DROPS Baby / 5 / 21

DROPS Baby 5-21 by DROPS Design

DROPS Baby’s knitted jacket in Camelia with hearts and Crochet hat in Cotton Chenille

DROPS design: Pattern no E-045-by

Sizes: Months: 0/3 - 6/9 - 12/18; Years: ( 2 - 3/4 - 5/6)
Equivalent to: 50/56 - 62/68 - 74/80 (86/92 - 98/104 - 110/116) cm
Materials: DROPS Camelia from Garnstudio 
100-100-100 (150-150-150) g colour no 21, red
50- 50- 50 ( 50-100-100) g colour no 14, pink
50- 50- 50 ( 50-100-100) g colour no 17, yellow

DROPS Circular needle and Double pointed needles sizes 2.5 and 3 mm.
DROPS Wood Buttons, Coconut, no 516: 5-5-5 (6-6-6) items.

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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.

Knitting tension: 24 stitches x 32 rows with needle size 3 mm and stocking stitch = 10 x 10 cm. Remember needle size is only a guide!

Pattern: See diagram (1 diagram = 1 repeat). The pattern in the diagram is seen from the right side. The whole pattern is worked in stocking stitch.
M.4: * 3 rounds of red, 3 rounds of pink, 3 rounds of red, 3 rounds of pink, 3 rounds of red, 3 rounds of pink, 3 rounds of red, 3 rounds of yellow *, repeat from * - * upwards.
Rib: * K1, P1 *. Repeat from *-*.

Edge: Work 2 cm stocking stitch, purl 1 row (= folding edge), 2 cm stocking stitch.

Body: The jacket is worked in the round with circular needle after the rib and is cut for armholes and mid front afterwards. Cast on 134-146-158 (182-194-206) stitches (incl. 2 edge stitches) with circular needle size 2.5 mm and yellow and work rib back and forth for 2 cm. Change to circular needle size 3 mm and work M.1 in the round at the same time as you increase 3 stitches mid front - these stitches + edge stitches = 5 stitches to cut in afterwards and are not worked into pattern. Remember the knitting tension. After M.1 finish working with M.2. When piece measures 18-19-22 (25-25-27) cm, work the next round as follows: 5 cutting stitches, 33-36-39 (45-48-51) stitches front piece, cast on 5 stitches (= cutting stitches which are not worked into pattern), 66-72-78 (90-96-102) stitches back piece, cast on 5 m (=cutting stitches which are not worked into pattern), 33-36-39 (45-48-51) stitches front piece. When piece measures 23-25-29 (33-36-39) cm, cast off the middle 6-8-10 (14-18-20) stitches + 5 cutting stitches in front for neck and finish working back and forth on needle. Continue to decrease towards neck every 2nd row: 3 stitches x 2, 2 stitches x 1, 1 stitch x 1. At the same time, when piece measures 26-28-32 (36-39-42) cm, cast off the middle 20-22-24 (28-32-34) stitches at back for neck. Then decrease 2 stitches in each side on the next row towards neck at back. Cast off when piece measures 28-30-34 (38-41-44) cm (adjust for pattern if necessary).

Sleeve: Cast on 38-40-40 (42-42-44) stitches with double pointed needles size 2.5 mm and yellow and work rib for 2 cm at the same time as you increase 2-4-6 (6-6-8) stitches evenly on last round = 40-44-46 (48-48-52) stitches. Change to double pointed needles size 3 mm and work M.3 and then to finished length with M.4 (see description above) at the same time as you increase mid under sleeve: 2 stitches x 4-4-6 (7-14-15) in Size 1/3 months: Every 5th round, Size 6/9 months: Alternately every 8th and 9th round, Size 12/18 months: Alternately every 6th and 7th round, Size 2 years: Every 6th round and Sizes 3/4 + 5/6 years: Every 4th round = 48-52-58 (62-76-82) stitches. When piece measures 10-14-16 (17-21-25) cm, place the 4 stitches mid under sleeve on a thread for sleeve cap. Continue working back and forth on needle at the same time as you place stitches on the thread in each side every 2nd row: 4-4-4 (5-6-6) stitches x 4. The piece now measures approx. 13-17-19 (20-24-28) cm. Place all stitches from the thread back on the double pointed needles and work in the round over all stitches with red as follows: 2 cm stocking stitch with wrong side out as a lining over the cut edge on body, cast off.

