DROPS Lima
DROPS Lima
65% Wool, 35% Alpaca
from 2.40 £ /50g
Get the yarn to make this pattern from 16.80£.

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DROPS SS24

Diamond Sky

Knitted vest / slipover in DROPS Lima or DROPS Merino Extra Fine. Piece is knitted with cables, textured pattern, double neck edge and sleeve edges. Size: S - XXXL

DROPS 228-8
DROPS design: Pattern no li-140
Yarn group B
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SIZE:
S - M - L - XL - XXL - XXXL

MATERIALS:
DROPS LIMA from Garnstudio (belongs to yarn group B)
350-350-400-450-500-500 g colour 9020, pearl grey

Or use:
DROPS MERINO EXTRA FINE from Garnstudio (belongs to yarn group B)
300-350-400-400-450-500 g colour 05, light grey

NEEDLES:
DROPS CIRCULAR NEEDLE SIZE 4 mm: Length: 80 cm
DROPS CIRCULAR NEEDLE SIZE 3 mm : Length 40 and 60 cm.
DROPS CABLE NEEDLE - for cables.

KNITTING TENSION:
21 stitches in width and 28 rows vertically in stocking stitch = 10 x 10 cm.
NOTE! Remember that needle size is only a suggestion. If you have too many stitches on 10 cm switch to larger needles. If you have too few stitches on 10 cm switch to smaller needles.

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Alternative Yarn – See how to change yarns here
Yarn Groups A to F – Use the same pattern and change the yarn here
Yarn usage using an alternative yarn – Use our yarn converter here

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DROPS Lima
DROPS Lima
65% Wool, 35% Alpaca
from 2.40 £ /50g
Get the yarn to make this pattern from 16.80£.

The yarn cost is calculated from the pattern’s smallest size and the yarn’s cheapest product type. Looking for an even better price? You might find it on the DROPS Deals!

Pattern instructions

NOTE: This pattern is written in British English. All measurements in charts are in cm. For conversion from cm to inches - click here. There are different terms for crocheting in British and American English. If this pattern includes crochet, click for "crochet terms" here. For this pattern in American English, please click here.
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EXPLANATION FOR THE PATTERN:

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GARTER STITCH (back and forth):
Knit all rows.
1 ridge vertically = knit 2 rows.

PATTERN:
See diagrams A.1 to A.4. Diagrams show all rows in pattern seen from the right side.

CAST-OFF TIP:
To avoid a tight cast-off edge when casting off, you may use a larger needle. If this still is too tight make 1 yarn over after approx. every 4th stitch while casting off (cast off yarn overs as stitches).

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START THE PIECE HERE:

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VEST – SHORT SUMMARY OF PIECE:
Work front and back piece back and forth in 2 parts. Then assemble the piece at the shoulder seems and sew the side seams. Finish with a double neck edge and sleeve edges in the round on a circular needle.

BACK PIECE:
Cast on 104-115-126-137-148-159 stitches (including 2 edge stitches in each side) on circular needle size 4 mm with DROPS Lima or DROPS Merino Extra Fine. Purl 1 row from wrong side.
Then work pattern as follows: 2 edge stitches in GARTER STITCH – read explanation above, A.1 over the next 99-110-121-132-143-154 stitches (= 9-10-11-12-13-14 repetitions of 11 stitches), work first stitch in A.1, 2 edge stitches in garter stitch. Continue back and forth until A.1 has been worked 5 times vertically. REMEMBER THE KNITTING TENSION.
Work next row as follows:
Knit 2 together (= 1 stitch decreased), work A.2 over every repetition of A.1 (1 stitch is decreased in each repetition A.2 = 9-10-11-12-13-14 stitches decreased), knit the next 3 together (= 2 stitches decreased), cast on 1 stitch at the end of row (= edge stitch). Turn and work 1 edge stitch in garter stitch, purl 1, work A.2 until 1 stitch remains, purl 1, cast on 1 stitch at the end of row (= 1 edge stitch in garter stitch) = 94-104-114-124-134-144 stitches on needle and piece measures approx. 15 cm.
Now work pattern as follows: 1 edge stitch in garter stitch, 1 stitch in stocking stitch, A.3 over the next 10 stitches, A.4 over the next 80-90-100-110-120-130 stitches (= 8-9-10-11-12-13 repetitions of 10 stitches), work 1 stitch in stocking stitch, and finish with 1 edge stitch in garter stitch.
Continue back and forth like this. On 9th row in A.4 knit 1 when last repetition is finished.
When piece measures 24-25-26-27-28-29 cm, cast off 6-6-9-9-12-12 stitches for armholes at the beginning of the next 2 rows. Then cast off stitches in each side (cast off stitches at the beginning of the row) as follows:
Cast off 2 stitches on every other row 1-2-2-2-2-2 times, then cast off 1 stitch on every other row 1-1-1-3-3-5 times and finally 1 stitch every 4th row 4-5-5-6-5-5 times = 68-72-76-80-86-92 stitches. Continue to work until piece measures 49-51-53-55-57-59 cm.
Now cast off the middle 32-32-34-34-36-36 stitches for neck and finish each shoulder separately. Then cast off 1 stitch on next row from the neck = 17-19-20-22-24-27 stitches remain on each shoulder. Now finish each shoulder separately. Continue to work until piece measures 51-53-55-57-59-61 cm. Cast off knitting from right side. Work the other shoulder the same way.

