Can I adapt a pattern for circular needles into straight needles?

A number of DROPS patterns are worked on circular needles. This technique is very popular in many countries in Northern Europe, the UK and the US and is a method with many advantages; you avoid seems and... (Read more)

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Can I use a different yarn than the one mentioned in the pattern?

Yes, as long as the yarn can be worked on the same knitting tension/gauge. Always swatch to make sure you get the same number of stitches in width and rows in height as given in the pattern. Remember... (Read more)

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English rib – an overview

English rib (sometimes referred to as Brioche) is a knitting technique where you occasionally use double stitches to achieve a clear and visible striped pattern in your work – similar to a rib edge.... (Read more)

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How can I get help with a DROPS pattern?

Each individual pattern contains a “Comments” section where you can post questions, get answers in your own language and also read what other knitters have commented on the pattern. If there have been... (Read more)

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How to cast off from the right side

Casting off stitches from the right side while knitting stockingnett stitch. For example for armholes, necklines and shoulders. It`s important that the cast off edge is not to loose or too tight. You... (Read more)

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How to cast off from the wrong side

Casting off stitches from the wrong side of work while purling. When you no longer need these stitches for example when making armholes, necklines and shoulders. It`s important that the cast off edge... (Read more)

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How to cast on

There are several ways of casting on. We have chosen to show you the most common way that results in a firm yet stretchy edge. It’s important that the casting on is not too tight. Do you feel that... (Read more)

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How to choose yarn!

When you choose yarn! All yarn/fibers have different natural properties, the same property like when you buy finished knitted garments. Before you choose yarn for a specific model, it is important... (Read more)

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How to crochet a shopping bag

Crochet bags are all the rage this season! Never crocheted one before? Do not worry! Here’s a step-by-step tutorial on how to crochet the bag Pacific Blues (DROPS 199-15), so you can easily get to work... (Read more)

category: Full patterns

How to decrease stitches

If you want to shape your knitwear, for example for an armhole, neckline or waistline, you can do that with a simple decrease. When decreasing at markers or next to edge stitches you work as follows from... (Read more)

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