DROPS Safran

Egyptian combed cotton in every colour!




Content: 100% Cotton
Yarn Group: A (23 - 26 stitches) / 5 ply / sport
Weight/length: 50 g = approx 160 m
Recommended needle size: 3 mm
Knitting tension: 10 x 10 cm = 24 sts x 32 rows
Care: Machine wash on gentle cycle 40°C / Dry Flat

Made in: EU
Raw material origin: Cotton from Egypt

This yarn has an Oeko-Tex® certification (certificate number 09.HBG.68250), Standard 100, Class I from the Hohenstein Institute. 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).

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DROPS Safran
uni colour
1.30 GBP
0.90 GBP

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
Cotton Pod
0.90 GBP
1.22 GBP
Wool Warehouse Direct Ltd
1.30 GBP
Purple Sheep Yarns
1.30 GBP
The Wool Factory
1.30 GBP
Bùth Bharraigh Ltd
1.30 GBP
Fibre and Fleece
1.30 GBP
Laughing Hens
1.30 GBP
Slipstitch Ldn
1.30 GBP
Timeless Fabrics
1.30 GBP

Check here if your local store has it in stock.

42 Colours in DROPS Safran

uni colour 17
uni colour 72
off white
uni colour 18
uni colour 71
light beige
uni colour 64
uni colour 21
light brown
uni colour 22
uni colour 68
deep taupe
uni colour 23
uni colour 07
uni colour 66
uni colour 11
vanilla cream
uni colour 10
uni colour 28
uni colour 67
red clay
uni colour 59
uni colour 20
uni colour 19
uni colour 13
uni colour 12
uni colour 15
uni colour 02
desert rose
uni colour 01
powder pink
uni colour 56
uni colour 69
uni colour 57
uni colour 58
sweet orchid
uni colour 70
uni colour 05
denim blue
uni colour 06
navy blue
uni colour 09
uni colour 51
uni colour 30
uni colour 50
sea green
uni colour 63
sage green
uni colour 04
moss green
uni colour 60
uni colour 65
apple green
uni colour 31
green tea
uni colour 61
uni colour 62
uni colour 16

Product information

DROPS Safran is spun from combed, long, Egyptian cotton fibers that are twisted together in pairs, before being twisted together again. This method results in extra durable garments with great surface properties!

DROPS Safran has been on the market for many years and it's a very popular choice because of its shine, softness and many beautiful colors. The yarn can be used in projects for all ages, specially summer wear, baby clothes and accessories. Have you tried it yet?

Read more about our products' sustainability here

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 40°C / 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:

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 offer 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 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.

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).

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).

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.

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.

The reason why the microns in a yarn’s fibers are important is that the yarn will eventually become something else, and how delicate or coarse a yarn is will determine in part what we use it for. That’s why we recommend the softest yarns (like DROPS Baby Merino) for baby clothing, or why we choose to use a more hard wear yarn like DROPS Snow, for a seating pad or slipper.

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.

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.

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.

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 (261)

country flag Sophie wrote:

Ist das Garn in der Farbe Natur uni colour 18 ungefärbt, also naturbelassen, oder gefärbt?

19.02.2023 - 17:04:

DROPS Design answered:

Liebe Sophie, uni colour 18 ist ungefärbt . Viel Spaß beim stricken!

19.02.2023 kl. 19:16:

country flag Mercedes wrote:

Peut on utiliser votre fil Drops Safran pour tricoter des chaussettes?

15.02.2023 - 17:53:

DROPS Design answered:

Bonjour Mercedes, probablement. Bon tricot!

16.02.2023 kl. 16:42:

country flag Caron See French wrote:

Is it possible for the manufacturer to confirm if they use the same dyes and processes in the paris and safran range.

22.01.2023 - 10:56:

DROPS Design answered:

Dear Mrs French, there might be varation in the dyes between Paris and Safran - for any assistance choosing the best matching colours, please feel free to contact your DROPS store, they will help you even per mail or telephone. Happy knititng!

23.01.2023 kl. 10:57:

country flag Inga wrote:

Are the dyes used in Drops Safran are the same as the dyes used in drops Paris?

04.01.2023 - 12:19:

DROPS Design answered:

Dear Inga, both garns are made from the same producers but we cannot guarantee that the same dying process is used. Read more about the certificate on the shadecards. Should you need extra help choosing the best matching colours, please contact your DROPS store, they will be able to help you even per mail or telephone. Happy knitting!

06.01.2023 kl. 10:40:

country flag Sonia wrote:

Wo finde ich die Kommentare und/oder Fragen zu den einzelnen Garnen ?

25.07.2022 - 17:25:

DROPS Design answered:

Liebe Sonia, Leider sind die Kommentare im Garnbereich nicht öffentlich zugänglich.

