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« on: December 25, 2007 07:38:24 PM »

Ok, Christmas knitting is now behind me, except one important project, a sweater for a sweet and wonderful guy.  Interestingly we both saw the same sweater in Knit 'N Style Oct '07 and liked it, he then promptly shamelessly begged for me to make it ( damn his puppy dog eyes, I'm in a for a big project, he is 6'3" and an XXL).  Anyways, the pattern is the Cables Milano, it calls for Berroco Ultra Alpaca (gauge is 20s / 4"). 

It looks like a lovely but incredibly warm wool according to reviews I have read, if the sweater was for me I would leap in buy the yarn blindly and start knitting (I'm always cold).  The problem is even in winter he rarely wears more than a jacket, and we live in SW Texas.  I'm not expecting him to wear the sweater regularly, but I do not want him dying of heat exhaustion wearing it.  Are there any yarns that will show cabling well and breath a bit more than wool?   Or am I being overly cautious with my first sweater  jitters and the alpaca wool combo breaths well?


Thanks in advance for suggestions and wish me luck! I'm gonna have to math out a way to turn that cable crazy pattern into an xxxl Eeek!



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« Reply #1 on: December 25, 2007 09:18:38 PM »

Alpaca can be pretty warm, so you may want to try another yarn. There are several wool/cotton blends which will be lighter.
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« Reply #2 on: December 26, 2007 08:07:53 AM »

Thank you, that was what I was leaning towards, but wanted to check with others before I made a yarn purchase of that size, the pattern calls for 12 skeins, I think Im going to need closer to 13 or 14.... *sigh*  oh to be rich...

I was also considering a wool/ bamboo *(since the bamboo yarn breathers very well and is antimicrobial- so if he does sweat in it the smell would not be as bad) blend but thought that might have too much of a sheen to it.
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