frequently asked questions

Here are a few answers to the questions you may have. If you don't find the answer you need here, please get in touch.

Our catalogue

Buying online

Shipping information

Returns, refunds, etc.

My online account

Product information

How can I get a Bergère de France catalog?

If you are a new customer, you can get your catalog for free by creating a new account on our site.

To ensure that your registration goes smoothly please take note of the following:

1) First make sure that your request is set to yes where the pink arrow is pointing. By doing so, address fields will appear along the bottom of the form.
2) You only need to fill the fields with an asterisk. If you enter your date of birth, take note to enter it in the DD MM YYYY format as shown (example: 30 01 1940) or it will not save. The phone number only accepts 10 digit numbers, so if yours is longer leave this field blank.

By following these steps, your request should successfully go through.

If you have ordered from us in the past year, you should receive a catalog for free automatically.

If you already have an account with us but have not yet ordered, you can purchase the catalogue here.

Is the catalogue really free?

Unless you have purchased the catalogue as part of an order, the catalogue is free, including shipping. For orders outside USA and Canada, please visit


Does the catalogue include any patterns?

No, the catalogue is only to give you a closer look (and touch) at our yarns, designs and other accessories. To knit the designs featured in the catalogue, you will need to purchase our annual pattern book which includes the 168 patterns for the collection.


How can I buy Bergère de France products?

There are 2 ways to buy our products:

  • In store: You can find our yarns and patterns in local yarn stores in the USA and Canada, as well as France, the UK and Ireland. Click here to find a shop near you.
  • Online : Our website is available 24/7.


What payment options are available?

When you buy online with us, you can pay by MasterCard or Visa through our secure payment partner. Your card information is directly transmitted to the secure payment site and we have no access to it.


Can I update my order?

Once your order has been confirmed, you can't change it online as it is sent directly to be prepared. If you need to change your  order or have any questions about it, please get in touch.


I have ordered online, but I haven't received a confirmation email. What's up?

First, check online if the order appears in your account area. Also check if your email address is correct in your personal information section. If you still have a question about your order, let us know.


How can I check if a product is available?

Our website is updated every day with stock availability for all our products. If you have any questions about the availability of a product, please get in touch.


Can I get the same deals online and in a store?

The stores that sell our products in the USA and Canada are independant and have their own pricing and promotions. This means that you probably won't get the same deal at the same time online and in the shops as the one advertised on our site. You can always call your local yarn store to check what their current promotions/sales are.


What are Reward points and how can I use them?

Our Reward Points program allows you to earn points for certain actions you take on the site. Points are awarded for actions such as inviting friends to order from the site, or subscribing to the newsletter.

Once you register you will be able to earn reward points, which are then redeemable at time of purchase towards the cost of your order. Rewards are an added bonus to your shopping experience on the site and just one of the ways we thank you for being a loyal customer.

Earning Reward Points

Rewards can currently be earned for the following actions:

  • Subscribing to a newsletter for the first time = 100 points
  • Submitting a comment on a product = 2 points (after validation)
  • Converting Invitations to Order = 100 points for every invitation you send out which leads to a first sale (up to the limit of 3 successful invitations)

Redeeming Reward Points

You can redeem your reward points at checkout. If you have accumulated enough points to redeem them you will have the option of using points as one of the payment methods. The option to use reward points, as well as your balance and the monetary equivalent this balance, will be shown to you in the Payment Method area of the checkout. Redeemable reward points can be used in conjunction with other payment methods such as credit cards, gift cards and more.

Fair use policy

The reward points system is limited to the use of one person per household (same street address). Our system automatically detects abuse of the reward points offer and will block any orders detected as suspicious. If your order is blocked, you can request a refund of any payment that may have been taken from your account and the order will then be cancelled. If you have had a blocked order, you can still order from us again, but without using reward points as payment.

Reward Points Minimums and Maximums

You will need a minimum of 100 points to be able to use them at the checkout. There is no maximum to the number of points you can earn.

