The Best Cotton Yarn for Amigurumi

Discover the best yarns for amigurumi with honest reviews of many popular cotton yarns

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When it comes to crocheting amigurumi, my favorite fiber to use is cotton yarn. I love that it’s a natural fiber and can be super duper soft depending on the yarn you use. I’ve gathered some of the most popular cotton yarns and written 100% honest reviews for each one…

YARN FOR AMIGURUMI 101

First, there are a few things to take into account when selecting a yarn for amigurumi – yarn weight, skein weight, softness, stretch, fiber content, and washability.

Yarn weight refers to the thickness of the strand of yarn. It is also called gauge or wraps per inch (WPI). Yarn weight is important because even if a yarn is described as worsted or DK, the yarn weight can differ dramatically between brands. Yarn weight will influence the finished size of your amigurumi.

Skein weight is how much the ball or skein of yarn weighs/measures. Most brands will give you the weight in ounces or grams and the length in yards or meters. If you’re making a specific pattern, make sure you have enough yarn to make it!

Softness is how soft and smooth a yarn is. It’s a matter of personal preference. For me – the softer the better!

Stretch is how much give the strand of yarn has when you tug it between two fingers. This is one of the most important for my yarn selection. The stretchier the yarn, the easier it is to work with and the smaller the hook you can use for amigurumi. I was having horrible pain in my shoulder and arm from crocheting and I couldn’t figure out the cause. I changed the way I sat, tried yoga, stretching, everything. I FINALLY figured out it was the yarn I was using. I was using a rough and non-stretchy kitchen cotton, which made me tense my shoulder and arm while crocheting to overcompensate for the non-stretchiness. Now I make sure all of the yarn I use have a little give.

Fiber content refers to what the yarn is made of. I like to use 100% cotton yarn for my amigurumi, but there are many cotton/acrylic blends that work nicely, too. Another natural and vegan yarn to use is bamboo-blend yarns. If you’re looking for a fuzzy yarn for amigurumi, go for acrylic/wool blends.

Washability may be extra important to you if you are making items for babies and kids. Make sure the yarn you are using can be washed and dried. Some fancy yarns are dry clean only.

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An array of popular cotton yarn

MERCERIZED COTTON YARN

“Mercerized” cotton yarn is treated to hold dye better and results in a shinier, stronger yarn that resists fuzzing and piling. Mercerized cotton yarns are less soft than non-mercerized yarn, but are a good option for amigurumi and crochet jewelry because they hold up well with washing and wearing.

Omega Sinfonia Yarn

Omega Sinfonia Cotton Yarn (colors above – purple, baby yellow, and mint)
Weight: 3-Light, 3.5 oz. per skein
Where to buy online: Etsy
What they say: “It has a great sheen and drape for garments and it is smooth and tightly spun.”
What I say: Definitely agree that it’s smooth and tightly spun! I love using this yarn for making jewelry or if I want to make tiny amigurumi dolls, since it’s a light weight yarn. Not a whole lot of stretch, but it doesn’t cause me any pain while working with it. I love the color range – they are all very vibrant and bold colors. My favorite is the yellow!

Patons Grace

Patons Grace Yarn (color above – Blush)
Weight: 3-Light, 1.75 oz. per skein
Where to buy online: Amazon and LoveCrafts
What they say: “Incredibly soft and can be used to make stylish tops, sweaters and scarves. Knit adorable baby blankets, booties and winter hats in cute patterns using this yarn. The collection features a fabulous palette with modern shades that lends elegant shine and texture to your garments and accessories.”
What I say: This is a good choice for amigurumi, but I wish it came in more colors. It’s softer than the Sinfonia and has more stretch. It’s a very nice yarn and I love to use it!

Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton

Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton (colors above – red and aqua)
Weight: 4-Medium, Worsted, 3.5 oz. per skein
Where to buy online: LoveCrafts and Amazon
What they say: “The mercerization process gives the yarn incredible color and sheen which will last through multiple wash cycles. Choose from a variety of 24 colors, which will be perfect for making fashion garments, home décor, bath and kitchen accessories, and items for babies and children.”
What I say: This yarn is very strong, almost rope-like, with almost no fuzziness. It’s described as “worsted weight,” but I would say it’s on the lighter side of worsted. Doesn’t have a lot of stretch and found it difficult to crochet amigurumi using this yarn.

