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Cotton is a great choice for anyone who wants a modern thread. It is easy to dye, meaning cotton wool and yarn comes in every colour imaginable. Modern spinning techniques mean that it is also available in a huge range of weights, so whatever the desired end-product is, cotton yarns will be perfect.
Many cotton wool and yarn manufacturers mix cotton thread with silk, microfiber, acrylic and other fibres. These mixed yarns are fantastic. They provide the best of both worlds. The wool or synthetic fibre provides warmth, but the cotton ensures that garments made with these mixed wools are very lightweight. This makes this kind of yarn perfect for a light cardigan to wear on a summer evening, or for a jacket. In the winter, a cotton jumper layered with a wool garment over top is a great way of staying warm.
The fact that most cotton and cotton mix yarns are machine washable means that they are perfect for garments that are worn every day. They are ideal for making children’s clothes and soft toys, and can just be popped into the washing machine and dried quickly.
Choosing your cotton wool and yarn
As well as considering the care instructions, think about the weight. Thicker cotton wools are easier for beginners to work with than the finer versions.
For those who have never knitted before, it is wise to choose a cotton mix yarn rather than a pure cotton one. Yarns made only from cotton lack elasticity, so for a beginner, getting the tension right can be tricky.
Here at Black Sheep Wools, we stock a wide range of cotton wool and yarn, and are always updating our range, so you will always find something new and interesting to get creative with. You will love working with cotton, so treat yourself today to one of our beautiful pure cotton or mixed wools and a knitting pattern to go with it.