The perfect every day yarn!

Content: 65% Wool, 35% Alpaca
Yarn Group: C (16 - 19 stitches) / 10 ply / aran / worsted
Weight/yardage: 1.8 oz (50 g) = approx 82 yds (75 m)
Recommended needle size: US 8 / 5 mm
Gauge: 4" x 4" / 10 x 10 cm = 17 sts x 22 rows
Hand Wash, cold max 30°C / 86F. Dry Flat / Feltable

DROPS Nepal is a lovely, chunky and luxurious yarn spun in 35% superfine alpaca and 65% Peruvian Highland wool, a mix that accentuates the softness of alpaca while the wool contributes to the garments’ shape stability. Both fibers are untreated, which means that they are only washed and not exposed to any chemical treatment prior to the dyeing. This highlights the fibers’ natural properties, providing also a better shape and texture qualities.

Spun from 3 strands, which gives an exciting and rustic stitch definition, DROPS Nepal is an easily knitted/crocheted quality which is also ideal for felting, resulting in garments that have an even and soft surface.

DROPS Nepal contains mixed colours, this means the wool is manufactured by carding the colours together before spinning, which gives it a mixed effect.

Made in Peru

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3.90 USD

Stores selling this yarn online

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Store name Online price
Wool Warehouse Direct Ltd
3.90 USD

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4.10 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
4.10 USD

Check here if your local store has it in stock.

Colours in DROPS Nepal (40)

uni colour 1101
off white
uni colour 0100
light grey
mix 0500
mix 0501
medium grey
mix 0517
dark grey
mix 0506
medium brown
mix 0612
mix 0618
mix 0300
light beige
mix 0206
uni colour 2923
mix 2920
deep red
uni colour 3608
uni colour 3620
uni colour 8909
raspberry rose
uni colour 8910
uni colour 6273
mix 8912
medium pink
uni colour 3720
powder pink
uni colour 3112
uni colour 4311
mix 4434
dark purple
uni colour 4399
navy blue
uni colour 1709
royal blue
uni colour 6790
denim blue
uni colour 6314
medium blue
uni colour 6220
uni colour 8783
light blue
mix 8913
grey green
uni colour 7139
sea blue
uni colour 8911
aqua blue
uni colour 8908
light grey green
uni colour 7120
mix 8907
deep ocean
mix 8905
mix 8906
mix 7238
light olive
uni colour 8038
uni colour 1477
uni colour 8903
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

Hand Wash, cold max 30°C / 86F. Dry Flat

See the washing symbols explanation

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Thinking about felting this yarn?

See how this yarn looks before and after felting:


Needles: 5.00 mm
Before: 17 sts x 23 rows
After: 24 sts x 38 rows

Read more about felting here

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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 (132)

Cathy Pace 07.04.2020 - 15:17:

Wool Warehouse is NOT currently shipping to US.

Maciej 02.04.2020 - 18:32:

Dzień dobry, Moja narzeczona szydełkowała używając wełny drops nepal colour 1101 dyelot 433223 niestety zużyła zapas jaki posiadała, a jej praca nie została skończona. Dopóki nie znajdę tej wełny to moje życie będzie koszmarem, błagam o pomoc !!!.

DROPS Design 07.04.2020 kl. 06:31:

Witaj Macieju! Najpierw radzę skontaktować się z naszymi sklepami, lista jest na stronie. Jeżeli okaże się, że nie mają już tej partii to może inne dziewiarki pomogą - na facebooku jest nasza grupa Drops Workshop i tam można zapytać, czy jeszcze ktoś w swoich zapasach ją posiada. Koniecznie zamieście zdjęcie tego dzieła, nawet jak nie jest zakończone, jesteśmy bardzo ciekawi :) Powodzenia!

