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Fiber Content: 70% Superwash Wool, 30% Nylon
Weight: Fingering
Knitting Gauge: 7 - 8 sts = 1" on #1 - 3 needles (2.25mm-3.25mm)
Crochet Gauge: 21 – 32 sc = 4'' on B - E hooks (2.25mm-3.5mm)
Yards: 396
Grams: 100
Put Up: ball
Care: Machine Wash/Dry Flat

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3.888888 out of 5 stars

Chroma Fingering Yarn

$9.99 100g / ball


No matter your taste in colors, we have a rainbow waiting for you! Chroma is our color-transitioning 70% superwash wool and 30% nylon blend yarn. Pair the brightest colors with your boldest projects, or choose a subdued shade for gentle waves of changing color. The colors move gently through a single ply, creating subtly blended and shaded sections. Chroma is a single ply yarn that has subtle differences in thickness that gives a handspun look to your finished projects.

You can also purchase four solid colorways - Bare, Brown, Grey, and Black. They pair beautifully with the multicolor shades for great Faux Isle and striped projects. Note: Chroma does not felt well.

Also available in worsted weight.

For Chroma fans, please note that new colors now features a mirrored repeat instead of sequential.

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"I used Knit Picks' Chroma fingering to make a beautiful entrelec scarf.  The yarn is soft and smooth and very easy to work with.  I highly recommend it and will be buying more!" -Melissa, Knit Picks customer

Hear all about the behind-the-scenes development of Chroma in podcast episode 151.

5 out of 5 stars

I really like the Chroma fingering for gloves, as I prefer to knit gloves not socks. I have not had a problem with pilling nor with thick and thin. I am a thrower knitter and I do notice the plies tend to separate once in a while. Maybe if I tried to knit Continental it wouldn't happen. I just ripped out 3 inches of a gauntlet with no problem. But knots, sometimes.

5 out of 5 stars

Love the yarn, and have both used it for several projects, and have recommended to to others. However, the Red Velvet color way is seriously misnamed, and the color description is inaccurate. It is shades of PINKS, with no true red and no hint of orange. I do not like pink, and use it only for commissioned projects--never for myself!

3 out of 5 stars

I really really want to love this yarn. I love almost everything about it - the thick and thin, the gorgeous gradient, the lovely colour choices. What I DON'T LIKE is that halfway through a pink section, I get 290cm of green (I measured it after I cut it out), and then it goes inexplicably back to pink?!? I get that sometimes there are knots and joins, but a 290cm lapse of judgement?

5 out of 5 stars

OMG! I just received this yarn and started a project right away. This is SOOOO soft! I love it. I can't keep my hands out of it. I will keep buying this one again for sure!

5 out of 5 stars

I have purchased this yarn for my mother (83 years old) several times and it is now her favorite yarn to use. She uses two balls at a time to get the thickness for scarves that she likes to make. She likes that Chroma comes in balls and has not had any problems with knots. She is getting ready to have major surgery and will need to have more yarn to keep her busy while she is bed ridden. Thanks for putting it on sale.

4 out of 5 stars

Now that the colors are mirrored, it is one of my favorites for making lightweight shawls and scarves! The colors blend nicely and blocking stays in place. I do think some of the balls contain more unevenness than a lot of people would like, with very thick areas (almost a 5 weight!) and very thin weight (perhaps a 0)...I do find that in lace knitting, it seems to even out nicely to my taste, but could be a problem in some projects. Plan on purchasing several more balls..the purples look luscious...sort of tired of the greens and blues...

2 out of 5 stars

I got this yarn on sale some time ago. I like the color and the feel of it, very soft. It is certainly not the best though. I am making socks and the yarn on my second cast on came apart twice. It goes from tightly spun to almost roving in some places, and so it breaks and splits easily. I had rewoundn the ball and begin to wonder whether the direction the yarn is knit makes any difference, i.e. Knit from out side of n the ball to the inside or the other way round. I have seen that only once before in a cheap cotton yarn.

