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by Susan Watkins
April 04, 2019
Spring has sprung and yarn stores everywhere are putting out their cotton yarns. In keeping with that tradition, we too are focusing on cotton … but with a twist.
This month, we’re pairing 4 of our favorite cotton yarns with 6 FREE patterns each! That’s right. We’ve selected a total of 24 FREE Ravelry patterns that can be knit or crocheted with our yarns. To download the patterns, simply click on the links. Then, bust out those cottons sitting in your stash or search our website for your favorite colors in the yarns we recommend.
But first, let’s review just why cotton is such an appealing choice this time of year. Of course, it’s a natural, cellulose fiber that is strong and durable, easy to care for (it’s a friend of the washing machine!), and it doesn’t retain odors. It’s also naturally soft, absorbent and breathable. It won’t pill like animal fiber, and what pills it does generate will shed in the wash. And since it can’t hold an electric charge, it won’t cling! Cotton is a wonderful choice for children and babies, as it doesn’t irritate the skin, and its breathability make it a cool choice for hot summer weather.
Note: In all the graphics below, a “C” indicates crochet. All other patterns are knit.
Jo Sharp’s Soho Summer DK Cotton
This 100% cotton, DK-weight yarn is cool and comfortable, making it the perfect go-to for summer garments. It’s incredibly silky against the skin, lightweight and luxurious to wear, with a polished finish. In addition to the free patterns below, Izzy Knits carries several classic Jo Sharp knit patterns designed specifically for Soho Summer DK Cotton as well.
Clockwise from Top Left:
Ruffled Summer Top by Elena Nodel
Window Pane Pram Blanket by Morris & Sons
Spring Roll by JumperCables
Bright and Breezy Cotton Top by Sian Brown Knitwear Design
Ein Tag am Meer by Corinna Tengler
Broken Rib Tank by Kristen TenDyke
Lana Grossa’s Ecopuno
If you love color, you'll love Lana Grossa’s Ecopuno DK-weight yarn. This lightweight yarn comes is delightful jeweled tones as well as the usual basics. Comprised of 75% cotton, 15% merino, and 10% alpaca, Ecopuno knits up beautifully with a soft halo, terrific stitch definition, and lovely drape, making it a perfect yarn for all-season shawls, sweaters, and wraps.
We’re currently knitting the l'escargot bleu shawl by Espace Tricot (top, center) and it is absolutely delicious! (We’ll have our notes for customizing the number of stripes for Ecopuno on our Ravelry page shortly.) Patty Lyons is also recommending Ecopuno as a yarn sub for her latest KAL, the Roselle Tee!
Halo Shawl by Carmen Heffernan
l'escargot bleu by Espace Tricot
Odyssey Shawl by Joji Locatelli
Serena Shadow Shawl by Antonia Shankland
Durable Friendship Shawl by Wilma Westenberg
In the Loop by Espace Tricot
Ecotone is a 100% cotton worsted yarn. It’s the perfect choice for knit, crocheted, and woven dishcloths and towels, as well as sweaters and shawls. An earthy, richly colored cotton, it will satisfy your desire for pure natural fiber. Plus, this yarn is being phased out, so it’s currently available at an incredible discount. If you like it, get it now because it won't be in stock for long!
Super-Natural Stripes by Fawn Pea
Hexagon Table Runnerby Marinke Slump
Simply Spring Beanie by Megan Grewal
Grrlfriend Market Bag by Laura Spradlin
Dahlia Pillow by Sylwia Kawczyńska
Flower Potholders by Jennifer Martin
We also just recently knit up this Classic Bread Basket Liner by Kellelynne Hedberg Riley in Ecotone and love it! ($5, Ravelry)
Jo Sharp’s Desert Garden Aran Cotton
This soft, aran-weight yarn contains 65% Cotton and 35% Microfiber, which keeps it from feeling too heavy. Finished fabrics are silky soft and cuddly to wear. This durable yarn is washable and may be dried in a warm dryer with success. In addition to the free patterns below, Izzy Knits carries several classic Jo Sharp knit patterns designed specifically for Desert Garden Aran Cotton as well.
Rainbow Dress by Emily Keenan
Sunny Day Top (170-32) by DROPS design
Rabbit and Ribbit by Susan B. Anderson
Veranda Cardi by Melissa Mall
Leeport Baby Blanket by Anne Heidemann
Pige Cardigan (95219) by Stoff & Still
Remember to SWATCH, especially when substituting yarns. You’ll only know how your fabric compares to the pattern fabric if you swatch! Don’t spend your precious crafting time ripping out a garment that’s too big or too small.
Finally, if you want to see more posts like this, matching the yarns Izzy Knits carries to FREE Ravelry patterns, please let us know by commenting below.
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April 10, 2019
I like it! I can see things and am offered a great, appropriate yarn to use. Also, my DS and DDIL have an Izzy, a sweet older pitty whose life interest is loving everybody she meets. So, you’re automatically a fave on that account. Finally, I have very little cotton/cotton blends in my stash. If I need a cotton/cotton blend from a reliable source, I’ll know where to come.
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by Susan Watkins
May 08, 2019
by Susan Watkins
May 02, 2019
In one of the knitting classes I’ve taken, I remember the instructor saying, “We often learn more from our failures than we do from our successes." Let's just say, I learned a lot from my second attempt at creating the ultimate dog sweater!