Best Cotton Yarn for Crochet (2023)

Let’s discover together the best cotton yarn for crochet!

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Cotton is a plant-based, natural fiber that is soft, breathable, and durable.

You can crochet nearly everything with cotton yarn, from dishcloths to garments, shawls, scarves, Amigurumi, bags, and so much more (see a few projects HERE)!

Not just one cotton Yarn!

One common misconception about cotton is that there is only ONE cotton yarn, which you might picture as the very hard, scratchy yarn that you saw in some shops.

However, the reality is that there are more than 50 varieties of cotton plants growing on the planet, and from each variety, you can produce cotton with different characteristics.

In addition to the differences due to the starting material, the processing of the fibers during production adds even more variety to the final cotton yarn.

So it is easy to get lost in this huge variety of cotton yarns and their unique characteristics.

That’s why, in this post, I’ll help you navigate through the different cotton yarns available on the market and give you an idea of what characteristics to look for based on the project you want to crochet!

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Best Cotton Brands

There is no better or worse brand for buying cotton yarn.

Most yarn brands carry at least one or two cotton lines, and their quality mostly depends on the treatment of the fiber during production.

So, choosing the best cotton yarn comes down to choosing the right fiber characteristics for the project you want to make.

And in this blog post, that’s what I’ll try to help you with!

Softest Cotton Yarns

The softest cotton yarns are the ones derived from Pima cotton, Egyptian cotton, or Mako cotton.

Pima, Egyptian, and Mako are cotton varieties that produce long staples and result in better end-product quality.

Besides the yarns produced from these specific cotton plants, there are several organic cotton yarns that are extremely soft to the touch.

TypeYarn
Best Organic CottonKatia Fair Cotton (Sport, 2, Fine)
Rico Design Essentials Organic Cotton Aran (4, Medium)
Best Pima CottonKnit Picks Billow
Concept by Katia Pure
Best Egyptian CottonDrops Safran*
Best Mako CottonLion Brand Yarn Mako Cotton
*If you would like to buy Drops yarns online, you can locate a store that ships to your country HERE.

Best Cotton Yarn for Dishcloths

Cotton is particularly well-suited for crocheting dishcloths and washcloths because it is very absorbent.

The majority of dishcloth patterns use medium-weight (Aran or worsted) yarn, but I like to use finer yarns as well.

Here are a few of my favorite cotton yarns for dishcloths:

Both Katia Fair Cotton and Rico Design Organic Cotton Aran do tend to split a bit, but they are extremely soft and beautiful to the touch.

Drops Loves You 8 is also quite soft and doesn’t split as much.

YarnYarn WeightCompositionLength per ballMachine Wash
Katia Fair CottonFingering (1, Super Fine)100% Organic Cotton170 yds (155 m) per 50 gYes
Rico Design Essentials Organic CottonAran (4, Medium)100% Organic Cotton98 yds (90 m) per 50 gYes
Drops Loves You 8Aran (4, Medium)100% Cotton93 yds (85 m) per 50 gYes

Best Cotton Yarn for Potholders

Cotton is always my yarn of choice for potholders and hot pads! You can crochet good potholders using most cotton yarns, but I found myself using these yarns over and over again!

I love Paintbox Yarns Cotton DK and Schachenmayr Catania and their amazing color options. Moreover, compared to other cotton yarns, they have a much more generous twist which makes them extremely easy to crochet with.

YarnYarn WeightCompositionLength per ballMachine Wash
Rico Design Essentials Organic CottonAran (4, Medium)100% Organic Cotton98 yds (90 m) per 50 gYes
Paintbox Yarns Cotton DKDK (3, Light)100% Cotton137 yds (125 m) per 50 gYes
Schachenmayr CataniaSport (2, Fine)100% Mercerized Cotton137 yds (125 m) per 50 gYes

Best Cotton Yarn for Amigurumi

If you’re crocheting Amigurumi, cotton will allow you to reach a stitch definition that you cannot get with any other yarn.

Over the years, I used several cotton brands, and these are some of my favorites:

I tried Hobbii Rainbow Cotton only recently and I might start using it for kitchen projects as well!

It gives a very nice stitch definition, and at the same time, since the yarn has a little fluff on the surface, it creates a full effect, a bit like acrylic yarns.

