How to follow a DROPS pattern

Is this your first time working with a DROPS pattern and are you having trouble understanding what to do first? Then read over this lesson, where we show you how to follow one of our patterns.

The first step is to choose which pattern you wish to make.

Are you a beginner? Then it’s a good idea to choose an easy pattern for your first project. We have chosen a pair of slippers, Side Step (DROPS Extra 0-1279) as an example for this lesson, but you can find other simple patterns which are a good starting point for beginners at the bottom of the page.

Every pattern on our site has a DROPS number, a descriptive title, tags that will direct you to related patterns and, in most cases, a name - but if the name is missing, please feel free to suggest one!

If you have already found a pattern you’d like to work with, the next thing to do is to choose what size you need to make, and what yarn you will be using.

To do this you’ll move to the next section of the pattern (which comes after the pattern pictures on mobile). In this section you will find information about the pattern’s yarn group, the pattern model number, the sizes available, the amount of yarn you need for each size and which needles to use.

DROPS design: Pattern no de-121
Yarn group A + A + A + A or C + C or E

If you are already thinking of using a different yarn than the one suggested on the pattern, the easiest is to choose another yarn that belongs to the same yarn group. Read about the DROPS Yarn Groups here.

You can also easily replace the yarn by using our yarn converter, just look for this text on your pattern:

“Want to use a different yarn? Try our yarn converter!”


In the case of these slippers, you’ll find 2 rows of equivalent sizes, shoe sizes and foot length (in cm). Choose the size you wish to make and mark this size with a coloured marker throughout the pattern. We have chosen for this example size 35/37.

Size: 29/31 - 32/34 - 35/37 - 38/40 - 41/43 - 44/46
To fit foot length: 17 - 19 - 21 - 23 - 26 - 29 cm

Right under the sizes, you’ll find the materials. Here you will find the name of the yarn suggested and the amount of yarn you need (for each of the colours used on the pattern). Sometimes, like with this pattern, you’ll find suggestions for alternatives, separated by a

Or use:

We have chosen size 35/37, and that means we will need the 3rd amount of each colour, counting from the left.

DROPS DELIGHT from Garnstudio
100-100- 100 -100-100-150 g colour no 12, rainbow
Or use:
100-100- 100 -100-100-150 g colour no 17, raspberry cake
Or use:
50-50- 50 -50-50-100 g colour no 08, green/beige
50-50- 50 -50-50-100 g colour no 07, beige/blue

To make sure you get the same measurements/size as given in the pattern, it is important that your knitting tension corresponds to the knitting tension described in the text!

We therefore recommend that you always make a small swatch – In this pattern you need 14 knitted stitches to give you a width of 10 cm, using 4 strands of DROPS Delight. You find this information together with the recommended needle/hook.

DROPS STRAIGHT NEEDLES SIZE 5.5 mm – or size needed to get 14 sts in garter st with 4 strands = width 10 cm.

We start all our patterns by describing all the different techniques which are to be used.

Scrolling to the bottom of the pattern you’ll find a number of instruction videos and lessons on these various techniques; they are easy to follow and useful when you are uncertain about how to do certain things.

GARTER ST (back and forth on needle):
K all rows. 1 ridge = 2 rows K.
Use 4 strands rainbow or 4 strands raspberry cake or 2 strands green/beige + 2 strands beige/blue (= 4 strands).
NOTE: Use yarn from both inside and outside of the ball.
Tighten yarn when sts are worked K 2 tog to avoid big holes.

Then we get to where we start to work on the pattern.


First we give some information on how to start the piece and in which direction to work!

Work back and forth from the heel towards the toes.

Now we are ready to begin. We always start by casting on the number of stitches needed for the chosen size (look for the numbers marked in bold).

Cast on 23-23- 27 -27-29-29 sts on needle size 5.5 mm with 4 strands Delight - read COLOUR OPTION (let the yarn end be approx. 20 cm; used for assembly).
Work in GARTER ST – see explanation above, until piece measures 13½-15½- 17½ -19½-22½-25½ cm

If you have forgotten how to work GARTER ST ,go back to the top and follow the description of GARTER ST under EXPLANATIONS.

