Posts Tagged ‘Valley Yarns Berkshire’

First Watch Pea Coat – Winner!

Monday, January 16th, 2017
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Our thanks to everyone that commented and said such lovely things about Marie’s newest design. And we love all your color choices!

First Watch Giveaway Winner on the WEBS Blog at

Our winner is Commenter # 242, Anne,  who said, “I think I would use the gold…bold and bright for these endless cloudy winter days. I have followed WEBS forever, catalogue and then on FB and online. I even had the pleasure of visiting the store a few years ago. Yay, WEBS!!” Anne will be getting a sweater’s worth of Berkshire in her chosen color and a copy of the First Watch pattern!

There are already so many great projects popping up on Ravelry, we can’t wait to see all of your versions of this sweater in all these amazing color choices! Our thanks go out to Marie for designing such a lovely sweater in Valley Yarns.

First Watch Pea Coat – new design and a giveaway!

Monday, January 9th, 2017
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Marie Greene, from Olive Knits has just released a new design knit in our Valley Yarns Berkshire. Her First Watch Pea Coat is a lovely modern take on the classic pea coat, with subtle, crisp details that make this sweater a classic piece that you will wear for years. We asked Marie to share the story of this design.

First Watch Pea Coat from Olive Knits, read about the design journey of this knit, and enter to win the yarn and pattern on the WEBS Blog at

Design Insights:

For me, knitwear design usually always begins with a structure or a place – a bridge, a coastline, an outdoor marketplace. I am always open to inspiration in unexpected places, and more often than not it’s the littlest things that kick off an idea.

My philosophy is simple: I want my designs to be timeless and wearable, but equally important – I want them to be portable. I’m a knitter on the go, and I design with this in mind. I knit during meetings, at the beach, when I travel, when I’m visiting friends – I am never without a project. Some projects travel well and some don’t, but I find that the more portable a project is, the easier it is to finish. (And the sooner I finish, the sooner I can wear it, right?)

First Watch was inspired by my home near the Oregon Coast – a place where the ocean breezes can cut right through several layers (even when you think you’ve bundled up enough).  I’ve always loved the minimal style of a pea coat; it’s a perfect example of form and function, and this one – knit with Valley Yarns Berkshire at a relatively dense gauge makes for a toasty fabric that holds its own on a cold day. The yarn blocks beautifully and provides clear stitch definition for ribbing and details. The result is a sturdy, totally wearable piece that you’ll find yourself reaching for again and again throughout the cold season. Best of all, it’s a quick, seamless knit with the button band worked right along as you go.

Designed for sizes 32-52 with a little ease for layering, First Watch is a versatile piece that you’ll love so much you’ll wear it every time the temperature drops.

First Watch Pea Coat from Olive Knits, read about the design journey of this knit, and enter to win the yarn and pattern on the WEBS Blog at


I have to agree with Marie, I love it, and  I just have to decide what color of Berkshire I’m going to use. For more info on Marie or her Olive Knits designs please follow her on Ravelry or Instagram.


Now for the Giveaway! Tell us what color of Berkshire you’d like to use and where you heard/saw about this giveaway in the comments and you’ll be entered to win a copy of the pattern and a full sweater quantity of Berkshire to knit your own First Watch! The giveaway is open to residents of the US and Canada, and closes at 11:59pm EST Sunday, January 15th.

Please use a valid email address when creating your comment account, anonymous comments prevent us from contacting you if you are the winner. The winner will be chosen using a random number generator,  the comment with that number will be the winner.  If the winner has not responded to requests after 1 week a new winner will be chosen using the same method.

(No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. Only comments on this blog post count as an entry. Entries must include a preferred color of Valley Yarns Berkshire and the platform where the entrant learned about the giveaway. The winner will be announced here on the WEBS Blog on Monday, January 16th.)

Just in time for Valentine’s Day

Monday, February 9th, 2015
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Our new Heart Pops Hat pattern is not only adorable but FREE!

