April 21st, 2011
It’s finally warming up here in New York, and I’m ready to start working on projects that are appropriate for the warmer days ahead. Cotton is a great fiber to wear in warm weather because it’s cool and breathable. It’s also ideal for market bags, accessories, and washcloths. But, with so many cottons out there, it can be hard to pick the right one for a project. To help you decide which cotton to use for different projects, I thought I’d give you a rundown of my five favorite cotton yarns.
Cotton-Ease is a worsted weight cotton-acrylic blend. It combines the absorbency of the cotton and the lightness of acrylic. It’s machine washable, so whether you make a sweater or a washcloth, you can easily clean any project made with Cotton-Ease.
Baby’s First is a cotton-acrylic blend like Cotton-Ease, but it is a chunky weight. It is constructed of many thin plies, so it is soft and cushy with wonderful stitch definition. Ideal for fast-finish projects, you don’t have to limit yourself to baby items. See Zontee’s adorable cardi (below), which she made by substituting Baby’s First for the required Cotton-Ease in the Bebop Cardi.
Recycled Cotton is possibly our most unique cotton-acrylic blend. Like Cotton-Ease, it is a worsted weight, but this yarn is made of cotton fabric clippings that would get wasted in the tee-shirt manufacturing process. The material is sorted by color so that minimal dying is required. Before it’s dyed, it’s spun with acrylic and the result is a beautiful heathered yarn. Make your market bags even more green, or make a cozy cardi for your little one like the Eyelet Remix Cardi (below).
Nature’s Choice Organic Cotton is organically grown and dyed according to the Global Organic Textile Standard by the Institute of Marketecology. This super-soft 100% cotton is worsted weight, and I like to use it for things that will be close to my skin, such as shawl, scarves, and hats. The construction of this yarn is ideal for simple stitches in knit or crochet.
LB Collection Cotton Bamboo, our most luxurious cotton, combines all the wonderful qualities of cotton with the beautiful drape and sheen of rayon from bamboo! Bamboo is used to make rayon because it is a renewable resource. The result is an affordable little luxury that can be used on garments and baby projects.
What do you like to make with cotton?