DROPS Cotton Merino

A superwash yarn for all seasons!

Content: 50% Wool, 50% Cotton
Yarn Group: B (20 - 22 stitches) / 8 ply / DK / worsted
Weight/length: 50 g = approx 110 m
Recommended needle size: 4 mm
Knitting tension: 10 x 10 cm = 21 sts x 28 rows
Machine wash on gentle cycle 40°C / Don’t use fabric softener / Dry Flat

DROPS Cotton Merino is a combination of extra fine merino and long cotton fibers. We have chosen not to card the merino wool and the cotton together, which highlights each of the fibers properties in a better way, while at the same time allows to achieve more vibrant colors and textures. And as in all our merino yarns, the merino wool originates from free-range animals in South America.

Made from many thin strands spun together, which give the yarn roundness and elasticity, it is especially suitable for cable, structure and moss patterns. This special construction makes it extra important to treat the garment right: make sure that you knit with the correct tension and rather use a tight tension than loose. Don't wash your garment too warm, never leave it to soak and let the garment dry flat.

Very pleasant to work with, DROPS Cotton Merino provides comfortable garments with clear and regular stitches. The wool is superwash treated and very gentle on the skin, which makes it suitable for baby and children clothing.

Made in EU

This yarn has an Oeko-Tex® certification (certificate number 25.3.0016), 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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3.06 GBP

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
Knitted Home
3.06 GBP
The Novello Wool Shop
Godstone, Surrey
3.06 GBP
3.19 GBP
Purple Sheep Yarns
3.20 GBP
Cotton Pod
3.40 GBP
Laughing Hens
3.40 GBP
The Needle Works Ltd
3.40 GBP
Wool Warehouse Direct Ltd
3.40 GBP

Check here if your local store has it in stock.

27 Colours in DROPS Cotton Merino

off white
uni colour 01
uni colour 28
light grey
uni colour 20
medium grey
uni colour 18
uni colour 19
uni colour 02
uni colour 03
uni colour 17
uni colour 15
uni colour 25
uni colour 07
uni colour 06
uni colour 14#
uni colour 13#
powder pink
uni colour 05
uni colour 04
uni colour 21#
uni colour 23
uni colour 08
jeans blue
uni colour 16
ice blue
uni colour 09
uni colour 24
storm blue
uni colour 26
sea green
uni colour 29
forest green
uni colour 11
dark green
uni colour 22
uni colour 10
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

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

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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 Kid-Silk 07, light sky blue + DROPS Cotton Merino 09, ice blue

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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 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 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.

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).

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)

Jutta Urban 17.02.2021 - 20:11:

Wieviel Gramm brauche ich für einen Raglan Pullover in Größe 42 sowie einen Raglan Pullover Gr. 42 im Halb Patent gestrickt? Wolle Drops Merino Cotton

DROPS Design 18.02.2021 kl. 10:07:

Liebe Frau Urban, je nach Schnitt, Maschenprobe, etc.. kann es unterschiedlich sein - hier finden Sie alle unsere Pullover im Cotton Merino gestrickt -und hier finden Sie, alle Pullover die mit einem Garn von der Garngruppe B - wie Cotton Merino gestrickt sind - benutzen Sie den Garnumrechner um die neue Menge kalkulieren zu lassen. Viel Spaß beim stricken!

Ritu Mehrotra 16.02.2021 - 18:47:

Can you please confirm if the colors listed below for cotton Merino match brushed alpaca silk: Black Red Dark/Forest green Mustard Rust Bordeaux

DROPS Design 17.02.2021 kl. 09:10:

Dear Mrs Mehrotra, for any assistance choosing matching colour, please contact your DROPS store, even per mail or telephone, they will be able to assist you. Happy knitting!

Sara 11.02.2021 - 18:52:

Bonjour, Est il possible d'avoir le numéro de label oeko-tex svp ? Nous n'arrivons pas à le vérifier sur oeko-tex.com. Nous voulons simplement la validation pour être certaines et l'écrire sur le site ! Merci !

