Martha Stewart Crafts cotton-hemp yarn blend in Picnic Green (Elana Ashanti Jefferson, The Cannabist)

Gone Hemp: Martha Stewart entwines hemp fibers into yarn blend

This breathable cotton-hemp blend works nicely for spring knit and crochet projects

Leave it Martha Stewart, arguably the grande dame of contemporary American nesting, to find a mainstream application for hemp fibers.

This worsted (or relatively lightweight) cotton-hemp blend is the result of a partnership between Martha Stewart Crafts and Lion Brand Yarn, which has free patterns using the product on its website.

The manufacturer recommends the yarn for handmade garments, baby blankets and housewares. It’s suitable for knit, crochet and weaving projects, available in more than a dozen springy colors, and priced on the low side when it comes to novelty yarns.


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Problem is, this time of year, as crocuses fight through thawing soil and short-sleeve afternoons tease with the promise of summer, many people set aside knitting and crochet projects in favor of more suitable warm-weather pursuits. To borrow the words of another knitter: “Who feels like hanging out under an afghan” when vitamin-D-rich Colorado sunshine beckons us back outdoors?

This yarn, however, is well-suited for warm-weather fiber arts projects. It’s lighter and thinner than the yarns crafters like to play with during the dead of winter, and because it’s a natural-fiber blend, it’s built to breathe.


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This yarn would look smart woven and beaded, and would wear well as a pair of light socks. This is a yarn for crafters who enjoy color and versatility just as much as nubby cuddle fabrics.

Martha Stewart Crafts Cotton Hemp Yarn is $5.49 per skein at lionbrand.com; prices vary through other crafting retailers