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Universal Yarn Classic Shades

Universal Yarns Classic Shades gently stripes with gorgeous colors as you knit or crochet. The blend of dralon (acrylic) and wool is soft and light, and the yardage is incredible, and it's machine washable. Great for garments and winter accessories! Made in Turkey.

Content:
70% Acrylic/30% Wool
Care:
Machine Wash
Weight/Yardage:
100g/197yd
Gauge:
4-5 sts = 1" on US 7-9
Knitting Weight:
Worsted
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Universal YarnClassic Shades
 
4.2

(based on 38 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (20)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Soft (27)
  • Good weight (22)
  • Nice texture (20)
  • Machine washable (14)
  • Knits quickly (13)

Cons

  • Snags (7)

Best Uses

  • Scarves (18)
  • Hats (15)
  • Sweaters (11)
  • Gloves (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Enthusiast (19), Artist (11), Collector (7), Novice (6), Parent (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (28), Yes (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Recommended with Reservations

I love the long color changes in this yarn for crochet projects. I wouldn't knit with it. It doesn't unravel easily, and I'm not a proficient knitter. The colors are beautiful but inconsistent...Read complete review

I love the long color changes in this yarn for crochet projects. I wouldn't knit with it. It doesn't unravel easily, and I'm not a proficient knitter. The colors are beautiful but inconsistent from skein to skein in the same dye lot.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

cuddly yet troublesome

i find the 'halo' to be almost too much, and the yarn is terribly 'snaggly'. i have found lots of tiny knotted joins in each skein.

otherwise, the...Read complete review

i find the 'halo' to be almost too much, and the yarn is terribly 'snaggly'. i have found lots of tiny knotted joins in each skein.

otherwise, the 'cedar forest' colorway is very pretty, and my 'february lady' sweater will be a pleasure to wear because of the cuddly softness.

although i have knitted with more frustrating yarns than this, i doubt i would use it again unless it came in at some ridiculously low price.

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4.0

Lovely colors

By suzyq660

from Ogden, Utah

About Me Artist, Collector, Enthusiast

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Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Dyed Evenly
  • Good Weight
  • Nice Texture
  • Soft

Cons

  • Snags

Best Uses

  • Afghan

Comments about Universal Yarn Classic Shades:

The colors are absolutely beautiful. The only minus is that it is a tiny bit difficult to work with. It is difficult to take apart if I find that I made a mistake some ways back.
This may not be such an issue with smaller pieces, but is with afghans. If I made a mistake three rows back it takes a while to take it apart again.

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  • No

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4.0

hexagon afghan

By rphpcf

from Buffalo Grove, IL

About Me Enthusiast, Parent

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Great Shading For Hexagon

Cons

  • Many Flaws In Yarn

Best Uses

  • Afghan

Comments about Universal Yarn Classic Shades:

The Webs listing shows classic shades "grapevine" as a yellow/pink color. It actually is mostly purple/green. When I ordered it I commented to be sure I only receive the purple/green variety. The picture on the website needs to be changed.

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  • No

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5.0

Incredibly easy!

By karen

from Butler, TN

About Me Artist, Enthusiast

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Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Universal Yarn Classic Shades:

      Easy and soft knitting for a special prayer shawl!

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      • No

      Comment on this review

       
      5.0

      Love Classic Shades

      By Mary

      from Pewaukee, WI

      About Me Novice

      See all my reviews

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Good Weight
      • Hides Mistakes
      • Machine Washable
      • Nice Texture
      • Soft

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Hats
        • Scarves

        Comments about Universal Yarn Classic Shades:

        I have friends that love this yarn as much as I do and added to my last order. The colors are excellent.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        Comment on this review

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Best yarn for entrelac and stripes

        By Aleigh112

        from Philly

        About Me Artist, Enthusiast, Parent

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        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Good Weight
        • Knits Quickly
        • Nice Texture

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Hats
          • Scarves

          Comments about Universal Yarn Classic Shades:

          I love this yarn. I would give it 5 stars if it was just a tad softer. I'm allergic to regular wool, so I am a bit sensitive to it, but because it's mixed with acrylic I can handle it. I love using this yarn for entrelac. It makes the project look so tricky, when in reality it was pretty easy to make. I wear the entrelac infinity scarf I knit in this yarn all the time and get compliments everywhere I go.

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          • No

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          4.0

          Nice yarn

          By Luna Star

          from Sedona, AZ

          About Me Novice

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Good Weight
          • Knits Quickly
          • Machine Washable
          • Nice Subtle Color Changes
          • Nice Texture
          • Soft

          Cons

          • Snags

          Best Uses

          • Hats
          • Scarves

          Comments about Universal Yarn Classic Shades:

          The subtle changes of color in this yarn create a beatiful look of texture. I am knitting with three strands and it creates a beautiful afghan.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Love Classic Shades

          By Mary

          from Pewaukee, WI

          About Me Crochet About Every 20 Yr, Novice

          See all my reviews

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Good Weight
          • Hides Mistakes
          • Soft

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Hats
            • Scarves

            Comments about Universal Yarn Classic Shades:

            I found Classic Shades in Eagle River, WI while on vacation. I bought some for a friend that had made me a scarf. She was thrilled with the gift. I was back up there again and bought some for myself. I love that it is soft and it was so easy to crochet with. I made a cowl first and then a scarf. The yarn feels so good against my skin, not scratchy at all. I made a cowl for my sister too. I am now ordering more in several different shades. The colors go with my clothes and the pop of maybe a lime green just makes my cowl stand out. My friends love the coloring too. I am ordering for the second time to try my hand at doing something more involved.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes

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            5.0

            Knits beautifully!

            By Retired and Loving It

            from Boulder, CO

            About Me Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Knits Quickly
            • Nice Texture

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Scarves
              • Sweaters

              Comments about Universal Yarn Classic Shades:

              Knits up just like the pattern shows.

              Service and delivery comments:

              Package came promptly and in excellent condition.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • Yes

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              4.0

              Beautiful color - Not easy to work with.

              By suzyq660

              from Utah

              About Me Afghan Nut, Artist, Collector

              Pros

              • Machine Washable
              • Nice Texture
              • Soft

              Cons

              • Inconsistent Weight
              • Snags

              Best Uses

                Comments about Universal Yarn Classic Shades:

                I chose this yarn as the best color choice to match the vision in my head. The color is perfect!
                On the other hand, the yarn's spin is inconsistent and there are sections that are so thick or so thin that they will not work in the middle of an afghan. There are some spots where the yarn is a gnarled up mess. This has caused many extra knots in the project. Since the yarn is slick, the knots don't stay together well.
                The crochet hook does not pull through smoothly so it is sort of difficult to get a good rhythm going when doing a large project such as an afghan.
                If it is the color you need, and you don't mind the extra time redoing stitches where the yarn snagged on the hook, then you will love the colors and softness of this brand.
                I would have given it a five in spite of the extra work involved in using the yarn, because of the color and texture, if I hadn't had to cut several pieces out of the middle of skeins.

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                5.0

                Very nice yarn

                By D.ann

                from Oklahoma

                About Me Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Good Weight
                • Knits Quickly
                • Machine Washable
                • Soft

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Throw

                  Comments about Universal Yarn Classic Shades:

                  I am making a honeycomb throw for my son. He requested a throw for his new home. The colors are perfect for this project. It does have a bit too much of a halo, but I doubt if he will even notice . It's washable! I'm counting on this! Fun project, the color waves make it fun to see how they all work together. Ordered most of the colors and am just reaching in and grabbing the next color...so far it's beautiful.

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                  • No

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