Gorgeous Alpacas

Knit Kit - Baby & Child Rollup Hats

Gorgeous Alpacas

Knit Kit - Baby & Child Rollup Hats

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Description

Easy Knit
Uses lightweight DK yarn spun from the fleeces of alpacas from UK Farms
Choose to make it in one colour or a stripy combination of two colours
Sizes:
Newborn - 6 months - 12-36 months
4-10 years
  • Detailed Description

    This is our cutest ready-to-wear option, but we have had so many knitters ask for a pattern and yarn to go with it that we have released it as a kit. This is a straight forward hat, suitable for beginners:  no ribbing, and only a simple decrease at the end, by which time you will be ready to learn a new technique, having mastered the main two knitting stitches, Knit and Purl.

    Despite it's simplicity, it's also a really versatile hat: you can roll it up for a tight fit to the crown beanie-style, or roll it out for a longer look. This means it is also perfect for the growing babies and little ones.

    As with all Gorgeous alpaca DK kits, it's warm and cosy, but lightweight and breathes well. The alpaca yarn has a small amount of 100% natural sheep's wool blended in, which makes it easy to knit with, and still retains that wonderful alpaca softness. Most importantly, it's hypoallergenic and non-itchy so no sobbing when it's time to put the hat on!

    This hat can be washed by hand or in a machine on a wool wash at 20 degrees.

    Because it's alpaca yarn...

    Supplied with:

    • 100g (225m) Gorgeous DK yarn made from 75% alpaca/25% sheep's wool from our own and other UK herds
    • 4.5mm needles and a darning needle (optional)
    • faux fur pompom
    • Pattern
    • Available in a wide range of patters
  • 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.