28.07.2022 kl. 13:15:

country flag Daniela wrote:

Ame trabajar con este hilo … mis proyectos quedaron hermosos !!! Gracias

01.07.2022 - 02:08:

country flag Valérie P wrote:

J'adore la couleur beige clair 64 que j'ai déjà utilisée de nombreuses fois (bains n° 0132, 0693 et 0782 )... Malheureusement, je suis très déçue par les 22 pelotes du bain que je viens de recevoir, le n° 0167, dont la couleur est beaucoup plus foncée et s'apparente à la couleur 21, et beaucoup plus rosée que les bains précédents! Que vous est-il possible de faire, car, en ayant déjà commandé plus de 3 fois cette couleur, je pensais qu\'elle était à peu près "stable"?

24.06.2022 - 18:16:

DROPS Design answered:

Bonjour Valérie, il peut effectivement y avoir des différences de nuances entre les différents bains, merci de bien vouloir contacter le magasin où vous avez acheté votre fil, ils pourront volontiers vous aider, même par mail ou téléphone. Bon tricot!

27.06.2022 kl. 09:23:

country flag Sally Edmonds wrote:

Hej, I have recently downloaded your knitting pattern Drops 78-8 which includes your Cotton Viscose yarn. I am looking for the colour Pearl Grey. I am struggling to find this yard in France and have now seen that it has been discontinued. Is this correct? If so, please could you tell me which yarn of your to use as an alternative. Thank you for your help. Sally Edmonds.

13.06.2022 - 08:55:

DROPS Design answered:

Dear Mrs Edmonds, correct our DROPS Cotton Viscose is now discontinued, use our yarn converter to find any new alternative and new yarn amount. Your DROPS Store will assist - even per mail or telephone - you if you need help. Happy knitting!

13.06.2022 kl. 12:18:

country flag Renate wrote:

Hallihallo Ist diese Baumwolle mercerisiert oder nicht? Ich finde dazu keinen Hinweis. Danke für Euer Feedback und beste Grüsse Renate

09.06.2022 - 19:29:

DROPS Design answered:

Liebe Renate, DROPS Safran ist nicht mecerisiert, nur DROPS Muskat ist mercerisiert. Viel Spaß beim stricken!

10.06.2022 kl. 09:04:

country flag MariaFerCo wrote:

Soy compradora habitual de lanas Drops desde hace muchos años. Normalmente compro lanas para bebes, pero esta vez quería hacerme un chal para mí de algodón. Lo quería de color verde. He visto que el color 04 de Safran (verde salvia) podría encajarme, pero según la foto que coja cambia totalmente el color. Vivo en Valencia y me gustaría saber si hay alguna tienda física donde poder ver el color.\r\nMuchas gracias.

07.06.2022 - 16:33:

country flag Niina Lipponen wrote:

Hei. Olen käyttänyt työssäni ruskeaa Safran lankaa ja vyötteessä on värikoodi 52. Nyt kun lanka on loppunut ja työ kesken niin etsin kaupoista uutta kerää, mutta tuota väriä 52 ei enää löydy! Onko tuo väri lopetettu vai onko värinumero vaihdettu? Mikä saatavilla oleva väri vastaisi parhaiten tuota vanhaa 52 ruskeaa?

24.05.2022 - 08:46:

country flag Christina Eriksson wrote:

Jag har lagt en order på Drops Safran men tappade bort beställningen så jag kan inte skicka beställningen till er. Hur gör jag??

22.05.2022 - 13:08:

DROPS Design answered:

Hei Christina. Vi sender ikke ordrer til privatpersoner, så om du har vært inne på vår hjemmesiden for bestilling av garn, ble du videresendte til en nettbestilling der du bestilte DROPS Safran. Så da må du finne ordrebrekreftelsen fra denne butikke og så høre med dem. Har du ikke fått en ordrebekreftelse, har nok ikke bestillingen gått igjennom. mvh DROPS Design

23.05.2022 kl. 07:45:

country flag Sam wrote:

Do you ship to Malaysia?

20.05.2022 - 02:36:

DROPS Design answered:

Dear Sam, you will find the list of DROPS stores shipping worldwide here - visit their website and do not hesitate to contact them for any further information. Happy knitting!

20.05.2022 kl. 09:01:

country flag Iwona wrote:

Kocham szydełkować I chcę zostać waszym klijentem

19.05.2022 - 17:19:

country flag Anna wrote:

Hej! Jag letar efter Drops garn safran med färg 07 och dyelot 3391. Hur kan jag få tag i det och är det viktigt att använda samma färgbad som de nystan jag redan har! Mvh Anna

14.05.2022 - 12:48:

DROPS Design answered:

Hei Anna. Vi selger bare kilovis til butikker. Men ta kontakt med butikker / nettbutikker og hør om de har denne innfargingen. Ellers så anbefaler jeg deg å bruke diverse sosiale medier for håndarbeid (f.eks DROPS Workshop), der er det mange brukere som hjelper hverandre med etterlysning av garn og partinr. Om du strikker et plagg der du må bytte nøste over f.eks et enfarget område, kan du få en "stripe" der det er byttet farge med forskjellige partinr. Ikke sikkert du ser det når du strikker, men det vil nok vises når du har strikket et stykke. mvh DROPS design

16.05.2022 kl. 07:46:

country flag Anne H wrote:

Drops Safran ist eigentlich ein sehr schönes Garn. Hatte ich 6x gekauft. Alle Knäuel hatten etliche Knoten und teil weise ausgefranste Fäden. Ich würde es nicht wieder kaufen !