4 out of 5 stars

I am using this for the first time. Color carnival. I love how it knits. I have a suggestion for the manufacturer though - not every girl likes pink, blue and shades thereof including grey. The majority of the Chroma color blends include one of these colors. How about some rainbows without pink, blue and grey for us Autumns .

2 out of 5 stars

I bought this yarn because of the colors. When I got the yarn at home, the colors were exactly as represented. However, I had made a glaring mistake several rows behind my stopping point, and had to rip back several rows. It was a disaster!! The yarn "stuck" to itself all the time, which made it grueling to keep ripping back. I didn't want to cut it, but believe me, I thought about it several times, it was that frustrating. I still have three skeins left--I suppose I'll figure out something to do with it. But rest assured, I would NEVER buy this yarn again!!

4 out of 5 stars

LOVE LOVE LOVE the colors. I am a drawn to yarn with long running colors and this yarn is perfect. However I must say (sorry :( ) it is FOR ME not soft enough to wear around my neck. I made a short sleeve top to go with a jacket and I HAVE to wear something underneath, otherwise it would drive me crazy.

5 out of 5 stars

I've ordered 10 balls in 5 different colors and made shawls this them!!! I absolutely love this yarn!!!

5 out of 5 stars

I love the yarn but I don't think it had enough pink.

2 out of 5 stars

I really wanted to like this yarn. The colors are great and it's very soft. That being said, the varying thickness gets a little difficult to work with. As I'm finishing up my project (scarf) I find that the yarn is just in pieces. There are several foot long pieces of yarn just separated as if someone had cut them. I have to do a lot of joining in order to complete my project. Maybe I just got a bad batch of it.

4 out of 5 stars

I have been using this yarn with Palette for colorwork. It works very well for that and I haven't had a problem with the felting or fragility that others have mentioned. I suspect is is because the palette is a sturdier yarn and can balance out the fragility of Chroma. I join the chorus of people asking for the old way of changing the colors. It was my favorite aspect of Chroma.

5 out of 5 stars

I love this yarn! I've done a shawl in Vermont and currently working on a shawlette/scarf in Lupine. Both are crochet. The colors are stunning buy a bit brighter than pictured so take that into account when ordering.

3 out of 5 stars

I am so sad that the original colorways are gone. I had been waiting to make the Glass Knot Afghan until I could afford that much yarn, and was devasted to find that the Galapagos colorway has been discontinued :(

3 out of 5 stars

I'm just starting with Chroma and I'm going to give it a middling review right now. I received it free a while back in a promotion and was very excited because I always wanted to knit a pair of socks with it but usually use Stroll. I have the Lake color way and am very happy with the colors but while winding a cake so I could knit from both ends at once, when I got to the last 50 or so yards, the yarn was broken! Not even a knot, just separated completely. The remaining yardage started very tightly spun so that it was kinky, in a different spot in the color way and quickly went from kinky to almost roving. But I won't despair, things happen and it was FREE so I'll knit my socks and see how I like it before I place my final judgement.

5 out of 5 stars

I selected this yarn for the color changes! I love making shawls and watching the color come together as it is knit!! I doubt people are wearing shawls but these are fun to create!! The yarn varies from loosely twister wide to well twisted narrow. I do not find this a problem as I knit rather slowly and the yarn 'feeds' well. I am presently making a shawl of 'Pegasus' for the beautiful blue in it. There was a knot with an abrupt color change! I cut out the knot and moved the length of yarn to fit the changes! So far looks great and I am almost done!!

3 out of 5 stars

I love the colors, and the softly spun singles. Understand that the latter means more pilling and variation in diameter. It produces more of a hand-spun look, feel and wear and depending on your use, that could be good or bad. I downgraded the yarn due to 2 problems I found: 1) some segments of some balls went beyond exceptable variation with downright stringy sections... producing just-knit socks that look like they need darning in spots. and 2)I like to make 2-at-once magic loop socks, working with 2 balls of yarn. I found the chroma balls to be very inconsistent in where they began in the colorway. Some were as far apart as possible. So imagine one sock going from a yellow toe to green cuff with the other going from a green toe to yellow cuff. Of course I never actually knit something like this, but I had to wind quite a lot of yarn off of one ball before I could begin. Having made several pairs of socks this way I have seen some great results and some not-so-great. On balance, I'd say it's a good yarn that could be a great yarn for some projects.

