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Valley Yarns Northampton Bulky

Valley Yarns Northampton became a fantastic staple so quickly that we knew we had to add a bulky version. Northampton Bulky has the same soft wool as Northampton, but in a bulky 4-ply that will fly off your needles. You may also want to try Northampton which works up at 4.5-5 sts = 1" on US 7-8 needle.

Note: This yarn has been discontinued and inventory is limited.

Get more project ideas from the Northampton Bulky edition of Valley Yarns on Ravelry on our blog.

Content:
100% Wool
Care:
Hand Wash
Weight/Yardage:
100g/109yds
Gauge:
3 sts = 1" on US 10.5
Knitting Weight:
Bulky
$6.49 skein $4.59 skein
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  • DKGREENHEA Dark Green Heather In Stock 50+ skeins $4.59
  • DENIMHEATH Denim Heather In Stock 50+ skeins $4.59
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  • LAKEHEATHE Lake Heather In Stock 50+ skeins $4.59
  • LTGREENHEA Light Green Heather In Stock 50+ skeins $4.59
  • LIGHTGREY Light Grey In Stock 50+ skeins $4.59
  • MERLOTHEAT Merlot Heather In Stock 50+ skeins $4.59
  • MIDNIGHTHE Midnight Heather In Stock 50+ skeins $4.59
  • OCEANHEATH Ocean Heather In Stock 50+ skeins $4.59
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Valley YarnsNorthampton Bulky
 
4.4

(based on 63 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (36)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (18)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

85%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Knits quickly (46)
  • Good weight (43)
  • Nice texture (39)
  • Dyed evenly (28)
  • Soft (26)

Cons

  • Coarse (7)

Best Uses

  • Sweaters (32)
  • Hats (20)
  • Scarves (14)
  • Felting (11)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Enthusiast (36), Parent (9), Artist (8), Novice (5), Collector (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (45), Yes (10)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

My go-to bulky wool

I knit with this yarn every day--literally. The quality is very consistent. The only "knots" that occur are tiny and very tight, can be knitted over, and disappear into...Read complete review

I knit with this yarn every day--literally. The quality is very consistent. The only "knots" that occur are tiny and very tight, can be knitted over, and disappear into the fabric. The yarn is springy and easy on my hands for a bulky yarn.

I've noticed that some colorways are slightly thinner than others (midnight heather is one). Some are softer than others (gold heather comes to mind). And I really wish the colors included yellow and orange. But overall, I consider this yarn to be a durable, reliable workhorse yarn and a great value. So much so that I've got a massive stash of about 80 skeins for charity knitting.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Color is nice, but not pleased with feel

I have used this to make a feather and fan scarf for my daughter and that went fairly well. Then I got some Midnight Heather to make a scarf for her boyfriend. UGH....Read complete review

I have used this to make a feather and fan scarf for my daughter and that went fairly well. Then I got some Midnight Heather to make a scarf for her boyfriend. UGH. The color is fine, but the feel is a bit rougher than the cream that I used for her. Also, every skein I used had nasty felted joins that felt like PLASTIC. Not pleasant at all. And annoying to try and knit with them there. I am not sure how this is going to wear - as it feels a bit stiff and manmade instead of a soft and lofty wool.

Reviewed by 63 customers

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1.0

Extremely Course

By G'town Knitter

from Germantown, MD

About Me Novice

Verified Buyer

Pros

    Cons

    • Coarse

    Best Uses

    • Felting

    Comments about Valley Yarns Northampton Bulky:

    This yarn is extremely coarse and I cannot think of anything one can make that would be wearable using this yarn. Perhaps it is good for purses, but certainly nothing more.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    Comment on this review

     
    5.0

    Northampton Bulky

    By Kath

    from Music City, USA

    About Me Novice

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Good Weight
    • Knits Quickly
    • Nice Texture
    • Soft

    Cons

    • Discontinued

    Best Uses

      Comments about Valley Yarns Northampton Bulky:

      I really like this beautiful yarn and am sad that it has been discontinued.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      Comment on this review

       
      4.0

      Feels nice, color isn't what I expected

      By Dreaming of Scottish weather

      from Las Cruces, NM

      About Me Artist, Enthusiast, Parent

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Color Is Off

      Best Uses

      • Scarves
      • Sweaters

      Comments about Valley Yarns Northampton Bulky:

      Making a cabled sweater, and it's a great, bulky yarn. I ordered Pacific Teal, expecting what was on the picture. I would say this is more of a dark green. I didn't dislike it, so I didn't send it back, but teal would have made me smile bigger.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      Comment on this review

       
      5.0

      Gret Yarn

      By Island Gilr

      from Palmetto, FL

      About Me Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Good Weight
      • Knits Quickly
      • Nice Texture
      • Soft

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Hats
        • Sweaters

        Comments about Valley Yarns Northampton Bulky:

        I'm using this yarn doubled for a "boyfriend" type sweater. The fabric it's going to make is wonderful and I think it will be VERY warm.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        Comment on this review

         
        5.0

        Exactly what I was hoping for

        By Knitter Lynn

        from Albany, NY

        About Me Enthusiast, Parent, Seasoned Knitter

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Dyed Evenly
        • Good Weight
        • Great for cables
        • Knits Quickly
        • Nice Texture
        • Soft

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Sweaters

          Comments about Valley Yarns Northampton Bulky:

          The pattern called for a discontinued yarn, and I hoped this would be a close second. It's working out so much better than I hoped.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          Comment on this review

           
          4.0

          Nice yarn on big needles

          By Katyat

          from Vermont

          About Me Enthusiast, Life-long Knitter

          See all my reviews

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Stiff

          Best Uses

          • Felting
          • Sweaters

          Comments about Valley Yarns Northampton Bulky:

          Stitch and pattern definition are terrific. The color is wonderful, though I waited for it for about three months. The yarn feels a bit stiff, but perhaps washing and wear will soften it up.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Northampton Valley Yarns is a favorite -

          By VerMonster

          from Vermont

          See all my reviews

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Valley Yarns Northampton Bulky:

              I had not ordered enough for my project and the additional skein matched perfectly even tho it was likely a different dye lot.

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              • No

              Comment on this review

               
              5.0

              Perfect for felting

              By Gabby

              from Quincy IL

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Felting

                Comments about Valley Yarns Northampton Bulky:

                I used this yarn to make a lg felted bag/purse for a friend. It felted beautifully after 2 'hot' washes. I would use it again in a heartbeat.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • Yes

                Comment on this review

                 
                5.0

                Wonderfully soft & warm!

                By SteffK

                from Chicago suburbs

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Good Weight
                • Knits Quickly
                • Nice Texture
                • Soft

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Felting
                  • Hats
                  • Scarves
                  • Sweaters

                  Comments about Valley Yarns Northampton Bulky:

                  I purchased this yarn to make a warm cowl & hat for a male friend to wear on his 1-mile walk from the bus to the office.

                  The yarn was gorgeous and soft, wonderful to knit with, and knit up quickly on nickel-plated needles.

                  Blocked beautifully, and my friend reports that the cowl in particular was "exactly what he was looking for!"

                  This is a brand I will definitely use again!

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • Yes

                  Comment on this review

                   
                  4.0

                  very nice yarn

                  By Val the crochet nut

                  from Jamestown, NY

                  About Me Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Dyed Evenly
                  • Good Weight
                  • Nice Texture

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Valley Yarns Northampton Bulky:

                      Used this to crochet a scarf in a Celtic pattern. Yarn worked up beautifully. Made a lovely, bulky scarf.

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

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