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Review: Erika Knight’s Gossypium Cotton

If you’re addicted to yarn, editing a fibre and craft magazine might seem like your dream job.  Deirdre and I are most certainly enjoying receiving all the lovely yarn we’re sent, but you can’t help but feel the need to play with all of it.  Every week different yarns arrive in the mail, from hanks of rustic pure wool and balls of pretty cotton to skeins of hand dyed merino and balls of bright playful acrylic.

Olann and gossypium cotton

There is of course only so much ‘playing’ one can get done in a day.  We’ve knitting to do for the magazine, we have our own projects on the go, and we’re really not a fan of waste either. In that spirit, we’ve recently vowed to try and make small, pretty things, where possible, to test some of the yarns we’re sent to review instead.

So when this lovely parcel arrived last week I knew exactly what it would be.

Do you want to know what’s in the package?

Olann and gossypium cotton

Gossypium Cotton from Erika Knight

Inside is a ball of the latest yarn from Erika Knight – Gossypium Cotton – a beautiful 100% cotton, double knit yarn. It’s produced from a selection of the highest quality raw cotton fibre from the plants in the fields surrounding the mill in the Hisar District of Haryana in India.  The mill is an eco-friendly manufacturer. It’s very much at the heart of the local community and promotes fair labour practices.

Gossypium Cotton is matt rather than mercerised with a raw cotton look.  It comes in 50g balls that contain approximately 100m/109yds and it knits to a tension of 20-22 sts & 28-31 rows = 10cm / 4in, using 3.75-4mm / US 5-6 needles.

Erika has selected eight pastel shades from her British Blue Wool palette, which are ideal for baby projects.  She had babies in mind certainly when she developed the supporting design support.

Classic designs

The designs are timeless classics and feature knitting and crochet.  We’re a little in love with the design names too.  Who wouldn’t love a hat called Bubble or Squeak and I’d most certainly love a cardi called Crumpet.  I can see it now- LeftfootDaisy Fibre Strumpet wearing her blue Crumpet  💙 💙 💙

(Unfortunately, it’s not in my size)

I did toy with knitting a little hat in the sample we’d received (one friend has had a baby and another has a new grandchild), but I had my heart set on a pattern I’d spotted on Ravelry – The Little Petal Coaster by Amanda Tipton.

Olann and gossypium cotton

Crochet Cotton Coasters

Be gentle with me, crochet isn’t my first language; I hold my hook as if I’m knitting! But I was delighted as I even managed to understand the instructions, which are in US terms.

I used a 4mm hook instead of the specified 3.5mm as I have trouble keeping my tension workable, particularly when I’m using cotton.

According to my digital scales, the Little Petal Coaster only took 8 grammes of yarn and I enjoyed making it so much that I’m going to make a few more to give as a set of four to a friend.

I’m thinking of weaving a little ribbon through them, what do you think?

Olann and gossypium cotton
Olann and gossypium cotton

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