DROPS / 99 / 11

Dainty Miss by DROPS Design

DROPS Crochet corset top in ”Safran”

  • Dainty Miss / DROPS 99-11 - DROPS Crochet corset top in ”Safran”
Size: S – M – L - XL

Materials: Drops Safran from Garnstudio
200-250-250-300 g colour no 17, white

DROPS crochet hook size 3.5 mm – or the size needed to obtain correct crochet tension.
DROPS edged silver button no 534: 7 pcs

Alternative Yarn – See how to change yarns here
Yarn Groups A to F – Use the same pattern and change the yarn here
Yarn usage using an alternative yarn – Use our yarn converter here

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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.
Crochet tension; 20 tr/dc in width and 13 rows pattern in height using hook size 3.5 mm and Safran = 10 x 10 cm
Pattern: 1st row (= RS): Crochet 1 tr in each st, finish row with 1 ch to turn with. 2nd row: Crochet 1 dc in each st, finish row with 3 ch to turn with.
Repeat 1st and 2nd rows.
Cast off tips (applies to armhole and neck):
Cast off at beginning of row as follows: Crochet sl st at over number of sts to be cast off.
Cast off at end of row as follows: Crochet until number of sts left = number of sts to be cast off, turn piece.
Fan pattern; Crochet in first st: 1 tr, 1 picot (= 3 ch, 1 dc in first ch), 1 tr, 1 picot and 1 tr, * skip 2 sts, 1 sl st in next st, skip 2 sts (in loops at neck and armhole skip 3 sts to ensure neat edge), crochet in next st: 1 tr, 1 picot, 1 tr, 1 picot, 1 tr *, repeat from *-*.

Back piece: Crochet 93-103-118-133 ch (incl 1 ch to turn with) on crochet hook size 3.5 mm. 1st row as follows: 1 dc in 2nd ch from crochet hook, 1 dc in next ch, * skip 1 ch, 1 dc in each of next 4 ch *, repeat from *-* until end of row = 74-82-94-106 dc. Continue with Pattern – see explanation above, until complete measurement. When piece measures 5-5-6-6 cm dec by skipping over second sts from edge on each side on every 3rd row 3 times in total = 68-76-88-100 sts. When piece measures 15-16-17-18 cm inc 1 st on each side by crocheting 2 sts in second sts from edge on each side on every other row 8-8-7-6 times on total = 84-92-102-112 sts. When piece measures 32-33-34-35 cm cast off for armhole on each side on each row – see Cast off tips: 3 sts 1-1-2-2 times, 2 sts 1-2-2-4 times and 1 st 2-3-3-3 times = 70-72-76-78 sts. When piece measures 47-49-51-53 cm continue crocheting over 18-19-20-21 sts on one side for shoulder. Continuing cast off at neckline on every row: 2 sts 1 time and 1 st 2 times = 14-15-16-17 sts left in shoulder. Cut thread when piece measures 50-52-54-56 cm. Crochet other shoulder similarly.

Right front piece: Crochet 46-51-58-66 ch (incl 1 ch to turn with) on crochet hook size 3.5 mm. 1st row as follows: 1 dc in 2nd ch from crochet hook, 1 dc in each of next 4-4-6-4 ch, * skip 1 ch, 1 dc in each of next 4 ch *, repeat from *-* til end of row = 37-41-47-53 dc. Now crochet Pattern like on back piece. Dec and inc in side like back piece = 42-46-51-56 sts, when piece measures 30-31-32-33 cm cast off for neckline. (If neckline should not be deep, wait with dec for 3-3-4-4 cm).
Size S and M: Cast off on each row.
Size L and XL: Cast off on every other row.
Cast off 12-12-13-13 sts mid front for neck, then cast off to shape neckline 2 sts 2 times and 1 st 5 times. At the same time when piece measures 32-33-34-35 cm cast off for armhole like back piece. After completing all cast offs for armhole and neck 14-15-16-17 sts are left on shoulder. Cut thread when piece measures 50-52-54-56 cm.

Left front piece: Crochet like right but reversed.

Assembly: Sew side seams in outermost edge with 1 sts in each sts. Sew shoulder seams the same way.

Left front edge: Crochet approx 60-62-64-66 dc along left front piece – ensure sts are not too tight or too wavy but lying flat along edge. Now crochet 1 row tr, 1 row dc and 1 row tr.
Crochet next round as follows: In first tr crochet: 1 dc, 1 picot (= 3 ch, 1 dc in first ch) and 1 dc, * skip 1 st, 1 dc in next st, skip 1 st, in next st crochet: 1 dc, 1 picot and 1 dc *, repeat from *-*.

Right front edge: Crochet as left front edge but on 3rd row (= dc) make 7 buttonholes evenly as follows: 2 ch, skip 2 tr, on next row crochet 2 tr in ch loop – place upper most and bottom most buttonhole 1 cm from edges.

