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What to Crochet With Cotton Yarn

Find out what you can crochet with cotton yarn and find out how you can take this summer yarn and make crochet projects with cotton yarn all year round.

What to crochet with cotton yarn

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Not Just a Summer Yarn

So many people consider cotton yarn just a summer fiber, but knowing what to crochet with cotton yarn will show just how versatile this yarn fibre is. 

The properties of cotton, make it the perfect choice for crochet projects that will be hardwearing, and it’s high absorbency rate, it’s a great choice for projects that might get wet.

Here are some of the properties of cotton to consider when deciding what to make with cotton yarn: 

  • Soft
  • Durable
  • Absorbent
  • Breathable
  • Not Static

What to Crochet With Cotton Yarn

Below you will find a list of what to crochet with cotton yarn. There are also some great patterns linked in the categories below. along with links to crochet patterns to make with cotton.

  1. Crochet Washcloths
  2. Water bottle cozy and can cozy
  3. Placemats and coasters
  4. Pot Holders and Hot Pads
  5. Dishcloths and Tea Towels
  6. Market Bags and Shopping Bags
  7. Sweaters & other garments
  8. Crochet Earrings and other accessories
  9. Christmas Decorations
  10. Plant Hangers
  11. Face scrubbies

Simply scroll through the list below of what to make with cotton and if a suggested pattern tickles your fancy, click on the image, and you’ll be taken straight to either the designers website to view more information on the pattern.

1. Crochet Washcloths

Crochet washcloths are a great to make with cotton yarn as the texture of the fiber can be exfoliating and as cotton absorbs water, soap lathers really well. 

It’s worth noting that cotton does take a while to dry, so remember to wring out and hang to dry after use.  

Splash of Colour Washcloth by Sunflower Cottage Crochet

What to crochet with cotton yarn - wash cloths

Jovial Washcloth by Crochets by Trista

what to crochet with cotton yarn - washcloth

2. Water bottle holders & Can Cozies

Cold drinks cause condensation and a water bottle holder or a can cozy can absorb those water droplets preventing water rings on tables or your bag getting wet from the condensation.

Water Bottle Holder by Crochets by Trista

what to crochet with cotton - water bottle cozy

Can and Bottle Cozy by Sunflower Cottage Crochet

Sweet Stripes Can and Bottle Cozy by Green Fox Farms Designs

3. Placemats and coasters

Just like the crochet can cozies, crochet coasters and placemats are great to absorb those condensation beads, plus cotton washes so well and can be bleached (check the color though) that any spills or food stains can be removed easily.

Honey & Crumpets Coaster by Cosy Rosie UK

This pattern was written for acrylic yarn, works up perfectly in cotton too.

what to make with cotton yarn - coasters

Zig Zag Coaster by Cosy Rosie UK

4. Hot Pads

As cotton is a natural fiber, it doesn’t melt when in contact with heat which makes it a great choice to make those trivets hot pads.

These make a great house-warming present to jazz up a gift of pots and pans.

Cast Iron Hot Pads by Green Fox Farms

Brioche Bun Pot Holder by High Desert Yarn

What to make with cotton yarn - hot pad

Hot Stuff Trivet by Crochets by Trista

What to make with cotton yarn - trivet for pots

5. Dishcloths & Tea Towels

Crochet cotton tea towels wash so well that you can use them to dry up the washing before throwing them into the washing machine and hanging to dry.

As cotton is so absorbent, they make great cloths for wiping up any spills on the kitchen counters too.

Tulip Tea Towel by Sunflower Cottage Crochet

Lemon Drops Kitchen Set by Sunflower Cottage Crochet

Buttercream Dish Cloth by Crochets by Trista

6. Market Bags

Cotton is renowned for not being an elastic yarn, but it does stretch when worn or used. 

This works well for those shopping bags – the more you add the bigger the bag gets! A quick wash in the washing machine will take your bag back to it’s original size, ready for your next shopping trip.

All Meshed Up Bag by Cosy Rosie UK

Keywest Market Bag by Me ‘n’ My Hook

7. Crochet Sweaters and other garments

Cotton yarn is known for being breathable which is perfect for those warmer weather crochet garment projects. Plus, the cotton wicks away any moisture if you start to glow, if you know what I mean.

Cotton yarns can create lightweight fabrics that work so well for beach days and those day’s around town when the weather is hotting up.

Iris Blossom Beach Tunic by Cosy Rosie UK

Nain Cocoon Cardigan by Me ‘n’ My Hook

8. Crochet Earrings and other Accessories

Cotton yarn makes the perfect accessories, from earrings through to scarves and shawls.

You can create firm fabrics by working the cotton with a smaller than recommended hook or create a loose fabric working with a larger than recommended hook.

Octavia Earrings by Bliss This

Carnation Shawl by Me ‘n’ My Hook

what to make with cotton - shawl

9. Christmas Ornaments and Decorations

Cotton is perfect for those Amigurumi projects and other decorations as it is hard wearing and long lasting – your crochet keepsakes will last for years!

This Christmas crochet projects are great to add to your decoration collection to celebrate throughout the years.

Tiny Garland Christmas Tree by Made by Gootie

Vintage Christmas Bauble Cover by Cosy Rosie UK

Cotton crochet chistmas decoration

10. Plant Hangers and Plant Pot Cozy

As you know, cotton yarn is highly absorbent and another great way to use it is to crochet some plant pot holder or hanger to add some handmade quality to your plant collection – a great way to combine these 2 loves.

Alpine Plant Pot Cover by Juniper & Oakes

Trinity Plant Hanger by Cosy Rosie UK

11. Face Scrubbies and Exfoliating Mitts

Although cotton is considered a soft yarn, the nature of the fiber means that it can also be a great exfoliant. This wash mitt pattern is a great addition to any bathroom.

I made my face scrubbies with a cotton blend to increase the softness and not damage my skin.

Face Scrubbies by Cosy Rosie UK

Marian Bay Loop Mitt by Me ‘n’ My Hook

What else can you make with cotton yarn?

Your crochet hook can make pretty much anything with cotton. The world is your oyster when it comes to selecting yarns to crochet with. If you’d like for information about what you need to remember when substituting yarn, click here.

Other popular projects to crochet with cotton are:

  • Blankets
  • Cushions
  • Hair scarves and headbands
  • Summer Hats

The possibilities are endless!

A massive thank you to all the amazing crochet designers for allowing me to share their patterns so that we can learn more about what to crochet with cotton yarn.

I’m sure that more than one of these patterns has been added to your Must Make list and you’ll be stocking up on lots of cotton to get stitching up these stylish makes.

I’d love to know which pattern you’ll be trying and see your completed projects so tag me in a picture on your social media of your completed crochet project so I can celebrate your success! 

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