1. Home
Send to a Friend via Email

Discuss in my forum

Knitting with Bamboo Yarn

By

Bamboo Yarn

A swatch knit with Classic Elite Bam Boo.

Sarah White

Bamboo knitting yarn is a relatively new entry in the knitting world, but it has become quite popular very quickly, and with good reason. Bamboo is a beautiful natural fiber that wears well and is often considered natural antibacterial.

Bamboo is a grass that is harvested and distilled into cellulose that is then spun into the yarn.

Positive Things About Bamboo Yarn

  • Bamboo is a renewable resource. Bamboo can be harvested without killing the plant, and it only takes a few months before the plant is ready to be harvested again. That makes it an environmentally friendly choice.
  • Bamboo yarn, when not mixed with unnatural fibers, is biodegradable.
  • Bamboo yarn is often dyed with more natural dyes that are safer for the environment.
  • Bamboo fabric is naturally antibacterial.
  • Bamboo also has ultra-violet protective properties.
  • Fabric knitted with bamboo is quite breathable and cool and has great drape.
  • Bamboo has a good luster, similar to mercerized cotton.
  • Bamboo is strong, flexible, and can be softer than silk when spun into yarn.

Potential Bamboo Negatives

  • Bamboo yarn loses strength when it is wet and swells considerably in water.
  • The yarn may not be very cohesive. Some brands split much more than others.
  • Bamboo needs to be hand-washed, so it isn't a great choice for things that need to be washed frequently.

Tips for Working with Bamboo Yarn

  • If the antibacterial property is something you are looking for, stick with a 100 percent bamboo yarn or choose one that has at least 70 percent bamboo for best results.
  • Use blunt-ended needles to cut down on the splitting (perhaps bamboo needles?).
  • Knit slowly at first to avoid splitting.
  • If you're looking for strength in the fabric but are using a fine bamboo yarn, try knitting with two strands held together.

Places to Buy Bamboo Yarn

Many knitting manufacturers now have bamboo yarns and bamboo blends in their lines. Here are a few to check out:

Bamboo is a wonderful choice for an item that is a little bit of luxury and brings beauty and antibacterial strength to your projects.

Related Video
How to Plant and Care for Bamboo
How to Clean Shiny Surfaces With Baby Oil
  1. About.com
  2. Home
  3. Knitting
  4. Yarn
  5. Knitting with Bamboo Yarn - Tips for Knitting with Bamboo Yarn

©2014 About.com. All rights reserved.