Fiber Content: 100% Cotton
Care: though this fiber can be machine washed, we recommend hand washing for all lace to prevent snagging or stretching.
Most people think cotton feels horrible in the hands as they knit. Well, this is NOT true with Ostara! (or Pima Petite, but that is a yarn story for another day). Ostara is very nice to knit with, and the final project is super soft. Like Chasca and Selene it has no shine at all, so once again, beads are a great addition to bring attention to your finished shawls.
Ostara has about the same yardage per ounce as Selene, but we put it up in 134 gram skein sets rather than 4 ounce sets, so you will get about the same yardage as in a 4 ounce set of most of our other lace bases.
Ostara does block nicely, but I would suggest using a little spray starch when blocking any Ostara lace projects. That way your finished objects will hold their shape a little longer.
Cotton yarns require a different dye process and type of dye than wool or silk based yarns. I try the best I can to get colorways similar to our protein based yarns, but sometimes cannot get as close as I would like. I usually e-mail pictures of Ostara color ways dyed for the 1st time, if unsure if the customer might think they are not “close enough”. Colors do not come out quite as saturated on Ostara as some of our other bases.
Below you'll find some examples of colorways dyed on this yarn but it, like all of our yarn and fiber, is available in ANY of the colorways listed in the Colors section of our website. For additional photos, type in the yarn name in the "search" bar at the top of the side bar.