The Heart Pops Hat pattern - FREE at

Just two skeins of Valley Yarns Berkshire is actually enough to make two hats (in opposite colors). And try the Clover Heart-Shaped Pom-pom maker for the perfect topper to this little hat. What colors would you use?

Valley Yarns Pattern Feature – Laurentide Pullover

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014
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The Laurentide Pullover has a great v-neck, chevron shape that can be emphasized by random stripes of color. The Valley Yarns Berkshire is soft and cozy making this sweater feel like a warm hug on those chilly autumn days.

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A clever combination of single and double crochet stripes keeps your interest in this bottom up sweater that is worked in the round. And with over 40 colors of Berkshire to choose from there’s a perfect combination of colors for every crocheter!

Shawl Collar Cardi in KnitSimple Winter 2011

Monday, December 5th, 2011
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Hi Everyone,

We recently received the latest issue of KnitSimple in the store.

The Winter 2011 issue features a pattern knit in our very own Valley Yarns Berkshire! Check out the Deep-V Cardigan.

This cardigan features the ultra-textural double moss stitch. I love the way that both Berkshire and Berkshire Bulky work up into textured stitches. The stitches really pop.

The cardigan is designed in four sizes – 36, 39, 42, and 45″ and takes 6-8 balls of Valley Yarns Berkshire. It is just $4.99 per ball, so you can knit the sweater in the largest size for under $40! Berkshire is a soft, single ply blend of 85% wool and 15% alpaca. It is available in a wide range of colors, including some lovely natural heathers.

The Winter 2011 issue is packed with other great patterns including garments, accessories, and even some adorable stuffed critters. Check it out today!

Happy Knitting,


Valley Yarns Show & Tell: 422 Rose Tweed Cardigan

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011
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Hi Everyone,

Our final look from the fall catalog is 422 Rose Tweed Cardigan. This cozy, bottom-up cardigan uses a half brioche stitch instead of fairisle to create a color pattern at the yoke. It also serves to make the cardigan extra warm, perfect for fall and spring outerwear.

The wool and alpaca blend of Valley Yarns Berkshire will keep you toasty, and with over 40 colors, you can create your own combination from your favorites.

We tried on the 36.”

Height: 5’3″
Bust: 37″
Waist: 30″
Hips: 42″

“I like the sleeve length, but I think the round-yoke shape rounds and minimizes my shoulders too much.”

Height: 5’0″
Bust: 38″
Waist: 30″
Hips: 38″

“I love this sweater! It’s really soft and a great shape. I love the cut off sleeves and the neckline detail. This would make a great addition to my fall/winter wardrobe.”

Height: 5’4¾”
Bust: 35½”
Waist: 29½”
Hips: 40″

“What a warm sweater with great texture and with the cute yoke detail. But because this is a bulkier sweater, I would prefer the sleeves to be full length which would be easy enough to adjust.”

Height: 5’4″
Bust: 39½
Waist: 32″
Hips: 43″

“This sweater is a winner! I loved it when we did the photoshoot with bright pink underneath, and it looks nice with the gray outfit I had on the day we took the pictures (and I didn’t plan that!). I quite like where the sleeves end too since Berkshire is such a warm yarn.”

Height: 5’2″
Bust: 40″
Waist: 33½”
Hips: 43″

“I love this cardigan. The patterned yoke lends itself perfectly to buttoning on the top two or three buttons – my favorite way to wear cardigans. It is cozy, and I like the bit of negative ease this size gave me. I might opt to make the sleeves full-length. “

Height: 5’7 ½”
Bust: 36¾”
Waist: 34¾”
Hips: 38½”

“I was pleasantly surprised by this cardigan. I like the interesting stitch and I found the fit to be rather flattering. I would probably make this size but I would either shorten or lengthen the sleeves so that they don’t end near the widest point of my body.”

Next week, we’ll start showing off the designs from our holiday catalog!