DROPS BabyAlpaca Silk

A wonderful mix of baby alpaca and mulberry silk

  • Product image yarn BabyAlpacaSilk
  • Product image yarn BabyAlpacaSilk
  • Product image yarn BabyAlpacaSilk
  • Product image yarn BabyAlpacaSilk
  • Product image yarn BabyAlpacaSilk
  • Product image yarn BabyAlpacaSilk

Content: 70% Alpaca, 30% Silk
Yarn Group: A (23 - 26 stitches) / 5 ply / sport
Weight/length: 50 g = approx 167 m
Recommended needle size: 3,5 mm
Knitting tension: 10 x 10 cm = 23 sts x 30 rows
Hand Wash, max 30°C / Dry Flat

DROPS BabyAlpaca Silk is spun from 3 strands in a combination of the best of two wonderful fibers, being a mix of 70% baby alpaca (for the softness) and 30% mulberry silk (for strength and glossy shine). The yarn fibers are untreated, which means 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.

DROPS BabyAlpaca Silk is great for baby garments. It is soft against the skin, cooling when hot and warm when cold.

Made in Peru

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DROPS BABYALPACA SILK UNI COLOUR
4.10 GBP
3.69 GBP

Stores selling this yarn online

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The Novello Wool Shop
Godstone, Surrey
3.69 GBP
50g
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Knitted Home
London
3.69 GBP
50g
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LindeHobby
Webstore
3.85 GBP
50g
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Purple Sheep Yarns
Webstore
3.85 GBP
50g
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Cotton Pod
Webstore
4.10 GBP
50g
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Damsel In This Dress Ltd
Webstore
4.10 GBP
50g
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Ewe and Ply
Webstore
4.10 GBP
50g
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Stitched Up!
Webstore
4.10 GBP
50g
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The Knitters Attic
Webstore
4.10 GBP
50g
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The Needle Works Ltd
Webstore
4.10 GBP
50g
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Wool Warehouse Direct Ltd
Webstore
4.10 GBP
50g
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Wool Zone
Webstore
4.10 GBP
50g
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Yarn and good company
Webstore
4.10 GBP
50g
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Check here if your local store has it in stock.

20 Colours in DROPS BabyAlpaca Silk

white
uni colour 1101
off white
uni colour 0100
light yellow
uni colour 2110
powder
uni colour 1306
light grey
uni colour 8108
medium grey
uni colour 8465
light grey purple
uni colour 1760
light pink
uni colour 3125
light old pink
uni colour 3250
heather
uni colour 4088
grey purple
uni colour 4314
blue purple
uni colour 6347#
navy blue
uni colour 6935
grey blue
uni colour 6235
ice blue
uni colour 8112
light sea green
uni colour 7402
pistachio
uni colour 7219
green
uni colour 7820
red
uni colour 3609
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?

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Hand Wash, max 30°C / Dry Flat

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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 offer 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 it's 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 come 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. These fibers are used mostly to give strength to a yarn (like our sock yarn, DROPS Fabel) or a special kind of structure (like our blown yarn, DROPS Air).

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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.

Compared to polyester, polyamide is softer and more flexible, but it also absorbs more water and dries slower.

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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.

The reason why the microns in a yarn’s fibers are important is that the yarn will eventually become something else, and how delicate or coarse a yarn is will determine in part what we use it for. That’s why we recommend the softest yarns (like DROPS Baby Merino) for baby clothing, or why we choose to use a more hard wear yarn like DROPS Snow, for a seating pad or slipper.

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12) Why are the colours 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 colour 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 colour I want, what can I do?

If your DROPS store doesn’t have the yarn colour you want, try contacting a DROPS Super Store (the ones with the golden badges) - they will make sure to get a hold of the colour 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 colour?

