WIP: Alpaca Sweater

You know when you start a project and then leave it unattended for a while, and when you return to it, you don't remember how it was supposed to look like, and then you start over, only to set it back and forget it, and so when you come back to it many moons later, well - you realize that you have to start over again?

That is what happened with this current project I am working on.

The yarn.

Some people have a well defined project in mind, before they buy all the necessary tools. When it comes to yarn, I am the opposite. Yarn tends to guide the end result for me. In this case, I had fallen for Berroco Yarn's Ultra Alpaca Light yarn in its Turquoise Mix color # 04294. The yarn is a glorious blend of 50/50 wool and alpaca in sport weight yarn, and the color - depending on the lighting varies from a shade of blue to the ones of deep forest green. The yarn is very soft to the touch and provides a lot of warmth, making it perfect for fall/winter garments. 

Needle size.

The recommended needle size US 5 (3.75mm) but I have opted for US 4 (3.50mm).

The pattern.

I enjoy knitting off my memory, coming up with constructions, trying out new techniques. For this sweater, originally I had planned to knit it in a bottom-top construction. The choice of this construction was mostly based on my lack of knowledge when it came to knitting top-down. I was quite intimidated 2-3 years ago by this type of construction and would not dare to attempt it. Fast forward to 2020, I have finally learned how to knit in this particular way, and I have been kicking myself for not trying it sooner! That being said, because of how lightweight the yarn is, I wanted to make a garment that would be airy and functional. This sweater, knitted top-down, is pretty simple in nature, if you don't account for its well defined neckline and the cable-raglan lines.


I finally got to the point where I have separated the arm sections, and I am now knitting in the round. I have used about 100g of the yarn, and expect the total sweater to take about 500g. I will let you know the final yardage once the project is completed.

What are you currently working on?

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