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Shepherdess Alpaca

Handspun

Weight: Super Bulky / Super Chunky
Texture: Single ply
Fiber: Alpaca (100%)
Needles: 6mm (10 US) (4 UK)
9mm (13 US) (00 UK)
Gauge: 9-12 sts / 10cm (4")
Hook: 6 - 9mm
Balls: 100g; 112m (122 yds)
Care: Hand wash
Styles: Undyed marls
Price: $$$$$
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Suggested substitutes

Unfortunately, Shepherdess Alpaca seems to be a unique yarn and we don't know of any close matches. The following suggestions might work in some projects. We've tried our best to match gauge and behavior.
Andina (82% match) $$$$$
Good news!
The fiber content is similar. This yarn contains: Baby Alpaca (100%)
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This yarn also has a regular, smooth texture, but it is 2 plies rather than single ply. It is still a good match, but the ply structure of yarn has an effect on the finished fabric and what it's best used for.
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This yarn is more dense. Your garment will weigh more than with the original yarn.
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The gauge almost matches, but you may need to use smaller needles. Swatch to check gauge.
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Although the qualities of the fibers of this yarn are a close match, the construction of the yarn is different.
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This yarn comes in 100g / 50m balls. For each ball of the original yarn you will need 2.24 balls of this.
Baby Alpaca Grande (82% match) $$$$$
Good news!
The fiber content matches exactly.
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This yarn also has a regular, smooth texture, but it is plied rather than single ply. It is still a good match, but the ply structure of yarn has an effect on the finished fabric and what it's best used for.
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The gauge does not match very well and may not be workable. Try using larger needles and swatch to match gauge.
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Although the qualities of the fibers of this yarn are a close match, the construction of the yarn is different.
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This yarn comes in 100g / 101m balls. For each ball of the original yarn you will need 1.11 balls of this.
Alpaca Superfine (82% match)
Good news!
The fiber content matches exactly.
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This yarn also has a regular, smooth texture, but it is plied rather than single ply. It is still a good match, but the ply structure of yarn has an effect on the finished fabric and what it's best used for.
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The gauge does not match very well and may not be workable. Try using larger needles and swatch to match gauge.
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Although the qualities of the fibers of this yarn are a close match, the construction of the yarn is different.
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This yarn comes in 50g / 49m balls. For each ball of the original yarn you will need 2.29 balls of this.
Baby Douceur (79% match)
Good news!
This yarn is the same weight category (Super Bulky / Super Chunky).
Good news!
The fiber content matches exactly.
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This yarn also has a regular, smooth texture, but it is plied rather than single ply. It is still a good match, but the ply structure of yarn has an effect on the finished fabric and what it's best used for.
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This yarn is more dense. Your garment will weigh more than with the original yarn.
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Although the qualities of the fibers of this yarn are a close match, the construction of the yarn is different.
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This yarn comes in 100g / 66m balls. For each ball of the original yarn you will need 1.70 balls of this.
Baby Alpaca Grande Tweed (75% match) $$$$$
Good news!
The fiber content is similar. This yarn contains: Alpaca (90%), Acrylic (7%) and Rayon (3%)
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The texture of this yarn is nubby / tweedy rather than single ply. You may be able to make your item using this yarn, but the finished fabric will have a different look. Textured patterns such as moss/seed stitch, cables and lace show up best with smooth yarns.
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The gauge almost matches, but you may need to use larger needles. Swatch to check gauge.
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Although the qualities of the fibers of this yarn are a close match, the construction of the yarn is different.
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This yarn comes in 100g / 101m balls. For each ball of the original yarn you will need 1.11 balls of this.
The Big Cozy (75% match) $$$$$
Good news!
The texture of this yarn is also single ply.
Good news!
The warmth, drape, elasticity, durability and softness of this yarn are a reasonable match with the original.
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This yarn is more dense. Your garment will weigh more than with the original yarn.
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The gauge almost matches, but you may need to use smaller needles. Swatch to check gauge.
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The fiber content is different. This yarn contains: Superfine Alpaca (55%) and Peruvian Highland Wool (45%)
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This yarn comes in 100g / 40m balls. For each ball of the original yarn you will need 2.80 balls of this.
