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Review for Bernat Handicrafter Cotton

Updated on January 26, 2012
Bernat Handicrafter Cotton Yarn
Bernat Handicrafter Cotton Yarn | Source

Review for Bernat Handicrafter Cotton

Bernat Handicrafter cotton is my favorite yarn to use for crocheting up dishcloths. It is a natural 100% cotton yarn, which is not only safe to use on the dishes, but it also acts as a natural scrubber.

After several uses, the yarn becomes super soft and absorbent, which makes it the perfect yarn for crocheting all kind of kitchen items, including dishcloths, towels, placemats, coasters and aprons. Bath scrubbies and wash cloths also work well with this yarn.

Since it is a cotton yarn, you can also use it to make baby blankets, baby clothes, bibs, and other baby accessories.

I have also used this yarn to make bags, and am planning on using it for making a yoga mat later on this year. From my experience so far, I believe the yarn will help to provide a good grip for the hands and feet during the yoga postures. But I’ll have to wait and see how well it works.

Another great thing about Bernat Handicrafter, is that it is available in both large and small balls. This is great because then you don’t have to buy a big ball if you are only going to be making a small dishcloth. In addition, you can get the yarn in solid or multi colored balls.

Fan Stitch Apron
Fan Stitch Apron | Source
Double Stranded Bath Scrubbie
Double Stranded Bath Scrubbie | Source

There are different variations of this yarn, which include “Cotton Stripes,” “Cotton Scents,” “Cotton Twists,” UltraSoft” and “Peace and Love.” As much as I love Handicrafter yarns, I have not yet tried out the “Stripes,” “Twists,” or the “Scents.” The “Scents” sound like a therapeutic yarn as they release a scent while it is being worked.

The biggest downfall of this yarn is that it fuzzes up a lot during washing. However, after a few washes, a lot of the fuzzies seem to disappear, and you end up with a beautiful fabric. Another downfall, which is normal for any cotton material, is that it shrinks a lot if you leave it in the dryer at a high temperature for too long.

Yarn Information At-A-Glance:

Weight: Medium Weight (Category 4)
Recommended Hook Size: 7/4.50MM
Recommended Needle Size: 7/4.50MM
Knitting Gauge: 20 sts and 26 rows = 4”/10cm
Material: 100% Cotton
Care Instructions: Care instructions vary from each type of yarn. But in general they are machine washable and dryable. Bleach is not recommended.
Available Colors: There are a huge number of colors available, which include both solids and variegated yarns.

Net Weight per Ball: Small Balls are about 1.75oz/50g and the large ones are 12oz/240g.
Available At: Walmart, Amazon and other online stores.


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      Rhelena 6 years ago

      Thanks PWalker!

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      PWalker281 6 years ago

      Will do, Rhelena!

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      Rhelena 6 years ago

      Kschimmel, I always wondered if there was a difference between the yarn. I think I bought Sugar and Cream once, but can't remember how it turned out. But it was more expensive and so I never bought it again. Thanks for letting me about the difference.

      PWalker, I never had the chance to try peaches and cream, but if you miss it, then it must have been a nice yarn. If you have a chance to try Bernat, I would love your opinion on it. Thanks again for the vote!

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      PWalker281 6 years ago

      I'll have to try this yarn. When Peaches and Cream, a very nice cotton yarn, was bought by Lily's Sugar and Cream, I was sad to see the yarn disappear. But looks like there are alternatives to try. Thanks for sharing. Rated up and useful!

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      Kimberly Schimmel 6 years ago from North Carolina, USA

      I had used Sugar'n Cream for years, but then found some Bernat on sale. The Bernat cotton made a much softer dishcloth--in fact, I made a bigger dish towel with it for drying dishes.

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      Rhelena 6 years ago

      Craftdrawer, yes I agree. Not all yarns work for all projects. Thanks for stopping by.

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      craftdrawer 6 years ago

      Great review....It's nice to know what yarn to use when crocheting..