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