FRONT PIECE:
Cast on and work as on back piece until piece measures 43-45-46-48-49-51 cm. Now slip the middle 16-16-18-18-20-20 stitches on a stitch holder and finish each shoulder separately. Then cast off stitches on every row from neck as follows: Cast off 3 stitches 1 time, 2 stitches 2 times and 1 stitch 2 times = 17-19-20-22-24-27 stitches remain for shoulder. Cast off when piece measures 51-53-55-57-59-61 cm. Work the other shoulder the same way.

ASSEMBLY:
Sew the shoulder seams. Sew side seam from armholes and down to where 1 edge stitch was cast on in each side (= approx. 15 cm vent).

DOUBLE SLEEVE EDGES:
Begin mid under sleeve in side seam and pick up approx. 136 to 162 stitch around armhole with circular needle size 3 mm and DROPS Lima or DROPS Merino Extra Fine. Number of stitches must be divisible by 2.
Work rib in the round (= knit 1/purl 1) for 6 cm. Cast off – read CAST-OFF TIP.
Fold the rib around sleeves on inside of garment. Fasten rib to get a double sleeve edge. To avoid a tight sleeve edge that sticks out it is important to keep the seam elastic.

DOUBLE NECK EDGE:
Pick up from right side approx. 100 to 116 stitches (including stitch on stitch holder) inside 1 edge stitch around the neck on circular needle size 3 mm with DROPS Lima or DROPS Merino Extra Fine. Number of stitches must be divisible by 2. Work rib in the round (= knit 1/purl 1) for 10 cm. Now increase 1 purl stitch in approx. every other section with purl stitches. Then work knit over knit and purl over purl until neck edge measures 14 cm.
Cast off stitches with knit over knit and purl over purl - make sure to avoid a tight neck edge - remember CAST-OFF TIP.
Fold rib at the top of neck down on inside of garment. Fasten rib to get a double neck edge. To avoid a tight neck edge that sticks out it is important to keep the seam elastic.

This pattern has been corrected.

Updated online: 07.02.2022
Diagrams A.3 and A.4 updated.

Diagram

symbols = knit from the right side, purl from the wrong side
symbols = purl from the right side, knit from the wrong side
symbols = slip 1 stitch on cable needle behind piece, knit 1, knit 1 from cable needle
symbols = slip 1 stitch on cable needle in front of piece, knit 1, knit 1 from cable needle
symbols = slip 1 stitch on cable needle behind piece, knit 1, purl 1 from cable needle
symbols = slip 1 stitch on cable needle in front of piece, purl 1, knit 1 from cable needle
symbols = there is no stitch. Move to next symbol in diagram
symbols = purl 2 together
diagram
diagram

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Knitting tension is what determines the final measurements of your work, and is usually measured per 10 x 10 cm. It is provided like so: number of stitches in width x number of rows in height - eg: 19 stitches x 26 rows = 10 x 10 cm.

The knitting tension is very individual; some people knit/crochet loosely while others work tightly. You adjust the knitting tension with the needle size, which is why the suggested needle size is only meant as a guide! You need to adjust this (up or down) to ensure that YOUR knitting tension matches the knitting tension provided in the pattern. If you work with a different knitting tension than provided you will have a different yarn consumption, and your work will have different measurements than what the pattern suggests.

The knitting tension also determines which yarns can replace each other. As long as you achieve the same knitting tension you can replace one yarn with another.

See DROPS lesson: How to measure your tension/gauge

See DROPS video: How to make a gauge tension swatch

The required amount of yarn is provided in grams, eg: 450 g. To calculate how many balls you’ll need you first need to know how many grams are in 1 ball (25g, 50g or 100g). This information is available if you click on the individual yarn quality on our pages. Divide the amount required with the amount of each ball. For example, if each ball is 50g (the most common amount), the calculation will be as follows: 450 / 50 = 9 balls.

