Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Knitted Alpaca Cowl

Here is a very basic and quick-to-make cowl that is stylish and warm.
It is made from alpaca yarn I purchased during a visit to Jersey Shore Alpacas in Cape May, New Jersey.
Beyond their charming, quirky cute looks, alpacas are responsible for bearing some of the silkiest, most versatile fiber found in nature, They are shorn annually. Alpaca is a specialty fiber that has been described as stronger than mohair, finer than cashmere, smoother than silk, softer than cotton, warmer than goose down, and better-breathing than thermal knits. source

Alpaca fiber is much like sheep’s wool, but warmer and not itchy. It is lacking in lanolin, which makes it hypoallergenic and also allows it to be processed without the need for high temperatures or harsh chemicals in washing.

It is flame-resistant and like wool, alpaca fiber is water-resistant. It can wick away moisture because of its unique ability to mimic cotton in moisture regain. These attributes are what make alpaca feel lighter than wool, but warmer than cotton in cool and damp climates.
Pattern Note: To create a slight flair in the cowl, I increased several times.  If you prefer it straight just continue in pattern skipping the increase in rows 11, 17 and 21. 

Knitted Cowl
pattern inspired by Jersey Shore Alpacas
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Yarn: bulky yarn

Size 10 needles or size recommended on yarn

Directions:

Cast on 65 stitches.
Rows 1-5: Knit entire row.
ROW 6: P across
ROW 7: K across
ROW 8-10 repeat row 6-7
ROW 11: K across increasing 1 stitch at midpoint of row (66)
ROW 12-16: repeat row 6-7
ROW 17: K across increasing 1 stitch at midpoint of row (67)
ROW 18-20: repeat row 6-7
ROW 21: K across increasing 1 stitch at midpoint of row (68)
ROW 22-30: repeat row 6 and 7
ROW 31-34: Knit across
ROW 35: Bind off leaving a length of yarn and sew sides together.  Weave in loose ends.

7 comments:

Summer said...

Nice colour! The cowl is beautiful ♥

Karen said...

Beautiful color and style. I have always loved to wear scarves.

Beca said...

A lovely shade of blue. Thanks for sharing the pattern.
xx Beca

Ann said...

That's really pretty. I love the color. I've never bought any alpaca yarn but I know how soft it is.

Jedidja said...

O that is a nice one! Super.

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

I wish I was better at knitting! I'll need a crochet pattern :) Very pretty!

Lea said...

That cowl is so cute and you are even cuter wearing it. I do love cowls! Happy weekend!

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