Pretty Polly by DROPS Design

Cardigan knitted in stocking st, in DROPS Symphony or DROPS Melody, with crochet edge in DROPS Muskat. Size children 5 to 14 years.

Size: 5/6 - 7/8 - 9/10 -11/12 - 13/14 years
All measurements in charts are in cm.

Materials: DROPS Symphony from Garnstudio
250-250-300-300-350 g color no 10, ice blue
and use: DROPS Muskat from Garnstudio
50 g for all sizes in color no. 08, off white

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Drops Melody from Garnstudio
100-150-150-150-200 g colour no 02, fog
and use: Drops Muskat from Garnstudio
50 g for all sizes in colour no. 08, off white

DROPS CIRCULAR NEEDLES size 7 mm / US 10 ½ – or the needle size needed to obtain correct gauge.
DROPS CROCHET HOOK size 3.5 mm/E- for crochet edge

Knitting gauge: 14 sts x 19 rows on needles size 7 mm / US 10 ½ with Symphony in stockinette sts = 10 x 10 cm / 4'' x 4''

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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.
Garter sts back and forth: Knit on all rows

Increasing tips: Inc. inside 4 front band sts as follows: Make a yo, on the following row twist and knit the yo (To twist, knit into back of st instead of the front of st).

Decreasing tips (apply for the neck shaping):
All dec are done from the RS!
Dec as follows after 4 garter sts: K2 sts twisted tog.
Dec as follows before 4 sts of garter sts: K2 tog.

Back piece:
Cast on 50-52-55-58-60 sts (incl. 1 edge st each side) on circular needles size 7 mm / US 10½ with Symphony.
Knit 4 rows of garter sts back and forth on needle and then continue in stockinette sts. When the piece measures 4 cm / 1½'' bind off 1 st each side, repeat on every 5th cm / 2'' a total of 2-2-2-3-3 times = 46-48-51-52-54 sts.
When the piece measures 21-23-25-27-28 cm / 8 1/4"-9"-9 3/4"-10 5/8"-11" cast on loosely new sts on every other row each side for the sleeves (i.e. at the end of each row): 2 sts 2-2-2-2-4 times, 3 sts 3-2-3-1-0 times, 4 sts 1-3-3-5-5 times and 6 sts 1 time = 92-104-113-118-122 sts.
Knit the 4 outer most sts each side of the sleeves in garter sts.
When the piece measures 36-39-42-45-48 cm / 14 1/4"-15 1/4"-16½"-17 3/4"-19" bind off the mid 10-10-11-12-12 sts for the neck and work each side separately = 40-46-50-52-54 sts left for each shoulder/sleeve. On next row dec 1 st towards neck = 40-46-50-52-54 sts left for each shoulder/sleeve.
Bind off when the piece measures 38-41-44-47-50 cm / 15"-16 1/8"-17 1/4"-18½"-19 3/4".

Left front:
Cast on 21-22-23-25-26 sts (includes 1 edge st at the side and 4 front band sts mid front) on needle size 7 mm / US 10½ with Symphony.
Knit 4 rows of garter sts.
Please read all of the next section before knitting it:
Work in stockinette sts with the 4 front band sts in garter st.
At the same time inc. 1 st towards the mid front on every other row a total of 7-7-8-8-8 times – read increasing tips.
At the same time when the piece measures 4 cm / 1½'' bind off at side as done for the back piece.
At the same time when the piece measures 20-22-24-26-28 cm / 8"-8 3/4"-9½"-10 1/4"-11" dec 1 st for the v-neck towards the mid front on every 2nd row 9-9-10-11-11 times – read Decreasing tips.
At the same time when the piece measures 21-23-25-27-28 cm / 8 1/4"-9"-9 3/4"-10 5/8"-11" cast on new sts at the side for sleeve as done for the back piece (remember the 4 outer most sts on the sleeves are knitted in garter sts) = 40-46-50-52-54 sts on each shoulder/sleeve.
Bind off when the piece measures 38-41-44-47-50 cm / 15"-16 1/8"-17 1/4"-18½"-19 3/4".

Right front piece:
Work as left front piece but reverse.