Even if you have worked a swatch already, it is a good idea to check your knitting tension as you go, so you are certain you will get the right size – that’s why we say;


Work next row from RS as follows: K 1, then K sts tog 2 by 2 = 12-12-14-14-15-15 sts – READ KNITTING TIP! K 3 rows.
On next row from RS work as follows: * K 4-4-5-5-3-3, K the next 2 sts tog *, repeat from *-* 2-2-2-2-3-3 times in total = 10-10-12-12-12-12 sts on needle.

When we use *-* in the text, work whatever has been written between the stars, repeating this however many times stated in the pattern. Here you knit 5 stitches, the next 2 stitches are knitted together, then you knit 5 stitches and finally knit 2 stitches together again. In this way you have decreased 2 stitches and have 12 stitches left.

K 1 row.
On next row K sts tog 2 by 2 = 5-5-6-6-6-6 sts.
Piece measures approx. 17-19-21-23-26-29 cm. Cut the strands (let the yarn end be approx. 20 cm long; used for assembly) and pull it through the remaining sts, tighten tog.

Finally we will assemble the slipper.

Fold cast-on edge double and sew tog mid back. Sew tog edge to edge from toe and up to 1/3 of the slipper. Sew in edge sts to avoid a chunky seam.

Scrolling to the bottom of the pattern you’ll find our Help Resources section. Here you will find information on everything; how to cast on, working knitted stitches, decreasing stitches, casting off, assembling the slippers and much, much more. You will also find a list of frequently asked questions (FAQ) and a form to leave your own. Hope this helped you understand the structure of a DROPS pattern. Remember that if you knit or crochet any of our designs we’d love for you to submit it to the #dropsfan gallery!

Inspiration for beginners

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Comments (29)

Lis Steenberg 21.09.2021 - 17:42:

Er begyndt på diagram A1 str xxl på Drops 157-23. Hvordan startes på omgang 5. Er det sideudtagning eller alm. udtagning og hvor mange masker skal der være på pinden. Havde været rart med oplysning om maskeantal ved hver udtagning. På forhånd tak for hjælp. Lis

DROPS Design 23.09.2021 - 11:45:

Hej Lis. Ställ frågan på opskriften istället så svarar vi dig där. Mvh DROPS Design

Ineke 21.09.2021 - 14:05:

Wat wordt er in een patroon bedoeld met 'geen steek'?

DROPS Design 23.09.2021 - 15:19:

Dag Ineke,

Hier is letterlijk geen steek. Als je het telpatroon uit zou knippen, dan zou je dat hokje er ook uit moeten knippen. De reden dat daar geen steek zit is vaak dat deze op de vorige naald geminderd was.

Randi Willumsen 13.09.2021 - 07:45:

Hei jeg prøver meg på Petronella topp. Her er øking raglan og øking for/bakstykke og ermer . Dette står hver for seg , forvirrende 😅 på oppskriften står det f.eks Ermer - øk hver 2. omgang 29 ganger ??? Betyr dette 29 masker ? Får dette ikke til å stemme da armen begynner med bare 22 masker 😅 Mvh Randi

DROPS Design 13.09.2021 - 08:52:

Hei Randi. Om du strikker str. XL. På ermene skal du øke 2 masker på hver 2. omgang 29 ganger, ikke 29 masker. Du har da strikker 58 pinner i høyden. Så skal du øke på hver 4. omgang 2 ganger (= 8 pinner i høyden). Du starter med 12 masker til 1 erme, så øker du med 2 masker på hver 2. omgang = 12+58 = 70 masker, så øker du med 2 masker 2 ganger = 70 + 4 = 74 masker. Når økningene er ferdig har du 74 masker til 1 erme og du har strikket 66 omganger. mvh DROPS design

Rhonda Pringle 01.07.2021 - 22:48:

If found it, never mind

Rhonda Pringle 01.07.2021 - 20:51:

I'm not seeing how many stitches to cast on at the very beginning? Please help

Anonym 10.05.2021 - 23:24:

