If you guys have been following me for a while, you know how much I love bulky and super bulky yarn! I would be comfortable saying that 99% of my projects use bulky yarn, but this can make it difficult to design projects in the heat of the summer! This year was my first time creating summer-friendly designs and it required me to get creative and explore new options in the world of bulky yarn! I’m now getting to share what I found with you here in this blog! If you would like to SEE some of this year, I also created a Youtube video that you can watch instead!

So, Let’s get to the YARN! Some affiliate links are included in this post and I may receive a small commissions on sales made if you use links from this article to make a purchase!

Lily Sugar n’ Cream (4)

Lily Sugar and Cream has been one of my go-to brands for cotton yarn for YEARS due to it’s accessibility and affordability! It is a size 4 but I will usually double it up for projects like my cat cozies or even triple it up for wearables like my Lily Romper! I also have a few crop top patterns (including my Everyday Crop Top and my Rachel Crop top) that use a single strand of Lily Sugar n’ Cream or similar worsted weight cotton and a 5.5-6mm hook! There are lots of other worsted weight (4) yarns out there that you can try including the next one on this list but this one has always been a good option for me! The other bonus? I am all about easy garment care and have I had no issues machine washing–in cold water–and drying my crop tops made using this yarn! The more vibrant colors may run or fade over time, especially with washing.

  • 100% Cotton
  • Solids: 119yds (109m) | Ombre/Stripes: 94yds (86m)
  • Worsted (4)
  • Machine Wash in Cold Water
  • $1.75-$2.99 depending on where you purchase it

Lion Brand Pima Cotton (4)

Very similar to Lily Sugar and Cream, in the sense that it is a worsted weight (4) cotton, but it is MUCH softer! It is definitely a better choice for wearables like crop tops and other summer weight wearables but it does have a higher price point.

  • 100% Cotton
  • 186yds (170m)
  • Worsted/Medium (4)
  • Machine Wash & Dry
  • $5.99
Left to right: Cat Cozy Bundle, Everyday Crop Top, Rachel Crop Top (All using Lily Sugar & Cream Cotton)

Bernat Home Dec Maker Yarn (5)

Bernat Home Dec yarn is meant for home decor projects but it is surprisingly one of my favorite types of yarn to use for summer bralettes because it has great structure! I also have had no issues machine washing them one cold (delicate cycle) and low heat machine drying. It’s also great for things like coffee & bottle cozies and other simple summer projects! You get alot of yardage per skein too which is really nice! Home dec is a tubular yarn with an outer sheath filled with fiber so it is almost “squishy”. This means is holds up well when you are working with it but can be hard to hide the ends since you will see the white fiber fill sticking out of the ends a bit.

  • 72% Cotton, 28% Nylon
  • 317 yds
  • Bulky (5)
  • Machine Wash & Dry
  • $10.99

“Softball Style” Bulky Cotton (5)

The term “softball” actually refers to the way this Yarn is created. Made up of 100% cotton or a cotton blend, the fiber will have one or more strong cords wrapped around the fiber creating a unique texture. I used Made in America Yarns’ Bulky 100% Cotton Roving held double for my summer Pamona Tee! A few of my testers for this pattern chose some similar softball style yarn from other brands and I have included them below along with a few others I found while researching!

Made in America Bulky Cotton Roving

  • 95% Georgia cotton | 3% poly seed | 2% nylon
  • ~350 yards per cone (website doesn’t list exact yardage, it only lists yards/pound and estimated weight of the cone)
  • Bulky (5)
  • Description doesn’t mention care instructions but the reviews mention that it is washable.
  • $16.99

Lion Brand Yarn No. 5 Cotton Blend

  • 55% Cotton, 45% Acrylic
  • 109 yards
  • Bulky (5)
  • Machine Wash & Lay Flat to Dry
  • $5.99

Hobby Lobby Yarn Bee Arabella Cotton Blend

  • 55% Cotton, 45% Acrylic
  • 105 yards
  • Bulky (5)
  • Machine Wash (cold) & Lay Flat to Dry
  • $4.99

Tahki Yarns Hatteras 100% cotton

  • 100% organic cotton
  • 109 yards
  • Bulky (5)
  • Machine Wash Gentle, Tumble Dry Low
  • $9.99

Hobby Lobby Yarn Bee Cotton XXL

  • 100% Cotton
  • 50 yards
  • Bulky (5)
  • Machine Wash & Dry Flat
  • $4.99

Loopy Mango Big Cotton

  • 100% cotton
  • 48 yards
  • Bulky (5)
  • Machine wash gentle (no drying instructions)
  • $16 (pricey!!)

Rico Creative So Cool & So Soft Cotton Chunky

  • 100% cotton
  • 109 yards
  • Bulky (5)
  • Hand wash & Lay flat to dry
  • $6.99
Left to right: Made in America Cotton Bulky Roving (@pinksheepdesign), Tahki Yarns Hatteras (@slusserjewels), Lion Brand No. 5 Cotton (@knitislegit) – All photos are my Summer Pamona Tee Pattern!

Hobbii Ribbon Yarn (5)

This 100% cotton bulky yarn has pretty great structure for things like bags and hats! I was a bit worried about my finished projects stretching out but so far so good! I used this yarn double stranded to create my Babe with the Yarn Tote bag (still in testing) and LOVED how it turned out! I have had testers use this yarn double stranded to make my Mariner Cross-Body bag as well! Another similar option to this brand would be Hoooked Ribbon XL Solids (5) but there are quite a few other brand and websites out there that sell this ribbon-style yarn and it’s almost always 100% cotton making it a great option for summer projects! I have not yet made a wearable (aside from a bucket hat) but it’s definitely on my to-do list!