Managing My Reward Points

You have the ability to view and manage your points through your Customer Account. From your account you will be able to view your total points (and currency equivalent), minimum needed to redeem, whether you have reached the maximum points limit and a cumulative history of points acquired, redeemed and lost. The history record will retain and display historical rates and currency for informational purposes. The history will also show you comprehensive informational messages regarding points, including expiration notifications.

Reward Points Expiration

Points will expire 6 months after the date they were first earned.

Note: You can sign up to receive email notifications each time your balance changes when you either earn, redeem or lose points, as well as point expiration notifications. This option is found in the Reward Points section of the My Account area.


Can I purchase downloadable patterns (in pdf)?

Of course! All the patterns from our new Le Wooling Magazine are now available for purchase in downloadable pdf format. You can choose to purchase and download each pattern separately, or buy the complete version of the magazine including all the patterns. To see our availble pdfs, please visit here.

I have bought a downloadable pattern. Where can I find it?

When you have sucessfully placed your order including one or several downloadable patterns, you will receive the download link(s) in your order confirmation email. Simply click on the link provided next to the pattern name to open the pdf. All purchased pdfs will also be available in you client account, under the section "My downloadable products": Just click on the download icon to open and download the pattern. Do not worry, you will be able to download them as many times as you want!

Important notice regarding downloadable patterns: please note that our pdf patterns and instructions - being digital products - are neither exchangeable nor refundable.


What are the shipping options? How long will it take?

US SHIPMENTS UNDER $200 are shipped by the USPS (United States Postal Service), usually via 2-day priority mail. Please allow from 2-5 business days for USPS shipments to leave our Canadian warehouse as they are picked up and brought across the border once or twice a week. US ORDERS OVER $200 are shipped by Canada Post and will usually leave our warehouse the next business day after the order is entered into our system. Note: Paperwork for online orders placed before 6:00 pm EST is received on the next business day and is usually entered into our system the same day,


How much does shipping cost?

Shipping charges are a flat $8.90 per order including any re-shipments of items for exchange. There are no additional shipping charges for backordered items that are shipped at a later date. If you live outside North America, you can order from our other websites: in French or in English. Both sites deliver worldwide.

Taxes: We do not collect taxes on US shipments. US customs does not collect duties or taxes on shipments valued under $200. USPS may however, collect taxes and brokerage fees on behalf of US customs for orders with a value of over $200 before shipping.


How can I track my order?

When you order online, you can follow your order's progress in your account area until it leaves Bergère de France. Once it has been dispatched, it can be tracked, depending on the postal service that is being used. If you would like to find out where your delivery is, please contact us.


Do you deliver internationally?

Our orders for North America are sent from our offices in Montreal, Canada. If you live outside North America, you can order from our other websites: in French or in English. Both sites deliver worldwide.


I ordered too many skeins, can I send back the remainder?

If you ordered them less than 3 months before, you can send back your remaining skeins for a refund in store credit. The skeins must be in perfect condition for resale: not started and with the label intact.

From US addresses return via USPS to: 
PO BOX 2412

Please include a copy of your receipt, featuring your customer ID number so we can credit the amount to your account.


I didn't order enough skeins to finish my project, what should I do?

The colour of a yarn can vary in very subtle ways from batch to batch. To avoid any colour differences in your finished pieces, we recommend that you always use yarn from the same dye lot in any one project. You can find the dye lot number on the label, along with the product reference.

Note: Don't worry, all the skeins within one order will be automatically picked from the same batch.

If you have run out of wool for your project and you want to order more from the same dye lot, you can use this form to add it to your shopping cart. You can order up to 3 skeins per dye lot, subject to availability.


How can I return a product?

You would like an exchange or refund? Simply return your unused, unopened product along with your sales receipt so that it arrives within 3 months of the transaction date. Indicate on your bill “exchange” along with the list of items you would like to receive in exchange or “refund” if you wish to receive a refund. In the case of an exchange, we will either credit you or request payment for any difference that may occur including the additional charges to re-ship your package. In the case of a return, please include any gifts that you received and are no longer entitled to once your return is applied. If you would like to keep the gift, we will deduct its retail value from the amount of your refund. Please do not return your catalog (yarn sample book) as it is yours to keep. Note: Original shipping charges are not refundable. If you received a damaged or defective item, please call us for a replacement within 3 months of purchase.

Please carefully follow these instructions when sending back your return: From US addresses return via USPS to: BERGERE DE FRANCE PO BOX 2412 CHAMPLAIN, NY 12919 Include your sales receipt and mark RETURN on the outside of the box. Note: USPS is the only carrier you can use to mail to our US PO Box. If you choose to mail to our Canadian address you must arrange for all taxes, duties and brokerage fees to be pre-paid or the parcel will be returned to you.

How can I manage what emails I get from Bergère de France?

You can choose whether you want to receive our free newsletter with our latest offers and promotions in your account section. Simply log in and click on My Newsletters.


How can I update my personal information?

A. You can update your personal information online at any time by accessing the My Account area. Please note that if you have an order that is still being prepared, the changes to your account will not affect that particular order. If you need to correct the information for a particular order, please get in touch.


Oops, I've forgotten my password, what should I do?

Don't panic! Just enter your email address on this page and we'll send you a new one. Don't forget to change it in your Account information to something easier to remember.


Oops, I can't find my customer ID number, what should I do?

You can find your customer ID number on any previous receipts from online orders. If you still can't find it, drop us an email including your name and full postal address and we'll look it up for you.


Is my personal information safe with you?

Our website is hosted in France and complies with strict data protection and access laws (loi n° 78-17 du 6 janvier 1978, Informatique et Libertés, articles 38, 39, 40). You have a right to access, modify and delete any information relating to you on simple request. All your payment information is handled directly by our secure payment partner and is not transmitted to us at any point.


Have you got any tips on caring for my hand knitted creations?

To ensure you give your hand made garments the care they deserve, make sure you follow the indications on the paper label from the skeins of wool you made it with. Keep one of the labels safe for further reference. You can also find the care symbols for our yarns online. Here are a few more tips:

During knitting/crocheting:

  • Before you begin, check your needles are in good shape. Snags, rust and other irregularities on the needles can catch and damage the wool. Take good care of your hands too: use a moisturising hand cream to keep them soft and avoid snagging the wool.
  • When knitting, avoid wearing clothes made of synthetic materials such as nylon, as they can rub on the wool and form burrs.
  • When knitting, make sure you always finish your row before putting your knitting down, as stopping mid-row can distort or stretch the stiches between the needles.

Caring for the finished product:

  • Washing in very cold water can be as damaging as using water that's too hot. A luke warm 30°C (86°F) is the perfect temperature for your knits (unless otherwise indicated). Never exceed 30°C and 800rpm when machine washing.
  • Always turn your garments inside out when washing them, so that the drum of the washing machine doesn't rub and damage them. If your garment is in a particularly fragile yarn (eyelash yarns, loopy yarns, hand-spun yarns...) wash them in a washing bag or in a pillowcase.
  • To avoid felting, never let your wool garments soak, and only use a small dose of detergent.
  • Over the first few washes, it is quite normal for the dye to run a little. The colour will stabilise in 2 or 3 washes. It is therefore best to wash your garment on its own the first few times, or use a "dye magnet" product. These products are also useful if your garment uses a mixture of light and dark colours
  • Never use a fabric softener when caring for hand knits. The softener can make the yarn slippery and the stiches may slide and distort during drying.
  • Squeeze out all the excess water and dry flat, away from any heat sources. Hanging or drying a hand knitted garment next to a heat source can cause it to distort.
  • When ironing, never put the iron into direct contact with your hand knitted garment. Use the steam function of your iron and press down on the garment with your hand or a wad of neutral coloured cloth. You can also use a damping cloth (except for synthetic yarns which you should never iron).
  • If your garment still gets little pills of wool, use a pill remover.
  • All yarns can be spun dry up to 800rpm maximum.


What do the symbols on the label mean?

A. Here are the most common symbols that you will find on our yarn labels and on the website. 

Lavage à 30°Machine washable at a maximum of 30°C on a wool or delicates programme. Avoid using fabric softener when machine washing hand-knitted garments.

lavage main Hand wash only in luke warm water. Wash and rinse carefully at the same recommended temperature. Squeeze out excess water without wringing, by wrapping the garment in a towel.

