Soft and durable in alpaca, wool and polyamide



per 1.8 oz

Content: 45% Alpaca, 30% Polyamide, 25% Wool
Yarn Group: A (23 - 26 stitches) / 4 ply / fingering
Weight/yardage: 1.8 oz (50 g) = approx 186 yds (170 m)
Recommended needle size: US 2,5 / 3 mm
Gauge: 4" x 4" / 10 x 10 cm = 24 sts x 32 rows
Care: Hand Wash, max 30°C / Dry Flat
Superwash: no

Made in: Peru

This yarn has an Oeko-Tex® certification (certificate number 23.HPE.36896), Standard 100, Class II from the Hohenstein Institute. This means that is has been tested for harmful substances and is considered safe in human-ecological terms. Class II means the yarn is suitable to come in direct contact with the skin to a large extent, such as blouses, shirts, mattresses, etc.

Yarn type
DROPS price
Deals from
uni colour
3.85 USD
3.25 USD

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Store name Price
3.25 USD
Wool Warehouse Direct Ltd
3.85 USD

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4.00 USD
3.25 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
3.25 USD
Wool Warehouse Direct Ltd
4.00 USD

Check here if your local store has it in stock.

27 Colours in DROPS Nord

off white
uni colour 01
pearl grey
mix 03
light grey
mix 04
mix 05
dark grey
mix 06
uni colour 22
uni colour 23
light beige
mix 07
uni colour 28
uni colour 18
mix 11
uni colour 14
brick red
uni colour 21
mix 20
old pink
uni colour 13
light peach
uni colour 27
powder pink
uni colour 12
sweet orchid
uni colour 25
ice blue
uni colour 26
mix 08
jeans blue
uni colour 16
navy blue
uni colour 15
deep ocean
mix 09
mix 10
forest green
uni colour 19
sage green
uni colour 24
uni colour 02

Product information

Spun as a traditional 4-strands sock yarn, DROPS Nord is made in a combination of 45% superfine alpaca (for the softness), 25% wool (for the warm and shape stability) and 30% polyamide (for the strength and durability).

An easy to knit/crochet yarn, that gives clear stitches and that is perfect for warm, everyday garments, like jumpers, socks, hats and gloves, DROPS Nord is part of Yarn Group A and specially good for patterns designed for DROPS Alpaca, DROPS Baby Merino, DROPS Fabel and DROPS Flora.

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How do I care for this yarn?

yarn wash

Hand Wash, max 30°C / Dry Flat

See the washing symbols explanation

Read more about washing yarn

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.

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.

Comments / Questions (100)

country flag Helen wrote:

I'd like to compare blue yarns, but I can't find an option for 'blue' in your colours box, only turquoise, which misses most blues. I tried in Danish too, in case it was just the English site, but no blå offered there either. Please can you help.

18.10.2022 - 17:24:

country flag Tiia Wessman wrote:

Ostin 3kpl Drops Nord lankaa. Niistä yksikään kerä ei avaudu kauniisti, vaan kerän keskellä on lankasotkuja sekä pitkiä solmuja. Käsittämätöntä, että jokaisessa kerässä! Eränro 504687, väri 19. Tänäänkin selvitin sotkua 45min, ja jouduin silti katkaisemaan langan. Odotan yhteydenottoanne,

04.08.2022 - 12:14:

country flag Tiia Wessman wrote:

Ostin 3kpl Drops Nord lankaa. Niistä yksikään kerä ei avaudu kauniisti, vaan kerän keskellä on lankasotkuja sekä pitkiä solmuja. Käsittämätöntä, että jokaisessa kerässä! Eränro 504687, väri 19. Tänäänkin selvitin sotkua 45min, ja jouduin silti katkaisemaan langan. Odotan yhteydenottoanne, Tiia Wessman Suitsikatu 15 a 1 15830 Lahti

04.08.2022 - 12:13:

country flag Nancy Castro wrote:

Estou no Brasil, São Paulo. Gostaria de saber se fazem remessa para cá. Quanto tempo demora, em média.\r\ngostei de algumas lãs e tenho interesse\r\ngrata\r\nNancy

22.06.2022 - 14:36:

country flag Branca Santanna wrote:

Onde vende estes produtos no Brasil

15.06.2022 - 22:58:

country flag MARIA JOSE BREVAL CALA wrote:

Buenas noches Quiero comprar esta lana NORD y no veo quien me la puede enviar, las que he encontrado no estan los colores que necesito, vosotros no podeis enviarme los ovillos que necesito?