Loosely sew tog the shoulder/sleeve seams. Sew the side and the seams underneath the sleeves loosely tog. inside the edge st.

Crochet edge:
Crochet an edge using hook size 3.5 mm/E with Muskat around all of the cardigan (i.e. down along the left front, around the bottom edge of the back and front pieces and up along the other front, around the neck and at the bottom edge of the sleeves)
as follows: 1 sc in the first st, *4 ch, 1 hdc in the first ch crochet, 1 sc in the same st, ch 2, skip over approx. 1 cm / 3/8'' and 1 sc in the next ch*, repeat from *-* and finish with 1 sl st in the first sc.

Crochet string:
Ch 3 (includes 1 ch to turn with).
Turn - 5 sc in the 2nd ch.
Ch for approx. 50 cm / 20''. Turn.
Skip 1 ch, 5 sc in the next ch and finish with a sl st.
Fasten off.
Pull the string through the crochet edge - beg. at the point where the dec. starts.


All measurements in charts are in cm.

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 15-3) for measurements and calculations.

Are you having trouble following the pattern? See below for a list of resources to help you finish your project in no time - or why not, learn something new.

We have also step-by-step guides for different techniques which you'll find here.

1) Why is the knitting/crochet tension so important?

Knitting tension is what determines the final measurements of your work, and is usually measured per 10 x 10 cm. It is provided like so: number of stitches in width x number of rows in height - eg: 19 stitches x 26 rows = 10 x 10 cm.

The knitting tension is very individual; some people knit/crochet loosely while others work tightly. You adjust the knitting tension with the needle size, which is why the suggested needle size only serve as a guide! You need to adjust this (up or down) to ensure that YOUR knitting tension matches the knitting tension provided in the pattern. If you work with a different knitting tension than provided you will have a different yarn consumption, and your work will have different measurements than what the pattern suggests.

The knitting tension also determines which yarns can replace each other. As long as you achieve the same knitting tension you can replace one yarn with another.

See DROPS lesson: How to measure your tension/gauge

See DROPS video: How to make a gauge tension swatch

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2) What are the yarn groups?

All our yarns are categorised into yarn groups (from A to F) according to thickness and knitting tension – group A contains the thinnest yarns and group F the thickest. This makes it easier for you to find alternative yarns to our patterns, should you wish to switch yarn. All yarns within the same group have a similar knitting tension and can easily replace each other. However, different yarn qualities have different structures and properties which will give the finished work a unique look and feel.

Click here for an overview of the yarns in each yarn group

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3) Can I use a different yarn than what the pattern suggests?

The important thing when changing from one yarn to another is that the knitting/crochet tension remains the same. This is so that the measurements of the finished piece will be the same as on the sketch provided. It is easier to achieve the same knitting tension using yarns from the same yarn group. It is also possible to work with multiple strands of a thinner yarn to achieve the knitting tension of a thicker one. Please try our yarn converter. We recommend you to always work a test swatch.

Please NOTE: when changing yarn the garment might have a different look and feel to the garment in the photo, due to individual properties and qualities of each yarn.

See DROPS lesson: Can I use a different yarn than the one mentioned in the pattern?

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4) How do I use the yarn converter?

At the top of all our patterns you’ll find a link to our yarn converter, which is a helpful tool should you wish to use a different yarn than suggested. By filling in the yarn quality you wish to replace, the amount (in your size) and number of strands, the converter will present good alternative yarns with the same knitting tension. Additionally it will tell you how much you’ll require in the new qualities and whether you’ll need to work with multiple strands. Most skeins are 50g (some are 25g or 100g).

If the pattern is worked with multiple colours, every colour will have to be converted separately. Similarly, if the pattern is worked with several strands of different yarns (for example 1 strand Alpaca and 1 strand Kid-Silk) you will have to find alternatives for each, individually.

Click here to see our yarn converter

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5) Why do I get the wrong knitting tension with the suggested needle size?

The needle size provided in the pattern serves only as a guide, the important thing is to follow the knitting tension. And since knitting tension is very individual, you will have to adjust the needle size to ensure that YOUR tension is the same as in the pattern – maybe you’ll have to adjust 1, or even 2 needle sizes, up or down to achieve the correct tension. For this, we recommend that you work test swatches.

