DROPS Alaska

A wool classic!

  • Product image yarn Alaska
  • Product image yarn Alaska
  • Product image yarn Alaska
  • Product image yarn Alaska
  • Product image yarn Alaska
  • Product image yarn Alaska
  • Product image yarn Alaska

A classic spun, untreated yarn, in 100% new wool. Untreated wool means that the fibers are only washed, and not exposed to any chemical treatment prior to the dyeing. This enhances the wool's best qualities, while it also provides a better shape and texture quality.

DROPS Alaska is a triple stranded proven quality yarn, one of the classics of the DROPS collection, as popular today as when launched in the mid 80's. This quality offers a wide range of colors and a great number of patterns for women, men, children and accessories.

Product information

Content: 100% Wool
Yarn Group: C (16 - 19 stitches) / 10 ply / aran / worsted
Weight/yardage: 1.8 oz (50 g) = approx 77 yds (70 m)
Recommended needle size: US 8 / 5 mm
Gauge: 4" x 4" / 10 x 10 cm = 17 sts x 22 rows
Care: Hand Wash, cold max 30°C / 86F. Dry Flat / Feltable (See more)

Made in: EU

This yarn has an Oeko-Tex® certification (certificate number 25.3.0099), Standard 100, Class I. This means that it has been tested and found completely free from harmful chemicals and that it is safe for human use. Class I is the highest level, and it means the yarn is suitable for baby articles (ages 0-3).

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Stores selling this yarn online

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

Check here if your local store has it in stock.

2.75 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
2.75 USD
Wool Warehouse Direct Ltd
2.75 USD

Check here if your local store has it in stock.

33 Colours in DROPS Alaska

off white
uni colour 02
pearl white
uni colour 69
pearl grey
mix 63
light grey
mix 03
mix 04
dark grey
mix 05
dark brown
mix 50
light brown
mix 49
mix 55
uni colour 61
uni colour 68
mix 66
uni colour 70
uni colour 58
uni colour 59
uni colour 60
uni colour 10
dark red
uni colour 11
mix 67
ruby red
uni colour 53
grey pink
mix 40
mix 54
denim blue
uni colour 57
dark blue
uni colour 37
navy blue
uni colour 12
midnight blue
uni colour 15
dark turquoise
uni colour 52
mix 62
sage green
mix 65
north sea
mix 64
light olive
uni colour 45
uni colour 51
uni colour 06
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.

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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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Needles: 5.00 mm
Before: 17 sts x 22 rows
After: 24 sts x 38 rows

Read more about felting here

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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 (158)

country flag Christel wrote:

Bonjour, J'adore les couleurs vives et lumineuses de vos laines. Pensez-vous bientôt proposer à nouveau le coloris "rouge rubis 53" qui est magnifique ! Merci d'avance, cordialement, Christel

06.05.2022 - 16:03:

DROPS Design answered:

Bonjour Christel et merci pour votre retour, votre requête a été transmise et enregistrée. Merci. Bon tricot!

06.05.2022 kl. 16:15:

country flag Annegrete Kampmann wrote:

Jeg vil gerne bestille garn til model X-214b str. L, samt X-214 str. L. Jeg kan ikke finde bestillingsmulighed. vh Annegrete

05.05.2022 - 17:04:

DROPS Design answered:

Hej Annegrethe, jo inde på opskriften klikker du på knappen hvor der står bestil og så er det bare at vælge farve og antal nøgler :)

06.05.2022 kl. 14:28:

country flag Nadja Kostow wrote:

Hejsa, jeg håber i kan hjælpe mig. Jeg har forsøgt at købe Alaska 55 - Beige meleret og kid slik 12 Beige, men jeg synes ikke de passer så godt, kid silken er for lys - ved i hvilke farver der passer bedst af Alaska og Kid silk? 😄 Tak på forhånd

02.04.2022 - 09:15:

DROPS Design answered:

Hei Nadja. Fargevalg er vanskelig å gi, da det er ganske så personlig. Vil du at fargene skal gå ton-i-ton, eller få en litt melert effekt. F.eks så er DROPS Alaska farge nr. 55 melert, da vil DROPS Kid-Silk nr. 12 gå ton-i-ton med den lys fargen i Alaska 55, men bli for lys for den mørke fargen. For at du skal bli 100% fornøyd anbefaler jeg deg å se fargene fysisk sammen i en butikk før du bestemmer deg. mvh DROPS Design

04.04.2022 kl. 09:00:

country flag Louise Egede wrote:

Gerne bestil drops Alaska nr:49\r\n8 stk\r\n0.6 sort 4 stk\r\n\r\nVenlig hilsen Louise egede

03.03.2022 - 23:56:

country flag Laura Ferrero wrote:

Buongiorno,\r\ndovrei fare un cappottino da donna. il filato Alaska potrebbe andare bene?\r\ngrazie mille\r\nlaura Ferrero

11.02.2022 - 09:24:

DROPS Design answered:

Buonasera Laura, si, il filato Alaska va bene per un cappottino. Buon lavoro!

14.02.2022 kl. 19:12:

country flag Gail wrote:

Is Drops Alaska yarn itchy. I found a sweater pattern that suggests this yarn but it’s for my 5 yr old granddaughter and I want to make sure it is not itchy. Appreciate your help.

09.02.2022 - 20:51:

DROPS Design answered:

Dear Gail, please contact your DROPS store for any individual assistance choosing the best matching yarn, they will help you even per mail or telephone. Happy knitting!

10.02.2022 kl. 09:36:

country flag Joke De Vries wrote:

Ik heb interesse in patroon School Run Spencer. 228-35. Ik heb het gedownload, maar als ik het afdruk dan wordt de tekening en het telpatroon niet afgedrukt.

08.02.2022 - 21:19:

DROPS Design answered:

Dag Joke,

Dat zou normaliter niet moeten gebeuren, misschien lukt het als je het patroon herlaadt en misschien is het ook nodig om even naar je printinstellingen te kijken?

13.02.2022 kl. 10:24:

country flag Luana Fernandes wrote:

Hello do you deliver to Malta pls?

03.02.2022 - 15:21:

DROPS Design answered:

Dear Mrs Fernandes, you will find the list of DROPS stores shipping worldwide here, don't hesitate to contact them for any further information. Happy knitting!

03.02.2022 kl. 16:35:

country flag SHERRY GILLIES wrote:

Luv yr patterns but I am Australian and have trouble with needle sizes and yarn ply. Tell me are yr patterns using US size needles or mm every time and if in mm are we able to use a wool that is suited to mm eg: 8 ply wool use 4mm needles. Thanks for your help

03.02.2022 - 11:50:

DROPS Design answered:

Dear Mrs Gillies, you can edit the yarn page into US-english by choosing the language USA and edit the language of the patterns into US-English/inch - or find conversion chart here. For any further assitance, you can write your DROPS store - see the list of DROPS stores shipping worldwide here. Happy knitting!

03.02.2022 kl. 16:34:

country flag Jill Carnelid wrote:

Känns ullgarnet stickit som viss ull kan kännas?

02.02.2022 - 11:39:

DROPS Design answered:

Hei Jill. Om ullgarn stikker eller ikke er ganske personlig og vanskelig å gi et 100% riktig svar til deg. Personlig syns jeg det ikke stikker slik mange andre ullkvaliteter. mvh DROPS Design

07.02.2022 kl. 09:11:

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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