Assembly: Sew a marker thread down the middle of the cutting stitches in each side and mid front. Sew two machine seams on each side of the marker thread, seam 1 = 1/2 stitch from marker thread, seam 2 = 1/2 stitch from seam 1. Cut for armholes and mid front. Sew shoulder seams. Knit up approx. 60-65-75 (85-90-100) stitches with yellow and needle size 2.5 mm along left front piece and work Edge back and forth on needle. Repeat along right front piece, but after 0.5 cm work 5-5-5 (6-6-6) buttonholes evenly on row - 1 buttonhole = cast off 2 stitches and cast on 2 new stitches over the cast off stitches on the next row; top buttonhole worked 2 stitches from edge, bottom buttonhole 1 cm from edge (remember buttonhole on folded side too. Knit up approx. 90-100 stitches around neck with needle size 2.5 mm and yellow and work 1 row stocking stitch and then M.5, change to red and work 1 row stocking stitch, purl 1 row (= folding edge), 5 rows red, cast off. Sew sleeves to body from the right side as follows: Sew alternately 1 stitch in the last knitted round on sleeve before the lining and 1 stitch on body after the machine seam. Turn the jumper inside out and sew lining from the sleeve over the cut edge on the body by hand. Sew on buttons.

Crochet HAT in Cotton Chenille.

Circumference: 35-37-38 (42-45-47) cm.
Materials: Cotton Chenille
50-50-50 (50-100-100) g colour no 09, red
DROPS Crochet hook size 4 mm.
Crochet tension: approx. 13 double crochets in width and 12 rows in height with hook size 4 mm = 10 x 10 cm. Remember hook size is only a guide! 

Hat: The hat is crocheted in red with hook size 4 mm. Work 4 chain stitches and form them into a ring with 1 slip stitch in the first chain stitch. Begin all rounds with 1 chain stitch which replaces the first double crochet and finish all rounds with 1 slip stitch. Work 6 double crochets in the ring. Then work 2 double crochets in each double crochet = 12 double crochets. On the next round work as follows: * 2 double crochets in the first double crochet, 1 double crochet in the next double crochet *, repeat from *-* to end of round = 6 increases = 18 double crochets. Then work the next round as follows: * 2 double crochets in the first double crochet, 2 double crochets *, repeat from *-* to end of round. Now increase in this way every round, but add 1 more double crochet between each time you work 2 double crochets in 1 double crochet, i.e. next round there will be 3 double crochets between and the following round there will be 4 double crochets between etc. 
Continue the increases until piece measures 4-4-5 (5-6-6) cm from the middle. Then increase every 2nd round until piece measures 7.5-8.5-9 (10.5-10.5-11) cm from the middle. 
On the next round decrease /increase to 46-48-50 (54-58-62) double crochets evenly on round.
Then continue to work without increasing until piece measures 16-17-18 (18-19-19) cm from the middle. Then work the brim as follows: 
Round 1: * 2 double crochets, 2 double crochets in next double crochet *. Repeat from *-* to end of round.
Rounds 2+3+4: Work without increasing. Repeat rounds 1-4 until the brim measures 5-10 cm or the desired width, finish with 1 slip stitch in first double crochet (finish with either Round 3 or 4 as the brim will then look nicest!). Cut the strand and fasten the ends.


= red
= yellow
= pink

Do you need help with this pattern?

Thank you for choosing a DROPS Design pattern. We take pride in providing patterns that are correct and easy to understand. All patterns are translated from Norwegian and you can always check the original pattern (DROPS Baby 5-21) for measurements and calculations.

Are you having trouble following the pattern? See below for a list of resources to help you finish your project in no time - or why not, learn something new.

1) Why is the knitting/crochet tension so important?

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 only serve 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

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2) What are the yarn groups?

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

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3) Can I use a different yarn than what the pattern suggests?

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?

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4) How do I use the yarn converter?

