DROPS Alpaca

An all time favorite made purely from soft alpaca

Content: 100% Alpaca
Yarn Group: A (23 - 26 stitches) / 5 ply / sport
Weight/yardage: 1.8 oz (50 g) = approx 183 yds (167 m)
Recommended needle size: US 1,5 - US 4 / 2,5 - 3,5 mm
Gauge: 4" x 4" / 10 x 10 cm = 23 sts x 30 rows
Hand Wash, cold max 30°C / 86F. Dry Flat / Feltable

DROPS Alpaca is a lovely yarn spun from 100% superfine alpaca. The alpaca fiber is untreated, which means that it is only washed and not exposed to any chemical treatment prior to the dyeing. This highlights the fiber’s natural properties, while it also provides a better shape and texture quality.

This quality is spun from 3 strands with an extra twist to provide a durable surface, and it’s available in many colours, from the vibrant to the more subdued. Solid, natural and mixed tones. The last are manufactured by carding the colours together before spinning, which gives it a mix effect.

DROPS Alpaca has a large and varied range of patterns available in the DROPS collection. Garments made in this yarn are lightweight and comfortable, super soft directly on the skin, and have a nice characteristic sheen.

Made in Peru

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5.30 USD

Stores selling this yarn online

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Store name Online price
Purple Sheep Yarns
5.30 USD
Wool Warehouse Direct Ltd
5.30 USD

Check here if your local store has it in stock.

5.60 USD

Stores selling this yarn online

Click on the Order button and you'll be redirected to the DROPS retailer's own web store to place your order.

Store name Online price
Purple Sheep Yarns
5.60 USD
Wool Warehouse Direct Ltd
5.60 USD

Check here if your local store has it in stock.

Colours in DROPS Alpaca (54)

uni colour 101
off white
uni colour 100
light pearl grey
mix 9020
light grey
mix 501
medium grey
mix 517
dark grey
mix 506
light brown
mix 607
mix 618
light nougat
mix 2020
uni colour 302
uni colour 2923
uni colour 2915
mix 2925
uni colour 9022
uni colour 3620
uni colour 3900
mix 3650
mix 3969
light maroon
mix 5565
mix 9025
mix 9026
old rose
mix 9024
dark pink
uni colour 3770
medium pink
uni colour 3720
light pink
uni colour 3140
dusty pink
uni colour 3112
light lavender
uni colour 4010
uni colour 3800
mix 4434
purple fog
mix 9023
dark purple
uni colour 4400
mix 6736
sweet lavender
uni colour 6347
lavender mix
mix 8120
mix 9021
light blue
uni colour 6205
mix 6360
captain blue
uni colour 6790
navy blue
uni colour 5575
dark indigo
uni colour 4305
midnight blue
mix 6834
mix 7240
medium petrol
uni colour 6309
dark turquoise
uni colour 2918
uni colour 2917
mineral blue
uni colour 7139
sea fog
mix 7323
morning mist
uni colour 7120
bright lime
uni colour 2916
mix 7233
green grass
mix 7238
forest mix
mix 7815
dark green
uni colour 7895
uni colour 8903
Please be aware that the colours shown may vary from screen to screen in the same way that shades may vary slightly from dye lot to dye lot.
(*) coming soon, (#) discontinued.

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How do I care for this yarn?

yarn wash

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

See the washing symbols explanation

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What other yarns can I combine this one with?

Many of our yarns can be combined together to get a different tension, texture or feel. Here's a few combination ideas to inspire you.

Thinking about felting this yarn?

See how this yarn looks before and after felting:


Needles: 5.50 mm
Before: 16 sts x 20 rows
After: 24 sts x 26 rows

Read more about felting here

Need help?

1) What type of fibers make the DROPS yarns?

Yarn can be made from a large number of natural and synthetic fibers. DROPS carries mainly yarns made from wool, cotton, alpaca, linen, mohair and silk. Each fiber type has its own qualities, and they are often mixed to take advantage of the best properties of each one. Coarse yarn has the advantage of being stronger and more durable, and finer fibers offers more softness and comfort. Here a bit about the main fibers we carry:

Alpaca fleece is the natural fiber harvested from an alpaca, and it is similar in structure to sheep wool fiber. Its softness comes from the small diameter of the fiber, similar to merino wool. It is a soft, durable, luxurious and silky natural fiber. Yarn made from alpaca fibers does not felt or pill easily, and it can be light or heavy in weight, depending on how it is spun. While similar to sheep’s wool, it is warmer, not prickly, and has no lanolin, which makes it hypoallergenic. Alpacas come in 22 natural colors, with more than 300 shades from a true-blue black through browns-black, browns, white, silver and rose-greys.

