- Reynolds Whiskey, 100% wool
- Ultra Alpaca Light, 50% wool, 50% alpaca
So what happens when you change yarns in an attempt to replicate a 50% yak/50% wool fiber? A lot. I have an object lesson to prove my point. Let's look at how another sportweight/dk weight project turned out in different yarns: the Waltham. Kathy Zimmerman designed the original in Louet Eastport Alpaca, a 70% alpaca/30% merino wool blend. I saw the original at Kathy Zimmerman's store, Kathy's Kreations, and it's lovely.
Dottie made hers in the 100% alpaca Filatura Lanarota Puno. I've seen Dottie's sweater in person and it's gorgeous, too. The all-alpaca yarn gives her a drapier, softer, and warmer sweater with a fuzzier cable.
My online gal pals Mary-Kate and Celine also made lovely Walthams, but their cardis are in Cascade 220, a 100% wool. This yarn delivers crisp cables with less warmth and drape than the 100% alpaca.
Elizabeth took a tweedy approach for her beautiful Waltham by using Lion Brand's Wool Ease, an 80% acrylic/20% wool yarn. The sweater looks beautiful on her, too! The acrylic blend delivers chiseled cables and machine washability, too.
Look at Kathlynn's gorgeous wool and silk blend Waltham. I love the eye-popping cables on this and the perfect fit, too. Kathlynn used Berroco Inca Gold.
Long-time friend of this blog Pat made a luscious Waltham in 100% wool. I can't remember which yarn she used, but I do remember how pretty she looks in this. She complained bitterly about the seaming, but look at how wonderfully she finished this cardigan. Perfect.
Finally, I made my Waltham in my favorite Berroco Ultra Alpaca Light, which yields a deliciously soft, fuzzy sweater that's warm without overheating this menopausal girl.
So, after this trip down Ravelry finished objects lane, keep these lessons in mind as you consider yarn choice for your Twisted Artichoke. I'm going to make mine in the prescribed Bijou Basin Bliss because I was lucky enough to get paid in yarn for some logo design work I did. I look forward to tackling the Artichoke in the new year and think this sweater warrants another knit-along, too.