A soft and chunky blend of alpaca and wool



per 3.5 oz

Content: 65% Wool, 35% Alpaca
Yarn Group: E (9 - 11 stitches) / 14 ply / super bulky
Weight/yardage: 3.5 oz (100 g) = approx 98 yds (90 m)
Recommended needle size: US 13 / 9 mm
Gauge: 4" x 4" / 10 x 10 cm = 10 sts x 14 rows
Care: Hand Wash, cold max 30°C / 86F. Dry Flat / Feltable
Superwash: no

Made in: Peru

This yarn has an Oeko-Tex® certification (certificate number 23.HPE.36896), Standard 100, Class II from the Hohenstein Institute. This means that is has been tested for harmful substances and is considered safe in human-ecological terms. Class II means the yarn is suitable to come in direct contact with the skin to a large extent, such as blouses, shirts, mattresses, etc.

DROPS Alpaca Party

30% discount until

Valid until 31.12.2023
Yarn type
DROPS price
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uni colour
6.60 USD
4.60 USD

Stores selling this yarn online

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Store name Price
Wool Warehouse Direct Ltd
4.60 USD
4.60 USD

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6.95 USD
4.85 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 Price
Wool Warehouse Direct Ltd
4.85 USD
4.85 USD

Check here if your local store has it in stock.

24 Colours in DROPS Andes

uni colour 1101
off white
uni colour 0100
uni colour 9022
light grey
mix 9020
mix 9015
dark grey
mix 0519
light beige
mix 0206
mix 0619
uni colour 9021
uni colour 5610
mix 2920
uni colour 3946
powder pink
uni colour 3145
misty rose
mix 4276
gray lilac
uni colour 4010
ice blue
uni colour 8112
quarry grey
uni colour 8465
twilight blue
mix 6343
royal blue
uni colour 6928
navy blue
uni colour 6990
sea green
mix 7130
uni colour 7820
moss green
uni colour 7810
uni colour 8903

Product information

DROPS Andes is spun from 2 strands in the traditional combination of 65% wool and 35% superfine alpaca, giving the yarn a silky surface (from the alpaca fibers) and good shape stability (from the wool). Its natural 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.

Very easy to work with thick needles and hooks and ideal for felting, DROPS Andes is perfect for winter garments, accessories and interior patterns.

Read more about our products' sustainability here

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.

How do I care for this yarn?

yarn wash

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

See the washing symbols explanation

Read more about washing yarn

Thinking about felting this yarn?

See how this yarn looks before and after felting:


Needles: 9.00 mm
Before: 10 sts x 14 rows
After: 13 sts x 26 rows

Read more about felting here

Do you have a question about this yarn?

See a list of frequently asked questions (FAQ) about our yarns.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Comments / Questions (129)

country flag Carina wrote:

Hei! Jeg har strikket et pledd i drops andes. Hvordan bør jeg behandle det før bruk? Jeg tenker da på vasking. Det blir tungt å presse ut alt vannet for hånd før jeg blokker det. Kan det sentrifugeres på full hastighet etter vasking for hånd? Eller må jeg presse ut det jeg klarer å la det tørke flatt?

25.10.2023 - 10:46

DROPS Design answered:

Hej Carina, må du vaske det? Kan du ikke bare hænge det ud? Vi kan ikke garantere at det klarer en centrifugering, så hvis du prøver er det på eget ansvar :)

25.10.2023 kl. 14:50

country flag Nancy Parris wrote:

I tried to place an order which should have been a bit over $16 USD. When I went to check out the total came to over $50 USD. I had to erase all my credit card info but took a screen shot of the actual price. This is confusing to be sure.

03.10.2023 - 20:50

country flag Sabine Schrade wrote:

Hallo, ich habe im Februar 2023 die Drops Andes Wolle gekauft (12 Knäuel), Colour 0519, Dyelot 309875. Leider riecht die Wolle dermaßen unangenehm,beim verstricken ist der Geruch kaum auszuhalten. Man bekommt das Gefühl das der Hals ganz trocken wird und man einen schlechten Geschmack im Mund bekommt. Wird die Wolle chemisch behandelt oder mit einem Mottenmittel versehen? Das hab ich so noch nie erlebt und ich stricke schon 40 Jahre. Geht der Geruch nach dem Waschen weg?

07.03.2023 - 10:28

DROPS Design answered:

Liebe Frau Schrade, es tut uns Leid Ihre Erfahrung zu lesen, bitte wenden Sie sich direkt an den DROPS Laden, wo Sie die Wolle gekauft haben. Danke im voraus für Ihr Verständnis.

