Superwash treated sock wool



per 1.8 oz

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

Made in: EU

This yarn has an Oeko-Tex® certification (certificate number 25.3.0099), Standard 100, Class I from the INNOVATEXT TEXTILE ENGINEERING AND TESTING, HUNGARY. This means that is has been tested for harmful substances and is considered safe in human-ecological terms. Class I is the highest level, and it means the yarn is suitable for baby articles (ages 0-3).

Yarn type
Deals from
uni colour
2.65 USD

Stores selling this yarn online

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Store name Price
Purple Sheep Yarns
2.65 USD
Wool Warehouse Direct Ltd
2.65 USD

Check here if your local store has it in stock.

2.75 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 Price
Purple Sheep Yarns
2.75 USD
Wool Warehouse Direct Ltd
2.75 USD

Check here if your local store has it in stock.

long print
3.00 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 Price
Purple Sheep Yarns
3.00 USD
Wool Warehouse Direct Ltd
3.00 USD

Check here if your local store has it in stock.

48 Colours in DROPS Fabel

print 153
print 310
print 911
pink dream
print 161
unicorn party
print 921
country fair
print 923
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
fantasy land
print 920
fruit patch
print 922
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
silver fox
long print 602
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

Product information

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.

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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.

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

See the washing symbols explanation

Read more about washing yarn

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!

Want to get a closer look?

Take a closer look at the yarn and see how a knitted sample looks in this video:

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 Fabel 623, rose mist + DROPS Brushed Alpaca Silk 1, off white
DROPS Fabel 542, green + DROPS Brushed Alpaca Silk 1, off white
DROPS Fabel 917, deep ocean + DROPS Brushed Alpaca Silk 13, denim blue
DROPS Fabel 903, yellow/pink + DROPS Brushed Alpaca Silk 19, curry
DROPS Fabel 330, berry dreams + DROPS Brushed Alpaca Silk 10, violet

Do you have a question about this yarn?

See a list of frequently asked questions (FAQ) about our yarns.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.
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.

Comments / Questions (296)

country flag Dominique Lang wrote:

Ich möchte Ihre Jacke 151-44 Oseberg mit dem Garn nachstricken. Bei der Auswahl der Farbe bin ich mir nicht ganz sicher - auf einem der Fotos auf der Garnseite, sind zwei Knäul in grün print und uni grün abgebildet - das Print-Garn dürfte 151 guacamole sein, aber welches unifarbene Garn ist das, 112 apfelgrün? Falls das nicht stimmt, welches unifarbene Garn könnte ich damit für die Jacke kombinieren? Vielen Dank!

08.01.2023 - 11:07:

DROPS Design answered:

Liebe Frau Lang, für jede Hilfe bei der Auswahl der richtigen passenden Farben, wenden Sie sich bitte direkt an Ihrem DROPS Händler, dort wird man Ihnen am besten - auch per Telefon oder per E-Mail weiterhelfen. Danke im voraus für Ihr Verständnis. Viel Spaß beim stricken!

09.01.2023 kl. 12:09:

country flag Katie W wrote:

Hi! I was wondering if you had any advice about blocking a jumper that’s been knitted with Fabel? I’ve read on Ravelry that others who have used it have found that when they block their project it grows quite considerably. My jumper is already quite boxy and I don’t want to ruin it! Thanks 😊

22.12.2022 - 17:25:

DROPS Design answered:

Dear Katie W, you can just wash it and let it dry flat to the finished measurements - follow wash instructions on the label and find more tips here. Your store might have even more tips for you that they will share even per mail or telephone. Happy knitting!

23.12.2022 kl. 09:16:

country flag Alison Chapman wrote:

Half way through knitting the second sock of a pair only to find a join in the yarn ruining the pattern…grrr.. Hugely frustrating and disappointing. What am I supposed to do? 😭

22.11.2022 - 21:30:

country flag Mitsy Rae wrote:

Please tell me why Drops Fabel sock yarn washing instructions say "Do not use fabric softener"? What happens when fabric softener is used on socks knit from Drops Fabel? Thank you.

21.10.2022 - 15:59:

DROPS Design answered:

Dear Mrs Rae, you shouldn't use fabric softener at all on any wool yarns. For wool it is recommended to use detergent that is meant for wool. So no fabric softener at all on wool yarns. Fabric softener destroys the wool fibres and ruins the shape stability. Happy knitting!

