Cotton Yarn for Summer Knits
By Erin Rees
As the warm weather approaches, it’s always a question of what knitting work can be done to produce comfortable, cool and fashionable knits for the summer months.
I have recently been using Lily’s Sugar and Cream yarn in psychedelic ombre to make hand towels. The cotton is lightweight and absorbent while having a wide range of solid and multicolored options. As a fan of bright and playful colors, I chose psychedelic ombre, as it combines green, pink, fuchsia and blue in one strand. You end up with very brightly colored and festive towels that match a bathroom or kitchen with similar bright or neutral tones.
This cotton yarn would also be great for summer bags or hats. It is a little stiffer than a typical wool or wool acrylic blend so it does not have the drape of other fibers, but the wide array of festive colors and the durability would make it a great tool for many types of beach accessories.
So what are your thoughts on cotton yarn for the summer months? Do you have a favorite go-to yarn for your summer projects? What patterns do you think work well with cotton yarn? Please feel free to reply below and share your knowledge and experience with us!
5/15/2018 02:38:17 pm
I’m planning to start with Queensland Collection (United Foursome 50/50 cotton/lambs wool) which is a progressive 4 color 1530 yards (for $28!!). With 1500 yds there will be plenty for sleeveless or short or medium sleeves and it’ll be fun to see the color progression! It seemed like a safe place to start. Now I just need to finish up this winter knitting!!! It’s hard when the cotton/linen is calling softly from the closet.
5/16/2018 05:34:31 am
Hi SOJ! Yes, the color progression of the United Foursome yarn is really beautiful. The color progression reminds me a little of the Caron Cakes yarn. I totally understand the need to finish winter knits but wanting to get started on some warm weather gear. How do you feel the combination of cotton and wool is for warmer weather gear? Do you find it more appropriate for spring or is there also the possibility to use it for summer wear?
5/26/2018 05:38:11 pm
Good point about the cotton/wool blend for summer😒. The cake has been sitting on the coffee table in front of me for a month now and it just looks so inviting. I’ll move it to the closet stash and bring out the 100% denim cotton or the 33-33-34 cotton/silk/rayon. The 100% alpaca fair isle is already heating me up and it isn’t even summer! Thank you for the reality check!!
8/26/2019 05:17:49 am
Clothes made from cotton yarn are also good for summer time.
8/28/2022 09:03:11 pm
Great blog posst
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