Alpaca yarn: a staple of softness for your knitwear
Alpaca knitting yarn is warm and very soft is obtained from the shearing of the two breeds of alpaca, Huacaya and Suri. These animals live in the Andes, in Peru, but there are a few alpaca farms in France also. Their hairs are particularly fine (similar to cashmere) and insulating. Alpaca yarn is pleasant to knit, light, and voluminous. Our balls of yarn are available in different levels of fuzziness and thickness: 25 g or 50 g. We only use the finest alpaca fibres to ensure the upmost softness to your garments. Alpaca yarn is 100 % natural, more durable, and much warmer and softer to the touch than regular sheep wool.
Benefits of alpaca yarn
Alpaca yarn is one of the precious yarns much, like mohair and cashmere, that were once worn by the highest dignitaries. For a long time, alpaca was reserved for luxury hosiery before being used more largely in the ready-to-wear industry or as a knitting yarn. Alpaca yarn possesses exceptional qualities.It is both insulating and absorbent which makes it the ideal fibre to knit warm garments. It is also hypoallergenic, in other words, it triggers fewer reactions in contact with the skin making it a suitable product for allergy-prone people.
Alpaca yarn: how to spot good quality
Much like other yarns, alpaca is not exempt from the classifications that helps identify its various qualities. The longest and finest fibres (15 to 20 microns) belong to the top of the range and are sold under different names: superfine alpaca or baby alpaca. They are among the softest yarns as they do not itch nor pill. The natural colours of alpaca wool range between silver grey and off-white, and all shades of dark or light fawn. Some breeders select the alpacas in their herd based on the colour of their fleece. This technique allows selecting homogenous hairs to produce undyed alpaca knitting yarn. At Tricotez-moi, we offer an undyed 100 % alpaca wool in the form of the Heritage ball of yarn, available in 5 natural colours.