Organic Cotton Yarn

Cotton is a popular fiber for making clothing, accessories and home decor items, particularly kitchen projects and bath accessories. Cotton's beneficial properties are well-known: it's soft, durable, affordable, wearable, absorbent, widely available, and easy to care for.

Why Should Crocheters Care About Whether Their Cotton Is Organic or Not?

Conventionally-grown cotton has major downsides. Cotton is a favorite target of pests, which means that farmers usually treat their cotton crops...MORE with toxic pesticides. That leads to some pretty serious environmental concerns. For one thing, pesticides can end up contaminating ground water, rivers, streams, and lakes. This can have all kinds of unintended consequences -- harming wildlife, polluting waters that are necessary for drinking, watering crops, and supporting wildlife.

In contrast, organic farmers go out of their way to use methods that are less harmful and have much less impact on the environment. For example, instead of dumping toxic synthetic chemicals onto the crops, organic farmers often find ways to attract critters that naturally eat the pests that like to devour their cotton crops -- birds, other bugs, etc. They also use other methods, such as crop rotation, which is beneficial to the soil.

The following yarns are all grown using organic farming methods.

  • 01 of 07

    Nature's Choice Organic Cotton by Lion Brand Yarns

    Nature's Choice Organic Cotton Yarn Plus Projects to Crochet
    Nature's Choice Organic Cotton Yarn Plus Projects to Crochet. Nature's Choice Organic Cotton Yarn Plus Projects to Crochet. Photos © Mike & Amy Solovay

    Nature's Choice is a medium weight yarn that looks and behaves a bit like a chunkier weight yarn. It has an appealing texture and comes in an attractive color range that's lovely for baby items, accessories and more.

    We offer the following free crochet patterns that are made using Nature's Choice organic cotton yarn:

  • 02 of 07

    Simply Cotton Worsted by Knitpicks

    Knitpicks Simply Worsted is a 100% Organic Cotton Yarn
    Knitpicks Simply Worsted is a 100% Organic Cotton Yarn. Knitpicks Simply Worsted is a 100% Organic Cotton Yarn. Photo © Amy Solovay

    I love this yarn and highly recommend it, for all the reasons I've explained in my review of Knitpicks simply cotton worsted yarn.

    I've used this yarn to crochet several of the free patterns available on our website:

    • Primary rainbow potholders

    Some of the pictured colors of Simply cotton worsted yarn are no longer available, but last I heard, Knitpicks was still making the organic, naturally-colored versions of this yarn available.

    See the manufacturer's site for the most current...MORE information about this yarn.

  • 03 of 07

    Simply Cotton Sport by Knitpicks

    Knitpicks Simply Cotton Sport -- Organic Yarn in the Marshmallow Color
    Knitpicks Simply Cotton Sport -- Organic Yarn in the Marshmallow Color. Knitpicks Simply Cotton Sport -- Organic Yarn in the Marshmallow Color. Photo © Amy Solovay.

    This is the sport-weight version of Knitpicks "Simply Cotton" yarn.

    I've tried using the sport weight version in the following crochet projects:

  • 04 of 07

    Sprout Organic Cotton Yarn by Classic Elite

    Sprout Organic Cotton Yarn by Classic Elite
    Sprout Organic Cotton Yarn by Classic Elite. Sprout Organic Cotton Yarn by Classic Elite -- Photo © Amy Solovay

    I love this yarn! It's lovely to crochet with -- soft, touchable, textured, and beautiful.

    Having said that, I'd have to add that it's a bit on the heavy side for crocheting with; I think I'll be buying the thinner version (Seedling) for any future projects.

    I've used this yarn to crochet five different projects now, and four of the five of them turned out well. The one project that didn't turn out well was a scarf that was just too heavy; I unraveled it.

    Projects Crocheted...MORE With Sprout Yarn:

    Where to Buy Sprout Yarn

    Continue to 5 of 7 below.
  • 05 of 07

    Seedling Organic Cotton Yarn by Classic Elite

    I haven't yet tried this yarn, but I would like to. If it's anything like Sprout, it's thicker counterpart, it's gotta be a fabulous yarn.

    Want to give it a try, or need more info? You can ​click here to visit the product listing at the manufacturer's site.

  • 06 of 07

    Inca Eco by Galler Yarns

    While I haven't yet worked with this yarn as of the time I am writing this, it's definitely on my "want" list. Why? I think the GORGEOUS color line looks appealing -- perfect for baby projects such as baby clothes, and booties. Plus the thick-and-thin texture of the yarn could be really interesting to crochet with.

    You can visit the manufacturer's website for more information.

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