Bella Arte Cotton Yarn Review

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Bella Arte by Pingouin is a 100% mercerized cotton yarn made in Brazil for Riot Stores.

  • It comes in 100g balls with 170m per ball.
  • The rrp is $12.99 a ball, but the colours  I bought were $4 at the time I purchased and the rest were on sale at $7.79 a ball. Great savings!! (these are the current prices at the time of publishing)
  • A 3mm crochet hook is recommended or 3.5-4.5 knitting needles.
  • Gauge is specified for knit only – 10″ x 10″ equals 25 rows by 18 stitches.
  • Riot sells 17 different colour, some solid, some mixed of the Bella Arte yarn.
  • The label recommends a hand wash and drip dry.
  • The weight of the yarn is not marked on the label, but I would place it somewhere between a dk and worsted weight.

My Observations

I crocheted 2 large swatches of the Bella Arte yarn with a 4.5mm hook and noted the following:

  • It’s probably not a big deal, but I couldn’t pull the yarn from the centre of the ball.
  • It’s easy enough to crochet with as far as cotton’s go…not overly stiff. It’s still, like most cottons, generally a bit tougher on the hands compared to using acrylics.
  • The colours of the Bella Arte are nice and bright with beautiful stitch definition. 
  • I’m not sure why a 3mm hook is recommended. Personally I think that’s too small.
  • It took approximately 40g yarn to make the swatch which is the size of a smaller dish cloth.
  • The yarn only split a couple of times.
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Washing

We’re all after a bit of convenience these days, so after I washed the Bella Arte swatches with a cold gentle machine cycle (including a lower than usual spin cycle), I wanted to see the results if I used the dryer.

So, the yellow swatch I dried naturally hanging over a clothes horses and the pink I put on a normal setting in the dryer. These are the results:

  • So the pink swatch definitely shrank in the dryer..quite a bit!! It was 7 ¾” wide  x  7½” high before I washed it and 7″ wide  x  7⅛” high after. So the width of it shrank quite a bit more than the height.
  • It didn’t seem to look much different except for maybe I could see a bit of creasing.
  • It did seem to take longer to dry in the dryer than other cottons i’ve used also.
  • It seemed soft enough and I liked the feel of it after washing and drying.
  • Surprisingly, the yellow swatch of the Bella Arte yarn still shrank a little after the wash and natural dry. It was 7¼” wide  x  7″ high before washing and 6⅞”  x  6⅞” after.
  • The appearance didn’t change at all that I could notice.

In Summary :

  • I really like the Bella Arte cotton yarn, but I would probably only buy it on sale. 
  • I think it would make lovely homewares. I’m not sure about making clothing with it, as I feel like the drape is not that great and it might be too weighty. Maybe small projects would be ok. (just personal opinion)
  • I would definitely dry it naturally unless I wasn’t concerned about the shrinkage too much, maybe with dish/wash cloths etc.
  • I’d love to know if you have any opinions in the comments ⬇️.

The Bella Arte cotton yarn would be suitable for the following projects :

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