Get an expert's honest review of Stylecraft Naturals Organic Cotton Yarn. Talented crochet designer Jo Janes is here to tell you absolutely everything you need to know about this natural cotton yarn before you buy.
What Is Stylecraft Naturals Organic Cotton?
This natural yarn has been created in response to a growing concern for the planet. It's the beautifully soft, versatile, vegan-friendly yarn that has been made from 100% organic cotton.
There are 38 shades in the collection, ranging from pastels to intense brights and darks, making it a perfect multi-seasonal yarn that boasts great softness, handle and drape while being suitable for all skin types, including sensitive skin.
It is a double knit yarn that is approximately 105m / 115yd, with a recommended needle and hook size of 4mm. Created with practicality in mind, it is machine washable at 30°, suitable for dry cleaning and safe to tumble dry and iron on a cool setting.
Watch Jo Janes' review of this incredible Stylecraft Naturals yarn:
In the video, watch Jo work up a 10cm x 10cm tension square to show how it works in a UK double crochet stitch and a small sample in a half treble crochet stitch.
Or read on for Jo's review...
In the video I start with plum, which is true to life. It is a really stunning plum-pink colour, I'd say, not red or purple - it's a really pretty shade! Storm and plum complement each other brilliantly, and I can see a garment or an accessory being made up in one of these yarns but with either one complementing the other as a border or a cuff.
There is a wonderful mauve colour too, which is absolutely perfect for summer, particularly if you're making a top, vest or even a bralette. Then there's the rosewood, which is a more vintage-like colour; it's not as bright or as dark as the others, so it would easily complement the other shades.
Texture and Properties:
In terms of the feel of the yarn, it's lovely and soft. It would feel gentle against the skin and there aren't any bits in it that would catch. With some organic cottons, you get hard pieces in them because things come through the system which are just naturally within the cotton, but I don't feel anything like that within these balls of yarn. They feel so well spun that I don't see any imperfections coming through the line.
You can find with some cottons that they fray while you're crocheting or knitting. However, Stylecraft Naturals Organic Cotton seems quite tightly wound, which helps to prevent them from fraying. When crocheting my tension square, I noticed that there was a bit that was splayed slightly at the end, but that was just because I was at the end of the ball and it'd had a bit of exposure.
I didn't have any problems with the wool fraying or splitting, which can make it harder sometimes to crochet. I think this is a really positive element of this yarn: it gives a smooth finish without splitting!
Sometimes with yarns, not necessarily cottons, but yarns with which you can craft garments, you have to wear a top underneath to stop them from itching. With Stylecraft Naturals Organic Cotton, it would sit comfortably on the skin. Plus, because it's cotton, it would keep you warm in the cooler weather and cool in the warmer weather!
In the video, I work up a tension square following UK double crochet terms and the tension square measurements on the ball band (it says in a 10 x 10cm square you should get 28 rows to 22 stitches). I didn't quite get 28 rows. Now, as we all know, you can crochet tightly and you can crochet loosely. When you're following a pattern, it is crucial that you get the right tension for the garment that you're making. So, if you are making a garment and size is important, you should definitely use a tension square or a tape measure to measure out and get the correct tension. If it's off, you can go up or down a crochet hook or needle size until you get that stitch-and-row-to-square ratio.
Here you can see the stitches and rows in detail. The stitches are very clear and defined within the yarn. I found that there was still some nice movement in the yarn too, which is ideal when crafting garments.
Now, you wouldn't necessarily make a garment out of just double crochet stitches because it could look quite rigid. If I were to use this stitch, I'd use it for a dishcloth or something like it. I think this is perfect for making washcloths and scrubbies: lovely items that you can gift, especially in all these beautiful colours!
Stylecraft's Naturals Organic Cotton is an extremely versatile yarn; you could craft your scrubbies and your washcloths but also t-shirts, tunics or something like these. It is a wonderfully soft yarn to work with that will give your handmade garments and accessories the wow factor. It will definitely bring a smile to your face when it arrives on your doorstep!
Ready to dive in and try this incredible organic cotton yarn? Download this Knitted Shawl Pattern and get your Stylecraft Naturals Organic Cotton Yarn today to craft up a cosy wrap for those cooler months or evenings.