3 Eco-Friendly Knitting and Crocheting Tips
Posted on Tuesday, January 7th, 2014 at 3:33 pm
Looking to learn a new skill? Knitting and crocheting are both versatile skills you can apply to make beautiful blankets, sweaters, scarfs, gloves, and much more! Not only will you be able to hand make unique clothing and accessories for yourself, but you’ll be able to delight your family and friends when you make them a gift! Looking to practice a new skill without leaving too large of a carbon footprint? Check out some of our tips:
Ways to Keep Your Knitting & Crocheting Green
Choose Eco-Friendly Yarns
Traditional yarns are made with synthetic materials like acrylic. The chemicals processing of these yarns take their toll on the environment. Luckily, there are plenty of eco-friendly options available. You can purchase yarns made with organic cotton, organic wool, organic hemp, or bamboo. Yarns made from recycled silk and other materials are also available.
When purchasing yarn made from organic materials, make sure they are dyed in an eco-friendly manner as well. Companies can use all natural ingredients to create beautiful, long lasting dyes without the need to use any artificial chemicals or ingredients.
This method is a little extreme, but it’s a great way to do your part for the environment. It’s also a great way to save a few dollars! Reclaimed yarn is similar to repurposing fabric. It involves, for example, unraveling an old sweater or scarf, washing the yarn, and using it for a new project. The Craft Stylish blog has a great tutorial on how to successfully take apart a sweater to create reclaimed yarn! You can use old scarfs or sweaters you find in your home closets, or you can travel to your local thrift store to see what’s around. You might find a sweater made with merino wool or heavyweight yarn at a very low price!
Keep Your Tools in Mind
Instead of buying needles made from plastic or other synthetic materials, consider bamboo. Bamboo has been popping up in everything from hard flooring, to cookware, to bed sheets and towels! It’s sturdy, easy to grow, and there is lots of it! Next time you’re at the craft store, look into some bamboo knitting needles or crochet hooks. Tools made with recycled materials are also a great alternative to some traditional items.