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Fiber Content: 70% Tanguis Cotton, 30% Linen
Weight: DK weight
Knitting Gauge: 5.5 sts = 1 on #5-7 needles (3.75mm - 4.5mm)
Crochet Gauge: 12–17 sc = 4'' on 7-I hooks (4.5mm - 5.5mm)
Yards: 123
Grams: 50
Put Up: ball
Care: Machine Washable/Tumble Dry Low

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CotLin DK Yarn

$2.99 50g / ball


CotLin is a cool and lightweight Tanguis cotton and summer linen blend perfect for washcloths and spa gifts and summer knits for children and adults. Tanguis (tan-gwiss) cotton has a very soft hand, excellent absorption and, because it is a naturally white fiber, a high affinity for dyes. The Belgian linen adds the characteristic flecks and additional absorbency with very low elasticity - helping to alleviate stretching in the finished knit. Summer linen has an extended growing period which results in a longer, stronger fiber. When blended with the already strong Tanguis cotton, it makes a durable, wearable, and soft yarn. The knit fabric will get softer with each wash too.
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“The yarn is soft and knits up very well- a Knit Picks winner.” Obsessed with Knitting

"My favourite yarn (so far) is the Cotlin Yarn. I knit sets of seven baby wash cloths and/or bibs (one for each day of the week) and my family, my friends and friends of family and friends of friends just rave over how soft the washcloths are and the fact that these items stay soft even after several washes in the machine. Last year I knit for 6 babies and this year already I have to knit for two expectant mums. I also love the fact that Cotlin is economical in price. I can knit two and a half baby wash cloths with just one ball. The colours are bright and exciting as well. Well done KnitPicks!" lookakookaburra, Knitting Community Member

As seen in Knit N Style, December 08, Ruffled Wrist Warmers Pattern

As seen in Knitty, Spring 2008, Juju Pattern

2 out of 5 stars

I wasn't happy with this yarn, I thought it would have more body to it. I'm returning it for some worsted weight acrylic. This yarn is very thin.

4 out of 5 stars

I like this yarn a lot and have ordered it several times. I personally wouldn't use it to make clothing because it would be to scratchy for me, but it's my go to for towels and wash cloths. I wish the colors were closer to what they look like in the pictures, they aren't, they are a more muddy/darker looking color.

5 out of 5 stars

This is great yarn , I have used five different colors for a few washcloths and they are cheerful and I love the absorbency of cotton , great smooth yarn and great choice of colors. More colors for me to buy!!!

5 out of 5 stars

Today I started working on The Beachcomber Shawl pattern using CotLin in the colors linen, surf, and conch (the three suggested colors in the pattern). I've never used this line before, but I have used the Lindy Chain and really enjoyed it. This yarn is wonderfully soft and all three colors are true to the images provided by the website. Surf is gorgeous. I will definitely need to purchase more of that particular color for other projects. Since I've just started my project, I can't say how well the yarn holds up, but I do know that my stitches are consistent and smooth. I haven't had any problems with rough bumps or any similar problems as mentioned by earlier reviews. This yarn is so soft. My project feels like my favorite summer throw for my bed. It's also nice to find a cotton blend as lovely as this one, since I really cannot make myself touch wool right now (Mississippi Summer's will make you run away from many fibers). I'm planning loose hats, bath sets, and maybe a throw. Big plans for this sweet yarn!

3 out of 5 stars

This is a nice yarn. I've used it in projects a couple of times. Wish the linen content was just a bit higher - maybe 50-60%, even if it was a bit more expensive. A bit disappointed, though, that the "Raindrop" colour is a mid steel gray.

4 out of 5 stars

This yarn is a dream to knit with. I ordered several balls in "guy" colors for my sweetheart's afghan while in skilled nursing. Unfortunately, he passed away the day after I ordered it. I decided to knit it anyway. Let's call it a Prayer Afghan. The subdued pallette would have suited him, and is appreciated while I grieve for him.

