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Classic Elite Yarns

Classic Elite Yarns had its origin in the late 1940s as part of an old-line textile manufacturing mill in Lowell, MA. Classic Elite was created as a marketing division of the mill and catered to hand weavers and designers. At the same time, the brand expanded beyond its original iconic mohairs to include cottons, silks, alpacas, wools and natural fiber blends. CEY began presenting at industry trade shows and producing two annual collections of handknitting designs – and the new company also began to make the pages of international fashion magazines.

Today Classic Elite Yarns is owned, managed and staffed primarily by women, and is no longer in the manufacturing business (the mill operation having shut down in the 1990s). Instead it focuses on distributing fine handknitting yarns from numerous international mills. Classic Elite Yarns prides itself on distributing some of the best hand knitting yarns to shops all across the US and Canada. In addition to providing exemplary customer service, Classic Elite’s in-house staff also manages all pattern design and development, pattern writing, tech editing, graphic design and much of the designing for its collections. Patterns using CEY yarns can be found in nearly every major hand knitting magazine, such as Interweave Knits and Vogue Knitting, and in numerous online publications as well.

Adelaide is 100% Merino Wool in a Worsted Weight

Alpaca Sox
Alpaca Sox is 60% Alpaca / 20% Merino Wool / 20% Nylon in a Fingering Weight

Arietta is 80% Merino & 20% Yak in a Worsted Weight

Ava is 86% Wool, 9% Viscose & 5% Metallized Polyester in a DK Weight

Avalanche is 42% Alpaca, 42% Wool & 16% Nylon in a Chunky Weight

Big Liberty Wool
Big Liberty Wool is 100% Washable Wool in a Bulky Weight

Century is 75% Baby Alpaca & 25% Nylon in a Super Bulky Weight

Chateau is 70% Baby Alpaca & 30% Bamboo in a Bulky Weight

Chesapeake is 50% Organic Cotton & 50% Merino Wool in a Worsted Weight

Escape is 75% Fine Merino, 15% Yak & 10% Mulberry Silk in a DK Weight

Firefly is 25% Linen & 75% Viscose in a DK Weight

Fresco is 60% Wool, 30% Baby Alpaca & 10% Angora in a Sport Weight

Gigi is 85% Cotton, 10% Silk & 5% Stretch Polyester in a DK Weight

Hanako is 50% Cotton & 50% Linen in a Worsted Weight

Inca Alpaca
Inca Alpaca is 100% Baby Alpaca in a Worsted/Aran Weight

Juna is 80% Merino Wool & 20% Superfine Alpaca in a Fingering/Sport Weight

Legend is 80% Merino Wool & 20% Silk in a Worsted Weight

Liberty Wool
Liberty Wool is 100% Washable Wool in Worsted/Aran Weight

Mika is 100% Organic Cotton in a Sport Weight

Mystique is 80% Wool & 20% Alpaca in a Bulky Weight

Palace is 55% Baby Alpaca, 25% Bamboo & 20% Donegal in a Bulky Weight

Quest is 90% Wool & 10% Nylon in an Aran Weight

Santorini is 58% Viscose & 42% Cotton in a Worsted Weight

Silky Alpaca Lace
Silky Alpaca Lace is 70% Alpaca & 30% Silk in a Lace Weight

Telluride is 82% Superfine Alpaca, 12% Linen & 6% Donegal in a Sport Weight

Tiverton Tweed
Tiverton Tweed is 90% Superfine Alpaca, 5% Wool & 5% Viscose in a Worsted Weight

Villa is 70% Baby Alpaca & 30% Bamboo in a Fingering Weight

Wynter is 50% Superfine Alpaca & 50% Wool in a Bulky Weight

Yuri is 75% Superwash Merino Wool / 25% Nylon in a Fingering Weight