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Old 05-07-2008, 10:15 AM   #11
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Sorry to hear about your vest Mason! I've used alpaca for scarfs before and loved how they came out, but I could see how it wouldn't hang right as a vest or sweater. I bet the scarf and hat set will come out great.
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Old 05-07-2008, 10:47 AM   #12
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I can feel your pain. I had to frog a winter hat I knit from alpaca because I didn't knit it at a tight enough gauge and it stretched out too much after wearing it. I learned the hard way that alpaca isn't as elastic as wool. I still haven't figured out what I'm going to do with that yarn, though.
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I'm sure it'll make a great hat and scarf and very warm! I also second the idea of fingerless gloves. I would think those would be perfect for a truck driver!
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Originally Posted by mathwizard View Post
I hope I have better luck. I am crocheting a vest using a pattern from the Crochet Guild magazine out of alpaca. I am double stranding it. So far other than not using post stitches in the body and using a spike stitch the vest is doing well. The alpaca is so soft. The pattern called for worsted weight. Even though the place where I got the yarn said it was worsted weight, it did seem thin so I double stranded it.
It should be fine doubled. Good luck with it.
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Last night while I was working on the ribbed bottom of the hat I was still trying to decide what sort of hat I wanted to make with the alpaca.

I decided to try something different. I am going to make a really long hat the top of which will essentially be a tubular scarf to wrap around the neck so that it will basically be a hat and scarf all in one piece.
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