100% superwash alpaca yarn?

What kind of yarn can i buy that isnt itchy but really soft to the skin?

I heard that this yarn is very warm and thinking of knitting some small project like a hat or something.


it would help if the yarn didnt cost a fortune.

4 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
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    I don't think I've ever seen such a thing as superwash alpaca. But any really soft and luxurious yarn is going to cost you a lot more than you can afford. You are going to be stuck with acrylic, sorry to say.

    The other option of synthetics is microfibre, although that is not cheap either.

    Merino wool, or Shetland wool, or even Ramboullet is nice and soft. They cost a bit more, but quality does not come cheap. It's not the wool that is itchy, but how it's been cut and the type of fibre it is. Some are not meant to be used next to the skin. There are hundreds of breeds of sheep and all are different, for different purposes.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Don't look at quiviut then if you want inexpensive, soft, warm yarn <G>. It's astronomically priced. I passed on a 50 gr ball of a quiviut blend this fall that was over $90. Not that I wanted to. You might want to look at a superwash alpaca/merino blend, or a straight superwash merino. These would be very soft against the skin, and quite warm. Be aware, however, that 100% alpaca will not hold it's shape well. This is why a blend with wool will give you a better chance.

    Baby Ull from Dale of Norway is 100% merino superwash and is under $7 a ball (200 yards).

    Source(s): I have been knitting for 54 years.
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  • 1 decade ago

    Personally, I stay away from wools entirely. I have pretty bad allergies to any of them that I have tried. The good part of this is that I have discovered some delightfully yummy (a.k.a. soft, warm, and beautiful) yarns in the acrylic lines. They tend to hold their shape and wash better, too, and happen to be (usually) much less expensive.

    My favorites come from the Red Heart line -- they have more than their plain old flat "Classic" most of us associate with that name. Check their website (www.coatsandclark.com) for free patterns for the different weights of yarn.

    Red Heart Symphony (mostly available online only, except for rare instances) is a fine frosted yarn (weight group 2 or 3) that works up like a fancy mohair but isn't quite as unforgiving. (You can undo and redo a section if you catch that mistake within 12-20 hours or so.) It costs about $4.- to $6.- per skein, but there's a lot of yarn in one of those skeins.

    Red Heart Light & Lofty (the same yarn in different colors is also sold as Baby Clouds and Bright & Lofty) is a super bulky (weight group 6) that works up quickly and keeps its shape very well. It's really soft and warm, too. These are about $3.50 to $5.- per skein. You may be able to make a hat with one skein. A scarf would take most of two.

    Caron yarns has a line of Simply Soft yarns that work up well. They're flat, though, but very soft. Red Heart Soft does that really nicely, too.

    Go to eBay and search for Red Heart Symphony or Light and Lofty, depending on the weight you want. That's where I find a good selection of those, as they're hard to find locally.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I think I found 100 grams of superwash alpaca for around $20 or so.

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