Wool Alternatives: Summer Yarns FTW!

After finishing up a heavily cabled DK weight sweater, I'm craving something lighter on my needles. Maybe it's time to cast on one of my favorite summer tank tops? While I was pondering which one might have to jump to the front of the queue, I started thinking about summer yarns. Because, let's be real: Who on earth is going to wear a wool T-shirt in summer?

I've made one absolutely beautiful T-shirt out of an alpaca wool blend (of all things, I know...) and I've exactly worn it once. Wool and hot temperatures just doesn't work for me, and so I've fallen in love with more than one linen or linen blend yarn over the years.

I'm really glad to see more of these beautiful summer yarns pop up - and so I thought it was about time to do a round-up with a few that have recently caught my eye!

 Photos by Wollen Berlin

Photos by Wollen Berlin

Lino Muka (Linen Blue) by Wollen Berlin

Lino Mūka by Wollen Berlin is a 100% Lithuanian linen and a true family endeavour: Ruta, the owner of Wollen Berlin, not only sources the linen yarn itself from her home country Lithuania, but employs a range of family members for skeining and labeling.

With a yardage of 245 metres on 50g it's one of thinner linen yarns on the market and it knits up incredibly well if you hold two or even three strands together. (Exhibit A: My Peony Top is knit up in Lino Muka with two strands held together.) I love the incredibly broad range of colors that's available - plus, you can also create a marled fabric with it by holding two different colors together!

 Photos by De Rerum Natura

Photos by De Rerum Natura

Antigone is the newest addition to the De Rerum Natura yarn family: A sport weight organic french linen that comes in eight absolutely stunning colors ranging from gold to the palest pink and lavender blue.

At 260 metres on 100g it's about twice as thick as the Lino Muka - or the same, if you held Lino Muka double. I haven't knit with Antigone yet, but am incredibly curious to try it as I've never knit with a french linen before. Plus, their color selection is absolute perfection.

 Photos by Erika Knight

Photos by Erika Knight

Studio Linen by Erika Knight is one of the more unusual summer yarns I've come across: It's a blend of 85% recycled rayon-linen fiber and 15% natural linen. The recycled rayon-linen fiber is made from wastage using an eco-friendly process called hydrolysis.

With a yardage of 120 metres on 50g it's a classic sport weight which makes it perfect for tops (my Tegna is knit out of Studio Linen), and what I find particularly interesting about this yarn is that - unlike any other linen yarns I've come across - it is round and smooth. It knits up super regularly and even evens out during blocking. A great yarn to try if you're looking for your first project out of a plant fibre!