made in britain
The pattern and yarn to make this wonderfully flattering waistcoat is sent to you with gift bag, care instructions and alpaca story.
Using our comprehensive instructions and fabulous 100% pure, British alpaca yarn, Balboa grows quickly and the constant shaping and edge pattern makes it both interesting and fun to knit. The short-row shaping technique ensures the garment fits into the small of your back and each row includes the fabulous blackberry stitch border giving textured detail to the collar and edge.
Stitch patterns: knit, purl, p3tog, short row shaping with wrap & turn (WT) and blackberry stitch
Five sizes available from X-Small to X-Large
Knitted on 7 mm straight needles (needles not included)
There are 10 natural colour options to choose from and all are made with 100% pure British Alpaca fibre (some from our own herd).
Available sizes are:
X-Small: UK sizes 4-6, to fit approx 73cm/29" bust (5 balls)
Small: UK sizes 8-10, to fit approx 83cm/33" bust (5 balls)
Medium: UK sizes 12-14, to fit approx 93cm/37" bust (6 balls)
Large: UK sizes 16-18, to fit approx 102cm/40" bust (6 balls)
X-Large: UK sizes 20-22, to fit approx 112cm/44" bust (7 balls)
This kit's contents are:
1 x Balboa Waistcoat Pattern,
5, 6 or 7 x 50g balls of yarn (depending on size)
1 x Postcard of Balboa the alpaca (picture on one side and her story on the other)
1 x Care Instructions
1 x Recycled brown paper gift bag with rope handles.
If you would like us to make Balboa for you, our highly skilled knitters are waiting with needles poised.
Purl Alpaca Designs' are exclusive to us and created by Co-Founder, Kari-Helene Rane; they are named after baby alpacas born to our herd or alpacas whose fleece makes our yarn for that year.
Our 100% pure alpaca yarn is not dyed, all the colours are completely natural and the fibre is sourced from English breeders who look after their animals well. It is spun in Cornwall by a specialist spinning mill.
Once made, we recommend hand-washing as the best way to ensure Balboa keeps shape and lasts for years. We do however provide Care Instructions which gives extra tips on how to look after your Purl Alpaca Design.
Packed together in a clear plastic, resealable bag (useful for final garment storage) and posted in a blue mail bag (40cm x 28cm); the weight will depend on the size ordered as this has an incremental effect. Final posting weight ranges between 350g and 450g.