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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. 

    Check out our Valley Yarns Berkshire Undyed 100 Gram Hanks!

    Content:
    85% Wool/15% Alpaca
    Care:
    Hand Wash
    Weight/Yardage:
    100g/141yds
    Gauge:
    4 sts = 1" on US 9
    Knitting Weight:
    Worsted
    $5.99 skein Discountable
    • 12 Orange In Stock 50+ skeins $5.99
    • 1 Cream Backordered $5.99
    • 7 Black In Stock 50+ skeins $5.99
    • 9 Chocolate In Stock 50+ skeins $5.99
    • 10 Gold In Stock 46 skeins $5.99
    • 11 Pumpkin In Stock 50+ skeins $5.99
    • 13 Light Pink In Stock 50+ skeins $5.99
    • 14 Rose In Stock 50+ skeins $5.99
    • 15 Red In Stock 50+ skeins $5.99
    • 16 Burgundy In Stock 50+ skeins $5.99
    • 17 Wine In Stock 50+ skeins $5.99
    • 18 Copper In Stock 50+ skeins $5.99
    • 19 Fuchsia In Stock 50+ skeins $5.99
    • 20 Plum In Stock 50+ skeins $5.99
    • 21 Red Purple In Stock 50+ skeins $5.99
    • 22 Amethyst In Stock 50+ skeins $5.99
    • 23 Eggplant In Stock 50+ skeins $5.99
    • 24 Light Blue In Stock 50+ skeins $5.99
    • 25 Blue In Stock 50+ skeins $5.99
    • 26 Periwinkle In Stock 50+ skeins $5.99
    • 27 Royal In Stock 50+ skeins $5.99
    • 28 Navy In Stock 50+ skeins $5.99
    • 29 Turquoise In Stock 50+ skeins $5.99
    • 30 Blue Ming In Stock 50+ skeins $5.99
    • 31 Dark Teal In Stock 50+ skeins $5.99
    • 32 Lime In Stock 32 skeins $5.99
    • 33 Olive In Stock 50+ skeins $5.99
    • 34 Hunter In Stock 50+ skeins $5.99
    • 35 Forest In Stock 50+ skeins $5.99
    • 36 Pale Lilac In Stock 50+ skeins $5.99
    • 37 Mistletoe In Stock 21 skeins $5.99
    • 38 Stone Blue In Stock 37 skeins $5.99
    • 39 Coffee Bean In Stock 50+ skeins $5.99
    • 40 Colonial Blue In Stock 50+ skeins $5.99
    • 41 Light Gray Heather In Stock 50+ skeins $5.99
    • 42 Dark Gray Heather In Stock 50+ skeins $5.99
    • 43 Medium Gray Heather In Stock 50+ skeins $5.99
    • 44 Tan Heather In Stock 50+ skeins $5.99
    • 45 Brown Heather In Stock 6 skeins $5.99
    • 46 Dark Brown Heather In Stock 50+ skeins $5.99
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    Valley YarnsBerkshire
     
    4.5

    (based on 59 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (38)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (18)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    96%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Nice texture (40)
    • Good weight (39)
    • Knits quickly (37)
    • Soft (31)
    • Dyed evenly (25)

    Cons

    • Sheds (7)
    • Snags (4)
    • Unravels (4)

    Best Uses

    • Hats (28)
    • Sweaters (28)
    • Scarves (22)
    • Felting (19)
    • Gloves (12)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Enthusiast (35), Artist (9), Parent (7), Collector (6), Novice (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (42), Yes (6)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Great Felted Bags

    This yarn felts very well, holds its shape and works up quickly. It's my go-to for felted projects.

    This yarn felts very well, holds its shape and works up quickly. It's my go-to for felted projects.

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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 59 customers

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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

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              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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                  4.0

                  I'm a fan!

                  By maudiesmom

                  from Winona, Minnesota

                  About Me Enthusiast

                  See all my reviews

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Good Weight
                  • Knits Quickly
                  • Nice Texture
                  • Soft

                  Cons

                  • Sheds

                  Best Uses

                  • Hats
                  • Mittens
                  • Mittensmitts
                  • Scarves

                  Comments about Valley Yarns Berkshire:

                  I knit mittens for charity and have found Berkshire easy to work with and providing a meaty, warm fabric. The alpaca makes it soft and flexible, but does shed a bit, it's only drawback. The halo is soft-looking without being "hairy" and I enjoy working with this yarn.

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                  4.0

                  Nice and beefy yarn

                  By maudiesmom

                  from Winona, Minnesota

                  About Me Collector, Enthusiast

                  See all my reviews

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • Snags

                  Best Uses

                  • Gloves
                  • Hats
                  • Scarves
                  • Sweaters

                  Comments about Valley Yarns Berkshire:

                  Just finished a pair of mittens with this, using #8 circular needles--love them! This is a nice yarn for beefy, warm and soft winter things. The alpaca fiber lends a nice degree of soft halo without being fuzzy, and the wool itself will be warm as well as nicely textured. I liked the way the yarn worked up but noticed some splitting, probably could have used #9s, but that would have altered my gauge. I will block my mittens, just to see what happens.
                  Love the heft of this yarn!

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                  • No

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                  4.0

                  This is great yarn

                  By Bumble Bee Lady

                  from Rockford IL

                  About Me Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Good Weight
                  • Hides Mistakes
                  • Nice Texture
                  • Soft

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Valley Yarns Berkshire:

                      I used this yarn for a king sized bed blanket. I wove it at 6 e.p.i. in three long panels that I stitched together after washing. The yarn is surprisingly strong for being so soft and fuzzy. I had no breakage problems. It weaves up fast and is easy to handle. I washed the finished panels in cold water and dried them in a hot drier with about 13% shrinkage. The shirinkage made the blanket denser and the yarn "fuzzed up" some in the washing and drying to make a wonderful, soft texture and a very warm, substantial blanket.
                      I love this yarn. The only thing that would make it better is more colors!

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