Have you had the pleasure of working with Berroco Ultra Alpaca? It’s a soft and sturdy blend of wool and alpaca in a worsted weight, with a suggested gauge of 5 stitches per inch. This 50%/50% combination of animal fibers gives Ultra Alpaca the structure and elasticity of wool along with the drape, halo, and softness of alpaca. It comes in reasonably-priced, 100 gram hanks with 219 yards each; enough yarn to make a small scarf, a hat, or a pair of mittens.
Berroco offers plenty of free pattern support for Ultra Alpaca on their website, and the options open up completely when you think of all the patterns out there calling for worsted weight yarn. Ravelry currently lists over 71,000 patterns for worsted weight yarn–more than any other weight. Any of those that lend themselves to cozy, fuzzy yarns could be happily completed in Ultra Alpaca, whose smooth texture makes it just as obedient in cables and lace as in garter stitch or colorwork.
We recently replenished our supply of Ultra Alpaca, restocking colors we were low on, and adding a few new colors, too.
Come by the shop to take a look, and consider Ultra Alpaca next time you come across a tempting pattern that wants about 5 stitches per inch.