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 2,5 / 3 mm
Gauge: 4" x 4" / 10 x 10 cm = 24 sts x 32 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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DROPS ALPACA UNI COLOUR
5.30 USD
n/a

Stores selling this yarn online

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Store name Online price
Purple Sheep Yarns
Webstore
5.30 USD
50g
Order
Wool Warehouse Direct Ltd
Webstore
5.30 USD
50g
Order

Check here if your local store has it in stock.

DROPS ALPACA MIX
5.60 USD
n/a

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
Webstore
5.60 USD
50g
Order
Wool Warehouse Direct Ltd
Webstore
5.60 USD
50g
Order

Check here if your local store has it in stock.

Colours in DROPS Alpaca (54)

white
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
nougat
mix 618
light nougat
mix 2020
camel
uni colour 302
goldenrod
uni colour 2923
orange
uni colour 2915
rust
mix 2925
coral
uni colour 9022
red
uni colour 3620
tomato
uni colour 3900
maroon
mix 3650
red/purple
mix 3969
light maroon
mix 5565
hazelnut
mix 9025
blush
mix 9026
dark blush
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
mauve
uni colour 3800
amethyst
mix 4434
purple fog
mix 9023
dark purple
uni colour 4400
burgundy
mix 6736
sweet lavender
uni colour 6347
lavender mix
mix 8120
fog
mix 9021
light blue
uni colour 6205
blue
mix 6360
captain blue
uni colour 6790
navy blue
uni colour 5575
dark indigo
uni colour 4305
midnight blue
mix 6834
petrol
mix 7240
medium petrol
uni colour 6309
dark turquoise
uni colour 2918
turquoise
uni colour 2917
mineral blue
uni colour 7139
sea fog
mix 7323
morning mist
uni colour 7120
bright lime
uni colour 2916
olive
mix 7233
green grass
mix 7238
forest mix
mix 7815
dark green
uni colour 7895
black
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:

Before
After

Needles: 5.50 mm
Before: 16 sts x 20 rows
After: 21 sts x 32 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:
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.

Mohair:
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.

Wool:
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).

Silk:
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 (290)

Hilly Bos 07.09.2020 - 14:17:

Hoe diervriendelijk is de alpaca wol?

Margaret Goodson 05.09.2020 - 19:47:

Hello, I am currently knitting a cardigan with Drops Alpaca. The new ball I was about to start keeps shredding and snapping every twelve inches or so. I’ve never had this problem before and am very disappointed.

DROPS Design 07.09.2020 kl. 10:23:

Dear Mrs Goodson, we are sorry to hear that, if you think there is something wrong with the yarn, you are welcome to contact your DROPS store giving them all relevant informations. Happy knitting!

Ann Randi Breivik 05.09.2020 - 09:47:

Har begynt å strikke, men oppdager jeg har for lite garn og det er kjøpt for lenge siden. Det er Drops Alpaca 100 % Alpaca farge 7139 294466. Kan d skaffes 2 nøster?

Jayet 27.08.2020 - 14:03:

Bonjour, je voudrais commander de la laine mais je ne trouve pas comment. cordialement

DROPS Design 28.08.2020 kl. 08:34:

Bonjour Mme Jayet, vous pouvez cliquer sur l'icône verte avec un petit caddie dedans pour voir la liste des magasins qui ont la DROPS Alpaca en stock - choisissez votre magasin et cliquez sur "commander" pour être redirigée vers leur boutique en ligne. Vous trouverez également ici, la liste de tous les magasins DROPS en France. Bon tricot!

Laurence Iriart 22.08.2020 - 19:22:

Bonjour, J'aime énormément tricoter votre laine "alpaga". Serait-il possible de savoir quelles sont les couleurs qu'on voit sur les photos ? Merci beaucoup

DROPS Design 24.08.2020 kl. 09:28:

Bonjour Mme Iriart, bien volontiers, indiquez-nous les photos dont vous souhaitez connaître les couleurs. Rappelez-vous également que votre magasin DROPS saura vous aider à choisir vos couleurs, même par mail ou téléphone. Bon tricot!

Germana 13.08.2020 - 13:45:

Hi, is your alpaca cruelty free? https://investigations.peta.org/alpaca-wool-abuse/ Best regards

DROPS Design 09.09.2020 kl. 17:27:

Dear Germana, yes, sure - all our yarns are from ethical resources and farms. Happy knitting!

Autumn Johnson 11.08.2020 - 19:01:

Hey guys! I'm wanting to knit this sweater and I've been looking all over for the right yarn. The original yarn for the pattern is discontinued and it was 80% Acrylic, 10% Nylon, 10% Mohair and fingering weight yarn. I'm looking to go with natural fibers, and I'm looking for softness, and drape (the sleeves are puffed). I'm thinking Alpaca Drop may be the yarn for me, but I'm not sure. Can you help me figure out if it will do what I want or if there's a better option for me.

DROPS Design 12.08.2020 kl. 08:21:

Dear Mrs Johnson, please contact your DROPS Store - even per mail or telephone, you will be helped to choose the best matching yarn for your project. Happy knitting!

Anne Kristensen 08.08.2020 - 01:14:

Det undrer mig, at prisen på garnet er en del billigere angivet på jeres hjemmeside for butikken Fikse fingre, end det er på deres hjemmeside (har pt tjekket både Cloud og Alpaca)?? Jeg synes ellers altid, at jeres prisangivelser plejer at være samstemmende med butikkernes.

Kathleen 06.08.2020 - 18:52:

Do you alpaca in a pale yellow color 2110 any longer?

DROPS Design 07.08.2020 kl. 08:24:

Dear Kathleen, correct, this colour is now discontinued. Happy knitting!

Lalage Percival 29.07.2020 - 18:15:

I don’t seem able to find a place on your website to buy yarn. I want 100% Alpaca Dark Grey (506), probably four rolls if they are 50 g). Could you ,et me know if there is another website I can use to buy this? Many thanks, Lalage

DROPS Design 30.07.2020 kl. 09:38:

Dear Lalage, click on the green icon below prices to see all stores carrying this yarn - and/or find here the list of DROPS retailerrs. Happy knitting!

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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