Calypso by Sirdar 8-Ply Pure Cotton Yarn Review with link to FREE crochet Boho Belt pattern


Calypso by Sirdar is a 100% cotton yarn made in England.

  • It comes in 50g balls with 106m per ball.
  • It sells for approximately $5 a ball atΒΒ 
  • A 4mm crochet hook or knitting needles is recommended.
  • Gauge – 10″ x 10″ equalsΒ  28 rows byΒ  22 stitches.
  • Knitting Co sells 12 colours of the Sirdar Calypso cotton.
  • The label recommends a warm machine wash and it is dry cleanable.
  • The label marks the weight of Calypso as a double knit (dk) which is equivalent to an 8ply.

My Observations

I crocheted a dishcloth ofΒ trinity stitch with a 4mm hook and a boho belt with a 3.5mm hook in the Sirdar Calypso Cotton in the colour lime.

  • The yarn pulled easily from the centre of the ball.
  • I found the larger hook more comfortable to crochet the Calypso cotton with.
  • It is a nice soft cotton, with no stiffness at all.Β 
  • Nice to crochet with, with no splitting going on.
  • It doesn’t seem to be a very heavy cotton, and I’m wondering if this is the best option for the belt πŸ€”. What do you think? Should there be a bit more weight to a belt? Please let me know your thoughts in the comment section ⬇️.
  • I love how beautifully saturated the colour is and it shows up fairly accurately on the knittingco website.
  • The Sirdar Calypso Cotton seems like it’s pretty true to its advertised weight.
  • I noticed the website lists it as a mercerized cotton, but it does not say this anywhere on the label….and I don’t see any sheen at all.


I meant to wash both items as per the recommended instructions at 40Β°, but forgot and cold washed them πŸ™„. They came out nicely, so I guess either way is fine.

The cold may not wash as well if it’s dirty though.

I did use a more gentle cycle with a reduced spin simply because of the beads on the belt.

  • Both items washed and dried well and the Calypso cotton yarn was still nice and soft after.