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The Fabric of Our Lives: Summer Cotton

The Fabric of Our Lives: Summer Cotton

Remember that old motto, "the fabric of our lives?" They were talking about cotton! And with summer officially here, cotton is a terrific choice for tank tops, children’s sundresses, and light-weight shoulder coverings, like lacy shawls, ponchos, and cardigans.

In celebration of summer, we’ve created a Summer Cotton Collection featuring a sampling of Izzy Knits favorites:

Sommerville Sweater and Poncho/Wrap designed by Jo Sharp, hand knit in cotton.

Two of our favorite cottons are Jo Sharp's Soho Summer DK Cotton and Desert Garden Aran Cotton. Both are currently on sale, and have some wonderful Jo Sharp patterns to go with them. 

The Undergrowth Top (featured image), designed by Moon Eldridge and included in the current issue of Interweave Knits, Summer 2020, was inspired by the shape of lantana flowers. Visit Ravelry or Interweave's own website for full details.

For kids, we adore Katia Fair Cotton Craft, a 100% organic cotton that is as soft as soft can be. Katia's darling Just One Cake Baby Blanket pattern comes free with every purchase!

Finally, if you're looking for a variegated yarn, we can't resist Noro's Mirai. It's a lovely DK weight yarn consisting of 40% Cotton, 25% Silk, 25% Viscose, 10% Polyamide. The Texas Rains Shawlette (pictured below right) is a FREE pattern from Ariane Gallizzi.

Katia's Fair Cotton Craft (left) and Noro's Mirai (right) are lovely summer cottons.

There's more in the Izzy Knits’ Summer Cotton Collection than just what you see above, including some other wonderful yarns that are currently on sale ... for example, the wonderfully textured Bottone by Lana Grossa (pictured below).

These adorable (yet practical) crocheted rounds are Reusable Cotton Facial Scrubbies (FREE pattern by Ashley Ludlow). You could put them in the guest bathroom or give them as a gift! How cute!! Crocheted in Lana Grossa's Bottone, they're an eco-friendly, reusable alternative to one-use cotton pads. (Thank you Ravelry user peaknitaround for the amazing photos.)

Susan Watkins

Susan Watkins

Prior to launching Izzy Knits in 2018, Susan worked professionally as a freelance marketing consultant, specializing in branding, graphic design, and copywriting. Today, she puts these same skills to good use at Izzy Knits, where she gets to delight daily in the fiber arts, satisfying her passion for color and texture. Outside of work, Susan loves to spend time with her family, including her parents, husband, and two children. She enjoys photography and travel, knitting to unwind, and serving the global Church in southern Haiti.