DROPS Children 12-30 by DROPS Design

Jacket, hat, scarf and slippers

JACKET:
Size: 3/4 – 5/6 – 7/8 (9/10 - 11/12 - 13/14) years

Materials: DROPS Alpaca (substitution for discontinued Camelia)
150-150-200(200-200-200) g colour no 100, off-white
150-150-200(200-200-200) g colour no 6205, light blue
DROPS pointed needles size 4.5 and 5 mm
DROPS wooden button - light, no 503: 5 pcs

HAT:
Size: 3/5 – 6/9 – 10/14 years

Materials: DROPS Alaska from Garnstudio
100-100-100g colour no 02, off-white
DROPS pointed needles size 5 mm
DROPS double pointed needles size 5 and 5.5 mm

SCARF:
Size: 14x100-17x120-20x140 cm

Materials: DROPS Alaska from Garnstudio
150-200-200g colour no 02, off-white
DROPS pointed needles size 7 mm

SLIPPERS:
Size: 24/27-28/31-32/34-(35/37-38/40-40/44)

Materials: DROPS Eskimo from Garnstudio
150-150-200(200-250-250)g colour no 01, off-white
DROPS pointed needles size 4 mm
Optional 2 leather threads, each 50 cm long.

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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.
JACKET:

Knitting tension: 17 sts x 22 rows with 2 strands (one of each colour) of Alpaca on needles size 5mm in stocking sts = 10 x 10 cm.
Garter sts (back and forth on row): Knit all rows
Binding off tips (for the armhole):
Bind off inside 1 edge sts + 2 sts of stocking sts. Bind off only from the right side!
Bind off after 3 sts as follows: Slip a st as if to knit, K1, psso.
Bind off before 3 sts: K2 tog.

Back piece: Cast on 51-56-61(66-71-76) sts (inclusive of 1 edge st each side) on needles size 4.5 mm and 1 thread of each colour. Knit in garter sts 6-6-6 (7-7-7) cm, and change to needles size 5 mm and continue in stocking sts. Remember the knitting tension! When the piece measures 8 cm inc. 1 st each side on every 5-6-7(7-8-8) cm a total of 3 times = 57-62-67 (72-77-82) sts. When the piece measures 25-27-29 (39-31-32) cm bind off 3-3-3(4-4-4) sts each side = 51-56-61 (64-69-74) sts. Continue to bind off 1 st each side on every other row inside 3 sts – see bind off tips above – a total of 8-9-11(11-12-13) times = 35-38-39(42-45-48) sts. When the piece measures 38-41-44(46-48-50) cm, bind off the centre 13-14-15 (16-17-18) sts for the neck. Continue to bind off 1 st on the next row at the neck side = 10-11-11 (12-13-14) sts left for each shoulder. Bind off remaining sts when the piece measures 40-43-46 (48-50-52) cm.

Left front: Cast on 30-32-35 (37-40-42) sts (inclusive of 1 edge st at the side and 4 front band sts for the mid front) on needles size 4.5 mm and 1 thread of each colour. Knit in garter sts 6-6-6 (7-7-7) cm, and change to needles size 5 mm and continue in stocking sts and 4 front band sts in garter sts until finished measurements. When the piece measures 8 cm inc as done for the back piece = 33-35-38 (40-43-45) sts. When the piece measures 25-27-29 (39-31-32) cm bind off for the armhole as done for the back piece. At the same time, when the piece measures 32-34-36 (37-38-39) put 6 sts from the mid front on a thread, for the neck. Continue to bind off at the neck side on every other row as follows: 2 sts 1 time and 1 st 4-4-5 (5-6-6) times = 10-11-11 (12-13-14) sts left for the shoulder. Bind off remaining sts when the piece measures 40-43-46 (48-50-52) cm.

Right front: Cast on and knit as left front but bind off for armholes and neck at the opposite side. In addition make button holes at the front band.
1 button hole = K 2nd and 3rd st from the centre front tog and make a yo.
Make buttonholes when the piece measures:
NB: Make the last buttonhole when 2 rows of garter sts are left before sts are put on a thread.
Size 3/4 years: 7, 13, 19, 25 and 31 cm
Size 5/6 years: 9, 15, 21, 27 and 33 cm
Size 7/8 years: 9, 16, 22, 29 and 35 cm
Size 9/10 years: 9, 17, 23, 30 and 36 cm
Size 11/12 years: 9, 16, 23, 30 and 37 cm
Size 13/14 years: 10, 17, 24, 31 and 38 cm

Sleeve: Cast on 31-33-35 (35-37-37) sts (inclusive of 1 edge st each side) on needles size 4.5 mm and 1 thread of each colour. Knit 6-6-6 (7-7-7) cm garter sts, and change to needles size 5 mm and continue in stocking sts - at the same time after having Knitted one row inc 1 st each side on every 2.5 cm a total of 9-10-11 (12-13-15) times = 49-53-57 (59-63-67) sts. When the piece measures 27-30-33 (37-40-44) cm bind off for sleeve cap each side on every other row as follows: 3-3-3 (4-4-4) sts 1 time, 2 sts 2 times and hereafter 1 st each side until the piece measures 33-37-41 (45-49-50) cm, continue to bind off 2 sts each side 2 times before binding off the remaining sts. The piece now measures approx. 35-39-43 (47-51-56) cm.

Assembly: Sew the shoulder seams.

