The first in this new series of posts is on cottons! I know we're coming to the end of summer, so cottons take a back seat....but why should they? They're perfect for crocheting small gifts and homewares with, as well as cool, washable baby blankets, so I think it's always worth having a few cottons in your stash.
Here are my favourites...
King Cole Bamboo Cotton DK- this has beautiful drape, gorgeous rich colours and is excellent value for money. It's ideal for blankets as it's very soft and silky to touch. I love this mustard colour and I'm looking forward to getting stuck into a Granny Puff blanket very soon in this beautiful granny shade. Double Knitting weight.
2. Rowan Handknit Cotton- This is nice and thick and of course excellent quality, as you'd expect from Rowan. Use a 4mm or 4.5mm hook to achieve good tension, I used this in my chevron cushion pattern, and love the colours. Good for coasters, cushions etc as the yarn is thick and hard-wearing. Double knitting weight.
3. Annell Cotton 8- This yarn comes in an extraordinary range of colour and is lovely to work with. It doesn't split and is really soft when worked up. I use this for all sort- blankets, coasters and small items too. It's fantastically good value too- you get loads out of the ball for under £2! 4-ply weight.
4. RICO Creative Cotton- This is thick, soft and amazingly cheap. The colours are vibrant and fresh and it's ideal for small makes and amigurumi. Aran weight.
So there we are. A small guide to start off your stash. Next time I'll look at my favourite wool and wool mix yarns, and later acrylics.