The important thing when changing from one yarn to another is that the knitting/crochet tension remains the same. This is so that the measurements of the finished piece will be the same as on the sketch provided. It is easier to achieve the same knitting tension using yarns from the same yarn group. It is also possible to work with multiple strands of a thinner yarn to achieve the knitting tension of a thicker one. Please try our yarn converter. We recommend you to always work a test swatch.

Please NOTE: when changing yarn the garment might have a different look and feel to the garment in the photo, due to individual properties and qualities of each yarn.

See DROPS lesson: Can I use a different yarn than the one mentioned in the pattern?

All our yarns are categorised into yarn groups (from A to F) according to thickness and knitting tension – group A contains the thinnest yarns and group F the thickest. This makes it easier for you to find alternative yarns to our patterns, should you wish to switch yarn. All yarns within the same group have a similar knitting tension and can easily replace each other. However, different yarn qualities have different structures and properties which will give the finished work a unique look and feel.

Click here for an overview of the yarns in each yarn group

At the top of all our patterns you’ll find a link to our yarn calculator, which is a helpful tool should you wish to use a different yarn than suggested. By filling in the yarn quality you wish to replace, the amount (in your size) and number of strands, the calculator will present good alternative yarns with the same knitting tension. Additionally it will tell you how much you’ll require in the new qualities and whether you’ll need to work with multiple strands. Most skeins are 50g (some are 25g or 100g).

If the pattern is worked with multiple colours, every colour will have to be calculated separately. Similarly, if the pattern is worked with several strands of different yarns (for example 1 strand Alpaca and 1 strand Kid-Silk) you will have to find alternatives for each, individually.

Click here to see our yarn calculator

Since different yarns have different qualities and textures we have chosen to keep the original yarn in our patterns. However, you can easily find options among our available qualities by using our yarn calculator, or simply pick a yarn from the same yarn group.

It is possible that some retailers still have discontinued yarns in stock, or that someone has a few skeins at home that they would like to find patterns for.

The yarn calculator will provide both alternative yarn as well as required amount in the new quality.

If you think it's hard to decide what size to make, it can be a good idea to measure a garment you own already and like the size of. Then you can pick the size by comparing those measures with the ones available in the pattern's size chart.

You'll find the size chart at the bottom of the pattern.

See DROPS lesson: How to read size chart

The needle size provided in the pattern serves only as a guide, the important thing is to follow the knitting tension. And since knitting tension is very individual, you will have to adjust the needle size to ensure that YOUR tension is the same as in the pattern – maybe you’ll have to adjust 1, or even 2 needle sizes, up or down to achieve the correct tension. For this, we recommend that you work test swatches.

Should you work with a different knitting tension than the one provided, the measurements of the finished garment might deviate from the measurement sketch.

See DROPS lesson: How to measure your tension/gauge

See DROPS video: How to make a tension/gauge swatch

Working a garment top-down provides more flexibility and room for personal adjustment. For example it is easier to try the garment on while working, as well as making adjustments to length of yoke and shoulder caps.

The instructions are carefully explaining every step, in the correct order. Diagrams are adjusted to the knitting direction and are worked as usual.

The diagram depicts all rows/rounds, and every stitch seen from the right side. It is read from bottom to top, from right to left. 1 square = 1 stitch.

When working back and forth, every other row is worked from the right side and every other row is worked from the wrong side. When working from the wrong side, the diagram will have to be worked reversed: from left to right, knit stitches are purled, purl stitches are knit etc.

When working in the round every round is worked from the right side and the diagram are worked from right to left on all rounds.

See DROPS lesson: How to read knitting diagrams

The diagram depicts all rows/rounds, and every stitch seen from the right side. It is worked from bottom to top, from right to left.

When working back and forth every other row is worked from the right side: from right to left and every other row is worked from the wrong side: from left to right.

When working in the round, every row in the diagram are worked from the right side, from right to left.

When working a circular diagram you start in the middle and work your way outwards, counter clockwise, row by row.

The rows usually start with a given number of chain stitches (equivalent to the height of the following stitch), this will either be depicted in the diagram or explained in the pattern.

See DROPS lesson: How to read crochet diagrams

Instructions for working several diagrams after each other on the same row/round, will often be written like so: “work A.1, A.2, A.3 a total of 0-0-2-3-4 times". This means you work A.1 once, then A.2 is worked once, and A.3 is repeated (in width) the number of times provided for your size – in this case like so: S = 0 times, M = 0 times, L=2 times, XL= 3 times and XXL = 4 times.

The diagrams are worked as usual: begin with the first row in A.1, then work the first row in A.2 etc.

