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Valley Yarns Berkshire

Valley Yarns Berkshire is a superbly soft wool and alpaca blend made of a single ply. Berkshire  works up to a substantial fabric with beautiful drape and a subtle halo, and outerwear knit in this heavy-worsted weight yarn will keep you warm and cozy. And Berkshire felts like a dream! In our signature colorways, Berkshire is your go-to yarn for garments and accessories, felted, knit and crocheted. Made in Peru. 

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Content:
85% Wool/15% Alpaca
Care:
Hand Wash
Weight/Yardage:
100g/141yds
Gauge:
4 sts = 1" on US 9
Knitting Weight:
Worsted
$6.49 skein Discountable
  • 12 Orange In Stock 50+ skeins $6.49
  • 1 Cream Backordered $6.49
  • 7 Black In Stock 50+ skeins $6.49
  • 9 Chocolate In Stock 50+ skeins $6.49
  • 10 Gold In Stock 9 skeins $6.49
  • 11 Pumpkin In Stock 50+ skeins $6.49
  • 13 Light Pink In Stock 50+ skeins $6.49
  • 14 Rose In Stock 50+ skeins $6.49
  • 15 Red In Stock 50+ skeins $6.49
  • 16 Burgundy In Stock 27 skeins $6.49
  • 17 Wine In Stock 40 skeins $6.49
  • 18 Copper In Stock 50+ skeins $6.49
  • 19 Fuchsia In Stock 50+ skeins $6.49
  • 20 Plum In Stock 50+ skeins $6.49
  • 21 Red Purple In Stock 50+ skeins $6.49
  • 22 Amethyst In Stock 50+ skeins $6.49
  • 23 Eggplant In Stock 41 skeins $6.49
  • 24 Light Blue In Stock 50+ skeins $6.49
  • 25 Blue In Stock 50+ skeins $6.49
  • 26 Periwinkle In Stock 50+ skeins $6.49
  • 27 Royal In Stock 50+ skeins $6.49
  • 28 Navy In Stock 50+ skeins $6.49
  • 29 Turquoise In Stock 50+ skeins $6.49
  • 30 Blue Ming In Stock 50+ skeins $6.49
  • 31 Dark Teal In Stock 50+ skeins $6.49
  • 32 Lime In Stock 7 skeins $6.49
  • 33 Olive In Stock 50+ skeins $6.49
  • 34 Hunter In Stock 50+ skeins $6.49
  • 35 Forest In Stock 50+ skeins $6.49
  • 36 Pale Lilac In Stock 50+ skeins $6.49
  • 37 Mistletoe Backordered $6.49
  • 38 Stone Blue Backordered $6.49
  • 39 Coffee Bean In Stock 50+ skeins $6.49
  • 40 Colonial Blue In Stock 30 skeins $6.49
  • 41 Light Gray Heather In Stock 50+ skeins $6.49
  • 42 Dark Gray Heather In Stock 50+ skeins $6.49
  • 43 Medium Gray Heather In Stock 19 skeins $6.49
  • 44 Tan Heather In Stock 44 skeins $6.49
  • 45 Brown Heather In Stock 2 skeins $6.49
  • 46 Dark Brown Heather In Stock 50+ skeins $6.49
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Valley YarnsBerkshire
 
4.5

(based on 62 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (38)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (21)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good weight (41)
  • Nice texture (41)
  • Knits quickly (39)
  • Soft (33)
  • Dyed evenly (27)

Cons

  • Sheds (8)
  • Snags (4)
  • Unravels (4)

Best Uses

  • Hats (30)
  • Sweaters (30)
  • Scarves (23)
  • Felting (21)
  • Gloves (14)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Enthusiast (37), Artist (10), Parent (8), Collector (7), Novice (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (45), Yes (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Quick Fair Isle

This yarn's tendency to felt helps hold together the long floats inherent in bulky fair isle knitting. The knitted product is soft and very warm! The halo is not so overwhelming that it obscures...Read complete review

This yarn's tendency to felt helps hold together the long floats inherent in bulky fair isle knitting. The knitted product is soft and very warm! The halo is not so overwhelming that it obscures color patterns, and the color palette yields some lovely combinations. Like any single ply yarn, it splits such that the odd strand ends up in a stitch where it isn't wanted. It's a decent trade, though--less twist, more smoosh!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Weaving Project

Bought this yarn for weaving project (scarf). I would definitely not recommend this for weaving. It breaks constantly and sheds terribly. Wish I had not bought it.

Bought this yarn for weaving project (scarf). I would definitely not recommend this for weaving. It breaks constantly and sheds terribly. Wish I had not bought it.

Reviewed by 62 customers

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4.0

Great for winter socks!

