Cotton Yarn vs Acrylic Yarn
I prefer to use 100% cotton yarn #4 when making tote bags as it holds its shape when it is used to hold items. Acrylic yarn seems to stretch and give when weighted. I have found that when the pattern calls for #4 worsted weight that the #4 100% cotton can be used and will maintain the same stitch gauge and measurements. The grey bag is made using 100% cotton worsted weight and the purple and white is made using 100% acrylic worsted weight yarn and as you can see the weight of the empty bag has stretched the length.
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