Written by Kate Curry
Single Ply Hemp Yarn is a funky type of yarn that you won’t find at your average craft store. You may find hemp-acrylic blend yarns, but not organic, 100% natural hemp. Sure, we may seem a little hippie-dippy about this yarn, but this coarse and textured yarn is perfect for a plethora of projects!
What Is Hemp Yarn?
Made from cannabis plants, hemp yarn and fiber is taken from the plant’s outer layer to create rough, rope-like fibers. These layers are processed, just like linen yarn, by being soaked and crushed so that the fibers can be extracted from the laters. These harvested fibers are then spun into yarn or blended with other textiles to add durability.
These fibers have been farmed and harvested for thousands of years by our ancestors. They made fishing nets, ropes, and baskets out of the ultra-durable and mildew resistant fibers. Hemp is also a wonderful eco-friendly fiber, as it does not take much water to grow and very rarely needs any type of pesticides. It also helps save land! 1 acre of usable hemp fiber is equal to the usable fiber of 4 acres of trees or 2 acres of cotton. Using hemp could save land cleared for agriculture; hemp production could reduce deforestation.
Tips & Tricks
Here are some tips and tricks to help you when you're working with our single ply hemp!
Yarn Weight: 2 - Sport
Yarn Material: 100% Hemp
Needle Size: US 4-5
Hook Size: US C
Gauge: 10 sts per inch
Physical Quality / Texture : Width and color variation. No elasticity. 100% Organic, rougher texture. Great for outdoor use, and a natural moth repellent. It feels almost like a canvas.
How to clean: Safe for machine wash and dry (Hemp will get softer with each wash)
How To Soften
To soften your hemp yarn prior to working with it, wind the yarn into a hank or a very loose cake. Fill a bucket or your sink with warm water and let the hank/loose cake soak for thirty minutes. Let it dry before using. I would suggest winding the yarn into a hank, as it dries faster than the loose cake.
- Ultra durable and strong!
- Absorbent and mildew resistant
- Resists fading
- Repels moths
- Eco-friendly and sustainable
- Organic (no toxic chemicals!)
- Coarse on your hands (it can be softened!)
- No stretch and stiff to work with
- Can twist and split while you work with it
- Not great for garments
What Can I Make With This Yarn?
- Home decor
- Shower puffs
- Dish towels
- Market bags
Hemp can also be combined with other fibers to create some stunning color and texture!