Most knitters and crocheters won’t let the summer time heat stop them from stitching.
Rather than putting aside their beloved yarns they will crank up the air conditioning, sit in the shade outside, and turn to light weight yarns.
Cotton and cotton blend yarns are a favorite fiber for this time of year.
If you search for “cotton” on our main website, you’ll get four pages of results!
Allow me to highlight a few of them for you to get you inspired to put down the iced drink and pick up your hook or needles.
Jesse is a new 100% Cotton Denim yarn from Louisa Harding. Each hank has approximately 97 yards per 50g and a suggested gauge of 5 sts per inch on a US 7 needle.
This is my swatch for my Miss Kitty top from Louisa Harding book #125, Jesse. This yarn has three strands plied together, which provides good stitch definition.
Ondine is another Louisa Harding yarn. Ondine is a 100% Cotton with approximately 119 yards per 50g that knits to 5.5 sts per inch on a US 6 needle. As you can see from this picture of color #14-Circus, it is a heathered yarn with a lot of depth and interest to the colors.
You can find project ideas in the Marguerite book.
Debbie Bliss Cotton DK has been a long time favorite. There are four new colors of this 100% Cotton, that has approximately 93 yards per 50g that knits to 5 sts per inch on a US 6 needle.
Belice is a new yarn from Katia. This 55% Cotton, 45% Acrylic blend has approximately 180 yards per 50g. The suggested gauge is 5.5 sts per inch on a US 4-5 needle, so you’ll finish your project in a decent time frame.
As you can see, it is a self-striping yarn so even a simple stockinette project is sure to impress. And when the heat and humidity get high who can focus on more than just stockinette?
This great sweater is pattern E-28 from the Katia book “Child #65-Spring 2013“.
Bombay is another offering from Katia. This 100% Mercerized Cotton has approximately 251 yards per 100g and a suggested gauge of 6 sts per inch on a US 4-5 needle.
This is another self striping yarn that is great for garments for the entire family, as well as home decor.
You can find the free pattern for this crocheted blanket on our website. This is a charted pattern. The chart and the English directions are on the second page of the PDF.
If speedy projects are more your style, you’ll want to take a closer look at Ella Rae Melbourne. This 100%Cotton has a suggested gauge of 2.5 sts per inch on a US 13-15 needle. Talk about fast! Each 100 gram ball has approximately 55 yards.
It is available in 16 colors and is great for garments and accessories.
Back on the light weight side of things is Mirasol Illaris. It is a 100% Glossed Cotton, which is a process similar to being mercerized so the yarn has shine and strength. Available in 12 vibrant colors, Illaris has approximately 116 yards per 50g and a suggested gauge of 5.5 sts per inch on a US 6 needle, making it great for summer garments.
You can see project ideas on the left-hand side of the yarn’s color card on our main website.
If hand dyed yarns are more your style, Calbuco from Arucania should appeal to you. This 84% Cotton, 16% Polyamide blend is available in eight hand dyed colorways. Each 100g hank has approximately 460 yards. The suggested gauge is 7 sts per inch on a US 3 needle, making it a great choice for lightweight summer tops.
For those who prefer knitting with very fine gauge yarn in the summer, take a look at Cable 5 from Mondial. This 100% Pure Egyptian Mako Cotton yarn has a suggested gauge of 8 sts per inch on a US 2 needle. Because it’s #1 on the Craft Yarn Council standards chart, each 50 gram ball has approximately 220 yards. That’s a lot of yarn!
Experienced knitters and crocheters might enjoy the three free patterns you’ll see on the left-hand side of the yarn page on our main website. The patterns have been directly translated from their Italian version, so they make assumptions about your knowledge of garment construction. But they’ll be a fun challenge to work through!
Scilla is another new 100% Pure Egyptian Mako yarn from Mondial. As you can see, it has a fun tape construction. This makes for lightweight garments that have interesting texture.
When working with a tape yarn, it’s best to just let it behave how it wants. In other words, don’t fight the flipping that will happen as you knit or you’ll drive yourself crazy. LOL.
Scillia has approximately 121 yards per 50g and a suggested gauge of 5.5 sts per inch on a US 6 needle.
Sunlace is a 40% Cotton, 33% Polyacryl, 27% Polyamid blend from On Line. It has approximately 280 yards per 50g with a suggested gauge of 5-6 sts per inch on a US 7-8 needle.
Don’t you love the interesting texture? This yarn has to be seen in person to truly appreciate it’s beauty. With 14 vibrant colors from which to select, Sunlace is a great choice for striped shawls and garments.
Another yarn with an interesting texture is Queenland Collection Sweet Pea, a 100% Organic Pima Cotton. With a suggested gauge of 4.5 sts per inch on a US 8 needle, you’ll finish your project in time to wear this summer. Each 100 gram hank has approximately 109 yards.
There are 16 new colors of Sweet Pea this season, both solid and variegated. You can also find two free sleeveless top patterns on our main website. One has a cable design and the other is a lace top.
With all this talk of Egyptian Cotton yarns, I’d be remiss not to mention Sublime Egyptian Cotton DK yarn.
This 100% Mercerized Egyptian Cotton has approximately 115 yards per 50g and a suggested gauge of 5.5 sts per inch on a US 6 needle. But with DK in the name you expected a gauge of 5.5.
And who can mention babies without “cuddly” coming to mind? Euro Baby Cuddly Cotton is a 100% Cotton yarn that is great for big and small kids. The generously sized hanks have approximately 202 yards per 100g, while the suggested gauge is 5.5 sts per inch on a US 5 needle.
Cuddly Cotton is available in 22 colors, including solid and variegated varieties.
And now for something different!
Droplet by Euro Yarns is a 42% Cotton, 42% Acrylic, 11% Polyester, 5% Beadster, 5% Beads blend. The beads are pre-strung! All you have to do is knit without worrying about fussing around before you cast on.
Each 100g hank has approximately 174 yards. The suggested gauge is 4.5 sts per inch on a US 6-8 needle.
Now that might not sound like much yarn, but one hank is enough to make the free Droplet Lace Scarf, which is the swatch shown above. Droplet is available in eight colors, ranging from the black shown to wonderful primaries.
This pretty scarf will be a fun knit and make a great gift.
Have I inspired you to pick up some cotton yarn and get back to stitching?
How does the summer heat influence your knitting and crocheting? Let me know in the comments!