There are two types of fiber enthusiasts: those that love cotton yarn and those that hate (or at least don’t love) cotton yarn. I am a firm believer in giving new yarn at least two attempts to prove itself, and cotton can be allll over the place. Does your next crochet project involve cotton? Then let’s learn to love cotton, yarn friends!
Comprehensive Cotton Yarn Comparison
Cotton yarn can be used in crochet or knitting and be transformed into pretty much any household item. This could be kitchen accessories, such dishcloths or washcloths, a set of coasters, water bottle carriers, home décor, trivets, placemats, baby bibs, or market bags among others.
As far as brands go, you’ve got Dishie cotton, Peaches & Creme cotton, Sugar & Cream cotton (not the same as Peaches & Creme!), Crafter’s Secret cotton, I Love This Cotton!, Bernat cotton, Lion Brand’s 24/7 Cotton, Lion Brand Pima Cotton, and Premier cotton among others.
Things we love about cotton yarn…
It is super absorbent. Which is why it works better than acrylic yarn for kitchen/bath use.
*note that cotton gets heavier and stronger when wet.
It breathes… unlike acrylic yarn.
It softens after repeated washing.
It is durable.
While some brands are softer to work with than others, essentially all cotton yarn is durable and will stand up to repeated washing.
So what’s the difference between the cotton yarn brands?
Most of it is the texture. Most widely available brands of cotton yarn have a very similar texture and thickness. Most are worsted weight and a bit rough to the touch. Peaches and Creme, Sugar and Cream, Crafter’s Secret, and Bernat Handicrafter cotton yarn skeins all feel very similar to each other.
For softness you’ll want either the Dishie cotton from WeCrochet, which has a great sheen and very soft texture, or the I Love this Cotton from Hobby Lobby. Bernat Softee Baby is also a good option but is a bit thinner weight.
The difference is that the I Love This Cotton tends to shed badly even while you’re working with it, and will start to pill (form small balls with use). I have never had an issue with this happening when using Dishie yarn.
Cotton yarn selection
I have found that selection when it pertains to cotton yarn really depends on where you’re shopping. Jo-Ann typically has a large selection of cotton yarn, whereas Michaels has about two columns of bins. Hobby Lobby only carries their own two brands; Crafter’s Secret and I Love This Cotton. My favorite, Dishie, can only be found online.
The cotton yarn selection at Walmart can vary greatly from store to store. For instance, the Walmart nearest me has a very limited yarn selection, with cotton comprising about half. The Walmart about 10 minutes away, however, has just about every kind of yarn you could dream of – including a delicious assortment of cotton.
Cotton can also be mercerized! Mercerized cotton is a treated cotton yarn that therefore is not as absorbent, it is less likely to shrink in the event it gets wet and appears shinier to the eye. It keeps its shape extremely well which makes it the perfect yarn for the Aldi Quarter Keeper Keychain.
Remember too that if you can’t find a certain type of yarn at your store, check their website! Many times we can find ship-to-store with free pickup! Walmart has even started offering an additional discount on certain brands/varieties (and not just yarn!) if you purchase online and choose in-store pickup.
Which cotton yarn is your favorite, and why?