At the top of all our patterns you’ll find a link to our yarn converter, 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 converter 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 converted 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 converter

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5) Why do I get the wrong knitting tension with the suggested needle size?

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 gauge tension swatch

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6) Why is the pattern worked top-down?

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.

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7) Why are the sleeves shorter in larger sizes?

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.

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8) What is a repeat?

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.

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9) How do I work according to a knitting diagram?

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

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10) How do I work according to a crochet diagram?

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

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11) How do I work several diagrams simultaneously on the same row/round?

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

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12) Why does the piece start with more chain stitches than it’s worked with?

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.

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13) Why increase before the rib edge when the piece is worked top-down?

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.

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14) Why increase in the cast-off edge?

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)

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15) How do I increase/decrease on every 3rd and 4th row/round alternately?

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

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16) Why is the pattern slightly different than what I see in the photo?

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!

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17) How can I work a jacket in the round instead of back and forth?

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

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18) Can I work a jumper back and forth instead of in the round?

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?

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19) Why do you show discontinued yarns in the patterns?

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 converter, 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 converter will provide both alternative yarn as well as required amount in the new quality.

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20) How do I make a women’s size garment into a men’s size one?

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.

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21) How do I prevent a hairy garment from shedding?

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.

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22) Where on the garment is the length measured?

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

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23) How do I know how many balls of yarn I need?

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.

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Comments / Questions (8)

Ananja Wieringa 29.03.2020 - 16:08:

Dank je!! Ananja 🌷

Ananja Wieringa 28.03.2020 - 18:38:

De telpatronen voor het vestje zijn voorzien van de letter M1, M2, M3 en M 5. In de werkbeschrijving voor het lijfje wordt gesproken over Patroon 1, Patroon 2, voor de mouwen over Patroon 3 en Patroon 4. Mag ik aannemen dat na de boord van het lijfje M1 = Patroon 1 gebreid wordt, daarna M2 = Patroon 2? En dat voor de mouwen Patroon 3 = M3 en Patroon 4 ( welk telpatronen is dat op de tekening?) Patroon 5 voor de hals al dan M5 zijn. Ik hoor het graag! Ananja

DROPS Design 28.03.2020 kl. 19:06:

Dag Ananja,

Je kan inderdaad een M ervoor zetten, dus 1 is M.1, 2 is M.2 enzovoorts. Patroon 4 is geen telpatroon, maar staat omschreven bij de instructies voor het patroon, bovenaan.

Deedie 09.03.2020 - 14:54:

Yarn suggested for baby’s hat is cotton chenille but, I can’t find it listed. Please tell me what to select. Thank you.

DROPS Design 09.03.2020 kl. 15:03:

Dear Deedie, this yarn is already discontinuied, but you can choose between yarns from Yarn group B, such as: You can substitute DROPS Tynn Cotton Chenille with: DROPS Belle DROPS Cotton Light DROPS Cotton Merino DROPS Karisma DROPS Lima DROPS Merino Extra Fine DROPS Muskat DROPS Puna DROPS Sky The one that will give you the most similar result is DROPS Sky. Happy crafting!

Stephanie 12.01.2020 - 23:02:

I think there is a mistake in the instructions for the collar. After 1 row yellow I think you should go to row 4 of pattern 5.

Anne Reffstrup 03.09.2019 - 17:50:

Jeg kan ikke forstå, at der skal slås 5 masker op midt foran efter 18 cm? Hvorfor er det ikke kun i siderne til ærmerne?

DROPS Design 06.09.2019 kl. 08:45:

Hej Anne, det er opklipsmasker for ærmegab, så du kan fortsætte med at strikke rundt på rundpind. God fornøjelse!

Christine 22.11.2018 - 13:41:

Het telpatroon ontbreekt. Kunt u dit toeveogen svp.

DROPS Design 25.11.2018 kl. 16:37:

Dag Christine,

Bedankt voor het doorgeven. Het is nu toegevoegd. Veel breiplezier!

Christine Waardenburg-Warnaars 21.11.2018 - 13:20:

Het TELPATROON voor DROPS Baby 5-21ontbreekt. Kunt u dit toevoegen svp.

Meiler 19.04.2015 - 17:29:

Zwecks Material, danke schön.

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