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DROPS 103-23 by DROPS Design

DROPS Tights in ”Fabel” and ”Alpaca”.

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Size: S – M – L – XL - XXL
Hip measures: 88/92- 96/100- 104/108- 112/116- 120/124 cm [34”/36”- 37”/39”- 41”/42”- 47”/49”]
Length of inner leg: 78–79–80–81-82 cm [30 ¾”-31”-31½”-32”-32 ¼”]

Materials:DROPS Fabel from Garnstudio
250-250-300-300-350 g col. No. 672, wine- red
and use: DROPS Alpaca from Garnstudio
250-300-300-350-350 g col. No. 506, charcoal gray.

DROPS circular needle (80 + 40 cm [31½” + 15 3/4’’]) and double pointed needles size 4 mm [US 6] – or the size needed to obtain the correct knitting gauge

Not sure which size you should choose? Then it might help you to know that the model in the picture is approx. 5 ft 7 in and uses size S or M. If you are making a sweater, cardigan, dress or similar garment, you will find a graphic with the measurements of the finished garment (in cm) at the bottom of the pattern.

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Knitting gauge: 19 sts x 25 rows with 1 thread of each quality knitted in stockinette sts on needles size 4 mm [US 6] = 10 x 10 cm [4’’ x 4’’].

Decreasing tip (apply for the legs): dec each side of the MT (marking thread).
Dec as follows before the MT: K2 tog.
Dec as follows after the MT: Slip a st as if to K, K1, psso.

Increasing tip: Size S, L og XXL: Inc. each side of 3 K sts mid front and mid back.
Sie M and XL: Inc. each side of 2 K sts mid front and mid back.
Inc. sts as follows: Pick up 1 st from previous round. K st.

Knit round on circular needles from the top and down. Cast on 140-154-168-182-196 sts on circular needles size 4 mm [US 6] with 1 thread of each quality.
Knit in Rib for 10 cm [4’’] as follows:
Size S, L and XXL: P3 – insert 1 MT in the first st = mid back, *K2, P5*, repeat from *-* and finish with P2 – insert 1 MT in the 71-85-99 sts on round (middle of 5 P sts) = mid front.
Size M and XL: Insert 1 MT at beg. of round = mid back, K1, *P5, K2*, repeat from *-*, finish with P5 and K1 – insert 1 MT after 77-91 sts (in the middle of 2 K sts) = mid front.
Continue as follows: 19-22-26-29-33 sts of stockinette sts, 33 sts of Rib as before, 37-44-51-58-65 sts of stockinette sts, 33 sts of Rib as before and 18-22-25-29-32 sts of stockinette sts.
When the piece measures 11 cm [4 3/8’’] knit the trousers so they will become longer at the back than on the front.
This is done as follows:
Knit 10 sts past the MT at the back, turn and knit back as follows: slip the first st (to avoid a hole) and knit 10 sts past the other side of the MT, turn *slip the first st, past the MT and knit 10 sts more than previous turn*, repeat from *-* until 20-14-28-22-16 left mid front. Turn a last time so the work begins from the RS. Continue to knit over all sts. When the piece measures 13-14-14-15-15 cm [5 1/8”-5½”-5½”-6”-6”] mid front (approx 18-20-20-21-22 cm [7”-8”-8”-8¼”-8¾”] mid back) inc. at the front and at the back – see inc. tip above: Inc. 2 sts at the front and at the back on every 5-5-6-6-7 round a total of 7 times = 168-182-196-210-224 sts.
When the piece measures 27-29-31-33-35 cm [10 5/8”-11 3/8”-12¼”-13”-13¾”] mid front bind off the first 6-6-7-7-8 sts, put 73-79-85-91-97 sts on a thread or a stitch holder (= 1 leg). Leave the following 11-12-13-14-15 sts on the needle (gusset), put the next 73-79-85-91-97 sts on a thread or a stitch holder (= 1 leg) and bind off the remaining 5-6-6-7-7 sts. Then knit 9 cm [3½’’] of stockinette sts over the 11-12-13-14-15 sts for the gusset. Bind off and sew the gusset tight to the 11-12-13-14-15 sts bind off mid back.

Leg: Put 73-79-85-91-97 sts from one of the threads or stitch holders onto a short circular needle (40 cm [15 3/4’’] long), and in addition pick up 18-20-20-22-24 sts along one side of the gusset = 91-99-105-113-121 sts. Continue with Rib over the 33 sts at the side and stockinette sts over the remaining 58-66-72-80-88 sts. Insert 1 MT at the inner side of the leg (in the sts picked up along the gusset). When the leg measures 8 cm [3 1/8’’] dec. 1 st each side of the MT - see decreasing tip above: Dec on every 4-3.5-3-2.5-2.5 cm [1½”-1¼”-1 1/8”-7/8”-7/8”] a total of 17-20-22-25-28 times = 57-59-61-63-65 sts – change to double pointed needles when there are to few sts for the circular needle. Continue to knit until the leg measures approx 78-79- 80-81-82 cm [30¾”-31”-31½”-32”-3¼”] – Try the trousers for the right length.
Bind off with K over K and P over P. Put the sts from the other thread or stitch holder on the 4 mm [US 6] circular needle and knit another leg.

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