02.06.2022 - 20:48:

DROPS Design answered:

Hola Maria Jose, nosotros no envíamos ovillos, esta página es para consultar los patrones y las características de los hilos. Tampoco tenemos información de la disponibilidad en stock del almacén, tienes que ponerte en contacto con las tiendas para que te puedan confirmar el stock de los colores que necesitas. Puedes ver las tiendas con envío a España en el siguiente link: https://www.garnstudio.com/findastore.php?id=23&cid=23

04.06.2022 kl. 16:37:

country flag Marta Sánchez wrote:

Hello! I'm planning a project with Drops Nord 13 (old pink) and I want to pair it with Drop Kid-Silk. I was wondering what Kid-Silk color matches Drops Nord 13 the most? Hope you can help and thank you in advance!

25.05.2022 - 15:16:

DROPS Design answered:

Dear Marta, since Kid-Silk has an old pink color as well this should be the most similar color. However, it's difficult to compare the yarns when looking through a computer screen, with varying brightness and photo quality; and there is a difference between the lots as well. We recommend contacting your usual DROPS store so that they may have the yarn balls in hand and compare them better.

25.05.2022 kl. 20:43:

country flag Jacqueline wrote:

Is er een winkel in de buurt van Alkmaar waar ik drops Nord kan zien en voelen. Geen webshop svp Met vriendelijke groet Jacqueline

05.04.2022 - 12:34:

DROPS Design answered:

Dag Jacqueline,

Via deze link vind je alle fysieke winkels in Nederland. Helaas niet echt in de buurt van Alkmaar. Je kunt vaak wel extra garen bestellen en dan terug sturen. Misschien is dat een optie?

07.04.2022 kl. 23:13:

country flag Micheline wrote:

Bonjour\r\nEst ce que cette laine convient aux bébés naissant?\r\nMerci et bonne journée !\r\nMicheline

10.03.2022 - 14:57:

DROPS Design answered:

Bonjour Micheline, vous pouvez l'utiliser, mais nous préférons DROPS Baby Merino. Bon tricot!

11.03.2022 kl. 10:04:

country flag Monika wrote:

What is the micron count of this yarn (Nord)?

02.03.2022 - 15:06:

DROPS Design answered:

Dear Monika, Nord ist 26 micron. Happy knitting!

04.03.2022 kl. 14:29:

country flag Elina Kurki wrote:

Mistä voin tilata kyseistä lankaa niin että tulee läheiseen postiin? Mitä ovat postikulut? Kiitos. T. Elina

28.02.2022 - 20:48:

DROPS Design answered:

Hei, esim. Tapion kauppa ja Menita ovat nopeita toimittamaan langat. Voit tilata paketin postitse.

07.04.2022 kl. 17:41:

country flag Candee wrote:

Can I order directly online?

21.02.2022 - 16:39:

DROPS Design answered:

Dear Candee, sure, please find the list of DROPS Stores shipping to USA here. Happy knitting!

22.02.2022 kl. 10:04:

country flag Yolande Mercure wrote:

Combien ca me couterait 21 balles de laine de nord avec transport et taxe et tous merci canada

07.01.2022 - 21:47:

DROPS Design answered:

Bonjour Mme Mercure, retrouvez ici tous les magasins DROPS expédiant au Canada, ou bien contactez Nordic Yarn (sur cette même liste) pour avoir celle des magasins DROPS au Canada. Bon tricot!

10.01.2022 kl. 09:45:

country flag Yolande Mercure wrote:

Je commande 21 balles de laine nord combien ca me couterait en canadian et transport imclus merci

07.01.2022 - 21:45:

country flag Lucia wrote:

Salve, sono alla ricerca di un filato 100% polyamide per dei lavori in Crochet in grandi quantità.

22.12.2021 - 22:04:

DROPS Design answered:

Buonasera Lucia, non esistono filati DROPS con il 100 di acrilico, ma i nostri filati hanno tutti un ottimo rapporto qualità/prezzo. Buon lavoro!

26.12.2021 kl. 22:36:

country flag Danielle wrote:

I live in Florida, United States. How do I buy Drops yarn? All of your yarn is beautiful and affordable and I would love to purchase it but I’m having trouble.

20.12.2021 - 19:25:

DROPS Design answered:

Dear Danielle, please find the list of DROPS stores shipping to USA here. Happy knitting!