Fan pattern: Crochet fan pattern – see explanation above around armhole, at bottom edge and neckline. Sew in buttons.


diagram measurements

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 99-11) 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 (77)

country flag Vicki 09.10.2021 - 02:35:

Love this top and I wondered, is there an English version?

country flag Raquel Hekel 23.08.2021 - 02:15:

When working Back Piece "When piece measures 5-5-6-6 cm [2”-2”-2 3/8”-2 3/8”] dec by skipping over second sts from edge on each side on every 3rd row 3 times in total = 68-76-88-100 sts," do I continue using the Pattern unless instructed? Love your pattern.

user icon DROPS Design 23.08.2021 kl. 08:02:

Dear Mrs Hekel, right, you work in pattern to the finished measurements (= dc from RS and sc from WS). Happy crocheting!

country flag Karolien Coune 24.06.2021 - 07:38:

Als ik dit topje wil maken zonder knoopjes en het voorpand in 1 stuk, maak ik dan twee keer het achterpand?

user icon DROPS Design 28.06.2021 kl. 13:04:

Dag Karolien,

Bijna, want bij het achterpand is de hals hoger dan bij het voorpand, dus je moet dan eerder beginnen met alleen haken op de steken voor de schouders.

country flag Violet Fegan 13.10.2020 - 19:14:

@ Kayla... I found contact information online, but don't know if they have representatives who speak your language. Head Office (Norway) DROPS DESIGN A/S, Jerikoveien 10 A, 1067 Oslo Phone: +47 - 23 30 32 20 Fax: +47 - 22 67 39 39

country flag Fabienne 29.08.2020 - 15:33:

Bonjour, je suis sur le devant droit avec47 mailles. Avec les diminutions je passe à 41 mailles mais quand j arrive aus augmentations c est à dire 7 fois, je me retrouve avec 55m au lieu de 51 comme indiqué. Merci de votre aide

user icon DROPS Design 31.08.2020 kl. 10:43:

Bonjour Fabienne, vous devez diminuer sur le côté comme pour le dos (= 3 mailles) et augmenter sur le côté comme pour le dos (= 7 mailles), vous aviez 47 m - 3 + 7 = 51 m. Bon crochet!

country flag Fabienne 19.08.2020 - 14:24:

Bonjour, j ai fais l échantillon qui correspond à mon crochet. Pas de problème mais quand je monte mon travail je mesure la largeur et elle est de 46 cm au lieu de 37. Que dois je faire. Merci

user icon DROPS Design 19.08.2020 kl. 16:01:

Bonjour Fabienne, si votre échantillon est juste et que vous crochetez avec la même tension, alors vous devriez avoir les bonnes mesures. Au tout début du dos, on monte 93 ml mais, comme la plupart du temps la chaînette de base est trop serrée, on crochète plus de mailles en l'air que l'on a besoin de mailles serrées et on va sauter des mailles en l'air à intervalles réguliers au 1er rang pour ainsi obtenir 74 ms au 1er rang, autrement dit 37 cm de large si l'échantillon est juste. Bon crochet!

country flag Dina 22.07.2020 - 21:20:

Ikheb dit topje gehaakt ik heb een probleem het topje is klaar hoe kan ik een beetje wijer maken ik heb bij de voor panden een paar rijen vaste gehaakt kan je tips geven

user icon DROPS Design 18.11.2020 kl. 22:02:

Hoi Dina,

Eigenlijk zou je tijdens het haken het topje gelijk wijder moeten maken door meer steken op te zetten of te meerderen in de zijnaden.

country flag Alveryne 23.05.2020 - 15:07:

Bonjour, pour la partie "A 5-5-6-6 cm de hauteur totale, diminuer en sautant la 2ème m à partir du bord 3 fois tous les 3 rangs = 68-76-88-100 m" on doit sauter la maille en début et fin de même rang ? svp. perso j'ai compris R1 1 dim au début / 1 dim fin de rang, R2 R3 normal, et on refait pareil encore 2 fois ??Merci

user icon DROPS Design 25.05.2020 kl. 08:38:

Bonjour Aleverine, vous diminuez effectivement en sautant la 2ème maille au début du rang et l'avant-dernière maille à la fin du rang et tout à fait exact: 1 rang de diminutions, 2 rangs sans diminuer (= tous les 3 rangs). Bon crochet!

country flag Kayla 20.05.2020 - 06:58:

Could you guys update this with plus sizes? (Looking for 2X). Or just tips to a beginner for how to increase the size. I really love this piece.

user icon DROPS Design 20.05.2020 kl. 07:21:

Dear Kayla, we are unfortunately unable to adjust every pattern to every single request. Please contact your store or any crochet forum for any individual assistance. Thanks for your comprehension. Happy crocheting!

country flag Wils Hedwig 26.03.2020 - 16:14:

Beste Er staat bij het rechter voorpand voor de hals op een hoogte van 33 cm de hals afkanten , is dat juist want de armsgaten worden pas op 35 cm afgekant . Mvg

user icon DROPS Design 27.03.2020 kl. 13:03:

Wils Hedwig,

Dat klopt, de hals zit lager dan het armsgat. Zoals aangegeven in het patroon kan je er ook voor kiezen om nog een paar cm door te haken als je de hals wat hoger wilt hebben.

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