Alpaca wool - super soft, scratch-free, and silky shiny
Alpaca wool is one of the most luxurious and at the same time sustainable natural fibers in the world. It is cuddly soft, does not scratch, and has a silky sheen. Alpaca wool is one of the finest natural fiber qualities (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 durable and long-lasting. Alpaca wool is lanolin (wool grease) free and ideal for sensitive or hypoallergenic skin types. We use the finest fiber qualities to produce our APU KUNTUR yarns. The alpaca wool is sustainable-ecologically dyed and certified according to OEKO TEX® Standard 100.
Our alpaca wool types
You can choose from over 60 different design colors. In our wide range, you will find the perfect shade for every outfit and occasion, including undyed natural tones and trendy shades that match the latest fashion trends!
Discover the colorful world of colors in our extensive alpaca knitting yarn design collection. From classic reds and blues to fashionable colors like raspberry, pine green, or lavender - choose your favorite shade from over 60 design colors and color patterns! Discover also our popular wool in natural shades - always recognizable by the N- in front of the color number. These natural shades are completely undyed, free of any dyes, and OEKO-Tex class 1 certified. This is because alpaca fur naturally comes in a wide range of colors - from ecru to beige and brown to gray and even black tones. We offer a wide design selection that will delight any fashion-conscious individual in search of personal style treasures.
Top 10 Alpaca Wool Colors - These are the most popular colors of our alpaca wool:
Light gray (N-150)
Dark Blue (07)
Natural sand (N-115)
Wine red (12)
To determine the fineness of the fiber 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 grades of fineness. We use only fibers from the finest alpaca natural hair classes for our design garments: Baby Alpaca and Superfine Alpaca.
The fineness of alpaca fibers from Peru is measured in "microns" or micrometers. For our wool qualities, we exclusively process alpaca hair with a fineness of 19 to 27 microns, which corresponds to a fineness of 0.019 to 0.027 millimeters. One of the many advantages of alpaca fiber lies in this beautiful fineness. For comparison, human hair has a thickness of 70 micrometers. Significantly higher than sheep's wool, which is measured at about 30 or 40 microns for the finest fibers.
Our offered quality (in micron) at a glance:
Qualität Royal Alpaca: 19,5 micron
Qualität Baby Alpaca: 22,5 micron
Qualität Vicuna: 10 – 13 micron
You can buy our yarns from Peru online here.
We recommend washing the clothes or garments by hand, so you can enjoy them for a long time. The ideal is to wash the item in cold water with a gentle wool detergent. Always dry it lying down afterward to avoid deformation.
Alpaca wool is naturally hypoallergenic and self-cleaning, so regular washing is not necessary. Simply hang it up to air, and odors and wrinkles will disappear by themselves.
Our alpaca wool comes from the high mountains of Peru. Our alpacas live mostly 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. Afterward, the fibers are manually selected by hand according to color and fineness. This traditional selection is a demanding craft that only a few people have mastered. Our alpaca wool is further processed in our production facilities in Cusco, Arequipa, and Lima in Peru. Here we guarantee fair wages, secure jobs, and above-average social security.
The finest fibers are then classified into fineness classes, with each hair fiber assigned to a specific fineness class. We only use the fibers of the Baby Alpaca and Superfine Alpaca fineness grades, both of which are particularly soft and light. The small merino portion of our sock wool comes from sheep from Uruguay that is sheared mulesing-free.
Alpaca wool is a wonderful material for all garments, where you can feel the soft feeling of comfort on the skin. Customers love to knit socks, scarves, hats, sweaters, and other cozy design classics from our alpaca wool. Sweaters and baby and children's clothes made of alpaca wool are very popular because they are OEKO TEX class 1 certified and free of dyes. Due to the durability of alpaca fiber, you can wear your knitted designs for a very long time.
This is quite different and depends largely on what garment is to be knitted.
Knitting socks: Socks require about 100 grams of our alpaca sock yarn, so that equals 2 balls.
Sweater knitting: To knit a fluffy sweater in Norwegian design, we recommend the APU KUNTUR Baby Alpaca wool. You will need about 400-500g of this wool.
Knitting scarves and hats: Here you will need circa 100-150g.
Do you want to start knitting right away? Here you can buy wool online.
Baby alpaca wool does not come from baby alpacas, as the name suggests, but is a fineness for the finest alpaca fibers. 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.
For the vast majority of 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 fiber come into their own here: it is particularly fine & soft, thermoregulating, and odorless. 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 a gentle cycle and remains soft and dimensionally stable even after washing.
The Baby Alpaca Chain Yarn is a wonderfully light yarn in which the individual threads are joined to form a voluminous chain structure. The resulting voids give the yarn a particularly soft structure - excellent for all knits that are to become particularly cuddly and voluminous.
This yarn is an exclusive wool novelty, made of 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 noble yarn is completely undyed and extremely resource-saving in production. In addition, it is OEKO-TEX class 1 certified and therefore ideally suited for baby clothes that are 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.
The finest fibers come from vicuñas, which are barely larger than the average deer. Vicuñas are small wild camels found in the Andes. They live only at altitudes between 3700 and 5000 meters, so their wool has an incredible fineness of 13-15 microns! No animal fiber has fewer microns. A single adult animal can yield up to 120 grams of wool, making it one of the most expensive materials available.
Vicuna wool is the most expensive and exquisite fiber available in the world. In our online store, you will find an exclusive luxury Vikunja collection. This luxury collection consists of a cape, scarf, coat, and poncho. Discover our Luxury Collection now.
Allergy sufferers are especially recommended in our alpaca range! 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 sweaters, cardigans, scarves, hats, gloves, and even thermal underwear are completely safe to wear.
Alpaca is a popular natural fiber for the production of all textiles that should have unique thermal properties and can be worn throughout the year. Its soft, snug texture protects against cold and wind, making it the ideal garment for the fall and winter seasons. At the same time, the alpaca is thermoregulating due to the tiny voids within the fiber. These act like air conditioners and cool in summer, so alpaca can even be worn wonderfully all year round.
The natural hair of the alpaca is valued for its soft and luxurious feel, but also its uniquely elegant sheen. This arises on the one hand from the fine surface structure of the alpaca's hair and due to its special composition and protein structure - a valuable property that is preserved by gentle further processing.
We use refined merino wool as an additional component of our sock yarn qualities so that they can be washed in the machine. The merino portion of our sock wool comes from sheep from Uruguay, which is 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. 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 finest Superwash quality. Superwash is a polymer finish that makes the hairs in the yarn even smoother. As a result, your knits are free of pilling (pilling refers to the formation of these small wool nodules) and easier to wash, even in the machine.