07.03.2023 kl. 10:40

country flag Stephanie wrote:

Is de zuid Amerikaanse wol prik wol? Alpaca prikt niet maar de andere wol de zuid Amerikaanse graag meer info over.

18.10.2022 - 16:53

DROPS Design answered:

Dag Stephanie,

Mijn ervaring is dat deze wol niet prikt.

26.10.2022 kl. 19:20

country flag PAOLA wrote:

Buongiorno. dai vs. rivenditori italiani non trovo i nuovi colori CALCARE e MANDORLA. vorrei sapere quando saranno disponibili. grazie

13.09.2022 - 12:03

DROPS Design answered:

Buonasera Paola, deve contattare i singoli rivenditori per le disponibilità. Buon lavoro!

14.09.2022 kl. 19:21

country flag Chere wrote:

Can I purchase from the Garn studio website? If not where can I get it as I am in Australia

20.07.2022 - 12:05

DROPS Design answered:

Dear Chere, this website is dedicated to the patterns, it's not a webshop. You can check out shops that send to Australia at the following link: https://www.garnstudio.com/findastore.php?id=19&w=1&cid=19

20.07.2022 kl. 13:42

country flag Felicity Jones wrote:

Please bring out a purple shade of this yarn again!!!

08.07.2022 - 14:07

country flag Linda wrote:

Goededag, Hoeveel bollen Andes garen heb ik ongeveer nodig om een lange sjaal 30 x 200 cm te breien in een ribpatroon. Mvg Linda

08.07.2022 - 06:40

DROPS Design answered:

Dag Linda,

Het beste kun je een sjaal opzoeken op onze site die ongeveer overeenkomt met wat je voor ogen hebt en dan kijken naar hoeveel garen nodig is voor dat patroon. Eventueel neem je wat extra bollen. Vraag je winkel binnen welke tijd je eventueel overgebleven bollen in kunt leveren.

24.07.2022 kl. 13:19

country flag Sirpa Lepistö wrote:

Hei! Kun en löydä sivuiltanne kohtaa, jossa voisi yleisesti antaa vinkkejä tai palautetta, niin toivottavasti menee perille tätä kautta. Ehdotan ohjeiden hakuehtoihin lisättäväksi, minkä kokokoisella puikolla neulotaan (ja vastaava virkkausohjeisiin). Pyydän vastausta sähköpostilla.

30.01.2022 - 14:57

country flag Tima Priess wrote:

I started a favorites file but I can’t save Andes to it. I hit the heart button and it just asks me to keep starting a favorite s with an email which I’ve already done. Is there a favorites for yarn?

26.01.2022 - 16:41

DROPS Design answered:

Dear Mrs Priess, not yet, but we take your request in consideration, for now you can only favorites patterns and video. Clicking on the heart at the top right of the window will give you the list of your favorites. Happy knitting!

27.01.2022 kl. 09:12

country flag Mette Nielsen wrote:

Hej. har brug for opskrift til Drops andes pind 9 i størrelse 48/50. Brystmål 125/130cm. kan i hjælpe. En cardigan helt almindelig. Rito har henvist til jer. Købt garnet hos rito. Er meget ny i strikke verden. Mvh Mette.

20.01.2022 - 22:24

DROPS Design answered:

Hej Mette. Kanske DROPS 226-44 kunde passa? Eller någon annan av dessa.. Mvh DROPS Design

21.01.2022 kl. 12:05

country flag Karen Van Den Berg wrote:

Hello. I would like to knit a drops scarf pattern but cannot find some of the colours wool suggested: DROPS ANDES van Garnstudio, one of them being: Colour nr. 3755, cherry. Can you advise me as to where I can find/purchase this wool colour? Kind regards, Karen

10.01.2022 - 11:49

DROPS Design answered:

Dear Karen, this color is discontinued; all available colors are shown on this page. Unfortunately, we don't have any information about the stock of discontinued yarns in the different retailers. Happy knitting!

10.01.2022 kl. 19:40

country flag Maria Bonardi wrote:

What number of needles do you suggest using double Andes yarn? I have to work it in seeds stich for a blanket. Thanks for your answer

02.12.2021 - 23:23

DROPS Design answered:

Dear Mrs Bonardi, this will depend on your own tension and on the desired fabric - you can take inspiration from our patterns in Polaris/group F which can replace 2 strands yarn group E such as Andes. Happy knitting!

03.12.2021 kl. 08:55

country flag Lisa Adams wrote:

Is there a supplier in Australia or an online store that delivers to Australia?

02.12.2021 - 13:11

DROPS Design answered:

Dear Mrs Adams, we currently have no DROPS stores in Australia, but you will find the list of DROPS Stores shipping there here. Happy knitting!

