Vegan Crafting Made Easy: Knit and Crochet

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Animal Ingredients to Avoid

Wool is probably the most common animal product you’ll find when you’re shopping for knitting supplies, but here are some other ingredients you may encounter that come from animals:

  • Silk: comes from a worm
  • Chitin: Made from crustaceans
  • Merino: another name for sheep’s wool
  • Alpaca or cashmere: made from mammal fur
  • Bone: You can find knit and crochet needles made from bone. Opt for wood or metal instead.

This is not a comprehensive list, and I’d love to hear your suggestions, if you have anything to add. Vegan fiber artists, speak up! Did I miss any sneaky animal products that a vegan would want to avoid? Share away in the comments!

[Image Credit: Creative Commons photo by postcarddiy]

Written by Becky Striepe

My name is Becky Striepe (rhymes with “sleepy”), and I am a crafts and food writer from Atlanta, Georgia with a passion for making our planet a healthier, happier, and more compassionate place to live. My mission is to make vegan food and crafts accessible to everyone!. If you like my work, you can also find me on Twitter, Facebook, and .


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