Superwash treated sock wool

Content: 75% Wool, 25% Polyamide
Yarn Group: A (23 - 26 stitches) / 4 ply / fingering
Weight/yardage: 1.8 oz (50 g) = approx 224 yds (205 m)
Recommended needle size: US 2,5 / 3 mm
Gauge: 4" x 4" / 10 x 10 cm = 24 sts x 32 rows
Machine wash on gentle cycle warm 40°C / 104F. Don’t use fabric softener. Dry Flat

Hard wearing as only a sock yarn can be, DROPS Fabel is a 4 stranded yarn and is superwash treated, which makes it machine washable and easy to care for. Compared to regular sock yarns, DROPS Fabel is spun in a softer wool quality, which makes it an amazing all-round yarn, suitable for far more than socks - try it for baby garments!

With one of the largest colour charts in the DROPS assortment, DROPS Fabel is available in 3 different types of shades: uni colour, a selection of solid colours; print, where each shade is made of various colours that repeat regularly and long print, similar to print colours but with longer repetitions of each colour.

Both print and long print colours in DROPS Fabel are produced with a method called “fancy dyeing” that differs from other methods in that each dye lot has small variations in both pattern and nuance. This is not an error, but an element of the yarn’s character.

Keep in mind that the knitted colour samples displayed below show the pattern you get when you knit with a fewer amount of stitches, as on socks. If you make a wider piece, the pattern will look different. As with all jacquard-prints there may be differences in colour shades and pattern within the same dye lot.

Made in EU

This yarn has an Oeko-Tex® certification (certificate number 25.3.0099), 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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3.20 USD

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Store name Online price
Wool Warehouse Direct Ltd
3.20 USD

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3.35 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
Wool Warehouse Direct Ltd
3.35 USD

Check here if your local store has it in stock.

3.75 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
Wool Warehouse Direct Ltd
3.75 USD

Check here if your local store has it in stock.

Colours in DROPS Fabel (49)

print 903
print 153
print 310
print 672#
red chili
print 159
print 911
pink dream
print 161
print 904
berry dreams
print 330
print 677
print 914
print 522
blue lagoon
print 340
blue sea
print 162
print 901
sea mist
print 910
print 151
print 542
soft chocolate
print 912
salt and pepper
print 905
print 913
rose mist
long print 623
wooden rose
long print 655
ocean view
long print 604
long print 650
long print 651
silver fox
long print 602
grand canyon
long print 916#
deep ocean
long print 917
emerald city
long print 918
off white
uni colour 100
light pearl grey
uni colour 114
light grey
uni colour 115
uni colour 200
uni colour 101
uni colour 300
uni colour 111
uni colour 110
uni colour 106
dark pink
uni colour 109
uni colour 102
ruby red
uni colour 113
uni colour 104
uni colour 107
royal blue
uni colour 108
grey blue
uni colour 103
uni colour 105
apple green
uni colour 112
uni colour 400
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 warm 40°C / 104F. 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.

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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 (166)

Joanna 18.01.2020 - 11:43:

Zrobiłam z Fabel 677 chustę: druty 3,5; 6 motków; długość ramion 220 cm, wysokość chusty 110. Robótka jest miękka, przyjemna, chusta bardzo ciepła mimo, że cienka. Przyznam, że zakochałam się w tej włóczce, już mam nowe pomysły...

DROPS Design 27.03.2020 kl. 16:27:

Witaj Joasiu! Cudownie, czekamy na kolejne dzieła, którymi musisz się z nami koniecznie podzielić na naszej grupie na facebooku DROPS Workshop. Pozdrawiamy!

Sarah Turnbull 03.01.2020 - 07:07:

I ordered colourway 905, salt and pepper, and was disappointed to find that it has a green undertone. The light areas of the colourway are greenish grey. I really expected this to be in shades of black, grey and off white. I looked at many project photos and the photo here on your website. I know computer monitors vary, but none of them show this as a green toned colourway. Can you advise whether this colourway is supposed to be green toned?

DROPS Design 03.01.2020 kl. 10:31:

Dear Mrs Turnbull, we are sorry to hear this, please contact your DROPS Store for any further information/complaint. Happy knitting!

