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Crocheting With Cotton Yarn

Have you ever wondered about crocheting with cotton yarn? If you’ve only ever used acrylic or other types of yarn and want to know a little more about cotton, read on. I’ll share with you the pros and cons of working with this type of yarn. The best brands of cotton yarn to use, projects to try, and how to care for it.

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A cotton field with cotton plant used for crocheting with cotton yarn.

Types of Cotton Yarn

Egyptian cotton

This cotton is grown in Egypt and known for it’s durability and softness largely due to the hot, dry climate it’s grown in. This is a premium yarn with a premium cost.

Pima Cotton

This cotton is a luxurious yarn as well. It’s softer than regular cotton and is more resistant to pilling and fuzz.

Organic Cotton

This cotton is grown in a different way than traditional cotton in that it uses methods that aren’t as harmful to the environment. If being eco-friendly is your way of life, then this is definitely the cotton yarn for you.

Recycled Cotton

This is made from reusing cotton fabrics like old garments and textile leftovers. Also another eco-friendly way to crochet.

Mercerized Cotton

This is not exactly a type of cotton as it is a treatment done to the yarn. It is immersed into an alkaline solution to make it stronger, shinier, and brighter in coloring.

Close up of white cotton yarn used in crocheting.

Benefits of Crocheting With Cotton Yarn

1. Softness: Cotton yarn is soft, making it comfortable to work with and suitable for creating items like clothing, blankets, and accessories.

2. Breathability: Cotton fibers are breathable, making it suitable for warm weather.

3. Absorbency: Cotton is absorbent properties, which is ideal for items like dishcloths, washcloths, and towels.

4. Durability: Cotton is a durable, and items made with cotton yarn are likely to last longer with proper care. This makes cotton yarn a good choice for projects that will see frequent use or washing.

5. Easy to Clean: It is typically machine washable, which makes caring for crochet items made with cotton yarn convenient and hassle-free.

6. Color Variety: There are a wide range of colors available, so finding the perfect shade for your project is super easy. Additionally, cotton takes dye well, resulting in vibrant and long-lasting colors.

7. Environmentally Friendly: Cotton is a natural fiber that is biodegradable, making it an environmentally friendly choice.

8. Hypoallergenic: Cotton is less likely to cause allergic reactions, which means it suitable for people with sensitive skin or allergies.

Here Are Some Disadvantages

1. Absorbency: While absorbency is also a positive, heaviness while wet can also be a disadvantage.

2. Creation: It is not always conducive to a lacy design as eventually it can pull out of shape.

3. Work: It can be harder for some people to work with to maintain the correct tension and cause hand strain.

4. Elasticity: Cotton yarn may shrink a bit when washed, but it will also stretch quite a bit when worn.

Best Projects To Make With Cotton

  • Baskets
  • Bags/Purses
  • Lightweight Summer Blankets
  • Garments-tops, skirts, hats
  • Wall Hangings
  • Table runners
  • Washcloth/Dishcloth/Towels
Six skeins of cotton yarn laid out in a row in colors of the rainbow. Two crochet hooks lay nearby.

Brands of Yarn to Try

Darn Good Yarn

Webs Organic Yarn

Why I Love Crocheting With Cotton Yarn

You will find many of my patterns are made with cotton yarn. It is one of my favorite yarns to work with. I love Lion Brand’s 24/7 cotton. One of my least favorite things while crocheting is when the yarn splits. I never have that problem with the 24/7 yarn. There are so many color choices with cotton yarn. No matter what color combo I’m thinking of using, I can typically find it.

I make a lot of home decor items, which cotton is great for. Baskets, wall hangings, table runners, bags, and of course washcloths/towels/dishcloths. I love the durability and washability for the use in these projects. Find a few of my designs listed below made with cotton yarn.

Dafne Granny Bag

Little Puff Washcloth

Rounded Square Hot Pad

Assana Spa Collection

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