When I first got into amigurumi, it became quickly apparent that all those Pinterest projects I wanted to make were not made with acrylic worsted.
You can totally make amigurumi with any yarn you want…but the patterns I was clicking on all featured projects made from fingering weight cotton yarn.
I live near a Hobby Lobby and a Walmart. There is simply no such yarn available to me locally.
I ended up ordering Scheepjes Catona online because it was recommended by bloggers I liked. Then I ordered Scheepjes Cotton 8 purely because I wanted to know what the difference was.
Long story short…I like Cotton 8 better.
But that doesn’t matter.
The fact is, it’s a matter of preference.
But here are the differences just so you can decide for yourself:
Mercerized versus Unmercerized
Catona is mercerized. Cotton 8 isn’t.
Mercerized cotton is smooth, shiny, and not very absorbent. I’ve crocheted Christmas ornaments, amigurumi, mandalas, and a handbag for my daughter out of it. But I wouldn’t recommend it for dishcloths or hand-towels.
Unmercerized cotton retains its natural look. It’s more absorbent than mercerized cotton and makes excellent dishcloths, towels, face scrubbies, etc. But I also love it for amigurumi…it’s strictly a preference thing. I like the texture.
Fingering weight versus fingering weight?
Catona and Cotton 8 are technically the same weight…
But I SWEAR Catona feels bigger to me. I use a half a hook size bigger when crocheting with it. And because of its smooth texture, it slides through my fingers faster, which results in looser stitches.
That’s why I prefer Cotton 8 for amigurumi.
This is where Catona wins.
Cotton 8 comes in 48 amazing colors which have so far been adequate to my needs.
But Catona comes in 109 shades.
That’s not even the best part. Scheepjes makes two other yarns using the same shade numbers. There’s sugar rush, a size 10 or lace weight thread. And Cahlista, a worsted weight yarn. All are 100% cotton.
And since they’re dyed using the same shades, you can experiment with different yarn sizes in the same project.
What else is there to compare?
Price: The same.
Quality: The same.
So which one is best?
Whichever one you prefer is best. They’re both really good yarns. Catona has a better color range. Cotton 8 being unmercerized lends itself to better craft fair products like dishcloths and towels.
It all comes down to what you’re making and what you like.
But I hope this post has provided you with enough information to figure out which one will work best for your needs.
Tell us about your experiences with these yarns in the comments below!
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