Types of Yarn: Yarn Manufacturers
Australian Organic Wool
True to the name, Australian Organic Wool offers certified organic wool yarn in natural colors as well as dyed with low-impact, metal-free dyes. The yarns are available in a medium-weight yarn.
Berroco manufactures more than 60 varieties of knitting yarn, from novelties to silk, wool, cotton and nylon blends, as well 100 percent wool, 100 percent merino and 100 percent rayon yarns. The site includes free patterns, a store locator and a free newsletter.
Black Water Abbey Yarns
Made in Ireland, Black Water Abbey yarns are 100 percent wool and come in worsted and fingering weights. Order yarn, kits or patterns direct from the company (based in Colorado), or check the community calendar for upcoming events where you can buy the yarn in person.
Blue Sky Alpacas
Blue Sky is the ultimate in luxury, offering more than 30 colors of sport-weight alpaca yarn, as well as alpaca silks and merinos, bulky wools, dyed cottons and more. They also have a line of organic cotton yarn in natural colors or made with natural dyes. The site includes a handful of free patterns and a store locator.
Cascade manufactures nearly 50 different varieties of knitting yarn, including hand-dyed wools, striping sock yarns and fun eyelash and other novelty yarns. Cascade also distributes Di.Ve, Bollicine, King Cole Yarns and Madil Yarns. The site includes a store locator and some free patterns.
Crystal Palace Yarns
Crystal Palace has around 50 different types of knitting yarn, including several 100 percent wool yarns and wool blends. They also have many unusual knit-alongs, railroad yarns, tape yarns and other fun products. Several yarns can be purchased undyed for those who like to dye their own. Site includes many patterns and a list of stores.
A European brand, DROPS design is known for a range of yarns, mostly using natural fiber and materials, as well as a large range of pattern support. The company also sells needles and buttons and offers video and written tutorials for those new to the yarn crafts.
Debbie Bliss Yarns
Debbie Bliss makes nearly 20 different kinds of yarns, from simple cotton and wool knitting yarns to blends featuring alpaca, cashmere and silk. The yarns are all classic, allowing you to knit up items that will become heirlooms. The site includes information about Bliss' books, one free pattern and information about overseas distribution.
A British manufacturer of natural alpaca knitting yarns, Farm Yarn personally selects the wool to be made into their yarn, which comes in several natural and tweed colors.
Lorna's Laces offers about 20 varieties of beautiful hand-dyed yarn. All varieties of yarn come in the same colors, making them perfect for mixing and matching. Most of the yarns are wool or wool blends. The site includes one free pattern and a store locator.
Muench offers more than a dozen different yarns under the Muench name, and is the exclusive distributor of GGH yarns and Rebecca magazine in the United States. The site sells needles, buttons and patterns and provides a list of stores and a free newsletter.
Noro is a Japanese company that makes beautiful, colorful silks, wools and blends. The website includes information on the yarn and pattern books. Knitting Fever distributes Noro in the United States, and its site has a store locator and good color swatches.
Plymouth Yarn Company
Plymouth has more than 100 knitting yarns in its line, sold under such names as Adriafil, Alpaca Brand, Cleckheaton, Gilati Bertagna, Le Fibre Nobili and Lane Carrina, Plymouth and the Italian and French Plymouth collections. The site offers patterns and needles for sale, as well as a store locator.
Rowan offers nearly 40 beautiful, classic yarn products, mostly using natural fibers. The company boasts that it sells 142 shades of 100 percent wool yarn. The site also offers pattern books, magazines and accessories, as well as a list of shops worldwide that carry their yarns.