Hej, i mönstret står det att man ska virka vänster framstycke spegelvänt, men hur gör man det? Hittar ingen förklaring på det

DROPS Design 19.05.2021 - 07:42:

Hei. Det er samme forklaring som høyre framstykket, men når man hekler 2 forstykker skal det ene være en speilvendt versjon av det andre. Så om det er en stolpe på plagget blir det på motsatt side og fellingene til erme og hals blir også på motsatt side. mvh DROPS design

Maria Teresa Senovilla 24.04.2021 - 08:29:

Es posible que pusierais la opción traductor en los comentarios?, sería de gran ayuda y disiparía muchas dudas, gracias!

Nathalie Hofer 19.04.2021 - 10:53:

Als Anfängerin verstehe ich mit dieser Anleitung nicht, wieviel Garnmenge ich brauche. Beispiel: Ich möchte den Pullunder DROPS / 210 / 28 (College Days) in Grösse L stricken. Wieviel Gramm Garn brauche ich?

DROPS Design 20.04.2021 - 07:46:

Liebe Frau Hofer, Garnmengen finden Sie immer unter Kopfteil, ie für dieses Modell brauchen Sie in L 200 g DROPS Air/50 g das Knäuel = 4 Knäuel DROPS Air in L für dieses Modell. Viel Spaß beim stricken!

Delamaire Nicole 22.03.2021 - 10:47:

Je n\\\'arrive pas a suivre la grille du modele (Drops baby 31-3 laine mérinos grille A1 je souhaite avoir l\\\'explication comme(1m end 1 jet glisser 1m endroit tricoté1 mail endroit passé la mail glissé sur la mail tricoté 1 jeté ainsi de suite\\r\\nPour le modèle 31-4 la culotte je suis a la rehausse quand vous dite tourner( je comprend rang raccourci

DROPS Design 22.03.2021 - 11:29:

Bonjour Mme Dalamaire, cette leçon explique comment lire un diagramme et devrait vous aider à déchiffrer A.1 :) Effectivement, pour le short, on tricote effectivement une réhausse (= des rangs raccourcis pour que le dos soit plus haut que le devant). Bon tricot!

Karen Crumley 19.03.2021 - 22:19:

Help! I do not understand the increases on Safari/Drops 130-5 as follows . Then cast on new sts in each side on every other row (= at the end of every row) Thank you

Eva Bodin 21.02.2021 - 11:50:

Hur ska jag avmaska när det står 3x1-1-1? Vad menas med -1 -1 är det samma som 3 maskor igen Fast 2 ggr

Mayorgas Genevieve 19.11.2020 - 09:10:

Puis je réaliser le modèle DROPS 216-3 sans aiguilles circulaires en faisant des coutures?

DROPS Design 19.11.2020 - 10:55:

Bonjour Mme Mayorgas, vous trouverez ici comment adapter un modèle sur aiguilles droites. Bon tricot!

Turban Isabelle 17.11.2020 - 14:30:

Bonjour, Je viens de commencer le modèle Dotted Lama Le pull se tricote en rond sur aiguille circulaire avec des mailles steek découpées ensuite en leur milieu ; or dans l'explication il est écrit de faire des augmentations à chaque bout et pas au milieu Pouvez vous m'expliquer ?

DROPS Design 18.11.2020 - 08:29:

Bonjour Mme Turban, pour Dotted Lama, vous devez effectivement monter 5 mailles de chaque côté pour chacune des emmanchures: tricotez la moitié des mailles, montez 5 mailles, tricotez l'autre moitié des mailles et montez 5 mailles - ces 2 fois 5 mailles seront ensuite découpées en leur milieu pour les emmanchures. cette vidéo montre comment procéder. Bon tricot!

Nicole Chapdelaine 01.11.2020 - 18:44:

Je tricote la veste # 0-1132 Je me connais assez en tricot J'ai de la difficulté à suivre le patron

DROPS Design 02.11.2020 - 10:02:

Bonjour Mme Chapdelaine, vous pouvez volontiers poser votre question dans la rubrique similaire de ce modèle - pour toute assistance personnalisée, vous pouvez également demander de l'aide à votre magasin (même par mail ou téléphone). Bon tricot!

