Category Archives: cotton

Choosing The Right Cotton Yarn For Your Projects

It's spring, the weather is warming up and it's time to put away those woolly sweaters and switch them out for lighter weight garments! A question we often get  this time of the year is which of our cotton yarns work best for certain projects. I've put together some information and a list of what we recommend for some of our warm weather cotton and cotton-blend yarns. First, a brief overview of cotton yarn. Cotton is strong, durable and machine-washable fiber. It's a great choice to use for people with wool sensitivities and  vegans; plus it's wonderful for next-to-skin wear during warmer months. Cotton can be harder on the hands for some people since it is an inelastic fiber; cotton blends tend to be easier to knit or crochet with. Because of the inelastic nature, it can be harder for cables or color work projects; however textured stitches will show up beautifully. And now the yarns!

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Learn to Crochet a Marguerite Dishcloth

If you love learning new crochet stitches like I do, you will love making a Marguerite Dishcloth. Its clam shell spike stitch is alternated with rows of single crochet and waves of color throughout. In our new tutorial, Heidi takes you through all the key steps to making your very own version. Use the colors suggested or substitute your own, for a great pop of color in your kitchen. Handy links: Free Marguerite Dishcloth Pattern Comfy Worsted Yarn KP Crochet Hooks

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One-Week Cotton Yarn Sale

Summer may be coming to an end in a few short weeks, but that’s not stopping us from treating ourselves to our favorite cotton yarns - at up to 30% off*! With a selection of cotton yarns from lace weight all the way up to bulky for quick crafting, you'll be sure to find something to add to your yarn stash. But hurry, this one-week sale ends soon - get your favorite cotton yarns at a delightful discount through September 7th!

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Learn to Knit a Lacy Spa Cloth

Lace is really hard for me. I've tried it a few times and had no good results. I'm resolving to try again, however, and in doing so, I'm going to start with the basics. As much as I would love to try the patterns in Joyful Lace, and go forth with our new 100% silk yarn, Luminance, I will start small. So I'm going to cast on with our cotton yarn Dishie, and try to knit a Lacy Spa Cloth. With a super repeatable pattern that I can memorize really quickly, I think this will be a fast project where I can repeat my yarn overs and get used to how things look on the needles, before I progress to larger patterns. The texture reminds me of those string market bags you see at the Farmer's Market all summer long. Maybe I'll try my hand at one of those, next! If you want to learn to knit a Lacy Spa Cloth, here are some handy links: Lacy Spa Cloth Free Pattern Dishie Yarn

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Three Patterns for the Weekend from Take It Easy

Embrace comfort knitting with the six tops in our new collection, Take it Easy! These patterns are perfect for weekend brunches, backyard gatherings, getting tea with a friend, or anytime you want a sophisticated look with minimal fuss. Touches of lace, cables, and delicate mesh keep the knitting interesting while shorter sleeves mean you'll be able to finish these garments in no time. In the spirit of "springier" weather, I thought I'd share three of my favorite patterns from our fabulous new collection!

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New Colors in Dishie!

Have you ever knit or crocheted with our 100% Worsted Weight Cotton Yarn, Dishie? Perfect for dishcloths (hence the name) and hand towels, Dishie can also be used for garments and accessories, too! I like to use it for toys. It's so durable, that the toys always come out ready to be be played with for years to come. Recently, we'v added a few new colors to our already extensive Dishie range of hues. Check them out!

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Split Back Tank Free Pattern

Heeelloooo, spring! Time to wrap up those wooly winter projects and delve in to your stash of cool cotton yarns. What's that? Don't have a project?! Well, our new Split Back Tank free pattern might be just what you're looking for. Allison Griffith has done it again with this stunning, drapey tank in Lindy Chain.

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The Monthly Yarn Sale: Billow

November is here and with it comes a brand new monthly yarn sale - for the entire month, save 25% off our lusciously soft and bulky cotton yarn, Billow. I adore the texture of crochet, it has a unique thick and thin quality that lends itself well to simple stitches. I also personally love to crochet with Billow, think big blankets that are oh-s0-soft and comfy. So if you're looking to make a larger project with this dreamy cotton yarn, now is the time to indulge and save at the same time.

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Choosing the Perfect Project for Cotton Yarns

It's spring, the weather is warming up and it's time to put away those woolly sweaters and switch them out with some lighter weight garments! A question we often get at this time of the year is which of our cotton yarns work best for certain projects. I've put together some information and a list of what we recommend for some of our warm weather cotton and cotton-blend yarns. First, a brief overview of cotton yarn. Cotton is strong, durable and machine-washable fiber. It's a great choice to use for people with wool sensitivities and for vegans plus it's wonderful for next to skin wear during warmer months. Cotton can be harder on the on the hands to work with for some people, since it is an inelastic fiber; cotton blends tend to be easier to knit or crochet with. Because of the inelastic nature, it can be harder for cables or colorwork projects, however textured stitches will show up beautifully. And now the yarns!  

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