Understanding the positive and negative qualities of cotton goes a long way to creating a serviceable garment when knitting with cotton yarn. I’m speaking from experience. The Begonia Pullover was my first introduction to knitting with cotton. I had a bit of trouble getting the right tension and had to frog a couple of times because of rowing out in the fabric. After knitting with wool and having no problem with uneven tension, this came as a surprise. To correct the problem I wrapped the yarn once around my pinky finger when purling (I knit English-style).
- Is a light-weight fiber, especially good for summer-wear
- Does not pill
- Does not attract moths
- No elasticity, can result in uneven tension when knitting
- Special care required when blocking, stretches when wet
- Usually inexpensive compare to animal-based yarns
- Some colors can bleed
- Knit with a size smaller needle than stated on the ball band.
- To eliminate bulk, always attach a new ball at the edge rather than in the middle of the knitting.
- If the yarn seems slick, try knitting with wood-type needles.
- To prevent stretching, keep garment folded rather than on a hanger.