Knit & Crochet, Tools & Materials

Best Cotton Yarns

Today’s post is the first in a series about my favorite yarns.   I’m going through my scrap bin to revisit some of my favorite projects and write (hopefully) helpful reviews about the yarns used!  Come back soon for the rest of the series!

When I get a new yarn I love, I fill out a little notecard and file it away with ideas for future use.  This is especially useful when trading scraps and testing out new yarns!  When I’m done with a project, I usually keep the notecard and the leftovers together in a clear plastic bag and put them in my scrap bin!

I’m starting this little series with Cotton and Cotton Blend Yarns.

#1 Favorite Supersoft Cotton: Organic Cotton (Worsted)

Organic Cotton Yarn Blue Sky

Manufacturer: Blue Sky Fibers

Weight:  Aran/Worsted (4) Weight.  [You can check out the Craft Yarn Council’s Standard Weight System here.]

Yardage:  100g/150yds per skein

Composition:  100% Certified Organic Cotton.  [Super squishy and eco-friendly?  Cha-ching!]

Projects I’ve Made with this yarn: 

Great for: Anything you want super soft and squishy!  (A.k.a. Baby Stuff!)

#1 Favorite Worsted Weight Cotton for Kitchen Projects:  Plymouth Fantasy Naturale

Cotton Yarn Fantasy Naturale

Manufacturer: Plymouth Yarns

Weight:  Aran/Worsted (4) Weight.  [You can check out the Craft Yarn Council’s Standard Weight System here.]

Yardage:  100g/140yds

Composition:  100% Mercerized Cotton.  [Cotton is “mercerized” via a chemical process to make it stronger and more colorfast.  Mercerized Cotton tends to be glossy or shiny, as opposed to the usual matte finish of other cotton.]

Projects I’ve Made with this yarn: 

Great for:  Fantasy Naturale is great for kitchen projects like dishcloths, hot pot holders, and kitchen towels.  I think it would also work up wonderfully for baby washcloths or spa mitts!  I’ve also used it to make string bags and market bags. (Patterns coming soon!)


Alternative Yarn for Kitchen Projects: Lily Sugar ‘n Cream

Cotton Yarn Lily Sugar 'n Cream Original

Manufacturer:  Spinrite LP [You may not have heard of this manufacturer, but you’ve probably heard of their brands.  Along with Lily Sugar ‘n Cream, they make Bernat, Caron, and Patrons.]  You can find patterns for Lily Sugar ‘n Cream at Yarnspirations 

Weight:  Aran/Worsted (4) Weight.

Composition:  100% Cotton.  [Lily Sugar ‘n Cream is made from short staple American Cotton.  It doesn’t hold dye as well as mercerized cotton and is prone to exaggerated shrinkage.  Keep this in mind when knitting or crocheting!  You might want to use a larger hook or needle size to compensate.]

Yardage:  You can find this yarn in different sized skeins, but the basic balls are:  Solids (2.5oz/120yds), Ombres (2oz/95yds)





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