The Samson Project

Light Weight Scarf blowing in the wind.

The Samson Project was designed for the 2013 National Alpaca show, Fiber Arts contest. I learned that to be “all hand” I also had to spin the yarn. I spun a single ply yarn from the fleece of an alpaca named Samson. There are more detailed notes about the entire project at the end of this pattern. What you need to know now is that this is a melting pot project. It has Orenburg construction, a Shetland back ground, with motifs from both of those locales and Estonia as well. It is worked in all garter stitch as Orenburg and Shetland lace both are. The edging is worked on as you go, so when you sew the top closed you are finished. There are pattern rows on BOTH sides and you must watch the chart carefully.

My finished piece is a scarf that is about 12” wide and 48” long. You can make yours wider and of any length by reading the notes. You can use any needle and yarn combination if you want to swatch and do the math. I used a needle that was much larger than my yarn to get the look I wanted. I’m available for questions or help, just contact me. Happy knitting!

Buy on Ravelry Buy on Payhip


  • math for deciding on your size. Contact me for some help if you need to.
  • chart reading
  • increases and decreases
  • nupps



The model was worked using hand spun, 1 ply alpaca yarn. About 50yds/2g, 450 yds / 412m used


Desired length circular needles in US size 2 / 2.75mm


2 or more stitch markers




Pasques and Cables