By Lindsay Geller
I don’t know about you guys, but something about winter just makes me want to break out the needles. Knitting needles, that is. When the weather gets chilly, there’s nothing I love more than wrapping myself in a handmade yarn creation. My mother is the true knitting maven of our family, but I can still produce a half decent scarf. Scarves are an essential winter accessory, but for vegans, making or simply choosing a knitted neck buddy can be more difficult than one might think. Luckily, you guys have me to do all the legwork for you.
If you’re going homemade:
Not all yarns are created equal, literally. You might think that yarn is 100% off-limits to vegans, but not if it’s 100% acrylic, polyester, cotton, etc. Here’s a quick list of major yarn brands that feature vegan-friendly products:
- All Bernat Brand Yarn except: Bernat Alpaca, Bernat Knit or Knot Clara, Bernat Knit or Knot Jessie, Bernat Roving, Vickie Howell Sheep(ish)
- All Lion Brand Yarn except: Wool-Ease, Amazing, Alpine Wool, Baby Wool, Bellini, Da Vinci, LB 1878; LB Collection: Angora Merino, Baby Alpaca, Cashmere, Organic Wool, Pure Wool, Silk Mohair, Superwash Merino, Wool Stainless Steel; Lion Wool, Luxe Fur, Martha Stewart: Alpaca Blend, Extra Soft Wool Blend, Lofty Wool Blend, Mambo, Merino, Roving Wool; Moonlight, Sock-Ease, Superwash Merino Cashmere, Wool-Ease Chunky, Wool-Ease Thick & Quick
- All Caron Brand Yarn
- All Deborah Norville Brand Yarn except: Serenity Sock
- All Lily Sugar n’ Cream Brand Yarn
These are just a few of the major yarn brands out there, but if you’re ever unsure whether a yarn is vegan-friendly, the materials are always listed on the casing.
If you’re going commercial:
Obviously, you’re going to want to check the materials list again. That takes mere seconds out of your overall shopping experience, but if you want to speed up the process even more, here are some cute scarves that you can snatch up today!
Chunky Knit Tassel Scarf: $7.99 at Forever 21 (It’s only $3.99 if you order online before Jan. 21!!!)
And this Metallic Flake Scarf is only $2.50! (Side note: Right now, Forever 21 is filled to capacity with cheap knit scarves! Go forth, vegans, go forth!)
Marc New York Andrew Marc Men’s Ribbed Knitted Scarf: $27.50 at Bon-Ton
Textured Grunge Snood: $32 at topshop.com