Yarn Care

yarn care

You can always find specific washing instructions for each yarn type in the labels and in each online shade card (under the Care tab).

Find below some extra tips for the most popular yarn fibers, which will help you keep your garments in good condition.

General Yarn Care Tips

  • Wash garments using plenty of water, and if possible, separately. Never let the garment soak.
  • Wash dark colours separately. Dark colours often contain an excess of dye, so it's important to make sure the garment is rinsed until the water is clear, to avoid the excess dye affecting other colours in the garment.
  • Only use detergents that are made specifically for washing wool and other fine fibers, or a PH-neutral, dye free detergent.
  • Always shape the garment, and lay it flat to dry. Never dry the garment in direct sunlight.
  • Never put heavy dripping wet clothes to dry. Avoid drying garments on a surface that absorbs moisture, such as terry towels. In both cases, the garment can be discolored or lose its natural elasticity.
  • Please note that garments knitted with special "heavy" techniques can grow in use or in the wash.

Alpaca, mohair, silk and untreated wool:

  • Hand wash 30ºC (cold).
  • Dissolve detergent completely before adding the garment.
  • Move garment gently, don’t rub!
  • Rinse thoroughly.

Cotton, linen and mixed qualities:

  • Always machine wash at 40ºC or 60ºC depending on the instructions on the label. If washed at a wrong/lower temperature, colours may run. If this happens, wash again at the right temperature, i.e. according to the label. It is very important to adhere to the right temperature.
  • Don’t use too much fabric conditioner.
  • Use washing programs with plenty of rinsing time.
  • Cotton has the tendency to shrink in the wash, so make sure you measure the garment before washing, in order to shape it correctly after the wash.
  • Don’t tumble dry.

Superwash treated wool:

  • Superwash treated wool should be washed in machine, using the wool / gentle cycle program.
  • Don’t use fabric conditioner.

Merino wool:

3 of our merino yarns are superwash treated, which means the tips mentioned above apply. This being said, there are a few more tips that are extremely relevant when it comes to these yarns:

  • When washing garments made with DROPS Baby Merino, DROPS Merino Extra Fine and DROPS Big Merino it’s important to follow the washing instructions provided on the yarn label and in our shade cards.
  • Merino wool should be washed on 40 degrees using a gentle cycle program.
  • Use a small amount of wool detergent (without enzymes and optical brighteners).
  • NEVER use fabric softener (the wool fibers become too soft and can slide apart).
  • Wash separately, using lots of water.
  • NEVER leave to soak!
  • NEVER leave garments wet in the washing machine for a long period of time!
  • NEVER hang to dry, instead dry the garments shaped on a flat surface.

Wool and silk:

  • In general, unless a yarn is Superwash treated, we discourage the use of washing machine, since even the wool program can make garments lose their shape and in the worst cases lead to shrinking. Qualities that include silk could also lose colour.
  • Spin garments lightly in a pillowcase, or roll them into a towel and press out the moisture.
  • Never use a dryer for wool, the garment will shrink!
  • Unevenness in the garment will even out after wash or light steam ironing.
  • Remember to never put pressure o the garment neither in wet or dry conditions. Never steam iron on parts that are knitted in structures like cables. Never use iron or put press on Silk.
  • When steaming, use preferably a steam iron, or a regular iron and a damp cloth placed between the iron and garment. Note! The garment should never be press directly!

Always keep the yarn labels – they are your warranty! In order for us to deal with any complaints in an orderly manner, we need the labels as well as the knitted garment.


Comparative Care Table

Air

DROPS Air
65% Alpaca, 28% Polyamide, 7% Wool
Feltable

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Hand Wash, cold max 30°C / 86F. Dry Flat
Alaska

DROPS Alaska
100% Wool
Feltable

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Hand Wash, cold max 30°C / 86F. Dry Flat
Alpaca

DROPS Alpaca
100% Alpaca
Feltable

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Hand Wash, cold max 30°C / 86F. Dry Flat
AlpacaBoucle

DROPS Alpaca Bouclé
80% Alpaca, 15% Wool, 5% Polyamide
Feltable

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Hand Wash, cold max 30°C / 86F. Dry Flat
Andes

DROPS Andes
65% Wool, 35% Alpaca
Feltable

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Hand Wash, cold max 30°C / 86F. Dry Flat
BabyMerino

DROPS Baby Merino
100% Wool
Superwash

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Machine wash on gentle cycle warm 40°C / 104F. Don’t use fabric softener. Dry Flat
BabyAlpacaSilk

DROPS BabyAlpaca Silk
70% Alpaca, 30% Silk

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Hand Wash, cold max 30°C / 86F. Dry Flat
Belle

