Wool for scarf
Are you looking for scarf wool
? You don't know which one to choose? You are in the right place! At BellePaga,
we are experts in alpaca wool, the best wool you could choose to knit
your wool garments or accessories. When it's cold, all you want is warmth, warm and comfortable
clothes to wrap up in and what better way to do it than to make it yourself.
The choice of the wool that we choose is very important
, we must take the time to think about it. Well at BellePaga, we will help you to see more clearly by presenting you the qualities of the alpaca wool
as well as its history.
What is alpaca wool ?
Alpaca wool is THE best scarf wool you can choose. This wool has all the qualities of cashmere without the constraints of this material, so it is much more interesting to use for knitting a scarf than cashmere wool.
First of all, alpaca wool is thermoregulating. This means that it adapts to your body temperature, whether it is hot or cold, thus preventing you from sweating. It is highly recommended for socks, especially for people who have problems with perspiration in their feet or who constantly have cold feet. It is also perfect for the creation of clothing and is a very popular wool for scarves because of its warmth, ideal for winter. This wool is 7 times warmer than sheep's wool.
Moreover, it is a hypoallergenic wool. Indeed, it does not contain lanolin, the allergenic substance that causes allergic reactions in most wools. So if you are looking for a scarf wool and you are allergic to wool, alpaca wool is the solution you need!
Alpaca wool is a scarf wool that is comfortable and soft. It will allow you to obtain extremely comfortable scarves, which will give you the impression to be in a cocoon.
Finally, alpaca wool is the only wool that does not pilling. Thus, the beautiful scarf that you will have knitted with alpaca wool will be able to serve you for many years without getting damaged, especially since it is very elastic and thus very resistant (4 times more than sheep wool).
The history of alpaca wool
are very soft animals
that live in South America
, in countries such as Peru,
Bolivia, Chile... They have been living in these regions for thousands of years, where they are bred for their wool (6500 tons of wool per year
) in large part, and for their meat. They were exiled for a long time because of animals like horses, cows, which took their place as livestock when they arrived in America. However, as alpaca wool became known around the world for its incredible properties
, their breeding, for their wool, became more and more important.
They live in the mountains or in the highlands of the Andes where they face arid conditions, such as large temperature differences, where their wool is very useful for their survival.
Alpaca wool is called the "wool of the gods" because it was once reserved for the Inca nobility. It was a very prestigious wool that later became more accessible but high-end (its price is still quite high to compensate for its quality).
The alpaca is an animal that cannot live alone. That's why, even if humans have made it a pet, you must make sure that there are always at least 2 companions with him. You can't decide to create your own farm with an alpaca to have your own wool, you have to think first of all about the animal's well being.
Other wool for scarves
Mohair wool comes from the angora goat. It is a natural fiber very well known for its insulating qualities (it allows to keep very warm). However, it is important to know that it is an itchy wool and therefore not recommended to be worn next to the skin. To make clothes with this wool, make sure that there is another material between your skin and the wool.
This wool is much less elastic than others, so it is more difficult to knit, especially if you are a beginner. So be careful before choosing which wool you are going to use.
This wool does have other qualities. It gives a shine to the clothes with which it is made.
Merino wool is an ideal scarf wool. It is, like mohair wool, a natural material. It is widely used for outdoor sportswear because it gives them the comfort and warmth they need (especially for sportsmen in the mountains). Indeed, this wool does not itch and is thermoregulatory, just like alpaca wool. It keeps cool when it's hot and keeps warm when it's cold! It allows you to sweat less, which makes it a perfect material for outdoor sports. Finally, it is almost wrinkle-free. Merino wool fulfills several criteria to be considered for scarf wool (without surpassing alpaca wool).
Why buy scarf wool from BellePaga
At BellePaga, we have values that we hold dear and that we defend.
First of all, we care about the environment. Alpacas are environmentally friendly animals that produce little greenhouse gases and do not destroy the grass they eat. That is, unlike goats, they do not pull up the roots of plants, allowing them to grow back and be used to feed them again. The land is still usable after they have eaten everything.
No chemicals are used for this wool. The colors are obtained with natural pigments and no bleaching is necessary because there is naturally white alpaca wool that can be used for white wool.
In addition, we are respectful of the animals whose wool we use. The shearing of the alpacas is done in the spring, the most favourable season for their well-being. They are sheared before the summer, so that their wool does not make them too hot because, although it is thermoregulatory, it does not hurt them to have less on their backs before the temperatures rise top.
It is also important to us that the craftsmen are fairly compensated. Indeed, we call upon the traditional know-how of craftsmen in Peru, in South America, know-how which is transmitted from generation to generation, and which allows to obtain wool and clothes of great quality. We therefore make it a point of honor to pay them correctly.
Care of wool for scarves
Alpaca wool, like all wools, has a special care. In order not to damage the wool, you must wash your clothes in a certain way.
First, do not wash your alpaca wool clothes in the washing machine. Instead, dry clean or hand wash with water between 10° and 20° and a mild shampoo for delicate wool. Do not use fabric softener (to avoid damaging the wool).
For drying, do not put your wool clothes in a tumble dryer! They should be left to dry flat and in the open air.
Finally, ironing should be done at low temperature and without steam.
How many balls of wool for a scarf
For the different wools for scarves it will be a different number.
For our alpaca wool balls,
it will depend on the method used to make the scarf. For knitting, with Jersey stitches
, you will need 10cm for about 20 stitches or for 25 rows.
, with a tight stitch, 10cm will be enough to make 16 stitches or 21 rows.
Knowing that our balls of wool are 113cm long, it is up to you to see what length you want for your scarf to know how many balls you will need.
Wool for men's scarf and for women's scarf
How to know what color to choose for your scarf wool ? It's hard to choose. At BellePaga, we have different colors to offer you.
If you want to knit a colorful scarf to add some color to your outfit, we have turquoise, light blue, purple, red...
On the other hand, if you want a scarf in more neutral colors, to match any of your outfits, we have balls beige, blue jeans, gray, wine red, sepia brown, khaki ...
There is something for everyone.
Now that you are convinced that the best wool for scarves is alpaca wool, come and discover the wool we offer at Bellepaga!
Browse our different collections of alpaca wool clothing and accessories on our website!