What’s as soft as cashmere and as heavy as wool? Alpaca yarn! With a silky texture that feels good against the skin, alpaca yarn also provides excellent stitch definition, making it a great choice for projects that call for cable knits. Alpaca is hypoallergenic and a good alternative for those allergic to wool. It is also a hollow-core fiber, meaning it keeps you warmer than wool in low temperatures while still being able to breathe. Be advised, however, that this hairlike fiber is less springy than wool, so it is important not to knit it too loosely—once stretched out of shape, an alpaca garment cannot be blocked back to its original form. There are a lot of alpaca yarns to choose from, so be sure to pick the right one (and the right amount of it!) for your project. Browse our selection of the best options below.
1. AndeanSun Baby Alpaca Yarn
Available in 41 colors, this premium 100% natural alpaca yarn is ultra soft and comes three skeins to a pack. With 124 yards per skein, there’s plenty of material for a smaller project like a scarf. The light worsted weight works well for baby blankets, baby clothes, shawls, hats, and sweaters.
2. Alpaca Warehouse Baby Alpaca Yarn
Sourced directly from Peru, this fair trade yarn comes in three weights and a rainbow of colors.Like the option above, this product is offered in packs of three skeins, 109 yards per skein. Extremely soft, this yarn works well for baby clothes and blankets, as well as knitted items for adults with sensitive skin.
3. Lion Brand Yarn Touch of Alpaca Yarn
Aptly named, this option is a blend of 90% acrylic and 10% alpaca. A good choice for beginners, it is easier to work with than a yarn made of 100% alpaca. Available in seven jewel and natural tones, it combines the softness of alpaca with the durability of acrylic. An added bonus? You can throw knitted garments and blankets made of this yarn in the regular wash.
4. Patons Alpaca Blend Yarn
Another alpaca blend, this yarn is composed of 60% acrylic, 22% wool, 10% nylon, and 8% alpaca and comes in 24 subtly heathered colors. Chunkier than the other options on this list, it provides excellent stitch definition and warmth, while the blend of natural and synthetic fibers makes for longer-wearing knits. Note: Though it’s a blend, this yarn is not machine washable.
5. Cavayoma Baby Alpaca Yarn
Made of 100% baby alpaca wool, this yarn is super soft and lightweight. Available in 2 weights and 35-plus colors, it comes in packages of six 50-gram skeins. Note that it takes 500 grams of this yarn to make a small ladies’ sweater, so plan accordingly.