SOFT & STRONG COTTON YARNS

The yarns in this group are my FAVORITE to work with. I love their softness and they’re strong enough for amigurumi. These yarns are unmercerized so they have a matte finish and little fuzziness to them.

Paintbox Yarn Cotton Aran

Paintbox Yarns Cotton DK and Cotton Aran (colors above – daffodil yellow, blush pink, tomato red, duck egg blue, and sky blue)
Weight: 3-Light, Light Worsted and 4-Medium, Aran, 1.75 oz. per skein
Where to buy: LoveCrafts
What they say: “Ideal for crocheted garments, cushions, and amigurumi, there is a perfect palette for every project! Be inspired and crochet with their huge range of colors, from rainbow brights to muted dusky shades of coordinating hues, just like an artist would use paint. We’re sure you’ll love this durable and versatile 100% cotton yarn!”
What I say: They aren’t called Paintbox Yarns for nothing – the colors are soooo pretty. It’s available in 56+ beautiful colors! I’ve used both the Cotton DK and Cotton Aran weights. For amigurumi, I prefer the Cotton Aran – I would compare its yarn weight to I Love This Cotton, on the lighter end of worsted. The Curlies I made for the Curlie Pattern are all Paintbox Yarns Cotton Aran. Super smooth, soft, and strong. There are a few cons – it’s a little stringy meaning sometimes when I’m working with it, I accidentally pick up a piece of another strand. The balls are also pretty small for the price, but there are frequent discounts.

Ricorumi Cotton DK (colors above – raspberry, blue, pink, yellow, and red)
Weight: 3-Light, Light Worsted, 0.9 oz per skein
Where to buy: LoveCrafts or Deramores
What they say: “For intarsia, amigurumi and super-sharp stitch definition, Rico Design’s Ricorumi DK is a yarn to get excited about. Made of 100% cotton, this smooth-finished yarn comes in a range of vivid colors for you. Durable and machine-washable, this yarn is also great for knitting toys.”
What I say: This is my current go-to yarn for crocheting amigurumi and I’ve used it for most of my recent patterns. You can see it in action in the Day & Night Owls pattern here! Ricorumi yarn is soft but not too fuzzy, strong, and not splitty. The yarn balls are very small, only 25 grams, and come in a rainbow of vibrant colors. I personally like their small size because they cost less and I can use more colors in my projects.

I Love This Cotton Yarn

I Love This Cotton Yarn (colors above – teal, pale denim, and pistache)
Weight: 4-Medium, Worsted, between 3 and 3.5 oz. per skein
Where to buy online: Amazon or Etsy
What they say: “You won’t believe how soft I Love This Cotton is until you feel it. This lovely cotton yarn is perfect for making scarves, sweaters, and so much more! The best part is, it gets even softer after washing.”
What I say: It is my absolute favorite worsted weight cotton to work with. Why you ask? It’s so freaking soft!!! Like seriously! The description above says it right – you won’t believe it until you feel it. It’s on the lighter end of worsted, which makes really nice, small stitches. It’s stretchy and has never hurt my hand or shoulder. There are a few cons. With its extra softness, you lose some strength. When you over work it or pull too hard weaving in ends, sometimes the yarn breaks apart. I don’t find it that troublesome, but some may.

Rico Creative Cotton

Rico Creative Cotton Aran, Aran Print, & DK  (above colors – pastel pink, aquamarine, and pastel pink mix)
Weight: 3-Light and 4-Worsted, 1.75 oz. per skein
Where to buy online: LoveCrafts
What they say: “The color palette of this 100% cotton yarn ranges from vibrant jewels to softer neutral shades, and this is a must-have for your yarn stash. It crochets up quickly at an even tension for dramatic cabled or braided homeware and cozy clothing has well as cute toys and kids accessories. Perfect for granny squares!”
What I say: This yarn is soft, but lacks a little stretch. What I absolutely love about it is the color range. They make really beautiful pastels and bold colors, which I love. I mean LOOK at that pastel variegated yarn *heart eyes*!!!! I would say this yarn is pretty similar to Paintbox Yarn – soft, strong, but a little stringy.

