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Blueberries for Sal | Lino alpaca/linen/silk

A perfect yarn for transitional seasons

Lino alpaca/linen/silk is a fingering weight, shoulder-season yarn. It's perfect for spring layering and fall transitions. It creates a drapey, slightly rustic-looking fabric—a beautiful characteristic of its 25% linen and 25% tussah silk content. The other half of Lino's make-up is baby alpaca, which has a micron count of 20 to 23, making it comparable in softness to most merino wools.

The texture of this yarn is unique: it's rustic and silky at the same time, with a fibrous halo that I show in pictures 2 to 5 (the grey colorway named "Quiet"), which I took with my macro lens.

Colorway for this listing: Blueberries for Sal

Base: Lino alpaca/linen/silk
Fiber: 50% baby alpaca, 25% linen, 25% tussah silk
Yardage: 437 yards (400 m) per 100g skein

Colorway notes: a dark cool blue. It leans towards navy blue, and is my perfect deep dark blue shade of ripe blueberries. Frosts of linen peek out from the base, which gives it a bit of a greyish halo.

Pattern recommendations
Yarn specifications

Lino alpaca/linen/silk is:

  • Fingering weight
  • A natural biscuit color
  • Non-superwash
  • Best knit at a gauge of 23 to 25 sts to 4 inches

Fiber: 50% baby alpaca, 25% linen, 25% tussah silk

Yardage: 437 yards (400 m) | 100 grams

Construction: 4-ply

Provenance: Fiber grown in South America and spun in England

Do you need to alternate skeins?


All of my yarn is dyed by hand in small batches of four skeins. There will be variations in color intensity and placement. I think that’s part of what makes each skein perfect – they’re not identical. If you will be using more than 1 skein in your project, alternate skeins to blend any color differences.

Caring for your finished item

Lino is a non-superwash yarn, even through it contains 25% linen. You will need to hand-wash your finished item with a gentle wool wash or detergent and a cold-water rinse.

Machine washing and drying will shrink items made from this yarn.

Depending on the difference in chemistry between your local water and mine, there may be some color residue in the wash process. Washing and rinsing in cold water will help to minimize this.

Always let your knitted item air dry to prevent shrinking or felting and to keep your item looking its best.