The Drops Yarn Company is known for providing lovely, natural fibre yarns at budget conscious prices. Andes by Drops is no exception.
At The Knit Café we like to recommend this yarn to beginner knitters and crocheters. It is a Bulky-Weight yarn and therefore stitches build up fast and projects grow with speed. This is especially important for learners to keep them motivated to continue with their crafting, but lets face it - we all need some instant gratification sometimes. Andes is also a soft yarn, very pleasing to work with and will no doubt get new knitters or crocheters hooked on natural fibres. Alpaca makes up 35% of the fibre content in this yarn. Alpaca fleece is known for being very warm so this yarn is suitable for cold weather gear. What alpaca fibre does not have is what we call in the yarn-biz - memory. In other words it does not bounce back into shape once it is stretched. Luckily wool has memory in spades and since Andes is spun with 65% wool - projects made with this yarn can retain their shapes when worked in a tight gauge. Drops recommends a 9mm needle or hook be used with Andes which works perfectly for scarves and knitwear with some drape. Fitted garments like hats should be made with a smaller sized tool.
Fibre: 65% wool, 35% alpaca
Yardage: 96m / 105 yards
Gauge: 10 stitches and 14 rows per 10cm / 4 inches with 9mm needle
Care: hand wash in cold, lay flat to dry