Starburst by Ficio Cotton Yarn Review

Details

Starburst by Ficio is a 100% cotton yarn made in North Macedonia  for Lincraft stores.

  • It comes in 100g balls with 230m per ball.
  • The rrp is $10 a ball and I was fortunate enough to buy it at 40% off. 
  • A 4mm crochet hook is recommended.
  • Gauge – 10″ x 10″ equals 30 rows by 24 stitches.
  • Lincraft sells 7 different variegated colours of the Sunburst yarn..
  • The label recommends a cool hand wash and lay flat to dry.
  • The weight of the Starburst yarn is not marked on the label, but I would say it’s a dk weight judging by the meterage and the way it looks. 

My Observations

I crocheted 2 swatches of the Starburst yarn, the purple in a puff stitch with a 4mm hook and the blue in single crochet with a 5mm hook. I noted the following:

  • The centre of the ball was quite easy to find.
  • Although the Starburst yarn is not labelled as a mercerised cotton, it has a lovely sheen to it.
  • It’s nice to crochet with and didn’t give me any problems, it’s definitely a bit smoother than the average cotton yarn.
  • The colours are really beautiful and I love the graded effect.
  • I crocheted the purple Starburst yarn into a potholder/trivet and It took approximately 30g yarn to make up.
  • The yarn didn’t split at all which is great!
  • The Sunburst yarn has a nice drape, which I think would be nice for clothing items.
  • The single crochet swatch curled at the corners, so with some stitches, some sort of border might prevent this or blocking might be helpful.
blue swatch of crochet starburst ficio

Washing

So, I wanted to see how the Starburst yarn held up in the dryer, so after washing on a cold gentle machine cycle, with a lower spin cycle as well, I dried the purple trivet/potholder naturally on a clothes horse and the blue single crochet swatch on a normal dryer cycle. These are the results:

  • So the blue swatch shrank quite alot in the dryer. It was 14½cm wide  x  14cm high before I washed it and 12½cm wide  after, but strangely enough the same height. That’s nearly 14% shrinkage.
  • The stitch pattern was a lot more compact, probably due to shrinkage.
  •  I feel like the yarn lost some of its sheen as well.
  • The purple swatch of the Sunburst yarn seemed to be pretty much the same before I washed it and didn’t shrink at all.

In Summary

  • I really like the Sunburst yarn, and I would be happy to pay full price if I couldn’t wait for a sale. (I love a bargain!! What can I say 😊)
  • I think it would make really lovely homewares, accessories and clothing. I can imagine a bikini made out of it for sure!! 👙
  • Definitely only a natural dry and I feel like if its a larger project it would need support as it dries so it doesn’t stretch out.
  • I’d love to know if you have any opinions in the comments ⬇️.

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Starburst by Ficio Cotton Yarn Review
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Starburst by Ficio Cotton Yarn Review
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