1 out of 5 stars

Oh, I wanted so, so much to like this yarn and its bright colors. I bought three skeins of the Carnival colorway to make a baby blanket for my nephew, and my enjoyment of the colors has changed to a slow slog until the end of the project. The colors are lovely, but the mirrored repeat means that they pool against each other. My project is a spiral Ten-Stitch Blanket, and there's a lot of places where rather than striping nicely all the colors block together. This wouldn't happen with a sequential repeat -- plus all the color swatches on the website show just one color sequence. The balls also had some very abrupt color changes, where one length of yarn ended and another was spliced in. This meant having to discard a bunch of yarn "in the middle" of the two ends. The one-of-a-kind handpaint nature also makes it very hard to splice balls together. I also didn't like the variations in thickness, especially with the single ply, though I don't feel frustrated by them since they were clearly advertised. Anyway, knitting with chroma has become a chore that I look forward to finishing and will not repeat.

5 out of 5 stars

I love this yarn. It is soft and makes a nice halo in the finished product, and the colorways are amazing. My only complaint is you got rid of my favorite colorway, prism. Please bring back the rainbow colorway!

2 out of 5 stars

I'm not the world's greatest knitter, but I've made about 15 pair of socks I'm not embarrassed by. And then came Chroma. I always find casting on the toes a bit of a challenge, but this yarn gave me fits. The stitches were not distinctly separate on the needles. The yarn split. I think it took me 4 tries to start the first sock. I was recently reading one of Cat Bordhi's books, & she was extolling the virtue of a very tightly spun yarn that was great for socks. This yarn is NOT tightly spun, & I have to wonder how well these socks will wear. Yes, the colors are nice. And the toes are coming along. But I am finding this yarn difficult.

4 out of 5 stars

Chroma is so much fun. What happened to Lollipop? And Skater? There were so many fun colors that are not available any more. Please bring them back!

4 out of 5 stars

Soft and nice to work with (as a crocheter - tough to frog both otherwise wonderful) and I love the color changes. Only criticism is that the photos of the skeins on the site seem off in color than what you get, at least for Wildflower (which is more pastel than I thought) and Sandpiper (was a lot bluer than the grey/white with a little blue it seemed like). Other than that i love it.

4 out of 5 stars

The only thing keeping me from giving this yarn an excellent rating is that darn knot with the ABRUPT color change. (Lupine color way) So frustrating.

4 out of 5 stars

Works up great as a hat (used 4.5mm), only one split in the yarn and pretty consistent in yarn thickness. I will have to agree though I am not a fan of the mirror knitting. I knit up one hat cutting and pasting pieces of yarn and another in mirror order as it, not sure I like that one as much.

2 out of 5 stars

I was surprised reading the reviews. High ratings then comments that would not lead me to think they matched the rating. I found that the different thicknesses are making my lacey shawl look like I don't know how to knit very well. Also, while the color at your web site looked "misty" the live one just looks drab. I don't feel like finishing the project and would love to return the four balls not used.

3 out of 5 stars

The Good: The colors of these yarns are beautiful. I have knit up two pairs of socks with the colorways lollipop and Vermont. It is very easy to knit with after you get into the groove and I love the gradual color change. The Bad: I had to throw away a small chunk of the yarn in the beginning because when I was casting on the yarn came apart so easily. It was very frustrating. Also my finished socks are super fuzzy and not in an intentional way. With my first sock I thought it was user error but my second socks are even more fuzzy than my last ones. I am carefully cutting off the fuzz but I should not have to do this. While I really like a lot of things about this product the problems prevent it from being my go to sock yarn.

4 out of 5 stars

I really like the colorways for this yarn. It's a nice, soft wool. My largest problem is the way the ball is wound. I call it a donut (not sure if that's correct). The donut is supposed to be center pull but I have to cake it before I do anything because there are HUGE knots in the middle. You are always guaranteed at least one huge knot in every ball and recently I had the worst ball I've ever gotten. There were multiple huge knots in the middle and there was even a bit of yarn that wasn't attached to anything just hanging around in the middle of a knot! I don't mind paying $10 for good yarn but I expect there to be no knots! Step it up KnitPicks!

