Yarn Profile: Inca Alpaca
The yarn is silky soft and smooth, with a slight sheen and very little crimp or elasticity. This means it drapes well but may need some reinforcement if your pattern calls for hefty ribbing.
Once I did, things went smoothly.
There were a fair amount of loose, angora-like hairs in the yarn, increasing its sneeze and fuzz potential ever so slightly.
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Because alpaca doesn't have the natural crimp of wool, however, any garment made of this fiber will have the tendency to lose its shape after a while. Don't let this keep you from knitting with alpaca, but do keep it in mind.
Don't be afraid to use this for socks, either, no matter what your yarn shop owner tells you.
One of my all-time favorite pairs of socks is made with Inca Alpaca and a strand of lace-weight Jaggerspun for thickness. An entire sweater made of this would be quite a treat.
Previous reader comments
"I combined one strand of Inca Alpaca with one strand of Plymouth Encore, both in ivory, for a wonderful warm, soft and durable over-sized scarf. I knit in it a checkerboard pattern to add to the texture." ngevin, 7/9/01
>5 sts/inch using 4.5mm (US 7) needles
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Manufacturer's suggested wash method
Handwash in lukewarm water using mild soap. Dry flat.