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DROPS 68-8 by DROPS Design

DROPS Lace Cardigan in Safran.

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DROPS 68-8

Sizes: S/M - M/L - XL
Finished measurements: 86-96-106 cm [33 7/8" - 37.75" - 41.75"]

Materials: DROPS SAFRAN from Garnstudio
100% Egyptian cotton, 50 g/160 m./174 yards
300-350-400 g. col. no. 05, light blue violet.
50 - 50 - 50 g. col. no. 06, denim blue
50 - 50 - 50 g. col. no. 08, lilac.

2 m [78.75"] of 0.6 cm [0.25"] wide ribbon in matching color

Alternate yarns:
* DROPS SILKE-TWEED, 52% silk, 48% lambswool, 50 g./200 m./218 yards
* DROPS COTTON-VISCOSE, 54% Egyptian cotton, 46% viscose, 50 g./110 m./120 yards

DROPS 3 mm [US 2] circular needles, or size needed to obtain correct gauge.

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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.
Gauge: 24 sts x 32 rows = 10 x 10 cm [4" x 4"] in stockinette st.

Garter st, when knitting flat: Knit all sts, all rows.

Knitting tips (for neck):
All decs are made on right side rows inside of 4 edge sts in garter st. Dec 1 st as follows:
Before 4 edge sts: K 2 tog.
After 4 edge sts: sl 1, K 1, psso.

Pattern: See chart. Use the corrected chart shown below for Pattern 4. The pattern is seen from the right side.

Body: Cast on 219-243-267 sts on circular needles with 2 strands denim blue. Change to 1 strand and knit 2 rows garter st. Change to light blue violet and establish the next row as follows: K 4 (button band knit in garter st throughout), K 1 (stockinette st), 209-233-257 sts of Pattern 1, K 1 (stockinette st), K 4 (button band knit in garter st). Knit in pattern as established until the piece measures approx. 29-30-31 cm [11 3/8" - 11.75" - 12.25"] – adjust so you end with the last row of Pattern 1 – then knit Pattern 2 once, then Pattern 3 to finished dimensions, keeping the 5 sts at each side (button bands) the same as initially established (4 sts in garter st + 1 stockinette st).
Read the entire next section before knitting:
At the same time as you begin Pattern 3 knit 2 rows garter st over only the outer 4 sts of the button band (the remaining sts are not knit on these 2 rows). Then dec 1 st for the neck inside the 4 garter st edge sts 18-18-18 times every other row and then 6-7-7 times every 4th row - see knitting tips. After the 2nd neck dec (the piece measures approx. 33-34-36 cm [13" - 13 3/8" - 14 1/8"]) knit the next row as follows: 50-56-62 sts for the front, bind off 7 sts for armhole, 101-113-125 sts for the back, bind off 7 sts for armhole, 50-56-62 sts for the front. Knit each piece separately.

Left Front: = 50-56-62 sts. Continue shaping neck as instructed above and at the same time bind off for armhole every other row: 2 sts 2-3-5 times and 1 st 2-5-6 times. After all neck and armhole shaping is complete 24-24-25 sts remain on shoulder. Bind off the remaining sts when the piece measures approx. 52-54-56 cm [20.5" - 21.25" - 22"] - adjust so you bind off after at least 2 rows stockinette st over all sts (no lace).

Right Front: Knit the same as the left front, reversing all shaping.

Back: = 101-113-125 sts. Bind off for armhole at each side as on front = 89-91-93 sts. When the piece measures approx. 49-51-53 cm [19.25" - 20" - 20 7/8"] - adjust so there are at least 2 rows stockinette st over all sts - knit 4 rows garter st over the center 45-47-47 sts. On the next row bind off the center 37-39-39 sts for the neck, and knit 4 sts at each neck edge in garter st to finished measurements. Dec 1 st for the neck every other row 2 times inside 4 edge sts in garter st - see knitting tips = 24-24-25 sts remain on each shoulder. Bind off the remaining sts when the piece measures the same as the fronts.

Sleeve: Cast on 62-62-62 sts with 2 strands lilac. Change to 1 strand denim blue and establish the pattern on the next row as follows (right side row):
K 1 (edge st knit in garter st throughout), 6 sts of Pattern 4A, 48 sts of Pattern 4B, 6 sts of Pattern 4C, K 1 (edge st knit in garter st throughout). Knit Pattern 4 twice (40 rows). Change to lilac and Pattern 5 once (keep edge sts in garter st).
Change to light blue violet and Pattern 1. At the same time when the piece measures 15 cm [5 7/8"] inc 1 st at each side a total of 10-13-13 times every 12-9-8 rows = 82-88-88 sts. Knit the increased sts knit into the pattern as you go along. When sleeves measures 49-47-45 cm [19.25" - 18.5" - 17.75"] (adjust so you end on the last row of Pattern 1) knit Pattern 2 once, then Pattern 3 to finished dimensions. When sleeve measures 51-50-48 cm [20" - 19.75" - 18 7/8"] bind off for sleeve cap at each side every other row: 3 sts 2-2-2 times, 2 sts 3-4-2 times, 1 st 3-3-9 times, then bind off 2 sts 3-3-2 times, then bind off 3 sts at each side until the piece measures 59-59-59 cm [23.25" - 23.25" - 23.25"]. Bind off the remaining sts.

Assembly: Sew shoulder seams. Sew the sleeve seam using edge sts as seam allowance. Sew in the sleeves. Cut ribbon in 3 parts, 2 each 60 cm [23 5/8"] long and 1 80 cm [31.5"] long. Thread one of the 60 cm [23 5/8"] ribbons through the holes in Pattern 5 of each sleeve and fasten on the wrong side. Use the 80 cm [31.5"] long ribbon uses to tie together the cardigan at center front. Thread one end through the inside of the right button band at the beginning of the neck shaping, and the other end through the left side. Tie together at center front.


K 2 tog
sl 1, K 1, psso.
sl 1, K 2 tog, psso.

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