5 out of 5 stars

Wow, I am in love with this yarn! First, I received my order in two days, I was stunned. First time purchasing this yarn, I normally knit with worsted, but needed DK for a lace edged shawl. Lovely color, Ivy. No splitting, not fuzzy, reasonably soft, but I'm sure will become softer with washing. Unbeatable value, I can't wait to try more colors.

5 out of 5 stars

The best! Almost don't want to work with anything else. I started out by making a towel set from Cotlin from a kit. Had extra so made a few face clothes. Well, these have been used a LOT! I had 4 different shades of green from Lime to a dark forest green in the set. Wash like a dream and barely any fading and they do not stretch out of shape. Also the nature of linen is that it softens with use, so the cloths and towels are softer than ever. (I use them for face clothes and towels and remove quite a bit of makeup with them.) I have just started making sweaters and would rather have this against my skin than the yarn from the 2 sweaters that I made. I am here, today to search for a pattern and yarn to make a summer sweater from Cotlin.

4 out of 5 stars

I have used this yarn in the past (the linen colorway, which, btw, was almost identical to my skintone, so it had to be bleached to change the color for my sleeveless top!) I have recently placed a few more orders with several colors, with the intention to knit some more neutral sleeveless tops to round out my summer wardrobe. I ordered whisker previously, and it looks to be just what I was looking for, but in the order I just received containing wallaby and gosling, both have a definite green undertone. I knew this was the case for gosling ("Gosling is a medium grey with a barely there hint of green undertones") but I would say "barely there" is an understatement. Wallaby is listed as having "golden undertones," but this again came out of the box looking very green. Not sure what I'll do with these yarns now, as they do not work as the neutrals I'd hoped to receive.

3 out of 5 stars

For the price of the yarn this is not a bad yarn. I am disappointed by the amount of veggie matter I found in it while I was knitting. However, it does have nice stitch definition and becomes really soft after a washing. If I'm looking for a yarn that I need for wash cloths or towels I would definitely purchase this again.

3 out of 5 stars

I like the product using the Cotlin, but one of the issues I found was that it is not colorfast. I used Sagebrush and when I washed it, the color ran. I am glad that I washed it by hand by itself. The project still looks good but I am afraid that it will fade quickly.

5 out of 5 stars

I love this yarn! The quality is the best for the price. I have made tops and shrugs from this yarn and it is a good wear...the yarn gets softer with each hand wash. It is very durable too! I would like more vibrant colors to choose from, however, some of the colors are nice.

4 out of 5 stars

I have had mixed results with this yarn. I have ordered flamingo, white, light blue, yellow, tomato, and pistachio (the latter two are no longer available). I've used this to make a sundress for my daughter, washcloths, a cardigan, and I've tried to use it for a couple of other garments (which just did not work out...it wasn't the right yarn for them). I disagree with other reviewers that it is stiff...it doesn't have a soft, "brushed" feel, but it is made partly of linen, and has that nice, crisp linen feel , while also being soft and pliable. The drape is somewhere between heavy and light, and it doesn't stretch, or fade, which makes it superior to other cheap cotton dishcloth yarns (like lily Sugar n' Cream). It worked up in my crochet pieces more like a worsted weight yarn, however, and I really had to be careful with the gauge and restart each project multiple times to get correct sizing. After trying LindyChain (also a linen yarn), and having the same problem, I think it's possible that linen is just a trickier material to work with because it almost seems to shrink as you work it. It's challenging in a good way, though, and I am extremely satisfied with the finished projects. However, since I crochet, I can't speak to how well this yarn works with knitting. It gives a nice stitch definition with crochet, and I really love the colors. They are muted, not muddy (except pistachio and tomato, which I found to be quite bright). They have a matte, sort of earthy and country feel. I love that. The only reason I am not giving this yarn a high review is because it is a bit tricky to work with, and it really does work up for me as a worsted weight, not a dk.

