DROPS Puna

Pure alpaca softness

Content: 100% Alpaca
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
Hand Wash, cold max 30°C / Dry Flat / Feltable

DROPS Puna is a soft, light and beautifully warm yarn made from 100% superfine alpaca that’s perfect for almost any kind of garment - and that feels wonderful directly on the skin! Made from 4 threads of superfine alpaca, its fibers are untreated, which means they are only washed and not exposed to any chemical treatment. This highlights the fiber’s natural properties, while it also provides a better shape and texture quality.

Available in natural colours and a selection of gorgeous dyed shades - this luxurious yet versatile yarn belongs to Yarn Group B, which makes it perfect to use in designs for both DROPS Karisma and DROPS Merino Extra Fine. And whether you knit or crochet with it, the result will be comfortable, light and wonderful to both see and touch!

Made in Peru

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DROPS PUNA NATURAL
2.50 GBP
2.24 GBP

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LindeHobby
Webstore
2.24 GBP
50g
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Purple Sheep Yarns
Webstore
2.35 GBP
50g
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Always Knitting and Sewing
Webstore
2.50 GBP
50g
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Knitted Home
Webstore
2.50 GBP
50g
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Old Cottage
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2.50 GBP
50g
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Ritohobby
Webstore
2.50 GBP
50g
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The Needle Works Ltd
Webstore
2.50 GBP
50g
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The Novello Wool Shop
Webstore
2.50 GBP
50g
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The Orry Mill
Webstore
2.50 GBP
50g
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The Southsea Stash
Webstore
2.50 GBP
50g
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Wool Warehouse Direct Ltd
Webstore
2.50 GBP
50g
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DROPS PUNA NATURAL MIX
2.50 GBP
2.24 GBP

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Store name Online price
LindeHobby
Webstore
2.24 GBP
50g
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Purple Sheep Yarns
Webstore
2.35 GBP
50g
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Always Knitting and Sewing
Webstore
2.50 GBP
50g
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Knitted Home
Webstore
2.50 GBP
50g
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Old Cottage
Webstore
2.50 GBP
50g
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Ritohobby
Webstore
2.50 GBP
50g
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The Needle Works Ltd
Webstore
2.50 GBP
50g
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The Novello Wool Shop
Webstore
2.50 GBP
50g
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The Orry Mill
Webstore
2.50 GBP
50g
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Wool Warehouse Direct Ltd
Webstore
2.50 GBP
50g
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DROPS PUNA UNI COLOUR
3.10 GBP
2.00 GBP

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Store name Online price
LindeHobby
Webstore
2.00 GBP
50g
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Purple Sheep Yarns
Webstore
2.90 GBP
50g
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Always Knitting and Sewing
Webstore
3.10 GBP
50g
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Knitted Home
Webstore
3.10 GBP
50g
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Old Cottage
Webstore
3.10 GBP
50g
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Ritohobby
Webstore
3.10 GBP
50g
Order
The Novello Wool Shop
Webstore
3.10 GBP
50g
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The Orry Mill
Webstore
3.10 GBP
50g
Order
Wool Warehouse Direct Ltd
Webstore
3.10 GBP
50g
Order

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Colours in DROPS Puna (16)

off white
natural 01
light grey
natural mix 07
grey
natural mix 06
dark grey
natural mix 05
brown
natural mix 03
beige
natural mix 02
taupe
natural mix 04
powder pink
uni colour 09
old pink
uni colour 10
plum
uni colour 11
violet
uni colour 12
navy blue
uni colour 13
jeans blue
uni colour 14
north sea
uni colour 15
grey green
uni colour 16
black
natural mix 08
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 / Dry Flat

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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:
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.

Mohair:
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.

Wool:
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).

Silk:
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 (85)

Yvette CHAMARD 27.03.2020 - 16:03:

J'aimerai savoir aussi vite que possible si la laine PUNA donne un travail qui ne se déforme pas (contrairement à la DROPS Mérino extra fine dont il semble qu'elle présente ce gros problème, au point de rendre certains ouvrages ratés - commentaires sur le site). Quelle laine me conseiller (pull femme à tricoter en 4 au point de riz). Grand merci d'avance.