21.10.2022 kl. 16:41:

country flag Rigmor Helen Grøttjord wrote:

Hei,jeg skal strikke sokker 143-33 og tenkte bruke fargen som står oppgitt ,820 karneval,men kan ikke finne den i fargekartet.Har den fått nytt navn eller er en gått ut

19.10.2022 - 17:45:

country flag Inger Ahlberg wrote:

Köpt garnet och mönster drops fa-276. Stämmer inte alls. Blir otroligt stora och håller inte alls vad där står Otroligt besviken då jag skulle sticka 5 par. Vill gärna veta hur ni ställer er till detta.

28.07.2022 - 11:45:

country flag Tohvri Anne wrote:

Kuidas tellida? Sooviks A soki lõnga lillat 20tk hinnaga 1.75 oli vist nii.

25.07.2022 - 21:08:

country flag Nina wrote:

Hallo. Gibt es für die Fabel eine Sockentabelle, damit man bei Eigenkreationen die richtige Größe strickt? Vielen Dank.

25.07.2022 - 16:23:

DROPS Design answered:

Liebe Nina, Es gibt keine Sockentabelle, aber Sie können mit Fable ein Muster für Socken überprüfen und es als Richtlinie verwenden. Zum Beispiel dieses hier: https://www.garnstudio.com/pattern.php?id=10694&cid=19

31.07.2022 kl. 23:06:

country flag Foulon Catherine wrote:

J'adore cette laine ni trop épaisse ni trop fine j'ai réalisé mes premières chaussettes avec ce fil ainsi qu'une écharpe avec les reste de laine j'aimerais plus de couleurs en coloris unis

08.07.2022 - 16:59:

country flag Marianne Midtgaard wrote:

Ved bruk av dette garnet i sokker holder du deg varm på føttene og det er enkelt å vaske.

03.07.2022 - 11:39:

country flag Anette Kirkegaard wrote:

Er farven: salt/peber nr 900 udgået af fabel? Alternativer?

27.06.2022 - 15:54:

DROPS Design answered:

Hei Anette. Farge 900 har vi ikke, men farge 905 Salt & Pepper har vi fremdeles i DROPS Fabel. For lignende farger, ta en titt på farge nr. 913 vinter og farge nr. 602 sølvrev (men denne er longprint). mvh DROPS Design

04.07.2022 kl. 09:36:

country flag Anne Rehrmann wrote:

Hallo,ich habe gerade 2Muster gestrickt für die Anleitung fa-456. Mit 3,5 mm habe ich 28 Maschen und 36 Reihen, bei 4,5 mm habe ich die passenden Maschen, aber zu locker. Was nun? Ich möchte diesen Pulli stricken!\r\nLiebe Grüsse Anne Rehrmann

26.06.2022 - 21:20:

DROPS Design answered:

Liebe Frau Rehrmann, Sie können vielleicht zuerst Ihre erste Maschenprobe blocken/spannen und mal schauen ob es hilft oder nicht. Manchmal kann auch das Material von Nadeln die Maschenprobe ändern, versuchen Sie mit anderen Nadeln - Ihr DROPS Laden hat sicher noch weitere Tipps für Sie. Viel Spaß beim stricken!

27.06.2022 kl. 09:30:

country flag Nelly Hilton wrote:

I want to crochet SKY LOVE in 4 ply cotton How to adjust the pattern

17.06.2022 - 07:02:

DROPS Design answered:

Dear Mrs Hilton, we are unfortunately not able to adjust every pattern to every single request, you can recalculate depending on your own tension - feel free to request help from you yarn store or any knitting forum. Thanks for your comprehension. Happy crocheting!

17.06.2022 kl. 08:19:

country flag Pamela Mawbey wrote:

Where or how can i buy your yarns in Australia?

12.06.2022 - 18:44:

DROPS Design answered:

Dear Mrs Mawbey, you will find the list of DROPS Stores shipping to Australia here. Happy knitting!

