Knits from the Greenhouse is a book of knitting patterns for plant-based fibres. Plant-based yarns like cotton, linen & nettle or hemp are unique and don’t behave the same as wool. To show off their best properties, the right project can help you to cultivate them into beautifully finished designs.
Find 18 knitwear patterns from designers, specifically designed for plant-based yarns. From soil to skein to finished project, working with plant-based fibres is a joy with this book. Bamboo knitting needles are lightweight and have a better grip for older knitters with arthritis. At end of use, they just biodegrade.
- Dappled-Leaves Scarf
- Parterre Wrap
- Puget Tote
- Spring Sprout Stole
- Stonecrop Shawl
- Pinatte Tote
- Trellis Tank
- Icicle Drop Tee
- Yellow Ivy Halter Top
- Villandry Tunic
- Lorate Top
- Seabrook Top
- Kenno Top
- Lace Leaf Tee
- Driftwood Vest
- Puck’s Tunic
- Taos Tee
- Arizona Tee
Sustainable Knitting for Beginners is a collection of 20 projects from knitter and environmentalist Epipa, to show how to knit with bamboo, organic cotton, linen and flax, plus tips to reduce your yarn footprint. And knit with natural rather than synthetic fibres. Drawing on her childhood when she was encouraged to reuse and recycle unwanted linen, there are tips to turn old t-shirts, bed linen and tablecloths into cotton yarn and how to restore unravelled yarn from unfinished projects to its former glory. Learn how to make shopping baskets for the larder, rugs and bathroom accessories. Make knitted tea towels, dish cloths and shopping bags, plus a knitted top and backpack.
This set of bamboo knitting needles biodegrades after use, unlike plastic. Always keep needles safely stashed away from pets and children. The set contains 18 pairs of carbonised bamboo knitting needles, suppled in a drawstring storage bag, handmade from a printed cotton canvas in Leamington Spa. Also as a set of bamboo crochet hooks.
Knitting to Help Others
- Download a free pattern for protective nosebands and chest straps at SPANA and send it off to help donkeys.
- Snuggles Project has free patterns, to knot or crochet blankets to help shelter animals.
- Lynn’s Knitted Dog Coats (profits help dog charities)
- Knit for Life lists volunteers that knit blankets for preemies, burial gowns for angel babies and comfort blankets for dementia patients. Loving Hands welcomes donated wool.
- Knit for Peace teachers prisoners how to knit
- Battersea has a club to knit blankets for animals
- Knitted Knockers knits and crochets breast prosthesis for women who have undergone mastectomies. These are soft, warm and comfortable, when placed in a regular bra.
- Knots of Love has volunteers who knit warm hats for anyone going through chemo.