Drops Design: Kid Silk Mohair

I’m a big fan of mohair yarns. They’re so versatile, warm, and pretty. You can either told several strands together to produce a bouncy and beautiful fabric, or hold one or two strands together with another yarn to add a touch of luxury to your knits. The only problem is that mohair is often rather pricey. As much as I love Knitting for Olive (review here), I just can’t always afford to spend almost £9 on a skein – let alone £11.30 for Wool and the Gang or £19 for We Are Knitters. Enter: Drops Design Kid-Silk Mohair yarn, which retails for £3.80 per 210m. As such, this has become one of my go-to yarns when I want to make something in mohair. But there’s much more to this yarn than the price, so let’s get into the details…

Yarn Profile

This is a 2-ply or lace-weight yarn made in the EU, comprising 75% mohair and 25% silk. It comes in 25g skeins, which measure 210m/230ish yards. It has a really pretty sheen and lustre that catches the light beautifully. It’s lovely and soft to the touch and is delightfully squishy. Drops describe their Kid-Silk Mohair as being ‘feather light’, useful for giving your knits a ‘sophisticated look’ and I whole-heartedly agree with this. It’s such a pleasure to work with, but more on that shortly!

Drops say that 23 stitches worked over 30 rows on 3.5mm needles should produce a 10x10cm swatch, which I found to be accurate. It’s important to note, though, that I wouldn’t recommend using a yarn like Kid-Silk Mohair like this. It would just take you forever to make anything! I recommend holding at least two strands at a time (perhaps on 4.5/5mm needles, minimum) for warmer – and quicker – results.

As I’ve noted above, this yarn is significantly cheaper than other mohairs available on the market. This is fairly typical of Drops yarns, which are always very competitively priced. I don’t know whether their production conditions differ from other companies, or if they just benefit from economies of scale… But I’m not complaining! Each 25g/210m skein costs £3.80, meaning that 100m of yarn will only set you back £1.80. Better still, Kid-Silk Mohair is often on sale for even less. Drops even provide a link to independent yarn stores that have it on offer, which is great to see.

It is important to note that mohair shouldn’t be used to make anything for infants under the age of 1. The fibres are so fine that there is a risk that infants could inhale them.

What’s it like to knit with?

Really very lovely! Drops Kid-Silk Mohair is super soft under your fingers and never irritates my very sensitive skin. I sometimes find that wools can be drying but never have an issues with this.

I’ve used it in many combinations… Held double with We Are Knitters The Meriwool to make the Holiday Sweater by Petite Knit; double with The Petite Wool by We Are Knitters to make a beanie; with 4 strands together on 7mm needles for the Saturday Night Sweater, also by Petite Knit; and I’m currently using it to make the September Sweater in combination with the Bling Bling Yarn from We Are Knitters… Also by Petite Knit. Do you see a theme here?! I really love the effect no matter how I use it.

It makes other yarns feel silky soft and super luxurious, but is yields a very pretty and bouncy fabric on its own. I tend to prefer this yarn in combination with others, but I’ll come back to this later. If you’ve never tried mohair before, it’s quite hard to describe… It’s unlike any kind of knitted fabric you’d find on the High Street – even amongst those with mohair content. You really have to try it for yourself to understand!

What’s it like to crochet with?

I haven’t tried crocheting with this yarn so can’t really comment here. If I were more of a crocheter, I’d probably try combining a strand or two with a thicker yarn… But it’s not something I’ve really experimented with and so I don’t want to speak out of turn.

What’s the colour range like?

The colour range of Drops Kid-Silk Mohair is truly impressive. There are 37 colours in total and they span across the colour spectrum, from warm to cool, from light to dark… There are even a couple of stripe-y colour ways! I’ve tried Shades 03 Light Pink, 04 Old Pink (which I’m sure I have also seen listed as Mid Pink, somewhere) and 01 Off White. This is to say that I have mostly stuck with the lighter colours in the range, but I am also very tempted by the warmer, darker shades like 33 Rust, 31 Mauve, 21 Cobalt Blue, and 37 North Sea.

I think that most people would be able to find their favourite colour with in this range. I can’t see any obvious omissions, except for maybe a true yellow or orange. Since these colours don’t suit me at all, though, I’m quite alright with this!

It’s also worth noting that these colours can be used with one-another to great effect. For my September Sweater, I’m combining Light Pink with Old Pink (as well as the Bling Bling in Salmon). I think the effect is really quite special – it hovers between pink, mauve, and purple. It’s really nuanced and I can’t stop looking at it.

The colour range really stands up to scrutiny, in my opinion. When you compare it with more premium commercial brands, like We Are Knitters (7 shades, all quite basic) or Wool and the Gang (20 shades, some of which seem quite same-y), Drops fares very well indeed. Knitting for Olive have a more nuanced range, which they use to full effect in their Color Rain Sweater.

How accurate are images online?

As far as I can tell, the photography for this yarn is pretty good. I don’t find that it’s very easy to photograph, as the lustre can make the yarn appear quite different to my camera than it does to my eyes. I would say that 04 Old Pink it actually more purple or mauve than it is pink, but I’ve never had any nasty shocks… So that’s good!

How does this yarn wear?

Very well, indeed! Mohair isn’t prone to pilling, but it can shed quite a lot. I’ve never really found this to be an issue with this yarn, but will occasionally find a big ol’ floof (this being the technical term, of course) of the Kid-Silk Mohair on my jeans or coat. This doesn’t really bother me, considering how much I reach for my mohair sweaters when it’s cold out.

How does this yarn wash?

Again, I’ve always been really impressed by how well this yarn washes. I hand-wash it in my sink with some delicate-friendly detergent, let it sit for 10 minutes or so, and then I allow it to dry flat. It doesn’t take too long to dry and I’ve never had any problems with the colour bleeding or anything like that. This is definitely one for people who like low-fuss knitwear!

How would I use it in a project?

Honestly, this is such a versatile yarn that this is almost a moot question. It can be added to any knitted project and will invariably yield lovely results. I highly recommend using one or two strands with thicker yarns to add extra warmth and softness to your knits. It doesn’t add too much extra cost and the effect really is stunning.

If I’m being completely honest with myself and with you, dear reader, then I’m probably more inclined to use this yarn in combination with others than by itself. Soft as it is, it isn’t quite as cloud-like as other mohairs that I’ve tried. The difference is very subtle and I’m not sure that I would be able to tell the difference in somebody else’s work, but I recognise it in my own. I talk about this in greater depth in my post comparing Drops Kid-Silk Mohair with Knitting for Olive’s Soft Silk Mohair (coming soon!.

Would I use it again?

Yes, one hundred times, yes! There will always be a place in my stash for Drops Kid-Silk Mohair. It’s just so useful for creating interesting, warm, and special fabrics. I think the colour range is versatile and beautiful, the softness and floofiness are great, and it’s very affordable. I think you can use it in combination with other yarns to create something that is greater than the sum of its parts.

If you’ve never tried mohair but are curious about the hype, I think this is a great place to start. You really can’t go wrong!

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