5/19/20

Sustainable, plant based yarns from Hoooked!

Have you been looking for sustainable, vegan yarns? Hoooked has always been a staple for sustainable yarns, and they've come out with a couple new ones: Jute and Somen!

 

Somen; a cool and airy yarn from recycled cotton with flax (linen)

Somen is cool and airy, making it a great plant-based yarn for knitting and crocheting clothing and fashion items. Somen is made by combining recycled cotton with sustainably grown flax, creating a soft but strong thread. Textile waste is shredded and combined with linen fibers to create a cotton-linen yarn that is perfect for crafting summer clothes. Hoooked Somen is available in 14 beautiful earthy colors, so there is always a color or color combination that works for your project. We recommend using 4-5 mm knitting needles or crochet hooks to craft beautiful fashion items, accessories, baby clothes and more. 

Note: Hoooked Somen is sold in individual skeins of 180.5 yards/165 meters (3.5oz/100 grams), so make sure to select enough for your project! If you are looking for ideas on what to make with Somen, take a look at the Somen pattern collection!

100% Natural Jute

This yarn is the first Hoooked yarn that does not have its origin in recycling. Although it is not a recycled yarn, this yarn is very sustainable. The idea for this yarn originated during a trip to Brazil. Here they discovered that Brazilian jute is grown in the Amazonian rainforest and cultivated by small farmers, united in a cooperation. The main purpose of this cultivation is to make jute bags for transporting coffee beans. Hoooked wanted to use this beautiful natural fiber for their yarn!

This fair-trade jute is produced by a BCS certified, sustainable operating family business in Brazil. This Jute is produced while leaving the forest and natural vegetation intact, no logging is need. Jute is a sturdy 100% vegetable fiber and offers a wide range of crafty possibilities for indoor and outdoor projects, such as macramé plant hangers and crochet wall hangers. Its natural properties ensure a fully biodegradable final product. The Jute collection comes from the Amazons and is available in a range of six toxic-free (non-Azo) pastel colors.

Hoooked natural jute yarn is quite sturdy and is therefore suitable for rustic creations such as rugs and crochet baskets. Are you looking for a free pattern with jute? Then check out this free pattern for a crochet rug!


Crochet Pattern for a Jute Rug


What materials do you need?

Pattern

  • Chain 30 (25in/64cm)
  • R1: Crochet 1 sc in the 2nd stitch (counted from the hook), crochet 1 sc in every stitch, chain and turn the work.
  • R2-27: Crochet 1 sc in every stitch.
  • Your work should be end up being 25"x20" (64x50cm).

Finish with Fringes

  • Cut the Serenity Mint Jute yarn in 81 strands of approx. 4"-4.75" (10-12 cm). 
  • Fold them in thirds, fold and pull the loop through the crochet work and tighten. This way you create a nice finishing with fringes (see image).


Tip: Comb the fringes with a pet brush to make them extra fluffy.



 

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