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Berroco Lustra

What a perfect name for this beauty from Berroco! Lustra is a luminous blend of Peruvian wool and Tencel. This single ply is softened by the Tencel and with incredible yardage, Lustra is perfect for stunning garments. Made in Peru.

Content:
50% Peruvian Wool/50% Tencel
Care:
Hand Wash, Dry Flat
Weight/Yardage:
100g/197yds
Gauge:
4.5 sts = 1" on US 7 or 3.75 sc = 1" on US 8-H hook
Knitting Weight:
Worsted
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BerrocoLustra
 
3.5

(based on 23 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

78%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good weight (16)
  • Soft (14)
  • Dyed evenly (13)
  • Nice texture (11)
  • Knits quickly (8)

Cons

  • Unravels (7)
  • Sheds (3)
  • Twists up (3)

Best Uses

  • Scarves (10)
  • Hats (7)
  • Sweaters (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Enthusiast (14), Artist (7), Collector (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (17)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Even tempered yarn

This yarn works well for crochet, doesn't split or snag. I've seen comments that it doesn't work as well for knitting (I haven't tried that), but it works like a dream for...Read complete review

This yarn works well for crochet, doesn't split or snag. I've seen comments that it doesn't work as well for knitting (I haven't tried that), but it works like a dream for crochet projects! Color note: I did find that the actual yarn color was noticeably darker than presented on the website.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Swatch first!

First, this is a beautiful looking yarn, but...

I had planned on using it for the contrasting cuffs and collars on a crocheted sweater. The sweater was done in Cascade...Read complete review

First, this is a beautiful looking yarn, but...

I had planned on using it for the contrasting cuffs and collars on a crocheted sweater. The sweater was done in Cascade 220 Superwash, which is a workhorse, and comes in great colors!

Naively, I thought the tencel in Lustra would stop it from felting. Wow, am I glad I did a swatch and threw it in the washer and dryer! (Yes,that's rough treatment, but I really wanted to test it.) The result: while it only lost about 15% of its size, all that beautiful sheen and luster was gone, replaced by fuzz. The color intensity was still there, but none of the shine; what a disappointment!

Furthermore, had I crocheted the cuffs, etc.,then washed the sweater, they would have shrunk, making the sweater unwearable, and I would have had to *cut* them off because of the felting.

Every other comment on splitting (not so bad in crochet, very frustrating when knitting) is true, and it sheds even in the process of winding the ball from the swift. I'm not even sure it will make good scarves, because any neck abrasion (from a man's beard growth, say) will quickly fuzz the shine right off them.

I'm going to try using it stranded with something else, to see if I can mitigate the felting and loss of sheen. I can see using something that's 100% tencel or other non-fuzzy fiber, although it's a shame to lose the color intensity.

Even hand washing it swatch will result in some pilling and fuzziness, and definite loss of shine.

Reviewed by 23 customers

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5.0

luscious and soft

By Kari H.

from Rocklin CA

About Me Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Dyed Evenly
  • Good Weight
  • Knits Quickly
  • Soft

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Hats
    • Scarves
    • Sweaters

    Comments about Berroco Lustra:

    I love the deep richness of the saturated color, and how the knitted fabric drapes. the yarn slips easily on my Addi turbo knitting needles, so the knitting goes fast!

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    • No

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    A beautiful sheen, but fell short

    By Jodie - Intermediate Knitter

    from Richmond, VA

    About Me Intermediate Skills

    Pros

    • Good Weight

    Cons

    • Coarse

    Best Uses

      Comments about Berroco Lustra:

      Even though this is a beautiful yarn, I wasn't thrilled with the feel of this yarn when knitting and it would split more easily than I like. It did make a beautiful chain stitch for a pillow. The trouble came when I was stitching the bottom of the pillow with a darning needle. Every two or three stitches, the yarn pulled apart making it almost impossible to use the original yarn to close the bottom.

      Would not recommend for anything that gets used with any rigor.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Lovely yarn.

      By Happy Knitter

      from Southport, NC

      About Me Artist, Collector, Enthusiast, Parent

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Dyed Evenly
      • Easy To Fix
      • Good Weight
      • Knits Quickly
      • Nice Texture
      • Soft

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Hats
        • Scarves
        • Sweaters

        Comments about Berroco Lustra:

        Great for the scarf I used it for.

        Service and delivery comments:

        WEBS service is always great. Yarn comes very soon after it is ordered, and is always what I ordered.

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        • No

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        Swatch first!

        By Broos

        from Orcas Island, Wa

        About Me Artist, Collector, Enthusiast

        Pros

        • Beautiful Subtle Shine
        • Dyed Evenly
        • Good Weight
        • Nice Texture
        • Soft

        Cons

        • Felts
        • Sheds
        • Twists Up
        • Unravels

        Best Uses

          Comments about Berroco Lustra:

          First, this is a beautiful looking yarn, but...

