Pierrot Yarns review: Organic Cotton Fingering

This week I’m reviewing Pierrot Yarns Organic Cotton Fingering (store link || Ravelry link), one of three weights available in Pierrot Yarns’ organic cotton line. This is the fingering (UK 4-ply) weight:

swatch in snow

Organic Cotton Fingering

It comes in sport/DK, fingering (4-ply), and light fingering (3-ply), but I’m only going to talk about the fingering weight version today. All three weights are made of organic, undyed, unbleached cotton. Because they aren’t dyed or bleached, the yarn is a warm, creamy color.

Here’s what you’ll find on the label [English translation in brackets]:

  • 綿 100% [100% cotton]
    • Note: it doesn’t say organic cotton in the info section of the label, but it does elsewhere. Look for オーガニックコットン to verify that it’s organic cotton.
  • 約25g玉巻(約70m)[approx. 70m per 25g skein]
  • 棒針 3号〜4号 [recommended needle range: Japanese size 3-4 knitting needles (3.0-3.3mm)]
  • カギ針 3/0号〜4/0号 [recommended crochet hook range: Japanese size 3/0 - 4/0 (2.3-2.5mm)]
  • ゲージ 23目34段 [suggested gauge: 23st and 34 rows in 10cm (stockinette)]

Swatch (before washing/blocking):

Knit in stockinette on US 3 (3.25mm). My gauge before washing was 28 st and 36 rows in 10x10cm.

Organic Cotton Fingering unwashed swatch

This is nice, soft cotton. It doesn’t split while you’re working with it, which can be a problem with some cotton yarns. You can see a few flecks of brown in it – apparently little cotton seeds. Not unexpected for a yarn that’s advertised as relatively unprocessed (no bleaching or dyes, but obviously spinning/plying), but at least in the skeins I have, it’s hardly noticeable. From a distance, you don’t see the specks at all. Up close, you can see 4-5 specks. Nothing unsightly in my opinion, and definitely on par with other organic cotton yarns.

Swatch (after washing/blocking):

Knit in stockinette on US 3 (3.25mm). My gauge after washing was 25 st and 37 rows in 10x10cm. Luckily it snowed today, so I can offer this photo showing the natural cotton color against pure white snow:

Organic Cotton Fingering, washed swatch

It was washed in cold water with mild detergent, rolled in a towel to remove excess water, and then pinned out to dry on a flat surface. So it shrank a very small amount in width but got very slightly longer in rows. There’s no pilling or any other adverse effects from washing as far as I can tell.

My impressions:

  • Soft cotton yarn good for baby items, washcloths, or anything you want to wear close to the skin.
  • It’s nice that it’s organic (certified by whatever agency in Japan is in charge of organic certification).
  • It’s only available in one color: natural off-white cotton. Ideal for someone looking for natural items, but I imagine it would also be a great base for hand-dying any color you choose.
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