Should you work with a different knitting tension than the one provided, the measurements of the finished garment might deviate from the measurement sketch.

See DROPS lesson: How to measure your tension/gauge

See DROPS video: How to make a gauge tension swatch

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6) Why is the pattern worked top-down?

Working a garment top-down provides more flexibility and room for personal adjustment. For example it is easier to try the garment on while working, as well as making adjustments to length of yoke and shoulder caps.

The instructions are carefully explaining every step, in the correct order. Diagrams are adjusted to the knitting direction and are worked as usual.

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7) Why are the sleeves shorter in larger sizes?

The total width of the garment (from wrist-to-wrist) will be larger in the larger sizes, despite the actual sleeves being shorter. The larger sizes have longer sleeve caps and wider shoulders, so there will be a good fit in all sizes.

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8) What is a repeat?

Diagrams are often repeated on the round or in height. 1 repeat is the diagram the way it appears in the pattern. If it says to work 5 repeats of A.1 in the round, then you work A.1 a total of 5 times after/next to each other in the round. If it says to work 2 repeats of A.1 vertically/in height you work the entire diagram once, then begin again at the start and work the entire diagram one more time.

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9) How do I work according to a knitting diagram?

The diagram depicts all rows/rounds, and every stitch seen from the right side. It is read from bottom to top, from right to left. 1 square = 1 stitch.

When working back and forth, every other row is worked from the right side and every other row is worked from the wrong side. When working from the wrong side, the diagram will have to be worked reversed: from left to right, knit stitches are purled, purl stitches are knit etc.

When working in the round every round is worked from the right side and the diagram are worked from right to left on all rounds.

See DROPS lesson: How to read knitting diagrams

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10) How do I work according to a crochet diagram?

The diagram depicts all rows/rounds, and every stitch seen from the right side. It is worked from bottom to top, from right to left.

When working back and forth every other row is worked from the right side: from right to left and every other row is worked from the wrong side: from left to right.

When working in the round, every row in the diagram are worked from the right side, from right to left.

When working a circular diagram you start in the middle and work your way outwards, counter clockwise, row by row.

The rows usually start with a given number of chain stitches (equivalent to the height of the following stitch), this will either be depicted in the diagram or explained in the pattern.

See DROPS lesson: How to read crochet diagrams

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11) How do I work several diagrams simultaneously on the same row/round?

Instructions for working several diagrams after each other on the same row/round, will often be written like so: “work A.1, A.2, A.3 a total of 0-0-2-3-4 times". This means you work A.1 once, then A.2 is worked once, and A.3 is repeated (in width) the number of times provided for your size – in this case like so: S = 0 times, M = 0 times, L=2 times, XL= 3 times and XXL = 4 times.

The diagrams are worked as usual: begin with the first row in A.1, then work the first row in A.2 etc.

See DROPS lesson: How to read knitting diagrams

See DROPS lesson: How to read crochet diagrams

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12) Why does the piece start with more chain stitches than it’s worked with?

Chain stitches are slightly narrower than other stitches and to avoid working the cast-on edge too tight, we simply chain more stitches to begin with. The stitch count will be adjusted on the following row to fit the pattern and measurement sketch.

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13) Why increase before the rib edge when the piece is worked top-down?

The rib edge is more elastic and will contract slightly compared to, for example, stocking stitch. By increasing before the rib edge, you avoid a visible difference in width between the rib edge and the rest of the body.

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14) Why increase in the cast-off edge?

It’s very easy to cast off too tightly, and by making yarn overs while casting off (and simultaneously casting these off) you avoid a too tight cast off edge.

See DROPS video: How to bind off with yarn overs (yo)

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15) How do I increase/decrease on every 3rd and 4th row/round alternately?

To achieve an even increase (or decrease) you can increase on, for example: every 3rd and 4th row alternately, like so: work 2 rows and increase on the 3rd row, work 3 rows and increase on the 4th. Repeat this until the increase is complete.

See DROPS lesson: Increase or decrease 1 st on every 3rd and 4th row alternately

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16) Why is the pattern slightly different than what I see in the photo?

