In the Spring 2012 issue of Interweave Crochet, Yarn Spotlight focuses on cotton blends for warm weather wear. See the print issue for reviews of five more yarns: Hemp for Knitting Cashmere Canapa, Classic Elite Classic Silk, Filatura Di Crosa Brilla, Misti Alpaca Tonos Pima Silk, and Cascade Yarns Sierra.
All swatches are worked in the Woven Arrowheads pattern by Lily Chin, a square from the Chain Reaction Afghan Project. You can download patterns for all the afghan squares for free.
||Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece
CONTENT: 80% cotton, 20% merino wool
PUT-UP: 3.5 oz, 100 g/215 y, 197 m CONSTRUCTION: 4 plies of 3-ply CARE:
handwash cool, lay flat to dry COLOR: CW-120 honey butter, CW-570 Malibu
blue HOOK: H-8 (5 mm)
This terrific yarn is a great
budget-conscious go-to yarn for garments you wear often. After some
initial grappling with strandiness, the hook finds synergy with the yarn
and things move along to create a smooth fabric that doesn't mind
showing off some stitches. The wool gives it memory that makes it work
for skirts, which can stretch a bit with all-cotton yarn.
PERFECT FOR SKIRTS, SHELLS, CARDIGANS.
Rowan Creative Linen
CONTENT: 50% linen, 50% cotton PUT-UP:
3.53 oz, 100 g/219 y, 200 m CONSTRUCTION: 5 plies of 2-ply CARE:
handwash cold, lay flat to dry COLOR: 621 natural 635 stormy HOOK: H/8
This sturdy yarn, with the crispness of linen and the
softness of cotton, creates a rustic fabric with good stitch
definition. It would love to grow up to be a cardigan for evening walks
on the beach.
PERFECT FOR GARMENTS FOR WOMEN, MEN, OR CHILDREN; SUMMER AFGHAN
||Lion Brand Martha Stewart Crafts Cotton Hemp
CONTENT: 65% cotton, 35%
hemp PUT-UP: 1.75 oz, 50 g/66 y, 60 m CONSTRUCTION: 27-ply CARE: machine wash cool, machine dry gentle and low
COLOR: 524 oyster, 510 twilight blue HOOK: J-10 (6 mm)
sturdy yarn calls for a sturdy hand. Its 27 plies are a tad unruly at
times, but an aluminum or stiff plastic hook, along with rhythmic
stitching, will keep it in line. It is happiest with straightforward
stitches. The resulting fabric is sturdy, stiff even with a somewhat
PERFECT FOR BASKETS, RUGS, PLACE MATS
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