Yarn Specifications and Gauges
If you are new to Alpaca yarns I would recommend following one of our patterns that has been designed for this type of wool. However if you are an experienced knitter I would recommend that you complete a test section and check your tension before embarking on your project.
I have a range of wooden knitting needles available in single sets or used in the kits on this site, as I believe these give a better finish with natural fibres. However if you are used to steel needles and prefer them, there is no reason why you should not use them - after checking the tension.
I try to give a recommended tension for each yarn and suggest that you do complete a swatch before embarking on a project. However this can be subjective as everyone knits in a slightly different way and so this is for your extra guidance. Click here to go straight to our yarn page.
|Yarn type||Approximate yardage per 50g||Suggested needle size||Tension ( assuming stocking stitch on a 10cm/4"sguare||Approximate WPI|
|2ply||222metres (240 yards)||2.25mm, US1, UK13||34 sts, 42 rows||20 woollen, 24 worsted|
|4ply||175 metres ( 190 yards)||3.00mm, US 3. UK 11||28sts, 34 rows||14 woollen, 18 worsted|
|Double Knitting||110metres ( 119 yards)||4.00mm, US6, UK 8||20sts, 28 rows||11 woollen, 15 worsted|
|Aran||70 metres (76 yards)||5.00mm, US8 UK 6||18 sts, 22 row||9 woollen, 11 worsted|
|Chunky||55 metes (60 yards)||6.00mm, US10, UK 4||14sts, 18 rows||8 woollen, 12 worsted|
Differences in terminology between UK and US
|DK (Double knitting)||Light worsted|
|Aran||Fisherman / worsted|
|Super Chunky||Extra Bulky|