          I had planned on using it for the contrasting cuffs and collars on a crocheted sweater. The sweater was done in Cascade 220 Superwash, which is a workhorse, and comes in great colors!

          Naively, I thought the tencel in Lustra would stop it from felting. Wow, am I glad I did a swatch and threw it in the washer and dryer! (Yes,that's rough treatment, but I really wanted to test it.) The result: while it only lost about 15% of its size, all that beautiful sheen and luster was gone, replaced by fuzz. The color intensity was still there, but none of the shine; what a disappointment!

          Furthermore, had I crocheted the cuffs, etc.,then washed the sweater, they would have shrunk, making the sweater unwearable, and I would have had to *cut* them off because of the felting.

          Every other comment on splitting (not so bad in crochet, very frustrating when knitting) is true, and it sheds even in the process of winding the ball from the swift. I'm not even sure it will make good scarves, because any neck abrasion (from a man's beard growth, say) will quickly fuzz the shine right off them.

          I'm going to try using it stranded with something else, to see if I can mitigate the felting and loss of sheen. I can see using something that's 100% tencel or other non-fuzzy fiber, although it's a shame to lose the color intensity.

          Even hand washing it swatch will result in some pilling and fuzziness, and definite loss of shine.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          Comment on this reviewHelp Icon

           
          4.0

          Shimmery

          By Trekker Jeanne

          from New Boston, NH

          About Me Enthusiast

          See all my reviews

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Dyed Evenly
          • Good Weight
          • Knits Quickly
          • Nice Texture
          • Soft

          Cons

          • Unravels

          Best Uses

          • Hats
          • Scarves
          • Shawls

          Comments about Berroco Lustra:

          Made the Berroco Gypsy Sun Shawl with this yarn and Boboli. It is a bit splitty so you have to pay attention but is is worth it! it has an amazing shimmery light to it. And a very soft hand. Lovely!

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          • No

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          (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          Not Worth it.

          By knittercrocheter

          from Hempstead, NY

          Pros

          • Nice Texture

          Cons

          • Sheds
          • Stretches
          • Twists Up
          • Unravels

          Best Uses

            Comments about Berroco Lustra:

            It literally kept coming apart as I knitted. Knotted up like crazy and it sheds like crazy. Its just horrible overall. Don't buy this product.

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            • No

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            For a specific project

            By MicheleD

            from Houston, TX

            About Me Enthusiast

            See all my reviews

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Good Weight
            • Soft

            Cons

            • Twists Up

            Best Uses

            • Hats

            Comments about Berroco Lustra:

            Webs service was as always flawless. I bought this yarn along with another for a specific project. The hat turned out very nicely. This yarn is pretty and has a nice sheen to it. Be aware that it splits easily and can knot easily when ripping stitches after mistakes (and did I make them on this project!). It is a beautiful yarn when worked. I am getting together an order for my next project and it does include this yarn.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Lovely Lustra

            By Mimi

            from Holly, Michigan

            About Me Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Dyed Evenly
            • Good Weight
            • Knits Quickly
            • Lovely sheen
            • Nice Texture
            • Soft

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Hats
              • Scarves
              • Sweaters

              Comments about Berroco Lustra:

              I have used Lustra for two projects, so far. One is a wrap vest. The other is a large poncho. Lustra is a tactile delight to work with. I'm a crocheter, using an H Hook.The sheen from the Tencel is really lovely and of course, the wool adds warmth. Your volume discount and sale price for discontinued colors makes this a luxury yarn at a resonable price.

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              • No

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              2.0

              Upset

              By lbskis

              from New York

              Pros

              • Good Weight
              • Knits Quickly
              • Nice Texture
              • Soft

              Cons

              • Unravels

              Best Uses

                Comments about Berroco Lustra:

                I bought this knit because of the color, weight and feel to knit a scarf for my oldest son for Christmas. I didn't have a problem until I was doing the kitchener stitch bind off (was a provisional cast on). It shredded 3 times! I hope the way I patched it up will be enough...time will tell. Very disappointed since it is such a pretty and soft yarn.

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                • No

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                A Wonderful Yarn

                By PcH

                from Oshkosh, WI

                About Me Artist, Novelist

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Dyed Evenly
                • Good Weight
                • Knits Quickly
                • Nice Texture
                • Soft

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Berroco Lustra:

                    I love yarn with a subtle shine such as this. It's very smooth and knits up beautifully. Also, it ranges from saturated colors to unusual light values. I have over 4,000 yarns in my palette, and several of these Lustras are unique. Currently, I'm knitting a modular throw rug using Lustra Chateau as one of the main colors, then a wall hanging.

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                    • No

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