Jo Sharp Cottons
If you’ve got summer knitting on the brain, then you’ll want to hear about Jo Sharp’s two wonderful cotton yarns – Jo Sharp Soho Summer DK Cotton Yarn and Jo Sharp Desert Garden Aran Cotton Yarn. Cotton fans and skeptics alike will love the softness and versatility of these yarns.
A lot of you might hear “cotton yarn” and cringe, your mind conjuring up images of stiff, shapeless garments that only get more shapeless as time goes on. Not to mention how hard some cottons can be on your hands after some quality knitting time! I can honestly say, though, that those problems do not occur with these yarns. Allow me to illustrate…
The Jo Sharp Fitted Cotton Cardigan Pattern is a perfect example of the lightweight, wear-with-everything summer cardigan I’m always in search of. This go-to cardigan is knit out of Jo Sharp Soho Summer DK Cotton Yarn, which is way softer and more buttery than you’d expect from a 100% cotton yarn. The Soho Summer has a subtle sheen to it, but it’s loftier and squishier than most mercerized cotton yarns. This yarn manages to hold its shape well, and it’s soft as can be.
Another popular pattern here at the shop is the Jo Sharp Sideways Ribbed Top Pattern. Also knit from Jo Sharp Soho Summer DK Cotton Yarn, this simple pattern gives you options for different sleeve and body lengths, from cropped to tunic and tee length to bracelet length. The Jo Sharp A-Line Cotton Tunic and Fitted Singlet Pattern is another shop favorite, as is the Jo Sharp Cotton Bolero Pattern.
|Jo Sharp Sideways Ribbed Top Pattern|
|Jo Sharp Soho Summer DK Cotton Yarn|
|Jo Sharp A-Line Cotton Tunic and Fitted Singlet Pattern|
|Jo Sharp Cotton Bolero Pattern|
And we can’t forget the crocheters! I love the Jo Sharp Retro Chevron Skirt Pattern for warmer weather. With options for two different lengths, a drawstring for a fully adjustable fit, and a color scheme that makes for great stash busting, this skirt has just about everything. Use Jo Sharp Soho Summer DK Cotton Yarn or a combination of any DK weight yarns you like.
That’s a whole lot about Jo Sharp’s DK Cotton. What about Jo Sharp Desert Garden Aran Cotton Yarn? This stuff makes me shake my head in admiration every time I work with it. Desert Garden is a blend of 65% cotton and 35% microfibre, which makes it far less dense and heavy than any other aran weight cotton I’ve ever had the pleasure to work with. The Jo Sharp Cotton T-Shirt Pattern showcases these traits beautifully. Breathable, soft, lightweight and sturdy, this yarn offers excellent stitch definition and a heavenly loft. Desert Garden will work equally well for the Knitbot Sweet Pleat- the hardest part would be picking a color!
Some other great patterns for Desert Garden are the Jo Sharp Cotton Sweater and Beret Pattern and Jo Sharp Somerville Cotton Sweater Pattern. Each of these pullovers is a timeless classic. Folks on Ravelry also love the Jo Sharp Origami Bolero Pattern, which can be worn right side-up or upside-down, creating two different looks. Very fun! Or if you’re looking for a smaller project you could check out the Jo Sharp Moss Stitch Beanie Pattern. All of these patterns use Jo Sharp Desert Garden Aran Cotton Yarn, so you know they’ll be super wearable.
|Jo Sharp Cotton Sweater and Beret Pattern|
|Jo Sharp Somerville Cotton Sweater Pattern|
|Jo Sharp Origami Bolero Pattern|
|Jo Sharp Moss Stitch Beanie Pattern|
|Jo Sharp Desert Garden Aran Cotton Yarn|
This isn’t the first time I’ve extolled the virtues of Jo Sharp’s two wonderful cotton yarns, and it probably won’t be my last. In the meantime, I’m going to be busy making my own Jo Sharp A-Line Cotton Tunic and Fitted Singlet Pattern out of Jo Sharp Soho Summer DK Cotton Yarn in our color 0255, Siren red. Just in time for summer!
(Jo Sharp’s patterns are available as downloads too!)