My Review of Lion Brand’s 24/7 Cotton Yarn

SPOILER ALERT: I LOVED IT 🙂
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For my first ever yarn review, I had the pleasure of trying out Lion Brand’s 24/7 Cotton yarn. Not only was it my first time really reviewing a product, but it was also my first ever experience crocheting with cotton yarn! Can you believe it? The truth is, I’ve never had much of a desire to use cotton yarn, mostly because the only cotton yarn I notice in stores just looks too bulky and bland for my taste.

But let me tell you, if I walked by Lion Brand’s 24/7 Cotton yarn and didn’t read the label, I would not have guessed it was cotton. Besides the fact that it’s noticeably lighter weight than the typical cotton yarn (it feels more like size 3, but it’s actually size 4), it also has a beautifully sleek sheen to it that I just don’t expect from cotton. Apparently, the shine can be attributed to a process called mercerization, which also accounts for this yarn’s impressive strength and vibrant color. (You can find the exact colors I used by following the links below!)


Another thing I was impressed by was how tightly spun the yarn was. When doing tapestry crochet, I use a small hook and a lot of tension. Because of this, I often find myself splitting and fraying the yarn with the hook when yarning over and pulling through. It happens to me so often that I’ve kinda just accepted it as part of my tapestry crochet experience.

This problem, however, barely even existed with the 24/7 Cotton.  The yarn is so tightly spun that there’s not much room for the hook to get caught between plies. In fact, when I first saw the yarn, I actually thought it was very thin cord. It was until I started working with it that I realized it was just regular plies spun together really tightly.

The tightness and strength of the 24/7 Cotton yarn make it a great match for tapestry crochet. For me, I find that when yarn is too stretchy, it can be a bit more difficult to maintain proper tension in my stitches. This yarn won’t budge, though, so it’s quite a bit easier to take control of. And of course, the stronger the yarn, the stronger the finished product. I just finished making a tote bag with this yarn, and I really have no need to sew a lining in it. The yarn is strong  enough to really hold its own. The bag I made with this yarn has all the necessary structure, and just about no stretch to it (which was exactly what I needed for a tote bag.)

The one downside for me was that it took a little bit of getting used to. It’s so sleek that it doesn’t create a lot of friction, so I have to squeeze my left hand a little harder to keep a good grip on it. After a while though, I was able to find my rhythm with this yarn.. and I’m so glad I did, because just look at how clean my finished product looks:

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I’d adjust my grip any day to get this look.. (Full pattern for this bag will be available soon!)

Technical stuff:

Fiber: 100% Mercerized cotton

Length: 186 yards per skein

Weight: 4, medium (although it felt almost like a 3)

Weight: 100 grams

Machine wash and dry

Number of colors available: 24

Rebecca Medina

Rebecca Medina

Hello there, I'm Rebecca! I love creating beautiful things from nothing, which is why I love crocheting. I especially love the tapestry method.. but as I've been picking it up, I've noticed that it's completely underrated! I made this site to spread the word about the greatness of tapestry crochet. I hope that my passion becomes yours and that you create something beautiful today 🙂
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3 thoughts on “My Review of Lion Brand’s 24/7 Cotton Yarn

  1. Rowena Corlett says:

    Hi Rebecca – I am wondering if you don’t have all the great cotton yarns we have here in the uk? Patons, Sirdar, Rowan to name just a few. I always prefer cotton to acrylic for making bags for all the reasons you mention and have been a bit surprised that you use acrylic. I guess you’re a convert now!

    • Rebecca Medina says:

      Hi Rowena! We do have Patons, although I’m unfamiliar with the other brands you mentioned. I took a look at Patons Grace, which is a cotton yarn that they do.. but in general I find the colors of the Lion Brand yarn to be more appealing. A big reason acrylic was a staple of my yarn collection was because of affordability (although I’ve genuinely enjoyed working with acrylic, as well). I actually would say I probably like working with wool the most, but cotton now is a close second 🙂

  2. Faye Patten says:

    I ordered this yarn and have started a tapestry bag. I love this yarn. It is like a cord. It doesn’t split at all. The yarn is very heavy when worked up but I agree there is not need to line the bag. It doesn’t feel like the yarn will stag like other yarns..his is like no other yarns I have ever used. I think this was reasonably priced. I got it for 3..99 plus shipping. Thanks for your review. I would not know about this yarn otherwise.

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