Alpaca wool is one of the most luxurious and sustainable natural fibres in the world. It is cuddly soft, does not scratch and has a silky sheen. Alpaca wool is one of the finest natural fibres (along with mohair, cashmere and merino) and is very easy to knit. The yarn of alpacas or alpaca wool is much more tear-resistant than sheep's wool, and therefore very hard-wearing and durable. Alpaca wool is free of lanolin (wool grease) and ideal for sensitive or hypoallergenic skin types.

We use the finest fibre qualities to produce our APU KUNTUR yarns. The alpaca wool is sustainably and ecologically dyed and certified according to OEKO TEX® Standard 100. In our online shop you will find a large selection of high quality alpaca wool. Buy our alpaca yarns directly online in our online shop and convince yourself of the ingenious properties of the alpaca fibre.

Alpaca wool is one of the most luxurious and sustainable natural fibres in the world. 

Our APU KUNTUR yarns are sustainably and ecologically dyed and certified according to OEKO TEX® Standard 100. 

Our alpaca wool varieties

100% Baby Alpaca REGULAR

Our finest knitting yarn 

- Super soft & easy to knit
- In over 40 colours and natural shades

100% Baby Alpaca BULKY

Especially voluminous

- Super soft & easy to knit
- In 12 colours and natural shades

100% Superfine Alpaca

Made from pure alpaca fibre 

- Soft, scratch-free & easy to knit
- In 24 colours and natural shades

Alpaca Socks Yarn

Made from alpaca-merino mix 

- Perfect for socks and accessories
- Traditionally hand dyed
- Durable & soft
- Machine washable & keeps its shape  

Alpaca Chain Yarn

Made from baby alpaca & organic pima cotton 

- Ideal for children and allergy sufferers
- In natural shades
- Especially voluminous
- OEKO-Tex certified

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What colours and designs are available? Is there also undyed alpaca wool?

You can choose from over 60 different design colours. In our wide range you will find the perfect shade for every outfit and occasion, including undyed natural shades and trendy shades that match the latest fashion trends!

Discover the colourful world of colours in our extensive alpaca knitting yarn design collection. From classic reds and blues to fashionable colours like raspberry, pine green or lavender - choose your favourite shade from over 60 design colours and colour patterns! Discover also our popular wool in natural shades - always recognisable by the N- in front of the colour number. These natural shades are completely undyed, free of any dyes and OEKO-Tex class 1 certified. Because alpaca fur comes naturally in a wide range of colours - from ecru to beige and brown to grey and even black tones. We offer a wide design choice that will delight any fashion-conscious person in search of personal style treasures.

Top 10 Alpaca Wool Colours- These are the most popular colours of our alpaca wool.

Natural (N-100)

Red (02)

Light grey (N-150)

Dark blue (07)

Black (01)

Natural sand (N-115)

Blue-Melange (31)

Pink-Melange (34)

Wine red (12)

Fuchsia (16)

What are the differences in alpaca wool?

To determine the fineness of the fibre or wool of an alpaca, the diameter of the animal's hair is always measured. The finer the individual hair, the higher the quality of the clothing and the softer it feels. With alpaca there are different fineness classes. We only use fibres from the finest alpaca natural hair classes for our design garments: Baby Alpaca and Superfine Alpaca.

The fineness of alpaca fibres from Peru is measured in "microns" or micrometres. For our wool qualities, we only use alpaca hair with a fineness of 19 to 27 microns, which corresponds to a fineness of 0.019 to 0.027 millimetres. One of the many advantages of alpaca fibre lies in this beautiful fineness. For comparison: human hair has a thickness of 70 micrometres. Significantly higher than sheep's wool, which is measured at around 30 or 40 microns for the finest fibres.

Our offered quality (in micron) at a glance:

  • Quality Royal Alpaca: 19,5 micron
  • Quality Baby Alpaca: 22,5 micron
  • Quality Vicuna: 10 - 13 micron
What is the best way to wash and care for alpaca wool?

We recommend washing the garment or garments by hand for long-lasting enjoyment. Ideally, wash the item in cold water with a gentle wool detergent. Always dry it lying down afterwards to avoid deformation.

Alpaca wool is naturally hypoallergenic and self-cleaning, so regular washing is not necessary. Simply hang it up to air and odours and wrinkles will disappear by themselves.

Fair Trade - Where does our alpaca knitting wool come from?

Our alpaca wool comes from the high mountains of Peru. Our alpacas mostly live in small family herds of 50 to 100 animals in the Peruvian Andes. There are thousands of small farmers who live from alpaca breeding, care for their animals and keep them outdoors all year round.

The shearing traditionally takes place once a year in Peru per animal and lasts only a few minutes. Afterwards, the fibres are manually sorted by colour and fineness. This traditional selection is a demanding craft that only a few people have mastered. Our alpaca wool is further processed in our own production facilities in Cusco, Arequipa and Lima in Peru. Here we guarantee fair wages, secure jobs and above-average social security.

The finest fibres are then divided into fineness classes, with each hair fibre being assigned to a specific fineness class. We only use the fibres of the Baby Alpaca and Superfine Alpaca fineness grades, both of which are particularly soft and light. The small merino content of our sock wool comes from sheep from Uruguay that are sheared mulesing-free.

For which clothing / knitwear is alpaca knitting wool ideal?