Neck: Pick up approx. 52-76 sts around the neck (inclusive of the sts on the threads from the front pieces) on needles size 4.5 mm and 1 thread of each colour. Knit 3 cm garter sts and bind off. Sew in the sleeves and sew the sleeves and the side seams together inside the edge sts. Sew on the buttons.
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HAT:
Knitting tension: 16 sts x 20 rows with Alaska on needles size 5.5 mm in stocking sts = 10 x 10 cm.
Garter sts (forward and backward on row): Knit all rows
Garter sts(on circular needles): K 1st round, P 2nd round

Earflap: Cast on 5-5-5 sts with Alaska on pointed needles size 5.5mm. Knit garter sts, at the same time after 2 rows of garter sts begin to inc as follows: Make a yo inside 1 edge st each side, on the next row twist and knit the st to avoid a hole – inc on every other row 2-3-4 times and then on every 4th row 3-3-3 times = 15-17-19 sts. Continue in garter sts until the flap measures 7-8-9 cm. Put the flap away and knit another one.

Hat: Put one of the ear flaps on needles size 5 mm, cast on 11-12-14 new sts, put the other earflap on the same needle = 41-46-52 sts. Knit 4 rows of garter sts back and forth on needle over all st – at the same time inc 1 st each side ( the same way as done for the flaps) on every other row 2 times, then cast on 21-22-24 new sts between the earflaps at the front = 66-72-80 sts.
Change to double pointed needles size 5 mm and continue to knit the hat round on needles – measure the work here from now on.
Knit 6 rounds of garter sts over all sts, cut the thread, change to double pointed needles size 5.5 mm and begin at the centre of the back of the hat.
Continue in stocking sts.
When the hat measures 5-6-7 cm P 1 round, K 3 rounds and P 1 round again, continue in stocking sts until finished measurements. Remember the knitting tension!
When the piece measures 12-13-13 cm insert 6-6-8 marking threads with 11-12-10 sts in between each thread.
Now dec on the right side of each marking thread as follows: K 2 tog on every 2nd-2nd-3rd round a total of 7-8-6 times = 24-24-32 sts, and then on every 3-3-4 round 3 times = 6-6-8 sts left.
Cut the thread and pull it through the remaining sts, sew tight.
The hat measures approx 22-24-26 cm from the centre front and to the top.

Plaits: Attach a plat to each earflap and at the top of the hat. 1 plait = cut 6 threads of Alaska approx. 50 cm long. Fold and pull the loop through the 2nd row of garter sts at the bottom of the ear flap, pull the ends through the loop. Separate the threads into 3 bunches of 4 and plait loosely together, make a knot at the end. The plaits are approx. 10 – 12 cm long. Repeat for the other earflap and sew 1 plait at the top of the hat as follows: pull the loops through the last round.



SCARF:
Knitting tension: 14 sts x 16 rows with on needles size 7 mm in stocking sts = 10 x 10 cm.
Garter sts (Back and Forth on row): Knit all rows

Cast on 20-24-28 sts with Alaska on needles size 7 mm and continue in garter sts – slip the 1st sts on each row as if to knit. When the scarf measures 100-120-140 cm bind off.

Plaits: Put 4 plaits evenly distributed at each end of the scarf. 1 plait = cut 6 threads of Alaska approx 50 cm long. Fold ad pull the loop through the 2nd row of garter sts at the end of the scarf, pull the ends through the loop. Separate the threads into 3 bunches of 4 and plait loosely together, make a knot at the end. The plaits are approx. 10 – 12 cm long.



SLIPPERS:
Knitting tension: 16 sts x 32 rows with on needles size 5.5 mm in garter sts = 10 x 10 cm.
Garter sts (back and forth on row): Knit all rows

Knit the slippers in one piece and sew them together at the centre front and the centre back.
Begin at the top of the ankle.
Cast on 18-19-20 (22-25-26) sts with Eskimo and needles size 4 mm and continue in garter sts. Remember the knitting tension! When the piece measures 8-8-9(9-9-10) cm cast on for the foot at one side on every other row as follows: 2 sts 3-4-5 (6-6-7) times and 1 st 3 times = 27-30-33 (37-40-43) sts. When the piece measures 18.5–20-22 (23.5-25-26) cm bind off for the ankle, at the same edge as you previously cast on, ON every other row as follows: 1 st 3 time and 2 sts 3-4-5 (6-6-7) times = 18-19-20 (22-25-26) sts. Bind off when the piece measures 30-32-36 (38-40-42) cm. Fold the slipper double and sew it together at the centre back in the most outer part of the st. Do the same for the front, but leave 4 cm open at the top of the ankle. You may pull a leather thread in a cross over the foot of the slipper (see picture).




This pattern has been corrected. .

Updated online: 05.03.2012
Hat:... When the piece measures 12-13-13 cm insert 6-6-8 marking threads with 11-12-10 sts in between each thread.
Now dec on the right side of each marking thread as follows: K 2 tog on every 2nd-2nd-3rd round a total of 7-8-6 times = 24-24-32 sts, and then on every 3-3-4 round 3 times = 6-6-8 sts left.
Cut the thread and pull it through the remaining sts, sew tight.
The hat measures approx 22-24-26 cm from the centre front and to the top.

Diagram


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 Children 12-30) 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.

We have also step-by-step guides for different techniques which you'll find here.

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 (2)

Drops Design 05.10.2009 - 09:14:

Jo men det er de 2 omg vrang med 3 omg ret imellem som giver de 2 riller du ser.

Marianne Schultz 03.10.2009 - 15:50:

Problemer vedr. smaa-drops 12.30! Efter samling af maskerne til huen paa aermepinde mener jeg, at der mangler nogle retriller paa retsiden inden glatstrikningen, som starter efter pindeskift!?

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