I’m kind of embarrassed to post this. I swear, I do things other than sit around and knit (although admittedly I do that a lot!) The cropped cardigan is finished.
My best attempt at copying the model photo
Pattern: Cropped Cardigan by Blue Sky Alpacas, size XS
Yarn: Frog Tree Alpaca Sport #12(charcoal), doubled
Needles: US 10.5 and 9
Notes: I think this would be a great beginner sweater. Since it’s knit with doubled yarn on big needles, and since it has neither long sleeves nor a full length, it’s the fastest knit sweater I’ve ever made by far. I swear, I wasn’t even trying to finish this thing! It just sort of happened. I followed the pattern exactly as written except for the needle sizes. I was really nervous about making an alpaca sweater. My verdict? Not itchy. It was slightly itchy, although not horribly so, before I washed and conditioned it, but now there’s no real itch factor. I am not someone who is sensitive to such things anyway, so YMMV. Apparently I don’t have a sensitive nose either, because while Marc could smell the “wet alpaca” smell during blocking, all I smelled was hair conditioner. I wore it around for awhile to see if it would overheat me, but then I remembered – I’m the pianist at church who spends every homily in the bathroom trying to thaw out her fingers. I have issues with the cold, so I’m not sure I can be overheated. I loved knitting with the alpaca so much – it felt like butter sliding through my fingers. I’m definitely going to be making another alpaca sweater soon!
The edges rolled before blocking, but they settled in pretty nicely. I also like it with a pin.
This is a nice wardrobe basic for me. I actually don’t have any other sweaters this color – I don’t buy black because of the cats, and I think this is a nice compromise.
Does anyone else have cats that go crazy over alpaca? My cats are totally obsessed with it. They want to smell it, and roll around in it, and I even think they would eat it given the chance.