Oh, and did I mention it has an awesome pastel palette?!

YarnYarn WeightCompositionLength per ballMachine Wash
Schachenmayr CataniaSport (2, Fine)100% Mercerized Cotton137 yds (125 m) per 50 gYes
Paintbox Yarns Cotton DKDK (3, Light)100% Cotton137 yds (125 m) per 50 gYes
Hobbii Rainbow CottonDK (3, Light)100% Cotton115 yds (105 m) per 50 gYes

Best Cotton Yarn for Blankets

Can you actually crochet blankets with cotton yarn?

Definitely yes, especially if you’d like to crochet a throw for Spring and Summer chill nights or a baby blanket for a baby living in warmer climates.

YarnYarn WeightCompositionLength per ballMachine Wash
Katia Fair CottonSport (2, Fine)100% Organic Cotton170 yds (155 m) per 50 gYes
Drops Cotton MerinoDK (3, Light) / Worsted (4, Medium)50% Cotton
50% Merino Wool
120 yds (110 m) per 50 gYes
Knit Picks Comfy WorstedWorsted (4, Medium)75% Pima Cotton
25% Acrylic
109 yds (100 m) per 50 gYes

Best Cotton Yarn for Garments

Cotton is a great yarn choice for Spring and Summer clothes. Of course, when it comes to garments, you absolutely want to use soft, non-scratchy yarn.

Below, you can find some of the yarns that I personally used for crocheting garments and worked great:

YarnYarn WeightCompositionLength per ballMachine Wash
Concept by Katia PureWorsted (4, Medium)100% Pima Cotton109 yds (100 m) per 50 gYes
Concept by Katia Mohair CottonFingering (1, Super Fine)70% Cotton
30% Goat Mohair
246 yards (225 meters) per 50 gNo
Drops SafranFingering (1, Super Fine)100% Egyptian Cotton175 yds (160 m) per 50 gYes
Katia Fair CottonSport (2, Fine)100% Organic Cotton170 yds (155 m) per 50 gYes
Knit Picks Comfy Color Mist WorstedWorsted (4, Medium)75% Pima Cotton
25% Acrylic
219 yds (200 m) per 100 gYes
Knit Picks Comfy FingeringFingering (1, Super Fine)75% Pima Cotton
25% Acrylic
218 yds (199 m) per 50 gYes

Best Cotton Yarn for Crochet Bags

Crochet bags come in a variety of shapes and sizes. From market bags to totes, zippered pouches, coin purses, and backpacks, here are some of my favorite yarns to use:

YarnYarn WeightCompositionLength per ballMachine Wash
Schachenmayr CataniaSport (2, Fine)100% Mercerized Cotton137 yds (125 m) per 50 gYes
Scheepjes Cotton 8Fingering (1, Super Fine)100% Cotton186 yds (170 m) per 50 gYes
Drops SafranFingering (1, Super Fine)100% Egyptian Cotton175 yds (160 m) per 50 gYes

Best Cotton Yarn for Shawls & Lightweight Scarves

Triangle shawls and lightweight scarves are one of those accessories that really come in handy during Spring days and chill Summer nights.

Online, you’ll find a large variety of gradient yarn cakes in all colors! Here are a couple of cakes and yarns that I used for crocheting shawls and scarves:

YarnYarn WeightCompositionLength per ballMachine Wash
Hobbii Cotton Kings Sultan Deluxe ShineFingering (2, Super Fine)96% Cotton
4% Polyester
1093 yds (999 m) per 250 gYes
Scheepjes WhirlFingering (2, Super Fine)60% Cotton
40% Acrylic
1094 yds (1000 m) per 215 gYes
Concept by Katia Mohair CottonFingering (2, Super Fine)70% Cotton
30% Goat Mohair
246 yards (225 meters) per 50 gNo

Cotton Thread

Cotton thread used to be The yarn for crochet! Nowadays, it is mostly used for doilies, earrings, jewelry, and also garments, including dresses and skirts.

Here are some popular cotton threads for crochet:

Cotton Thread 8

T-Shirt Yarn & Macrame Cord

Chunky and super chunky T-shirt yarn and macrame cord are valuable options for crocheting baskets, rugs, wall-hanging bags, etc.