03.12.2021 kl. 08:58

country flag Maria Bonardi wrote:

È possibile acquistare direttamente da voi 26 ANDES blu reale e 26 ANDES rosso Natale? I rivenditori che ho contattato in Italia non hanno disponibilità . Grazie

22.11.2021 - 23:52

DROPS Design answered:

Buonasera Maria, i filati DROPS si acquistano direttamente dai rivenditori: provi a contattare i DROPS Superstore che hanno tutte le qualità in tutti i colori. Buon lavoro!

23.11.2021 kl. 18:24

country flag Maria Bonardi wrote:

Hi! How many grams Do I need to make a seed knit stich blanket (120 cm X 160 cm) whith an i-cord edge using ANDES? Thank for the answer.

10.11.2021 - 18:51

DROPS Design answered:

Dear Mrs Bonardi, this will depends on your tension etc.. please find all our patterns for blankets with yarn group E, such as Andes here - you are welcome to contact your DROPS store for any further assistance. Happy knitting!

11.11.2021 kl. 09:20

country flag Emilija Kerpaitė wrote:

We are buying this yarn for production. Could you please specify, which certification do Andes yarn has (as example, OEKO TEX, GOTS, RWS, others). Thank you, Emilija UAB Mezgimo akademija

04.11.2021 - 13:16

DROPS Design answered:

Dear Mrs Kerpaitė, our DROPS Andes has unfortunately not the Oeko-Tex certification, but in the same thickness DROPS Snow does - feel free to contact your DROPS store for any further assistance choosing the right yarn, they will help you even per mail or telephone. Happy knitting!

05.11.2021 kl. 07:18

country flag Dorthe Hermansen wrote:

Er drops garner økologiske fremstillet, eller GOTS certificeret??

28.09.2021 - 11:24

DROPS Design answered:

Hei Dorthe. De fleste av våre kvaliteter produsert i EU har en Oeko-Tex® sertifisering (sertifikat nummeret finner du under hver enkelt kvalitet). Kvaliteter produsert i Peru har samme strenger retningslinjer, men har dog ingen gots sertifisering. mvh DROPS Design

11.10.2021 kl. 09:06

country flag Margarete Hoss wrote:

Märchen Decken häkeln,ich habe mir den Drachen ausgesucht, Super chunky(super bulky) kann ich bei Ihnen bestellen.

10.09.2021 - 14:33

DROPS Design answered:

Liebe Frau Hoss, hier finden Sie die Liste von DROPS Händlern in Deutschland, sicher kann man Ihnen dort - auch telefonisch oder per E-Mail weiterhelfen. Viel Spaß beim stricken!

13.09.2021 kl. 09:35

country flag Olena Riabchun wrote:

Good afternoon! I would like to know the terms of cooperation, I am the author of knitting patterns and I want to knit an oversized shirt-coat from Drops Andes yarn and write a pattern. I am also ready to advertise and popularize yarn for a Russian-speaking audience. I love Drops. If you are interested in my suggestion, please reply to me on instagram @in_love_with_knit or email: rolena.701@ gmail.com Best wishes, Olena

01.08.2021 - 13:55

country flag Kelly wrote:

Is the Andes yarn oeko-tex certified ?

30.05.2021 - 18:22

DROPS Design answered:

Dear Kelly, DROPS Andes is not Oeko-Tex certified. Happy knitting!

31.05.2021 kl. 08:55

country flag Janette Sawden wrote:

I'm trying to get hold of the light grey green Drops Andes yarn and cannot find it in the UK, is it still available?

16.05.2021 - 22:09

DROPS Design answered:

Dear Mrs Sawden, colour 7130, light grey green has now been recalled into sea green - do not hesitate to contact your favorite DROPS store - even per mail or telephone - for any further help choosing a colour. Happy knitting!

17.05.2021 kl. 10:38

country flag Lindy wrote:

Hi Just wondering if you deliver to Australia, I'm guessing you don't as we aren't on the dropdown list. Do you know any stockists in Aust? Cheers Lindy

28.02.2021 - 02:00

DROPS Design answered:

Dear Lindy, you can check the stores that ship worldwide in the following link: https://www.garnstudio.com/findastore.php?s=w&cid=19

28.02.2021 kl. 16:14

country flag Elena wrote:


22.02.2021 - 07:59

country flag Rebekah Troy wrote:

Where is your wool and alpaca wool sourced from?

16.02.2021 - 16:50

DROPS Design answered:

Dear Mrs Troy, you will read more about our yarns here. Happy knitting!

17.02.2021 kl. 09:19

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