Gorgeous Alpacas

Knit Kit - Aran 3-to-1 Hat

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Gorgeous Alpacas

Knit Kit - Aran 3-to-1 Hat

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Description

Intermediate Knitting
Available in our supersoft Aran weight undyed totally natural colour (off white only)
Size: Small, Medium, Large (to fit child/adult)
  • Detailed Description

    Once made, you'll have a lovely warm hat. We've marked this an 'easy' level hat to make. It's our most popular kit, because you are always doing 3 Knits to 1 Purl (who doesn't prefer the Knit stitch to the Purl!). It's fairly quick to make as the yarn is lovely and thick and you get to use some nice larger needles.

    Made with our sofest alpaca-merino mixed yarn, so it is uber-super soft. The style is a bit the same, so comfortable and easy to wear, and you can knit it longer if you like a longer look.

    Supplied in a natural alpaca shade - an off white. Really suitable for vegetable dyes if you ever get bored of the white as this yarn receives colours really well.

    You can choose the colour of the pompom during checkout.

    Because it's alpaca yarn....

    • you can wear it out in the rain, and still keep your head dry (proven by us frenquently!)
    • it won't itch, even if it's warm and your indoors or the sun comes out - it just stays comfy
    • It's super uber soft and comfy
    • Dog walkers, gardeners, and horse riders love it because they can crunch it up to nothing in their coat pocket (better without the pompom for this)

    Supplied with

    • 100gm (175m) Gorgeous Aran made from 50% baby alpaca/50% merino
    • 5.5mm needles, a darning needle (optional extras)
    • faux fur pompom

    The mix of baby* alpaca and merino means it both super soft and easy to knit with. * Note: "baby alpaca" means the fleece used has a very fine micron, not that we stole the fleece from a baby cria!

  • Delivery

    Free delivery orders over £40 : Only £3.50 orders under £40. Ships same day if ordered before noon.

  • Returns Policy

    No quibble returns, and we pay all costs of return - just contact us if you would like to return or exchange any item

  • Our Guarantee

    Our Guarantee: If you buy a knitting or crochet kit, and you run out of yarn, please contact us and we will send more yarn free of charge.

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What's so unique about alpaca yarn

Firstly, it's about the alpacas

Although all the yarn we sell comes from alpacas living in the UK, alpacas were originally bred by Incas in the mountains of Peru, where the temperatures regularly swing from -18C at night to +20C during the day. So the alpacas developed to survive. The fibre has a unique hollow quality, and the trapped air expands and contracts with the temperature.




What that means for us

This means it keeps you warm when it's cold, but keeps you cool when it's hot.

It's also naturally water-repellent. As evidence, we wear our hats in the rain and come in with totally dry hair ... so finally, knitwear that you can wear in wind, rain and sunshine!

What else

Alpaca yarn is popular because it’s so soft, durable, luxurious and silky. In fact, it's stronger than mohair, finer than cashmere, smoother than silk, softer than cotton, warmer than goosedown, and more breathable than thermal knits. While it's similar to sheep’s wool, it is warmer, not prickly, and has no lanolin, which makes it hypoallergenic.

Knitting for Mental Health

The power of crafts and creativity to improve our mental and physical well-being are well proven, and most knitters will, when asked, say they love it because it helps them relax or because they love what the make. Here's some of the research that supports them:

  • Knitting lowers the heart rate by an average of 11 beats per minute
Harvard Medical School, Mind & Body Institute 2011
  • Knitting reduces loneliness and increases our sense of usefulness and inclusion
The Mayo Clinic 2011
  • Knitting improves cognitive skills & reduces memory loss
The Mayo Clinic 2011
  • 83% knitters & crochetiers say that the biggest benefit of learning the skill is a sense of accomplishment
The Craft Council

The Sustainable Story

  1. Alpacas themselves: like deer, they are ruminants, which means they cut grass rather than tearing it out from the roots like a sheep and goat. 
  2. The yarn: because it contains no lanolin it can be processed at low temperatures and without harsh chemicals. 
  3. All our yarn is either from our own alpacas or other UK based alpacas. We do not ship yarn from anywhere else in the world.