Silk is a coveted fabric because of its smooth, luxurious feel. Unfortunately, it can be a difficult material to work with as it tends to slip and not yield. For these reasons, many yarns containing silk are blended with more forgiving fibers like wool. With the right combination, a silk blend yarn can offer a perfect marriage between the lustrous sheen and drape of silk and the elasticity of another material. Our tips below will help you find the best silk blend yarn for your project, be it knitting, crocheting, weaving, felting or something else entirely.
1. Noro Silk garden twine
The mixed yarn from Noro consists of 45 percent silk, 45 percent mohair and 10 percent lambswool. Mohair, made from the wool of the Angora goat, plays well with silk because it’s also known for its bright sheen, and the lambswool offers even more elasticity (and probably brings the price down a notch). This worsted yarn is available in a 50 gram/110 yard ball. Beautifully colored it is an excellent all-purpose choice that lends itself to a variety of knitting and crochet projects.
2. Manos Del Uruguay Silk Blend Yarn
Like mohair, merino wool blends well with silk due to its soft, fine texture. Here it is combined with Tussah silk, which is produced by worms that primarily eat oak leaves and is known for its strength and natural sheen. Together they make a soft but durable yarn that drapes well. It’s available in a handful of solid jewel tones and colorful blends, and each 50 gram skein contains 148 yards of yarn.
3. Paton’s Silk Bamboo Yarn
Bamboo can grow up to 4 feet in a day, making it a wonderful renewable resource. This yarn takes pure silk and blends it with viscose, a cellulose fiber made from bamboo, for added strength. The result is a durable, breathable, lustrous fabric that looks luxurious. It has a weight class of 3, meaning it’s a versatile lightweight. Each 65 gram skein comes with 102 yards of yarn in a variety of bright, consistent colors.
4. Alize Diva yarn
Up to 150 silkworms can be used to create a single strand of silk yarn. understandably it can be quite expensive. Designed to mimic silk, this acrylic yarn is lightweight, soft and smooth. A ball of yarn weighs 100 grams and is 383 meters long. This sturdy yarn holds designs well and makes crafts stand out admirably.
5. Damn Good Yarn Sari Silk Ribbon Yarn
This is not a traditional silk blend yarn – or even traditional yarn. However, it will make unforgettable, unique items. Recycled sari silk scraps have been sewn together into a continuous strand. Each skein is a totally unique combination of vibrant colors and textures that is not only great for knitting and crochet projects, but also perfect for a variety of craft uses.