Fibre Content: 65% Baby Alpaca, 28% Polyamide, 7% Wool
Weight: Aran (Drops has their own letter classification – this would be a Group C)
Texture: Drops Air is a light and lofty chainette yarn – this means that the alpaca and wool fibres are blown into a tube instead of being spun. I find that yarns created in this way tend to be extra soft.
Appearance: Air has a serious alpaca halo. Drops offers both heathered and ‘mixed’ colourways in this yarn. However, even the solid colours have a slightly marled appearance due to mix of fibres.
Needles: 5mm (I have used 3.5 to 5mm needles in my projects)
Tension:17 sts x 22 rows (10x10cm) on 5mm
Washing: Hand wash at 30 degrees
How did it knit up?
I really enjoy working with Drops Air because my projects seem to grow so quickly and it feels lovely in my hands. The chainette structure keeps my WIP light and airy, so I never feel weighed down when using it. While Air does have a serious halo, it can also be used for textured projects (like my Purl Soho Jasmine Scarf picture above).
How does it wear?
Drops Air is super warm and absolutely itch-free. The alpaca content offers a halo that could rival mohair while also being soft enough to be worn by people who can be sensitive to more ‘wooly’ yarns. Because of how well-suited it is to being worn next to the skin, I selected it for my Roman Beanie pattern!
The only downside to Drops Air has to be the fact that it tends to stretch – this is a frequent issue with high alpaca content in yarns. After a whole day of wearing my Holly Sweater, I noticed that the body had lengthened slightly because of my tendency to pull down the hem. Luckily, as I had anticipated the alpaca would grow, I was able to factor this into the dimensions of my finished objects.
My projects in Drops Air:
- Drops Air is a super soft blend with high alpaca content. It is extremely warm and comfortable next to the skin. This also makes it great for people who find their skin sensitive when wearing rustic yarns.
- The chainette structure provides for snuggly texture and lightweight knitting! Air is a great choice for when you want to knit in Aran weight but don’t want to be weighed down.
- While the high alpaca content makes this yarn super soft, it also makes it slightly prone to stretching. Handle with care when washing and wearing.
- Air does contain some nylon for the tube in its chainette structure. Knitters who are averse to using yarns that aren’t 100% natural may want to avoid it because of this.
Thank you for reading my Drops Air review. Have you made anything with this yarn? How did your project knit up? Let me know in the comments.