10/2 Mercerized Cotton Yarn
Learn more about some of the major fiber types!
Mercerized cotton yarn has many of the same properties as unmercerized cotton yarn. The main difference is that mercerized cotton has gone through an additional step of processing which has made it stronger, and more lustrous than its unmercerized counterparts.
This processing involves giving the yarn a bath of sodium hydroxide, which is then neutralized with an acid wash. This step serves to lend the yarn many beneficial properties, including sheen (luster), the ability to hold dye better (which is why you’ll often see mercerized cotton in more vibrant shades than unmercerized), resistance to mildew, and additional strength. These are many of the same properties that bamboo fiber has as well, as the processing for cellulose fibers like these is very similar.
You may also hear of mercerized cotton referred to as “pearl” or “perle” cotton — this is the same thing as mercerized cotton, just called by a different name.
- Type of fiber: Cellulose (derived from plant)
- Hand: Heavy with moderate drape
- Care: Machine washable and dryable; some shrinkage
At Yarnia, we carry 10/2 UKI mercerized cotton yarn, which is excellent for weaving. We have the capability to wind multiple strands of this mercerized cotton together to produce a thicker finished yarn, which works wonderfully for knitting and crocheting as well. We sell all of our yarns by the ounce, yard, or pound so you can order exactly the amount you need for your project. You may order using our Custom Yarn Creator, by using the “chat with us” box in the bottom left corner of the screen, or by giving us a call at (503) 939-5338.
Here are some examples of finished projects our customers have made with our 10/2 mercerized cotton yarn: