Of all the luxury fibres, alpaca yarn is known for its strength, versatility and lovely smooth texture. As it is less scaly than wool alternatives, it is possible to wear alpaca close to skin without itchiness. Moreover this yarn is perfect for knitting items for those with wool allergies as it does not contain lanolin, the chief cause.
There are different types of alpaca yarn or wool to choose from and these are measured in terms of their softness. Baby alpaca is the finest and softest classification, followed by superfine, and Suri. Each alpaca fibre is hollow, meaning it is very lightweight and ideal for making clothing, including jumpers, scarfs and socks. It can be blended with wool fibres to aid elasticity and make it easier to work with. Just choose your fibre from the range of brands, weights and colours available and we’ll already have the patterns and needle options available for you.
Alpacas have strong ties to Peru where around 75% of the population currently resides. Part of the camelid family, which includes camels, llamas, guanacos and vicunas, they have long been bred for their strong and soft coat. In Incan culture, possession of alpaca textiles indicated wealth. So bestow a friend with some wealth by knitting them a cosy scarf, hat or gloves.