How to Crochet With Cotton Yarn
Position of Cotton Yarn and Hook
- 1). Hold the cotton yarn in your left hand. Notice that the cotton is thinner and does not give as much as wool or acrylic threads might. Wrap the end of the length of yarn around your little finger, around the back of your ring finger, middle finger and up to your index finger. Pinch the cotton with your middle finger and thumb. You will have to hold tighter as the cotton thread tends to slip more than acrylic or wool thread.
- 2). Hold the hook in your right hand. You can hold it like a pencil, or like a spoon. Choose a smaller size hook for this project, as the cotton yarn makes smaller, tighter stitches, and a smaller hook will help you achieve this.
- 3). Make a slip knot with your cotton yarn to start your project. To make a slip knot, form 2 small loops with the yarn, then slip one loop through the other. Put your hook through the loop and tighten. Be careful when making your slip knot that you allow for the fact that the cotton yarn is not as elastic as acrylic or wool yarns.
Stitching with Cotton Yarn
- 1). Wrap the hook around the yarn between your index finger and middle finger on your left hand from back to front. Because cotton yarn is not as elastic as wool or acrylic, you will notice that the tension is more even.
- 2). Turn the hook toward you and down at the same time so that the yarn goes through the original loop in the slip knot. Go slowly. The stitches are small, and the cotton yarn slips more than acrylic or wool.
- 3). Take another stitch by wrapping the yarn from back to front with your hook again and pulling through the loop on the crochet hook. Repeat until you have enough stitches to make a chain. You will notice that you will need more stitches using this yarn, and that the stitches are more distinct.
- 4). Stick your crochet hook through the second stitch. Wrap the cotton yarn around the hook as you did in Step 2, Section 2. Pull the yarn through the loop on the hook. Wool and acrylic yarns will tend to pill and the yarns are fuzzier, making each stitch blend in with the others, whereas with cotton yarn, each stitch is distinct.
You may find pulling the yarn through the loops easier with cotton yarn, as the hook will slip easily through.
- 5). Because you are using cotton yarn, the stitches will be easier to count, as they will not bunch together as they might with wool or acrylic yarn.
You may notice that you use more yarn with cotton.