Elf Warmers by DROPS Design

Knitted jacket in DROPS Eskimo. Size Children 3-14 years.

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

Materials: DROPS Eskimo from Garnstudio
450-500-550 (650-700-750) g colour no 01, off-white
DROPS straight needles size 9 mm
DROPS duffel buttons no 520: 5 (6) pcs.

Knitting Tension: 10 sts x 14 rows on needles size 9mm in stocking sts. = 10 x 10 cm

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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.

Garter sts (back and forth on needle): knit all rows.

Back piece: Cast on 41-44-47 (50-53-56) sts (incl 1 edge st each side) on needle size 9mm with Eskimo. Knit 4 rows garter sts and continue in stocking sts. Remember your knitting tension! When piece measures 11-12-12 (13-14-15) cm dec 1 st each side and repeat the dec when piece measures 22-24-25 (26-28-30) cm = 37-40-43 (46-49-52) sts. When piece measures 33-35-37 (39-42-45) cm cast off for armhole each side on every other row as follows: 3 sts 1 time and 1 st 0-1-2 times = 31-32-33 (34-35-36) sts. When piece measures 46-49-52 (55-59-63) cm cast off the middle 5-6-7 (8-9-10) sts for neck and dec 1 st on neckline on next row = 12 sts left on each shoulder. Cast off when piece measures 48-51-54 (57-61-65) cm.

Left front piece: Cast on 24-26-27 (29-30-32) sts (incl 1 edge st at side and 4 front border sts mid front) on needle size 9mm with Eskimo. Knit 4 rows garter sts and continue in stocking sts with 4 front border sts in garter sts until finished measurements. When piece measures 11-12-12 (13-14-15) cm dec 1 st at the side and repeat the dec when piece measures 22-24-25 (26-28-30) cm = 22-24-25 (27-38-30) sts. When piece measures 33-35-37 (39-42-45) cm cast off for armhole as described for back piece = 19-20-20 (21-21-22) sts. When piece measures 43-46-48 (51-54-58) cm put 4-5-5 (6-6-7) sts mid front on thread for neck. Dec to shape the neckline on every other row 2 sts 1 time and 1 st 1 time = 12 sts left on shoulder. Cast off when piece measures 48-51-54 (57-61-65) cm

Right front piece: Cast on and knit as left front piece, but dec for armhole and neck the opposite side. In addition, make buttonholes on front border - 1 buttonhole = knit tog the 3rd and 4th st from mid front and make a yo. On the return row knit into back of yo to narrow the buttonhole. Make buttonholes when piece measures:
Size 3/4 years: 10, 18, 26, 34 and 42 cm
Size 5/6 years: 13, 21, 29, 37 and 45 cm
Size 7/8 years: 13, 22, 30, 39 and 47 cm
Size 9/10 years: 13, 20, 28, 35, 43 and 50 cm
Size 11/12 years: 13, 21, 29, 37, 45 and 53 cm
Size 13/14 years: 13, 22, 31, 40, 49 and 57 cm

Sleeves: Cast on 20-22-22 (24-24-26) sts (incl 1 edge st each side) on needle size 9mm with Eskimo. Knit 5-5-5 (6-6-6) cm garter sts and continue in stocking sts until finished measurements. At the same time when piece measures 7 cm inc 1 st each side on every 4.5-5.5-5 (5.5-5-6.5) cm a total of 5-5-6 (6-7-7) times = 30-32-34 (36-38-40) sts. When sleeve measures 28-31-34 (37-41-45) cm cast off for sleeve cap each side on every other row as follows: 3 sts 1 time, and 2 sts each side until piece measures 31-35-39 (43-48-53) cm. Now dec 3 sts each side 1 time and cast off remaining sts on next row. Sleeve measures approx 32-36-40 (44-49-54) cm.

Pockets: Cast on 3 sts on needle size 9mm and knit garter sts. At the same time after the 1st row inc 1 st each side on every other row 3-3-4 (4-5-5) times (inc by making a yo after the first st on row, on the return row knit into back of yo) = 9-9-11 (11-13-13) sts. Continue in garter sts until pocket measures 11-12-13 (14-15-16) cm. Cast off and knit 1 more pocket.

Hood: Sew shoulder seams. Pick up 30 to 40 sts round the neck (incl sts on thread) on needle size 9mm. Knit 1 row from the wrong side, 1 row from the right side, at the same time inc evenly to 40-42-44 (46-48-50) sts. Continue in stocking sts with 4 sts each side in garter sts. Cast off when hood measures 28-29-30 (31-32-33) cm. Sew hood tog at the top.

Assembly: Sew pockets to front pieces approx 31-32-34 (35-38-41) cm from shoulder seam and 7-7-8 (8-9-10) cm from mid front. Sew in sleeves. Sew sleeve and side seams within 1 edge st. Sew on buttons. Make 3 tassels with 10 threads measuring 18 cm each. Attach a tassel at the bottom of each pocket and one to the top of hood.