Caty Chatelaine 31.03.2020 - 00:26:

Ce n'est qu'une suggestion qui serait utile et éviterait de reposer toujours peut-être la ou les mêmes question(s). Ce serait plaisant d'avoir un lien de recherche avec mot(s) clé(s) et le choix de langue(s) pour trouver une note qui pourrait nous aider. Il y a plusieurs langues et énormément de questions et commentaires. Il est difficile de trouver peut-être une réponse convenable à notre question. Merci :)

Caty Chatelaine 31.03.2020 - 00:19:

Bonjour, J'ai tricoté des mitaines avec la laine Drops Nepal qui selon les notes, elle peut être feutrée. Je les ai tricoté plus grand que prévu pour objectif de les feutrer et arriver à ma taille. Comment puis-je faire pour les feutrer jusqu'à ma taille ? Puis-je avoir la réponse ici et sur ma page facebook pour être certaine de la voir ? Merci à l'avance pour votre réponse

DROPS Design 31.03.2020 kl. 10:40:

Bonjour Mme Chatelaine, vous trouverez en bas de page quelques informations sur le feutrage - et encore plus de détails ici. Les dimensions après feutrage dépendent de votre échantillon, tension, machine etc... Si vous n'avez pas de modèle, il vous faut faire différents essais au préalable. Bon tricot!

Yu-Ting Huang 11.03.2020 - 11:15:

Hi , Can yo uplease tell me the color codes, from left to right, on the picture of the 3 balls with brown shades? I found the middle one very pretty and would like to purchaze it.

DROPS Design 12.03.2020 kl. 11:00:

Dear Mrs Yu-Ting Huang, here are the colours (from the left towards the right: medium brown mix 0612 - light beige mix 0206 - beige mix 0300. Happy knitting!

Mareike 12.02.2020 - 16:05:

Hallo zusammen, mein Sohn wünscht sich einen neuen selbstgestrickten Pullover. Bisher habe ich Merinowolle berwendet und es gab keine Klagen in Sachen kratzen. Wie sind eure Erfahrungen ist die Schurwolle durch die Alpacafsern so weich, dass es auch von Kinder getragen werden kann ohne, dass es am Hals kratzt? Herzlichen Dank und schöne Grüße Mareike

DROPS Design 13.02.2020 kl. 12:22:

Liebe Mareike, am besten wenden Sie sich an Ihrem DROPS Laden auf, gerne hilft man Ihnen dort weiter und persönnlicher. Viel Spaß beim stricken!

Laura Cogoy 10.02.2020 - 12:20:

Hello! I am desperately looking for a particular dyelot of a DROPS NEPAL yarn since I have baught the yarn quite some time ago and now that I have started working the garment I realized I am short of the main color. Is it possible to verify if you still have some left. The Yarn in question is NEPAL color: 0206 dyelot: 199297 Thank you very much Laura Cogoy

DROPS Design 11.02.2020 kl. 09:49:

Dear Mrs Cogoy, please contact the different DROPS stores shipping to your country to ask the about this dyelot - you can also ask other customers through our DROPS Workshop. Good luck!

Nahielly 31.01.2020 - 23:23:

Hej, Jag beställde Nepal uni 3608. Men den är inte djup röd. Har lyst upp den med olika lampor och den är mer hallonrosa än djup röd. På färgkartan på olika skärmar ser den mörkröd. Ska det vara så eller är det ngt fel med just det partiet? 7E4295. Tacksam för svar. Mvh

DROPS Design 03.02.2020 kl. 09:49:

Hei Nahielly. Beklager at ikke forventningene dine til dyp rød i Nepal ikke er det du mener dyp rød skal være, men vi kan ikke se at det er noen feil med partiet. Fargen på våre skjermer matcher med hvordan fargen skal se ut. mvh DROPS design

Ingun 29.01.2020 - 14:22:

Jeg både ser og kjenner at Nepal-garnet er blitt endret, det er tynnere og hardere enn før. Absolutt ikke et godt garn å jobbe med lenger. Det ferdige produktet blir heller ikke så mykt som før, og det blir tynnere. Veldig synd, det er et garn jeg har brukt mye, men nå er det slutt.

Sue Hayward 23.12.2019 - 15:58:

Question Hi, I'm 2/3 through knitting an aran jacket and stupidly didn't check the yardage required so I'm 12 balls short. Is it possible to advise me which of your suppliers you sold Drops Nepal Colour 1101 Dyelot 433223 to so that I can try to source some more ? Than you

DROPS Design 02.01.2020 kl. 16:34:

Dear Mrs Hayward, please contact your DROPS store or any DROPS store shipping to your country - and even ask for more assistance in our DROPS Workshop. Happy knitting!

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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