GERMAIN-ROBIN IVY 10.12.2019 - 15:11:

Bonjour, J'apprécie beaucoup vos laines. Déjà plusieurs dizaines de paires de chaussettes tricotées. Comment dois je m'y prendre pour faire parfaitement coïncider le début de mes 2 pelotes afin d'avoir des chaussettes rigoureusement identiques. Sur certains coloris francs, je peux dévider assez loin mais sur d'autres, difficile de voir. Merci

DROPS Design 11.12.2019 kl. 09:00:

Bonjour Mme Germain-Robin Ivy et merci pour votre fidélité; les longueurs imprimées peuvent varier entre chaque pelote, même d'un bain identique, ce sont les caractéristiques de Fabel, ce qui peut donner une différence visuelle entre deux pelotes. Bon tricot!

Bellanger 25.11.2019 - 21:23:

Bonsoir ! Quelle quantité préconisée pour un pull femme taille L ? Je tricote sans modèle et suis tentée par vos laines. Merci à vous

DROPS Design 26.11.2019 kl. 09:59:

Bonjour Mme Bellanger, tout va dépendre de votre tension, de la forme souhaitée etc.... vous trouverez tous nos modèles de pulls en Fabel ici et là, tous ceux du groupe A où vous pouvez également utiliser Fabel. Vous trouverez ici plus d'infos sur les alternatives. Bon tricot!

Petra Tegtmeyer 11.08.2019 - 22:20:

Ich stricke gerade MixUp - Socken mit der Fabel und bin enttäuscht. Alle drei bis jetzt verarbeiteten Farben fachen sich auf, fühlen sich gegenüber dem bisher verarbeiteten Garn dünn und kratzig an. Da ich immer versuche, örtliche Geschäfte statt Internet zu unterstützen, war ich froh, Sockenwolle im Geschäft zu finden und habe mich mit vielen „fabelhaften“ Farben eingedeckt. Ich habe bereits früher Drops verarbeitet und war zufrieden ... Wollige Grüße, Petra

Pepper Thompson 10.08.2019 - 12:05:

I would like to knit the Dancing On The Dock blanket.Do you have any suggested substitutions for shade 521Blue/Brown which appears to be discontinued. Many Thanks

DROPS Design 12.08.2019 kl. 09:44:

Dear Mrs Thompson, for any help finding the best matching colour, please contact your DROPS store, even per mail or telephone. Happy knitting!

Elizabeth Manson 10.05.2019 - 01:55:

How come you don't ship to New Zealand. Do you sell through other websites that ship here?

DROPS Design 10.05.2019 kl. 09:31:

Dear Mrs Manson, you will find DROPS stores shipping worldwide here. Happy knitting!

Berit Wolff 04.04.2019 - 20:53:

Er lige blevet færdig med “Evighedstæppet” og skal nu til at vaske det. Det er med lidt bævrende hjerte, for er så bange for, at nogen af de stærke farver, skal smitte af på det hvide bla. Jeg har købt nogen specielle servietter, der skulle tage overskudsfarven men bør jeg ud over det ligge det i blød i eddike vand?

DROPS Design 03.05.2019 kl. 14:23:

Hej Berit, Nej du bør ikke lade uld ligge i blød. Følg vaskeanvisningen som står både på farvekortet og på banderolen. Vask tæppet separat i uldvaskemiddel, så skal det nok blive fint. God fornøjelse!

Teresa Nolasco 21.03.2019 - 13:44:

Procuro fios para planned pooling. Este é adequado ou têm outros? Obrigada

DROPS Design 13.11.2019 kl. 10:07:

Os fios de planned pooling têm um tingimento específico e mesmo assim podem não surtir o efeito desejado. O Fabel é um fio para meias com lindíssimas cores matizadas que criam efeitos fantásticos. Basta ver aqui uma selecção de modelos: https://www.garnstudio.com/search.php?action=browse&y=72&lang=pt

Claudia 13.03.2019 - 09:23:

Hallo, ich habe Fabel schon oft verstrickt. Ist geplant, dass es dieses Garn auch mal sechsfädig gibt oder gibt es eine Alternative dazu? Viele Grüße

DROPS Design 13.03.2019 kl. 12:13:

Liebe Claudia, wir haben zur Zeit nichts vor, aber danke für Ihren Vorschlag. Viel Spaß beim stricken!

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