Soft and durable in alpaca, wool and polyamide

Content: 45% Alpaca, 30% Polyamide, 25% Wool
Yarn Group: A (23 - 26 stitches) / 4 ply / fingering
Weight/yardage: 1.8 oz (50 g) = approx 186 yds (170 m)
Recommended needle size: US 2,5 / 3 mm
Gauge: 4" x 4" / 10 x 10 cm = 24 sts x 32 rows
Hand Wash, max 30°C / Dry Flat

Spun as a traditional 4-strands sock yarn, DROPS Nord is made in a combination of 45% superfine alpaca (for the softness), 25% Peruvian Highland wool (for the warm and shape stability) and 30% polyamide (for the strength and durability).

An easy to knit/crochet yarn, that gives clear stitches and that is perfect for warm, everyday garments, like jumpers, socks, hats, gloves and much more!

Available in 19 beautiful colors that are perfect for Nordic/stranded patterns, DROPS Nord is part of Yarn Group A and specially good for patterns designed for DROPS Alpaca, Baby Merino, Fabel and Flora.

Made in Peru

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Deals from
3.60 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
3.60 USD
Wool Warehouse Direct Ltd
3.60 USD

Check here if your local store has it in stock.

3.70 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
3.70 USD
Wool Warehouse Direct Ltd
3.70 USD

Check here if your local store has it in stock.

Colours in DROPS Nord (19)

off white
uni colour 01
pearl grey
mix 03
light grey
mix 04
mix 05
dark grey
mix 06
light beige
mix 07
uni colour 18
mix 11
uni colour 14
uni colour 17
old pink
uni colour 13
powder pink
uni colour 12
mix 08
jeans blue
uni colour 16
navy blue
uni colour 15
deep ocean
mix 09
mix 10
forest green
uni colour 19
uni colour 02
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, max 30°C / 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.

DROPS Melody 15, beige + DROPS Nord 7, light beige

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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 (63)

Charlotte Pihl 27.10.2020 - 20:11:

Hei, Jeg er på let etter Drops Nord i fargen Perlegrå i fargeparti: 258528. Har dere to nøster i dette fargepartiet inne? :)

DROPS Design 28.10.2020 kl. 11:38:

Hej, Prøv at efterlyse det i DROPS Workshop på Facebook, her er der gode chancer for at du kan finde det. Held og lykke :)

Elena 17.10.2020 - 22:22:

Bonjour, Je voudrais savoir quand aura lieu la prochaine opération promotionnelle sur les laines avec de l'alpaga. Merci par avance pour votre retour.

DROPS Design 19.10.2020 kl. 10:53:

Bonjour Elena, rien n'est encore décidé, restez à l'écoute, toute promo éventuelle sera communiquée via les réseaux sociaux et les newsletters. Bon tricot!

Ina Mehler 03.10.2020 - 09:47:

Kann man Socken aus drops-Nord in der Waschmaschine waschen? Die Banderole sagt Handwäsche - hat es jemand schon mal in der Maschine probiert? ... was könnte schlimmstenfalls passieren? Danke

DROPS Design 05.10.2020 kl. 13:08:

Liebe Frau Mehler, DROPS Nord muss handgewaschen werden - da die Wolle nicht "superwashed" ist (wie beim Delight oder Fabel) - die Wolle kônnte dann filzen. Viel Spaß beim stricken!

Barb Harris 23.09.2020 - 15:27:

I am looking for a sock wool that does not have any super wash treatment, and will wear well for the soles of socks. So I have two questions about this yarn: 1. Is the wool in this yarn treated with super wash chemicals? 2. Given the high alpaca content, how well does this wear for the soles of socks.

DROPS Design 24.09.2020 kl. 10:32:

Dear Mrs Harris, DROPS Nord is a regular Sock yarn (not superwashed) with 30% polyamide (for the strength and durability). If you want it even stronger you have to look for a yarn with more polyamide. Happy knitting!

Pat 09.09.2020 - 19:25:

What can I substitute for drops Nord 103, can’t find it anywhere Thank you!

DROPS Design 10.09.2020 kl. 10:08:

Liebe Pat, DROPS Nord 103 is not matching a colour, all colour numbers in Nord shadecard have only 2 numbers - did you find this colour number in one of our patterns? Thank you!

Sanna Fransson 07.09.2020 - 16:21:

Jag ska sticka ett par vantar där rekommenderat garn är DROPS nord. Jag undrar om Ni kan rekommendera ett veganskt garn som alternativ? :) ser att ni har flera men vet inte vilket som skulle passa.

DROPS Design 10.09.2020 kl. 14:53:

Hej Sanna, du kan vælge en kvalitet fra garngruppe A, da får du samme tykkelse og strikkefasthed . God fornøjelse! DROPS garn sorteret efter garngruppe

Christin Olsen-Ryum/TuftebuStrikk 30.08.2020 - 20:32:

Hei 😃 Jeg strikker MYE på strikkemaskin og da bruker jeg helst Nord da det er supert til sokker og barnebukser ❤️ Jeg lurer på om det er mulig å få kjøpt dette garnet på spoler? Hilsen Christin

DROPS Design 31.08.2020 kl. 12:01:

Hei Christin. Ja, det er et herlig garn. Vi får kun 50 grams nøster fra vår leverandør, så vi kan dessverre ikke hjelpe deg med spoler. mvh DROPS design

Corina Grennell 27.08.2020 - 13:12:

Do any stores ship to NZ? All the ones I’ve tried so far don’t. Thanks

DROPS Design 28.08.2020 kl. 08:38:

Dear Mrs Grennell, you will find list of DROPS stores shipping worldwide here. Do not hesitate to contact them directly for more information. Happy knitting!

Corina Grennell 26.08.2020 - 11:57:

I would like to use this yarn with a mohair yarn like Kid silk to get a tension of 20 stitches to 10 cm. I want a slight fluffy effect. Do you think these two yarns will create the correct tension or should I combine something else?

DROPS Design 27.08.2020 kl. 10:29:

Dear Mrs Greennell, we have used this combination for this pattern - it might give you an idea of how it looks like - you might like to knit a swatch first to check out the fabric - your DROPS store will help you to choose if you need any further individual help. Happy knitting!

Yvonne Creanga 14.08.2020 - 18:55:

Do you have any dealers of your yarns that deliver and ship within the USA? I don’t want to pay international shipping or customs taxes as it defeats the purpose of purchasing yarn that is not as expensive as many hand dyed. Thank you.

DROPS Design 17.08.2020 kl. 10:14:

Dear Mrs Creanga, you will find list of DROPS stores shipping to USA here - we currently have no store in your country. 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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