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Cute as a bug by DROPS Design

Knitted DROPS lady bug pants for costume parties in ”Eskimo”. Size 1 - 6 years.

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DROPS Extra 0-889

DROPS design: Pattern no ee-120-bn
Yarn group E
Size: 1/2 – 3/4 – 5/6 years

Materials: DROPS ESKIMO from Garnstudio
200-250-300 g color no 56, Christmas red
100 g for all sizes in color no 02, black

DROPS DOUBLE POINTED NEEDLES AND CIRCULAR NEEDLE (60 or 80 cm / 24'' or 32'') SIZE 7 mm / US 10.75 - or size needed to get 12 sts x 16 rows in stockinette st = 10 x 10 cm / 4'' x 4''.
DROPS DOUBLE POINTED NEEDLES and CIRCULAR NEEDLE (60 cm / 24'') SIZE 6 mm /US 10 - for rib.

DROPS CROCHET HOOK size 6 mm / J/10 - for circles.

ACCESSORIES: 4 BUTTONS, approx. diameter 20mm/ 3/4".

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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. For this pattern in British English, please click here.
Inc by making 1 YO. K YO twisted on next round (i.e. work in back loop of st to avoid holes).

K 2 tog.

GARTER ST (back and forth on needle):
K all rows. 1 ridge = 2 K rows.

Worked in the round on circular needle, waist down.
Piece is identical front and back. REMEMBER THE GAUGE!
Cast on 64-68-72 sts on circular needle size 6 mm / US 10 with Eskimo. Work rib = K 2/P 2 for 10-11-12 cm / 4"-4½"-4 3/4".
Switch to circular needle size 7 mm / US 10.75 and continue in stockinette st – AT THE SAME TIME on 1st round dec 10-8-6 sts evenly - READ DECREASE TIP = 54-60-66 sts. Insert 6 markers in the piece, 9-10-11 sts apart.
AT THE SAME TIME on next round, inc 1 st on each side of every marker (= 12 inc per round) - READ INCREASE TIP.
Repeat inc every other round 4 more times (= 5 times in total) = 114-120-126 sts.
Continue until piece measures 24-27-30 cm / 9½"-10½"-11 3/4".
Now dec 1 st on each side of every marker (= 12 dec per round). Repeat dec every other round 3 more times (= 4 dec in total) = 66-72-78 sts.
Keep first and fourth marker in piece (= mid front and mid back), remove the other markers.
On next round inc 1 st on each side of each marker (= 4 inc per round).
Repeat inc every other round 2 more times (= 3 times in total) = 78-84-90 sts.

On next round bind off 4 sts mid front and mid back (i.e. 2 sts on each side of first and fourth marker) = 35-38-41 sts on each leg.

Slip sts from one leg on 1 stitch holder and sts from the other leg on double pointed needles size 7 mm / US 10.75 = 35-38-41 sts. Work in stockinette st in the round on needles for 2 cm / 3/4''. Switch to double pointed needles size 6 mm / US 10.
K 1 round while AT THE SAME TIME inc 1-2-3 sts evenly = 36-40-44 sts.
Then work rib = K 2/P 2 for 6-7-8 cm / 2½"-2 3/4"-3".
Then loosely bind off with K over K and P over P.
Work the other leg the same way.

Sew tog the opening between the legs.

Ch 4 on hook size 6 mm / J/10 with black and form a ring with 1 sl st in 1st ch.
ROUND 1: Work 6 dc in ch-ring.
ROUND 2: Work 2 dc in every dc = 12 dc.
ROUND 3: * 1 dc in first st, 2 dc in next st *, repeat from *-* the entire round = 18 dc.
ROUND 4: * 1 dc in each of the first 2 sts, 2 dc in next st *, repeat from *-* the entire round = 24 dc.
Fasten off.

Work as large circle but finish after 3rd round = 18 dc.

Work as large circle but finish after 2nd round = 12 dc.

Work 3 large, 3 medium and 4 small circles.
Fasten them on to pants – see picture.

Cast on 5 sts with black on circular needle size 6 mm / US 10. Work in GARTER ST back and forth - see explanation above! When piece measures 5 cm / 2'', work buttonhole as follows: K 1, K 2 tog, 1 YO, K 2.
On next round K the YO to make a hole. Continue in garter st AT THE SAME TIME every 5 cm / 2'' work buttonhole.
Work until shoulder strap measures 40 cm / 15 3/4". Bind off.
Knit another shoulder strap.

Fasten 4 buttons on the inside of pants, 2 on front piece and 2 on back piece. Fasten shoulder straps in buttons, front and back.

Make a loose pompom with black with an approx. diameter of 15 cm / 6''. Fasten it to a headband.
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