Yarn Reviews Summer CAL lang yarns cotton

Published on May 30th, 2017 | by Merion


Why you should crochet with cotton

Perfect for summer, with its cooling properties and soft, washable fibres, cotton is ideal for crochet! Let’s look at why it’s so fabulous…

Paintbox Cotton DK

A rainbow of Paintbox Cotton DK

Cotton is an ancient plant – first farmed in Egypt and Pakistan and brought to Europe around 800 AD – and it’s as popular now as it was then! During the industrial revolution in the UK, cotton was being spun to make clothing and homewares, and was in huge demand, but, as with all things, it has been in and out of fashion ever since! Now we prize cotton textiles, and we love the easy to wear cotton of the summer months!


Cotton Coverlet in Blue Sky Fibers Skinny Cotton

The quality of cotton is determined by its staple fibres – the longer they are, the smoother the cotton thread. There are short, medium and long staple fibres (approx 2cm – 6.5cm) and because cotton needs a sub-tropical climate to flourish, Egypt and the US are both popular farming locations, along with India, China, Australia and Pakistan. It’s a sustainable crop and every last bit of the plant is useable: the fibres make cloth, the seeds make oil and margarine and the rest of the plant is used for animal feed.

Crocheters love cotton because of the glorious rainbow of colours available in this fabulous fibre! Cotton takes dye beautifully, and so there is a fabulous spectrum of shades to choose from,

Summer CAL lang yarns cotton

Sheen or no sheen?

It’s all a matter of preference! Cotton is a curly fibre, and when the mercerising process straightens and strengthens them, the result is beautiful sheen. It’s stain resistant, and tends to split less too! Cotton is beautiful whether it has a matt finish or slight sheen – and different cottons work well for different projects. Cascade Ultra Pima cotton is has a glorious sheen and drape, and is wonderful for garments – and Paintbox Yarns Cotton Aran has a more matt finish which works beautifully for homeware!

Cascade Ultra Pima

Cotton is a fibre for all weathers, and is hypoallergenic, so it’s great for children and babies, and anyone who can’t tolerate animal fibres. It is also vegan, and it creates a breathable fabric that helps to control body temperature.

Granny Stripes Sweater

A perfect cotton sweater! Granny Stripes Sweater by Accessorise

Washing your cotton crochet projects

Keep your cotton knitwear fresh and looking as good as when you first knitted it, by following a few easy care rules!

  • Cotton can be washed in the washing machine, on a regular 30°C/86°F cycle, and hotter if needed.
  • Turn your garment inside out before you wash it – this will minimise wear, and help to preserve the colour.
  • You can use any standard laundry detergent for cotton, but choose a colour safe option for coloured cotton.
  • Cotton gets very heavy when it is wet, and does not have the elasticity of wool and other fibres – so when you take it out of the machine, provide structure for it to dry – hang on hanger in a warm place, or lie flat to help it dry in shape.
  • Use a steam iron to gently press garments back into shape.

Explore our wonderful range of cotton yarn!

Crochet in cotton and share your projects in the Community!




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About the Author

Merion dreams in colour and adores crochet! From glorious granny blankets to ethereal shawls and lace cardies, she's never very far from her hooks! She loves cake, knitting, heavy horses, books and Mozart. Her favourite colour is duck egg blue.

10 Responses to Why you should crochet with cotton

  1. Rhonda Todd says:

    Love your work, cotton will be my new yarn. X

  2. Dell says:

    I love the coloured squares in the picture; which patterns did you use?

  3. Kathleen millar says:

    I would ĺike the pattern for the squares please

  4. Cat says:

    I also love those cotton lace squares. I’ll use the picture as a guide to make some and then cover a throw pillow with them. I think it will be beautiful and the cotton will be soft to lay our heads on while snuggling on the sofa. Thanks for the inspiration!

  5. Alice agenbroad says:

    Love the colorful squares. Do have pattern for them and yarn used. thank you, A

  6. Blaiwesk says:

    Blue sky fiber skinny cotton is awesome to work with and also has a sheen to it. Organic too!

  7. gloria reed says:

    i would love to see a pattern for adults and maybe small enough for 8 to 10 yr olds. my friends mother had a pattern for a cardigan with 3/4 sleeves and no collar in some easy design and went to a little beyond the waist with crocheted plastic for buttons ,,,only 5 or 6,,,whatever was needed and with raglan sleeves …her mother used worsted red heart,but with so many beautiful yarns nowdays…I’m sure it would be wonderful. I do not remember her knitting needle size,but if there was a pattern I know it would be VERY popular.she made my friend almost one in every color. I made one for my daughter whrn she was about 9 years old and she is 62 now so you know how long ago the pattern was out to be used.hope you can help!! thanks

  8. Sharon says:

    I also would love the pattern for these cotton square, I have crocheted with cotton.

  9. Elizabeth WH says:

    Love coloured squares. Is there a pattern

  10. janet says:

    Hi have you got a pattern for the coloured squares

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