By Coldweathergirl

from Alaska

About Me Parent

Pros

  • Knits Quickly

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Felting
    • Gloves
    • Hats
    • Socks

    Comments about Valley Yarns Berkshire:

    A great bulky yarn for gloves and socks this winter! It knits up super fast, it splits a little here and there, but not enough to be annoying or stop me from using this yarn. The colors are deep and uniform- overall a great yarn!

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    • No

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    4.0

    Knits like a dream

    By Knitwit200

    from Monroe, LA

    About Me Collector, Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Dyed Evenly
    • Good Weight
    • Great Stitch Definition
    • Knits beautifully
    • Nice Texture
    • Soft

    Cons

    • Twists Up

    Best Uses

    • Felting
    • Gloves
    • Hats
    • Scarves
    • Sweaters

    Comments about Valley Yarns Berkshire:

    I am making fingerless gloves. The Berkshire is great for this. It's sturdy and is super soft. It is a little fuzzy due to the alpaca. Has great stitch definition. I am doing cables and it really shows them beautifully.

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    • No

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    4.0

    Yarn Review

    By Mandy

    from Baton Rouge, LA

    About Me Artist, Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Dyed Evenly
    • Good Weight
    • Knits Quickly
    • Soft

    Cons

    • Sheds

    Best Uses

    • Sweaters

    Comments about Valley Yarns Berkshire:

    I ordered this yarn to finish a sweater that had been started by a friend. Even though the new skein couldn't possibly be the same dye lot, it matched perfectly.

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    • No

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    4.0

    Cushy soft

    By maudiesmom

    from Winona, Minnesota

    About Me Enthusiast

    See all my reviews

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Good Weight
    • Hides Mistakes
    • Knits Quickly
    • Nice Texture
    • Soft

    Cons

    • Sheds
    • Unravels

    Best Uses

    • Hats
    • Scarves

    Comments about Valley Yarns Berkshire:

    I love using this yarn for nice, warm mittens! It yields a substantial fabric that is very soft and comfortable. The color-range is awesome, and yardage adequate enough for just about any small project. I have quite a stash of this yarn and plan to make mitten/hat/neck warmers for the children in Pine Ridge. While it tends to shed (and make my cat sneeze), I still love the way it performs, as well as the fabric results. This single-ply yarn knits up quickly.

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    • No

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    5.0

    NICE!

    By Tiona

    from Kansas City, MO

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Valley Yarns Berkshire:

        This is a thick yarn. It knit up beautifully for a very warm sweater for my daughter.

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        4.0

        low-cost dye blank alternative

        By NicoleFfrost

        from irvine, ca

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        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Dyed Evenly
        • Good Weight
        • Knits Quickly

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Valley Yarns Berkshire:

            I bought 25 skeins and hand painted them for less than $5 apiece.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Beautiful solids, soft.

            By Spinmonkey

            from Clarkesville, GA

            About Me Enthusiast, Loves Knitting

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Good Weight
            • Knits Quickly
            • Nice Texture
            • Soft

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Flowers To Go On Hat
              • Gloves
              • Hats
              • Scarves
              • Sweaters

              Comments about Valley Yarns Berkshire:

              I bought the yarn to make a knitted "flower pot". I want to do that, but when I got the yarn and saw the vibrant colors and the softness, I will probably use some of it for other items. The colors I bought will coordinate so there's a lot of choices. I would recommend this yarn. It's soft, pretty and will make up nicely.

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              • No

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              4.0

              Great yarn for sweaters

              By The Yarn Lady

              from Tacoma WA

              About Me Artist, Collector, Enthusiast

              See all my reviews

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Gloves
                • Hats
                • Scarves
                • Sweaters

                Comments about Valley Yarns Berkshire:

                Berkshire is a super yarn for cardigans! I bought Dark Heather and I am doing a cabled cardigan. It has great stitch definition and the cables POP! I will be buying more of this.

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                • No

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                4.0

                Nice stuff!

                By Betford

                from Columbia, SC

                About Me Intermediate knitter

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Dyed Evenly
                • Felts Well
                • Nice Texture

                Cons

                • Unravels

                Best Uses

                • Felting

                Comments about Valley Yarns Berkshire:

                I'm using Berkshire for felted slippers, using a pattern that calls for lighter yarn. It took a LOT of experimenting to determine the right gauge, plus I haven't worked before with single-ply yarn. But once I got past my own learning curve, I'm enjoying working with it. The fact that it's single-ply means it requires a bit more careful needle handling, to avoid splitting or snagging the fibers. But it's working fine, and I'm enjoying working with it.

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                • No

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                4.0

                Nice yarn

                By knitwit

                from Ohio

                About Me Enthusiast

                See all my reviews

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Good Weight
                • Knits Quickly
                • Nice Texture

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Gloves
                  • Hats
                  • Scarves
                  • Sweaters

                  Comments about Valley Yarns Berkshire:

                  Purchased to knit sweater arms.

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                  • No

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