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  • Alpaca Cowl, Chunky Knit in Grey

    Call it a cowl, snood, neckwarmer, anything you like! This funky accessory simply slips over the head to keep the neck protected against the cold. Its stretchy so it is worn very easily and one size fits all.

    It is a practical and functional alternative to the long scarf and it can easily sit above your coat or under it and doesn’t fall off or get in the way.

    This Alpaca cowl is hand knitted in a luxurious and sumptuous Alpaca and wool mix making it warm and soft against the skin. It is extra think and done in our signature chunky knit style.

    We also have it available in a cream version.

    Width (laid flat): 10 inches (26 cm)
    Height (laid flat): 16 inches (40 cm)

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  • Butterscotch Alpaca Snood

    This soft Alpaca snood also known as a cowl simply slips over the head to keep the neck warm.  It is stretchy so it is worn very easily. It makes a great alternative to a long scarf and it sits easily above your coat/jacket or under it.

    It comes in a beautiful alpaca yarn which is amazingly soft which means it is light in weight yet warm and comforting to wear.

    Width (laid flat): 10 inches (26 cm)
    Height (laid flat): 14 inches (36 cm)

     

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  • Alpaca- The luxurious option

    Aren’t Alpacas just so cute. Apart from their cuteness they also produce Alpaca Yarn a lustrous and silky natural fiber and tends to be warmer and not prickly in comparison to wool. It is also soft and luxurious and tends to have a glossy shine compared to regular wool.

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    The Alpaca yarn we use in our extra chunky cowls are of the Peruvian variety. Alpaca is often compared to cashmere with the latter seen as one of the most luxurious fibres especially in the production of fashion pieces. Interestingly Alpaca is now seen as a far better alternative to cashmere.

    Midnight Blue Alpaca Cowl

    Extra Chunky Knit Alpaca Cowl/Snood in Midnight Blue

    The grasslands required to sustain cashmere producing goats are vastly depleted in China as a result of a great interest in the fibre in the 90s which lead to a continuous fall in its price. In addition to that fact, Alpacas literally have a smaller environmental footprint than goats, where their soft, padded feet are gentler on the terrain and they can graze without destroying root systems. With a faster rater of wool growth, they also produce far more wool than goats do in the same amount of time.

    A fact that we quite liked here at Urbanknit is that a human is involved in every step of the process to convert the fibre to usable yarn!

     

    Alpaca Cowl

    Extra Chunky Knit Alpaca Cowl/Snood in Cream

    As though you need more, here are more reasons to love Alpaca!

    • Alpaca is similar to cashmere in water absorption as both absorb almost no moisture.
    • Alpaca is soft and less itchy against the skin
    • Alpaca fiber is naturally hypoallergenic.
    • Alpaca is naturally windproof.
    • Alpaca features less shrinkage (washable).
    • Alpaca is highly breathable
    • Alpaca offers great warmth for the weight.
    • Alpaca keeps you warm in wet conditions.
    • Alpaca is flame resistant.
    • Alpaca is very low in static electricity.
    • Alpaca does not hold debris and stays cleaner for longer.
    • Alpaca is stain resistant and resists acquired odours.
    • Alpaca is all natural and biodegradable.
    • Alpaca has natural luster.

    Are you tempted to give it a try? Go on, you know you want to!

     

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  • Cream Alpaca Knit Snood

    This soft cream alpaca knit snood also known as a cowl simply slips over the head to keep the neck warm.  It is stretchy so it is worn very easily. It makes a great alternative to a long scarf and it sits easily above your coat/jacket or under it.

    It comes in a beautiful alpaca yarn which is amazingly soft which means it is light in weight yet warm and comforting to wear.

    Width (laid flat): 10 inches (26 cm)
    Height (laid flat): 14 inches (36 cm)

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  • The Urbanknit Alpaca Cowl

    There are cowls and snoods everywhere you look, with everyone trying to stay warm and snug in this cold cold weather.

    We decided to make a version for those that want something extra soft with added touch of luxury.

    Alpaca Cowl Midnight Blue Alpaca Cowl Alpaca Cowl

    This extra chunky cowl is hand-knitted from a yarn that is a blend of Alpaca and wool. This makes it extra soft and warm.

    It comes in two versions, the Midnight Blue and the Camel Cream.

    Let me know what you think!