This fiber comes from the Angora goats, and its considered a luxury fiber. Mohair yarn is warm as wool, but much lighter in weight; it is durable, dyes well and does not felt easily. Mohair fibers have also a distinctive luster created by the way they reflect light. Despite being a hard fiber, mohair is usually spun into a very fluffy yarn, resulting in airy and lustrous garments.

The wool fibers comes from the skin of sheep and are relatively coarse fibers. Two striking characteristics of wool are its susceptibility to heat and its felting property, which is caused by the scales on the surface. Depending upon the breed of sheep, the appearance of the wool varies.
Wool from Merino sheep is considered the finest type of wool, having as characteristics that is finely crimped and soft. All the Merino wool in the DROPS yarns has its origins in South America, coming from sheep that have not been subject to Mulesing.
Pure new wool is wool made directly from animal fleece, and not recycled from existing wool garments. Machine washable wool is wool treated chemically to minimize the outer fuzzy layer of the fibers, and be therefore fitable for machine wash (see Superwash).

The silk fiber is a fine continuous fiber produced from the cocoon of a moth caterpillar known as the silkworm. While silkworm is cultivated, the wild or tussah silk is obtained from uncultivated silkworm cocoons. Silk fiber is one of the strongest natural fibers and makes a wonderful knitting yarn. It blends really well with other fibers, especially wool. Silk also dyes beautifully with natural dyes.

Vegetable fibers:
There are several varieties of vegetable fibers, found in the cell walls of plants or vegetables. Of all the varieties, two are recognized as major knitted or textile fibers. They are cotton and linen.
Cotton is the fiber surrounding the seeds in a cotton pod, and it is almost pure cellulose. Cotton is usually white in color but there are green and brown varieties as well. The cotton fiber is most often spun into yarn or thread and used to make a soft, breathable textile that is good for summer clothing and accessories, making a weaker yarn than silk or linen but stronger than wool.
Mercerized cotton is cotton that has been through a mercerization treatment. This treatment gives cotton fabrics and threads a lustrous yarn that is more lustrous than conventional cotton. It is also stronger, takes dye a little more readily, makes the yarn more resistant to mildew and reduces lint. It also may not shrink or lose its shape as much as "regular" cotton.
Linen is a fiber derived from the stalk of the flax plant that is durable and stronger than any other fiber. The linen fiber is relatively soft, straight and lustrous and becomes more beautiful with age. Linen is more comfortable to wear in hot temperatures than cotton, due to the fact that it absorbs moisture better and dries more quickly.

Other materials used in our yarns include synthetic fibers such as acrylic, viscose, polyamide (nylon) and polyester.

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2) What is polyamide?

The polyamide fibre, commonly known as nylon, is very strong, durable, lightweight, easy to care for (can be machine washed and dried), and elastic, which makes it perfect for blending with other fibres to produce hard-wearing yarns like sock yarn.

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3) What type of information can I find on the DROPS yarn labels?

All DROPS yarn labels include information about fiber content (wool, cotton, etc.), weight in grams and ounces, length in meters and yards, washing instructions and symbols (explained here), color number, dye lot number and yarn group information.

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4) What are the DROPS yarn groups?

All DROPS yarns are classified into 6 different thickness groups (A to F). Yarns in a same group have similar knitting tension/gauge, and can therefore be interchanged in patterns; however the length may be different, so when substituting always calculate the amount of meters/yards needed for the pattern to know the amount of yarn you need to get.

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5) Can I use a different yarn than the one mentioned in the pattern?

Yes, as long as the yarn can be worked in the same knitting tension/gauge. Always swatch to make sure you get the same number of stitches in width and rows in height as given in the pattern.

Remember that different yarns with different textures, will give the garment different looks. The yardage/length may also be different, so when substituting always calculate the number of yards needed, in order to know the amount of yarn you need.

Read more about how to calculate the amount of an alternative yarn - and how to replace 1 thread of a yarn with 2 or more of another, here.

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6) What does it mean when a yarn is “Superwash”?

A superwash wool is a special wool product that has been treated or processed in a way that allows it to be machine washable. Many people are afraid to work with wool because it is so easy to shrink (though some shrink wool on purpose) and superwash wool can allow them to work with great fibers without worry. (Read more here).

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7) What does “Oeko-Tex® certified” means?

The Oeko-Tex® Standard 100 was introduced at the beginning of the 1990s as a response to the needs of the general public for textiles which posed no risk to health. The Oeko-Tex® Standard 100 is a globally uniform testing and certification system for textile raw materials, intermediate and end products at all stages of production. The test for harmful substances comprise substances which are prohibited or regulated by law, chemicals which are known to be harmful to health, and parameters which are included as a precautionary measure to safeguard health.

For more info go to www.oeko-tex.com

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8) Where are the DROPS yarns produced?

You can read about where all DROPS yarns are produced in each of the yarns shade cards and in our price list.

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9) Why are your yarns so cheap?