04.05.2022 - 16:12:

country flag Elbjørg Bottolfsen Dahl wrote:

Går det ann å strikke oppvaskkluter av denne?

26.04.2022 - 17:14:

DROPS Design answered:

Hej Elbjørg, ja det kan du gøre :)

27.04.2022 kl. 15:14:

country flag Christina Jansson wrote:

Hej, Jag söker efter garnet Safran, färg 64 ljusbeige, med färgbad 0054. Går det att köpa någonstans? Jag skulle behöva 3 nystan. Vänliga hälsningar Christina Jansson

26.04.2022 - 14:47:

DROPS Design answered:

Hej Christina. Ta kontakt direkt med våra återförsäljare för att se om de har det på lager. Du kan också försöka efterlysa det på vår facebookgrupp DROPS Workshop för att se om någon privatperson har det. Mvh DROPS Design

27.04.2022 kl. 09:48:

country flag Eva Schmitt wrote:

Kann man die dazupassende Rundnadel mitsenden

25.04.2022 - 22:29:

DROPS Design answered:

Liebe Frau Schmitt, am besten wenden Sie sich direkt an Ihrem DROPS Laden, wo Sie die Wolle bestellen möchten. Viel Spaß beim stricken!

26.04.2022 kl. 10:17:

country flag Treunet wrote:

Bonjour, Je souhaite recevoir un échantillon de fil avant de passer commande. Comment procéder ? Je vous remercie de votre attention

04.04.2022 - 10:27:

DROPS Design answered:

Bonjour Mme Treunet, n'hésitez pas à contacter les différents magasins DROPS proposant cette laine en stock, certains proposent parfois des échantillons (sous conditions). Bon tricot!

04.04.2022 kl. 11:06:

country flag Beauchet wrote:

Bjr, Concerne : Couleur du produit Drops Safran référence 20 Selon les sites, la référence 20 indique des couleurs différentes : cerise, bordeaux et rouille et les visuels sont très différents d'un site à l'autre. Avez-vous la possibilité de vérifier visuellement ou d'interroger le fabricant ? Merci par avance. Cdlt

31.03.2022 - 11:02:

DROPS Design answered:

Bonjour Mme Beauchet, la couleur 20 s'appelle cherry, mais il est possible que certaines boutiques en ligne n'aient pas mis leur nuancier à jour, n'hésitez pas à leur demander directement - ils pourront en même temps vous aider à choisir votre couleur si besoin, même par mail ou téléphone. Bon tricot!

31.03.2022 kl. 13:21:

country flag Jacqueline Charrier wrote:

Quel est le coton qui fera un pull léger à porter

15.03.2022 - 07:07:

DROPS Design answered:

Bonjour Mme Charrier, tout dépend quel type de modèle vous souhaitez ; retrouvez nos différents cotons ici et les modèles tricotés dans ces qualités sous chaque nuancier. Votre magasin pourra, même par mail ou téléphone, vous orienter dans votre choix si besoin. Bon tricot!

15.03.2022 kl. 10:49:

country flag Lori Fitzgerald Leger wrote:

Hello everybody!! I'd like to know the weight of Drops Safran yarn please to see if I can use a similar yarn instead . So is it a #2 , #3 or is it a fine weight? Thank you for any answers to help me !

14.03.2022 - 18:44:

DROPS Design answered:

Dear Mrs Fitzgerald Leger, DROPS Safran is a 5 ply/sport yarn - read more under the header and find the list of DROPS stores shipping to USA here. Happy knitting!

15.03.2022 kl. 10:44:

country flag Linda Ott wrote:

I had asked if your cotton yarns are colorfast meaning will the colors become faded or washed out looking when washed . The answer I received was that the yarns are dyed but my question regarding colorfastness was not addressed. Thanks and look forward to seeing the response.

07.03.2022 - 17:23:

DROPS Design answered:

Dear Linda, the yarns should keep their original color after many washes so yes, they are colorfast.

08.03.2022 kl. 21:10:

country flag Linda Ott wrote:

Is Drops Safran cotton yarn colorfast?

06.03.2022 - 16:48:

DROPS Design answered:

Dear Mrs Ott, All colours Safran are dyed. Happy knitting!

07.03.2022 kl. 15:28:

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