Chunky (75% match) $$$$$
Good news!
The fiber content matches exactly.
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This yarn also has a regular, smooth texture, but it is 2 plies rather than single ply. It is still a good match, but the ply structure of yarn has an effect on the finished fabric and what it's best used for.
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The gauge does not match very well and may not be workable. Try using larger needles and swatch to match gauge.
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Although the qualities of the fibers of this yarn are a close match, the construction of the yarn is different.
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This yarn comes in 100g / 99m balls. For each ball of the original yarn you will need 1.13 balls of this.
Salar (71% match) $$$$$
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This yarn also has a regular, smooth texture, but it is 2 plies rather than single ply. It is still a good match, but the ply structure of yarn has an effect on the finished fabric and what it's best used for.
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The gauge almost matches, but you may need to use smaller needles. Swatch to check gauge.
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The fiber content is different. This yarn contains: Alpaca (50%), Acrylic (45%) and Wool (5%)
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The warmth, drape, elasticity and durability of the fibers of this yarn are a reasonable match.
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This yarn comes in 200g / 180m balls. For each ball of the original yarn you will need 0.62 balls of this.
Big Baby (69% match)
Good news!
The fiber content matches exactly.
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The texture of this yarn is plied with a soft haze rather than single ply. You may be able to make your item using this yarn, but the finished fabric will have a different look. Textured patterns such as moss/seed stitch, cables and lace show up best with smooth yarns.
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This yarn is more dense. Your garment will weigh more than with the original yarn.
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The gauge does not match very well and may not be workable. Try using larger needles and swatch to match gauge.
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Although the qualities of the fibers of this yarn are a close match, the construction of the yarn is different.
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This yarn comes in 100g / 75m balls. For each ball of the original yarn you will need 1.49 balls of this.
Malou (68% match) $$$$$
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The texture of this yarn is blown / fiber-filled net rather than single ply. You may be able to make your item using this yarn, but the finished fabric will have a different look. Textured patterns such as moss/seed stitch, cables and lace show up best with smooth yarns.
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The gauge almost matches, but you may need to use larger needles. Swatch to check gauge.
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The fiber content is different. This yarn contains: Alpaca (70%), Nylon (20%) and Wool (10%)
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The warmth, drape, elasticity, durability and softness of the fibers of this yarn are a reasonable match.
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This yarn comes in 50g / 64m balls. For each ball of the original yarn you will need 1.75 balls of this.
Toft Chunky Alpaca (68% match)
Good news!
The fiber content matches exactly.
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The texture of this yarn is plied with a soft haze rather than single ply. You may be able to make your item using this yarn, but the finished fabric will have a different look. Textured patterns such as moss/seed stitch, cables and lace show up best with smooth yarns.
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This yarn is more dense. Your garment will weigh more than with the original yarn.
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The gauge does not match very well and may not be workable. Try using larger needles and swatch to match gauge.
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Although the qualities of the fibers of this yarn are a close match, the construction of the yarn is different.
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This yarn comes in 200g / 115m balls. For each ball of the original yarn you will need 0.97 balls of this.
Fey (67% match) $$$$$
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This yarn also has a regular, smooth texture, but it is 2 plies rather than single ply. It is still a good match, but the ply structure of yarn has an effect on the finished fabric and what it's best used for.
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The gauge almost matches, but you may need to use smaller needles. Swatch to check gauge.
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The fiber content is different. This yarn contains: Wool (70%) and Alpaca (30%)
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This yarn has less drape. It may not be a suitable substitute if your pattern is designed to hang loosely without clinging.
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The warmth and durability of the fibers of this yarn are a reasonable match.
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This yarn comes in 50g / 50m balls. For each ball of the original yarn you will need 2.24 balls of this.
Llama (67% match) $$$$$
Good news!
The texture of this yarn is also single ply.
Good news!
The warmth, drape, elasticity, durability and softness of this yarn are a reasonable match with the original.
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The gauge almost matches, but you may need to use larger needles. Swatch to check gauge.
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The fiber content is different. This yarn contains: Llama (50%) and Wool (50%)
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This yarn comes in 100g / 120m balls. For each ball of the original yarn you will need 0.93 balls of this.