As Northern Europe's largest brand of hand knitting yarns and designs, we have unique opportunities to work with the very best raw materials and make savings that benefit you. That's why you can buy DROPS yarn 20-30% cheaper than similar products!

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10) How accurate are the colours on the shade cards online?

When obtaining images for the shade card, we do our best to achieve the highest level of color accuracy. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee how images will appear on your computer screen. Every monitor displays color differently, some colors might look darker than they really are, and some colors might be more saturated on some screens. If you experience that many of the yarn colors looks different on your screen than the actual color of the skeins, you can adjust the setting on your monitor.

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11) What is a micron? What does super fine / extra fine mean?

The fineness of yarn fibers is measured in microns (thousands of millimeters). Super fine alpaca wool is 26-28 microns. Fine merino wool is less than 21.5 microns and extra fine merino is under 19.5 microns. The less microns the softer and more delicate a quality can be, the more microns the more hard wear the quality will be.

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12) Why are the colors in my skeins of print yarn different?

The reason why two skeins of a same print yarn look different can be 1) that both skeins are part of different dye lots; 2) that the skeins have been dyed using a technique called "magic print" (the one used for example in DROPS Delight), which provides unique patterns and smooth color transitions to each skein, meaning also that within one dye lot, lighter or darker varieties might appear. This is no fault or defect, but part of the yarn's character.

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13) My store doesn’t have the color I want, what can I do?

If your DROPS store doesn’t have the yarn color you want, try contacting a DROPS Super Store (the ones with the golden badges) - they will make sure to get a hold of the color even if they don’t have it in stock themselves. See a list of all DROPS stores here.

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14) Where can I find a specific dye lot of a color?

Always try contacting your DROPS store first. If they do not have the dye lot you want we recommend you to ask other knitters and crocheters in the DROPS Workshop in Facebook or Ravelry, which may have the dye lot in their stash and might be willing to part from it.

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15) Why does my yarn shed?

Yarn sheds because there's not enough twist to hold all of the fibers together. All yarns have excess fibers (from production) that might come off as lint or shedding, in varied degrees that depend on how the yarn is spun. Brushed yarns ("hairier" yarns) like DROPS Melody, have more of these loose fibers than other yarns, and therefore shed more. Shedding also depends on what is worn under or over the garment, and whether this pulls at the yarn fibers. It’s therefore not possible to guarantee that there will be no shedding.

Below are some tips on how to get the best result when working with hairier yarns:

  • When the garment is finished (before you wash it) shake it vigorously so the looser hairs come off. NOTE: do NOT use a lint roller, brush or any method that pulls at the yarn.
  • Place the garment in a plastic bag and put it in your freezer - the temperature will cause the fibers to become less attached to each other, and excess fibers will come off easier. Leave in the freezer for a few hours before taking it out and shaking it again.
  • Wash the garment according to the instructions on the yarn label. Garments worked with hairier yarns usually need to be shaken once dry after washing, so that the hairs rise and any excess fibers can come off.

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Comments / Questions (259)

Lene Steendahl 27.05.2020 - 20:06:

Er der ændret på farvenr 2918 i Drops Alpaca? Jeg har købt 2 mørk turkis nr. 2918 som er MEGET forskellige. Og der går rygter om, at netop den kraftige mørke turkis udgår. Er det rigtigt??

DROPS Design 29.05.2020 kl. 15:25:

Hej Lene, der kan være farveforskel fra parti til parti, prøv at efterlyse den i vores gruppe på Facebook DROPS workshop. Nej den skal ikke udgå.

Katrine Aalund Holmager 24.05.2020 - 20:01:

Hej Jeg har arvet noget garn og ved ikke hvor gammelt det er hvor der løst lå bandaroler i garnposen. Jeg er nu i gang med at strikke af resterne, men mangler noget hvidt. Jeg har følgende bandaroler, kan i muligvis hjælpe med at finde den rigtige mælke hvid, ud fra disse? - Colour 7130 , Dyelot 002 - Colour 0618 , Dyelot 1102 - Colour 9020 , Dyelot 1103 - Colour 7120 , Dyelot 904 På forhånd tak for hjælpen

DROPS Design 25.05.2020 kl. 09:33:

Hei Katrine. Det er nok dessverre helt umulig å finne ut av. mvh DROPS design

Eldbjoerg Strandheim 24.05.2020 - 11:42:

Hei ! Hvordan kan jeg se at fargekombinasjoner passer sammen?

