Yarn Review – DROPS Paris

Brand: DROPS Paris

Colour: Solids (both saturated and less so)

Content: 100% cotton

Thickness: 75m/50g (150m/100g)

Country of origin: EU

Suggested needle/hook size: 5mm

Previous review :)

I bought Paris for the first time as it was “nice not-wool” for a friend who can’t wear woollen items. I made the hat and got some leftover grey yarn. It was nice, if dull, to knit, as I tend to get easily bored with monochrome work.

Now, of the leftovers I made a small amigurumi mouse for my son…

…and then I bought some colours, as I really liked the feel of that yarn.

Really, I love it. It is made of several strands (8, I think), which plied together make for soft and reasonably strong yarn. Now, 2 years later, I have a crocheted mouse, a blanket:

1. Pieces arranged before stitching

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2. During sewing:

 

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3. Sewn together, partial border crocheted:

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Now my son is keeping it in his bed and I can’t take a photo of the finished version.

And a bag :) (two different light settings, one for each side ;))

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I can reasonably say: I WOULD BUY MORE.

Beginners? Yes, definitely. Undoes with no issue, no fuzz (it’s cotton!), wears out a bit after a few crochet/undo sessions, but not a lot. Before, I wrote it’s not good for beginners, but my son, who just started crocheting this year, actually liked it a lot. I WILL buy more, if he wants to make another mouse or anything.

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Yarn Review – DROPS Paris

A friend asked me to knit her a hat with cat’s ears. As her skin reacts badly to wool, we were thinking about buying some acrylic, but finally settled on nice, thick gray cotton – Drops Paris.

Brand: DROPS Paris

Colour: Gray

Content: 100% Cotton

Thickness: 75m/50g

This is cotton. It’s soft. Soft.

Works well with 3 and 4 mm needles, probably even more comfortable with thicker ones (producer suggests 5). Better metal than the soft plastic types (on these it sticks slightly).

The yarn is made of multiple tiny threads (click the pic to see closeup on shop’s page), which may cause certain issues with too-sharp knitting needles. Namely, you can easily part the yarn’s threads and get an ugly loop somewhere. However, with standard, round-tipped needles you should be ok.

The knitted result is soft, even on too-small needles, but at the same time it’s not as heavy as some other cottons I’ve tested. If it wasn’t for my impatience in knitting, I would totally buy more and knit myself a sweater. Maybe I will knit one for my son – much less knitting here ;)

Knits up nicely on the knitting mill.

Would I buy more? Already answered. Definitely. Gonna buy “dark jeans“, some 10 balls or so. Probably. As soon as I manage to count how many I really need.

Advice: Not for beginners, make sure your needles and hooks are not overly sharp-tipped.


Pillowcases

During last summer holidays I was invited to a Christmas handmade fair. Of course, it was a longterm planning thing, so it allowed me to prepare a goodly amount of things to sell. The fair outcome wasn’t that satisfactory, but during the process of thinking up and making the goods I’ve crocheted a number of granny squares.

I planned to make shawls or scarves with them, but I miscounted and it turned out that either I’ll never get an adult-sized one, or I will have to charge way more than people would be willing to pay – and that would only cover the costs!

So I never finished the garments, and all to the better, as the fair failed miserably and I would have been mad, had I taken the effort to finish these.

Now I had these squares, sewn into “triangles”, in a box. Last week I decided something has to be done about them. So I took each, added loose squares in key places and now I have two new beautiful pillowcases, buttoned with huge wooden buttons, and very, very huggable.

Number one is a “tomato” (more of “tomato soup”) case, done in wool. Big squares, not that precise, but it’s really nice to touch. Inside, a small square blue pillow.

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Number two is 100% cotton, several shades of (off)white, yellow, red, brown and black. Nice, quite heavy (cotton tends to be heavy) and is big enough to seat on. Inside, an ikea pillow, green. Will pick a yellow or black one for the future.

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