Those who don’t subscribe to the newsletter probably don’t know that we recently added something new to our collection:


This is Sommet – it’s a pure baby alpaca which knits up at the same gauge as Nordique. Trust me… I’ve tested it every which way to Sunday!

First, I swatched by its lonesome using Laura Grutzeck‘s Hunter Jacket pattern as its basis:


Next came a portion of the border from the Green Mountain Shawl. I went up a couple of needle sizes, as I did when I knit the original.


I was having fun, can you tell? So, I tried to see how the halo would stand out against Nordique. Jared used Boreale in his Northlight Mittens pattern (scroll down a bit – it’s on the fourth row), but Nordique and Sommet will also work – it’ll just be a warmer pair of mittens.


I then tested out a strand each of Nordique and Sommet… perhaps I’ll add a big collar to Gamine at some point in the future.


For a lighter weight garment, a strand each of Boreale and Sommet. This is the border from Robin‘s Woodward Cardigan from the last issue.


Finally, I swatched Sommet double stranded. Oona’s Hoodie is a good choice for a heavier, pure alpaca garment as it is fitted and seamed. Alpaca does not share wool’s elasticity so care has to be taken when selecting a pattern for it. I am planning a yoked cardigan knit in the round, but it will be fitted and knit using a single strand – I don’t imagine I’ll have any problems since it is a sport weight.


Now, it’s your turn! Enjoy swatching…


  • Love that Gamine swatch!

  • Ali P

    I am so glad I had a chance to feel up this amazingly soft yarn when we were in St. Andrews. Its so soft …like kittens…maybe softer!!! How does the Beret G look in its finished state?

  • Angela

    OOOOOOOHHHHH Alpaca.. I like it. Will this be available in any stores in the Montreal area soon?

  • I’m really interested in Sommet. I’m thinking I could knit up my new design, the Gore St. cardigan, in it. The protype was knitted in Helenn Hamann’s Luxury alpaca, but it is hard to get in a good range of colours just now.
    P.S. I really enjoyed your class at KnitEast. Wish I were going to Rhinebeck this year, but it seems that all the local accommodation has been booked and I couldn’t find anywhere to stay. Have fun.