DROPS / 101 / 29

Seaside Bird by DROPS Design

DROPS top with lace pattern in ”Paris”

Size: S - M/L - XL - XXL
Finished measurements:
Bust: 82-94-106-118 cm / 32 1/4"-37"-41 3/4"-46½"
Full length: 51-54-58-59 cm / 20"-21 1/4"-22 3/4"-23 1/4"

Materials: DROPS Paris from Garnstudio
300-350-400-450 g color no 16, white

DROPS circular needles size 5 mm / US 8 – or the needle size needed to obtain correct knitting gauge.

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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: 17 sts x 22 rows on needles size 5 mm / US 8 in stockinette st = 10 x 10 cm / 4'' x 4''. Lace pattern will stretch garment somewhat in width.

Pattern: See diagram M.1 to M.5. Pattern is showing all rows in pattern seen from RS.

Garter st: (in the round on needle): 1st round: K and 2nd round: P
Garter st (back and forth on row): Knit all rows.

Decreasing tips (applies to armhole):
All dec from RS. Dec for armhole within 4 sts garter st as follows:
Before 4 sts garter st: K2 tog
After 4 sts garter st: Slip 1 st as if to knit, K1, psso.

Increasing tips (applies to wide shoulders):
All inc from RS. Inc for wide shoulders within 4 garter sts on each side by yo on needle. On next row P yo into back of st to avoid hole.
Incorporate new sts into pattern as you go.

Back and front pieces:
Work piece in the round.
Cast on 140-160-180-200 sts loosely with Paris. Insert 1 marker at start of round.
K1 round, P1 round. Continuing work diagram M.1.
When M.1 is worked once in height continue with M.2.
When M.2 is worked once in height work 6 sts stockinette st on next round to shift round start.
Insert 1 marker (= mid side). Also insert 1 marker after 70-80-90-100 sts (= mid opposite side).
Now work M.3. Patterns should now appear on top of each other as shown in diagram. Work M.3 4-4-5-5 times in total in height.
Continuing K1 round, P1 round.
Piece now measures approx 27-27-31-31 cm / 10½"-10½"-12 1/4"-12 1/4".
Insert 2 new markers into piece, 1 marker after 35-40-45-50 sts (= mid front piece) and 1 marker after 105-120-135-150 sts (= mid back).
Continuing, measure piece from here.
K1 round. Continuing work M.4.
When piece measures approx 2-3-3-3 cm / 3/4"-1 1/8"-1 1/8"-1 1/8" from marker, continue with M.4, but work 8 sts on each side of marker mid front as follows: M.5 (= 3 sts), 10 sts garter sts (marker is placed between these sts), M.5 (= 3 sts).
Read next section before continuing.
At the same time when piece measures 4-5-4-4 cm / 1½"-2"-1½"-1½" from marker also work 12 sts on each side in garter st (6 sts on each side of markers in sides).
At the same time when piece measures 4-5-5-5 cm / 1½"-2"-2"-2" from markers bind off middle 2 sts from neck side = 138-158-178-198 sts (continuing, work piece back and forth from mid front).
Continue with M.5 and 4 sts garter sts on each side of bind off sts, work remaining sts as before. Continue like this until piece measures 6-7-6-6 cm / 2 3/8"-2 3/4"-2 3/8"-2 3/8".
Now bind off 4 sts on each side of armhole = 130-150-170-190 sts.
Work front and back pieces separately.

Back piece:
= 66-76-86-96 sts. Continue in M.4. At the same time dec 1 sts for armhole on every other row – read Decreasing tips: 5-7-8-10 times = 56-62-70-76 sts.
Then inc 1 sts for shoulder on each side on every other row – read Increasing tips – 6-6-4-3 times = 68-74-78-82 sts.
When piece measures 22-25-25-26 cm / 8 3/4"-9 3/4"-9 3/4"-10 1/4" from marker mid back bind off middle 32-36-36-38 sts for neck.
Continuing bind off 1 sts on next row at neckline = 17-18-20-21 sts left on each shoulder. Work until piece measures approx 23-26-26-27 cm / 9"-10 1/4"-10 1/4"-10 5/8"from marker mid back. K4 rows garter sts before binding off loosely.

