This is Lustrado (100% gassed cotton; 28 sts on a US3; 50 g = 185 yds) Gassed cotton is another way of saying it is mercerized which gives it a slight sheen and makes the fiber stronger. This is a 3 ply yarn spun fairly tightly. I just threw it on a size 5 and knit some lace. That was the first thought I had when I saw it. Summer lace. The swatch has a nice hand and would feel great as a summer shawl, but the color dulled just a bit with the washing. This is the Peacock Green (yea, the color is wrong in the photo) and is very saturated; a lighter color might not dull. I won’t investigate that because I don’t need this weight yarn. It would make a nice, soft baby sweater.
This is Sonata (100% cotton; 50 g = 115 yds; 22 sts on a US6). I bought this as a possible for a gansey sweater for my grandson. The butterscotch color is too bright for him. This cotton has four two-plies plied together. The effect makes it reflect light like a cabled yarn, yet it is much softer than cables. It has great stitch definition as you can see in the swatch,. I knit it at 19.5 sts over 4 inches on a US5. I like the hand and might make a tank top out of it. I think it is too heavy for a gansey and would just stretch out of shape. I think it would last well and not pill due to the way it is spun.
Now to my two favorites . . . .
This is Calista—and it has been REMOVED from the elann listing. I show it to you because they often remove a yarn and then get another shipment. So, just in case— (50% viscose, 25% cotton, 25% linen; 22-23 sts on a US 3-5; 50 g = 130 yards) I love the way this yarn feels after it has been washed—soft with a hint of crisp. It is a 6 ply and was lovely to knit. I would buy lots of it—-IF I could. Watch for it.
Finally, the best–This is Coto Canapone (52% cotton, 48 % hemp; 20 sts on US 5; 50 g = 109 yards) I love hemp and it is so hard to get here. It feels stiff like linen does until you wash it. Then it softens, but stays very strong and long wearing. This is not as weighty as 100% cotton and I don’t think it will stretch as much. This too has a crisp feel with its softness, like a soft texture would be. The fiber takes and holds the dye very well. The swatch shows stockinette, brioche and rib sts. I definitely want a knocking around sweater out of this or even a skirt. Now to pick a color.