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Valley Yarns Franklin Natural Cones

Valley Yarns Franklin Natural on Cones is our very own sock yarn, soft and durable. This yarn is perfect for the hand dyer. Order by the pound. Made in Italy

Note: Put up has changed recently on this yarn. Cones weigh approximately 3.5 lbs, so you'll need to order 4 lbs in order to get a full cone. Weight will be adjusted to actual. There is a $1.50 per cone charge for wind-off service. Please see our FAQ page for more information about in-store wind-offs. Yardage is approximately 1800 per pound, and ~6300 yds per cone.

Note: Yarns sold by the pound may have their quantity adjusted before the order is sent to reflect the actual weight of what is being sent out. Cone weights may vary.

Check out what other people are doing with Franklin Natural Cones on our blog!

Content:
75% Wool/25% Nylon
Care:
Machine Wash Regular
Weight/Yardage:
Approx. 3.5lb/ ~6300yd per cone
Gauge:
7-8 sts = 1" on US 0-2
Knitting Weight:
Sock
$26.99 lb $20.99 lb
  • In Stock 1 lb $20.99

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Valley YarnsFranklin Natural Cones
 
4.1

(based on 39 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (19)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

83%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good weight (25)
  • Dyed evenly (22)
  • Machine washable (18)
  • Nice texture (17)
  • Soft (13)

Cons

  • Coarse (7)

Best Uses

  • Socks (25)
  • Gloves (11)
  • Scarves (9)
  • Hats (7)
  • Shawls (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Artist (16), Enthusiast (14), Parent (6), Knitter (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (34)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

My Go To Yarn For Dying

This is my go-to natural sock yarn for dying. It takes dyes splendidly, wears really well, does not felt in washer, and has a lovely loft after dyed and washed. It fills...Read complete review

This is my go-to natural sock yarn for dying. It takes dyes splendidly, wears really well, does not felt in washer, and has a lovely loft after dyed and washed. It fills out beautifully but loses some length in the process. Starts thinner than a true fingering weight but after it fills out, it's perfect. Been using it for years.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

What a joke - Don't waste your money.

I bought this based on the popular positive reviews; what a mistake! It does pick up a little loft once dyed but it stays scratchy and fuzzy. The deepest saturation it took was...Read complete review

I bought this based on the popular positive reviews; what a mistake! It does pick up a little loft once dyed but it stays scratchy and fuzzy. The deepest saturation it took was still a foggy version of the intended hue. It is harsh to touch and was literally scraping through my skin as I was skeining it up. I can't sell this or products made from it - my clients wouldn't believe I'd present such a low-quality, unpleasant wool to them. Thoroughly disappointed, waste of money and now a waste of space in my studio.

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1.0

Worst ever

By The angry knitter/dyer

from Midwest, USA

About Me Crafter, Crocheter, Dyer, Enthusiast, Knitter, Parent

Pros

    Cons

    • Coarse
    • Doesn't Dye Well
    • Felts
    • Heavy
    • Not Soft
    • Rough

    Best Uses

    • Maybe A Horse Blanket

    Comments about Valley Yarns Franklin Natural Cones:

    This has got to be the absolutely worst yarn I've ever dyed or tried to knit with. I certainly don't know where the positive reviews are coming from. I used Franklin on cones exclusively and loved it until it was replaced by this inferior, certainly substandard yarn. It's just awful. See my 'cons' cuz I certainly haven't found any 'pros' to describe it. I'd give it away if I wouldn't feel so guilty about gifting it. So probably to the garbage man with it, all 3 lb. Sad, sad waste of money.

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    • No

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    5.0

    Great for socks!

    By Canadian dyer

    from Canada

    About Me Artist

    Pros

    • Dyed Evenly
    • Easy To Fix
    • Good Weight
    • Knits Quickly
    • Machine Washable

    Cons

    • Coarse

    Best Uses

    • Socks

    Comments about Valley Yarns Franklin Natural Cones:

    I'm a dyer and sell my hand-dyed yarn. I use Franklin as the base for one of my sock yarns. It takes dye fantastically well (acid dyes), and most of my colourways are very saturated. I've knitted socks for myself using one of my Franklin hand-dyed skeins and I like them more than the socks knit out of merino/nylon. My feet don't overeat but stay very warm. They've been through the washer (warm) and drier (hot) through 2 winters with no pilling, no shrinking, no fuzz. They still look brand new.

    This yarn wears like iron, but it's not merino so don't expect it to be soft. It's great for socks, especially ones for people who normally wear out their socks quickly.