Left front piece:
= 32-37-42-47 sts. Continue with M.4 but 7 sts from mid front continues as before (M.5 and 4 sts garter st). At the same time dec for armhole and inc for wide shoulder like back piece.
At the same time when piece measures 13-15-15-15 cm / 5 1/8"-6"-6"-6" from marker mid front slip 6-8-8-9 m at mid front onto stitch holder. Continuing, bind off for neck on every other row 2 sts 2 times and 1 st 6 times = 17-18-20-21 m left on needle for shoulder.
Work until piece measures approx 23-26-26-27 cm / 9"-10 1/4"-10 1/4"-10 5/8" from marker mid front. K 4 rows garter st before binding off loosely.

Right front piece:
Work like left front piece but reversed.

Sew shoulder seams.

Pick up approx 85 to 102 sts (incl sts from stitch holder) around neckline on needle size 5 mm / US 8. K8 rows garter sts back and forth from mid front.
Bind off loosely.


All measurements in charts are in cm.

= K from RS, P from WS
= P from RS
= yo
= slip 1 st as if to knit, K2 tog, psso
= K2 tog
= P2 tog (from RS)

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 101-29) 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 (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 (29)

Hochet Valérie 05.09.2019 - 22:07:

Bonjour, en taille M, à 5 cm à partir du marqueur, il y a plusieurs choses à faire ; dont 2 m en moins pou l'encolure (180m-2m= 178 m) ok. Puis continuer avec M5 et mjusqu'à 7cm : puis rabattre 4m de chaque côté" pour emmanchure = 140m. je ne comprends pas comment on passe de 178 m à 140 m. Merci pour vos explications. Cordialement.

DROPS Design 06.09.2019 kl. 08:03:

Bonjour Mme Hochet, en taille M, on a 158 m et on va rabattre 2 x 4 m pour les emmanchures, il va rester 150 m; il y avait quelques erreurs dans cette partie, elles ont été corrigées, merci pour votre retour. Bon tricot!

Franca 06.07.2018 - 18:46:

Salve, sono arrivata a lavorare il diagramma M4 ma il lavoro è diverso da quello in foto, i buchini sono più ravvicinati mentre in foto sono più distanti. inoltre facendo anche il diagramma M5 alcuni buchini sono così vicini da accavallarsi e l'effetto è bruttino. potreste darmi indicazioni? grazie

DROPS Design 06.07.2018 kl. 21:17:

Buongiorno Franca. Il risultato finale si ottiene solo dopo aver lavato il capo. Se però le sembrano troppo vicini i buchi del diag. M4 e se non comporta disfare troppo lavoro può intervallare i buchi di un numero maggiore di maglie (sia sul davanti che sul dietro). Il diag.M5 viene lavorato solo sulle 3 m vicino alle maglie a punto legaccio dello scollo: non dovrebbe sovrapporsi con M4. Buon lavoro!

Christelle 13.05.2018 - 19:32:

Bjr je reviens vers vous car je ne réussis vraiment pas à décaler pour M3 en tricotant en aller-retour Pourriez-vous m'indiquer la démarche à suivre J'ai acheté la laine sur ce site D'avance merci pour votre aide

DROPS Design 14.05.2018 kl. 11:07:

Bonjour Christelle, quand M.2 a été tricoté 1 fois en hauteur, tricotez les 6 m suivantes à l'endroit et placez votre marqueur de début de tour ici (les tours commencent désormais ici), continuez en tricotant M.3. La première double diminution du 1er M.3 va s'aligner automatiquement au-dessus de celle de M.1, et ainsi de suite, la 1ère diminution du M.3 suivant va s'aligner au-dessus de celle du 2ème M.1 et ainsi de suite. Bon tricot!

