As warmer weather approaches, I’m drawn to plant-based fibers that are more comfortable to work with in warmer temperatures. Cotton is one of my favorites because it’s wonderfully versatile and gives yarn strength and breath-ability when combined with other fibers.
Cotton yarn crochets up into cool, comfortable cardigans, wraps, tops and dresses, and sturdy accessories like bags, blankets, and even amigurumi. It’s very strong and absorbent, making it ideal for swim suit cover ups and towels. Most cotton yarns and blends are available in an array of beautiful colors because of how well it takes to being dyed, which is great for color work projects.
While checking out crochet patterns published this month, I was delighted to see so many feature cotton or cotton blends. Here are a few that I’ve just added to my favorites.
Sailmaker, by Elena Fedotova
Grab your hook and DK weight yarn to create this fun summer top featuring diagonal stripes and construction. Choose to make it as pictured with one solid skein and one variegated, or go with two solids with great contrast for a stylish addition to your summer wardrobe.
Ruby Shoulder Bag, by Mother Bunch
I’m a sucker for a great bag pattern and this one has an added dose of cool for me. Columns of V-stitches in the body and a lovely swirl motif differentiates this bag pattern from all the others. Perfect as a beach bag or for taking to your local farmer’s market.
Rosewheel Cushion, by Sandra Eng
I am in love with this pattern! Sandra Eng’s 16” round cushion design has a rosewheel design created with post stitches. It’s peacefully perfect here in one color but is equally lovely using a contrasting color for the rosewheel.
Dahlia Baby Sweater, by Jen Dwyer
Cotton yarn is a popular choice for baby blankets and garments. This sweet sweater can be made with long or short sleeves and has sizing changes for newborn to 2T. Want to match your little one? Jen also created The Dahlia Sweater pattern in sizes up to 3X.
Shining Day Wrap, by Andee Graves
You never know when a breeze with come through on a warm day. This lacy wrap is perfect for a night out or an evening in when you just need something light on your shoulders. It’s pictured here in sport weight yarn but would work well in a fingering weight cotton.