These 19 fun cotton yarn crochet patterns are lightweight, gorgeous ways to work that cotton yarn and get that cuddly, warm experience.
Every Crocheter has their own preferred yarn type, and today we will dive into the world of cotton yarn. Cotton is the most eco-friendly yarn type, using natural resources to create the materials while not using animal products in the making.
That alone is why some people chose cotton above all else, but there are some practical reasons to choose this material too.
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Different Types of Yarn
There are four different types of yarn that are universally used throughout the crochet world. Of course, other yarns exist, but they are not as well-loved or as widely available.
The first type is wool. Wool is an excellent choice for a beginner as they are pretty forgiving. They allow you to re-do your previous stitch without having to start all over again. This is also why some crocheters use wool when they practice a new design.
Acrylic yarn is the most commonly used type as it is very affordable and is available in many stores that don’t carry any other yarn types. However, acrylic is a kind of plastic, which means it has different characteristics depending on the ratio of plastic to wool or cotton in the yarn, so the use of it can be variable. That being said, the yarn is generally recyclable!
Crochet thread is a super-thin, which makes it perfect for delicate projects, like creating doilies. Their tiny threads allow you to make wonderfully small details.
And then there’s cotton, which is what we’re focusing on today! It’s a natural fiber, so it does require care different from that of acrylic yarns. But it can make for some truly gorgeous projects.
What Is Cotton Yarn Good For?
Cotton yarn is an inelastic fiber which means that there isn’t any stretch in the fabric. Because there isn’t any stretch, cotton isn’t as forgiving as wool.
But if your project needs to hold its shape, like a teddy bear, for instance, then cotton will be the perfect choice.
Cotton is also a wonderful insulator, and so would be the perfect choice for making warming clothes or blankets. Wool is also good for this task; however, wool is heavy in comparison to cotton. This means the light material of cotton is better for layering clothes, like socks, vests, or baby clothes.
13 Beautiful Cotton Yarn Crochet Patterns
There are so many beautiful creations that you can make with a cotton yard. To show you just how varied it can be, we have categorized these patterns into blankets, bags, scarfs and hats, toys, and around-the-house items!
Cotton Yarn Hats and Ear Warmer Crochet Patterns
Simple Puff Stitch Headband Crochet Pattern – Crochet.life
This pattern makes a really cozy fabric to keep all those little ears you are responsible for nice and toasty. The pattern is available is sizes toddler to adult. These will make the perfect stocking stuffers and quick holiday gifts for the whole family.
Newborn’s Bear Hat – Croche Tales Photo Prop
This beautiful little hat will be a perfect gift to any newborn. The adorable ears have amazing details of browns and whites, and the stitching itself is nice and tight, so the baby will retain all the heat their little bodies desperately need.
Beautiful Cotton Yarn Scarf Patterns
Woodland Trekke Crochet Cowl – Crochet.life
Because this cowl was designed with my kids in mind, I used Knit Picks organic worsted weight cotton yarn for my initial designs. This cowl is lightweight but incredibly cuddly and perfect for fall or winter.
Rectangle Shawl – The Loophole Fox
Perfect for beginners, this heather shawl is a beautiful Fall accessory made with primarily single crochet, double crochet, and chains.
Using cotton in this design will add a wonderful layer of warmth while not weighing down your shoulders.
Beautiful Cotton Yarn Household Item Patterns
Sunny Hollow Placemat Crochet Pattern
Do you have someone in your life experiencing the thrill of setting up a new household? Or do you have a BIG holiday coming up you want to make a special table setting for? Whatever new and wonderful opportunities are coming up, if they involve beautiful DIY placemat, these easy cotton crochet placemat patterns are for you.
Flutterby Dishcloth or Coaster Crochet Pattern – Crochet.life
Crochet dish cloths and coasters make perfect kitchen housewarming presents. The Flutterby pattern is so easy to crochet – you can quickly make them up for all your family and friends.
Creek Pebbles Hand Towel Crochet Pattern – Crochet.life
Just like the matching Creek Pebbles Dishcloth pattern, a hand towel is a perfect pattern to use for experimenting with different styles of cotton yarn. The hand towel pictured in this post is made from cotton tape yarn. Although it might not be the usual choice for most crochet projects, I’m so happy with the results.
