The Best Cotton Yarn in Every Yarn Weight

Cotton yarn is one of the best yarn options for summer crafting. It’s lightweight and much cooler to work with than wool. It’s a breathable fiber that also feels comfortable to wear in the summer. Cotton is a great choice for making washcloths and dishcloths. It’s a good choice, one that most of us have somewhere in our stashes, yet sometimes we overlook how great it can be. So today, we wanted to give you some options for the best cotton yarn in each weight category.

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Have You Seen Our Yarn Weight Chart?

yarn weight chart

We have a yarn weight chart outlining all the different yarn weights, what crochet hooks and knitting needle sizes you’d typically use with each, and some of the best yarn options for each weight. The post with that chart gives you options for yarn weights for different fibers. Today, we’ll look at the cotton options for each weight we like most.

#0 Lace Weight Cotton Thread/Yarn

Lace weight yarn is really also crochet thread. Of course, there are many different thread weights as well. Some are much finer than the #0 lace weight yarn. But, generally speaking, if you’re buying a common cotton thread off the shelf at your local yarn store, it will fall into this category. #10 Weight is the most common.

For example, one of the most popular choices would be Aunt Lydia’s #10 Classic Crochet Thread. That’s a great choice. However, we’d like to recommend that you check out Curio #10. This is 100% mercerized cotton in #0 lace weight. It takes dye really well, so you get truly beautiful, vibrant colors. Use this 2-ply thread to knit or crochet lace details, ornate tablecloths, simple coasters, super lightweight accessories, and more.

Curio #10 for lace weight thread projects

#1 Super Fine Cotton Yarn

While most cotton thread would fall into the #0 lace weight category, the thickest cotton thread is actually a #1 super fine weight.

Crochet Thread Weights vs. Knit and Crochet Yarn Weights

Fun fact: the higher the number on the crochet thread, the thinner the thread. In contrast, the higher the number of yarn, the thicker the yarn.

So, a #3 thread is thicker than a #10 thread. However, a #1 yarn is thicker than a #0 yarn.

A #3 cotton crochet thread like Aunt Lydia’s Fashion 3 thread is a #1 super fine weight yarn.

Cotton Yarns for #1 Super Fine Weight

Although #3 cotton thread falls into this category, so does sock yarn and fingering weight yarn. Instead of a 100% cotton yarn in this weight, we think the best options are cotton blends. For example, Red Heart It’s a Wrap is a really popular acrylic-cotton blend in this yarn weight. Our favorite, instead, is a cotton-linen blend called Lindy Chain. It offers the perfect drape for this lightweight yarn class.

Lindy Chain cotton linen blend

However, if you prefer a cotton-acrylic blend to a cotton-linen blend, check out Comfy Fingering Yarn.

#2 Fine Weight Cotton Yarn

This is also called baby weight yarn or sport weight yarn. Some variations on the classic It’s a Wrap yarn are in this weight category. For example, It’s a Wrap Rainbow is the #2 weight yarn. And again, that’s a great choice for a cotton-acrylic blend.

However, we have a really special blend to recommend to you in this weight category. We think the best cotton yarn for sport weight is Shine Sport. It’s 60% Pima Cotton yarn, which is always a great cotton choice. And the other 40% is something you might not ever have heard of: “Modal natural beech wood fiber.” What does that feel like? A lot like silk! Silk cotton blends in this weight are luxurious and beautiful, so check it out!

Shine Sport cotton blend yarn with modal (beech wood fiber)

#3 DK or Lightweight Cotton Yarn

Many beautiful cotton accessories are knit or crocheted with #3 DK weight yarn. It’s not as slow going as a thread or sport weight yarn. And yet, it’s a little thinner than the classic worsted weight, so you get lightness, breeziness, and great drape.

If you were part of BiCrafty Bootcamp, you wouldn’t be surprised to learn that our favorite cotton yarn in this weight is a cotton-linen blend called CotLin. We used it to make Marly’s Colorful Crochet Market Bag.

Cotlin cotton/linen blend DK weight

If you’re looking for a 100% mercerized cotton yarn in DK weight, we recommend Patons Grace. And if you want a cotton-acrylic blend, look at Bernat Softee Cotton.

Cotton Yarn for #4 Worsted Weight

Worsted weight is by far the most popular yarn weight, regardless of what fiber we’re talking about. So, of course, you do have a lot of options here. For example, one of the most popular cotton yarns ever is Lily Sugar ‘n Cream. It’s a 100% cotton yarn made with US-grown cotton. There are lots of knit and crochet patterns designed using this yarn. Plus, it has many variations like ombre colors or the changing textures in Lily Sugar ‘n Cream Scrub Off. All good solid choices.

But we want to give you more unique choices for the best cotton yarn in the worsted weight category. If you head to KnitPicks, you’ll see that Dishie, Comfy, and Shine are good #4 cotton or cotton blend options. We love Dishie, which is 100% cotton. At BiCrafty Bootcamp, we used it for our Beginner Crochet Facecloth Pattern. We also enjoy Comfy Color Mist’s unique colorways, a cotton-acrylic blend.

But for something really unique, try Snuggle Puff. This is cotton that’s been blown into mesh tubing. You get some stretch and tons of soft lightness. It’s really an original yarn. Note that it’s considered “heavy worsted,” so it’s a #4, but with the thickness and yet lightness, it may feel different to you than another worsted weight cotton.

Snuggle Puff nylon blend

#5 Bulky Weight Cotton Yarn

Did you join the Classic Cable Collection CAL I did in collaboration with HanJan Crochet, MJ’s Off The Hook, and Briana K Designs? If so, you’ve already worked with our favorite bulky weight cotton yarn: Billow. I used it in the design of my Bonny Billow Crochet Pillow pattern as well. It’s a great cotton yarn with a terrific stitch definition that works up quickly for home decor projects like this.

Billow bulky yarn

Bernat Maker Home Dec Yarn is a cotton-acrylic blend that also falls into the bulky weight category, although note that it’s a tubular yarn, so it looks different in terms of stitch definition.

#6 Super Bulky #7 Jumbo Weight Cotton Yarn

The two thickest yarn weights aren’t very conducive to the cotton yarn design, so you won’t find many options for super bulky and jumbo yarns in these fibers. Mostly these are going to be wool and some acrylics. However, we found what looks to be a good source: Hoooked Yarn. They offer recycled and plant-based yarn and even have recycled cotton yarn. Their Spesso Chunky is 100% recycled cotton in super bulky weight. Their Ribbon XL and Zpagetti are also bulky weight cotton yarns.

Spesso Chunky recycled super bulky

Note that if you’re looking for super bulky and jumbo weight cotton, you might want to search instead for Macrame Cord. You can find this in cotton, and it has the thickness you would be looking for.

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