organic cotton yarn

The Pathways Dishcloth Crochet Pattern and organic cotton yarn -
I created three pattern sizes for the cloth and included a pattern for the matching hand towel. This pattern is available through my profile link. -
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I don’t care what yarn you use.  Just don’t be sanctimonious.

So here’s the thing.  There’s a whole lot of different fibers out there to work with.  And there’s a whole lot of reasons why one is the right one for you and another one isn’t.  My point of this one is don’t choose them for the wrong reasons. 

One of the local LYS’s around here is the land of the hipster knitters.  And they infuriate me because they’re filled with so much misinformation.  “Oh I only use acrylics because they’re better for the earth.”  Nope.  Acrylic is made of plastic.  Plastic is made from oil.  Not to mention the massive amount of chemicals used in the processing.  “Oh I only use organically grown cotton yarn.”  Great.  You know that bright color you love?  It only comes from synthetic dyes.  Natural dyes create a muted palate.  So that organically grown cotton is organic no more. 

So going off of Yarn.com, here’s the pros and cons of their fiber types.

Acrylic and Microfiber- Pros- cheap and easy to find.  Cons- high variability of quality, doesn’t breathe, and made of plastic.

Alpaca- Pros- incredibly insanely warm animal fiber. Cons-incredibly insanely warm animal fiber.

Angora- Pros- super soft, super warm, animal fiber.  Cons- animal fiber from bunnies that’s on the high cost end.

Bamboo- Pros- Silk like feel and sheen without the silk like price.  Cons- heavy chemical processing to get from bamboo to a fiber.

Cashmere- Pros- super soft, super warm, animal fiber.  Cons- animal fiber, super high cost.

Cotton- Pros- perfect for warm weather knitting, highly breathable.  Cons- pesticides, chemical processing.

Linen, Hemp, and Flax- Pros- all perfect for warm weather knitting, very highly breathable.  Cons- heavy chemical processing to turn plant into fiber or cost prohibitive if hand processed.

Mohair- Pros- Takes dye like a dream, super warm animal fiber.  Cons- animal fiber on the expensive side.

Nylon and Polymamide- Pros- cheap, easy to find, and durable.  Cons- more plastic that doesn’t breathe.

Polyester- Pros- um…. it will outlast the landfills.  Cons- come on…. leisure suits.  Plastic.  Eww.

Rayon, Modal, and Viscose- Pros- pretty cheap.  Made of tree cellulose.  Pros- very heavy chemical processing.

Silk- Pros- AMAZING.  Cons- EXPENSIVE.

Tencel- Pros- Made of trees.  Pretty inexpensive.  Cons- Heavy chemical processing. 

Wool- Pros- warm, breathable, animal fiber.  Cons- warm animal fiber.