Category Archives: alpaca

NEW Handmaiden Wanderlust

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Handmaiden Wanderlust Islands Alpaca Merino

Handmaiden’s LIMITED EDITION collection, Wanderlust Islands, just arrived! Inspired by their lust for travel, Handmaiden has created 13 new colourways inspired by their “bucket-list” islands. Some are exotic and some familiar and the colours are designed to shine on their own or coordinate for multi-colour projects.

The Alpaca Merino base is a soft, squishy, versatile 2ply yarn that’s perfect for all kinds of projects, from shawls, wraps, sweaters, scarves, hats – you name it! A pretty sport-weight yarn, it’s not too thick, and not too thin, and has lots of yardage. Plus, it’s Made in Canada!

  • 70% Superwash Merino, 30% Baby Alpaca
  • 100g/300m (329yds)
  • Sport weight
  • 3.25mm/US3 needles
  • 24 sts = 4″(10cm)
  • Hand wash, lay flat to dry
  • MADE IN CANADA

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Update: later the same day

Don’t wait, seriously, we’ve already sold out of some colours!

SALE & FREEBIES Cascade Lana Grande

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SALE 20% Off Cascade Lana Grande

Cascade Lana Grande is a lofty, super bulky/polar weight yarn made with 100% Peruvian Wool. It knits up beautifully and FAST – plus it’s very affordable!  See it at work in patterns like Umaro by Jared Flood (Brooklyn Tweed), the Weekend Pullover from Knitting Pure and Simple, the Big Snowy Owl, and it’s ideal for the Button Bear Cowl. It’s great for beginners too, we use it frequently in our classes. It knits up fast and is great for making gifts (it’s never too early to start).

  • 100% Peruvian Highland Wool
  • 100g/80m
  • Super Bulky Weight
  • 9mm to 12mm (US size 13 to17) Needles
  • 8 sts = 4″ (10cm)
  • Made in Peru
  • Project ideas on Ravelry
  • Read our Blog Post with project ideas

 

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Gaptastic COMBO

Photos: topstitchgirl & morgpet

 

Gaptastic Cowl

 

 

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Photo: madorange

An Unoriginal Hat

FREEBIE Nour

 

 

Nour

One ball of gorgeous yarn makes a hat – it’s a no-brainer holiday miracle gift! And yes, we sell fur pompoms (both real and synthetic) and excellent pompom makers!

Yarn Options

Materials

FREEBIE + HACKS Paloma Cowl

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Paloma Cowl

I like simple, loose cables like this cowl; they create great texture and interest without too much effort.

Yarn Options: Super Bulky (10 to 12mm needles)

Yarn Options: Bulky (8mm needles)

Materials

HACKS

  • Because all of the yarns we’ve suggested (above) bloom beautifully, you can try pushing your needle size up to a 12mm/US17 and omit a ball of yarn.
  • The yarn suggested in the pattern is super-bulky, so expect your cowl to be too. If this is too much for you, consider substituting a slightly thinner, bulky weight yarn, and smaller (8mm/US11) needles. If this seems too narrow, add a second cable pattern repeat.
  • The pattern is knit flat and seamed in a circle, but if you want to do something more knitterly like a 3 needle bind-off or kitchener stitch, you can cast on using a provisional cast-on (casting on with scrap yarn).

FREEBIE Cocoon

 

 

Cocoon

I tried this pattern a couple of years ago and it was definitely a very popular choice around here. It’s a great project that doesn’t require too much brain power but makes a great gift! It works up relatively quickly with a bulky weight yarn like Diamond Luxury Baby Alpaca Sport, hand dyed merino Malabrigo Mecha, or budget friendly Berroco Vintage Chunky.

Yarn Options

Materials

  • 5mm/US8 – 16″ circular needles
  • 5.5mm/US9 – 16″ circular needles
  • 5.5mm/US9 double pointed needles
  • stitch marker
  • FREE Pattern
  • Our Project Notes

FREEBIE Cables Love PomPoms

 

 

Cables Love PomPoms

It’s that time of year where we start to scramble to make holiday gifts … ideally, gifts that are fast to knit and will be well received. I think this hat fits the bill. It’ll look great on a woman or a man, it’s made with a soft, warm yarn that you’ll love to work with and they will love to wear, and it’s a Freebie too!

Yarn Options

Materials

  • 5.5mm/US9 – 16″ circular needles
  • 6.5mm/US10.5 – 16″ circular needles
  • 6.5mm/US10.5 double pointed needles
  • cable needle
  • stitch marker
  • Fur Pompom
  • FREE Pattern

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FREEBIE & FINISHED Alpaca Long Beanie

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Long Beanie

It’s the end of October, which means that the autumn parade of giftable accessories begins! I started off easy with a Long Beanie, a FREE pattern by Woolly Wormhead. I made mine with one skein of suuuuper soft Diamond Luxury Baby Alpaca Sport, but you can make it with a number of chunky/bulky weight yarns (see list below). I finished it in a day, which is something I haven’t done in a while!

A Note on Fibre Behaviour

Different fibres behave in different ways. Alpaca has a LOT of drape, and will slouch copiously (Like the Diamond Luxury Baby Alpaca Sport). Wool has a lot of body and will keep its shape well (likeMalabrigo Mecha or Malabrigo Chunky). Blends will vary in behaviour, combinations of wool & synthetic will have some drape and also keep some shape (like Berroco Vintage Chunky). Additionally, if you want your hat to drape or slouch more, knit it at a looser tension (on slightly larger needles), and if you want it to have more body and keep its shape, make it with at a firm tension (on slightly smaller needles).

Yarn Options

Diamond Luxury Baby Alpaca Sport: 1 skein

Malabrigo Mecha: 1 skein

Malabrigo Chunky SALE:  1 skein

Berroco Vintage Chunky: 1 skein

Materials

  • FREE pattern
  • 6mm/US10 – 16″ circular needles
  • 6mm/US10 double pointed needles
  • 1 stitch marker
  • tapestry or darning needle

LONG BEANIE COMBO