Yarn Profile: Jaeger Alpaca 4-Ply
Jaeger's Alpaca fits the bill perfectly. Its fine gauge is appropriate for many baby patterns, its softness won't irritate the baby's skin, it knits up beautifully, and -- although it's alpaca -- a 202-yard skein will run you only $7.95.
As is the case with alpaca fiber in general, the yarn has very little bounce to it. It's so fine and even that straight stockinette might drive you out of your mind with boredom.
It lends itself more to pattern stitches. Even a simple moss or lace pattern would look lovely.
The other reason to use a stitch pattern with this yarn is that it won't forgive uneven stockinette. You can spot the flubs a mile away, and they'll never go away.
Blocking / Washing
They did just fine. I'm not necessarily recommending you do this with your finished garments, but in a worst case scenario, it's good to know that the yarn won't fall apart on you.
There was no stretching or fading whatsoever, and the swatches flattened out to a reasonable extent.
The fuzz came out more, making the swatches resemble an angora blend. Interestingly enough there was no pilling, just the overall addition of fluff, which made the stitches appear less distinct. (Considering my lumpy stockinette, this was actually a good thing!)
It's a luxuriously soft yarn with the sheen of un-brushed mohair and the slightly fuzzy texture of angora. Even the skeins themselves feel wonderful to the touch.
Okay, forget the baby, make something for yourself!
Previous reader comments
"I like your comments! You're my kind of knitter. I'm looking forward to using this yarn. Now my trouble is finding it. But for sure I'm going to try, if for nothing else but to make a scarf."
28 sts and 36 rows to 10 cm square using 3mm needles
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Manufacturer's suggested wash method
Dry clean or handwash in soap flakes; do not soak; cool rinse; do not wring; short spin; do not leave wet; reshape and dry flat away from direct sunlight; use damp pressing cloth.