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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 24 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 30 skeins $6.49
  • 17 Wine In Stock 50+ 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
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  • 30 Blue Ming In Stock 50+ skeins $6.49
  • 31 Dark Teal In Stock 50+ skeins $6.49
  • 32 Lime In Stock 27 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 In Stock 20 skeins $6.49
  • 38 Stone Blue In Stock 33 skeins $6.49
  • 39 Coffee Bean In Stock 50+ skeins $6.49
  • 40 Colonial Blue In Stock 42 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 50+ skeins $6.49
  • 44 Tan Heather In Stock 50+ skeins $6.49
  • 45 Brown Heather In Stock 6 skeins $6.49
  • 46 Dark Brown Heather In Stock 50+ skeins $6.49
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Valley YarnsBerkshire
 
4.5

(based on 60 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (38)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (19)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good weight (40)
  • Nice texture (40)
  • Knits quickly (38)
  • Soft (32)
  • Dyed evenly (26)

Cons

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

Best Uses

  • Sweaters (29)
  • Hats (28)
  • Scarves (22)
  • Felting (19)
  • Gloves (12)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Enthusiast (36), Artist (10), Parent (7), Collector (6), Novice (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (43), 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 60 customers

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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.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • 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.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • 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

      See all my reviews

      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.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • 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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                • No

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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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