5 out of 5 stars

I ordered Cashew, Sagebrush and Blackberry for striped towels and I am obsessed. The sagebrush and blackberry stripes with cashew as the backdrop make the towel look like painted burlap. It is so soft and gorgeous and I have plans to order many, many, many more.

3 out of 5 stars

I was thinking this yarn would be a bit more refined than the product I received. It's slightly better than the dishcloth cotton, but not much. And the color was significantly dimmer than in the photo. Not often do I feel let down by KnitPicks, but this time I was. I'll still use it, because my project is a loose summer sweater, but I may not purchase again.

5 out of 5 stars

This has become my favorite cotton yarn, and my go-to yarn for baby items since it is washable and softens with washing. I've used it for several projects in recent years. Some of the colors are a bit more muted than they appear on the screen, but I think only one (pomegranate) really disappointed me when it arrived as it wasn't "jewel toned" as the description said. I haven't had problems with either knots or fuzzing, though it does create a lot of lint in the dryer.

4 out of 5 stars

As a beginner working on an intermediate project, I need to say I enjoy working with this yarn. I chose it because I can't wear anything with a hint of wool. This seems like it will hold up as well as the wool blends. I am on my 6th skein and have only found one knot. As for the colors...love the way the ones I picked blend. Yes, they are a bit muddy, but I was looking for muddy. No, they do not look like the colors on my monitor, but they do look like the written descriptions of them. Once I finish the sweater and wash it according to direction, I may give the yarn a five.

2 out of 5 stars

I think I may have just found the first ever Knitpicks Yarn that I honestly detest! The fibrous husks from the cotton are just too must for a smooth knit. Granted I was smart and only bought one ball so that I could test wash cloths on it, but it doesn't feel good to knit with nor against the skin. I'm also having a devil of a time getting it to actually seem consistent with any knitting pattern. I have a very consistent tension and stitch, and even after taking this down the smallest needles recommended. I think I'll just stash it until some day when I have nothing on the table and little yarn to use. I do however think the color is beautiful, in a nice muted rose. it's exactly what I was expecting, but I'm very thankful that it was part of the Valentines day color sale!

3 out of 5 stars

I bought 10 balls for a top, but the color Raspberry was to muted for what in wanted in the finished product. I ended up making dishrag and other cloths from it because it is absorbent and dries quickly. The color washes to a faded look after several cleanings. The yarn is on the stiff side probably due to the linen, so a garment from it wouldn't be my first choice.

3 out of 5 stars

I ordered 16 skeins of Cotlin to be extremely disappointed with the colours that arrived. The colours are all muddy looking in real life and not vibrant at all as the online photos would suggest. I realise the difference between computer screens but just to warn others. Not shades that I would buy EVER. Also the yarn is very stiff and I have no idea what to use it for now as original project will have to be scrapped. The Worsted Chroma on the other hand was true to colour and very soft. The yarn was packaged well and arrived in 14 days of order placement, so can't complain about that.

4 out of 5 stars

The natural cotlin is a great feel. The rest are pretty, but the natural is the softest ever. I wish the rest of the colors were are soft and thick as that one. So beware it is about 2 strands heavier then all the other colors. I bought 160 dollars worth. The navy blue is scratchy along with a couple other colors. Thanks.

5 out of 5 stars

I'm new at crocheting and the CotLin was my first yarn purchase. I LOVE it. I've made several reusable baby wipes out of it to go with our cloth diaper stash. It seems washs well and is very soft though I can't comment on longevity yet, but I'm hopeful. I am now making a set of wipes for a friend that just had a new baby, so here I am again to buy some more!

5 out of 5 stars

My mother used this yarn and crocheted covers for the ear pieces of my headphones. They are very comfortable and the sound is not affected.

