I lost one!) and kept me nice and toasty.
Fiber content is the most important thing to keep in mind when choosing a sweater yarn, you need to think about how much warmth you're looking for (for instance, don't knit a sweater from 100% cotton and expect it to work in sub zero temps) and how much structure you want. Synthetic yarns will generally have a bit more structure than drapey natural fibers like linen or hemp, so just make sure you match up the right yarn with the right project :) Ravelry is great for helping with that, just find a pattern you'd like to knit and see if anyone has used a yarn that you're interested in using (or one with similar properties).
So what's your all time favorite sweater yarn?