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 12-23) 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 (16)

Steffi 04.11.2018 - 22:30:

Hallo, bei der Jacke steht, dass nach 12cm zum ersten Mal abgekettet werden soll. Beziehen sich diese 12cm nur auf den glatt gestrickten Teil oder messe ich inklusive Bündchen? Vielen Dank!

DROPS Design 05.11.2018 kl. 10:40:

Liebe Steffi, die 12 cm sind von der Anschlagskante (= Gesamthöhe) gemessen. viel Spaß beim stricken!

DORIS 03.10.2018 - 00:47:

Wieviel Meter Drops Eskimo Wolle sind 50 g

DROPS Design 03.10.2018 kl. 07:59:

Liebe Doris, 1 Knaüel Eskimo = 50 g/ca 50 m. Mehr über die Wollen lesen Sie hier. Viel Spaß beim stricken!

Yvonne 04.10.2017 - 12:12:

Hallo liebes Drops Team, Frage zu der Jacke. Bin gerade bei der Kapuze Größe 5-6 Jahre. Ist die Maschenanzahl 42 für die Kapuze die gesamte Anzahl oder muss ich die zu den 30-40 Maschen bei der Aufnahme der Kapuze dazu addieren? Herzlichen Dank. Yvonne

DROPS Design 04.10.2017 kl. 16:52:

Liebe Yvonne, Sie müssen 42 M im total nach der Zunahmen haben (ca 30-40 M werden aufgenommen, regelmäßig ab- bzw zunehmen damit Sie 42 M haben). Viel Spaß beim stricken!

Anni Larsen 22.06.2017 - 20:47:

Ser ud til at begge nissehuer er på damme p 5.5 sevl om der står p 9 til eskimo garn hvor finder jeg den opskrift der passee til eskimogarn

DROPS Design 23.06.2017 kl. 07:49:

Hei Anni. Jakken strikkes i Eskimo og på pinne 9, men vottene og luen strikkes i Alaska og på pinne 5,5 (se lengre ned på oppskriften, så ser du informasjonen). God Fornøyelse!

Martha Ntakou 25.01.2017 - 23:30:

Another great design! My only complaint so far is the buttonhole, where it is mentioned the YO should be worked in the back on the next row. That made the hole disappear and I had to unknit the work and knit it again normally as it is shown on the video.

Kit 31.10.2015 - 12:35:

Wbt de wanten. Moet de duim echt met 9mm en niet 5mm gebreid worden of is dit een foutje? En wat wordt bedoeld met 2 draden opzetten en 1 weer uithalen? Is dat voor een elastische boord? Eskimowol er weer uithalen gaat verre van makkelijk namelijk. Alvast bedankt voor uw antwoorden!

DROPS Design 02.11.2015 kl. 14:44:

Hoi Kit. Nee, die moet zeker niet met 9 mm. Dat is een fout in de vertaling. Ik pas aan. En je zet op met 2 draden, maar breit met één. Je moet niet de draad uithalen, maar één eraf knippen. Ik hoop dat het zo duidelijker is.

Sara Sundberg 23.02.2015 - 20:03:

Hej, jag undrar vart beskrivningen till tofsarna finns som ska sitta på tröjan, det står att den finns på sidan 3, men vart är det?

DROPS Design 03.03.2015 kl. 14:11:

Hej Sara. Det er beskrivelsen i kataloget, det kan du ikke finde her. Men du kan se en video her hvordan du kan lave tofsar:

Dörte 29.11.2013 - 18:56:

Hej! Vilka storlekar motsvarar åldrarna? Tack på förhand! Dörte

DROPS Design 05.12.2013 kl. 09:17:

Gå efter måtten som du hittar i måttskissen nederst i beskrivningen. Lycka till !

Anne Marie De Souza 19.10.2013 - 16:14:

Hej i opskriften er angivet pinde 9 med garn eskimo, skal der bruges dobbelt garn?

DROPS Design 21.10.2013 kl. 16:49:

Hej Anne Marie. Nej, du skal kun bruge 1 tråd.

Joyce 31.01.2013 - 11:41:

Wat wordt er bedoeld met 4 st in een draad? het gaat om de linkervoorpand op een hoogte van 43 cm en moet ik afkanten in de 4 ribbelsteken? of kan ik dat beter in de tricosteken doen naast de ribbelst

DROPS Design 31.01.2013 kl. 16:15:

Je plaatst de 4 st op een draad/speld of dergelijks. Dan kant je af in de tricotst naast de 4 ribbelst. Bij de capuchon zet je dan de 4 st van beide voorpanden terug op de nld.

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