5 out of 5 stars

What a revelation this whole site has been. The CotLin yarns are so pleasant to work with that I have bought nearly every colour, twice over. I wholly recommend and am very grateful for the free " dishie" patterns which work perfectly like little gems which sparkle on my shelves and make perfect gifts so they sparkle there too. It is like an instant reward project to make small but unique jewels. The feeling of accomplishment is priceless. The Free Shipping has been a bonus to me living way away in Australia..the yarn and tools arrive so quickly. Thank you. Even the Errata pages have been attended to brilliantly!

5 out of 5 stars

I needed to make some spa/guest hand towels for the guest bathroom, and I wanted to use something a little nicer than the Sugar and Cream or Peaches and Creme cotton yarns that I had been using to make kitchen towels and dishcloths with. I bought some Cotlin during a sale and my what nice hand /face towels it makes! They're very soft with a nice drape and feel... delicate looking, yet strong. The colors and fabric stand up to frequent machine washing/drying and feel softer and more luxurious each time they're laundered. I do wash them on the gentle cycle, separate from the other terry towels, and there hasn't been any pilling or fading to speak of. I can see myself making lightweight sweaters, shawls, and even soft spring blankets with this yarn at some point.

5 out of 5 stars

Love this! For a cotton yarn, it's very soft and easy to work with. I made a pineapple backpack and used 6 colors for it. Worked GREAT! I get compliments on it all the time. Color representation is also fantastic, very vibrant. Will purchase again!

5 out of 5 stars

Ordered a few skeins to make a chevron hand towel. This yarn is SOOO NIIICE that I didn't want to stop knitting. I made a few wash cloths from the scraps, then went back and ordered more skeins. It knits up very soft and squishy, with a great hand. It even smells good. I see a garment with this yarn in my future.

2 out of 5 stars

The yarn seems nice to touch, but I was really disappointed by the colors in real life, as compared to the pictures. I was trying to get a rainbow of colors, but the colors I received will not work at all. I am not sure if I want to deal with returning/exchanging and losing money to pay for return charges when I feel like the colors aren't represented well.

4 out of 5 stars

I liked that this yarn is relatively soft. I did a Tunisian crochet washcloth with it and it was not overly scratchy and did not curl uncontrollably. However,I found quite a few small bits of fluff and other "debris" from the cotton and linen blend that I was pulling out as I worked with it but knowing it was natural fiber I was working with, I didn't focus on that too much. I appreciate the variety of colors it comes in--this will be my go-to for washcloths and dishcloths alike!

2 out of 5 stars

This yarn pills and pills and....

5 out of 5 stars

I just love this cotton. I have made many sweaters with it, it knits beautifully,shows off the lace stitches and cables perfectly. I do not find it scratchy at all. Will be purchasing some black shortly, once I finish the cashew one I am working on.

5 out of 5 stars

I've used CotLin in several of my colorwork knitting pattern designs for toddlers, one an argyle toddler vest and another an aster flower vest. While the gauge is nice for detailed work, I particularly like the softness of the yarn and the stability of the colors when washed. I hand washed the completed vests in cold water, and color running was not a problem for the most part - the only color that ran just a bit was the Moroccan Red. I felt that stretching was minimal too, and the palette is wonderful. I will continue to design around Cotlin!

5 out of 5 stars

For the price and wonderful color variety, you just can't beat this yarn for a cotton linen blend. I've made 2 tanks out of this, one a long, swinging tunic type with lacy edges; and the second a shorter fitted sexy tank. Both came out wonderful, do not feel scratchy to me at all, and after 3 years have no pilling at all. (granted, I don't wear either much so they haven't been through a lot of washing, so I guess time will tell, but so far so good). I would use this yarn again in a heartbeat, just know that it is a workhorse yarn, great for casual projects that still need to look great, and have fabulous colors.

5 out of 5 stars

This is the only cotton yarn I like to use. Most cotton yarns are so stiff and the yarn sticks to itself and makes for very uneven tension. The tension on this works up beautifully. I like to make washcloths with it like many of the other reviewers and I get so many compliments on them. The yarn does have a few stiff linen (I'm assuming) fibers throughout, but I just pull them off if they seem like they're going to stick out or feel unpleasant.