Christelle 10.05.2018 - 12:23:

Bjr je tricote ce modèle en aller-retour car je ne sais pas tricoter avec des aiguilles circulaires J'ai tricoté 6 m en jersey end puis j'ai tricoté M3 que je ne peux finir puisqu'il manque 6 m. Dois-je donc tricoter ... 1 jeté 1 end 1 jeté 3 end et finir par 1 m glissée ? Merci de votre réponse

DROPS Design 11.05.2018 kl. 07:41:

Bonjour Christelle, pour tricoter chaque partie séparément, il vous faut répartir les mailles sur les 2 pièces, ici, après M.1 et M.2, on tricote 6 m end pour décaler le début du tour et pour aligner M.3 au-dessus de M.2/M.1. Il va vous falloir bien répartir les mailles pour tomber juste, voir aussi ici. Pour toute assistance individuelle complémentaire, contactez le magasin où vous avez acheté votre laine. Bon tricot!

Michelle B 22.05.2017 - 00:58:

After working M.2 is the instructions telling me to do an entire row in stockinette? Or am I supposed to do 6 stockinette stitches insert a marker then start with M.3 (within this place then second marker). Thanks!

DROPS Design 22.05.2017 kl. 09:51:

Dear Michelle, when M.2 has been worked 1 time in height, just work the next 6 sts in stocking st, then place the marker at beg of round here (rounds now start there), add a second marker after half of the sts, then work M.3. Happy knitting!

Cathy 09.03.2017 - 09:14:

Bonjour, J'ai fait ce modèle en Bomull-Lin 03 (catégorie C comme Paris ). Je suis très contente du résultat :-)

Vignau Bègue 25.04.2016 - 17:08:

Bonjour, pouvez vous me préciser de quel marqueur on parle, car nous venons juste de commencer l'encolure devant : en même temps, à 4-5-4-4 cm de hauteur du marqueur, tricoter 12 m de chaque côté au point mousse (=6 m de chaque côté des marqueur merci beaucoup

DROPS Design 25.04.2016 kl. 17:35:

Bonjour Mme Vignau, on mesure à partir du marqueur placé quand l'ouvrage mesure 27-31 cm - cf également réponse ci-dessous. Bon tricot!

Vignau Bègue 21.04.2016 - 14:11:

Bonjour, pouvez vous me préciser de quel marqueur on parle, car nous venons juste de commencer l'encolure devant : en même temps, à 4-5-4-4 cm de hauteur du marqueur, tricoter 12 m de chaque côté au point mousse (=6 m de chaque côté des marqueur merci beaucoup

DROPS Design 21.04.2016 kl. 15:52:

Bonjour Mme Vignau, on a placé auparavant 2 marqueurs (1 après 35-50 cm au milieu devant et 1 autre après 105-150 m au milieu dos), il est indiqué ensuite que les mesures suivantes sont faites à partir de ces marqueurs. Bon tricot!

Vignau-Bégué 11.04.2016 - 13:20:

Bonjour, Qu'entendez-vous par monter vos mailles sur les 2 extrémités des aiguilles Merci !!!

DROPS Design 11.04.2016 kl. 14:27:

Bonjour Mme Vignau-Bégué, pliez l'aiguille circulaire en double et montez les mailles sur les 2 pointes comme on le voit dans la vidéo ci-dessous. Bon tricot!

Angela Kuhl 24.02.2016 - 19:49:

Nach mehrmaligen auftrennen der Reihen habe ich jetzt keine Lust mehr .M3 klappt einfach nicht.Schade das Modell hätte mir gut gefallen! Vielen Dank für die Hilfe ich weiß auch nicht an was es liegt.

DROPS Design 10.03.2016 kl. 08:16:

Das Muster M3 ist von der Konstruktion sehr ähnlich wie M1, wenn Sie M1 stricken konnten, schaffen Sie sicher auch M3!

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