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 (193)

country flag Eva 14.05.2021 - 18:20:

When will Drops Lace yarn be available again? Best wishes

country flag Judy 16.04.2021 - 17:12:

When worked up does this have a sheen to it? How would a sweater look different knitted with Baby Alpaca Silk vs pure Alpaca? I know one is Sport and one DK. Thanks for answering all my questions about this yarn.

user icon DROPS Design 18.04.2021 kl. 23:42:

Dear Judy, the thicknes of both yarn is 167 meters/ 50 grams, somewhere between DK and sport-weight, maybe leaning toward sport more. Baby Alpaca Silk is smoother, and shinier, whilc Alpaca is fuzzier, having more halo. For thickness both can be used intechangeably (though the finished project will have a different look). Happy Knitting!

country flag Judy 16.04.2021 - 16:44:

Does the Baby Alpaca Silk knit up a less fuzzy fabric than the pure Alpaca? Have less of a halo?

user icon DROPS Design 18.04.2021 kl. 23:39:

Dear Judy, yes, the Baby Alpaca Silk is definely less fuzzy than pure alpaca, and harly has any halo. Happy Crafting!

country flag Judy Szydlo 16.04.2021 - 15:42:

Can you tell me what the silk does when added to the alpaca? How is this yarn different from one that is 100% alpaca? Does it stretch less when blocked? Can it be wet blocked? And if knit a rib pattern can wet blocking flatten out the ribs if I want that?

user icon DROPS Design 18.04.2021 kl. 23:45:

Dear Judy, the thicknes of both yarn is 167 meters/ 50 grams, somewhere between DK and sport-weight, maybe leaning toward sport more. Baby Alpaca Silk is smoother, and shinier, whilc Alpaca is fuzzier, having more halo. Baby Alpaca Silk has a bit of more drape, and both can be blocked very nicely. If you want to really flatten the ribbing, then knit more stitches of ribbing and then decrease in the first row after ribbing, that way it will be easier to block it flat. Happy Knitting!

country flag Lucia Baumann 28.03.2021 - 13:18:

Bonjour,j’aimerais commander la laine merino et j’arrive pas!!

country flag Walter Mack 26.03.2021 - 09:39:

Wieviel garn brauche ich für einen pullover gr. 40, hüftlang mfg. i. mack

country flag Jutta Petersen-Böhm 21.03.2021 - 10:19:

Hallo, kann ich eine Farbkarte zu diesem Garn erhalten? Oder mir verschiedene Farben bestellen und die nicht gewünschten umtauschen?

user icon DROPS Design 22.03.2021 kl. 10:49:

Liebe Frau Petersen-Böhm, Farbkarte wird nur online zu sehen, wenn Sie Hilfe mit Farben brauchen, wird Ihnen Ihr DROPS Händler gerne damit helfen, auch telefonisch oder per E-Mail. Viel Spaß beim stricken!

country flag Solveig Bächli-Johnske 18.03.2021 - 09:14:

Für eine normale Strickjacke langen 450gr. von Drops Baby Alpaca Silk? Diese habe ich im Internet gekauft, muss ich schnell noch nachbestellen? Grösse 42/44

user icon DROPS Design 18.03.2021 kl. 10:17:

Liebe Frau Bächli-Johnske, je nach Maschenprobe, Muster, Schnitt usw, wird die Garnmenge unterschiedlich sein; hier finden Sie alle Anleitungen für Jacke in Baby Alpaca Silk und hier die jenigen, die mit Baby Alpaca Silk gestrickt werden können - benutzen Sie den Garnumrechner - gerne können Sie auch je nach Maschenprobe filtern. Viel Spaß beim stricken!

country flag Светлана Йорданова 28.02.2021 - 11:23:

Why do not have ordered to Bulgaria?

user icon DROPS Design 28.02.2021 kl. 16:18:

Dear Svetlana, we don't have any shops in Bulgaria, but you can check out the stores that ship worldwide in the following link: https://www.garnstudio.com/findastore.php?s=w&cid=19

country flag Katia Garcia Ger 25.02.2021 - 02:38:

Donde las encuentro en México.

user icon DROPS Design 28.02.2021 kl. 16:21:

Hola Katia, no tenemos tiendas DROPS en México. Puedes consultar las tiendas con envío internacional en el siguiente link: https://www.garnstudio.com/findastore.php?s=w&cid=23

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