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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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
3.10 GBP
3.19 GBP
Cotton Pod
3.40 GBP
Laughing Hens
3.40 GBP
3.40 GBP
Purple Sheep Yarns
3.40 GBP
The Needle Works Ltd
3.40 GBP
The Novello Wool Shop
3.40 GBP
Wool Warehouse Direct Ltd
3.40 GBP

Check here if your local store has it in stock.

Colours in DROPS Cotton Merino (27)

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

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 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.

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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 (155)

Carina Hermansson Wahl 27.05.2020 - 14:21:

För mönster nr 159-29 (damtröja) föreslås garn Dops Muskat. Kan man använda Drops Cotton Merino istället?

Neuville 22.05.2020 - 21:40:

Quelle quantité prévoir pour un pull femme à torsades en 44 Manches longues. Merci

DROPS Design 25.05.2020 kl. 13:28:

Bonjour Mme Neuville, tout va dépendre de l'échantillon, de la forme, du motif (point) etc... vous trouverez ici différents modèles du groupe de fils B (utilisez le convertisseur si besoin) avec différents motifs torsadés pour vous donner une idée. Bon tricot!

Coraline 20.05.2020 - 02:45:

Bonjour , c’est ma première fois que je tricote avec cette Laine et je ne sais pas si c’est normal mais elle Se détend beaucoup . Je commence un ouvrage et au fur et à mesure l’ouvrage se détend... j’avais essaye de faire drops 164-14 mais en essayant le travail j’ai remarqué qu’il était plus grand à chaque essai. Et j’ai compris que c’était la laine qui s’agrandissait à chaque mouvement . Comment cela se fait il ?

DROPS Design 20.05.2020 kl. 07:34:

Bonjour Coraline, tricotez votre échantillon, lavez-le et faites le sécher, vérifiez à nouveau vos mesures et ajustez la taille des aiguilles si besoin. Si vous respectez bien votre échantillon, vous devriez avoir les bonnes mesures finales comme dans le schéma. N'hésitez pas à contacter votre magasin DROPS pour toute assistance personnalisée. Bon tricot!

Sonya Galland 19.05.2020 - 23:59:

I have purchased drops extra fine merino, colour 29. Purchased 9 and so far in two I’ve used there was 3 joins in one ball and two joins in another ball. I’ve never had this before and it’s very frustrating.

Sally 17.05.2020 - 04:15:

This pattern is incomprehensible as translated into American English your Drops Cotton Merino. I purchased your Drops Cotton Merino for this project. please send better instructions. pattern on line doesn\'t have chart M.4 I need you help!

DROPS Design 19.05.2020 kl. 08:33:

Dear Sally, could you please ask your question in the "comments/questions" section of the pattern you are working on? Thanks for your comprehension!

Blyth Nielsen 15.05.2020 - 22:15:


DROPS Design 18.05.2020 kl. 08:52:

Hi Blyth. You find the price on the site (4.30 USD ). Happy knitting!

Bellion Beatrice 15.05.2020 - 16:39:

Bonjour; j'ai acheté ce fil chez kalidou couleur naturel . J'avais déjà acheté ce fil en 2017 pour faire une couverture pour ma petite fille . J'ai repris ce même fil pour refaire une couverture pour ma deuxième petite qui arrive en août. je suis très déçu la couleur est blanc sale voir gris alors que l'autre était couleur naturel avec un aspect jaune éclatant comme la baby merino naturel

DROPS Design 19.05.2020 kl. 08:21:

Bonjour Mme Bellion, nous sommes désolés que la couleur ne vous convienne pas, merci de bien vouloir contacter votre magasin, c'est lui qui va réceptionner votre réclamation et nous la transmettre. Bon tricot!

Sarah 01.05.2020 - 13:39:

Hej. Drops cotton merino i rost (25). Det står att den finns i lager hos grossist men jag hittar den inte att köpa någonstans. Hur får jag tag i det garnet?

DROPS Design 04.05.2020 kl. 07:05:

Hei Sarah. Ta kontakt med de ulike butikkene du finner under: Hitta en butikk! DROPS Superstore butikker bør ha fargen, men mulig noen er utsolgt, men da kan du be dem bestille fra hovedlagret. mvh DROPS design

Isabelle Barthes 27.04.2020 - 14:18:

Bonjour Je vais dès que je pourrai passer commande (disponibilité possible du site) pour réaliser un pull (18 mois) dans drop cotton mérino . Mais je ne sais pas de combien de pelotes vais je avoir besoin .??pourriez vous me renseigner ou me donner la ref d'un modèle? Je vous en remercie...Belle journée à vous Isabelle Barthés

DROPS Design 27.04.2020 kl. 16:16:

Bonjour Mme Barthés, vous trouverez ici tous les modèles réalisés en DROPS Cotton Merino - ainsi que la liste des magasins DROPS ici, n'hésitez pas à les contacter pour toute question à propos de leur stock. Bon tricot!

Ranveig Borgestrand 27.04.2020 - 11:09:

Hvorfor har ikke garnbutikken tilbud på dette garnet nå ?

DROPS Design 28.04.2020 kl. 15:55:

Hej Ranveig, vi har ikke nogen fælles aktivitet på det garn i øjeblikket :)

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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