5 out of 5 stars

Love this yarn! Only thing is, I don't like the mirrored style colour changing as much as the sequential. Oh, and bring back Watercolor, it was so beautiful.

3 out of 5 stars

I absolutely love the colors and the yarn is nice and soft, but it pills terribly.

3 out of 5 stars

I'm a pretty new knitter, so I know part of the problem is mine, but I'm having the devil of a time getting the yarn out of the ball without lumps of knots. I find that the fuzziness seems to be like glue holding one strand of yarn to the on next to it which means pulling out several rounds at the same time. I spend almost an hour last night untangling enough to swatch for my project. Now I'm reconsidering. The swatch itself is GORGEOUS--it's a wonderful wool--but I'm planning on making EZ's Pi shawl. If I have to spend an hour untangling for each 30 minutes of knitting I'll be ready for the funny farm (and 90 years old) by the time I finish!

4 out of 5 stars

I love the effect this yarn has when it is knitted up, but the colors in Wildflower are much lighter than pictured and so I was very disappointed. However, Hollyhock, Vermont, and Lake Front are gorgeous

4 out of 5 stars

Very soft yarn - knits up well on a size three needle, but is a bit difficult to take apart if you make a mistake. Love the slow color graduations, but I much prefer a sequential color change than a mirrored one - especially for scarves and socks. PLEASE bring back Superhero! It was my favorite colorway and I'm so sad I can't get it anymore.

3 out of 5 stars

Four stars for the quality of Chroma itself - I made a colourwork shawl and it was warm and pretty. One star subtracted for mirrored colour change instead of sequential - in what alternate reality is that a good idea?

5 out of 5 stars

I was given a ball of Chroma in Lupine and started knitting right away. The feel of this yarn is wonderful and knits quickly. I had no problem with tangles or knots. I used this to create a lovely shawl that showcases the long slow color changes. Will definitely purchase this again!

4 out of 5 stars

Beautiful for the crocodile bootees and a beanie, but they were stolen and now I can't get any more Galapagos to replace. Bring back the old colours.

4 out of 5 stars

While I do like this yarn, it felts to itself way too easily, which can be a bit annoying. I'm knitting a brioche scarf with it right now and the color changes are coming out wonderful.

4 out of 5 stars

I have been very happy with most of my Chroma purchases but would warn everyone that the colours in Sandstone are much darker with more yellow than the picture here. :-(

5 out of 5 stars

I love the long, slow color changes of this yarn but have to say I would rather you kept the sequential change instead of changing it to mirror....why do people feel the need to fix something that was not broken in the first place!!! And why discontinue one of your most popular colors??? Bring back LOLLIPOP!!!!!

3 out of 5 stars

I have only just started knitting with my ball of Chroma, so I haven't found any knots, but the yarn is so fuzzy that it ties itself up. I needed to rip back on a row and it had gotten fuzzy-tied and my yarn broke when I tried to put it apart. I wouldn't use this again. This is the only yarn I have ever gotten from knitpicks that I have been disappointed in.

5 out of 5 stars

I bought this yarn again and I love I love the softness of it they have to be hand washed but they feel great on your feet. I have made almost all the colors you have.

3 out of 5 stars

This is a beautiful yarn and has really nice, long stretches of color. I have to say though that I find it difficult to knit with because it keeps pulling apart. There is so little twist on it that it is practically a roving, and it just discintigrates in your hands. I lost nearly the first entire color change to this.

3 out of 5 stars

What is this practice of knotting the yarn in the middle of a ball for? One person have said she ran into three knots. Is this a cost-effective move on your part? How about saving the customers some money, the yarn certainly costs enough to do that. I don't think that's a fair and honest practice. I feel as though I am being cheated. Unfortunately, I keep coming back to buy more yarn but I'm not happy. I don't like the mirrored repeats either. It's another way to waste yarn, trying to get a pair of gloves or socks to match either.

