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Beach Mermaid by DROPS Design
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DROPS Dress in Muskat
DROPS 68-23
Sizes: S - M - L
Finished measurements:
Bust: 74-84-94 cm [29 1/8" - 33" - 37"]
Hips: 92-104-118 cm [36.25" - 41" - 46.5"]
Hem: 110-126-140 cm [43.25" - 49 5/8" - 55 1/8"]

Materials: DROPS MUSKAT from Garnstudio
250-300-300 g. col. no. 28, terracotta.
100-100-100 g. col. no. 38, dark plum.
50-100-100 g. col. no. 49, dark orange.
50-100-100 g. col. no. 23, beige.
50-100-100 g. col. no. 22, dark brown.
50 - 50 - 50 g. col. no. 35, dark mustard.
50 - 50 - 50 g. col. no. 32, turquoise.
50 - 50 - 50 g. col. no. 08, natural.

DROPS 3 mm [US 2], 3.5 mm [US 4] and 4 mm [US 6] circular needles

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= beige, col. no 23.
Not 61 light beige as said before correction.

Updated online: 24.05.2006 (Printed catalogues do not include these corrections)

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NOTE: This pattern is written in American English. All measurements in charts are in cm. For conversion from cm to inch - click here. There are different terms for crocheting in British and American English. If this pattern includes crochet, click for "crochet terms" here.
Gauge: 23 sts x 30 rows on mid-size needles in pattern = 10 x 10 cm [4" x 4"].
23 sts x 40 rows on smallest needles in garter st = 10 x 10 cm [4" x 4"].

Pattern: See charts. The pattern is seen from the right side.
The chart marked «Diag. 1" indicates the stripe pattern.
The other chart is for the zig-zag pattern and has lines marked «M.1", «M.2", etc. These are the Pattern numbers referred to in the instructions: «M.» is the abbreviation for «Pattern» in Norwegian. The alternate lines marked with an arrow and a number are the decrease rows – decs are made on the 2nd row of each.

Garter st, when knitting flat: Knit all sts, all rows.
Garter st, when knitting in the round: *Rnd 1, knit. Rnd 2, purl.* Repeat from * - *.

Knitting tips-1 (for back of yoke):
All decs are made on right side rows. Dec 1 st inside 1 edge st as follows:
After edge st: K 2 tog.
Before edge st: sl 1, K 1, psso.

Knitting tips-2 (for front of yoke):
All decs are made on right side rows.
Dec 2 sts on the row as follows: K 1, K 3 tog, then knit across until the st before the marker, yo, K the st before the marker, sl marker, yo, knit across row until 4 sts remain, then knit as follows: Sl 1, K 2 tog, psso, K 1.

The dress is worked in the round from the bottom edge and up.
Read the entire Pattern instructions above before beginning.
Cast on 252-288-324 sts loosely on larger circular needles with terracotta. Work 2 rows of Pattern 1 in garter st.
Change to smaller circular needles and stockinette st.
Continue to work Pattern 1 with color changes as indicated in Diag. 1.
When the piece measures 28 cm [11"] start Dec 1. 14-16-18 sts are decreased each dec row. After Dec. 1 = 238-272-306 sts remain, work Pattern 2.
When the piece measures 33 cm [13"] start Dec. 2 = 224-256-288 sts remain, then work Pattern 3.
When the piece measures 38 cm [14 7/8"] start Dec. 3 = 210-240-270 sts remain, then work Pattern 4.
When the piece measures 42 cm [16.5"] start Dec. 4 = 196-224-252 sts remain, then work Pattern 5.
When the piece measures 47 cm [18.5"] start Dec. 5 = 182-208-234 sts remain, then knit Pattern 6.
When the piece measures 53 cm [20 7/8"] start Dec. 6 = 168-192-216 sts, then work Pattern 7.

When the piece measures 65-66-67 cm [25 5/8" - 26" - 26 3/8"] change to smallest circular needles and terracotta and work in garter st. Measure the piece from here.
When the garter st portion measures 11-12-12 cm [4.25" - 4.75" - 4.75"], work the next row as follows: bind off 3 sts for armhole, 86-98-110 sts for the front, bind off 7 sts for armhole, 68-80-92 sts for the back, bind off 4 sts for armhole.
Work each side separately.

= 68-80-92 sts. Dec 1 st for each armhole every other row 7-10-14 times - see knitting tips-1 = 54-60-64 sts, bind off.

= 86-98-110 sts. Put 43-49-55 sts at one side on a st holder.

1st strap:
Mark the center st of the 43-49-55 remaining sts on needle.
Knit garter st - at the same time dec at edges and inc at marker - see knitting tips-2.
This decreases 2 sts per row.
Dec every other row a total of 16-19-22 times = 11-11-11 sts remain. Continue to knit garter st over these 11 sts for strap.
Bind off when strap measures approx. 30 cm [11.75"] or correct length - try on dress to check correct length of strap.

2nd strap:
Put the 43-49-55 sts from st holder on needles and work the same as the 1st strap.

Sew side seams on bodice.
Sew straps to back.


terracotta, col. no. 28
dark orange, col. no. 49
dark plum, col. no. 38
dark mustard, col. no. 35
turquoise, col. no. 32
beige, col. no 23.
natural, col. no. 08
dark brown, col. no. 22
decrease rows
yo, on the next row, knit yo with twisted st
K 2 tog
K 3 tog
sl 1, K 1, psso.
sl 1, K 2 tog, psso
K (chart M.1-M.7)

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