Peaches & Creme by the Pisgah Yarn & Dyeing Co. was one of the most well-known of the basic, hard-wearing cotton yarns commonly known as kitchen cotton because they're so often used for things like dishrags and washcloths.
It was also one of the most popular, at least among visitors to this site; it was named the Best Cotton Yarn in the 2011 About.com Readers' Choice Awards.
It's easy to see why the yarn has so many fans: it's soft, strong, colorful, versatile and a great all-around cotton to use for a variety of projects.
The yarn name is still around, but the yarn made by Pisgah Yarn & Dyeing Co. was discontinued and the name is now used for a yarn line produced by Spinrite, which also makes Lily Sugar'N Cream, another popular kitchen cotton yarn.
To tell the difference, the Spinrite yarn is made in Canada, while the original was made in the United States. The old version has a picture of a pitcher on the label; the newer version has a large peach on the label.
- Content: 100 percent cotton
- Yarn weight: medium
- Gauge: The ball band says 4 stitches and 6 rows per inch on size 7 US (4.5 mm) knitting needles; I got the same.
- Yardage: 122 yards per 2.5 ounce ball (ombres come in 2 ounce balls of around 98 yards)
- Color availability: more than 120 solids and 75 ombres
- Color used in swatch: 10, Yellow
- Care instructions: Machine wash garments inside out on delicate cycle in warm water, no bleach. Machine dry on low; for best results remove items from machine before completely dry and shape to dry flat.
Peaches & Creme is probably most often compared to that other widely available kitchen cotton, Lily's Sugar'n Cream, but those who've worked with both yarns will notice big differences.
Peaches & Creme is softer -- you can tell just by squishing the balls before you even start knitting. For that reason it seems like Peaches & Creme is easier to knit with, or at least more pleasant because it's not as rough feeling in your hands.
In terms of performance in the knitting, the yarns are pretty similar. They're both made of four plies of cotton spun pretty tightly together. Both yarns are pretty easy to work with, though again the softness of Peaches & Creme makes it a little more pleasant and may therefore make the knitting go a little faster.
The stitches are slightly uneven, which is common with cotton yarn. I had no problem with splitting while knitting my swatch. There's very little horizontal curl in Stockinette Stitch, and not much more vertical curl. It all came out easily with washing.
The swatch also relaxed a fair bit in the wash, loosening up the stitches. I didn't see any dye release with the bright yellow yarn I sampled, but the ball band warns that bleeding is possible.
Uses for Peaches & Creme
Peaches & Creme would be a great choice for all the traditional kitchen cotton uses like dishrags and washcloths. You might also like it for napkins because it is so soft.
Also because of the softness, you might consider it for other projects and garments you'd like to knit with cotton yarn.
It could make a nice summer hat for a child, or even a top. And because the yarn is such a great value, you can even make big projects like a warm-season throw or picnic blanket with it without breaking the bank.
Pisgah Yarn & Dyeing Co.'s Peaches & Creme is a really great all-purpose cotton yarn that you'll turn to again and again for basic knitting projects and beyond. You too might become obsessed with knitting dishcloths (there's a free pattern on the ball band to get you started) and exploring all the different ways you can bring some cotton into your life.