Yarn Review: Wool and The Gang Yarn, Shiny Happy Cotton

Updated: Jun 30, 2020

Yarn Specs

Wool and the Gang, Shiny Happy Cotton

Yarn Weight Aran/ Worsted Weight

Length 155 yds

Fiber 100% Pima Cotton

Care Machine Wash Cold, Lay Flat Dry


The Terrazo Throw- crochet pattern

This is a super easy crochet pattern using one stitch! It also comes in 4 sizes from baby blanket to large throw. Perfect for beginners or anyone who wants a breezy summer throw (me me me!)

Pros and Cons


So one thing I love about cotton is that it does not pill like wool or acrylic. This cotton for sure does not pill. It looks like the name suggests- shiny. And that makes me happy! Honestly I was super proud of how The Terrazzo Throw looked as a finished project. It looks polished and I know I have to give props to this yarn for that.

Also I want to note that for the Hand Painted Shiny Happy Cotton, which is exactly like the Shiny Happy Cotton but in variegated colorways, the yarn is literally hand painted by artists in Peru. I just thought that that was way cool.

Pro- Soft No one wants scratchy yarn, and cotton as a material is really more about utility than luxury. That being said, this cotton feels luxuriously soft and sturdy.

Pro- So. Many. Colors. To. Choose. From.

For The Terrazzo Throw I chose the Hand Painted Shiny Happy Cotton for the terrazzo effect. I love all the Hand Painted options, but out of the solid colors, there are 85 colors to choose from! And they are all modern and in season.

Pro- 100% Pima Cotton

I just love when my yarn is a natural fiber. So, 100% cotton is great. 100% pima cotton is even better.

Pima cotton is a higher-end type of cotton with a longer fiber than conventional cotton. It has a reputation for producing a smooth fabric that's soft to the touch, wrinkle-resistant, and ultra-durable.

Con- Sort of weird with some knit and crochet stitches. You have to find the right stitch for this yarn.

It might just be me but I tried this yarn with a few different knit stitches (namely stockinette and seed stitch) and I was not a fan. I also found in to look a bit stiff with simple single or double crochets. I think that this is because cotton has no stretch or give. So really that is a critique of cotton, not this

specific cotton yarn. Eventually I landed on the griddle crochet stitch and it looked great!

Con- Higher Price Point

This yarn really isn't cheap. Think appox. $100 for something baby blanket sized. But the quality really is there. To me, it is worth it to use great materials if I am also going to invest hours into making something with it.

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