What is yarn with cotton used for?

As a hobby artist, I work a lot and I enjoy working with various materials. I have been practicing knitting and crocheting with great passion for years, which is why it is a pleasure for me to tell you more about this topic today and to investigate the question: What is used for Yarn with cotton?

Well, I can tell you: It is particularly soft and cuddly, which is why it just feels incredibly good. This natural material with a huge color spectrum is suitable for a wide variety of creative projects - for crocheting, embroidery, knitting , knotting, weaving and tying. It is so popular because 100 percent cotton fibers are particularly ideal for babies and children, because they prove to be much more durable compared to virgin wool and can withstand higher temperatures in the washing machine.

The fashion world is fast moving and changeable, which is why a lot is bought but rarely worn. The countermovement to this is called "Slow Fashion": Here crocheting and knitting are in the foreground. In this blog post there are interesting facts about cotton yarn and lots of useful tips on how to use it.

Which cotton yarns are there?

A creative textile and hobby artist will love the many possible uses and the color nuances produced today. Here is a brief overview through the yarn jungle - for beginners and those who are curious to find their way around the great diversity of the cotton yarn world:


Made of 100% cotton, is optimally processed with the crochet hook.

The properties of cotton: hard-wearing, long-lasting and easy to care for.

Mercerized cotton yarn is slightly shiny and impresses with its high dimensional stability. It is particularly popular when you want to crochet or knit light tops and thin transitional sweaters, for filet crocheting of lace doilies or for accessories and small gifts.

Did you know that they have their own pot holder thread? Crocheted or knitted pot holders and tea towels for washing up are enjoying growing popularity from an ecological point of view and are quickly made. These robust and easy-care kitchen gadgets can easily be washed in the washing machine at 60 degrees.


Low weight, long barrel length, the thread looks rather voluminous

In the case of warp yarn, the threads are only loosely spun and usually have the appearance of braided cords or crocheted chain stitches. This makes the result fluffier and automatically gives it more volume. The fact that more air is trapped results in better heat storage.

Cotton yarns such as warp yarn are designed in such a way that, when processed, they result in cuddly soft knitted fabrics - even organic cotton is more in demand than ever. Knitted blankets are particularly eye-catching - not only for babies, but just as good for adults at picnics or as a throw for the (guest) bed.

The loose cotton warp yarn is airy, loose, light and yet very supple. With its colorful threads, it ensures great summer patterns and is ideal for sweaters , tank tops and cardigans that are comfortable to wear all year round. Warp yarn is also a perfect choice for light shawls, soft cardigans and chic accessories.


Woven or knitted, the thread should not be compressed

(loose, open pattern)

The tightly twisted variant is often found in decorative bistro curtains, doilies and lace trimmings

Especially for sewing projects made of pure cotton fabrics (which are not stretchable), they are used for patchwork and quilting. Cotton yarns can still be re-dyed and the following applies to crochet yarns: the lower the specified number (the thickness), the thicker the thread.


Not elastic, no elasticity; should only be used for inelastic fabrics such as cotton or linen pieces

Sewing threads made from pure cotton fibers are often elastic because they tend to tear more easily than when they are made into mixed threads. Nevertheless, you can use them with a clear conscience - especially if the entire workpiece is to consist exclusively of them.

Which thread size is most suitable for what?

The 8/4 cotton yarn is a special kind. The eight means that 1g of such processed cotton threads corresponds to a length of 8m, while the four indicates that the wool was spun from 4 threads. In plain language this means: the higher the number, the thicker the cotton thread.

The thread thickness is decisive for the desired result. It lies between 0 and 6. Zero is the name for the finest and six is ​​the thickest. The needle size also plays a role.

The amount of cotton yarn purchased per roll is measured in the run length. A roll should have a minimum length of 80m in order to be suitable for the most common crochet work.

Strength 0: for filigree work with tip

Strength 1: Hosiery and delicate baby items

Strength 2: thin sweaters

Strength 3: the medium strength is suitable for most handicrafts

Strength 4: as it is now starting to get thicker, it is ideal for sweaters, hats, gloves and scarves

Strength 5: for heavier clothing such as jackets and blankets

Strength 6: for really heavy blankets and carpets

Cotton yarns are priced between 2 and 10 euros per roll - depending on the processing of the material. In Germany there is even a quality test for perfect workmanship by the TÜV, independently of each other.

How can cotton yarns be sensibly recycled?

Best leftovers: Every yarn supply always contains new leftover materials that are simply too good to throw away, even if they are dirty gray. It is therefore up to us to skillfully recycle these plant fibers. Crocheted wool scraps create a colorful atmosphere in the house and garden. For example in the form of crocheted make-up removal pads (if you like, also with a matching hand strap), chair leg gliders, table coasters, candle doilies, hairbands, ...

Or how about an original soap sachet? It is used to ensure that the bar of soap stays in the hands while washing and does not slip away. If you rub the soap sachet all over your body, you also have an ingenious peeling effect.

But funny pompons are also a great look-up accessory. They are not only suitable for items of clothing and backpacks, but also as decoration for gifts or even as a surprising alternative in terms of Christmas decorations and Christmas tree decorations. The pompons are very easy to make (with a fork as an auxiliary tool).Thinner cotton threads are ideal for this. You only need about 30 centimeters to create such a bobble.

How should material made of cotton yarn be optimally cared for?

The great thing about cotton yarn is that it is a straightforward fiber. However, it also needs a certain amount of care. In order for us to enjoy it for a long time, it is necessary to adhere to certain rules of the game so that the crocheted and knitted artworks that have been made remain beautiful for a long time.

Pieces of cotton are basically boil-proof. However, restrictions apply to colored textiles. The color sets the tone: the temperature at which the washing cycle should take place in the machine depends on the respective color.

Basically temperatures between 40 and 60 degrees are recommended, however: the darker the respective part made of cotton yarn, the lower the temperature should be. It is well known that pure white pieces are washable up to 95 degrees. A universal or heavy-duty detergent can be used for creamy white cotton items. A commercially available color detergent is the better choice for colored laundry, as it does not contain any bleaching ingredients and so the color remains longer.


Cotton yarn is not only versatile, it is simply one of the most popular types of textile raw material. It is easy to process, durable, allergy-friendly and of natural origin - for a clear conscience and a pleasant, healthy skin feeling.

It also has the following properties:

  • resistant
  • for the production of clothing
  • renewable raw material
  • environmentally friendly
  • high wearing comfort
  • skin-friendly as it is hypoallergenic
  • breathable
  • can absorb a lot of water and
  • insulates well

Furthermore, cotton yarn can be refined using various processing techniques. This often creates completely new creations and trend yarns that remain biodegradable as natural fibers despite the finishing process.

In short: Cotton yarns offer a varied variety for large and small creative projects. I wish you lots of fun and good luck!


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