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What to Crochet with Cotton Yarn

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If you’ve stocked up on cotton yarn, you may be wondering what crochet projects to make with it. The good news is cotton yarn is great for crocheting almost any project.

Household items are a great way to use cotton yarn. You can crochet baskets, kitchen accessories, cotton blankets or even winter blankets.

Yellow crochet kitchen scrubby round with cotton yarn, hook, scissors on dark wood.

What type of cotton yarn?

Cotton is a natural fiber that’s absorbent.

There are 100% cotton yarns and there are cotton blend yarns. 100% cotton yarns are made with well, 100% cotton fibers.

Cotton blend yarns are a combination of cotton fiber and another fiber. These fibers can be acrylic, polyester, nylon, and sometimes other natural fibers.

Cotton Blend Yarn

One type of cotton blend yarn I have tried is from Joann called Big Twist Cotton. This yarn is a blend of 85% cotton fiber with 15% polyester.

Another cotton blend yarn I use is Lion Brand’s Comfy Cotton yarn. This blend yarn is a 50% cotton and 50% polyester blend.

There are many cotton blend yarns on the market. Adding another fiber to the cotton can lend it strength.

The downside is that your yarn loses some absorbency. So if you’re looking to crochet dishcloths, washcloths, and towels you want to choose a 100% cotton yarn (or close to it).

Elba summer cardigan hem.

100% Cotton Yarn

100% cotton yarns make an excellent choice for dishcloths and washcloths. The cotton fibers are absorbent, and that’s just what you want in a crochet dishcloth.

Another great idea for 100% cotton yarn is a hot pad. Since pot holders needs to hold up to heat, cotton yarn is a great choice. Do not use acrylic yarn for pot holders, as the heat can melt it.

One of my favorite yarns is 24/7 Cotton from Lion Brand yarn. It’s made with mercerized cotton, which is cotton that has been treated to strengthen it.

4 skeins of cotton yarn in brown, purple, teal and navy on wood floor.

I love crocheting with it for summer accessories. It has a gorgeous sheen.

Red Heart makes cotton yarns specifically designed for scrubbies. They make a smooth and rough variety.

These are great for the kitchen and bathroom, and you can choose bright colors or neutral ones.

You want to choose the best cotton yarn for the job. If you’re making kitchen items then you’re going to want to choose a machine washable yarn. If organic is important to you, organic cotton yarn is available.

Your Hook Matters

Be sure to choose a crochet hook that glides smoothly when working with cotton yarn. Any metal hook will work well for you.

Personally, I love my Clover Amours and Furls Odyssey hooks when I’m crocheting with cotton yarns.

Yarn Weight

Like most yarns, cotton yarn will come in a variety of weights. Yarn weight refers to the thickness of the yarn. #4 medium worsted weight cotton yarn is a popular yarn weight for many makers.

Crochet thread is #1 size yarn that is often cotton. This yarn makes beautiful doilies.

You’ll find the yarn weight information on your yarn label. Your crochet pattern will also give you the suggested yarn weight and crochet hook to use.

Tall glass jar filled with yarn labels in front of white and grey yarn balls stacked.

Jo to the World has a nice way to organize your yarn labels!

What to Crochet with Cotton Yarn?

Here are some crochet ideas for you. Cotton works for simple double crochet dishcloths or an intricate crochet design!

100% Cotton Yarn

  • Hot Pad
  • Dishcloths
  • Kitchen Towels
  • Kitchen Scrubbies
  • Washcloths
  • Hand Towels
  • Face Scrubbies
  • Soap Savers
  • Rugs

Cotton Blend Yarn

  • Summer Tops: crop top, tank top, short sleeve shirt
  • Beach Cover Ups
  • Sarongs
  • Cardigans
  • Baby Blankets
  • Baskets
  • Summer Hats
  • Market Bags
  • Baby Clothes

Free Crochet Patterns

These free patterns feature both cotton yarns and cotton blends. These easy crochet patterns will use up that cotton yarn stash.

Free Knitting Patterns

This knit scrubby pattern in cotton yarn is a total beginner project. You can knit this, even if this is your first time picking up a knitting needle!

What to Crochet with Cotton Yarn

Check out these free patterns for inspirations on what to make with cotton yarn!

If you prefer to follow a video tutorial be sure to check out my YouTube Channel where I share pattern videos and stitch tutorials.

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