Gerd Lauritsen 09.10.2020 - 17:43:

Hei. Jeg har begynt på en bukse etter mønster 23-40, men er litt usikker på hvor vid den egentlig blir. I str 3/4 skal en etter vrangbord felle til 104 masker. Med strikkefasthet 19 m/10 cm, blir det ca 55 cm, men på diagrammet står det bredde 34 (×2). Hvordan kan det være?

DROPS Design 12.10.2020 - 08:37:

Hei Gerd. Om du ser på målskissen av buksen er det 34 cm på det bredeste. Fra vrangborden der du har 104 masker skal det økes til 128 masker og det stemmer med 34 cm. God Fornøyelse!

PRADILLON 07.10.2020 - 00:54:

Bonjour, je commence un pull DROPS design: Modèle u-874 Pour les aiguilles circulaires on indique deux modèles : 40 cm et 80 cm - faut-il vraiment les deux ? Très cordialement

DROPS Design 07.10.2020 - 09:03:

Bonjour Mme Pradillon, les 2 seront effectivement utilisées dans ce modèle: pour les manches lorsque les augmentations auront été faites (et qu'il n'y aura plus assez de place pour les aiguilles doubles pointes) et pour l'empiècement lorsqu'au fur et à mesure des diminutions, l'aiguille circulaire de 80 cm sera trop longue pour toutes les mailles. Vous pouvez toutefois utiliser à la place la technique du magic loop. Bon tricot!

Gaye Steel 04.10.2020 - 01:52:

What does the word curry mean in the Drops Mardi Gras Jacket mean please?

DROPS Design 05.10.2020 - 13:23:

Dear Mrs Steel, the word "curry" in this pattern refers to the colour no 19 in DROPS Brushed Alpaca Silk - see also list of materials. Happy knitting!

Mirjam Roters 29.09.2020 - 15:39:

Betreft patroon ai-248. Ik begrijp de uitleg van het telpatroon niet goed. Moet ik het van boven naar beneden lezen of van rechts naar links. Is het 1 naald recht op de goede en 1 naald averecht op de verkeerde kant en vervolgens 1 naald averecht op de goede en 1 naald recht op de verkeerde kant? Of is het een steek averecht, 1 steek recht en de naald erna alle steken recht? Ik kom er niet uit. Hopelijk kunt u mij advies geven.

DROPS Design 26.05.2021 - 15:42:

Dag Mirjam,

Je leest het telpatroon altijd van onder naar boven en je begint rechts onder en je leest naar links. In dit geval gaat het om heen en weer breien, dus aan het einde van de naald keer je het werk en lees je de tweede naald (verkeerde kant) vanaf de onderkant van links naae rechts. In de uitleg van de symbolen staat aangegeven hoe je het betreffende symbool op de goede kant breit en hoe je het op de verkeerde kant breit.

Rene 26.09.2020 - 14:32:

Could I knit baby socks on two needles

DROPS Design 28.09.2020 - 11:38:

Dear Rene, we do have some socks/booties for babies worked with 2 needles - you will find them among the socks patterns; Happy knitting!

Toril Bruvik 17.09.2020 - 17:27:

Hei. Jeg strikker Valdres genser modell u-861, og er kommet til mønster A.3, hvor jeg skal begynne å felle. Dette er nok felling under armene, men skal strikke sammen raglan etter at det mønsteret er ferdig. Feller man 2 masker sammen, eller feller vi de rett av slik at resten av mønsteret må strikkes fram og tilbake. Jeg skal felle 4 masker, strikke 125, felle 7 masker og strikke 125 og felle 3?

DROPS Design 18.09.2020 - 09:46:

Hej Toril. Du feller de rett av som det står i oppskriften. Sedan stickar du ärmarna, som du senare setter på samma rundsticka där du fellde maskor. På så sätt kan du fortsätta att sticka runt när ärmarna är på plats. Mvh DROPS Design

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