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« on: October 20, 2011 09:59:48 PM »

I'm knitting the burnished tunic (it's in the KAL) with Bernat Alpaca. It's 70% acrylic and 30% alpaca and I can only knit with it for a short amount of time because it starts to make my fingers itchy. I know I'm nor allergic to alpaca, I think it's just bothering me more because of my tension is tighter, but I'm wondering if it's itchy while knitting with it, is it going to be unbearably itchy to wear. If so, is there anything I can do to make it less itchy (besides adding fabric softener to the water when I wet block it)?

Thanks for the advice! I really won't want my first sweater to be too itchy to wear.

« Reply #1 on: October 20, 2011 11:27:12 PM »

I have an alpaca sweater from Peru that is itchy as all get out. I only ever wear it over a long-sleeved turtle-neck to keep it from touching me. Wish I had something constructive to help you, but the only thing I can think of would be to try softening it with human hair conditioner. Something I've not yet tried on my Peruvian sweater, btw.

« Reply #2 on: October 21, 2011 08:27:16 AM »

It's the rougher guard hairs in alpaca that make it itchy. I made a shawl with this yarn and like to wear it over something with a higher neckline or it's scratchy on my neck. It may get less so after it's washed a few times, and btw, it won't wet block well, just wash it and dry it in the dryer. 

« Reply #3 on: October 24, 2011 06:22:37 PM »

I have this issue some times because of the tension and friction that's caused from the yarn sliding through my fingers i would say finish it and try it on for a few hours then if you dont like it rip it and use the yarn for something else

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« Reply #4 on: October 25, 2011 09:55:28 AM »

I have no idea what I could use the yarn for so I've decided it's going to be my learning process, then if it drives me crazy with itchiness I'll gift it to my mom who wears turtle necks so it won't bug her. Thanks for the advice everyone!

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