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Knit Kit - Supersoft Aran Alpaca Chequerboard Cushion
Free delivery all orders over £40 : Only £3.50 orders under £40. Ships same day if ordered before noon
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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
Easy/Intermediate Knitting Project
This is a knitting project for anyone who wants to knit up something stylish without having to concentrate too hard. It's a 14 row pattern and straightforward Knit and Purl stitches, with a bit of Moss Stitch to finish off.
We have videos for all these stitches on ourHow Tovideos page
The finished size is 43cm x 33cm and includes, optionally a cushion pad made with European Duck Feather. If you have a smaller cushion pad, you can of course adjust the pattern to fit. Let us know, and we will even include the revised number of stitches you will need to cast on for your own pad.
Supplied with 200gm Gorgeous Aran made from 50% baby* alpaca /50% baby* merino, 5.5mm needles, a darning needle, five 5cm buttons.The mix of baby alpaca and merino means it both super soft and easy to knit with. The colour of this yarn is parchment (a lovely off-white/ cream colour).
* "baby alpaca" means the fleece used has a very fine micron and is therefore especially soft, not that we stole the fleece from a baby cria!Designed by Clare Brown
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What our customers say...
What's so Gorgeous
Virtually all the yarn we sell is from our own small herd of alpacas or sourced in the UK from other UK herds of alpacas. Some is 100% alpaca, others are mixed with up to 25% sheep's wool, also sourced from UK herds. We have one small collection of Peruvian yarns (the original home of all alpaca herds).
We use no man-made fibres or chemicals and our packaging is 100% recyclable
About Alpaca Fleece
You'll find a surprising amount of research on the power of knitting to reduce depression, loneliness, and even improve mental capacity. Here's a few highlights from the research:
Knitting lowers the heart rate by an average of 11 beats per minute.
Harvard Medical School, Mind & Body Institute 2001
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 and crochetiers say that the biggest benefit of learning the askill is a sense of accomplishment.
The Craft Council
Alpaca yarn can be processed at lower temperatures, and no chemicals are used in the process
All colours are natural, and from our own and other UK grass-fed herds.
Alpaca yarn is long lasting, so products will literally last a life-time!
Uniqueness of Alpaca Yarn
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.
The fibre has a unique hollow quality that means it keeps you warm when it's cold, but keeps you cool when it's hot. It means 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!
lt's even flame resistant!