Core spun alpaca rug

I just finished knitting my first rug.  It was also my first attempt at knitting with core spun alpaca yarn (strands are about 1/4″ thick).  It’s a gorgeous, soft, natural fawn and cream color.  I love working with the fibers in their natural state…although that may change once I start learning to dye them this summer. 

When I first saw one of these rugs at a fiber seminar this spring, the woman speaking warned that it was not a task for the faint of heart.  Well, actually she said it was not for those with faint wrists…because it’s a real bear to knit with the core-spun.  I could only do a few rows at a time before needing to stop because my hands were completely cramped up.

The temporary pain, as with most things, was totally worth it. I couldn’t find a pattern or tutorial online about knitting a rug like this, so kept it to a basic knit/purl and watched with pleasure as the colors began to blend together in the pattern. Now I can’t wait to start another one.


6 responses to “Core spun alpaca rug

  • cherylmarieknits

    I’ve always wanted to try knitting a rug, but was afraid it would take too much of a toll on my hands/wrists. Seeing your rug however has got me thinking that it just may be worth it! What is the white border knit from?

    • keepyourmemoriesinyourshoes

      The border is actually from the same bump of core spun, it was all on one bump start to finish. The mill started and ended each end with the white/cream roving. It was funny because I didnt’ have a predetermined length for the rug, but I knew I wanted to knit it until I got to the cream roving at the other end 🙂 It really wasn’t too hard, I just had to make myself stop and take breaks from it every once in awhile. Good Luck and thanks for checking out my blog!

  • Paige

    I am so inspired! As a fiber enthusiast who lost knitting to Carpal Tunnel, it’s hard enough to steer away from yarn displays already. But now…well, let’s just say the wrist braces are going to have to come back out, because I have to try this!

    • keepyourmemoriesinyourshoes

      Knitting bothers mine as well, but it’s impossible to resist all the great projects that I see to I just try to take breaks between projects to rest up for the next one. I’ve already got the supplies to start the next project.

  • sue hornberger

    I’ve been told that crocheting with a large crochet hook is an easier method to create a project with corded rovings. Love your rug!

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