DROPS Silke Alpaca
DROPS Silke Alpaca
80% Wool, 20% Silk
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DROPS 99-9
Size: S – M – L – XL - XXL
Finished bust measure below.

Materials: DROPS Silke-Alpaca from Garnstudio
300-300-350-400-450 g colour no. 0100, off white
100-150-150-150-150 g colour no. 1340, light beige
100-100-150-150-150 g colour no. 4010, pearl grey

DROPS crochet hook size 5 mm or the size needed to obtain the correct crochet tension.


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


DROPS Silke Alpaca
DROPS Silke Alpaca
80% Wool, 20% Silk
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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: 14 tr x 9 row using hook size 5 mm and Silke-Alpaca = 10 x 10 cm.

Crochet info: Substitute the first tr beg. of round with 3 ch and finish each tr round with a tr in the 3rd ch from previous round. Substitute the first dc at beg. of round with 1 ch and finish each dc round with 1 sl st in the first dc.

Stripes: Change colours according to M.1 and M.2. The diagrams are seen from the RS. English Translations for the wording in the diagrams are given at the bottom of this pattern, and they are given in the vertical order in which they appear in the diagram.

Increasing tips: For increases crochet 2 tr in the last but 1 tr.
Decreasing tips: dec. as follows at beg. of round: Crochet sl st over the number of sts to be dec.
Dec. as follows at the end of round: Turn when the number of sts equal the number of sts to be dec.

Shrug: Crochet loosely 127-132-140-146-154 ch (incl. of 3 ch to turn with) with hook size 5 mm in off white. Now crochet as follows: 1 tr in the 4th ch from hook, 1 tr in each of the following 2 ch, *skip a ch, 1 tr in each of the following 3 ch*, repeat from *-*, for size S finish with a tr in the last ch. For size M and L finish with 1 tr in each of the last 2 ch = 95-99-105-109-115 tr. Now crochet 1 tr in each tr – read crochet info. At the same time crochet stripes according to M.1 – see diagram. When the piece measures 7-7-6-6-5 cm dec. 1 tr each side on every row a total of 11 times – read cast off tips = 73-77-83-87-93 tr. Crochet M.1 a total of 3 times vertically. Continue to crochet 1 row with off white. Then crochet according to M.2 – see explanation above. At the same time when the piece measures 35-35-36-36-37 cm inc. 1 tr each side on every row a total of 11 times – read increasing tips = 95-99-105-109-115 tr. Crochet M.2 a total of 3 times vertically. Cut and sew the thread – the piece measures approx. 54 cm

Assembly: Fold the piece double along the long side and sew the outer most 7-7-6-6-5 cm tog. each side – opening left is the armhole. Now crochet approx. 50 – 65 dc around the arm hole – read crochet info. Crochet a total of 6 rows of dc. Repeat for the other armhole. Crochet approx. 190 to 230 dc. around the edge of the shrug. Crochet 1 dc in each dc until the piece measures 1-2-3-4-5 cm. Cut and sew the thread.



symbols = off white
symbols = light beige
symbols = pearl grey
Do you have a question? See a list of frequently asked questions (FAQ)

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 is only meant 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

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.

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?

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

At the top of all our patterns you’ll find a link to our yarn calculator, 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 calculator 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 calculated 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 calculator

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 calculator, 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 calculator will provide both alternative yarn as well as required amount in the new quality.

If you think it's hard to decide what size to make, it can be a good idea to measure a garment you own already and like the size of. Then you can pick the size by comparing those measures with the ones available in the pattern's size chart.

You'll find the size chart at the bottom of the pattern.

See DROPS lesson: How to read size chart

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 tension/gauge swatch

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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)

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

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

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?

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!

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.

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.

Pilling is a natural process that happens to even the most exclusive of fibers. It's a natural sign of wear and tear that is hard to avoid, and that is most visible in high friction areas of your garment like a sweater's arms and cuffs.

You can make your garment look as new by removing the pilling, using a fabric comb or a pill/lint remover.

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Comments / Questions (10)

country flag Angel wrote:

Je pense qu'il y a une erreur au niveau des diminutions. Je pense qu'elles doivent se faire sur chaque rang 11 fois et non tous les deux rangs.

08.08.2013 - 18:55

DROPS Design answered:

Bonjour Angel, c'est exact, les diminutions et les augmentations plus tard se font tous les rangs et non tous les 2 rangs, la correction a été faite, merci. Bon crochet!

09.08.2013 - 09:24

Dimitra wrote:

Please help me with this instraction dec 1 dc each side on every row a total of 11 times what i have to do? i have to make 1 slst in the beg and skip 1dc at the end for 11 rows? also i need help with the Increasing tip: For increases crochet 2 dc in the last but 1 dc. what does this means?

02.03.2013 - 15:47

DROPS Design answered:

Dear Dimitra, you are correct for the dec. For inc, you have to crochet 2 dc in the 2nd dc of the row each side : 2nd st of the row and 2nd to last st. Happy crocheting!

04.03.2013 - 08:58

country flag Amanda wrote:

The wording on the size chart has not been translated. Do the measurements refer to bust size?

18.07.2011 - 06:50

DROPS Design answered:

Hi Amanda, Yes, the measures in cm refers to the bust size.

18.07.2011 - 20:11

country flag Janneke wrote:

"Meerder tegelijkertijd bij een hoogte van 35-35-36-36-37 cm aan weerskanten 11 x 1 stk in elke 2e toer – lees de tips voor het meerderen = 95-99-105-109-115 stk. " Moet dat niet elke toer zijn ipv elke 2e toer? De schematische tekening is symetrisch, bovendien kom je uit op veel meer toeren en dus lengte dan 54 cm. GRaag jullie reacties.

02.04.2009 - 16:02

DROPS Design NL answered:

Hoi Janneke. Ik heb net het originele patroon doorgelezen en je hebt gelijk. Het moet inderdaad elke toer zijn. Ik heb het patroon gewijzigd. Excuses en veel haakplezier verder. Gr. Tine

03.04.2009 - 09:28

country flag Verani wrote:

Dear Ms.Jeanette Matzau First i really like bolero DROPS number 99-9, but my english is not good. Sometimes i don't understand what that mean. I can not make decrease and increase. If you can give me the pattern diagram symbols for Drops 99-9, i will be glad for that. Thankfull for your help and attention. Best Regards verani

18.11.2007 - 12:59

Susanne Schmidt wrote:

Den er bare flot. Ærgerligt der ikke er opskrift på den . Skønt den er hæklet.

31.01.2007 - 16:10

country flag Mona C. Larsen wrote:

Enkel og pæn - mon den kan laves med 3/4 ærmer?!

25.01.2007 - 16:12

country flag Beate wrote:

origenell gefertigtes Sommerjäckchen

03.01.2007 - 20:17

Pia wrote:

Härlig kofta/bolero som kan användas svala sommarkvällar istället för en schal. Mycket behändigt!

11.12.2006 - 17:26

country flag jannicke wrote:

Enderlig en som er heklet.kjempe flott.

09.12.2006 - 18:52