I knit and crochet year around and work with yarns appropriate for the seasons. With the warmer weather here, cotton is my number one choice. Cotton is popular because it’s durable, breathable, easy to care for, and so versatile. I like it because it’s a natural fiber and it feels nice and soft on the skin. My newest book, 60 Quick Cotton Knits, the Ultimate Collection, is all about creating garments out of cotton.
I personally cannot wear wool; it makes me itchy and uncomfortable, and I know I’m not alone. Cotton yarn is a great option for those you are allergic to wool or just don’t like it. This book offers a wide range of current and trendy patterns that range from shawls to sweaters to hats to bags and more. They focus on using Cascade Yarns’ Ultra Pima cotton yarn, but as long as you have your gauge right, you can use other cotton brands.
The patterns are rated by three skill levels, easy, intermediate, and advanced. There are no beginner patterns, but most newbies could make the easy projects. Check out some of my favorite patterns. The Cable Panel Vest has lots of texture and showcases five coordinating shades from warm to cool. It’s lightweight, cool, and stylish and perfect for work, school, or an evening out. It’s rated as an intermediate pattern, so you’ll have to know the stitches required.
The Floret Lace Shawl is another intermediate pattern. Knitters can quickly craft this elegant and romantic piece that goes well with casual or dress attire. Diamond Lace Poncho provides a lightweight and lacy cover that can be worn over a tank top or dress. My mom made this garment in about three days and enjoyed creating the fancy and ornate design. The pattern was easy to follow and the directions precisely.
The Candle Lace Hat pattern is inspired by a candle flame. It will keep you warm and in fashion. There are people who enjoy wearing hats year-round and this hat is perfect for all seasons. I adore working with cotton; it available in a dizzying array of delicious colors. Cotton is strong, normally machine washable, and doesn’t pill. It looks graceful year around and can be made into any garment. The only negative about cotton is that it has no elasticity, so it can stretch and sag. The key is to buy quality cotton that will give you the best results.
Disclaimer: I received product to facilitate a review. All opinions express are my own, yours may differ.