DROPS Cloud (67% match) $$$$$
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The texture of this yarn is blown / fiber-filled net rather than single ply. You may be able to make your item using this yarn, but the finished fabric will have a different look. Textured patterns such as moss/seed stitch, cables and lace show up best with smooth yarns.
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This yarn is less dense, giving a loftier feel. Your garment will be lighter than with the original yarn.
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The gauge almost matches, but you may need to use smaller needles. Swatch to check gauge.
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The fiber content is different. This yarn contains: Alpaca (72%), Nylon (21%) and Wool (7%)
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The warmth, drape, elasticity, durability and softness of the fibers of this yarn are a reasonable match.
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This yarn comes in 50g / 80m balls. For each ball of the original yarn you will need 1.40 balls of this.
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Snuggle (66% match)
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This yarn also has a regular, smooth texture, but it is plied rather than single ply. It is still a good match, but the ply structure of yarn has an effect on the finished fabric and what it's best used for.
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The gauge does not match very well and may not be workable. Try using larger needles and swatch to match gauge.
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The fiber content is different. This yarn contains: Alpaca (55%), Acrylic (30%) and Wool (15%)
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The warmth, drape, elasticity, durability and softness of the fibers of this yarn are a reasonable match.
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This yarn comes in 100g / 95m balls. For each ball of the original yarn you will need 1.18 balls of this.
Linea Pura Fauna (66% match)
Good news!
The texture of this yarn is also single ply.
Good news!
The warmth and durability of this yarn are a reasonable match with the original.
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The gauge does not match very well and may not be workable. Try using larger needles and swatch to match gauge.
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The fiber content is different. This yarn contains: Wool (70%) and Alpaca (30%)
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This yarn has less drape. It may not be a suitable substitute if your pattern is designed to hang loosely without clinging.
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This yarn comes in 50g / 59m balls. For each ball of the original yarn you will need 1.90 balls of this.
Country Tweed (66% match) $$$$$
Good news!
The texture of this yarn is also single ply.
Good news!
The warmth and durability of this yarn are a reasonable match with the original.
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The gauge almost matches, but you may need to use smaller needles. Swatch to check gauge.
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The fiber content is different. This yarn contains: Wool (50%), Acrylic (40%) and Alpaca (10%)
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This yarn has less drape. It may not be a suitable substitute if your pattern is designed to hang loosely without clinging.
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This yarn comes in 50g / 60m balls. For each ball of the original yarn you will need 1.87 balls of this.
Silk Alpaca Alloy (65% match) $$$$$
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The texture of this yarn is knitted tube rather than single ply. You may be able to make your item using this yarn, but the finished fabric will have a different look. Textured patterns such as moss/seed stitch, cables and lace show up best with smooth yarns.
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The gauge almost matches, but you may need to use smaller needles. Swatch to check gauge.
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The fiber content is different. This yarn contains: Baby Alpaca (60%) and Mulberry Silk (40%)
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The warmth, drape, elasticity, durability and softness of the fibers of this yarn are a reasonable match.
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This yarn comes in 100g / 100m balls. For each ball of the original yarn you will need 1.12 balls of this.
Tundra (64% match) $$$$$
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This yarn also has a regular, smooth texture, but it is 2 plies rather than single ply. It is still a good match, but the ply structure of yarn has an effect on the finished fabric and what it's best used for.
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The gauge does not match very well and may not be workable. Try using larger needles and swatch to match gauge.
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The fiber content is different. This yarn contains: Alpaca (60%), Merino Wool (30%) and Silk (10%)
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Although the qualities of the fibers of this yarn are a close match, the construction of the yarn is different.
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This yarn comes in 100g / 110m balls. For each ball of the original yarn you will need 1.02 balls of this.
Nomada (64% match)
Good news!
The texture of this yarn is also single ply.
Good news!
The warmth, durability and softness of this yarn are a reasonable match with the original.
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The gauge almost matches, but you may need to use smaller needles. Swatch to check gauge.
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The fiber content is different. This yarn contains: Merino Wool (100%)
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This yarn has less drape. It may not be a suitable substitute if your pattern is designed to hang loosely without clinging.
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This yarn comes in 100g / 100m balls. For each ball of the original yarn you will need 1.12 balls of this.
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