DROPS / 94 / 5

Stella Marina by DROPS Design

DROPS Cardigan in “art knitting” with Alpaca and Cotton Viscose, based on a circle.

Size: S/M - M/L -XL

Materials: DROPS Cotton Viscose, from Garnstudio
400-450-500 g colour no 22 jeans blue
and use: DROPS Alpaca from Garnstudio
250-300-300 g colour no 6347, jeans blue

DROPS pointed needles and circular needles (40, 60, 80 cm) size 6 mm or the size needed to obtain the correct gauge.

DROPS crochet hook size 4 mm

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Not sure which size you should choose? Then it might help you to know that the model in the picture is approx. 170 cm and uses size S or M. If you are making a jumper, 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.

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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 Gauge: 15 sts x 22 rounds on needles size 6 mm in pattern (front and back piece) = 10 x 10 cm and 15 sts x 19 rows of stocking sts (sleeves) = 10 x 10 cm with 1 thread of Cotton Viscose and 1 thread of Alpaca.

Lace pattern: See diagrams M.1 – there is one diagram for each size. Diagram shows 1/8 of the piece and only every other round. Rounds 2, 4, 6 and all even rounds are worked in stocking sts out to the rib (= the last 6 rounds in diagram), thereafter knit K over K and P over P so the rib will be a total of 11 rounds. M.2 = the rib for the sleeves.

Front and Back piece: The cardigan is knitted in a circle from the centre back. Cast on 8 sts with 1 thread of Cotton Viscose and 1 thread of Alpaca and distribute them evenly on 4 double pointed needles. Knit in pattern according to diagram M.1 – see explanation above. Inc. 8 sts on every other row according to diagram - change to longer circular needles as you go along.

Size S/M: Knit the round marked with an arrow for the armholes as follows: Make a yo, K2 tog. make a yo (as the first 3 windows in diagram shows). Knit 21 sts with another colour (this thread is taken out later and the sleeves are knitted from here and downwards). Knit 63 sts according to diagram, knit the next 21 sts with another colour (= 2nd armhole). Continue diagram as before.

Size M/L: Knit the round marked with an arrow for the armholes as follows: Make a yo, K2 tog. make a yo (as the first 3 windows in diagram shows). Knit 26 sts with another colour (this thread is taken out later and the sleeves are knitted from here and downwards). Knit 67 sts according the diagram, knit the next 26 sts with another colour (= 2nd armhole). Continue diagram as before.

Size XL: Knit the round marked with an arrow for the armholes as follows: Make a yo, K2 tog. make a yo (as the first 3 windows in diagram shows). Knit 30 sts with another colour (this thread is taken out later and the sleeves are knitted from here and downwards). Knit 72 sts according the diagram, knit the next 30 sts with another colour (= 2nd armhole). Continue diagram as before.

Last round in diagram is the binding off round. There is a total of 448-496-544 sts on the bind off round. The piece should measure approx 50-55-60 cm from the centre and out (= 100-110-120 cm in diameter).

Sleeves: Pick up sts for the sleeves from the thread which was knitted in another colour. The sleeves are knitted from top down. Cut this thread in the middle and use 2 needles to put the sts on each side onto the needles (then pull the thread out) = 21-26-30 sts on each needle/side. Put all the sts on a small circular needle = 42-52-60 sts. Pick up 4 additional sts for the top of the sleeve- top is where the sleeve is closest to the other sleeve – and 2 extra sts at the bottom (underneath) of the sleeve = 48-58-66 sts. Start knitting from underneath the sleeve – insert a marking thread here. P 1 round and continue in stocking sts. When the sleeve measures 4 cm bind off 1 st each side of the marking thread. Repeat to bind off 2 sts on every 6-4-2.5 cm a total of 6-8-12 times = 36-42-42 sts. When the piece measures 34 cm continue in M.2. When the piece measures 52 cm bind off loosely – remember to bind off at the 4th, 8th or 12th round as shown in diagram (= pattern round). NB: Try the cardigan on before binding off the sleeves to make sure the sleeves are the right length.

English explanations to the pattern diagram:


= K
= P
= 1 YO
= K2 tog
= slip 1 st as if to K, K1, psso
= slip 1 st as if to K, K2 tog, psso

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 94-5) 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 (132)

Patty Ricci 02.09.2020 - 22:16:

If you wanted to make this with only one type of yarn what would the weight be (in US terms, please)? I can't figure out if it would be worsted or not since one strand is a sport weight and the other one is a DK weight. Thank you!

DROPS Design 03.09.2020 kl. 08:56:

Dear Mrs Ricci, this pattern is here worked with 2 strands yarn group A and they could be replaced with one strand yarn group C - read more about altenatives here ; do not hesitate to contact your DROPS store - even per mail - for any further individual assistance choosing the yarn. Happy knitting!

