Denise's NeedleWorks
Location: Ames, Iowa, United States

I am wife to Jeff, homeschool mom to 8, a knit and crochet teacher and totally addicted to knitting, crocheting and other fiber arts. After knitting, crocheting and sewing my own clothing from the age of 10 on, I studied textiles & clothing in college. That lead me to 25 years of custom dressmaking and alterations work, while sewing, knitting and crocheting for my growing children. I have worked in the yarn industry for the past 3 years and have been designing my own knitting patterns. Visit my web site at Find me as DeniseInIowa on

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Piles of Alpaca Baby Sweaters

 From mid-July through mid-September I was working on a batch of alpaca baby sweaters for Provenance Mill Clothiers. They sent me a big bag of yarn and said to knit as many as I could from it. The pattern is appropriately called Meemaw's Lovebug Jacket. It is certainly a cute little jacket for a cute little child. These will  be finished off with a colored ribbon at the waist.

I started off by making 4 white sweaters.
When I ran out of white yarn I started knitting up the gray.

When I had finally knit as many as I could with the yarn supplied there were 6 cute little sweaters.
It is hard to tell in these pictures but there are actually 3 different sizes. In the white, I made 2 smalls, 1 medium and 1 large and in the gray there is a small and a medium. It is interesting how different the alpaca fibers can be. The white was very soft and behaved nicely for me. The gray, on the other hand, was more wiry and had a mind of its own! The stockinette section at the bottom curled itself up so tightly that I could hardly get at the stitches on the needle!

After washing and blocking they are all so soft and beautiful! They are a wonderful heirloom piece to hand down through the generations. The finished sweaters are all available through Provenance Mill Clothiers.


Blogger Indigo said...

They look lovely!

2:21 PM  

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