13 Best Cotton Yarns for Crochet & Knitting (2022)

Yarn made from cotton is a great eco-friendly choice when you are crocheting and knitting. But cotton yarn varies greatly across the market and you may find yourself overwhelmed with many choices! In this post, I want to break down the best cotton yarns for a variety of different projects (including sweaters, amigurumi, blankets, and more!)

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Table of Contents

Skip to different sections of this post by using the table of contents below!

  1. Best Cotton Yarn Brand
  2. Overall Best Cotton Yarns
  3. Best Cotton Yarn for Blankets & Sweaters
  4. Best Cotton Yarn for Amigurumi
  5. Best Pima Cotton Yarn
  6. Best Worsted Weight Cotton Yarn
  7. Best Cotton Thread
  8. Cotton Yarn FAQ

Best Cotton Yarn Brand

There is not one brand that is the “best” for buying cotton. In truth, many brands have nice cotton yarns. Usually they have a wide variety of yarns, and you have to do some digging to find their cottons. Of course, I’ve done all that digging for you in this post!

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Overall Favorite Cotton Yarns:

After comparing all the yarns in this post, I chose 4 TOP cotton yarns in different categories. If you don’t want to read the whole thing, you can cheat by looking at this quick chart! 😉

SOFTEST Cotton:I Love This Cotton
Best PIMA Cotton: Billow
Best KITCHEN Cotton:Sugar ‘N Cream
Best Cotton BLEND:Shine Sport

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Best Cotton Yarn for Blankets & Sweaters

Let’s start out by looking at cotton yarn that works well for blankets & sweaters. I decided to group these two types of projects together because they both need a cotton that is on the softer side.

If you’ve ever worked with cotton before, you might have noticed that it is not soft. But that is not the case with all cotton! These yarns that I’m about to show you will be easy on your hands for large projects, and also produce softer items in the end!

I Love This Cotton

First of all, you have to check out I Love This Cotton. This yarn is from Hobby Lobby, and it is amazingly soft even though it is made from 100% cotton!

Pros:

  • Extremely soft
  • Loved by many crafters
  • Tons of color options

Cons:

  • Only available at Hobby Lobby

Comfy Cotton

Next, take a look at Comfy Cotton Blend from Lion Brand. This yarn is great when you want a colorful project! It has a unique feel that’s not as soft as I Love This Cotton, but still easy to work with and nice to touch.

Weight:3 Light
Fiber Content:50% Cotton, 50% Polyester
Care: Machine Wash/Dry
Yardage:392 Yards
Price: Varies
Availability:Lion Brand, Joann, Amazon, Online
Colors:10+ colors (many multicolored)

Pros:

  • Unique color twist
  • Comes with a lot of yards
  • Widely available

Cons:

  • Tends to split
  • Not many color options

Patons Grace Yarn

Another amazing cotton yarn for sweaters is Patons Grace. I would recommend this yarn more for clothing than for blankets. It is not scratchy at all. I would describe it as “smooth.” It is easy on the hands and great for lightweight garments.

Weight:3 Light
Fiber Content:100% Mercerized Cotton
Care: Hand wash and dry flat
Yardage:136 Yards
Price: $5.99 (Joann)
Availability:Joann, Michaels, Amazon, Online
Colors:Limited

Pros:

  • Lightweight
  • Widely available
  • High Quality

Cons:

  • Expensive
  • Limited color options

Best Cotton Yarn for Amigurumi

Amigurumi is another project you might want to use cotton for. When it comes to making amigurumi, you may need a more sturdy cotton yarn. This is because amigurumi is usually more on the “stiff” side. You want something that will hold its shape well and not flop over.

Cotlin Yarn

My first recommendation is Cotlin DK. This yarn is made from 70% Tanguis Cotton and 30% Linen, making it extra strong and sturdy. Though it is not soft, it is also not scratchy. I made a whole produce bag from this yarn and found it pleasant to work with (no hand pain!)

Weight:DK (#3 Light)
Fiber Content:70% Tanguis Cotton, 30% Linen
Care: Machine Wash/Dry
Yardage:123 Yards
Price: $4.99
Availability:We Crochet/Knit Picks
Colors:Over 40 options

Pros:

  • Strong & sturdy
  • Gets softer with washing
  • Highly rated

Cons:

  • Not super soft
  • Available online only

24/7 Cotton

Another classic cotton for amigurumi is Lion Brand’s 24/7 cotton. This yarn is worsted weight, and comes in a variety of lovely colors. It, too, is sturdy (you can’t break this one with your hands, LOL!)

