DROPS / 95 / 10

Desert Delight by DROPS Design

DROPS Dress in Safran and Alpaca

Size: XS - S – M – L – XL – XXL
The length will increase by approx 6-10 cm / 2½"-4'' when worm compared to measurements in measurement chart.

Materials: DROPS Safran from Garnstudio
250-250-300-300-350-350 g color no. 23, brown
and use
DROPS Alpaca from Garnstudio
200-200-250-250-300-300 g color no. 3800, heather

DROPS Circular needle and double pointed needles size 6 mm / US 10

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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. 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.

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Pattern instructions

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.
Knitting gauge: 15 sts x 19 rows on needle size 6 mm / US 10 with 1 thread of each quality in stockinette st = 4'' x 4'' (10 x 10 cm).

Pattern: see diagrams M.1 to M.4. The diagrams show the pattern from the RS.

Decreasing tips (applies to the cuts and sides): Dec as follows after 1st and 3rd marking thread + marking thread at side: K2 tog. Dec as follows before 2nd and 4th marking thread + marking thread at side: slip 1 st as if to knit, K1, psso

Increasing tips: Inc 1 st by picking up a st in st from previous row and K it.

Measuring tips: Make all measurements when piece is lying flat.

Worked in the round on circular needles. Read the entire pattern before you begin!
Cast on 180-200-220-240-260-280 sts using both ends of the circular needle (to make sure the edge becomes elastic) with 1 thread of each quality (= double thread). Remove 1 needle and K1 round, P 1 round and K 1 round. Now work M.1 (start at the side).
After 2 repeats of M.1 – piece measures approx 21 cm - insert a marking thread (MT) in the middle of each repeat (see arrow in M.1 = 9-10-11-12-13-14 MT). Continue in stockinette st, at the same time on 2nd and 4th round after M.1 work M.2 over each MT = 144-160-176-192-208-224 sts left. Remove all MT after the last dec. When piece measures 25-25-25-26-26-26 cm insert 6 new MT as follows: K 22-26-28-31-34-37 sts, insert MT before next st (= MT-1), K 28-28-32-34-36-38 sts, insert MT before next st (= MT-2), K 22-26-28-31-34-37 sts, insert MT before next st (= side), K 22-26-28-31-34-37 sts, insert MT (= MT-3), K 28-28-32-34-36-38 sts, insert MT before next st (= MT-4), K remaining 22-26-28-31-34-37 sts and insert a MT (= side).
Now dec 1 st on both sides of the MT at sides (do not dec by the other MT on front and back) – see decreasing tips – on every 5-5-5-6-6-7 round a total of 8-9-9-9-9-9 times.
At the same time when piece measures 31-32-33-35-36-37 cm dec 1 st for cut after MT-1 and MT-3 and before MT-2 and MT-4 – see Decreasing tips – on every 6-6-8-8-8-8 round a total of 4-4-5-5-5-5 times. After all dec are complete there are 96-108-120-136-152-168 sts left. When piece measures 50-51-52-54-56-58 cm inc 1 st after MT-1 and MT-3 and before MT-2 and MT-4 - see Increasing tips above - on every 2-2-2-3-3-3 round row a total of 6-6-6-5-5-5 times = 120-132-144-156-172-188 sts. After last inc remove markers on front and back.
When piece measure 67-69-71-73-75-77 cm / 26 3/8''-27 1/8''-28''-28¾''-29½''-30 3/8'' bind off 8-8-8-10-10-10 sts each side for armhole (i.e. 4-4-4-5-5-5 sts on both sides of MT) = 52-58-64-68-76-84 sts left for front and back piece. Put the piece aside and knit the sleeves.

