It’s not hard to find yarn in South Africa, whether you’re looking for acrylic, cotton or wool yarn. But if you’re looking for yarn that’s been spun and dyed in South Africa, it becomes a bit harder.
Why use local South African yarns?
You can use any yarn to crochet or knit with, from generic acrylics and cottons to novelty and baby yarns. If you’re making amigurumi only, you can experiment with all types of yarn. Cotton is usually deemed the best for baby toys because it’s safe to put in their mouths, but you can also use baby specific yarns to make all types of baby items.
When you start making scarves and other wearables for yourself, you might need (or want) to use yarns that are softer, more luxurious or more unique.
If you want to start using some luxury yarns like snuggly hand-spun wool, silky soft hand-dyed alpaca, or beautifully dyed cotton yarns, here’s where you can find locally made luxury yarns.
Quenti Alpaca Yarn
This quaint little alpaca farm is situated in a picturesque part of the Western Cape, just outside Wellington. The owner, Linda, and her husband farm with alpacas and they produce all of their own yarn from scratch. You can buy their yarn online or visit their showroom on the farm. They also offer farm and mill tours where you can meet alpacas and witness the entire spinning process. Definitely worth the drive! Check out their online shop here or follow their Facebook page for more information.
Knotty Habit Yarn
Knotty Habit yarns are created by a local South African Indie Dyer because you can never have too much yarn. Established in 2018, Knotty Habit creates high quality hand dyed fibers and yarns from merino, alpaca and kidsilk wool. Follow their Facebook page or visit their website for more information.
Luna Fibers is a new indie dyer with artistic flair and creative talent. This creator has swapped an artist’s canvas for these gorgeous squishy skeins that are coloured from the heart. Their hand-painted skeins range from soft and muted shades to bold and beautiful colourways. Follow their Facebook page here or visit their website for more information.
Cowgirlblues is a Cape Town based design studio and dye house specialising in merino wool and mohair. They are makers of fine crafted yarns and knits and their speciality is hand dyeing. The studio and production is located at 7 Beach Road, Maitland, 7405, Cape Town and they have a retail shop at the V&A Watershed. Get more info on their Facebook page here or visit their website.
Moya yarn is a beautiful range of soft cotton (and bamboo) yarns made and dyed in South Africa. They regularly host CALs (crochet-alongs) with beautiful patterns and you can join in the fun in their Facebook group here to create amazing pieces with South African yarns. For more information on their yarns and for loads of gorgeous free patterns, check out their website here or follow their Facebook page. You can find Moya yarn in most local yarn shops.
Miss La Motte Yarns
Miss la Motte yarn combines colour, speckles, and quality South African merino wool to provide a unique knitting/crocheting experience. Each Miss la Motte skein is dyed with care and love by hand – this means that every skein is unique. For their unique South African yarns, visit their online shop here or follow their beautiful Facebook profile.
Nurturing Fibres hand-select all of their yarns to ensure that they are the best quality merino wool, bamboo, mohair and cotton available. South African yarns are made by South African farmers who produce high-quality fibers, and with the exception of bamboo, all the yarn used by Nurturing Fibers is locally sourced. Their yarn dyeing team is always busy producing new yarns in colourways inspired by nature, childhood memories, emotions, and dreams, and they range from bold to muted colours. Follow their Facebook page or visit their website here for more information.
Where can I buy these luxury yarns?
You can purchase yarn directly from most of the suppliers listed above either via their Facebook pages or websites.
If you are keen to try a bit of each one of these South African yarns, you can opt to use one of the online yarn shops listed below.
There are three online yarn shops in South Africa that are currently on the front lines of stocking luxury South African yarns: Jaarn in Paarl, Western Cape, Yarn @ ZelLe in Centurion, Gauteng, and Natural Yarns in Kommetjie, Western Cape.