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DROPS 87-3 by DROPS Design

DROPS Cardigan in Safran and Cotton Viscose

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DROPS 87-3

Sizes: S - M - L - XL - XXL

Finished measurements:
Bust: 88-96-106-116-126 cm
[34-5/8" - 37.75" - 41.75" - 45-5/8" - 49-5/8"]
Hem: 80-88-98-108-118 cm
[31.5" - 34-5/8" 38-5/8" - 42.5" - 46.5"]

Materials: DROPS SAFRAN,
250-250-300-300-350 g. col. no. 18, natural
and use: DROPS COTTON-VISCOSE,
350-400-400-450-500 g. col. no. 02, natural

DROPS 4.5 mm [US 7] and 5.5 mm [US 9] needles, or sizes needed to obtain correct gauge.
DROPS 3 mm [US C] crochet hook
Accessories: 1 safety pin, 1 button

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NOTE: This pattern is written in American English. All measurements in charts are in inches. For conversion from inches to cm - click here. There are different terms for crocheting in American and British English. If this pattern includes crochet, click for "crochet terms" here.
Gauge: 16 sts x 20 rows on larger needles with 1 strand of each yarn (= 2 strands) in stockinette st = 10 x 10 cm.

Button band: Knit the button bands as follows:
* K 1 row (right side), P 1 row (wrong side), but the outermost 3 sts at the center front edge K all sts, then K 1 row, P 1 row but the outermost 4 sts at the center front edge K all sts*, repeat * - * to finished measurements.

Increasing tips (for button bands):
Make all incs on right side rows. Inc inside of button bands by making a yo. On the next row, twist and P the yo.

Knitting tips (for neckband):
Bind off inside of button bands on front and inside of 4 sts in garter st on back.
All decs are made on right side. Bind off as follows:
After button bands/4 garter sts: Sl 1 st as if to knit, K 1, psso.
Before button bands/4 garter sts: K 2 tog.

Back: Cast on 66-72-80-88-96 sts on smaller needles with 1 strand of each yarn (= 2 strands) and knit 2 rows garter st. Change to larger needles and stockinette st. When the piece measures 10 cm inc 1 st at each side every 10 cm a total of 3 times = 72-78-86-94-102 sts.
When the piece measures 35-36-37-38-39 cm bind off for armhole at each side every other row: 3 sts 1 time, 2 sts 1-2-3-4-5 times and 1 st 2-2-3-5-6 times = 58-60-62-62-64 sts. When the piece measures 50-52-54-56-58 cm knit 4 rows garter st over the center 24-26-26-26-28 sts (knit the remaining sts as before). Then bind off the center 16-18-18-18-20 sts for the neck. Continue to dec 1 st at each neck edge every other row 2 times – see knitting tips = 19-19-20-20-20 sts remain on each shoulder. Bind off when the piece measures 54-56-58-60-62 cm.

Left front: Cast on 22-25-29-33-37 sts on smaller needles with 1 strand of each yarn (= 2 strands).
Read the entire next section before knitting:

Inc at the center front: knit 2 rows garter st at the same time increasing 1 st at the center front on the 1st row – see increasing tips above.
Change to larger needles and continue in stockinette st – see instructions for button bands above.
Then inc 1 st every 4 rows – see increasing tips: 4-5-6-7-8 times, then every other row: 10-9-8-7-6 times.

Side inc: When the piece measures 10 cm inc at the side as on back.

Neck shaping: After all incs at the center front are complete knit 3 rows stockinette st (the button bands are knit as before) – the piece measures approx. 19-20-21-22-23 cm.
Now dec 1 st at the center front every 4 rows – see knitting tips: 8-10-9-8-10 times, then every 6 rows: 6-5-6-7-6 times. Continue with stockinette st and button bands as before to finished measurements.

Armhole: At the same time when the piece measures 35-36-37-38-39 cm bind off for armhole at the side as on back.
After all shaping is complete 19-19-20-20-20 sts remain on shoulder. Bind off when the piece measures 54-56-58-60-62 cm.

Right front: Cast on and knit the same as the left reversing shaping.

