Raise your hand if you like alpaca yarn.
Raise your other hand if you like hand painted yarns.
Now waive them in celebration of the arrival of Araucania Puelo yarn!
This 100% Alpaca has approximately 230 yards per 100g hank and a suggested gauge of 6 sts per inch on a US 4 needle. Of course you can use larger needles for a lacy look or smaller needles for cozy bed socks.
Puelo is available in 10 colorways ranging from vibrant primaries (like the one I get to play with shown above) to mellow neutrals.
The Puelo pattern book includes five projects to showcase this wonderful yarn.
The book includes three sweaters in a wide range of sizes, and two accessories.
You know how much I love fingerless mitts!
The Lace Fingerless Mitts take just one skein of Puelo, making them a great way to test out the yarn. They would also be a good quick project for yourself, or for gift giving.
The lace pattern is both written AND charted, which makes it very approachable. The picot cast off adds extra interest to these lovely mitts.
The Shawl is a 4 skein project and a great size for wearing in multiple ways. The finished dimensions are 45″ x 26″.
This would be a good project for an experienced knitter or an intermediate knitter looking for a challenge because there is short row shaping involved.
You cast on at one end, increase to the center, then decrease back down.
The ruffled edge adds a fun flair to this shawl.
Another fun project is this Lace Waistcoat. This garment has six sizes meant to fit a range from a 28″ bust to a 51″ bust.
It is knit in one piece to the armhole shaping, which means less finishing at the end! The simple lace pattern would be easy to memorize.
For a more sophisticated look, consider the Peplum Jacket.
This garment includes 12 sizes from a 28″ bust to a 50″ bust!
A combination of moss stitch and a slip stitch pattern change the way the colors of this hand painted yarn present.
This jacket is worked in pieces and seamed.
Last, but not least, is the pretty A-Line Jacket.
This garment also has a generous sizing range covering 11 sizes from a 30″ bust up to a 50″ bust.
A fun ruched stitch boarder offsets the soothing stockinette stitch of the body.
This sweater is also worked in pieces and seamed.
Keep in mind that Araucania yarns don’t have dye lots, so it’s best to buy all the yarn you’ll need for your project at once.
To minimize color “pooling” when working with hand painted yarn it is a good idea to work alternately from two balls of yarn. The general rule of thumb is two rows from ball A followed by two rows from ball B.
Two rows is a short enough distance that you can carry the yarn not in use up the side, but not have very long floats. However, some people work four rows in a row. The key is to work an even number of rows so you return to were you dropped the other yarn.
You can find stores near you that stock the Araucania line by using the “find a store” feature on our main website and filtering by zip code and brand.
Which is your favorite Puelo pattern? Do you alternate skeins when working with hand painted yarn? Share your thoughts in the comments!