     

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  • Alpaca Cowl, Chunky Knit in Midnight Blue

    Call it a cowl, snood, neckwarmer, anything you like! This funky accessory simply slips over the head to keep the neck protected against the cold. Its stretchy so it is worn very easily and one size fits all.

    It is a practical and functional alternative to the long scarf and it can easily sit above your coat or under it and doesn’t fall off or get in the way.

    This Alpaca cowl is hand knitted in a luxurious and sumptuous Alpaca and wool mix making it warm and soft against the skin. It is extra think and done in our signature chunky knit style.

    We also have it available in a cream version.

    Width (laid flat): 10 inches (26 cm)
    Height (laid flat): 16 inches (40 cm)

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  • Alpaca Cowl in Cream

    Call it a cowl, snood, neckwarmer, anything you like! This funky accessory simply slips over the head to keep the neck protected against the cold. Its stretchy so it is worn very easily and one size fits all.

    It is a practical and functional alternative to the long scarf and it can easily sit above your coat or under it and doesn’t fall off or get in the way.

    The yarn used is a luxurious and sumptuous Alpaca and wool mix making it warm and soft against the skin.

    Width (laid flat): 10 inches (26cm)
    Height (laid flat): 16 inches (40cm)

    Also available in a lovely Midnight Blue and Grey

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  • Christmas Trend: Textured Textiles

    This is pretty cool, our Chunky Alpaca cowl is featured in the Etsy trend list. Yay. Go and check it out.

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  • We Love Merino Wool

    What is Merino Wool anyway?

    We are supposed to be in Autumn yet its starting to look and feel quite wintry  Since we like to look on the bright side of things, lets welcome the chance to enjoy the layering and accessorising that only cold weather can offer. So out come the lovely soft scarves and cowls.

    As most of our winter warmers are made from 100% merino wool, we thought we might give you a few pointers on what it is, why it is so great and how to take care of your pieces.

    Wool is considered to be textile fiber obtained from sheep. Other fibers like cashmere and mohair from goats, alpaca from the camel family, and angora from rabbits are also considered to be wool. Merino wool is the material from Merino sheep and these sheep are said to have some of the finest and softest wool of any sheep.  Here are some of the reasons why we love merino wool so much:

    • Merino wool is one of the softest types of wool available, so feels great against the skin.
    • It has numerous fibers which trap small pockets of air and lock in body heat, keeping you warm without overheating so it acts as an excellent regulator for body temperature. This is why it is so cosy!
    • Its fibers are hydrophilic meaning they absorb water yet they retain warmth even when wet.
    • Merino wool has uniquely thin fibers and prevents bacteria from finding a surface to grow on, making it anti-microbial. Its is also hypoallergenic.


    Berry Wool Button ScarfletteBerry Mix Neckwarmer

     

    CARE OF WOOL:

    • Clean using a mild detergent in lukewarm water. Never use hot water as this shrinks wool. Also do not wring the piece as this will distort its shape.
    • To dry, lay the piece flat and reshape if necessary allowing it to dry away from direct sunlight and heat. Do not hang as wool can adsorb a lot of water this will cause the item to stretch from the weight of the water.
    • Do not dry in a tumble dryer as the heat will cause the wool to shrink.
    • Wool should be stored in an airtight environment which is cool and dry.

    It is LOVE WOOL WEEK 15th to 21st October. So have a look at the Love Wool UK Map for events around you.

     

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  • Cowl or Snood? What do you call it?

    Snood, cowl, neckwarmer, infinity scarf, tube scarf. This accessory is known by so many names. The most common seem to be cowl or snood.

    The Urbanknit cowl or snood is a continuous tubular scarf that is pulled over the head and sits on the neck and shoulders to keep you warm. It is stretchy so it is worn very easily and can sit above your coat or under it.

    Forest Green Cowl

    It makes a great alternative to a long scarf, which could get in the way or fall off altogether. For example, it is great if you cycle as it is completely hands-free.

    Brown wool snood

     Our signature cowl is unisex and made out of  chunky 100% merino wool in a loose knit style. It is available in many bright and bold colours as well as some dark and neutral colours. So you will always find something that suits your style. We also have some striped versions for the more adventurous dresser. Each and every one is hand knitted so made by human hands!

    Are there any colours in particular you would like to see?

    As we say goodbye to the summer and welcome cooler weather, we have introduced limited edition Alpaca versions for an even more luxurious feel. We also have a collection of Ankara Snoods which incorporate bright Ankara prints. What better way to keep warm whilst looking funky!

     

     

    Red Ankara Snood

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