Yarn Profile: Rowan Cotton Tape
Rowan Cotton Tape is an exception. It is a knitted tube made from a fine, airy thread of cotton. The result is lightweight, fluid, and flexible.
The yarn also had a tendency to twist as I worked, which is a common occurrence with most flat yarns. Every few rows I'd dangle my work to untwist the yarn. When I didn't untwist the yarn, I saw very little distinct difference in the knitted fabric.
Speaking of knitted fabric, here's where the yarn gave me a pleasant surprise: My stitches looked absolutely ego-flatteringly perfect. They were even, steady, with no hint of lumpiness or human irregularity.
Blocking / Washing
I couldn't detect any bleeding or fading, although the yarn I used was possibly too light to test colorfastness thoroughly.
Contrary to most tape yarns, Rowan Cotton Tape is only moderately strong. I was able to break a strand of yarn with one hearty tug. This is the price you pay for a softer yarn, and I don't see it posing a long-term threat to your garments.
Before even a hint of baldness would appear in a Cotton Tape garment, I can see it succumbing to a greater threat: snags. The thread that makes up the tube is fine, lightweight, and open -- the siren's call for any stray splinters, nails, or hooks that may fall in your path.
The yarn is available in a range of rich yet fundamentally soft colors that are perfect for a baby's ensemble. And it's more interesting than your standard cotton yarns, which will keep the knitting process interesting.
Finally, its bulk means fast knitting. This is especially welcome for those of us who otherwise won't finish baby shower gifts until long after the baby takes its first step.
13 to 14 stitches and 17 to 19 rows per 4 inch square on US 13 needles
Average retail price
Where to buy online
The Handworks Gallery
Weight/yardage per hank
50 g. / 71 yards
Country of origin
Manufacturer's suggested wash method
Hand wash, cool iron. Do not bleach, do not tumble dry. Dry flat out of direct heat and sunlight.
Color used in review