DROPS / 88 / 17

DROPS 88-17 by DROPS Design

DROPS Cardigan in Alpaca

This pattern still doesn't have a name. Suggest one!

Sizes: S - M - L - XL - XXL
Finished measurements:
Bust: 88-96-104-114-124 cm [34-5/8" - 37.75" - 41" - 44-7/8" - 48-7/8"]
Hem: 80-88-96-106-116 cm [31.5" - 34-5/8" - 37.75" - 41.75" - 45-5/8"]

300-350-350-400-450 gr nr 7120, light seafoam

DROPS 3 mm [US 2] and 3.5 mm [US 4] circular and double-pointed needles, or sizes needed to obtain correct gauge.
DROPS 3.5 mm [US D] crochet hook, or size needed to obtain correct gauge.

7 DROPS Silver buttons nr 534

Not sure which size you should choose? Then it might help you to know that the model in the picture is approx. 5 ft 7 in and uses size S or M. If you are making a sweater, cardigan, dress or similar garment, you will find a graphic with the measurements of the finished garment (in cm) at the bottom of the pattern.

(Continue to pattern...)

Yarn type
Deals from
DROPS Alpaca Party! / 30% OFF!
4.85 USD
3.40 USD
DROPS Alpaca Party! / 30% OFF!
5.10 USD
3.55 USD

Tips & Help

Thank you for choosing DROPS Design!

We do our best to make our patterns easy to follow.

For that purpose, each of our patterns has specific tutorial videos to help you, which you will find at the bottom of the page.

We have also step-by-step lessons to help you understand some of the techniques we use in our patterns. You'll find them here!

NOTE: This pattern is written in American English. All measurements in charts are in cm. For conversion from inches to cm - click here. There are different terms for crocheting in American and British English. If this pattern includes crochet, click for "crochet terms" here. For this pattern in British English, please click here.
Gauge: 23 sts x 30 rows on larger needles in stockinette st = 10x10 cm

Rib: * K 1, P 2 *, repeat * - *.

Pattern: See chart. The pattern is seen from the right side. «M.1 = 54 p/v = ca 18 cm» means «Pattern 1 = 54 rows = approx. 18 cm». Arrows on the charts indicate starting points for crocheted edge.

Buttonhole: Make buttonholes on right button band as follows (right side row): K 2 (edge sts knit in garter st), K 1, P 1, P 2 tog, yo, P 2.
On the next row, P the yo.
Make buttonholes when the piece measures:
Size S: 2, 11, 19, 27, 36, 45 and 53 cm.
Size M: 2, 11, 20, 29, 37, 46 and 55 cm.
Size L: 2, 12, 21, 30, 39, 48 and 57 cm
Size XL: 2, 11, 21, 30, 40, 49 and 59 cm.
Size XXL: 2, 11, 21, 31, 41, 51 and 61 cm.

Body: Cast on 200-218-236-260-284 sts on smaller circular needles. Knit 3 rows reverse stockinette st (1st row = wrong side), then knit rib, keeping 2 sts at each edge in garter st and begin rib with K 1 (as seen from the right side). Make buttonholes on right buttonband – see instructions above.
When the piece measures 3 cm K 2 rows (first row is right side row), keeping the 8 edge sts at each side in rib/garter st as established to finished measurements. Change to larger circular needles and stockinette st (and buttonbands as before).
Put 1 marker 54-58-63-69-75 sts in from each side = 92-102-110-122-134 sts between markers on back. When the piece measures 8 cm inc 1 st at each side of each marker every 5-5-5-7-7 cm a total of 5-5-5-4-4 times = 220-238-256-276-300 sts.
When the piece measures 34-35-36-37-38 cm bind off 10-10-10-12-12 sts at each side for armhole (5-5-5-6-6 sts at each side of each marker) = 92-102-110-118-130 sts on back and 54-58-63-67-73 sts on each front. Lay piece aside and knit the sleeves.

Sleeve: Cast on 60-60-60-66-66 sts on smaller double-pointed needles; join and place a marker at the join. K 1 row, P 1 row and K 1 row, then knit rib. When the piece measures 10 cm K 1 row and P 1 row. Change to larger double-pointed needles and stockinette st.
When the piece measures 12 cm inc 1 st each side of marker a total of 9-11-14-13-15 times:
Size S: every 12th row
Size M: every 9th row
Sizes L + XL: every 7th row
Size XXL: every 6th row
= 78-82-88-92-96 sts. When the piece measures 46-46-46-45-45 cm bind off 5-5-5-6-6 sts each side of marker = 68-72-78-80-84 sts.
Put sts on a st holder and knit 2nd sleeve.

Yoke: Put the sleeves in on the same circular needles as Body where you bound off for armholes = 336-362-392-412-444 sts. Knit 2-2-2-2-6 rows stockinette st (1st row is right side). Put 1 marker in each transition between front, back and sleeve = 4 markers. Then continue in stockinette st over all sts and shape raglan. Dec 1 st each side of each marker on right side rows as follows:
Before markers: K 2 tog.
After markers: slip 1 st as if to knit, K 1, psso.
Make decs:
Size S: every other row 2 times
Size M: every other row 3 times
Size L: every 4 rows 3 times
Size XL: every 4 rows 4 times
Size XXL: every other row 6 times
= 320-338-368-380-396 sts.
After last dec, P 1 wrong side row, decreasing evenly distributed to 316-331-361-376-391 sts (do not dec over buttonbands).
Establish pattern on the next row as follows (right side): 8 edge sts as before, Pattern 1 over the following 300-315-345-360-375 sts and 8 edge sts as before. After last dec there are 136-142-154-160-166 sts on needles – finish Pattern 1. Then K 1 row (right side), decreasing evenly distributed to 94-98-102-106-110 sts.
Neckband: Change to smaller double-pointed needles and knit Pattern 2 (including over buttonbands) – 1st row is the wrong side. Then bind off all sts loosely. Fold neckband in half to wrong side and sew in place – be sure it is not too tight.

Assembly: Sew opening under the sleeve.
Crocheted edge: Crochet 1 row of ch-loops around the neck (see the arrow in Pattern 2 for the row to crochet in), around lower edge of yoke (see the arrow in Pattern 1) and around lower edge of the sleeves (crochet in cast-on row).
Crochet as follows: 1 sc in first st, * ch 5, skip over 2 sts, 1 sc in the next st *, repeat * - *. Do not crochet over buttonbands.


= K from RS, P from WS
= P from RS, K from WS
= K2 tog
= K2 tog, 1 yo
= 1 yo, slip 1 st as if to K, K1, psso
= 1 yo, slip 1 st as if to K, K2 tog, psso, 1 yo

Do you need some help? Here's some tutorial videos that can help you!

For further pattern help, please contact the store where you bought the yarn. Having bought DROPS yarn, you are guaranteed to receive qualified help from a store specializing in the DROPS patterns.

All patterns are carefully reviewed, but we must make reservation for possible mistakes. All patterns are translated from Norwegian and you can always check the original pattern for measurements and calculations.

If you think you have found an error in the pattern, please post your remark or question in our Comments section. Go to original pattern for design DROPS 88-17.