Geneva 29.04.2019 - 02:44:

Is it possible to obtain written instructions for DROPS patterns?

DROPS Design 29.04.2019 kl. 11:01:

Dear Geneva, when our patterns only have diagrams, you have to work following the diagrams as explained in the written pattern -

Céline 08.03.2018 - 16:29:

Bonjour . Si j ai bien compris pour les manches on tricote sur un fil d’une autre couleur mais en suivant le diagramme et ensuite on fait le deuxième rang en continuant à suivre le diagramme mais dans la couleur du pull .

DROPS Design 09.03.2018 kl. 08:42:

Bonjour Céline, tout à fait, on utilise cette technique pour ne pas rabattre les mailles, on relèvera ensuite les mailles pour les manches de chaque côté - une vidéo montre cette façon de faire pour un talon de chaussettes, la technique sera la même ici. Bon tricot!

Veronica 16.10.2017 - 13:34:

Hola. Nunca he twjido con agujas de doble punta o circulares. Me cuesta entender un poco el patron pero sobre todo el tema de las sisas y de como continiar despues. Gracias

DROPS Design 05.11.2017 kl. 12:21:

Hola Veronica. Desafortunadamente este patrón solo se puede trabajar en redondo con agujas circulares/ de doble punta. Te recomiendo ver nuestros tutoriales bajo el patrón o acudir a una tienda de Drops para resolver las dudas que tengas.

Jill 07.02.2016 - 00:40:

Really sorry to ask but just can not work out the sleeve row/s. Ive just mastered reading a chart have happily been knitting away but am absolutely flumexed about the sleeve. do you have a video I think it would help.

DROPS Design 08.02.2016 kl. 12:22:

Dear Jill, to avoid casting off sts for armholes, you work these sts with another yarn, afterwards you will remove this yarn and pick up sts on both sides of this to work sleeve. The video below shows how to do with a sock, same technique can be used here. Happy knitting!

Tereza 15.10.2015 - 09:37:

Dobrý den. Líbí se mi tento kabátek. Koukala jsem, že příze Alpaka č.6347 se již nevyrábí. Můžu Vás poprosit, zda by jste mi nemohli napsat alternativu, která lze místo ní použít. Líbí se mi modrá barva - šla by použít námořnická modrá č. 5575 nebo ingigo č. 4305 k barvičce CottonViscose č. 22. Podle fotky se to špatně porovnává, zda by barva seděla. Děkuji za odpověď Tereza

DROPS Design 03.03.2016 kl. 12:53:

Dobrý den, Terezo, ke Cotton Viscose č.22 se námořnická Alpaca 5575 moc nehodí - vhodnější by byla modrá 6790, zmíněná indigo 4305 nebo tyrkysová/šedá 6309. Hodně zdaru!

Angelique 13.08.2015 - 11:57:

Hallo, ik ben bij de mouw aangekomen en ik heb 60 steken wanneer ik beide mouwen over zet. Dan moet ik toch per 30 steken gaan breien om 2 mouwen te krijgen. Dan resteert er dus 18 st per mouw aan het eind bij maat S. Lees ik dit goed? Groetjes,...

DROPS Design 13.08.2015 kl. 13:59:

Hoi Angelique. Voor maat S heb je 21 st boven en onder voor de mouw = 42 st voor 1 mouw. Je neemt dan 4 st op boven op de mouw en 2 st op midden onder de mouw = 48 st op de nld. De minderingen na 4 cm: 2 st op elke 6 cm in totaal 6 keer = 12 st minder = 36 st over aan het eind van de mouw.

Elsa 19.07.2015 - 15:18:

Bonjour merci pour ce gilet, j'aime beaucoup. mais j'ai du mal à comprendre le rang avec la fleche. nous devons mettre sur un autre fil les 21 mailles des manches, mais en continuant le tour du corps, doit on rajouter ces 21 mailles? ou alors il y a 21 mailles X 2 en moins pour le corps? merci beaucoup

DROPS Design 27.07.2015 kl. 15:33:

Bonjour Elsa, on tricote ces 21 m sur un fil d'une autre couleur dit "fil perdu", on reprend ensuite les fils du modèle pour tricoter les mailles suivantes et on tricote de nouveau 21 m avec un fil d'une autre couleur. Ces fils seront ensuite retirés et on relèvera les mailles de chaque côté pour tricoter les manches. Retrouvez cette technique en vidéo sur des chaussettes. Bon tricot!

Gantier 07.06.2015 - 21:08:

J ai un soucis pour la couleur Alpaca ,vous indiqué coloris n°6347 bleu jean et sur le nuancier le 6347 est violet merci cordialement

DROPS Design 08.06.2015 kl. 08:59:

Bonjour Mme Gantier, il peut arriver que le nom de certaines couleurs soit modifié, fiez-vous au numéro en référence, soit le 6347. Bon tricot!

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