Sleeve: Cast on 40-42-44-48-50-54 sts using 2 double pointed needles size 6 mm / US 10 with 1 thread of each yarn quality (= double thread). Remove 1 needle and K 1 round on double pointed needles, P 1 round and K 1 round. Work next round as follows: 0-1-2-4-0-2 stockinette sts, M.3 on the next 40-40-40-40-50-50 sts and 0-1-2-4-0-2 stockinette sts. Work 1 repeat of M.3 (piece measures approx 5 cm / 2''). K 1 round, at the same time bind off 8-8-8-10-10-10 sts mid under arm for armhole = 32-34-36-38-40-44 sts left. Put sts on a thread and knit the other sleeve.

Yoke: Put the sleeves in on the same circular needle as body where bind off for armholes = 168-184-200-212-232-256 sts. Now dec as follows:
Size XS: Work 5 cm / 2'' stockinette sts, at the same time dec 14 sts evenly on the 3rd and 7th round = 140 sts.
Size S: Work 6 cm / 2 3/8'' stockinette sts, at the same time dec 12 sts evenly on the 3rd and 8th round = 160 sts
Size M: Work 7 cm / 2¾'' stockinette sts, at the same time dec 10 sts evenly on the 4th and 9th round = 180 sts.
Size L: Work 8 cm / 3 1/8'' stockinette sts, at the same time dec 8 sts evenly on the 3rd, 6th, , 9th and 12th round = 180 sts.
Size XL: Work 9 cm / 3½'' stockinette sts, at the same time dec 8 sts evenly on the 3rd , 7th , 10th , and 14th round = 200 sts.
Size XXL: Work 10 cm / 4'' stockinette sts, at the same time dec 9 sts evenly on the 4th , 8th , 12th ,and 16rh round = 220 sts.

All sizes: When yoke measures 5-6-7-8-9-10 cm work M.4. After 1 repeat of M.4 there are 112-128-144-144-160-176 sts on needle. Work 2 rounds stockinette sts, at the same time adjust no of sts to 111-123-144-144-159-171 on the last round. P 1 round, K 2 rounds and work next row as follows: *1 YO, K3 tog*, repeat from *-* = 74-82-96-96-106-114 sts left. K 2 rounds, at the same time adjust no of sts to 74-82-86-90-94-98 on the last row. P 1 round, Knit 1 round and bind off in P sts on next round – dress measures approx 83-86-89-92-95-98 cm when lying flat.

Assembly: Sew the openings under the arms.


All measurements in charts are in cm.

= k
= yo
= slip 1 st as if to K, K2 tog, psso
= no st, st has been bound off
= 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 95-10) 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 (usually 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.

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 (52)

Anneke Hommersom 20.03.2019 - 15:49:

Beste,\r\nIk wil dt jurkje maken en bij het doorlezen van het patroon begreep ik iets niet.\r\nWaarom zijn in de teltekening, twee verschillende tekens, met dezelfde beschrijving?\r\nDe zwarte driehoek in 1 vakje en de zwarte driehoek die 3 vakjes omvat.\r\n1 steek afhalen, 2 recht samenbreien, de afgehaalde steek overhalen.\r\nMisschien heb ik iets over het hoofd gezien.

DROPS Design 21.03.2019 kl. 16:45:

Dag Annemiek,

Het is inderdaad exact dezelfde steek en je hebt gelijk dat dit wat onduidelijk is. (In de nieuwe patronen is dit al aangepast.) Het betreffende symbool in M.1 wordt eigenlijk over 3 steken gebreid. In de eerste naald brei je 1 recht, 1 omslag, 8 recht, dan 1 afh, 2 sambreien, afgehaalde steek overhalen, 8 recht, 1 omslag. Het aantal steken recht wordt bij elke oneven naald 1 minder. Hopelijk is zo duidelijk wat de bedoeling is. In M.4 is dit al op de juiste wijze aangegeven met de driehoek over 3 steken.

Birgit L. 09.07.2018 - 05:34:

Ich möchte das Kleid mit Drops Belle stricken. Meine Maschenprobe ergibt zwar 15 M, aber nur 10 R auf 10 cm (mit doppeltem Faden). Wie verfahre ich am besten?

