DROPS Baby Merino

Superwash treated extra fine merino wool

  • Product image yarn BabyMerino
  • Product image yarn BabyMerino
  • Product image yarn BabyMerino
  • Product image yarn BabyMerino
  • Product image yarn BabyMerino
  • Product image yarn BabyMerino
  • Product image yarn BabyMerino

DROPS Baby Merino is a 100% extra fine merino wool yarn that's super soft, breathes well and is itch free - perfectly suited for delicate baby skin. Cable spun and constructed from multiple thin strands, DROPS Baby Merino gives neat, even stitches, resulting in garments with extra elasticity. It’s this special construction that makes it important to use the correct tension in your project, so use a tight tension rather than a loose one.

DROPS Baby Merino is spun from fibers from free-range, mulesing free animals from South America and is Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certified. The yarn is also superwash treated and therefore machine washable and suitable for everyday use; but when washing your garments you must be extra careful and follow closely the care instructions.

Product information

Content: 100% Wool
Yarn Group: A (23 - 26 stitches) / 5 ply / sport
Weight/yardage: 1.8 oz (50 g) = approx 191 yds (175 m)
Recommended needle size: US 2,5 / 3 mm
Gauge: 4" x 4" / 10 x 10 cm = 24 sts x 32 rows
Care: Machine wash on gentle cycle warm 40°C / 104F. Don’t use fabric softener. Dry Flat (See more)

Made in: EU

This yarn has an Oeko-Tex® certification (certificate number 25.3.0110), 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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Purple Sheep Yarns
4.20 USD
Wool Warehouse Direct Ltd
4.20 USD

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4.20 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
4.20 USD
Wool Warehouse Direct Ltd
4.20 USD

Check here if your local store has it in stock.

45 Colours in DROPS Baby Merino

uni colour 01
off white
uni colour 02
light grey
mix 22
mix 19
dark grey
mix 20
uni colour 52
mix 17
light beige
mix 23
light yellow
uni colour 03
uni colour 04
uni colour 45
uni colour 36
uni colour 16
uni colour 51
uni colour 46
mix 48
desert rose
mix 49
uni colour 44
light pink
uni colour 05
powder pink
uni colour 54
light old pink
uni colour 26
old pink
uni colour 27
uni colour 07
uni colour 08
uni colour 41
uni colour 34
mix 40
purple orchid
mix 39
uni colour 14
uni colour 25
light sky blue
uni colour 24
light lavender
mix 37
electric blue
uni colour 33
uni colour 30
navy blue
uni colour 13
uni colour 42
ice blue
uni colour 11
uni colour 53
light sea green
uni colour 43
light turquoise
uni colour 10
uni colour 32
north sea
uni colour 47
sage green
mix 50
mix 38
uni colour 21
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

Machine wash on gentle cycle warm 40°C / 104F. Don’t use fabric softener. Dry Flat

DROPS Baby Merino is a Superwash treated yarn, which means it should be washed in the machine, using a gentle cycle program. That being said, there are a few more tips that are extremely relevant when it comes to caring for this yarn:

  • Follow the washing instructions provided on the yarn label and in the shade card for the yarn.
  • Wash merino wool in a 40C/104F degrees / gentle cycle program.
  • Wash separately, using lots of water.
  • Use a small amount of wool detergent (without enzymes and optical brighteners).
  • NEVER use fabric softener (the wool fibers become too soft and can slide apart).
  • NEVER leave to soak!
  • NEVER leave garments wet in the washing machine for a long period of time!
  • NEVER hang to dry, instead dry the garments shaped on a flat surface.

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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.

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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 (423)

country flag IngMarie Håkansson wrote:

Hej ! Finns garnet Drops Baby Merino Mix? 20kr per 50 gr. Mvh

25.05.2022 - 16:17:

DROPS Design answered:

Hej IngMarie, Om du tycker på knappen "Beställ" så kommer du vidare till den återförsäljare som säljer garnet till det priset och där ser du vilka färger som finns. Mvh DROPS Design

27.05.2022 kl. 14:23:

country flag Majbritt Ritter wrote:

Hej er jeg heldig at i har et eller 2 nøgler, baby merino uni colour, colour 02 Dyelot 63971 Mvh

09.05.2022 - 18:22:

DROPS Design answered:

Hej Majbritt, skriv dit spørgsmål ind på DROPS Workshop på Facebook, her er man ofte heldig med at andre DROPS entusiaster kan hjælpe :)

11.05.2022 kl. 08:28:

country flag Lotte Veber wrote:

Jeg er ved at sende to nye strikdesigns, strikket i baby merino, til teststrikning, i den forbindelse vil jeg høre om jeg kan få rabat på garnet, da det jo er det garn, jeg anbefaler i mine opskrifter? Har I evt. et garn alternativ, der er økologisk? I kan se flere af mine designs på instagram : designogstrik mvh Lotte Veber

