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Old 09-12-2008, 12:07 PM   #1
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Knitting with Alpaca and Cashmere!!!
I just bought 1600 yds of 100% alpaca and I am so excited to knit with it. I have never knit with alpaca and I was wondering if i should stay away from certain sweater patterns/styles.

And, I am also curious what everyone's thoughts on cashmere. I know its wonderful and cozy but are there any drawbacks (besides pilling)? Does anyone have any great pattern ideas?

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Old 09-12-2008, 12:10 PM   #2
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What weight? I have a pound of sport weight alpaca and when I tried to make a vest from it it was just too thin to hold it's shape.
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It's 1600 yds of Lavish (DK weight) in Samba
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Probably the easiest is to join Ravelry and see what other people have made with that yarn. You could also check the manufacturers web site and see if they have patterns using that yarn.
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Most of the FO on Ravelry are shawls/scarves/wrist-warmers. Nothing that I am really interested in. And the manufacturers website has no patterns. Any other ideas???
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I've only knit with alpaca blends which behave more like wool. Going on what Mason's experience was I would probably look for a pattern with some cabling or other stitch pattern other than stockinette to try and firm up the fabric a bit so it holds shape better if you're going to make a sweater or top.
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Hm, I'm in the process, almost finished, of making a shrug with Classic Elite alpaca. It doesn't seem too thin and I guess I won't have to worry much about shape holding up. I've absolutely loved working with it, it's so soft and luxurious. There's a picture of the shrug I'm making at Ravelry under my name.
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This thread brought up a problem I am having with alpaca. Everytime I pick up the prayer shawl I was knitting with it I start to sneeze and my eyes itch and burn. It's almost like holding a cat in my lap which I am highly allergic to. I've been told that very few people are allergic to alpaca, but I seem to be. Anyone else have this problem?
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Hm, I'm in the process, almost finished, of making a shrug with Classic Elite alpaca. It doesn't seem too thin and I guess I won't have to worry much about shape holding up. I've absolutely loved working with it, it's so soft and luxurious. There's a picture of the shrug I'm making at Ravelry under my name.
What weight wool are you using? It looks beautiful!
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This thread brought up a problem I am having with alpaca. Everytime I pick up the prayer shawl I was knitting with it I start to sneeze and my eyes itch and burn. It's almost like holding a cat in my lap which I am highly allergic to. I've been told that very few people are allergic to alpaca, but I seem to be. Anyone else have this problem?
I have heard of some people having really bad allergies to alpaca. you may want to try using a wool wash (like SOAK) after you're done knitting it. I have heard it helps, but I don't have any personal experience with it. Good luck!
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