15 Cotton Crochet Patterns

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Cotton yarn is one of the most popular choices of yarn when it comes to crochet patterns. I’m sure you have a stash of cotton yarn right now in your craft room, as do I.

So, to help us use up our collections and turn those strands into something functional, I’ve curated a list of useful crochet projects that specifically suit cotton yarn.

A birds eye view of four skeins of pastel teal, organic cotton yarn sat on a white surface. Three of them are stacked in the bottom left and one is alone in the top left. There is a white cup of coffee in the top right & a fan of white tassels below.

There are 15 cotton crochet patterns here that I feel suit sustainable living and I am sure there will be something in this list that suits your home and lifestyle.

Before we get to the list however, let’s talk a little about which cotton yarns are best to use, why they are the best and where to get them from.

Which Cotton Yarns to Use

If you’re part of the zero waste community, then you will already know that the best yarn to use first is the one you already have. So if you have cotton yarn already in your stash then use that first!

However, if you don’t have any and you’re thinking to buy some specifically for a new project then the best cotton yarn to choose is recycled cotton. Recycled cotton uses less resources to be made and saves materials going to landfill.

Organic cotton is still a good option if you can’t get hold of recycled. By purchasing organic cotton you are supporting those companies who are trying to make things better. You’re supporting a less damaging way of producing cotton and supporting the environment.

Yarn Recommendations

Here are some suggestions of sustainable cotton yarns that I love to use and recommend for some of these crochet projects. Please check the pattern you are working with to make sure the weight is appropriate for your project.

Recycled Cotton Yarn

Organic Cotton Yarn

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Crochet Bowl Cozy - The Loop Lamb

A beginner friendly crochet bowl cozy pattern that fits any size bowl and protects our hands from hot or cold temperatures. Made with 100% cotton yarn in worsted weight.

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Crochet Pan Protector Pattern - Raffamusa

If you have sport weight cotton yarn available then this is the perfect crochet pattern. The free pattern includes 3 different sizes to keep all your pans protected from scratches.

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Headphone Cover Crochet Pattern - byGoldenberry 

Save your headphones from heading to the landfill by making replacement ear piece cushions. All you need is a small amount of PaintBox Recycled Cotton worsted weight yarn to get started.

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Crochet Plant Hanger Pattern - A Crocheted Simplicity 

Use worsted weight yarn to make these gorgeous plant hangers to hang your plants up high. The free pattern includes 3 different sizes. You could also use macrame rope or twine to make them.

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Crochet Face Scrubbies Pattern - byGoldenberry

Have you switched to reusable face scrubbies yet to remove your makeup? Now there’s no excuse to wait. This free pattern uses super soft organic cotton to help you make a luxurious makeup remover that is also suitable for the eye area.

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Reversible Bucket Hat Crochet Pattern - Nine Inspired

Cotton yarn isn’t only for home decor but can be great for wearables too. This reversible bucket hat would be a great project before summer comes along. Available in two sizes, child and adult.

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Twine Crochet Basket Pattern - Make & Do Crew

Upcycle an old belt and use Lion Brand Mac-Re-Me recycled cotton to make this beautifully crafted crochet basket. I love the contrast of colour between the yarn and the handles giving it a rustic aesthetic.

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Elinor Top Crochet Pattern - Divine Debris

An easy, versatile summer top that is light to wear and available in 9 sizes. It includes customisations for longer sleeves, stripes or a longer or shorter torso. It’s completely up to you and how you like it to fit.

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Crochet Kitchen Towel Pattern - My Crochet Space

Spruce up your kitchen by crocheting your own cotton towels to dry your dishes and hands with. Use any colours you like of DK yarn to match your kitchen decor and adjust the size to your specific needs.

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Lemona Tote Bag Crochet Pattern - byGoldenberry

The Lemona tote bag uses PaintBox Recycled Cotton yarn and crochet on the bias to craft this geometric style. It also includes instructions on how to make a small pocket for the inside and a reusable cup holder.

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Crochet Placemat Pattern - Simply Melanie Jane

Get started on an elegant placemat and coaster set that uses simple stitch repeats for a fun and easy crochet project to elevate your dining decor.

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Crochet Flower Coaster Pattern - Desert Blossom Crafts

A very versatile flower coaster pattern that you could make in any colours you like to match the flower you have in mind. Or mix and match the colours you already to have to create a stash busting project.

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Trinity Stitch Potholders Crochet Pattern - Blackstone Designs

Designed with a folded panel, these thick potholders provide double the protection against heat, ensuring safety while handling hot dishes and pots. Make any colours you like to match with your kitchen decor.

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Vacation Kimono Cardigan - Jenny and Teddy

Using beginner crochet stitches to create a light and airy cardigan for summer with a soft texture, this crochet pattern is perfect for cotton yarn. The pattern uses DK weight yarn and a 4mm crochet hook.

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Crochet Flower Bookmark Pattern - Golden Lucy Crafts

A great little crochet project for using up small amounts of cotton yarn in your stash. These lavender and cherry blossom bookmarks are quick and easy to make using DK/light worsted yarn.

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Tina Rinaudo

Tina is a passionate zero waster and crocheter who aims to live and crochet as sustainably as possible. She has been crocheting since 2016 and specialises in using sustainable yarns to design zero waste crochet patterns to make easy swaps for yourselves and your homes. She has been featured in Happily Hooked Magazine, PatternCenter.com and many other websites for her eco friendly crochet patterns.


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