DROPS Belle
53% Cotton, 33% Viscose, 14% Linen

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Machine wash on gentle cycle cold 30°C / 86F. Dry Flat
BigDelight

DROPS Big Delight
100% Wool
Feltable

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Hand Wash, cold max 30°C / 86F. Dry Flat
BigMerino

DROPS Big Merino
100% Wool
Superwash

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Machine wash on gentle cycle warm 40°C / 104F. Don’t use fabric softener. Dry Flat
Bomull-Lin

DROPS Bomull-Lin
53% Cotton, 47% Linen

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Machine wash on gentle cycle 40°C / 104F. Dry Flat
BrushedAlpacaSilk

DROPS Brushed Alpaca Silk
77% Alpaca, 23% Silk

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Hand Wash, cold max 30°C / 86F. Dry Flat
CottonLight

DROPS Cotton Light
50% Cotton, 50% Polyester

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Machine wash on gentle cycle warm 40°C / 104F. Dry Flat
CottonMerino

DROPS Cotton Merino
50% Wool, 50% Cotton
Superwash

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Machine wash on gentle cycle warm 40°C / 104F. Don’t use fabric softener. Dry Flat
Delight

DROPS Delight
75% Wool, 25% Polyamide
Superwash

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Machine wash on gentle cycle warm 40°C / 104F. Don’t use fabric softener. Dry Flat
Fabel

DROPS Fabel
75% Wool, 25% Polyamide
Superwash

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Machine wash on gentle cycle warm 40°C / 104F. Don’t use fabric softener. Dry Flat
Flora

DROPS Flora
65% Wool, 35% Alpaca
Feltable

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Hand Wash, max 30°C / Dry Flat
Glitter

DROPS Glitter
60% Cupro, 40% Metal

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Hand Wash, cold max 30°C / 86F.
Karisma

DROPS Karisma
100% Wool
Superwash

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Machine wash on gentle cycle warm 40°C / 104F. Don’t use fabric softener. Dry Flat
Kid-Silk

DROPS Kid-Silk
75% Mohair, 25% Silk

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Hand Wash, cold max 30°C / 86F. Dry Flat
Lima

DROPS Lima
65% Wool, 35% Alpaca
Feltable

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Hand Wash, cold max 30°C / 86F. Dry Flat
LovesYou7

DROPS Loves You 7
100% Cotton

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Machine wash on gentle cycle warm 40°C / 104F. Dry Flat
LovesYou8

DROPS Loves You 8
100% Cotton

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Machine wash on gentle cycle 40°C / Dry Flat
LovesYou9

DROPS Loves You 9
100% Cotton

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Machine wash on gentle cycle 40°C / 140F. Dry Flat
Melody

DROPS Melody
71% Alpaca, 25% Wool, 4% Polyamide
Feltable

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Hand Wash, max 30°C / Dry Flat
MerinoExtraFine

DROPS Merino Extra Fine
100% Wool
Superwash

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Machine wash on gentle cycle warm 40°C / 104F. Don’t use fabric softener. Dry Flat
Muskat

DROPS Muskat
100% Cotton

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Machine wash on gentle cycle warm 40°C / 104F. Dry Flat
Nepal

DROPS Nepal
65% Wool, 35% Alpaca
Feltable

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Hand Wash, cold max 30°C / 86F. Dry Flat
Nord

DROPS Nord
45% Alpaca, 30% Polyamide, 25% Wool

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Hand Wash, max 30°C / Dry Flat
Paris

DROPS Paris
100% Cotton

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Machine wash hot 60°C / 140F. Dry Flat
Polaris

DROPS Polaris
100% Wool
Feltable

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Hand Wash, cold max 30°C / 86F. Dry Flat
Puna

DROPS Puna
100% Alpaca
Feltable

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Hand Wash, cold max 30°C / 86F / Dry Flat
Safran

DROPS Safran
100% Cotton

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Machine wash on gentle cycle warm 40°C / 104F. Dry Flat
Sky

DROPS Sky
74% Alpaca, 18% Polyamide, 8% Wool
Feltable

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Hand Wash, max 30°C / 86F / Dry Flat
Snow

DROPS Snow
100% Wool
Feltable

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Hand Wash, cold max 30°C / 86F. Dry Flat
SoftTweed

DROPS Soft Tweed
50% Wool, 25% Alpaca, 25% Viscose
NewFeltable

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Hand Wash, max 30°C / 86F. Dry Flat
Wish

DROPS Wish
50% Alpaca, 33% Cotton, 17% Wool
Feltable

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Hand Wash, max 30°C / 86F. Dry Flat