See DROPS lesson: How to read knitting diagrams

See DROPS lesson: How to read crochet diagrams

The total width of the garment (from wrist-to-wrist) will be larger in the larger sizes, despite the actual sleeves being shorter. The larger sizes have longer sleeve caps and wider shoulders, so there will be a good fit in all sizes.

The measurement sketch/schematic drawing provides information regarding the full length of the garment. If it’s a jumper or a jacket the length is measured from the highest point on the shoulder closest to the neckline, and straight down to the bottom of the garment. It is NOT measured from the tip of shoulder. Similarly, the length of yoke is measured from the highest point on the shoulder and down to where yoke is split into body and sleeves.

On a jacket measures are never taken along bands, unless specifically stated. Always measure inside band stitches when measuring the length.

See DROPS lesson: How to read a schematic drawing

Diagrams are often repeated on the round or in height. 1 repeat is the diagram the way it appears in the pattern. If it says to work 5 repeats of A.1 in the round, then you work A.1 a total of 5 times after/next to each other in the round. If it says to work 2 repeats of A.1 vertically/in height you work the entire diagram once, then begin again at the start and work the entire diagram one more time.

Chain stitches are slightly narrower than other stitches and to avoid working the cast-on edge too tight, we simply chain more stitches to begin with. The stitch count will be adjusted on the following row to fit the pattern and measurement sketch.

The rib edge is more elastic and will contract slightly compared to, for example, stocking stitch. By increasing before the rib edge, you avoid a visible difference in width between the rib edge and the rest of the body.

It’s very easy to cast off too tightly, and by making yarn overs while casting off (and simultaneously casting these off) you avoid a too tight cast off edge.

See DROPS video: How to bind off with yarn overs (yo)

To achieve an even increase (or decrease) you can increase on, for example: every 3rd and 4th row alternately, like so: work 2 rows and increase on the 3rd row, work 3 rows and increase on the 4th. Repeat this until the increase is complete.

See DROPS lesson: Increase or decrease 1 st on every 3rd and 4th row alternately

Should you prefer to work in the round instead of back and forth, you may of course adjust the pattern. You’ll need to add steeks mid-front (usually 5 stitches), and follow the instructions. When you would normally turn and work from the wrong side, simply work across the steek and continue in the round. At the end you’ll cut the piece open, pick up stitches to work bands, and cover the cut edges.

See DROPS video: How to knit steeks and cut open

Should you prefer to work back and forth instead of in the round, you may of course adjust the pattern so you work the pieces separately and then assemble them at the end. Divide the stitches for the body in 2, add 1 edge stitch in each side (for sewing) and work the front and back pieces separately.

See DROPS lesson: Can I adapt a pattern for circular needles into straight needles?

Pattern repeats can vary slightly in the different sizes, in order to get the correct proportions. If you’re not working the exact same size as the garment in the photo, yours might deviate slightly. This has been carefully developed and adjusted so that the complete impression of the garment is the same in all sizes.

Make sure to follow instructions and diagrams for your size!

If you have found a pattern you like which is available in women’s size it’s not very difficult to convert it to men’s size. The biggest difference will be the length of sleeves and body. Start working on the women size that you think would fit across the chest. The additional length will be worked right before you cast off for the armhole/sleeve cap. If the pattern is worked top-down you can add the length right after the armhole or before the first decrease on sleeve.

Regarding additional yarn amount, this will depend on how much length you add, but it is better with a skein too many than too few.

All yarns will have excess fibres (from production) that might come off as lint or shedding. Brushed yarns (ie hairier yarns) have more of these loose, excess fibres, causing more shedding.

Shedding also depends on what is worn under or over the garment, and whether this pulls at the yarn fibres. It’s therefore not possible to guarantee that there will be no shedding

Below are some tips on how to get the best result when working with hairier yarns:

1. When the garment is finished (before you wash it) shake it vigorously so the looser hairs come off. NOTE: do NOT use a lint roller, brush or any method that pulls at the yarn.

2. Place the garment in a plastic bag and put it in your freezer - the temperature will cause the fibres to become less attached to each other, and excess fibres will come off easier.

3. Leave in the freezer for a few hours before taking it out and shaking it again.

4. Wash the garment according to the instructions on the yarn label.

Pilling is a natural process that happens to even the most exclusive of fibers. It's a natural sign of wear and tear that is hard to avoid, and that is most visible in high friction areas of your garment like a sweater's arms and cuffs.

You can make your garment look as new by removing the pilling, using a fabric comb or a pill/lint remover.

