Whatever will be, will be…alpaca. At least for this post.
As close readers/listeners of our blog/podcast are aware, you are a might bit infatuated with alpaca. I’m not quite the fan you are, but in the right application, alpaca serves its purpose admirably.
And the best purpose I can think of for alpaca is to keep Wilson’s ears warm.
Having a hollow fiber, alpaca is an excellent insulator. Knit densely, it will block the wind; the dense knitting also provides needed structure to this fiber known more for its drape than it’s elasticity. I knit this on size 2 needles using a 3-ply light worsted weight yarn, a 90:10 alpaca:wool blend from Velveteen Alpacas.
The pattern is my own. Getting the decrease ratio just right took some messing around, but I’m pretty happy with how it worked out in the end. I plan to rework it in a slightly looser gauge to make it easier on the hands for knitting. For more info on this incarnation of it, check out my project page on Ravelry - all the details you need if you’d care to work it out yourself before I get to it.
I finished the hat just in time. Wilson wore it today; though we had 70 degree temps yesterday, today didn’t get above freezing. It suddenly has me thinking of getting ready for winter.
P.S. Wilson looks mad in that shot, but he says he was just trying to look rugged and outdoorsy.