5 out of 5 stars

I LOVE Chroma. I will join the chorus "bring back old colors." No Prism?! Seriously?!

2 out of 5 stars

Just started using this yarn to make some fingerless mitts for my daughter. I think it is very difficult to work with and it is felting very easily. Colors are nice but I would not buy it again and would not recommend it.

4 out of 5 stars

This yarn has lovely, long color changes, and even though I am not fond of single ply, it wasn't too bad to work with in making socks. (#0 needles) Very soft, knits up well, and feels wonderful on one's feet. However, I am VERY unhappy to hear that the new colors have mirrored repeats instead of cyclical. (I designed a sock specifically to take advantage of the cyclical repeat!)

3 out of 5 stars

While I love the colors available in this yarn, and it is soft, I really don't like all the "fluff" on it. It's not nearly as easy to work with as the Stroll yarn is. (I wish there were some of the same colors in the Stroll as in this yarn) I think that I did run into the knot problem on one skein (so far) while making socks with it, and actually wasted a good bit of the yarn from having to go further into the skein to get to the same color repeat to retie it and resume knitting. (very annoying) I haven't had a problem with the fingering yarn thickness varying much, but in the worsted it was a bit of a problem. I came across places where it would be very thick and fluffy then go very thin and threadlike. I don't mind yarn that has thicker and thinner areas, but some of these were terrible.

4 out of 5 stars

I do enjoy this yarn, and would rate it excellent for the slight shortcomings I've encountered. I don't mind knots that much, I find I can usually fix them with a Russian join (and since this yarn felts so easily it's a very secure join). I do object to the knot joining a completely different color. I've used both the fingering (more consistent in the thick/thin department than the worsted) and the worsted. I wonder if the yarn being so very soft is part of why the thin/thick is so pronounced in the worsted. Anyway. I add my voice to the chorus of bring back the old colors. PLEASE!!! I wasn't able to afford to get as much of the New England I I needed for a sweater. I see the Vermont but don't think it's close enough to even use for sleeves or cuffs and collar... ;( Please give us 'yarn money poor' folks another crack at the old colors.

4 out of 5 stars

I absolutely love working with this yarn! The thick/thin aspect can be a little inconsistent between skeins (the previous ball I was working with was very nice, the current ball is a bit more drastic, almost lace weight in spots) but it's not a deal breaker. I'm sad to see my favorite colorways (lollipop!) go, and I'm reserving judgement on the mirrored repeats vs sequential. I guess I'll just have to buy more yarn and see.

5 out of 5 stars

I made several pairs of fingerless mitts with this yarn and absolutely love it! The colors I used were in the blues and greens family...the gradient colors made them perfect for the mitts. I am so glad to see brighter colors. I did have to "waste" some of the yarn to re-knot to continue the color, but it was not enough to deter me from buying this over and over.

3 out of 5 stars

If this yarn doesn't demonstrate the wild variety among knitters I don't know what would! The reviews show that. I love the color changes and I'm in the Chroma is soft group, but I found it maddening to use due to its roving-like lack of twist - it splits like crazy. Produces a very fuzzy fabric, a plus in some cases. I don't think I'll want to use it again but I've got 2 more balls of fingering and 3 of worsted to get rid of!

4 out of 5 stars

Bring back Lollipop! I love the shading on the yarn, but did find that the twist on the yarn is not real tight, and did give the feeling of roving. However, the mittens I made came out beautiful, and I am currently working on the "Busy Bee" scarf pattern, and it is really soft.

3 out of 5 stars

I liked this yarn a lot until I also ran into a knot (as I read in the previous review). Since it messes up the color gradation I don't know if I should even finish my project, which I was loving.

3 out of 5 stars

I like this yarn. The colors are amazing and it's very soft. While it does have some thick and thin spots, it knits pretty evenly. My only serious complaint is that of the 6 skeins I bought there were knots in all but one of them. One skein even had three knots. And unfortunately the color gradation was messed up because of the knots. I may buy it again, but not for a while. I am hoping that quality control can address the issue of knots.

