Gorgeous Alpacas

Knit Kit - Beginners' Sampler Scarf

Sampler Scarf with needles and various colours

Gorgeous Alpacas

Knit Kit - Beginners' Sampler Scarf

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Description

This scarf is for ABSOLUTE beginners who want to learn new knitting skills every 20cm!
Uses lightweight DK alpaca yarn spun from the fleece of alpacas from UK farms.Size: 20cm x 160cm
  • Detailed Description

    Just like our other beginners' scarf (The Garter Scarf) you will learn to cast on, cast off, and how to use the Number 1 stitch used in Knitting, the knit stitch.

    ...Then you will go on to learn Purl, Ribbing, Moss St, AND three other patterns of knitting. By the end, and quite quickly, you will have learn more knitting techniques than many experienced knitters. And you will discover how easy they are.

    All stitches are supported with our HOW-TO VIDEOS

    The bamboo needles this kit (as an optional extra) comes with are softer than most other needles and have been proven to reduce aches and pains. They are also 100% recyclable.

    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.

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

    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

     Supplied with:

    • 250g (225m per 100g) Gorgeous DK yarn made from 75% alpaca/25% sheep's wool sourced from our own and UK herds 
    • 4.5mm needles (optional), a darning needle
    • Pattern
    • Available in a wide range of colours
  • 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.