5 out of 5 stars

Love this yarn. I have used it for shawls, vests, sweaters, and just about anything else. I knits up easily, and creates a beautiful fabric, with well-defined stitches. The colors are also wonderful to work with. I hand wash the fabric and then block, and have had no problems with stretching or pilling.

5 out of 5 stars

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5 out of 5 stars

I highly recommend this yarn! So far, I have only knitted dishcloths with it. I have several for my self, and have gifted several for family and friends -- they all agree with me that it is their favorite dishcloth, and love that it dries so quickly. ...and did you know that linen is antibacterial, so the cloth does not get that dingy or mildewy smell like most discolored! I just ordered 10 more skeins! You'll love this yarn!!

5 out of 5 stars

Love this yarn for baby blankets. Soft, pliable, strong and washable. I've kept coming back time after time, and it knits and crochets beautifully, and very smooth. Love it. And, knitpicks ships FAST. Near instant gratification.

5 out of 5 stars

I love this yarn. I made a light sweater and it feels wonderful. It knits beautifully. Definitely will purchase more.

5 out of 5 stars

I have used this yarn, doubled, to make at least a dozen baby bibs. The reviews came back very positive. The yarn softens with washing and does a great job of containing the "mess."

5 out of 5 stars

I find this to be a really nice yarn to knit with. There a few tiny hairs on strands occasionally, but very minute. Also, this yarn does not split as have some cotton yarns I have used.

5 out of 5 stars

I made a dish cloth with Cotlin and I found it to sturdy, quick drying, and a delight to use.

5 out of 5 stars

I really don't see the scratchiness that other people have commented on. I've made the Repose hooded tunic with it (Pattern available on knitpicks as well) and it is so comfortable, soft, and surprisingly warm. Great for winter in South Texas. Which means spring or fall for anywhere north. Gotten several requests to make the sweater for others.

5 out of 5 stars

I've had Cotlin in my stash for awhile. I just made a double knitted potholder with two colors and absolutely love this cotton yarn. It's my new favorite for dishcloths and potholders. It's so much better than the cotton I buy in the local stores. Cotlin did not have all those little loose fuzzies that have to be pulled off....very clean smooth yarn.

5 out of 5 stars

I used two strands of linen and one strand of cashew to make a rug. It turned out great.

5 out of 5 stars

I am just about finished with a lovely pullover sweater in Whisker. The stitch definition is great and I am using a fishtail lace stick on the hem and cuffs. The cotton/linen iron outs beautifully for nice flat lace edges. I am in love with this yarn.

5 out of 5 stars

As Barbara said earlier, this yarn is beautiful but a bit scratchy. It is not real scratchy to the touch, but it is there. I first bought it as a test yarn for a baby washcloth but after using it on myself before giving it away, I realized it was not good for babies but great for adults who like their washcloths to really clean. In fact, we love it so much that my whole family is addicted to them. I crochet them with a open design so they dry out faster. I realize some adults prefer soft washcloths and this might not be for you, but for us, we LOVE this yarn!!!!

2 out of 5 stars

I'm surprised that so many people love this yarn. The top I knit is beautiful but very scratchy against the skin. I've tried washing it several times, including with fabric softener, but nothing seems to help. If your skin is at all sensitive, I'd avoid this yarn.

5 out of 5 stars

Surprisingly soft, but without fuzzing or fraying! There's the odd tough fibre but I just pull those out. My only qualm was the nasty join toward the end of the ball, but Knitpicks can only work so much magic. ;P I'm just happy to have more pleasing vegan yarn options than simply nylon and other synthetics! Hooray!

5 out of 5 stars

Love love love this! The linen fibers give the cotton interesting character and the colors are great!

4 out of 5 stars

I have just started a project with this yarn. So far I like the feel of the fabric it makes, and the slight heathered look of the black fibers included BUT some of those black fibers stick out of the yarn and some of the protruders are stiff and seem like they might be scratchy. Can't tell till I'm done, but perhaps they soften with the first wash or block.