Jacotte Tricote 08.02.2021 - 00:15:

Bonjour , il est spécifié que ce fil coton-mérino est certifié Oeko-Tex standard 100 , alors pourquoi cela ne figure pas sur l'étiquette de la pelote ? Dans l'attente de votre retour , Nous sommes une entreprise de confections de tricots et nous accordons beaucoup d'importance à ce label pour le respect de la peau des bébés. Merci pour votre retour, Jacotte Tricote

DROPS Design 08.02.2021 kl. 12:52:

Bonjour Jacotte Tricote, le numéro de certification de nos fils figure sous le nuancier, et pas sur les étiquettes des pelotes (en cas de modification, le numéro serait mis à jour sur notre site). Rendez-vous sur oeko-tex.com pour plus d'infos si besoin. Bon tricot!

Brigitte Boß 02.02.2021 - 16:37:

Hallo ich brauche ein leichtes Garn Habe mir ein Oberteil gestrickt mit reiner Baumwolle ist viel zu schwer. Wie finde ich da das Richtige

DROPS Design 03.02.2021 kl. 09:48:

Liebe Frau Boß, hier finden Sie alle unsere Garne, die Sie nach zusammensetzung filtern können. Gerne wird Ihnen auch Ihr DROPS Laden damit helfen, das richtige Garn zu finden (auch telefonisch oder per E-Mail). Viel Spaß beim stricken!

Hilde Smenes 31.01.2021 - 09:32:

Strikket meg Cortina i cerise av dette garnet. Det rosa farger av på det hvite. Genseren ble vasket på 40 g finvask. Veldig synd når sånt skjer. Vet jeg har kjøpt garnet på nett, men finner d ikke igjen. Hadde tenkt å klage. Det har jo kostet både tid og penger. Ellers liker jeg godt å strikke av dette garnet

DROPS Design 01.02.2021 kl. 08:06:

Hei Hilde. Det var veldig kjedelig å høre og utrolig leit når man vet hvor mye arbeid man legger ned i et strikketøy. Har ikke fått andre tilbakemeldiger på dette. Kan plagget ha blitt liggende i bløt i maskingen en kort tid? Selv om du har kjøpt garnet over nett, vil jeg anbefale deg å kontakte nett butikken du kjøpe garnet hos og da oppgi farge og partinr. mvh DROPS design

Hilde Smenes 31.01.2021 - 09:26:

Dette garnet er veldig godt å strikke med synes jeg. Har strikket flere babyplagg sv dette. Strikka meg Cortinagenser i cerise. Vasket på 40 finvask. Rosa farget av på d hvite😢

Manuela 15.01.2021 - 04:26:

Kann man diese wolle immer nachkaufen und wieviel bräuchte ich für gr.54 an Knäuel für pullover mit muster

DROPS Design 15.01.2021 kl. 07:48:

Liebe Manuela, ja diese Wolle ist immer verfügbar, hier finden Sie die unterschiedlichen Modellen, die Sie mit DROPS Cotton Merino stricken können - je nach Schnitt und Maschenprobe wird die Garnmenge unterschiedlich sein. Hier finden Sie die Liste von den DROPS Händlern in Deutschland. Viel Spaß beim stricken!

Diane Barley 04.01.2021 - 21:14:

Good morning, do you ship to New Zealand and if so can you please tell me your freight costs? And do you have a currency conversion option for New Zealand on your Website? Also are you experiencing delays in processing etc? Many thanks Diane

DROPS Design 05.01.2021 kl. 14:05:

Dear Mrs Barley, please find the list of DROPS Stores shipping worldwide here. Happy knitting!

MARTY 04.01.2021 - 15:24:

Je désire tricoter le modèle Summer's Waltz avec de la laine DROPS Merino Extra Fine couleur N° 24 Turquoise que je désire vous commander. Lorsque j'achète ou je me tricote un pull je sélectionne la taille 38/40 combien de pelotes dois-je acheter et quelle taille correspond le 38/40. Merci, Mme MARTY Christiane

DROPS Design 05.01.2021 kl. 14:04:

Bonjour Mme Marty, les quantités sont toujours indiquées au poids dans l'en-tête du modèle, par ex pour ce modèle, il faut en taille S: 600 g DROPS Merino Extra Fine/50 g = 12 pelotes en S - en M: 650 g /50 g = 13 pelotes en M, etc... Vous trouverez ici comment choisir votre taille. Bon tricot!

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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