09.05.2022 - 11:14:

DROPS Design answered:

Hej Lotte, du laver nogle rigtig søde modeller :) Hvis du går ind på farvekortet og klikker på bestil: DROPS BabyMerino så kan du se hvor du kan købe garnet til en fantastisk god rabat :)

17.05.2022 kl. 09:19:

country flag Lilja Astvaldsdottir wrote:

I am knitting a sweater with Drops Baby wool mic nr 48. The DYELOT is 88699. I need one more of the Yarn? Do you have it? I am form Iceland, but I my son lives in Norway, so he could pick it up or have it sent to his address in Oslo.

03.05.2022 - 12:30:

DROPS Design answered:

Dear Mrs Astvaldsdottir, you will find a list of DROPS Stores in Iceland here they might be able to help you - or you can maybe ask other knitters in our DROPS Workshop. Happy knitting!

03.05.2022 kl. 16:31:

country flag Nidia wrote:

Where can I buy Baby Merino yarn in Mexico?

02.05.2022 - 17:23:

DROPS Design answered:

Dear Nidia, you will find the list of DROPS stores shipping worldwide here. Do not hesitate to visit their website for any further information. Happy knitting!

03.05.2022 kl. 11:02:

country flag Lilja Astvaldsdottir wrote:

I am looking for Drops Baby Merino mix 48. Dyelot 88699. I need two, do you have it?

02.05.2022 - 17:21:

DROPS Design answered:

Dear Mrs Astvaldsdottir, you are welcome to contact your favorite DROPS store or any other in your country to ask them for this dyelot - you can even try asking other customers in our DROPS Workshop. Happy knitting!

03.05.2022 kl. 11:02:

country flag Daiga wrote:

Hello! What was happened with light beige 23 yarn from dyelot 36357? It is much thinner than previously, I knit to order and my buyers love this color, but now is problem with this yarn, because, I need to recalculate all of my often used patterns, so I need to use smaller needles. And it is impossible combine this light beige with other colors, because of tension. I love this yarn, but now I'm very disappointed... Will this problem be solved someday?

28.04.2022 - 13:19:

DROPS Design answered:

Dear Daiga, we are sorry to hear that you have some issues with one of our yarn, please contact your DROPS store so that they can forward us all informations. Thanks for your comprehension. Happy knitting!

28.04.2022 kl. 13:45:

country flag Susanne Gregersen wrote:

Jeg ville rigtig gerne strikke jeres Lemon Cross bolero i baby merino, men kan ikke finde ud af at omregne. Hvor mange nøgler, tråde og pinde? Kan I hjælpe?

24.04.2022 - 13:28:

DROPS Design answered:

Hei Susanne. Boleroen Lemon Cross i DROPS 170-5 er strikket i DROPS Muskat (tilhører garngrupp B), som er et tykkere garn enn DROPS Baby Merino (tilhører garngruppe A). Om du ønsker å bytte ut DROPS Muskat, må du velge et annet garn i samme garngruppe, f.eks DROPS Merino Extra Fine eller Cotton Merino. Ikke fra garngruppe A. Om du bruker vår garn omregner og fyller inn garnmengden på Muskat i den str. du strikker vil garnalternativ og garnmengde komme opp. Pinne str. må du velge ut fra hva du får med den oppgitte strikkefasthetten i oppskriften. mvh DROPS Design

25.04.2022 kl. 07:31:

country flag Sam wrote:

I was wondering id the off white color is undyed? If not, do DROPS yarn have an undyed wool available?

22.04.2022 - 14:32:

DROPS Design answered:

Dear Sam, Baby Merino off white is dyed, but DROPS Puna colour 02, beige natural mix is undyed. Happy knitting!

25.04.2022 kl. 11:57:

country flag Chantal Ducharme wrote:

Bonjour. J’ai acheté de là Drop baby merino. Sur l’étiquette c’est écrit de ne jamais laisser tremper. Si je veux bloquer mon pull est ce que je peux le laisser tremper un peu? Et pour le lavage à la main c’est écrit sur le savon Eucalan de laisser tremper 15 minutes… J’aimerais savoir ce que je dois faire alors merci pour votre réponse.

22.04.2022 - 13:52:

DROPS Design answered:

Bonjour Mme Ducharme, DROPS Baby Merino est traitée superwash, et peut ainsi être lavée en machine, en sélectionnant un programme dit "délicat". Retrouvez d'autres conseils sur l'entretien notamment des laines mérinos ici, votre magasin saura également vous renseigner, même par mail ou téléphone. Bon tricot!

22.04.2022 kl. 14:05:

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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