Pattern repeats can vary slightly in the different sizes, in order to get the correct proportions. If you’re not working the exact same size as the garment in the photo, yours might deviate slightly. This has been carefully developed and adjusted so that the complete impression of the garment is the same in all sizes.

Make sure to follow instructions and diagrams for your size!

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17) How can I work a jacket in the round instead of back and forth?

Should you prefer to work in the round instead of back and forth, you may of course adjust the pattern. You’ll need to add steeks mid-front (usually 5 stitches), and follow the instructions. When you would normally turn and work from the wrong side, simply work across the steek and continue in the round. At the end you’ll cut the piece open, pick up stitches to work bands, and cover the cut edges.

See DROPS video: How to knit steeks and cut open

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18) Can I work a jumper back and forth instead of in the round?

Should you prefer to work back and forth instead of in the round, you may of course adjust the pattern so you work the pieces separately and then assemble them at the end. Divide the stitches for the body in 2, add 1 edge stitch in each side (for sewing) and work the front and back pieces separately.

See DROPS lesson: Can I adapt a pattern for circular needles into straight needles?

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19) Why do you show discontinued yarns in the patterns?

Since different yarns have different qualities and textures we have chosen to keep the original yarn in our patterns. However, you can easily find options among our available qualities by using our yarn converter, or simply pick a yarn from the same yarn group.

It is possible that some retailers still have discontinued yarns in stock, or that someone has a few skeins at home that they would like to find patterns for.

The yarn converter will provide both alternative yarn as well as required amount in the new quality.

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20) How do I make a women’s size garment into a men’s size one?

If you have found a pattern you like which is available in women’s size it’s not very difficult to convert it to men’s size. The biggest difference will be the length of sleeves and body. Start working on the women size that you think would fit across the chest. The additional length will be worked right before you cast off for the armhole/sleeve cap. If the pattern is worked top-down you can add the length right after the armhole or before the first decrease on sleeve.

Regarding additional yarn amount, this will depend on how much length you add, but it is better with a skein too many than too few.

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21) How do I prevent a hairy garment from shedding?

All yarns will have excess fibres (from production) that might come off as lint or shedding. Brushed yarns (ie hairier yarns) have more of these loose, excess fibres, causing more shedding.

Shedding also depends on what is worn under or over the garment, and whether this pulls at the yarn fibres. It’s therefore not possible to guarantee that there will be no shedding

Below are some tips on how to get the best result when working with hairier yarns:

1. When the garment is finished (before you wash it) shake it vigorously so the looser hairs come off. NOTE: do NOT use a lint roller, brush or any method that pulls at the yarn.

2. Place the garment in a plastic bag and put it in your freezer - the temperature will cause the fibres to become less attached to each other, and excess fibres will come off easier.

3. Leave in the freezer for a few hours before taking it out and shaking it again.

4. Wash the garment according to the instructions on the yarn label.

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22) Where on the garment is the length measured?

The measurement sketch/schematic drawing provides information regarding the full length of the garment. If it’s a jumper or a jacket the length is measured from the highest point on the shoulder (usually closest to the neckline), and straight down to the bottom of the garment. It is NOT measured from the tip of shoulder. Similarly, the length of yoke is measured from the highest point on the shoulder and down to where yoke is split into body and sleeves.

See DROPS lesson: How to read a schematic drawing

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23) How do I know how many balls of yarn I need?

The required amount of yarn is provided in grams, eg: 450 g. To calculate how many balls you’ll need you first need to know how many grams are in 1 ball (25g, 50g or 100g). This information is available if you click on the individual yarn quality on our pages. Divide the amount required with the amount of each ball. For example, if each ball is 50g (the most common amount), the calculation will be as follows: 450 / 50 = 9 balls.

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Comments / Questions (24)

Riitta Gyllenbögel 30.03.2019 - 23:29:

Kiitos, kaunis malli!

Guezet 18.01.2019 - 22:54:

Bonjour \r\nEst-ce qu’il y n’y a pas d’erreur dans la longueur du lien svp 50 cm me semble court , je fais le 7 -8 ans \r\nCordialement \r\nJacqueline

DROPS Design 21.01.2019 kl. 09:15:

Bonjour Mme Guezet, on ne fait qu'un seul lien passé entre les picots de la bordure au crochet, il mesure 50 cm, mais vous pouvez volontiers le faire plus long si vous le voulez. Bon tricot!