DMC Natura Just Cotton

DMC Natura Just Cotton and XL (color above – 07)
Weight: 2-Fine and 6-Super Bulky, 1.75 oz. per skein (Natura XL – 3.5oz per skein)
Where to buy online: LoveCrafts
What they say: “Natura Just Cotton is a stunning range of 100% combed cotton threads with a matte finished. The long fibers give it softness and strength with a quality that will be a pleasure to work with. This is a versatile thread for both knitting and crochet. It is great for clothing due to its soft touch, high absorption and durability to frequent washing, Natura created soft, drape-able fabric with good stitch definition.”
What I say: I like using DMC Natura yarns quite a bit! I love that it comes in a fine and super bulky weight. It lacks stretch, so it’s not my favorite. There is a good assortment of colors – especially of the fine weight. I’ve used it for amigurumi and loved the results. It’s a bit stringy, so you need to watch what you’re doing a bit more to make sure you not picking up strands you’re not supposed to!

KITCHEN COTTON YARNS

These yarns are rougher, thicker, and more absorbent than the yarn in the previous categories. They’re called “Kitchen Cottons” because they’re frequently used to make washcloths or hot pads for cooking and cleaning. They are the least expensive in the 100% cotton yarn category. I don’t like using them for amigurumi because the yarn tends to get duller and fuzzy (not in a good way!) with wear and washing. It’s also the least stretchy yarn and really gives me a pain in the neck!

Bernat Handicrafter Yarn

Bernat Handicrafter (color above – rainbow variegated)
Weight: 4-Worsted, 12 oz. per skein
Where to buy online: Amazon
What they say: “Experience the joy of knitting with the Bernat Handicrafter Cotton Ultrasoft Yarn. This cotton ultrasoft yarn is perfect for making kitchen accessories, baby bibs and home accents. Designed to make durable craft work, this soft, elegant yarn makes your entire project simple and convenient.”
What I say: Yeah… definitely not “ultrasoft”! I bought a few of these because you get a lot of bang for you buck. 12 oz balls for ~$12! Couldn’t turn it down. I used Bernat for a few amigurumi projects and it doesn’t work well. The lack of stretchiness, the scruffiness and dullness after some wear, and the thick yarn weight all make this a bad choice for amigurumi. I think I’ll use the Bernat in my stash to make a summer throw or baskets.

Lily Sugar N Cream Yarn

Lily Sugar ‘N Cream (colors above – psychdelic ombre, hot pink, robin’s egg)
Weight: 4-Worsted, 3.5 oz. per skein
Where to buy online: Amazon
What they say: “Lily Sugar ‘n Cream is known for its exceptional quality and wide range of colors, ideal for knit, crochet, and craft projects.”
What I say: Unfortunately, this is the yarn that hurt my shoulder THE WORST! Every time I would pick it up and work with it for an amigurumi project, I got almost instant shoulder pain. It’s the least stretchy of the yarns I’ve included in this round-up. It’s an appealing yarn because it’s extremely easy to find in the US and it’s very inexpensive. Because of this, I’ve amassed a pretty large stash of Sugar ‘N Cream yarn. I definitely don’t recommend this yarn for amigurumi, but it’s a great cotton yarn for home accessories and summery wearables.

I’d love to know – what are you favorite yarns for amigurumi? Let me know in the comments below!

The best yarn for amigurumi is cotton yarn!

22 thoughts on “The Best Cotton Yarn for Amigurumi

  1. Hi, do you have a suggestion for a simple pattern that I could make with Sinfonia yarn? I bought a skein of the mango color & I want to make something really awesome with it, but I don’t know what to make! It feels like such great yarn. Knit or crochet would be fine. Thanks, Jess

    1. Hi Jessica! Right now I’m making Miskunn’s Moira Top pattern (https://www.miskunn.com/the-moira-top/) with Sinfonia Yarn. I’m not sure if it was the best choice because it is such a sturdy yarn, but hopefully it softens in the wash! I have typically used Sinfonia yarn for crochet accessories like necklaces and earrings.

  2. Christine says:

    Hi Kristina, I was just wondering what is the finish of the Paintball yarns (i.e. is it more of a shine or matte finish)? I was looking for a yarn that is similar to the Cascade Ultra Prima, which has a really nice shine to it.

