How to follow a DROPS pattern

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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!

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Comments (15)

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.

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

Kirsten Jensen 11.09.2020 - 17:34:

ØHjælp,ripplings Rosa jakke. Skal man begynde med diagrammerne fra højre. Pind 2, hvordan skal den strikkes tilbage? Der er opgivet, hvad man skal på nogle af diagrammerne, men er det da vrang, der strikkes på pinden tilbage? Og hvad betyder A1a og A3a oppe over. Jeg synes,at jakken ser fantastisk ud og vil gerne udfordre mig lidt.

DROPS Design 14.09.2020 - 07:55:

Hei. Ja, du starter med diagrammene nederst til høyre. 1.pinne blir da 1.pinne fra retten og 1.rad i diagrammene. Når du strikker frem og tilbake blir 1.pinne fra vrangen 2.rad i diagrammet, og da strikker du fra venstre side. Les diagramforklaringen hvordan ikonene strikkes (forskjell fra om du strikker fra retten eller vrangen). Når du har strikket diagram A.1, A.3 og A.4 1 gang i høyden, skal disse diagrammene gjentas i høyden, men da bare det som er markert med klammen, alså A.1a, A.3a og A.4a. Slik at de 2 første radene i diagrammene strikkes kun i begynnelsen av jakken. God Fornøyelse!

Trine 21.08.2020 - 21:44:

Hej, jeg er igang med at strikke Frosted Cathedral 206-23. Jeg har fulgt opskriften og har lavet udtagninger til raglan og har også fået 8 masker mere. Mit spørgsmål kommer fordi at jeg ender med 4 masker for meget, og jeg er kommet frem til at det er fordi at jeg har lavet 2 udtagninger på ryg og på forstykket som det står i diagram A.2a at man skal den første pind i mønsteret. Hvad har jeg gjort forkert? VH Trine

DROPS Design 31.08.2020 - 11:16:

Hei Trine. Hvilken størrelse strikker du ? Når du strikker 1. omgang er det både økning i diagram A.2a og økninger som er forklart i teksten. Om du f.eks strikker i str S har du 44 masker etter halskanten og etter 1. økning har du 56 masker (økninger både i diagram og tekst). Etter totalt 11 økninger har du 136 maske. mbh DROPS design

Denise Corbett 18.08.2020 - 21:35:

Hi there - I am knitting the Winter Delight jacket. When knitting right side rows, I am following the pattern charts from right to left. When knitting wrong side rows, do I follow the pattern charts from left to right or are all rows - right and wrong side - knit from R to L? Thanks

DROPS Design 19.08.2020 - 08:32:

Dear Mrs Corbett, From RS read diagrams fom the right towards the left and from WS read diagrams from the left towards the right - this lesson explains more about diagrams - Happy knitting!

MARTINE SANS 10.08.2020 - 08:38:

Hello ? Have you an help to choose our model according to dimensions ? For example what means TAILLE L which size ? Thanks for you website ! Rgds

DROPS Design 10.08.2020 - 13:08:

Dear Mrs Sans, measure a similar garment you have and like the shape and compare these measurments to those in the chart to find out the matching size - read more about sizing and charts here. Happy knitting!

Angela Charles 01.08.2020 - 20:07:

Hello, I am just starting the Quartier Latin jumper . For =single crochet in stitch= Is it right that you pick up just the front loop ( as it doesn't specify FLO or BLO) of the stitch? But please can you tell me what = single crochet around chain stitch= means? Is it fpsc? Or just picking up both loops of the stitch? With the =3 double crochets in stitch=, I assume this means a 3DC cluster? But what is =3 double crochets together around chain stitch/chain space?

DROPS Design 03.08.2020 - 09:02:

Dear Mrs Charles, in this pattern you crochet all stitches as usual, ie under both loops and not only in front or in back loop of sts. This video shows how to crochet in or around a stitch. 3 double crochets together = work 3 double crochet without making last yarn over/pull throught, work one more dc and on last yo pull through all loops (= see video above for "around a stitch". Happy knitting!

Dorthe Johansen 23.06.2020 - 22:30:

Hej, jeg har fundet en skøn sweater på Pinterest, men jeg kan ikke finde den på jeres hjemmeside, måske kan i hjælpe. Den er mellemblå, muligvis lavet af kid-silk, med hulmønster i , jeg har et billede af den med jeres logo, men der er ikke mulighed for at sende den her. Måske er det en af de nye som ikke er stemt ind?

DROPS Design 26.06.2020 - 13:53:

Hej Dorthe. Kan det kanske vara en av dessa? Annars kan det vara en från den nya kollektionen som inte finns oppskrift på ännu. Mvh DROPS Design

Astrid Hediger 19.06.2020 - 18:05:

Meine Lieblingsmodelle werden in englischer Sprache angezeit. Spreche deutsch. Was habe ich falsches gemacht.

DROPS Design 22.06.2020 - 09:12:

Liebe Frau Hediger, alle unsere Modellen sind auch auf Deutsch erhältlich - klicken Sie einfach auf dem Menu unter dem Foto um die Sprache zu ändern. Viel Spaß beim strickken!

Susanne Sørensen 11.06.2020 - 14:01:

Ang Drops 167-12. str L Bærestykke. når man har taget24m ud Så er der 143m og skiftet til p nr 5. Strik første m af A1 er det inden mønster. og så står der at når A 1 er færdig er der 275 masker på pinden. Hvor kommer de fra

DROPS Design 15.06.2020 - 07:44:

Hei Susanne. I diagram A.1 er det et sort ovalt ikon som er på rad 5, 7, 9, 11, 11, 17, 19, 21, 27, 35, 41 og 43. Dette ikonet betyr: Slå om mellem 2 m, omslaget strikkes drejet på næste p, det skal ikke lave hul. Det blir da 12 økninger pr A.1. Du strikker A.1 11 ganger i bredden. Så når A.1 er strikket 1 gang i høyden har du økt 12 x 11 masker = 132 masker + de 143 maskene du hadde ved begynnelsen = 275 masker. God Fornøyelse!

Carmen Ahuja Vilchis 23.05.2020 - 15:44:

Su página es lo mejor en tejidos...felicidades

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