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DROPS 88-17 by DROPS Design

DROPS Cardigan in Alpaca

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DROPS 88-17

Sizes: S - M - L - XL - XXL
Finished measurements:
Bust: 88-96-104-114-124 cm [34-5/8" - 37.75" - 41" - 44-7/8" - 48-7/8"]
Hem: 80-88-96-106-116 cm [31.5" - 34-5/8" - 37.75" - 41.75" - 45-5/8"]

300-350-350-400-450 gr nr 7120, light seafoam

DROPS 3 mm [US 2] and 3.5 mm [US 4] circular and double-pointed needles, or sizes needed to obtain correct gauge.
DROPS 3.5 mm [US D] crochet hook, or size needed to obtain correct gauge.

7 DROPS Silver buttons nr 534

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NOTE: This pattern is written in American English. All measurements in charts are in cm. For conversion from cm to inches - click here. There are different terms for crocheting in American and British English. If this pattern includes crochet, click for "crochet terms" here.
Gauge: 23 sts x 30 rows on larger needles in stockinette st = 10x10 cm

Rib: * K 1, P 2 *, repeat * - *.

Pattern: See chart. The pattern is seen from the right side. «M.1 = 54 p/v = ca 18 cm» means «Pattern 1 = 54 rows = approx. 18 cm». Arrows on the charts indicate starting points for crocheted edge.

Buttonhole: Make buttonholes on right button band as follows (right side row): K 2 (edge sts knit in garter st), K 1, P 1, P 2 tog, yo, P 2.
On the next row, P the yo.
Make buttonholes when the piece measures:
Size S: 2, 11, 19, 27, 36, 45 and 53 cm.
Size M: 2, 11, 20, 29, 37, 46 and 55 cm.
Size L: 2, 12, 21, 30, 39, 48 and 57 cm
Size XL: 2, 11, 21, 30, 40, 49 and 59 cm.
Size XXL: 2, 11, 21, 31, 41, 51 and 61 cm.

Body: Cast on 200-218-236-260-284 sts on smaller circular needles. Knit 3 rows reverse stockinette st (1st row = wrong side), then knit rib, keeping 2 sts at each edge in garter st and begin rib with K 1 (as seen from the right side). Make buttonholes on right buttonband – see instructions above.
When the piece measures 3 cm K 2 rows (first row is right side row), keeping the 8 edge sts at each side in rib/garter st as established to finished measurements. Change to larger circular needles and stockinette st (and buttonbands as before).
Put 1 marker 54-58-63-69-75 sts in from each side = 92-102-110-122-134 sts between markers on back. When the piece measures 8 cm inc 1 st at each side of each marker every 5-5-5-7-7 cm a total of 5-5-5-4-4 times = 220-238-256-276-300 sts.
When the piece measures 34-35-36-37-38 cm bind off 10-10-10-12-12 sts at each side for armhole (5-5-5-6-6 sts at each side of each marker) = 92-102-110-118-130 sts on back and 54-58-63-67-73 sts on each front. Lay piece aside and knit the sleeves.

Sleeve: Cast on 60-60-60-66-66 sts on smaller double-pointed needles; join and place a marker at the join. K 1 row, P 1 row and K 1 row, then knit rib. When the piece measures 10 cm K 1 row and P 1 row. Change to larger double-pointed needles and stockinette st.
When the piece measures 12 cm inc 1 st each side of marker a total of 9-11-14-13-15 times:
Size S: every 12th row
Size M: every 9th row
Sizes L + XL: every 7th row
Size XXL: every 6th row
= 78-82-88-92-96 sts. When the piece measures 46-46-46-45-45 cm bind off 5-5-5-6-6 sts each side of marker = 68-72-78-80-84 sts.
Put sts on a st holder and knit 2nd sleeve.

Yoke: Put the sleeves in on the same circular needles as Body where you bound off for armholes = 336-362-392-412-444 sts. Knit 2-2-2-2-6 rows stockinette st (1st row is right side). Put 1 marker in each transition between front, back and sleeve = 4 markers. Then continue in stockinette st over all sts and shape raglan. Dec 1 st each side of each marker on right side rows as follows:
Before markers: K 2 tog.
After markers: slip 1 st as if to knit, K 1, psso.
Make decs:
Size S: every other row 2 times
Size M: every other row 3 times
Size L: every 4 rows 3 times
Size XL: every 4 rows 4 times
Size XXL: every other row 6 times
= 320-338-368-380-396 sts.
After last dec, P 1 wrong side row, decreasing evenly distributed to 316-331-361-376-391 sts (do not dec over buttonbands).
Establish pattern on the next row as follows (right side): 8 edge sts as before, Pattern 1 over the following 300-315-345-360-375 sts and 8 edge sts as before. After last dec there are 136-142-154-160-166 sts on needles – finish Pattern 1. Then K 1 row (right side), decreasing evenly distributed to 94-98-102-106-110 sts.
Neckband: Change to smaller double-pointed needles and knit Pattern 2 (including over buttonbands) – 1st row is the wrong side. Then bind off all sts loosely. Fold neckband in half to wrong side and sew in place – be sure it is not too tight.

Assembly: Sew opening under the sleeve.
Crocheted edge: Crochet 1 row of ch-loops around the neck (see the arrow in Pattern 2 for the row to crochet in), around lower edge of yoke (see the arrow in Pattern 1) and around lower edge of the sleeves (crochet in cast-on row).
Crochet as follows: 1 sc in first st, * ch 5, skip over 2 sts, 1 sc in the next st *, repeat * - *. Do not crochet over buttonbands.


K from RS, P from WS
P from RS, K from WS
K2 tog
K2 tog, 1 yo
1 yo, slip 1 st as if to K, K1, psso
1 yo, slip 1 st as if to K, K2 tog, psso, 1 yo

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