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Weight:#4 Worsted
Fiber Content:100% Cotton
Care: Machine Wash/Dry
Yardage:186 Yards
Price: Varies
Availability:Joann, Lion Brand, Amazon
Colors:Over 25 options

Pros:

  • Strong & Sturdy
  • Loved by many crafters
  • Widely Available

Cons:

  • May be thinner than typical worsted

Best Pima Cotton Yarns

Next up, we have Pima Cotton yarns. According to Authenticity50.com, pima cotton is “a higher-end type of cotton with a longer fiber than conventional cotton. It has a reputation for producing a smooth fabric that’s soft to the touch, wrinkle-resistant, and ultra-durable.”

This is definitely true for yarn as well! Pima cotton is often much softer than standard cottons you find at craft stores. The best Pima cotton yarns I’ve found are only available online (at my favorite online yarn shop, We Crochet/Knit Picks!)

One last note here: because Pima Cotton is so soft, it can be great for sweaters and blankets too. The main thing to look out for when using this cotton is whether it can be washed and dried. Some pima cotton yarns are hand wash only.

Shine Sport Yarn

My most favorite pima cotton yarn is Shine Sport Weight by We Crochet! This yarn is a blend of both Pima Cotton and Modal natural beech wood fiber. It is extremely soft to the touch, AND you can wash and dry it! This is one of those pima cottons that works great for sweaters and blankets.

Weight:#2 Sport
Fiber Content:60% Pima Cotton, 40% Modal 
Care: Machine Wash/Dry
Yardage:110 Yards
Price: $3.99
Availability:We Crochet/Knit Picks
Colors:30 beautiful options

Pros:

  • Extremely soft
  • Wide color selection
  • Good stitch definition

Cons:

  • Only available online
  • May stretch a lot

Comfy Fingering & Worsted Yarn

Another great pima cotton choice is Comfy Fingering or Comfy Worsted. It is ultra soft as well, but not in a way that you would expect! It really has a unique feel you have to try for yourself. Personally, I love it! I’ve used this yarn to make myself a skirt and it turned out amazing.

Weight:Fingering OR Worsted
Fiber Content:75% Pima Cotton, 25% Acrylic
Care: Machine Wash/Dry
Yardage:218 (fingering) or 109 (worsted)
Price: $3.99
Availability:We Crochet/Knit Picks
Colors:19 beautiful options

Pros:

  • Very soft & easy to work with
  • Comes in 2 weights
  • Tons of color options

Cons:

  • Only available online
  • Colors may not be accurate

Billow

One last pima cotton yarn is Billow. Unlike the previous two, this yarn is bulky weight (although it does have a thick-thin texture). It is soft, squishy, and rustic. Keep in mind that you must hand wash project made from this yarn.

Weight:Bulky
Fiber Content:100% Pima Cotton
Care: Hand Wash/Dry Flat
Yardage:120 Yards
Price: $7.99
Availability:We Crochet/Knit Picks
Colors:18 muted and deep colors

Pros:

  • Soft & squishy
  • Rustic/vintage feel
  • Tons of color options

Cons:

  • Only available online
  • Yarn thickness varies

Best Worsted weight Cotton Yarns

Moving on, let’s look at some awesome worsted weight kitchen cotton yarns. Some of the yarns we looked at already were also worsted weight, but these ones are specifically great for dishcloths.

When looking for a dishcloth yarn, make sure to choose something that is sturdy, stiff, and absorbent.

Let’s just say, these yarns I’m about to show you are the yarns that typcially give cotton a bad rap. They are NOT soft and often a bit hard on the hands and arms. However, they are this way for a reason: because they make for great dishcloths that hold up for a long time!

Lily Sugar ‘n Cream

A classic cotton yarn: Lily Sugar ‘N Cream! This yarn can be found at most local craft stores. It has been used successfully for dishcloths for a long time, and it comes in many lovely color options! There are tons of dishcloth patterns that use this yarn.

Weight:Worsted
Fiber Content:100% Cotton
Care: Machine Wash/Dry
Yardage:Depends on where you buy
Price: Varies
Availability:Joann, Michaels, Online
Colors:Over 50 options

Pros:

  • Sturdy and strong
  • Loved by many crafters
  • Widely Available

Cons:

  • Not soft
  • Can be difficult to work with

Dishie Yarn

A newer (but equally as good) choice is Dishie from We Crochet. This yarn is classified as worsted weight, although it does seem a bit thinner than standard worsted weight cottons. In the picture to the right you can see Dishie on the left, compared to Lily Sugar ‘N Cream on the right.

Weight:Worsted
Fiber Content:100% Cotton
Care: Machine Wash/Dry
Yardage:190 Yards
Price: $3.49
Availability:We Crochet/Knit Picks
Colors:Over 35 options

Pros:

  • Sturdy & strong
  • Not too scratchy for a kitchen cotton
  • Many color options

Cons:

  • Only available online
  • Thinner than typical worsted weight

Crafter’s Secret Cotton

Another great choice is Crafter’s Secret Cotton from Hobby Lobby! This yarn is very similar to Sugar ‘N Cream, just a different brand and store. I also love that the price is always the same (whereas with Lily Sugar ‘N Cream it can vary depending on where you buy).

