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Old 12-30-2011, 03:08 PM   #1
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What do you make with cotton yarn?
I have a large garbage bag full of various colours of cotton yarn, that I never purchased. People often give their unwanted yarn and cotton seems to be a favorite for unwanted yarns. I don't want to throw it out, but, I can't really think of what to use it on except for dishcloths, which no one seems to want anymore, and I knit mostly for charities.

Any idea's what I could make with this yarn, that could be used for a charity project?
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Old 12-30-2011, 03:14 PM   #2
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dishcloths, washcloths
dish towels, hand towels
Swiffer/mop covers
pillowcases
headbands, wrist bands, sweatbands
Market/shopping bags
plastic bag dispenser (put in top, pull out bottom)
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Old 12-30-2011, 03:16 PM   #3
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Well, pretty much anything you can make with other yarn you can make with cotton yarn..except felted things of course.

My first thoughts are --

Anything for people undergoing chemo is good because their skin becomes sensitive so ..hats, shawls, etc.

Sweaters, blankets for babies and small kids - washable

Dishcloths and hand towels,

Pet blankets for various things
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Old 12-30-2011, 03:31 PM   #4
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Table runner
Coasters
Rug (using 2 or 3 strands together with big needles)
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Shopping bag

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Well, pretty much anything you can make with other yarn you can make with cotton yarn..except felted things of course.

My first thoughts are --

Anything for people undergoing chemo is good because their skin becomes sensitive so ..hats, shawls, etc.

Sweaters, blankets for babies and small kids - washable

Dishcloths and hand towels,

Pet blankets for various things
Thanks Jan,,, Wouldn't cotton be too rough for Cancer patients, baby sweaters and blankets? Have you ever done that? I really find your comment interesting. The stuff I have is the type of cotton used in dishcloths and they usually are not very soft, that is why they make good dishcloths.
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No, I wouldn't use dishcloth cotton for chemo patients. I've only used very soft cottons and microfiber and nylon for them.

If dishcloth cotton is all you have then... I don't know. I never buy that type myself even for dishcloths. Have to think on this.. Did you see what people have made with that type of yarn on Ravelry?
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I did look at patterns for cotton, but the problem is that there were over 15,000 patterns, and there was no way to filter to the type of cotton... all I could filter was 'cotton'. I looked through 5-6 pages, and couldn't find anything with this rough cotton, besides dishcloths. I may just give it away to the Salvation Army Store, someone may want it.
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Here's a link to the pattern page for Carewear volunteers. There are many patterns there that can be knit with cotton and donated to your local hospital or favorite charity. It would be a great use for the yarn which knits up nicely and takes colors so well.
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You can look at projects that have been done on ravelry in that specific brand of cotton under the yarns tab.

I have made cup cozies, coasters, small bags (cell phone case & make-up size bags), and a water bottle holder with shoulder strap with this type of yarn.

If I had enough in my stash I would make a market bag for sure. This one is super pretty Daisy Market Bag
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Cotton yarn knits up into wonderful coasters.
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