Alpaca Yarn

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. 

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Advantages of Alpaca yarn 

  • Due to a unique hollow structure, the fibre is three times as warm as sheep’s wool yet much more lightweight
  • Judged by some to be the strongest mammal fibre, it is certainly durable
  • Amongst its many properties, it is virtually water repellent, reducing odour and sweat and it is more fire repellent than other natural and synthetic alternatives. 

At Laughing Hens we’re an independent, family owned business, specialising in everything related to knitting and crochet. We stock a huge choice of luxury natural fibres, patterns and accessories to ensure that you have all you need to create knitting and crochet designs. For more luxury fibres, see our selection of merino yarn complete with ideas for projects and everything you need to complete them. We also have a rewarding loyalty scheme and offer 14-day no hassle returns.