13.06.2022 kl. 12:14:

country flag Ewa Brith Carlen Löberg wrote:

Jag undrar varför ni slutat med färg 672 i Fabel, älskar den färgen och saknar den väldigt mycket

10.06.2022 - 17:53:

DROPS Design answered:

Hei. Ewa Birth. Ja, det var en veldig flott farge. Det var ikke nok salg/etterspørslene på denne fargen, og da utgår den dessverre. mvh DROPS Design

13.06.2022 kl. 08:04:

country flag Esther wrote:

Should you start knitting from the outside or the inside of the ball of yard ?

09.06.2022 - 03:42:

DROPS Design answered:

Dear Esther, there might be different school of starting balls, some rather take the yarn from the outside while other rather the yarn from the inside. Happy knitting!

09.06.2022 kl. 08:46:

country flag Sandra Gray wrote:

Hi, Do you ship to Australia? I looked at 'Fabel' but could not see how to order on line.

01.06.2022 - 09:41:

DROPS Design answered:

Dear Mrs Gray, sure, you will find the list of DROPS Stores shipping worldwide here - visit their webiste and feel free to contact them for any further information. Happy knitting!

02.06.2022 kl. 09:04:

country flag Marilyn Shaw wrote:

I want the Fable wool in Carnival number 820

13.05.2022 - 17:23:

DROPS Design answered:

Dear Marilyn, unfortunately, this color has been discontinued, so it may not be available at any store. You can contact stores in the UK to see if they have any stock left; here is a list of DROPS shops that ship to the UK: https://www.garnstudio.com/findastore.php?id=19&cid=19

15.05.2022 kl. 22:28:

country flag Marilyn Shaw wrote:

I have a pattern for Fabel sock yarn in Carnival but can't find the yarn please help

13.05.2022 - 13:54:

DROPS Design answered:

Dear Mrs Shaw, this colour is now discontinued, please feel free to contact your DROPS store for any assistance choosing an alternative. Happy knitting!

13.05.2022 kl. 15:02:

country flag Marie wrote:

Jag blir så ledsen. Stickade strumpor i fabel. Båda 2 nystanen tog jag inifrån o fick ändå randningen åt olika håll??? Nu stickar jag i annan färg o försöker göra dem lika...vad händer då...jo mitt i är det en Knut och det mörkblåapartiet försvann o blev helt plötsligt turkos. Har gjort mer än halva sockorna. Blir så besviken o förbannad. Så kan man inte göra!!!!

05.04.2022 - 09:50:

country flag A Snowden wrote:

When will the new Fabel shades 920- 923 be available in the UK, please?

31.03.2022 - 15:03:

DROPS Design answered:

Dear Mrs Snowden, please contact your favorite DROPS store, they will be able to let you know when they are expecting these new colours. Happy knitting!

31.03.2022 kl. 15:35:

country flag Marian Ericson wrote:

Can we order yarn from the U.S. ? What are the shipping charges?

25.03.2022 - 18:22:

DROPS Design answered:

Dear Marian, you can find the DROPS stores that ship to the US at the following link: https://www.garnstudio.com/findastore.php?id=17&cid=19

26.03.2022 kl. 19:11:

country flag Annie Schönberg Axelsson wrote:

Hej, jag undrar om de nya färgerna, drops fabel print nr 920 och 922 kommer att kunna köpas någonstans? Ingen garnbutik verkar ha dem.\r\nMvh Annie Schönverg Axelsson

24.03.2022 - 12:40:

DROPS Design answered:

Hej Annie. Du kan köpa de hos t.ex. Yll & tyll. Mvh DROPS Design

25.03.2022 kl. 13:49:

country flag Liz McClelland wrote:

When making socks, is there an easy way to ensure they are both the same re the colour and find the right place to start the second one ?

14.03.2022 - 18:51:

DROPS Design answered:

Dear Mrs McClelland, this might not be systematically possible and it is due to the Fancy dyeing - read more in the description of the yarn above. Happy knitting!

15.03.2022 kl. 10:45:

country flag Anita Rozier wrote:

How can I order from you? Went into your side, but it won't let me order.

11.03.2022 - 23:58:

DROPS Design answered:

Dear Anita, you can order our yarns from our DROPS stores. You can find a list of retailers that ship to the US here: https://www.garnstudio.com/findastore.php?id=17&cid=19

13.03.2022 kl. 22:07:

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