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Old 09-04-2006, 12:18 PM   #1
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Alpaca wool weight
Hi there - I am planning to knit an aran sweater for my boyfriend and will be ordering the yarn online - a lovely aran weight baby alpaca. Obviously this is not cheap so I want to make sure I get the right amount. The company does a 1kg cone - surely this will be enough for an average size sweater? I don't have a similar style jumper I can weigh!

Just wondered what people thought, and if anyone had embarked on a similar project?

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Old 09-04-2006, 12:22 PM   #2
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It doesn't say how many yards? :thinking:

I looked up some worsted weight alpaca and that particular one had 110 yards per 50 g if that's any help.
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Old 09-04-2006, 12:33 PM   #3
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Hmmmm - thank you - I am actually waiting for my pattern to arrive so I'll check. Is it a safe bet that aran weight yarns are pretty similar? I want to buy in bulk to reduce the cost, but obviously that makes it tricky to do a swatch. Do you think it will be ok to just experiment with needle size to achieve the right guage?
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I think aran weights are all close in thickness. You can absolutely experiment with needle size--if you for some reason don't like the look or feel of the fabric on different size needles, you can make a different size.

If a pattern calls for aran weight, I'd feel comfortable ordering aran weight yarn and taking it from there.
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