T-shirt yarn is a super chunky yarn that is usually produced from recycled textiles. One more reason to love it!

Normally, T-shirt yarn is mostly cotton with a very small percentage of synthetic fibers, and it is kind of stretchy, just like T-shirts.

There are a number of options to buy T-shirt yarn online. Here are a few:

Macrame cord is very sturdy and unlike T-shirt yarn, it does not stretch and it’s 100% cotton. It can be hard to crochet with cotton cord but the results are nice and sturdy!

I only tried Bobbiny 3mm and loved it!

Bamboo Yarns

One way to make cotton even softer is to blend it with bamboo fibers!

Bamboo yarn is one of the best yarns for garments, baby items, and shawls, but also dishcloths and other self-care products.

One of the main cons of bamboo yarns is that they split a lot, all of them, or at least the ones I tried, which are:

Even though they’re all classified as DK (3, Light) yarns, Coboo does feel a bit more like a light worsted/medium yarn.

YarnYarn WeightCompositionLength per ballMachine Wash
Stylecraft Naturals Bamboo+CottonDK (3, Light)60% Bamboo
40% Cotton
273 yds (250 m) per 100 gYes
Lion Brand Yarns CobooDK (3, Light) / Worsted (4, Medium)51% Cotton
49% Rayon from Bamboo
232 yds (212 m) per 100 gYes
King Cole Bamboo CottonDK (3, Light) / Worsted (4, Medium)50% Bamboo Viscose
50% Cotton
230 yds (252 m) per 100 gYes

Now it’s your turn! Pick the best cotton yarn for your next project and let me know how it goes on Facebook and Instagram using the hashtag #raffamusadesigns!

F.A.Q. About Cotton Yarn

If you’re new to crocheting with cotton yarn, you might have many questions about this fiber.

So, maybe, I can help by answering a few of the most frequently asked questions about cotton!

What to Make with Cotton Yarn?

Cotton yarn is the best choice for many kinds of projects, and you can find many ideas with linked patterns in this post HERE. But just to recap in short, cotton is great for:

  • Anything for the kitchen (dishcloths, potholders, kitchen towels, hot pads, etc)
  • Garments for Spring and Summer
  • Face scrubbies
  • Crochet bags (totes, market bags, coin purses, zipper pouches, etc)
  • Amigurumi
  • Baby items
  • Shawls and lightweight scarves
  • And so much more!

Get all the patterns and ideas HERE!

Does cotton yarn shrink?

It is possible that cotton yarn will shrink a bit after washing but it will also stretch quite a bit while wearing or after blocking. So, shrinking is not usually a problem when crocheting with cotton.

Is Cotton Yarn Scratchy?

Certain kinds of cotton yarn can be scratchy and are not great to use for crocheting garments and other wearables. However, there are many soft cotton yarns that are not at all scratchy.

Some examples of non-scratchy cotton yarns are Pima cotton, Egyptian cotton, and cotton/acrylic or cotton/bamboo blends.

How do you Soften cotton yarn?

One common question that many people have is whether cotton yarn will soften after washing. And the answer is definitely yes, but not always.

With many cotton yarns that I used, I noticed that they get considerably softer after washing. For example, this is the case for Paintbox Yarns Cotton DK.

And the nice thing is that cotton will get softer and softer every time you wash it.

Does cotton yarn pill?

Usually, cotton does not pill. However, if you’re using a cotton/acrylic blended yarn, it’s possible that the acrylic component will lead to some pilling.

Does cotton yarn felt?

Pure cotton yarn does not felt. In fact, felting is only possible with animal fibers such as wool, alpaca, or mohair.

Learn more about yarn fibers here on the blog…

4 thoughts on “Best Cotton Yarn for Crochet (2023)”

  1. What a great article and just what I was looking for to explore best cotton for my crocheting needs. Thank you so much. Will keep this article for future reference.

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  2. Hi Rafaella, thanks for the really comprehensive look at cotton and blended yarn. I have a bit of a passion for cotton myself…I’m just starting to explore cotton/acrylic blends. I have tried only a few of the yarns you mentioned…probably because I’m in Australia. I have been loving Ice Yarns!! Thanks again and I’m sure I’ll be back!! ☺️
    Wendy

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