  • 100% cotton
  • 137 yards
  • Bulky (5)
  • Machine Wash (cold) & Lay Flat to Dry
  • $12.90 (save by buying in bulk or watch for sales!!)
Left to right: Babe with the Yarn Tote Bag (still in testing), Mariner Cross-body Bag (@threefatescrochet), Mariner Cross Body Bag (@cpeanutbutter) – All of these projects were made using ribbon yarn!

Super Bulky Cotton (6)

There are quite a few super bulky cotton options out there but I have not tried any of the ones listed below myself so I cannot give a true and honest opinion of them, but they might be worth a try if you are looking for a super bulky (6) weight cotton!!!

Premier Chunky Cotton

  • 100% Cotton
  • 50 Yards
  • Super Bulky (6)
  • Machine wash (cold) & lay flat to dry
  • $4.99

Mainstays (Walmart brand) Bulky Cotton

  • 100% cotton
  • 50 yards
  • Super Bulky (6)
  • Machine Wash & lay flat to dry
  • $3.98

DMC Natura XL 

  • 100% cotton
  • 82 yards
  • Super Chunky (6)
  • Machine Wash Cold & lay flat to dry
  • $6.69

Paintbox Yarns Recycled Big Cotton

  • 60% cotton/40% polyester
  • 98 yards
  • Super Chunky (6)
  • Hand Wash & lay flat to dry
  • $14.50

Hobbii Bungee Mini (6)

I have really come to love working with this yarn! I used it for my Mariner Cross-body bag pattern and my original overalls design! I have also had testers use it for my upcoming large tote bag pattern and bucket hat pattern that will be releasing soon and everyone else seems to really enjoy using it too! It’s a lot like jumbo squishy shoelaces and is pretty soft–I am interested in how it would feel as a transitional fall cardigan, for instance! The only downside would be that is can be hard on your body depending on your gauge. If you have tighter gauge it can feel like a workout crocheting with it! A similar option to the Hobbii Bungee Mini is Joanne’s Big Twist Textile–I have had a few people substitute this for my patterns that call for Bungee Mini and it has been a fantastic alternative!

  • 42% cotton, 58% polyester
  • 66 yards
  • Super Bulky (6)
  • Machine Wash (cold), website doesn’t mention how to dry
  • $13.90 (save by buying in bulk or watch for sales!!)
All of these are my Mariner Cross-body bag pattern made using Hobbii Bungee Mini! Left to right: @pinksheepdesign, @purglede, @stitched_by_lb

Paintbox Yarns Recycled T-Shirt (6)

I have yet to purchase t-shirt yarn to use for a summer project but it is DEFINITELY on my list! I have had quite a few people use this type of yarn to test my designs, everything from my Mariner Cross-body bag to my Luna Cardigan! There are quite a few places to get t-shirt yarn but some of the most well known are Hoooked Zpagetti T-shirt Yarn and Fox Yarns T-shirt Yarn (available on Amazon). You can of course also make your own t-shirt yarn but I have found that the homemade t-shirt yarn tends to stretch out QUITE a bit more than the kind you purchase pre-made. I have also heard that this yarn, like the hobbit bungee mini, can be quite a workout to work with–focusing on loosening up your tension a bit can help with this!

  • 90% Cotton 10% Synthetic
  • 120 yards
  • Super bulky (6)
  • Hand wash/dry flat
  • $10
Mariner cross-body bag in Hooked Zpagetti (@knitislegit), Luna Cardigan in Fox Yarns T-shirt yarn (@squirrelgirl_nic), Mariner Cross-body bag in Paintbox Recycled t-shirt Yarn (@emmas_happy_hook) – all of these are made using T-shirt yarn!

Premier Cotton XL (7)

I have not used this yarn yet but HAD to purchase it out of curiosity! It is a size SEVEN yarn (Jumbo) and it is a cotton blend yarn meant for home decor type projects! I am super excited to finally create something with it but I honestly have no idea what I am going to make with it yet! It feels a lot like Lily Sugar & Cream when it comes to softness (not super soft but not scratchy). It is a woven style yarn which tells me it should hold together pretty well but we will see! I will definitely do a video review once I’ve actually used it!

  • 85% Recycled Cotton,15% Polyester
  • 82 yards
  • Jumbo (7)
  • Machine wash cold & dry flat
  • $7.99

Lion Brand Mandala Thick & Quick (6)

I really wanted to focus on cotton blends for this blog BUT since I used this yarn to make my summer overalls I figured it was worth mentioning in this lineup! Granted I have not worn my overalls outside on a hot day so I am not sure if they would be downright miserable or not, but the acrylic yarn does make them lighter than they would’ve been had I chosen to use cotton! I also just LOVE the colors available in this yarn! I have not yet washed my overalls so I cannot speak to how it washes and dries though.

  • 100% acrylic
  • 87 Yards
  • Super bulky (6)
  • Machine wash & dry
  • $8.99

Bernat Colorwhirl (6)

I was not originally going to include the yarn (again because it is also 100% acrylic) BUT I am currently testing my newest summer pattern–The Sneaky Buns Bucket Hat!–and one of my testers used this yarn for her hat and loved how it turned out. She said it is light and soft and perfect for summer so I decided to add this one in last minute!

  • 100% acrylic
  • 77 Yards
  • Super bulky (6)
  • Machine wash & Dry
  • $10.99

Crochet Patterns Mentioned in my video:

Looking for more summer crochet projects?? Check out my Simple Summer Projects Crochet Pattern Roundup and Summer Crop Tops Pattern Roundup!

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