DROPS Design 25.05.2020 kl. 09:28:

Hei Eldbjørg. Vi har ingen program der du kan legge til ønsket farger for å se ulike fargekombinasjoner. På noen av våre modeller har vi strikket opp noen fargeforslag, disse finner du under de enkelte plaggene. mvh DROPS design

Doris 22.05.2020 - 20:16:

Liebe Drops-Mitarbeiter, Mit welcher Nadelstärke muss ich 2-fädiges Alpaca verstricken? Habt Ihr eine Strickanleitung für 2-fädig verstricktes Alpaca? (Am liebsten für einen Pullover) Danke und viele Grüße Doris

DROPS Design 25.05.2020 kl. 13:26:

Liebe Doris, es sind einige Modellen mit 16 M = 10 cm, und andere mit 17 Maschen, je nach dem gewünschten Texturen - hier lesen Sie mehr über Alternative. Viel Spaß beim stricken!

Anita Stensrud 20.05.2020 - 17:01:

Kan jeg bruke dette til en bunadskofte, som har strikkefasthet 21 m i oppskriften. Eller er det bedre med merino extra fine

DROPS Design 25.05.2020 kl. 09:03:

Hei Anita. DROPS Alpaca tilhører garngruppe A og har en veiledende strikkefasthet på 23 masker på 10 cm, mens DROPS Merino Extra Fine tilhører garngruppe B og har en veiledende strikkefasthet 21 masker på 10 cm. Så om bunadskoften har en strikkefasthet på 21 masker på 10 cm, passer garn fra garnbruppe B bedre enn garn fra garngruppe A. mvh DROPS design

Birgitte Høier 07.05.2020 - 14:13:

Hej. Jeg vil gerne strikke Autumn Afternoon i Alpaca og Kid-Silk. Jeg vil gerne bruge Kid-Silk color 34 Salvie søgrøn. Hvilken farve Alpaca vil I foreslå, at jeg kombinerer med? Jeg har overvejet enten "havbrise" mix 7323, "morgendis" fv. 7120 eller bare "natur" fv. 100. Hvilken vil være bedst, hvis jeg gerne vil have den grønne farve fremhævet? Med venlig hilsen Birgitte Høier

DROPS Design 08.05.2020 kl. 13:38:

Hej Birgitte, det kan være lettere for dig at vælge hvis du kigger her: Garnfarve grøn

Ida Emilie 05.05.2020 - 09:15:

How does DROPS ensure that the Peruvian farmers are paid properly for their work? In recent years, there have been an increasing demand for alpaca but the farmers still often live in poverty. Alpaca is a great alternative to sheep's wool for people who worry about supporting the sheep meat industry. It would be great to hear what DROPS does to ensure that every step of their supply chain is kept ethical and sustainable. Thanks DROPS!

DROPS Design 07.05.2020 kl. 15:32:

Dear Ida Emilie, We only work with the biggest and most serious producers in the industry. These are companies that have to follow EU regulations and guidelines regarding the sourcing of raw material, treatment of animals, dyeing techniques, certificates etc. in order to be able to commercialize their product in the European Union. Everything is monitored by the pertinent authorities, not by us. We hope this gives you some sort of answer. 

Sofia Percara 04.05.2020 - 16:03:

Hola! Buen día! Soy de Argentina. Me gustaría comprar hilos y lanas! Es posible el envío a la provincia de Santa Fe, ciudad de Rosario?

DROPS Design 15.05.2020 kl. 15:35:

Hola Sofia. Aquí tienes un listado de las tiendas con envíos internacionales: https://www.garnstudio.com/findastore.php?s=w&cid=23

Anna Flatholm 03.05.2020 - 18:41:

Hej, jag undrar om det går att beställa färgprover på era garner?

DROPS Design 04.05.2020 kl. 07:12:

Hei Anna. Nei, det har vi dessverre ikke. Har kun digitale fargekart . mvh DROPS design

Elizabeth Kierulf 30.04.2020 - 15:07:

Skal strikke en Drops genser. Fikk kjøpt alt garnet fra butikken i Oslo City, men ikke nr. 403 mellombrun. Har forsøkt å søke på nettet, men ingen hell. Trenger kun 50 gr.

DROPS Design 04.05.2020 kl. 07:00:

Hei Elisabeth. Vi sender ikke ut enkelt nøster, kun kilovis til butikker. Det skal være mange butikker som selger DROPS Alpaca, (sjekk ut butikkene der det står DROPS Superstore under navnet sitt). Evnt så kan du legge ut en etterlysning på de ulike strikkesidene på Facebook, der er det mange brukere som hjelper hverandre med manglende nøster og partinr. God Fornøyelse!

How can I replace this yarn? If you are looking to replace this yarn with another DROPS yarn, you can use another yarn within the same yarn group, or try our yarn converter!

Have a problem with the DROPS yarn you purchased? When you purchase yarn from the shade cards or patterns on our site, you are not buying directly from DROPS but from one of the hundreds of DROPS stores around the world. It is therefore important that you take contact with the DROPS store where you bought the yarn, and that you save the labels of all the skeins you purchased (they are your warranty). The DROPS store you contact will assist you and escalate the claim if necessary. Find a list of DROPS stores here.
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