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« on: August 29, 2005 10:11:42 AM »

Hi!  I have a friend who is raising alpacas.  They ahve been sheared and the wool is being processed.  I would like to make him a sweater.  Does anyone know what the yarn would be equivalent to?  Is it similar to mohair?  I have to figure out how much I need to make a basic sweater.  Thank you in advance for your help!
« Reply #1 on: August 29, 2005 10:21:51 AM »

It's going to depend on how the yarn is spun, but you could look at yarn companies that sell alpaca yarn to get a rough idea. For example, http://www.westvalleyalpacas.com/YarnAndFiber.html.

« Reply #2 on: August 29, 2005 08:03:44 PM »

It's not really similar to mohair.  It's closer to wool, but softer, heavier, and warmer.  It has a very nice drape.  Soooo soft.
« Reply #3 on: August 30, 2005 05:35:56 AM »

Thank you.  What weight do they typically spin it into?  Is it like a sport yarn weight?  I need a pattern for a basic mens sweater- no pattern, any suggestions?
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« Reply #4 on: August 30, 2005 02:08:35 PM »

i've seen alpaca in everything from lace weight to bulky, so...no help there.  as for a pattern, check out the knitty.com issue that's currently up...it's the "man issue" and has a couple easy looking sweater patterns.  also, the first SnB book has the "manly sweater" which is extra basic.
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