Weight:#4 Worsted
Fiber Content:100% Cotton
Care: Machine Wash/Dry
Yardage:120 Yards
Price: $2.29
Availability:Hobby Lobby Only
Colors:Over 50 options

Pros:

  • Sturdy & strong
  • Not too scratchy
  • Tons of color options

Cons:

  • Only available at Hobby Lobby
  • Some reviewers report inconsistent yardage

Best cotton Threads

Our last category of cotton yarn is THREAD! Crochet thread is generally made from 100% cotton because this makes it strong—not easily broken. Thread is typically used for doilies and mandalas, but it is not limited to this!

These cotton threads will work great for a wide variety of Spring/Summer projects, or lace projects.

Curio Thread

One of my favorite crochet threads is Curio Size #3 and Curio Size #10 by We Crochet! This thread is great because it comes in 2 sizes—#3 thread is just slightly thicker than the #10. It also comes in many unique color hues that can really elevate your project.

Weight:Size #3 or #10 thread (lace weight)
Fiber Content:100% Cotton
Care: Hand wash/dry flat
Yardage:721 (size 10) / 295 (size 3)
Price: $4.49
Availability:We Crochet/Knit Picks
Colors:Over 20 options

Pros:

  • Durable & strong
  • Two weight options
  • Beautiful colors
  • Highly rated

Cons:

  • Only available online

Auny Lydia’s Crochet Thread

Another classic crochet thread is Aunt Lydia’s. This is the thread found at most Joann’s and Michaels stores. It comes in both bright shades and also more muted shades. I have a bunch of these balls in my stash from when I got into crocheting tiny flowers, LOL!

Weight:Lace (size 10 thread)
Fiber Content:100% Cotton
Care: Machine Wash/Dry flat
Yardage:350 Yards
Price: Varies
Availability:Joann, Michaels, Amazon
Colors:Over 25 options

Pros:

  • A classic loved by many crafters
  • Widely available
  • Good selection of colors

Cons:

  • Yarn may fade over time

Dishcloths Patterns to Make

So after you check out these yarns, you might be ready to make some quick projects with cotton yarn! The most common project using cotton is dishcloths. Here are some patterns you can try:

Cotton Yarn FAQ

Let’s finish this post by talking about common questions you might have when selecting a cotton yarn for a crochet or knit project.

What is best to crochet with cotton yarn?

Spring & summer projects. Cotton yarn is plant based, and it is breathable and airy. If you are making something to wear, don’t plan on it keeping you warm. As far as garments go, it is great for lacy things to wear in the summer months. Here are more ideas:

  • market bags
  • dishcloths & scrubbies
  • hot pads
  • summer garments
  • summer blankets
  • lightweight scarves
  • rugs
  • baby items

Is cotton yarn good for blankets?

It is great for summer blankets, but not winter blankets. Like I said, cotton is not made to keep you warm.

Is cotton yarn good for scarves?

It is great for lightweight scarves and cowls. Think accessory-like scarves, but not warm winter scarves.

Is cotton yarn harder to crochet with?

Honestly, it depends on the cotton yarn. Some cottons can be much harder to crochet with. This mostly refers to kitchen cottons because they can be rough, stiff, and hard on the arms. I recommend sticking to small projects with yarns like these. Go for a softer cotton that is easier to work with if you are making something large.

Does cotton yarn soften after washing?

Yes, it definitely can! This may depend on the yarn you’re using, but many cottons do soften after being washed.

What weight is cotton yarn?

All different weights! It just depends on the yarn. Cotton comes as small as lace thread, as we saw. This is because it is a strong fiber. But it can also be made in sport, DK, worsted, and bulky weights too!

What’s the difference between acrylic and cotton yarn?

Cotton is made from a plant, while acrylic is man-made. Cotton is much more eco-friendly than acrylic. It is also less stretchy in most cases.

Does cotton yarn stretch when blocked?

Yep! You can wet block or steam block projects made from cotton yarn. Pin your project out to the size you want, block it, and the cotton will hold its shape!

Does cotton yarn felt?

No. Felting can only be done with animal fibers like wool or alpaca. 100% cotton will not felt even if you try.

Conclusion

Cotton yarn is a staple every crocheter needs to have in their stash. It can be used for lightweight summer garments, amigurumi, and lots more! There is really no end to what you can use cotton for. Once you try softer varieties, you are sure to be hooked forever. So now it’s your turn—which cotton are you going to try out? Pick one and let me know what you think!

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