Testing Cotton Yarn

There are so many different brands 100% cotton yarns out there. I thought I’d get a few together to see what they are all about. All of these yarns I got from either Amazon or from a craft store like Michael’s or Hobby Lobby.

The plan is to knit up a washcloth in each yarn. Every week all of the washcloths will be thrown in the wash along with all the towels like I normally do. During the week they will be the primary washcloths we use from bath time to the toddler throwing them around! I’m looking to see if there is any color change, if the yarn holds up, and how washing will affect the yarn.

To start, my favorite has been “I love this cotton” from Hobby Lobby. This yarn is really soft and very affordable. There are a TON of different colors available, from solids to variegated. The colorway I picked was Sunshiney. It came in a 85g skein with 153 yards for $3.79, made in Turkey.

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Next up we have Bernat Handicrafter. This was my first time working with it and I was kind of disappointed in the size of the skein. I used colorway ‘blueberry’. It came in a 50g skein with 80 yds, made in Canada from USA cotton. I ordered this one from Amazon for $5.94

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Crafter’s Secret in “lime” colorway is another Hobby Lobby brand. For 71 g you get 120 yds for $2.2, made in Turkey.

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An all time favorite- Peaches and Cream! I picked up this ball of yarn from Walmart for $1.77. I used colorway ‘forest’. In 70.9 g you’ll get 120 yds. It is made in Canada from USA cotton.

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Red Heart’s Scrubby smoothie in “aqua” was really nice to work with plus you get so much yarn. For 100g you’ll get 153 yds. I ordered this from Amazon for $4.49. This yarn is made in China.

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Finally we have a random yarn off of Amazon. I have never heard of it before but decided to give it a go. Its Darice in ”ecru”. For $2.99 you’ll get 70.8 g 120 yds worth. This yarn is made in China.

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Overall these yarns are pretty inexpensive. I added the WPI because it shows how thick the yarn is. These are all worsted weights but I always thought that the ‘I love this cotton’ felt smaller then an acrylic worsted weight.

My first impressions: I couldn’t really tell a difference between Peaches and Cream and the Crafter’s Secret. The Darice skein really surprised me with how much I liked it. It’s the thickest of the bunch and definitely in the run for the softest. My least favorite would be the Bernat Handicrafter as it is the roughest and the smallest skein.

Stayin’ Home and Knittin’

Whew! The last couple of weeks have been intense. It doesn’t look like it’ll be getting back to normal anytime soon.

With so much time at home now how are you filling it? Are y’all starting new projects or getting all those projects finished up?

This week I’ll finish up my first test knit! I am so excited to start doing some testing. This is a 0-14 year old pattern called Calendula by Agasalhos e Bugalhos. Its a simple raglan down kids sweater. The designer has added so many graphs and pictures that it’d make for a great beginner project. The yarn is Yarn Bee Chloe colorway breezy sunrise. I’ve made this a size too big for my kid now that way she’ll have it for next winter!

Calendula sweater by Agasolhos e Bugalhos

I have gone down a rabbit hole for making socks. I didn’t realize how many different ways there were. There is magic loop, double pointed needles, 9” circular, and flexiflips.

Magic loop is the long cable way to do things. These Addi turbo needles are on my wishlist! I want to try this way so I can do two at a time to see if that’s my thing. I think it’d be so fast to knock out a pair and have them match perfectly!

You either love double pointed needles, or you hate them. I love them. I didn’t know though that there are short teeny tiny needles that are great for doing baby socks. It kinda feels like you are knitting with toothpicks but its nice not having so much needle and so few stitches.

Rose City Rollers Littles with some scrap yarn

I’ve also started using a 9 in circular pair of socks. These so far are in the middle of the sock game. The beginning is really fiddly to work with and if you are doing a smaller sock its a bit stretched. But it does go by really fast. This has sat in the car so whenever my husband drives me around I can get a couple of rows in. I think on this sock I’m going to use some DPN’s to make the heel but the next sock I”ll try and do the heel on the circular. I’m doing a plain Jane cuff down sock pattern.

This next way I just learned about! I was talking to my mom and she recommended them. These are double pointed flexible needles. Addi has been the first to make them and call them Flexiflips but there are other brands out there now. It looks like magic loop and double pointed mixed together.

One of these days I’m going to try out adding some thread in the toes and heels to make a heavy duty sock. Now to knit all the socks to find out which way is the best!

I think as soon as I bind off I’m casting on. There is just so much that I want to do!

Be safe out there and wash your hands.

Happy Knitting!