DROPS Design 30.03.2020 kl. 12:22:

Bonjour Mme Chamard, si vous respectez les consignes de tension et d'entretien de nos laines, vous n'aurez pas de surprise. Tricotez toujours bien votre échantillon au préalable, puis lavez-le et faites le bien sécher à plat, vérifiez les mesures et recommencez avec une autre taille d'aiguille si nécessaire. Retrouvez ici tous nos conseils d'entretien des fils et n'hésitez pas à contacter votre magasin DROPS pour toute assistance personnalisée au choix d'une laine. Bon tricot!

Alice 03.02.2020 - 03:26:

Is it common for the yarn color (#15 north sea) to stain one's fingers while knitting? Is there something I can do to "set" the color once I've finished the sweater? I do love the color and the yarn.... Thank you.

DROPS Design 03.02.2020 kl. 10:52:

Dear Alice, this can happen that dark colours contain an excess of dye, so it's important to make sure the garment is rinsed until the water is clear, to avoid the excess dye affecting other colours in the garment. read more here

Lucy 13.12.2019 - 16:42:

Hi! I’ve made lots of lovely things with Drops Puna alpaca. Recently someone asked me if the alpaca yarn is obtained without cruelty to the animal. I had never thought about this but now it’s been brought to my attention I’m worried that animals have been hurt obtaining this yarn, can you put my mind at rest please? Many thanks.

DROPS Design 16.12.2019 kl. 09:54:

Dear Lucy, Most of our wool comes from South America - Peru mostly - and it's sourced from farms that follow strict quality/enviromental regulations. Animals like the alpacas for example are often only shed once a year, and are the complete livelihood of these farms. Also, the factories that harvest and card the fibre have to follow strict labour laws and give back to the Peruvian community in the form of social projects, etc. You will find more information about our yarns origin in each of the yarn’s shadecards and on our yarn FAQ on Tips & Help.  Happy knitting!

Maria 07.10.2019 - 18:16:

Sind Drops puna natural und natural mix ungefärbt?

DROPS Design 08.10.2019 kl. 11:00:

Liebe Maria, ja, so ist es richtig. Viel Spaß beim stricken!

Felicia Kang 16.05.2019 - 19:35:

Hi There - Everywhere I read on your website it had mentioned that Drops Puna is soft, not prickly and feels wonderful directly on the skin. We've purchased several dozen balls of this and once it is knitted up, it is actually rather prickly, even more so that some wool. Did we recieve a bad batch or are Puna just prickly in general? I am generally not very sensitive to pricklyness but this is not acceptable for a yarn that is advertised to be soft and feels wonderful directly on the skin.

DROPS Design 17.05.2019 kl. 09:08:

Dear Mrs Kang, we are sorry to hear that, please contact the store where you bought the yarn for any further assistance. Happy knitting!

Alexander 28.01.2019 - 21:08:

Hei Hvilke hekle nål størrelse anbefales på dette garnet til f.eks et teppe?

DROPS Design 05.03.2019 kl. 09:45:

Hej, vi har 3 tepper i DROPS Puna tepper, DROPS Puna men du kan altid finde et teppe som er strikket eller heklet i garngruppe B.

Mo 21.12.2018 - 18:00:

Liebes Team von Drops, habe gerade eine große Lieferung Puna 01, 04 und 07 bekommen, freue mich auf das Stricken von Schals und Mützen. Tolle Wolle zu einem super Preis!

Ieva 19.12.2018 - 13:45:

Is off white is un dyed colour? Of drops puna? Thank you

DROPS Design 20.12.2018 kl. 16:59:

Dear Ieva, the colour DROPS Puna natural off white is undyed. Happy knitting!

Corinna Thesing 11.12.2018 - 21:13:

Hallo, kann man diese Wolle auch für einen Steek benutzen? Also ich meine für eine Strickjacke die in Runden gestrickt, nur mit Häkelkante gesichert und dann geschnitten wird (ich möchte keine Nähmaschinennaht machen)?

DROPS Design 12.12.2018 kl. 14:10:

Liebe Frau Thesing, wir haben keine persönnliche Erfahrung damit, es sollte aber klappen. Am besten stricken Sie eine Maschenprobe als Test, damit Sie sicher sein. Ihr DROPS Laden kann Ihnen auch gerne weiterhelfen, nehmen Sie Kontakt mit ihm - auch telefonisch oder per E-mail auf. Viel Spaß beim stricken!

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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