21.12.2021 kl. 07:42:

country flag Caiin wrote:

Hey, I have recently bought some the drops alpaca yarn for a sweater, it's working great and I love it. I was wondering about how the yarn is made and if the wool is from smaller farms/free range farms. I would like to find out if it is cruelty free wool. Any insight on this would be greatly appreciated. Thank you so much for your time.

15.11.2021 - 01:45:

country flag Paula Ohland wrote:

I would like to make the Chasing Moonlight #049 and would like your help in choosing the two yarns that match. Which of these Kids Silk yarns Old Pink 04 or Light Pink 03 matches best with the following yarns? Nord Old Pink 13 or Powder Pink 12 Flora Pink 21 or Merino Light Pink 05 or Light Old PInk 26? Or please make a suggestion for a pinkish yarn that will match. Thank you for your help.

29.10.2021 - 18:29:

DROPS Design answered:

Dear Paula, you could combinate Kild Silk 04 - Nord 13. Both colours of Baby Merino could be combinated with Kid silk 03, depending on whether you want it unicolor or mixed. You could also combinate Flora Pink with this colour of Kid silk. Since the liking of the combination of colours is different in each person, it's difficult to assess which one would be the best combination. If you have access to a local DROPS store, where you can see each combination of yarns in person, they should be able to help you in making this decission. Happy knitting!

31.10.2021 kl. 19:25:

country flag Susan Olufsen wrote:

How many balls of wool do I need in the primary colour? Do I just need one ball of the other three colours

19.10.2021 - 14:53:

DROPS Design answered:

Dear Mrs Olufsen, you will find the amount of required yarn in grams in the header of the pattern - you can also ask your question under the pattern you want to work so that we can check together. Happy knitting!

20.10.2021 kl. 08:16:

country flag Kelle wrote:

Greetings, I do believe your website could be having browser compatibility problems. Whenever I look at your site in Safari, it looks fine but when opening in IE, it's got some overlapping issues. I merely wanted to provide you with a quick heads up! Apart from that, great website! dq (squareblogs.net)

16.10.2021 - 20:22:

country flag Steve wrote:

Hello, Is the polyamide in this yarn made from natural or artificial sources? Thanks, Steve

13.10.2021 - 12:26:

DROPS Design answered:

Dear Steve, the polyamide is artificial - happy knitting!

14.10.2021 kl. 13:06:

country flag Bossard wrote:

Bonjour Est il possible de tricoter la drop nord avec une machine "singer" merci de me repondre Mme Bossard

28.09.2021 - 14:37:

DROPS Design answered:

Bonjour Mme Bossard, fort probablement car Nord est une laine fine acceptée généralement par les machines, l'idéal est de faire un essai auparavant avant de mieux vous rendre compte. Votre magasin saura peut-être vous aider ou bien n'hésitez pas à consulter un forum machine à tricoter si besoin. Bon tricot!

29.09.2021 kl. 08:05:

country flag Schulz Gisela wrote:

Welche Nadelstärke soll ich nehmen wenn ich die Wolle doppelt verwende

27.09.2021 - 00:15:

DROPS Design answered:

Liebe Frau Schultz, 2 Fäden Garngrupe A = 1 Faden Garngruppe C (siehe hier, dh die Maschenprobe werden ca 16 bis 19 M je nach gewünschte Textur - hier finden Sie alle gestrickten Modellen mit einem Garn der Garngruppe C. Viel Spaß beim stricken!

27.09.2021 kl. 09:22:

country flag BRIGITTE PELGRIMS wrote:

Beste, hoeveel bollen heb ik ongeveer nodig voor een herenpull maat Large van de kwaliteit Drops Nord? alvast bedankt voor uw antwoord. Groetjes Brigitte

23.04.2021 - 08:47:

DROPS Design answered:

Dag Brigitte,

Bekijk deze link voor een lijst met herentruien uit garencategorie A voor een indicatie hoeveel garen je nodig hebt.

26.04.2021 kl. 08:45:

country flag Marilyn wrote:

In your opinion, would doubling NORD create a DK gauge? Thank you.

20.04.2021 - 17:40:

DROPS Design answered:

Dear Marilyn, 2 strands yarn group A (such as Nord) can replace a yarn group C - see this lesson - however, depending on the requested fabric and tension, you might have to check knitting a gauge so that you can be sure if it can work for you or not. Remember your DROPS store will also assist you - even per mail or telephone - choosing the best matching yarn. Happy knitting!

21.04.2021 kl. 08:14:

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