5 out of 5 stars

I had been wanting to try Cotlin for awhile, so I have made a summer top for my granddaughter. Cotlin is such a wonderful, soft, summery yarn that I will use it again. In fact, I have ordered enough for a sweater for myself. I have just purchased a rigid heddle loom, and I think that Cotlin could be a good option for weaving as well as knitting.

5 out of 5 stars

I bought this yarn a few years back and didn't leave a review, but thought I would since I loved it. Better late than never, right? I used it to crochet a little granny square halter top for my daughter and it turned out beautifully. I've kind of horded the leftover yarn waiting for just the right project. I used some of it to make a little potholder to set my teapot on. Very durable yarn, washes well. It was my first experience buying from KnitPicks and I was very satisfied. I ran across the site while trying to find affordable DK cotton yarn which seemed pretty near impossible. So glad I found this company and will definitely order again.

5 out of 5 stars

I bought Cotlin for the first time and I'm in love!!! I just love, love, love this fiber. I bought Canary (it's not as bright yellow as the pic shows but then again every monitor color setting is different) Canary is more of a yellow/gold color and GORGEOUS!! I also bought Planetarium and love the color. It's not splitty and no fuzz . I just love working with it and most definitely buy it again .I wish they would come up with either Sport weight or Worsted in Cotlin.

5 out of 5 stars

Beautiful yarn and KnitPicks delivered very fast. The colors are true to the pictures. My one note on the yarn might be that the crochet hook size is officially "I", which leads to big spaces in double (british treble) crochet. I got about 3 inches into a blanket and realized I just couldn't stand it. I had to rip it all out and start over with an HH hook, which closed up the spaces. So it's which one you prefer, but I think the recommended hook size is a bit off.

5 out of 5 stars

I love this yarn for band weaving and rigid heddle weaving. It makes a soft absorbent fabric that is very easy care. I've used for everything from trim for garments to table runners. The colors I've ordered have always been bright and beautiful.

5 out of 5 stars

I would love to see this in a worsted weight, too. I have many sweater patterns that call for worsted yarn and this would be perfect.

5 out of 5 stars

I love this yarn for making my granddaughters dresses. they can be thrown in the wash and dryer and come out just as if they were just knitted. Very durable and stand up to the wear and tear of a 2 and 4 year old.

5 out of 5 stars

LOVE this yarn. I usually double it (one or two colors), using it for bibs and baby throws. Washes up beautifully.

5 out of 5 stars

The "Tomato" I ordered is gorgeous - absolutely as pictured. The next project will be "Harbour."

5 out of 5 stars

This yarn makes super duper washcloths using size 5 needle,sometimes a 4 depending on pattern. (Sts must be close for washcloths) I love to make them about 8" by 8". Use that to see what color really is. Then I give them away for gifts. I have lots of tops made from this after I have chosen color. Love those tops too. So gals and guys, it is a good yarn for the price and the colors are wonderful! And, you get a lovely supply of washcloths for yourself or as gifts. One skein will make 2 washcloths too..

5 out of 5 stars

I love this yarn. I've made lace curtains, tablerunners and now a jacket with this yarn. I've never had a color be off from the photos but in all fairness I tend towards fairly neutral colors.

5 out of 5 stars

One of my favorite yarns. I find the color swatch very accurate - never had a problem with photo. Love the finished object's feel and luxuriousness.

4 out of 5 stars

This yarn is a very nice weight that can be used in many projects. The only problem I have is with the description of the colors listed. I ordered "conch" described as a pink orange color but what I received in a dark orange. The other color I ordered is supposed to be a seafoam color but is darker, more like a turquoise. Shipping is always fast, and customer service great.

3 out of 5 stars

Was super excited to finally get my order in the mail because I was drooling over the colour conch, but super disappointed when I opened the box to discover that the vibrant coral colour as described/displayed was a dirty muted orange colour!