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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Aunt Lydia's Star Spun Yarn, American Thread

I've not been able to find much on this American Thread yarn -- Star Spun -- however, I'll share here what I know and/or guess, since it a) existed and two, I have at several patterns calling for it in the shop.   

This photo appeared in American Thread Star Book No 134 - Crocheted Rugs.  

Photo from Amazon seller 

According to the label, Star Spun is a blended yarn, 69% Rayon, 23% cotton and 8% Metallic Thread. There were 60 yards per skein.

From appearance, I'm going to suggest that this is a variation of Aunt Lydia's Heavy Rug Yarn.   In 1955, when Star Rug Book No 134 was issued, the blend on Aunt Lydia's Heavy Rug Yarn was 75% Nylon and 25% Cotton, a 4-ply yarn.   The design variations where I've seen this yarn used in patterns is the contrast color and the bit of sparkle added by the metallic thread.

So, I would say that should you wish to make a design (probably rug) that calls for this product, that any heavy rug yarn that meets the gauge will work.   You might even be able to find one with the sparkle.

1 comment:

  1. I own nine skeins of this yarn, in white. The label says "60 yards" and "fast color." I purchased it sometime in the past 12 years at either a thrift store or an antique store. It looks like new! The labels are in great shape.
    Label says:
    69% rayon, 23% cotton and 8% non tarnishable metallic yarn
    For making bags, hats, bulky sweaters, place mats fashion accessories.
    I consider this heavier than worsted weight, but not as heavy as run yarn.I am going to knit a circular spiral rug, from the center out, beginning with eight stitches and increases eight stitches on every other round. The finished piece should be large enough to put under one of my antique rocking chairs.