This gorgeous super soft 100% Baby Alpaca DK weight yarn comes in skeins measuring 131 yards (120m) and available in ten earthy warm colors perfect for your fall and winter knitting projects. This yarn really shows off textured stitches, especially cables. The recommended needle size is an US size 6 (4mm)/UK Size 8 with a gauge of 22 stitches and 30 rows to equal 4″ (10cm) in stockinette.
The average cost of this yarn is $14.00 US / £7.50 and is now available online, as well as in most local shops that are Rowan Stockist. Now I know a few of you think that’s very expensive but in retrospect it’s not any more expensive per skein than many popular yarns such as MadelineTosh, The Plucky Knitter, Malabrigo or fiber that we purchase to spin for yarn.
I recently stopped into my local yarn shop, Jessica Knits, and picked up two extra skeins, along with a skein of Kidsilk Haze. The color of the yarn, as well as the soft texture, as inspired me to design a scarf with a matching hat. This will be coming out hopefully the end of October. Until then, here’s a photo of the colors I chose and you can let your minds run wild trying to decide what my design will be like … yes, I’m being secretative, but I can’t spill the beans quite yet!
Here are the current colors available, and I have to say right now, the Graphite and Blue John are beautiful colors! It was really hard for me to pass these two colors up when I was purchasing the extra skeins of Garnet.
To accompany this new yarn launch is a new collection featuring 17 designs by Rowan Designer, Lisa Richardson. This collection is an adventure of texture with a mix of cables, lace, bobbles, openwork worked into fitted jackets, tunics, pullovers, cardigans, scarves and a wrap. From simply to modern, this collection offers easy to wear knits created in the jewel tones of Alpaca Colour.
Knitters, you will love Lisa’s collection as sizes range from small to extra-extra large, with finished bust sizes ranging from 32 – 34 inches (81-86 cm) to 48 -50 inches (122 – 127 cm). I personally like the step-by-step written instructions, the charts for lace and cable work (much improved from prior brochures) and garment schematics. The back of this brochure also includes basic information, terms, abbreviations, wash care instructions and a sizing guide.
My favorite design from Lisa’s collection has to be Claydon. I love the cablework and the cozy look of this cardigan.
Bottom line, the yarn is very soft and luxurious, available in several colors to please the eye and is accompanied by a beautiful new design collection.
Disclaimer: This copy, and yarn, was provided by Rowan Yarns for review. The above opinions are my own.