Baby Bibs – Paula Pattern Store
Babies go through bibs like a diva at an awards ceremony. Making your child this beautiful protective wear means you don’t have to fork out tons of money on plastic alternatives. You will bond closer with your child as they pick out their favorite bibs from your own collection.
Rainbow Crochet Coasters – Simply Eilene
These beautiful little coasters have a delicate pink ring around the outside, a background of excellent white, and a perfect semi-circle of blue, red, orange, and yellow.
The pattern is simple, and you can mix up the colors to create a rainbow more suited to your aesthetic, but Simple Eilene has created a wonderful design with their classic color choices.
Beautiful Cotton Yarn Bag Patterns
Red Clover Tote Bag – Crochet.life
It’s never too early (or late) to start a summer crochet tote bag. The Red Clover Tote Bag pattern and matching mini-tote designs are inspired by the waves of beautiful blooms of red clover in our summer meadows. This pattern uses simple single crochet and puff stitches to create a beautiful design you will be happy to carry around all summer long.
Lattice Market Bag – Hooked Homemade Happy
This beautiful market bag uses a lattice pattern to create a robust design. We would recommend this pattern to anyone with an intermediate knowledge of crochet as latticework can be difficult.
Using cotton in this pattern will help create a sturdy foundation to carry your groceries in.
Scrap Yarn Project Bag – Masque Cellar
Masque Cellar has created a wonderful pattern that allows you to use up all of your scrap and spare yarn that would otherwise be recycled or thrown away in the biodegradable waste.
If you like to create a lot of different things, then this scrap bag could be the perfect way to use up those loose ends.
Beautiful Cotton Yarn Blanket Patterns
Easy Waffle Baby Blanket – Sirens Crochet
If you are new to crocheting, this super easy pattern will help you create a beautiful blanket for your child. The design is simple, and the cotton will allow you to create thick and sturdy connections.
Sirens Crochet teaches you how to create two rows of the pattern to make the blanket extra thick.
Four Season Chevron Blanket – Crochet Object
This fantastic blanket uses a mixture of colors which represent all four seasons. The end product will be super impressive, but don’t let that put you off. Crochet Object has made an easy-to-follow pattern so even beginners can create this wonderful blanket.
The Poze Throw – De Brosse NYC
De Brosse NYC has created a beautifully thick blanket with perfectly textured square designs that match amazingly with cotton’s physical touch. After making this throw, you will feel like you’re living in the countryside of England, reading a Bronte Sister book while overlooking a never-ending meadow.
This blanket is the epiphany of cottagecore aesthetic.
Beautiful Cotton Yarn Toy Patterns
Winnie The Pooh Cotton Yarn Pattern – Olya Usolya Amigurumi
Cotton is only used in parts of this design, but you will still need 300 meters worth to build this fantastic toy.
Olya Usolya Amigurumi gives you three sizes to create this iconic teddy, and their collection also teaches you how to make Winnie The Pooh’s classic honey jar.
Amigurumi Bat Pattern – Julia Ka Pattern
Although Julia Ka Pattern has a disclaimer that their adorable bat is not a toy, we all know that a beautiful creation can sit on the table next to our work laptop and still be enjoyed.
A toy doesn’t need to be thrown to be loved, which is why this fantastic bat has been added to our toy category!
Starfish Pattern – Boris Bag
This stunning starfish toy is perfect for any seaside-themed bedroom. The instructions are super detailed with 15 pictures, crochet diagrams, crochet symbol keys, and step-by-step notes to help you create this beautiful toy.
Tigger Cotton & Plush Stuffed Toy Pattern – Olya Usolya Amigurumi
Another toy from the amazing Winnie The Pooh franchise is this stand-out recreation of Tigger.
The pattern allows you to make a moveable Tigger, whose legs can be pushed up and down, as well as his arms, head, mouth, and tail!
The creation is complex, but Olya Usolya Amigurumi’s instructions will walk you through the process.