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Classic Elite Yarns

This company first began manufacturing fine yarns in the 1940s, when the founder became a partner in a textile manufacturing mill. They are no longer in the business of manufacturing, but now focus on distributing fine luxury fibers from mills located around the world. Today they are primarily owned, managed, and staffed by women. It is still located in a historic mill on the Merrimack River in Lowell, Massachusetts.

Soft Linen Firefly
Classic Elite Lush
Portland Tweed
Portland Tweed
Wool Bamboo
Classic Elite Wool Bamboo

The company continually offers new cutting-edge designs. From the traditional to the innovative, they offers yarns in every conceivable fiber and weight. Whether you seek a conventionally spun, luxury cashmere or the newest bamboo blend, they have a yarn for you. Everything they offer comes in vibrant and sophisticated color palettes. In response to the eco-friendly movement they recently added the Verde Collection. Each of the yarns in the Verde Collection is composed in whole or in part of organically-grown cotton and features eco-friendly packaging.

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Not only does Classic Elite set the industry standard for beautiful and interesting yarns, it also provides knitters and crocheters with first-class pattern support. Classic Elite releases several new pattern booklets each season featuring designs from the industry's most accomplished and exciting designers. Knitters and hookers who prefer fashion-forward designs are sure to find appealing projects and yarns from Wenlan Chia, whose Twinkle yarns are also distributed by Classic Elite. Other recent releases include the Curvy Knits series of booklets. These booklets feature garments sized for fuller figures. One of our best-selling booklets from Classic Elite is Made in Brooklyn , filled with beautiful designs from popular knit-blogger Jared Flood of brooklyntweed. Lleading designers often look to Classic Elite colorful yarns for inspiration, so you can likely find patterns designed for these yarns in your favorite hand-knitting and crochet magazines.

River Colors Studio stocks many of Classic Elite's fine yarn and pattern offerings, including the Verde and Twinkle collections. We are also happy to place special orders for you. Click here to shop for Classic Elite Patterns and Yarns .