    Thanks in advanced!

    1. Hi Christine! The Paintbox yarns have a more matte finish. If you are looking for a shinier finish, I would recommend Lion Brand 24/7 Yarn for worsted weight and Sinfonia yarn for DK/Light weight.

      1. Dawn sherman says:

        I have a pattern I’m wanting to try and it calls for DMC natura just cotton my question is can I use Hobbi 8/4 cotton.

    2. Judith Domingo-Vicerra says:

      Hi
      I’m planning on crocheting a granny square baby blanket and attaching separately crocheted appliques. I was set to use the regular I Love This Yarn, then started considering I Love This Cotton. Any preference in material for the base granny square? The applique? What about mixing the 2? Im concerned about the cotton puckering the acrylic after washing. Also concerned about colorfastness..

      1. Hi Judith! Sorry it’s taken me so long to respond. New parent life is crazy! I personally prefer the I Love This Cotton because it is super duper soft, unlike many other 100% cotton yarns I’ve used. Either way, I would definitely recommend sticking to 1 fiber for ease of washing. You are right to be concerned about washing it when combining the 2 fibers, they probably won’t wash and wear the same. Best of luck for your blanket and happy crocheting 🙂

  3. Dawn Simmons says:

    Thank you for your explanation of cotton yarn I really appreciate it and it helped me to understand a little more with different patterns. My question to you is of all the different brands I suggested would be the best for baby booties currently I used to Paton or Safionia…

    1. Hi Dawn! So glad this post helped you. Both of those are great options. For baby booties, I think I prefer Paton’s Grace because it is still durable, but it is a bit softer than Sinfonia. A mercerized yarn is a great option for baby clothes and accessories because they won’t pill as much as other cotton yarns.

  4. Debra Petek says:

    I was sad to see Sugar and Cream hit the bottom of the list. I have been crotching an afghan for the past three weeks and will finish tomorrow. I have not experienced shoulder or any kind of pain while using this yarn. Just thought I would give you a different persons opinion. And experience using it!

    1. Thanks for your comment! The article is geared toward my preferences for crocheting amigurumi. Because amigurumi requires really tight tension and a small hook, I’ve found that yarns without a good amount of stretch end up causing me pain. But I don’t mind using a stiffer yarn when I crochet with looser tension and a bigger hook. I’m glad you are enjoying the Sugar n’ Cream yarn for your afghan! I’m sure it’s beautiful.

    2. linda knight says:

      i love sugar n cream it works foe me

  5. I am so glad I read this article! I have been crazy for cotton yarn lately, and as a newbie to crochet, I am enjoying learning stitches by making dish cloths and hot pads for the kitchen. My neck, shoulders and fingers have been so sore lately and I couldn’t understand why! I have been using primarily Lily sugar &cream yarn! Thanks for the info on the other brands. I will have to try them!

    1. linda knight says:

      i love sugar n cream if you know any other yarn that works the same as sugar n cream can you let me now please thank you

      1. Bernat Handicrafter Cotton Yarn is very similar to Sugar n Cream!

  6. Love your article, the Lily Sugar ‘N Cream review is so true! I just started crocheting and I thought I was the only one that found it hard to work with. Unfortunately, just like you I bought a bunch of them already. I just picked up the Lionbrand 24/7 because a friend requested a black and white coaster and the Liobrand in black felt softer and was shinier. Luckily they had that and the Lily Sugar ‘N Cream in black at the store so I could make a comparison. Lionbrand is so much better!! Will definitely check out the other brands you reviewed ❤️

  7. I’m willing to tell you that I appreciated your article, it’s useful for me, and help me have a good sense.

  8. This article is very interesting and helpful to me. It makes me feel good and broadens my mind.

  9. I love this!! I want to use ricorumi because of you. I normally use Knit Pics Comfy Worsted, but I wanna try the ones you love. I also love “I love cotton” and just ordered a bunch! Squee

    1. I’ve never used Knit Picks Comfy Worsted! I have been gravitating to some cotton/acrylic blend yarns for that extra stretch. I mainly just love DK weight yarn for amigurumi now! It feels so much more comfortable to crochet with. Ricorumi is so fun because of the small size and rainbow of colors 🙂

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