I finally finished my alpaca scarf, made with yarn from an alpaca farm in West Virginia. My father-in-law generously gave me some of this yarn from one of his clients, 1856 Homestead Alpaca Farm, in Cottageville, West Virginia. The yarn is incredibly soft and warm.
I wanted this scarf to be extra huge. I followed this crochet pattern from Stephanie at All About Ami, and used the majority of four 110 yard skeins. That ended up being 25 rounds, whereas Stephanie’s pattern calls for 16 rounds. The result is this extra chunky, cozy cowl scarf. It loops around twice comfortably, and the tan color goes with pretty much everything. Also, this particular stitch creates two different patterns on either side of the scarf, which makes for a nice texture.
When I was rolling these skeins, I would find tiny little pieces of straw or sticks, which might freak you out but I thought it was awesome. It’s not dirty, just real. Working with this yarn made me want more authentic, raw materials for my projects. I’d love to find more local farms or providers for different yarns or fabrics. Alpaca yarn is definitely a little pricier than other yarns, but the quality is unbeatable.