Alpaca wool is a wonderful material for all garments where you can feel the soft comfort against your skin. Customers love to knit socks, scarves, hats, jumpers and other cosy design classics from our alpaca wool. Jumpers and baby and children's clothes made from alpaca wool are very popular because they are OEKO TEX class 1 certified and free of dyes. Due to the durability of the alpaca fibre, you can wear your knitted designs for a very long time.

How much yarn or alpaca wool is needed for knitting?

This varies greatly depending on the garment to be knitted.

Knitting socks: Socks require approx. 100 grams of our alpaca sock yarn, which corresponds to 2 balls.

Jumper knitting: To knit a fluffy jumper in Norwegian design, we recommend the APU KUNTUR Baby Alpaca wool. You will need about 400-500g of this,

Knitting scarves and hats: Here you need about 100-150g.

Do you want to start knitting right away? You can buy wool online here.

What exactly is baby alpaca wool, and does it come from alpaca babies?

Baby alpaca wool does not come from baby alpacas, as the name suggests, but is a fineness for the finest alpaca fibres. Baby alpaca yarn is one of the most unique knitting yarns in the world because it is extremely light, soft and elastic.

The luxurious properties of baby alpaca wool and its sustainable extraction, as well as the warmth it provides, make it particularly desirable for making winter clothing and cardigans.

What is the best wool for knitting?

For most knits and designs we recommend the 100% baby alpaca wool from APU KUNTUR. Thanks to the pure baby alpaca quality, the ingenious wearing properties of the fibre are shown to their best advantage here: it is particularly fine & soft, thermoregulating and odourless. In addition, its fineness makes it particularly easy and even to knit.

For socks and accessories in beautiful patterns, the special alpaca sock yarn from APU KUNTUR is best suited. This specially coordinated blend of alpaca and superwash wool provides wonderful softness and the small amount of polyamide ensures long-lasting stability. In addition, the alpaca sock yarn is washable on the gentle cycle and remains soft and dimensionally stable even after washing.  

What is special about alpaca chain yarn?

The Baby Alpaca Chain Yarn is a wonderfully light yarn in which the individual threads are joined together to form a voluminous chain structure. The resulting voids give the yarn a particularly soft structure - excellent for all knits that are to be especially cuddly and voluminous.

This yarn is an exclusive wool novelty, made from the finest, undyed baby alpaca and organic Pima cotton. The fineness, softness and ingenious thermal properties of alpaca are combined with the silky sheen and high durability of Pima cotton.

This precious yarn is completely undyed and extremely resource-friendly in production. It is also OEKO-TEX class 1 certified and therefore ideally suited for baby clothing worn directly on sensitive skin.

This 100% undyed and natural yarn is available in five natural shades. You can buy our yarns from Peru online here.

What is the finest, but also the most expensive wool fibre?

The finest fibres come from vicuñas, which are barely larger than the average deer. Vicuñas are small wild camels found in the Andes. They only live at altitudes between 3700 and 5000 metres, so their wool has an incredible fineness of 13-15 microns! No animal fibre has less microns. A single adult animal can yield up to 120 grams of wool, making it one of the most expensive materials available.

Vicuña wool is the most expensive and exquisite fibre available in the world. In our online shop you will find an exclusive luxury Vikunja collection. This luxury collection consists of cape, scarf, coat and poncho. Discover our Luxury Collection now.

Why is alpaca wool an ideal alternative for allergy sufferers?

Our alpaca range is especially recommended for allergy sufferers! Lanolin is an animal fat found in sheep's wool and can be irritating to the skin. Since alpaca wool is almost completely lanolin-free, it is perfect for allergy sufferers, babies and toddlers, and people with sensitive skin in general. So our alpaca jumpers, cardigans, scarves, hats, gloves and even thermal underwear are completely safe to wear.

Why alpaca wool is especially suitable for winter

Alpaca is a popular natural fibre for making any textile that needs to have unique warmth properties and can be worn all year round. Its soft, snug texture protects against cold and wind, making it the ideal garment for autumn and winter seasons. At the same time, alpaca is thermoregulating due to the tiny cavities within the fibre. These act like an air conditioner and cool in summer, so alpaca can even be worn wonderfully all year round.

Where does the beautiful sheen of alpaca wool come from?

The natural hair of the alpaca is valued for its soft and luxurious feel, but also for its uniquely elegant sheen. This is due on the one hand to the fine surface structure of the alpaca's hair and on the other to its special composition and protein structure - a valuable property that is preserved by the gentle further processing.

What is special about alpaca sock yarn with merino wool?

We use refined merino wool as an additional ingredient in our sock yarn qualities so that they can be machine washed. The merino portion of our sock wool comes from sheep from Uruguay, which are sheared gently and guaranteed mulesing-free.

The Merino sheep is a fine-wooled breed of sheep whose name goes back to the Berber dynasty of the Merinids.The fluffy Merino sheep can grow up to 1.40 metres long and weigh up to 100 pounds. Merino wool is not quite as fine as alpaca, but has similar thermal properties for a comfortable, soft feel in both cold and heat. The merino wool in our alpaca sock wool is of the best Superwash quality. Superwash is a polymer finish that makes the hairs in the yarn even smoother. Your knits are therefore free from pilling (pilling refers to the formation of these small wool nodules) and easier to wash, even in the machine.