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 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:
Nature's Choice Organic Cotton by Lion Brand Yarns
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:
- I used three different colors of Nature's Choice to crochet this lacy striped scarf. The scarf is pictured at far left, but you can see a close-up picture of the scarf here.
- Soft organic cotton washcloth -- multicolored version (pictured at near left.) I made this washcloth using some of the yarn that was left over from my scarf.
- Soft organic cotton washcloth -- solid-color version (not pictured.) This is a delightfully easy pattern to crochet; it allows you to try several different variations of single crochet stitch.
To learn more about this yarn, you can visit the manufacturer's site.
Simply Cotton Worsted by Knitpicks
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:
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 information about this yarn.
Simply Cotton Sport by Knitpicks
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 With Sprout Yarn:
Where to Buy Sprout Yarn: If you'd like to shop for this yarn, these resources will help:
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.
References and External Links
I used the following resources to compile this article. Perhaps you will find them helpful for further reading.
- At the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) website: Agricultural Chemicals and Production Technology: Pest Management
- At the Organic Trade Association (OTA) website: Organic cotton facts
- At the Organic Cotton website: Pest management