Yearn Worthy Yarn: Simply Cotton

When it comes to cotton yarn, I’m a very picky knitter. I am not a fan of cotton yarn that is stiff, has no give and is a little bit rough. I especially hate that cotton ply that splits the second you make a mistake and need to back knit and it just falls to pieces. Ugh, my hands hurt just thinking about it.

So I’m pretty excited about Knit Picks Simply Cotton yarn. Simply cotton is 100% organic cotton yarn available in worsted and sport weight. See how strong and soft it looks?!

Beyond being 100% organic, the yarn is free of bleach and dyes. It comes in four neutral and naturally occurring colors called Marshmallow, Malted Milk, Ginger and Toffee. Mmmm all so delicious sounding, even good enough to knit with!

Since the colors are naturally occurring each skein might be slightly darker or lighter but that is a small price to pay for this lusciously soft and beautiful organic yarn.

Written by Kelly Rand

Kelly covers visual arts in and around Washington, DC for DCist and is editor of Crafting a Green World. Kelly has also been published by Bust Magazine and you can find her byline at Indie Fixx and Etsy’s Storque and has taught in Etsy’s virtual lab on the topic of green crafting.

Kelly helps organize Crafty Bastards: Arts and Crafts Fair, one of the largest indie craft fairs on the east coast and has served on the Craft Bastard’s jury since 2007. Kelly is also co-founder of Hello Craft a nonprofit trade association dedicated to the advancement of independent crafters and the handmade movement. Kelly resides in Washington, D.C. and believes that handmade will save the world.


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  1. Thanks for the suggestion! I have used cotton a few times but it wasn’t very soft and I am working on using more organic. I’ll definitely have to try it out. : )

  2. Has anyone tried this yarn? Years ago I knitted a cotton sweater and it was like knitted with string. The finished garment was so stiff it could almost stand up by itself.
    This looks soft, but I’d love to hear from somebody who has used it.

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