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Comments / Questions (64)

country flag Iris wrote:

Wie viele Knäuel Wolle benötige ich für Größe 42 also L

17.03.2024 - 12:12

DROPS Design answered:

Liebe Iris, die Garnmenge finden Sie oben beim Kopfteil, so in L brauchen Sie entweder 400 g < a href="https://www.garnstudio.com/yarn.php?show=drops-lima&cid=9">DROPS Lima/50 g das Knäuel = 8 Knäuel oder 400 g DROPS Merino Extra Fine/50 g das Knäuel = 8 Knäuel. Viel Spaß beim Stricken!

18.03.2024 - 10:24

country flag Rachel Hill wrote:

Hi I'm not sure I understand how many stitches to increase in this sentence Now increase 1 purl stitch in approx. every other section with purl stitches. Then work knit over knit and purl over purl until neck edge measures Please could you let me know

29.02.2024 - 16:18

DROPS Design answered:

Dear Rachel, it means, work new rib as follows: knit 1, purl 1, knit 1, purl 1 (+ increase). Repeat like this, increasing in every 4th stitch (which should be a purl stitch). On next row/round, the rib should then look as follows: knit1, purl1, knit1, purl2. Happy knitting!

29.02.2024 - 22:23

country flag Roxane wrote:

Is there an error in cast on stitches for size XL? Cast on 137 stitches, 2 garter stitches on both edges, 11 stitch pattern repeat 12 times. My math comes up with 136 stitches. Did I miss something in the pattern? Thank you

12.02.2024 - 21:04

DROPS Design answered:

Hi Roxane, You work the first stitch in A.1 at the end of the round, before the last 2 garter stitches. This gives you a stitch count of 137 stitches. Happy knitting!

13.02.2024 - 06:41

country flag Roxane wrote:

Is there an error in cast on stitches for size XL? Cast on 137 stitches, 2 garter stitches on both edges, 11 stitch pattern repeat 12 times. My math comes up with 136 stitches. Did I miss something in the pattern? Thank you

12.02.2024 - 20:36

DROPS Design answered:

Dear Roxane, work the 137 stitches as follows: 2 sts in garter stitch, repeat the 11 sts in A.1 a total of 12 times (= over the next 132 sts), then work the first stitch in A.1 (so that the pattern is symmetrical) and finish with 2 edge stitches in garter stitch = 2+132+1+2=137 stitches. Happy knitting!

13.02.2024 - 08:25

country flag Lévai Barbara wrote:

Üdv! Magyar nyelven nem elérhető a minta és a minta lmagyarázata

09.11.2023 - 13:55

country flag Tiina wrote:

Olen neulomassa Diamond sky- liiviä. Ohjeen ruutupiirroksessa on musta ruutu, joka tarkoittaa "tämä silmukka kavennettu pois työstä, siirry seuraavaan merkkiin". Mutta kun se silmukka on siinä puikolla, mitä teen sille? Neulonko oikein vai nostanko? Tämä esiintyy ruutupiirroksessa A.2 ,A.3 ja A.4

28.09.2023 - 00:44

DROPS Design answered:

Hei, tässä tarkoitetaan vain ruutupiirroksessa olevaa silmukkaa. Eli puikon seuraava silmukka neulotaan mustan ruudun jälkeisen ruudun mukaan.

02.10.2023 - 17:26

country flag Marleen Buckens wrote:

In het patroon staat meerder 1 steek in elk ander deel . Hoe doe je dat wand ik begrijp dat niet

05.08.2023 - 00:34

DROPS Design answered:

Dag Marleen,

Je bent boordsteek aan het breien in 1 recht, 1 averecht en als je meerdert, meerder je bij de ene averecht wel en de andere averecht niet. De boordsteek ziet er dan zo uit: 1 recht, 1 averecht, 1 recht, 2 averecht.

05.08.2023 - 07:30

country flag Brigitte Zweil wrote:

Wie genau kann ich eine Anleitung auf dem Handy abspeichern? Diamond Sky pullunder

01.07.2023 - 11:21

DROPS Design answered:

Siehe unten :)

03.07.2023 - 09:58

country flag Brigitte Zweil wrote:

Wie genau kann ich eine Anleitung auf dem Handy abspeichern?

01.07.2023 - 11:20

DROPS Design answered:

Liebe Frau Zweil, unsere Anleitungen können nur gedruckt werden, aber wenn Sie einen virtuellen Drucker benutzen, dann können Sie die Anleitung als .PDF speichern (schauen Sie mal je nach Ihrem Handy, wie es bei Ihnen geht). Viel Spaß beim stricken!

03.07.2023 - 09:58

country flag Abonyi Krisztina wrote:

Az A4-es minta mikor lép be?Nem derült ki a mintaleírásból!

03.05.2023 - 16:16