close up of colorful cotton yarn skein

The Joy of Knitting With Cotton Yarn

The world of yarn is vast and exciting now days.  There are so many different types of yarn on the market and here at Darn Good Yarn we like to pay tribute to some of the best natural fiber yarn products!  In this post we are focusing on cotton yarn, and knitting with cotton yarn.

The history of cotton as a textile is rich. The use of cotton for fabric is known to date back to prehistoric times; fragments of cotton fabric dated from 5000 BC have been excavated in Mexico and the Indus Valley Civilization in Ancient India (modern-day Pakistan and some parts of India). It is amazing that today, such a HUGE amount of all clothes are still made from cotton. 

Here are just a few things about cotton that you may not have known:

Moisture Control

Cotton fabric is breathable and transmits moisture away from the body and is absorbent and removes liquid from the skin, like a towel, according to Cotton Incorporated. Cotton allows you to remain comfortable as you exercise, keeping moisture from building up between your skin and clothing. The International Forum for Cotton Promotion states that cotton can take up to one-fifth of its weight in water before feeling damp.


Cotton clothing protects against from heat in the summer and cold in the winter by providing thermal insulation as the cotton fabric traps air between the fabric fibers. The cotton fibers in clothing hold the fabric away from the skin, further allowing for more air to be trapped between the skin and fabric which helps with insulation and comfort.


Wearing cotton is often recommended for those with skin allergies because cotton fabric rarely causes allergic reactions, notes Cotton Incorporated. Because cotton is hypoallergenic and does not irritate skin, it is used in medical products like bandages and gauze, and is the fabric of choice when it comes to baby clothing.


Cotton clothing is soft and easily stretchable, making it a comfortable fabric to wear. Due to its softness and comfort, it is often used in underwear and undershirts, according to the International Forum for Cotton Promotion.


Cotton has a high tensile strength, making it strong, durable and less likely to rip or tear. It is 30 percent stronger when wet, withstanding many washing's in hot water.

Cotton is a pretty incredible fiber right?!  Are you asking yourself if there are different kinds of cotton yarn?  And what can I knit or crochet with cotton? We have some super fun 100% original cotton yarn and ribbon. Here is a sampling of what we have to offer:

Unicorn Snuggles

This yarn is 100% cotton, super soft, and downright cute!

You get 40 yards per skein that is enough to make a hat!

Don’t be afraid to let your soft and cuddly side shine, knitting with cotton yarn like this will really spice up your carft time!

close up of colorful cotton yarn skein

Cotton T-Shit Ribbon 

When t-shirts are produced in a factory, there is often a lot of great material left over. Why let fabulous, usable material end up in a landfill when you can make it into yarn instead! That's just what we've done with this Pima Cotton T-Shirt material. The cotton is cut into strips, creating a chunky ribbon style yarn. It's great for baskets, slippers, rugs, and any number of fun projects. You could even make some fun baby toys with it - handy for parents because it's completely machine washable! What will you make with this eco-friendly 'vegan' yarn?

Not ready for a huge project right off the bat? No problem! How about trying a sample card first? Click here to check it out.

If you are are knitting with cotton yarn, crocheting with cotton yarn, or just having some crafting fun I know you will love working with this fiber!!