    Some of my customers have used it for scarves and hats, too.

    I'll keep ordering it as long as it's available.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Coarse, I wouldn't wear it knit up.

    By Lyndarella

    from Maine

    Pros

    • Machine Washable

    Cons

    • Coarse

    Best Uses

      Comments about Valley Yarns Franklin Natural Cones:

      It didn't take the dye well a lot of white spots.

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      • No

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      4.0

      Just had to order more!!

      By Granny

      from Jacksonville, NC

      About Me Enthusiast

      See all my reviews

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Dyed Evenly
      • Good Weight
      • Nice Texture
      • Works Up Easily

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Scarves
        • Socks

        Comments about Valley Yarns Franklin Natural Cones:

        I am really enjoying dyeing my own yarn. And this yarn gives me a very nice finished product. I specifically like that I can make up my own color ways for items that I am making as gifts. This was my 2nd order and I am sure I will be back for more!!

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        • No

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        5.0

        What a great purchase!!

        By Granny

        from Jacksonville, NC

        About Me Novice

        See all my reviews

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Dyed Evenly
        • Hides Mistakes
        • Nice Texture

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Gloves
          • Scarves

          Comments about Valley Yarns Franklin Natural Cones:

          I got this yarn to try hand dyeing myself. I was so surprised how lovely it turned out! The yarn took the color very nicely. I would buy this yarn again and again!

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          • No

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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Great yarn for dyeing

          By Lace knitter

          from Chicago, IL

          About Me Artist, Lace Knitter, Yarn Dyer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Dyed Evenly
          • Easy To Fix
          • Good price
          • Good Weight
          • Nice Texture
          • Soft

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Baby Apparel
            • Scarves
            • Shawls
            • Socks

            Comments about Valley Yarns Franklin Natural Cones:

            I bought this exclusively for yarn dyeing because the price per yard was very good. It is soft, stitches are defined well and it takes dye very well. I use food colors of various brands and the colors are saturated on this yarn.

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            • No

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            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            My Go To Yarn For Dying

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            By squarejane

            from BC Canada

            About Me Artist, Enthusiast, Indie Dyer

            See all my reviews

            Pros

            • Affordable
            • Dyed Evenly
            • Easy To Fix
            • Good Weight
            • Machine Washable
            • Nice Texture

            Cons

            • Loses Length After Dyed

            Best Uses

            • Gloves
            • Shawls
            • Socks

            Comments about Valley Yarns Franklin Natural Cones:

            This is my go-to natural sock yarn for dying. It takes dyes splendidly, wears really well, does not felt in washer, and has a lovely loft after dyed and washed. It fills out beautifully but loses some length in the process. Starts thinner than a true fingering weight but after it fills out, it's perfect. Been using it for years.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            not what i expected

            By Laodicia

            from truro, ns

            See all my reviews

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Good Twist
            • No knots
            • Not Cut
            • Soft

            Cons

            • Tends To Felt

            Best Uses

              Comments about Valley Yarns Franklin Natural Cones:

              I bought this to make a blanket as a wedding gift for my sister but after finishing one square my nephew was rolling the cone around the 2 til yarbs off the cone felted together just by the movement im afraid to put the square in the wash like the discription says can be done

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              • No

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Dye and knit socks

              By Cloclo1965-Knit forever

              from Guelph, ON, Canada

              About Me Artist, Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Dyed Evenly
              • Good Weight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Socks

                Comments about Valley Yarns Franklin Natural Cones:

                I love knitting socks and sock yarn can be expensive. By dying my own, I can be creative and thrifty. The Franklin cone yarn is pretty rough and coarse until after you wash it and dye it and wash it again with woolite. I have colored it with food coloring and the brightness of the colors is amazing. I will be trying some fast acid powder dyes next. Since I knit the socks to give away as gifts for my sponsors for the MS Bike tour, I am always looking for an affordable way of keeping the cost down. The service was amazing and I can't wait till I get my next shipment. I only wish that shipping to Canada was not so expensive.

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                • No

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                4.0

                Great value

                By BeaKat

                from Charlotte, NC

                About Me Enthusiast, Parent

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Good Weight
                • Machine Washable

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Blankets
                  • Gloves

                  Comments about Valley Yarns Franklin Natural Cones:

                  I needed a lot of neutral sock weight yarn for background in two queen size blankets. This fits the bill. I haven't washed, blocked, or dyed yet so I can't speak to dye-ability or how the yarn might bloom over time. Unwashed it is a light fingering.

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