Teresa Mas Pinto 23.03.2018 - 15:47:

Estoy haciendo la orilla de ganchillo. No entiendo cuando dice "saltar aprox. 1 cm y 1p.b. en la cad sig" Cuál es la cadena siguiente? Es la orilla del jersey? Muchas gracias

DROPS Design 25.03.2018 kl. 19:22:

Hola Teresa, La cadena siguiente quiere decir el siguiente punto, es decir, trabajar 1 punto bajo en el siguiente punto, dejando de espacio mas o menos 1 cm entre el picot y el p.b.

Jeanne Turcotte 08.10.2016 - 16:15:

Drops design modèle 15-3 Que veut dire: 4 m de bande de devant?

DROPS Design 10.10.2016 kl. 09:09:

Bonjour Mme Turcotte, ces mailles sont celles de la bordure devant. Bon tricot!

REBECA HANSEN ZEIDAN 12.01.2016 - 20:35:


DROPS Design 14.01.2016 kl. 09:50:

Hola Rebeca, rem es la contracción de la palabra rematar. Sería cerrar los pts al finalizar la labor + "esconder" o rematar los extremos de los hilos

Terrie McGill 13.03.2015 - 14:29:

There seems to be an error in the number of back neck decreases in this pattern and I don't see a correction. 104 stitches, decrease 10, results in 47 stitches per side OR 12 neck decreases, results in 46 stitches per side .

DROPS Design 14.03.2015 kl. 12:25:

Dear Mrs McGill, one decrease is missing, you dec 1 st towards neckline and get then 46 sts for each shoulder - pattern will be edited. Thank you. Happy knitting!

Cecile 20.02.2014 - 15:02:

Peut on utiliser des aiguilles normales. separées.

DROPS Design 20.02.2014 kl. 15:48:

Bonjour Cécile, on tricote chaque pièce sur aiguille circulaire pour avoir suffisamment de place pour y loger toutes les mailles. Vous pouvez donc tout à fait tricoter sur aiguilles droites, vos mailles seront juste plus serrées. Pensez bien à bien conserver la bonne tension. Bon tricot!

Isabelle Lefebvre 12.02.2014 - 10:53:

Y-a-t-il une erreur pour les augmentations du dos. Il semble que ce sont toutes les mêmes augmentations et cela pour toutes les grandeurs. Je n'arrive pas avec les chiffres donnés. J'apprécierais avoir la correction si tel est le cas.

DROPS Design 12.02.2014 kl. 12:44:

Bonjour Mme Lefebvre, il y avait une faute de frappe dans la fréquence des diminutions du dos (3ème taille), mais le nombre de mailles est juste pour chaque taille. On augmente pour les manches différemment en fonction des tailles, ex en 5/6 ans: 2x 2 m, 3x 3 m, 1x 4 m et 1 x 6m de chaque côté soit 23 m de chaque côté x 2 côtés = 46 augm + 46 m = 92 m quand toutes les mailles sont montées. Bon tricot!

Katha 10.07.2012 - 20:55:

Was heisst denn: Bei der nächsten R. 1 M. gegen den Hals abk. = 40-46-50-52-54 M. für Schulter/Ärmel. Nach 38-41-44-47-50 cm abk. Ich verstehe das nicht. Soll ich immer eine Masche am Hals abketten bis ich auf 50 Maschen bin oder soll ich am Ärmel Maschen abketten?? Ich hab nach dem Abketten vom Halsauschnitt ja noch 103 Maschen und ich weiß nicht wie auf 50M kommen soll. Danke schonmal für die Antwort.

DROPS Design 13.07.2012 kl. 11:13:

Die 113 M (103 gibt es in keiner Grösse) sind ja beide Ärmel und der Rücken. Wenn sie nun 11 M in der Mitte abketten (102 M) haben Sie pro Ärmel noch 51 M, dann nochmals 1 für die Halsrundung ergibt 50 M. pro Ärmel und Schulter.

DROPS Design 09.01.2012 - 09:44:

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