Ne supporte pas l'eau de javel Do not use bleach.

Nettoyage à sec profesionnel Dry cleaning by a professional is authorised.

Séchage en machine interdit No machine drying or spin drying. Dry flat away from light and heat.

Séchage en machine Machine dry or spin dry at low temperature.

repassage fer doux Iron at a low temperature.

pas de repassage Do not iron or steam.

Woolmark labels

WoolmarkWoolmarkGarments made completely with yarns that carry the Woolmark label can be machine washed (blue label) or machine washed and dried (red label) following the recommendations of your washing machine or drier.




How can I use Bergère de France yarns on my knitting machine?

We have plenty of yarns and designs that are suitable for knitting machines. When looking at one of our yarns, check that the "machine knitting" icon is present on its label or online product info. Yarns that don't have this icon are not suited to machine knitting.

For all the instructions to set up your knitting machine for our yarns, see your Bergère de France pattern book.



What are virtual gift cards? How do I use them?

What is a Virtual Gift Card?
We have a range of Virtual Gift Cards available for you to treat your favourite crafter with. They exist in a range of amounts. These virtual gift cards are delivered in the form of an email that can be sent directly to the recipient or sent to your own address to print out or forward at the right moment.

How do I order my chosen Virtual Gift Card(s)?
First select the card amount you want to order and complete the form with the email address, name and message for the recipient. You can order several cards at a time, either for different people (in that case, fill in a form for each and add each one to the shopping cart) or for the same person (in this case, fill in the form once and increase the number with the "+" sign before adding to your cart).

How should I use a gift card that I have received?
On each gift card is a unique code that can be entered on the checkout step of your order. You can use a gift card for part or all of your order, including delivery. If the amount left on your card is higher than the total of your order, the remaining money will be left on the card and you can use the same code again for a different order. To check the amount left on a gift card, log into your account, click on the "gift cards" tab on the right hand side and enter the code into the box.

I am having problems using the site, what's up?

For best results, we recommend using a recent browser and a screen resolution of at least 1024x768. To update your browser, you can click on one of the links below.
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If you are still having problems using our site, contact us.


What size needles should I order/use?

There are different sizes in different countries, and it can all get rather confusing when you're using a pattern from one country and needles from another... All needle sizes mentioned in our patterns or our product descriptions are in mm. Here is a chart to help you find the perfect match for your project:

Metric size (mm)US sizeUK/Canada sizeJapanese size
2.0 0 14  
2.1     0
2.25 1 13  
2.4     1
2.7     2
2.75 2 12  
3.0   11 3
3.25 3 10  
3.3     4
3.5 4    
3.6     5
3.75 5 9  
3.9     6
4.0 6 8  
4.2     7
4.5 7 7 8
4.8     9
Metric size (mm)US sizeUK/Canada sizeJapanese size
5.0 8 6  
5.1     10
5.4     11
5.5 9 5  
5.7     12
6.0 10 4 13
6.3     14
6.5 10 ½ 3  
6.6     15
7.0   2 7 mm
7.5   1  
8.0 11 0 8 mm
9.0 13 00 9 mm
10.0 15 000 10 mm
12.0 17    
16.0 19    
19.0 35    
25.0 50    

If in doubt, a needle gauge is your best friend!



I'm not sure what size to choose, can you help?

Of course! All the sizes used in our products use the standard French/European sizes, and all lengths and weights are expressed in metric (m, cm, mm, g, kg...). If you're having trouble working out which size to make, use the chart below. We recommend you base your choice on measurements rather than dress size, as this size varies from brand to brand. We are including UK & US dress sizes as a rough guide only.


women's sizes

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men's sizes

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juniors sizes

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What does your name mean? How should I pronounce it?

"Bergère" is French for shepherdess, so the meaning of Bergère de France would be "The French Shepherdess". It is pronounced something like "bear share de France" although the French pronunciation of "g" is somewhat softer than the English "sh", and the "r" sounds are slightly rolled. Don't worry though, we don't mind if you get it wrong!