Yarn Profile: 2nd Time Cotton
This eight-ply cotton/acrylic blend is available in seven heathered colors, all of which you'd expect to see in a much-beloved jean jacket. Although blues prevail, you also can choose from a deep purple, two shades of tan, and the Tahiti red you see here.
I feared snags from the eight strands, which seemed to come unplied at the end of each row, but I encountered only one snag. Stitches appeared consistent and the finished fabric cohesive, thanks to the yarn's smooth evenness.
Even while knitting, however, I had to stop periodically to remove loose pills from the fabric—a byproduct, I suspect, of the yarn's recycled heritage. Finished materials that have been re-blended together normally don't hold together as cohesively as something that has been spun straight from raw fibers.
But if you know about this ahead of time, you can maximize the effects by using the yarn for a garment you want to look comfortable and weathered.
The yarn depicts stitchwork beautifully, especially seed stitch and cables. Because of cotton's innate inelastic quality, you'll only want to use ribbing for visual effect and plan for it to stretch out as soon as you don your garment.
Blocking / Washing
After blotting them dry, I reshaped my swatches on a towel and waited for them to dry. And waited. And waited. (Hint: Don't wash a handknit cotton garment unless you have a few days to spare.)
There was no change in gauge, and even those swatches that had been washed in warm water showed no sign of color fading.
Pills and loose fibers manifested themselves in tiny small waves across the fabric. I should note, however, that the yarn's heathered coloring helped conceal signs of wear except from up close, and that the overall integrity of the knitted swatches was never in question.
The swatches softened and relaxed like old jeans, but thanks to the presence of acrylic, they never lost their fundamental shape and form. Some cottons can look like sad limp rags after extensive wear, but this one didn't.
This yarn is composed of brand new marketable materials that were not usable in their existing form. Knit One Crochet Too has simply repurposed these materials into yarn, where they can finally achieve their dream of clothing a deserving wearer.
The price is reasonable: Each 180-yard skein costs $6.50, which means a medium-sized woman's long-sleeved sweater with some textured stitching will require only six skeins. That's less than $40 for a new garment that makes an earth-friendly fashion statement.
2nd Time Cotton
Knit One Crochet Too
17 stitches per 4 inches on US 8 needles
Average retail price
Where to buy online
Weight/yardage per skein
100g / 180 yards
Country of origin
Suggested wash method
Machine wash cold, dry flat.
Color used in review