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Cotton yarn is extremely popular for spring and summer knits because it is breathable, durable, comfortable to wear and washable. Cotton yarn is a fiber of choice for certain projects such as wash cloths, dish cloths, baby clothing, and coasters because it absorbs water well and is strong and durable.
As with all yarns, there are different kinds of cotton, some of which are considered higher quality than others, eg. mercerized, gassed, Pima, Egyptian/Mako and organic. Better quality cottons are typically stronger, smoother, more lustrous and easier on the hands when knitting or crocheting.
Cotton yarns are sometimes blended with another fiber such as acrylic or wool to give it more elasticity and shape. Cotton yarns are also commonly blended with bamboo or rayon to provide additional softness, sheen and luster.