Sleeve: Cast on 51-53-53-55-55 sts on larger needles with 1 strand of each yarn (= 2 strands). K 1 row (right side), decreasing 5 sts evenly distributed on the row = 46-48-48-50-50 sts.
Then K 1 row (wrong side row), then continue in stockinette st.
When the piece measures 5 cm dec 5 sts evenly distributed on the row. Repeat dec when the piece measures 10 cm = 36-38-38-40-40 sts.
When the piece measures 16-15-15-16-17 cm inc 1 st at each side every 3.5-3-2.5-2-1.5 cm a total of 9-11-13-14-17 times = 54-60-64-68-74 sts.
When sleeve measures 48-48-47-46-45 cm bind off for sleeve cap at each side every other row: 3 sts 1 time, 2 sts 2-2-3-3-3 times and 1 st 2-3-2-4-5 times, then bind off 2 sts at each side until the piece measures 55-56-56-57-57 cm, then bind off 3 sts 1 time at each side. Bind off the remaining sts, the piece measures approx. 56-57-57-58-58 cm.

Assembly: Sew shoulder seams. Sew sleeve and side seams in one, using edge sts as seam allowance.
Crocheted buttonhole: Crochet on right center front edge at the widest part with 1 strand Cotton Viscose as follows: 1 sc, ch 4, fasten with 1 sc approx. 1 cm below, turn and crochet 5 sc in ch-loop back, finish with 1 sl st in first sc from previous row.
Sew button approx. 8 cm in from the center front of left side at the widest part so that the right front buttonhole matches up.

Crocheted 5-petal blossoms in 3 layers:
1st row: Ch 4 with Cotton Viscose and join into a ring with 1 sl st.
2nd row: 1 sc in the ring, * ch 2, 1 sc *, repeat
* - * a total of 4 times and finish with ch 2 and 1 sl st in first sc at start of row = 5 ch-loops.
3rd row: Ch 1, crochet as follows in first ch-loop:
* 1 sc, 3 dc, 1 sc *, repeat * - * in all ch-loops and finish with 1 sl st in first sc at start of row. Finish with ch 1. Turn piece and complete from other side.
4th row: * 1 sc in sc from 2nd row (crochet on the back side around sts from 3rd row, pull yarn tight), ch 4 *, repeat * - * a total of 5 times and finish with 1 sl st in first sc at start of row.
5th row: Ch 1, crochet as follows in first ch-loop:
* 1 sc, 5 dc, 1 sc *, repeat * - * in all ch-loops and finish with 1 sl st in first sc at start of row.6th row: * 1 sc in sc from 4th row (crochet on the back side of the 2 petals around sts from 5th row, pull yarn tight), ch 5 *, repeat * - * a total of 5 times and finish with 1 sl st in first sc at start of row.
7th row: Ch 1, crochet as follows in first ch-loop:
* 1 sc, 2 dc, ch 1, 3 tc, ch 1, 2 dc, 1 sc *, repeat * - * in all ch-loops and finish with 1 sl st in first sc at start of row.
Cut and fasten yarn. Make a total of 3 flowers in this manner.

Crocheted 5-petal blossoms in 2 layers:
These blossoms are crocheted the same as the 3-layer blossoms but work only rows 1 - 5.
Make a total of 2 flowers in this manner.

Crocheted 5-petal blossoms in 1 layer:
1st row: Ch 4 and join into a ring with 1 sl st.
2nd row: 1 sc in the ring, * ch 3, 1 sc *, repeat
* - * a total of 4 times and finish with ch 3 and 1 sl st in first sc at start of row = 5 ch-loops.
3rd row: Ch 1, crochet in first ch-loop: * 1 sc, 1 dc, ch 1, 2 tc, ch 1, 1 dc, 1 sc *, repeat * - * in all ch-loops and finish with 1 sl st in first sc at start of row. Cut and fasten yarn. Make a total of 2 flowers in this manner.
Fasten a safety pin on the back side of one of the
5-petal/3 layer flowers and use this to close the cardigan. Sew the remaining flowers on left shoulder – see photo for placement.

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