5 out of 5 stars

I'm just wondering when will Guppy be in stock again? I haven't used it yet BUUUUUUUUUUUUT I LOOOOOOVE the softness and texture of the yarn and the beautiful colors are just so fun

4 out of 5 stars

I don't think this yarn is perfect but it has its moments. Good things--the colors are fabulous. Hard to choose. It knits up very soft and makes great hats and mittens. Mixed with the solids, the colors can give you amazing two-color work progressions--I knit the Chullo hat in three of the Chromas and it's wonderful. Bad things--knots. The color transition is interrupted occasionally by these knots. It's thick and thin in places, and it's a bit overly soft and flossy in texture--much softer than those Japanese color-shift yarns.

5 out of 5 stars

This yarn is so soft and beautiful. I am knitting my first pair of lace socks with the poppy colorway and I can't believe how wonderful it is to knit with and how good it feels in my hands. It seems like the more I knit with it the softer it gets. I highly recommend.

5 out of 5 stars

This yarn is surprisingly soft for a wool-nylon blend! It feels almost like merino wool. I love it's smooth color change. I'm a professional knitter and find this yarn very exciting and pleasant to work with. Ideal for socks, mittens and even for shawl. But for a scarf it would be still too rough perhaps.

2 out of 5 stars

I bought this yarn when it was on sale I thought this yarn would be like all your other yarns I have bought. I find this yarn very hard to work with and I have knitted for 50 years.

5 out of 5 stars

Purchased a few more skeins and it's nothing like what I had. I don't know if something was wrong with the previous skein or if it was a bait/switch but this is far nicer than what I had. It's very squishy, had several knots in the 2 balls and customer service hasn't responded to the complaint (been a week) but otherwise very lovely yarn.

4 out of 5 stars

I love the colors and the texture! It's so soft that I want to dive into a box of this wool and roll around to my heart's content. The down side is that it's really delicate and pills a lot if you try to felt it.

3 out of 5 stars

The yarn is gorgeous and the color changes are long and slow and I love that. The yarn that I received is so coarse and itchy that I cannot work with it, it simply too much for my hands to work with. Sad because the yarn is so gorgeous. Hopefully they'll release a color change like this in acrylic.

5 out of 5 stars

I made a gorgeous shawl with this yarn. The long color runs works particularly well with this pattern. I may try some other color ways with the same pattern, or just make some socks.

3 out of 5 stars

I bought this yarn for socks; however I would definatly NOT recommend it. It has the consistancy of roving-- no twist to it and separates very easily. I'm trying to knit using 2mm needles, but not sure that's going to be possible. I have 80 sts. on my needles. It may be very good for baby wear, etc.

5 out of 5 stars

I LOVE this yarn! It is so soft! I was going to make socks with it but I'm afraid if I did I wouldn't be able to keep my shoes on! So I have ordered more so I can make a blouse with it and even more on my wish list! Don't just look at the color swatches they have, click on the picture and see the ball. You will be even more impressed with the colors!

5 out of 5 stars

Hi, I made an American doll outfit with this yarn and it came out beautiful I love it. Glad to see it on sale I can order some more.

5 out of 5 stars

Love this yarn it is my favorite!!! The colors I used so far are Super Nova and Misty Morning. I have Atlantis and Midwinter on my wish list.

5 out of 5 stars

Made a mobius with 2 shades of Chroma, using 2-color brioche stitch. Fantastic. Will do more when I decide on next colors! Wonderful yarn, soft and easy to work with.

5 out of 5 stars

I need gray what is the hold up?????

4 out of 5 stars

I love Chroma! I've ordered it in Galapagos, Smoothie and Poppy. I was extremely disappointed with the Poppy colorway. Not at all like described. I will not order that color ever again. (In all fairness, it is the only time I have ever been unsatisfied with a KnitPicks color.)

5 out of 5 stars

This has quickly become my favorite yarn to work with. I've already made quite a few things with it and they've all came out spectacularly. Here is my triangle scarf in Paperback. http://www.ravelry.com/projects/ageeksgirl08/pretty-triangle-scarf