Once upon a time, a long long time ago, I swatched for a cabled sweater using some red Andean Treasure, Knitpicks 100% baby alpaca sport weight yarn. The swatch turned out beautiful and on gauge, but when I got online to order a sweater's worth of red, they had discontinued the color. I selected a dark gray color as second choice.
Listen up knitters, including ME! When the gray arrived it was different from the red. The gray did not knit to the same gauge and it was too fuzzy and soft to make a cable or any other stitch pattern worthwhile. I threw it into a stash bin and told myself someday I would use it to knit a stockinette sweater. I hate knitting stockinette sweaters.
Now, I'm hoping this story has a happy ending. When I spotted Vitamin D on Ravelry, it struck me as the perfect sweater for this yarn. It's stockinette with some yarn overs. It has wrapped short rows which are going to be hidden by the fuzz. It's knit top down with no sewing, and the soft alpaca should drape perfectly.
The yellow Vitamin D sweater below is the pattern picture, not my knitting:
So, I swatched. After washing, the gauge is perfect.
Late last week I cast on Vitamin D. I love the feel of the alpaca yarn going through my fingers.
Pattern: Vitamin D by Heidi Kirrmaier
Yarn: Knitpicks Andean Treasure. 100% baby alpaca. Sport weight.
Color: Mystery Heather.
Needles: Options #4.
Gauge: 6 stitches/inch, 8 rows/inch in stockinette.