Valley Yarns Amherst

$4.49 Ball
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  • Fiber Content: 100% Merino Wool
  • Weight: Worsted
  • Gauge: 4-4.5 sts = 1" on US 8
  • Weight/Yardage: 50g/109yds
  • Care: Hand Wash
  • Country Of Origin: Made in Peru

What better yarn to name for Amherst (where WEBS started!) than a gorgeous 100% merino wool that brings us back to our roots? Valley Yarns Amherst is a worsted weight yarn that shows texture and stitch patterns beautifully and has a wide range of colors that are perfect for Fair Isle or intarsia.  Made in Peru.

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4.49Amherst
 
4.5

(based on 106 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (69)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (23)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Soft (84)
  • Good weight (81)
  • Knits quickly (68)
  • Nice texture (68)
  • Dyed evenly (53)

Cons

  • Fabric pills (3)
  • Sheds (3)

Best Uses

  • Hats (55)
  • Sweaters (53)
  • Scarves (44)
  • Gloves (25)
  • Felting (12)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Enthusiast (62), Artist (19), Parent (15), Novice (9), Collector (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (89), Yes (11)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Just what I was looking for

I bought this yarn to use as the background yarn for scandinavian design hats. I have a dog fur/wool mix yarn that I spin and dye which I use for the pattern/color...Read complete review

I bought this yarn to use as the background yarn for scandinavian design hats. I have a dog fur/wool mix yarn that I spin and dye which I use for the pattern/color work in my hats and I was looking for a good, solid wool to use as the background and the inside of the cuff that would be nice against the head as my dog fur/wool yarn can be a bit rough. This was a perfect yarn for my purposes. The cuff is double knit so the amherst yarn is on the inside and my dog fur/wool mix is what shows on the outside.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Watch out on the gauge

I agree that this yarn is very soft and pleasant to work with, but the only way your gauge will be as described is if you like a really really loose stitch. It cannot...Read complete review

I agree that this yarn is very soft and pleasant to work with, but the only way your gauge will be as described is if you like a really really loose stitch. It cannot be used for the pattern I chose it for; I will have to find another with a smaller gauge, and then I won't have enough of the same dye lot.

Reviewed by 106 customers

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2.0

Soft but Pills badly

By andalenz

from New Zealand

About Me Enthusiast

Verified Reviewer

Pros

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

Cons

  • Pills

Best Uses

  • Felting
  • Hats

Comments about 4.49 Amherst:

A sweater with cables: lovely to work with, lovely to look at, gorgeous intensity of colour and 100% evenly dyed and spun. Soft and drapey and SO warm. BUT it started pilling immediately and after 2 wears looked so scruffy it had to be relegated to the only-at-home-when-no-callers-expected drawer. Such a disappointment!

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No
 
5.0

Lovely yarn

By Mezbot

from Somerville MA

About Me Enthusiast, Parent

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Hats
    • Scarves
    • Sweaters

    Comments about 4.49 Amherst:

    Nice, soft, thick, sense, saturated yarn.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Loved this yarn!

    By Can't stop knitting

    from Lincolnville, Maine

    About Me Knitting since 1958

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Sweaters

      Comments about 4.49 Amherst:

      I really like Amherst yarn. It is so soft and exactly the right size for a worsted weight!

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great yarn!

      By Kristy

      from Burbank, CA

      About Me Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Good Weight
      • Nice Texture
      • Soft

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Gloves
        • Hats
        • Scarves
        • Sweaters

        Comments about 4.49 Amherst:

        I used this yarn to knit a hat and scarf. It knitted up beautifully and is warm and soft. Very much recommended!

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Soft & substantial

        By CN free

        from Bay Area, Northern California

        About Me experienced knitter

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Dyed Evenly
        • Good Weight
        • Nice Texture
        • Soft

        Cons

        • only 109 yards per skein

        Best Uses

        • Hats

        Comments about 4.49 Amherst:

        Valley Yarns Amherst in black is perfect for The Ships Project hats for ground troops. This merino wool is easy on the hands (and eyes) and works up quickly on #7 circulars & DPNs, and finished hats feel soft even before blocking. Cable patterns show up distinctly, as do spiral ribs, without making the hat too bulky. I'd been unhappy using Cascade 220 Superwash (in black) for the ground troops' hats--very thin yarn which felt coarse during knitting, and some skeins seemed unevenly spun or "de-flaked". The only con, which isn't a deal-breaker, is the low yardage per skein--109 yards per 50g skein is not enough for a large-sized adult male hat with a ribbed brim (as required for The Ships Project). One skein might be sufficient for a very simple beanie; but I've had to use 2 skeins for each hat I've made for the troops. Still, for me, the Amherst is less expensive than the Cascade and so much nicer for knitting soft but substantial hats. [I will update this review after I knit slipper socks with Amherst.]

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        A good inexpensive merino

        By Loretta

        from NY

        About Me Artist

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Good Weight
        • Knits Quickly
        • Nice Texture
        • Soft

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Hats
          • Scarves
          • Sweaters

          Comments about 4.49 Amherst:

          I am making a button down sweater

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Lovely feel and colorway

          By Elizknits

          from Sonoma, CA

          About Me Enthusiast

          See all my reviews

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Dyed Evenly
          • Nice Texture
          • Soft

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Hats
            • Scarves
            • Sweaters

            Comments about 4.49 Amherst:

            Knit up caps for Jan Women's March.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No
             
            5.0

            Would buy this product again..

            By Annie

            from Buffalo New York

            About Me Novice

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Good Weight
            • Knits Quickly
            • Nice Texture

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Felting
              • Gloves

              Comments about 4.49 Amherst:

              Made 4 pairs of mittens...excellent for fielding...

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

              (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              A new favorite yarn!

              By Pam

              from South Jersey

              About Me Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Good Weight
              • Great stitch definition, doesnt tangle or twist
              • Knits Quickly
              • Nice Texture

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Hats
                • Scarves
                • Winter weight baby blanket

                Comments about 4.49 Amherst:

                Lovely yarn to work with. My only wish is that it came in greater yardage amounts.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No
                 
                5.0

                Love this yarn

                By Quinnscorner

                from CT

                About Me Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Gloves
                  • Hats
                  • Sweaters

                  Comments about 4.49 Amherst:

                  Love this worsted weight yarn. Knits up great and is ideal for mittens and hats.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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