DROPS Alpaca Bouclé

Soft, light and full of loops!

Content: 80% Alpaca, 15% Wool, 5% Polyamide
Yarn Group: C (16 - 19 stitches) / 10 ply / aran / worsted
Weight/yardage: 1.8 oz (50 g) = approx 153 yds (140 m)
Recommended needle size: US 8 / 5 mm
Gauge: 4" x 4" / 10 x 10 cm = 17 sts x 22 rows
Hand Wash, cold max 30°C / 86F. Dry Flat / Feltable

DROPS Alpaca Bouclé is a lovely effect yarn spun in superfine alpaca. Its fibers are untreated, which means that they are 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.

“Bouclé” is the French word for a loop and it refers to the number of small loops of pure alpaca that give the ball its characteristic look and that enhance the softness of the fiber. Spun from 2 strands, the core is a blend of wool and nylon that help give the yarn strength. Garments made in DROPS Alpaca Bouclé are light and fluffy.

DROPS Alpaca Bouclé contains some mixed colours, this means the wool is manufactured by carding the colours together before spinning, which gives it a mix effect.

Made in Peru

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5.20 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
5.20 USD
Wool Warehouse Direct Ltd
5.20 USD

Check here if your local store has it in stock.

5.20 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
5.20 USD
Wool Warehouse Direct Ltd
5.20 USD

Check here if your local store has it in stock.

Colours in DROPS Alpaca Bouclé (10)

off white
uni colour 0100
light beige
mix 2020
mix 0602
light grey
mix 5110
mix 0517
dark grey
mix 0506
light pink
uni colour 3125
light old pink
uni colour 3250
light ocean green
uni colour 7402
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.

DROPS Alpaca Bouclé 0100, off white + DROPS Brushed Alpaca Silk 12, powder pink

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: 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 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 (68)

Hilde Stang 25.08.2020 - 00:04:

Når får dere inn mer av dette garnet i fargen "natur" på lageret?

DROPS Design 25.08.2020 kl. 11:33:

Hej Hilde. Den finns nu på lager hos oss. Mvh DROPS Design

ELLEN Haas 23.08.2020 - 18:06:

I want to order 4 off white and 3 black how do i place order

DROPS Design 24.08.2020 kl. 09:32:

Dear Mrs Haas, please find here the list of DROPS stores shipping to USA. Happy knitting!

Steffie 09.06.2020 - 17:01:

Dear DROPS, I read that your alpaca wool comes from Peru. Can you maybe tell me more about where the wool comes from (preferably which farm), how the animals are treated and what the yarn making process is when you make that yarn with alpaca wool? Thank you so much, Steffie.

DROPS Design 10.06.2020 kl. 06:43:

Dear Steffie, 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. 

Sophie Cooper 21.05.2020 - 12:50:

Dear Sir/Madam I’m interested in using your yarns - primarily Drops Puna and Drops Alpaca Boucle for toy making purposes. To do this I need to prove compliance for EN71-3, do you have any certification that I could use in my technical file to prove this? Many thanks, Sophie

DROPS Design 22.05.2020 kl. 10:38:

Dear Mrs Cooper, some of our yarns (not Alpaca Bouclé nor Puna) are certifed Oeko-Tex (you can then find the certification number on the shadecard), but we do not have further certifications. Happy knitting!

Rachel McGreevy 08.05.2020 - 17:14:

Has this wool been tested to the en71-3 standards?

DROPS Design 11.05.2020 kl. 11:30:

Dear Mrs McGreevy, no sorry, it hasn't been. Happy knitting!

Josiane C 04.05.2020 - 16:13:

Bonjour,\r\n(je voulais vous envoyer en MP, mais je ne trouve pas votre email)\r\nje suis du Canada, et le seul magasin qui livre est situé en Grande-Bretagne.\r\nLe hic, c\'est que lorsque vous faites un solde sur une laine, eux ne le font pas. J\'adore ce fil, j\'allais en commander 600g, ainsi que d\'autres laines, mais avec le taux de change, la livraison, et les frais de douane à l\'arrivée... sans le rabais, ouf, ça fait cher la pelote!

DROPS Design 05.05.2020 kl. 11:49:

Bonjour Josiane C., vous pouvez contacter Nordic Yarn, notre distributeur au Canada qui saura vous donner la liste des magasins DROPS dans votre pays; ou bien vous adresser aux magasins DROPS qui expédient au Canada. Bon tricot!

Kerstin Bartel 21.04.2020 - 12:38:

Alpaca Bouclé...kann diese Wolle dazu benutzt werden um eine Decke für‘s Baby zu stricken? Meine strick-unerfahrene Freundin wird Oma und strickt nur rechte Maschen und möchte eine Wolle in dieser Art haben, so man ggf den einen oder anderen Fehler nicht gleich sieht. Und weich soll die Decke sein. Ist das die richtige Wolle dafür?

DROPS Design 23.04.2020 kl. 10:27:

Liebe Frau Bartel, am besten wenden Sie sich an Ihrem DROPS Laden, sie werden für Sie das beste passende DROPS Garn empfehlen. Viel Spaß beim stricken!

Mary 29.12.2019 - 06:26:

Please update to more fashionable colors! All of the natural grays are of course beautiful but the pinks are from the 1980s. I buy the white to dye good sophisticated solids myself. But you already have in your lines dark purple, dark petrol, dark green, and light olive--all fashionable colors that would look so great in alpaca boucle!

Bente Danielsen 29.11.2019 - 18:43:

Et nydelig garn. Litt vanskelig å strikke med i starten, men etterhvert er det supert, spesielt når du får se resultatet. Simpelthen elsker det!

Denean 24.11.2019 - 07:27:

Can you tell me if the polyamide in these yarns is natural or synthetic? Thanks :-)

DROPS Design 25.11.2019 kl. 14:52:

Dear Mrs Denean, polyamid is synthetic; we use here polyamid for the core giving the yarn strength. 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!

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