The Perfect Cotton Yarn for Summer Knitting: Berroco Modern Cotton

As the temperatures heat up, we knitters look for yarns that keep us cool and comfortable in warm climates. Berroco Modern Cotton™ is a great yarn for summertime garments and accessories—it’s a blend of cotton and rayon that’s super soft to the touch. Modern Cotton features a generous yardage—209 yards to 100 grams—and comes in 36 shades. It knits at a worsted weight gauge and is machine washable, making this yarn an excellent choice for quickly knitting children’s garments. Our recommended needle size is a US 7 (4.5 mm), but as my tension is a little loose, I knit my swatch on a size 6 (4 mm).

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You can see how the stitches lay nice and flat. The fabric has a subtle sheen to it, and has a great weighty drape when I hold the swatch. The construction of Modern Cotton helps it stay soft. Many cotton yarns can be hard on the hands while knitting, but Modern Cotton’s construction of 8 two-ply strands with the addition of rayon helps to soften the yarn, both in the hank and the finished fabric.

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We’ve got 28 patterns that use Berroco Modern Cotton, including 8 free patterns. What have you made with Modern Cotton?

4 Comments

  1. I made 3 Togue Pond tanks last year with Modern Cotton and a North Fork tee. I absolutely love this yarn. It’s awesome for summer knitting!

  2. I love the modern cotton yarn. I am making a baby blanket with it. Can it be blocked and if so,how do you block it.
    Thanks for your help,
    Myrna Shimberg

    1. Hi Myrna, Modern Cotton is great for baby blankets! You can block it if you want—just soak it in water and pin it out. Unlike wool, cotton fibers don’t necessarily retain their shape, but for something like a baby blanket, if you soak it and lay it flat to dry, it will help even out the stitches. Even better, Modern Cotton is machine washable, so you could throw it in the washing machine!

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