Cotton is a member of the Hibiscus family. It is one of the oldest cultivated fibers in history, going back at least 5,000 years. The name itself comes from the Arabic word "Qutun" or "Kutun", which is used to describe a fine fiber.
It's hypoallergenic, making it perfect for babies and those with sensitive skin. Now grown in over 90 countries, becoming everything from jeans to bank notes to doilies, why is it that knitters avoid it like the plague? Crocheters embrace this wonderful fiber. Modern technology and new blends, are making Cotton less prone to shrinkage and easier to knit.