DROPS Design 09.07.2018 kl. 08:56:

Liebe Birgit, dieses Kleid wird mit 2 Fäden Garngruppe A (= 1 Garngruppe C) gestrickt, Belle gehört aber zur Garngruppe B und ist doch keine Alternative zu diesem Modell. Hier lesen Sie mehr über Garnalternativen. Viel Spaß beim stricken!

Joan Honoré 12.06.2018 - 17:45:

Tak for svar. Det står desværre ikke i opskriften, at man efter udtagningerne fortsætter lige op til arb måler 71 cm. Jeg strikker videre :-) mvh Joan

Joan Honoré 11.06.2018 - 23:08:


DROPS Design 12.06.2018 kl. 11:24:

Hej, du tager ikke flere masker ud, men fortsætter til arbejdet måler 71 cm og nu lukker du af til ærmegab i hver side. God fornøjelse!

Lena Kramer 31.10.2017 - 16:12:

Wie soll man den Satz verstehen: Gleichzeitig auf der 2. Und 4. R nach M.1 wird M.2 über jeden markierungsfaden gestrickt

Ida 08.07.2017 - 22:12:

" Samtidigt på 2:a och 4:e v efter M.1 stickas M.2 över varje märktråd = 144-160-176-192-208-224 m kvar på st..." Jag har stickat klart M1. Jag har placerat ut märktrådarna. Hur ska jag kunna sticka M2 på 2:a och 4:e varvet, när M2 består av fyra varv? Då är jag ju halvvägs upp på första M2 när det är dags för nästa??

DROPS Design 10.07.2017 kl. 17:16:

Hej! Det har smugit sig in ett fel i beskrivningen, A.2 ska stickas på varv 2 och 6 efter M.1.

Ida 30.04.2017 - 20:00:

Jag har 13 nystan Drops Love You nr 6 här hemma. Naturligtvis kommer jag sticka en provlapp, men kan jag räkna med att Safran & Alpaca går att byta ut mot det garn jag har? Och fungerar en sån här klänning i bomullsgarn?

DROPS Design 03.05.2017 kl. 14:25:

Hej, Ja du kan använda DLY #6, fast du måste ha en tråd till från garngrupp A för att få en stickfasthet med 15 m på 10 cm. Lycka till!

Veronique31 07.03.2017 - 23:54:

Bonsoir, J'en suis presque à la fin mais... "Toutes les tailles : A 5-6-7-8-9-10 cm de hauteur, suivre M4. Après 1 répétition de M4,..." comment répéter M4 ? le rang 1 de M4 est sur 20 mailles le dernier rang est sur 16mailles,?

DROPS Design 08.03.2017 kl. 09:33:

Bonjour Véronique31, vous tricotez 1 fois M.4 en hauteur, puis, après M.4, vos tricotez 2 rangs endroit en ajustant le nombre de mailles à celui indiqué pour votre taille. Bon tricot!

Antonella 18.01.2016 - 06:43:

Buongiorno, io non capisco come avviare le maglie su entrambe le estremità dei ferri circolari. devo avviarne metà per parte o cosa?

DROPS Design 18.01.2016 kl. 08:52:

Buongiorno Antonella. Deve sovrapporre le due punte dei ferri circolari; è come se avviasse le m su un ferro di qualche misura più grande di quello con cui lavorerà in seguito. Il seguente video può aiutarla. Buon lavoro!

Vanda 15.05.2015 - 08:57:

Hallo, Can 1 thread of Cotton Merino or Belle be used instead of the 2 yarns? Has anyone tried it out with nice results? Thanks.

DROPS Design 15.05.2015 kl. 09:23:

Dear Vanda, Cotton Merino and Belle belong to group B of our yarn, this dress is worked with 2 strands group A (= 1 strand group C) - see also here alternatives. Happy knitting!

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