Alpaca has a smooth, dense, and lustrous hand, absorbing dye readily and reflecting it back with brilliance and luster. When knit, alpaca produces a dense, relaxed fabric that drapes beautifully on the body. Alpaca is well-suited for garments that will rest directly against the skin–even that of babies.
Any kind of ribbing in pure alpaca will be decorative only–the yarn won’t reliably keep your fabric snug. If cables and ribbing are your thing, that’s OK, too. Just stick with a yarn that blends alpaca with a loftier, more elastic fiber, such as wool.
Although not as warm as cashmere, alpaca fiber has a hollow core that helps it hold in heat, making it several times warmer than wool.
- Fiber Content: 100% alpaca
- Amount on Cone: 8 oz.
- Care: Machine wash / dry OK
- 2,240 yards (fine lace weight)
- 1,120 yards (light fingering weight)
- 746 yards (DK weight)
- 560 yards (sport weight)
- 448 yards (DK weight)
- 373 yards (worsted weight)