DROPS / 104 / 7

Marimar by DROPS Design

DROPS tunic with pleats and closed front edge in 2 threads “Alpaca”. Sizes: S - XXXL

Size: S - M - L - XL - XXL - XXXL
Finished measurements at chest: 33”-36 ¼”-39 3/8”-43 3/8”-48 ¾”-53½”
Full length: 30 3/8”-31½”-32 ¾”-33 7/8”-35”-36 ¼”

Materials:DROPS Alpaca from Garnstudio
Color no 517, middle gray:
650-700-800-850-950-1050 g
For button cover: a remnant of color no100 off white, 506 dark gray and 501 light gray.

DROPS double pointed needles and circular needles (80cm) needle size 5 mm [US 8] – or the needle size needed to obtain correct knitting gauge.
DROPS circular needles (80 cm [31½’’]) size 4 mm [US 6] – for garter sts
DROPS double pointed needles and circular needles (40 cm [15 3/4’’]) size 4.5 mm [US 7] – for Rib
DROPS crochet hook size 3 mm [US C/2] - for button cover.

3 buttons – approx 2-3 cm [3/4”-1 1/8’’] in diameter

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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 with 2 threads = 10 x 10 cm [4’’ x 4’’].

Garter sts (on circular needles as follows): K1 round, P1 round and so on.

Pleat: See diagram M.1 and M.2. Diagrams are seen from RS. English Translations for wording in diagrams are given at the bottom of pattern and they are given in the vertical order in which they appear in diagram.

Rib: * K3, P3 *, repeat from *-*.

Tunic: Remember knitting gauge! Knit piece in the round. Cast on 174-210-222-258-302-322 sts on circular needles size 5 mm [US 8] with with 2 threads Alpaca. Knit 4 rounds garter sts – see explanation above. Continue in stockinette sts. When piece measures 47-48-49-50-51-52 cm [18½”-19”-19 ¼”-19 ¾”-20”-20½”] knit next row as follows: K 8-6-9-7-7-12, M.1. 3-4-4-5-6-6 times in total (= 33-44-44-55-66-66 sts), K5, M.2. 3-4-4-5-6-6 times in total, K16-12-18-14-14-24, M.1. 3-4-4-5-6-6 times in total, K5, M.2. 3-4-4-5-6-6 times in total, K 8-6-9-7-7-12 = 114-130-142-158-182-202 sts. Insert 2 marking threads or stitch markers into piece, 1 in beg of round and 1 after 57-65-71-79-91-101 sts. Change to circular needles size 4 mm [US 6] and knit 10 rounds garter sts. Continue in stockinette sts on circular needle size 5 mm [US 8]. At the same time inc 1 sts on each side of marking thread or stitch marker (= 4 inc per round) on every 2nd -2nd -2nd -2nd -3rd -3rd rounds 7 times on total = 142-158-170-186-210-230 sts. When piece measures 57-59-61-63-65-67 cm [22½”-23 ¼”-24”-24 ¾”-25½”-26 3/8”] bind off 3 sts on each side of each marking thread or stitch marker and complete each part separately.

Back piece: = 65-73-79-87-99-109 sts. Bind off for armhole on each side on every other row as follows: 2 sts 0-0-1-2-4-6 times and 1 sts 1-3-3-4-5-5 times = 63-67-69-71-73-75 sts. When piece measures 75-78-81-84-87-90 cm [29½”-30 ¾”-32”-33”-34 ¼”-35½”] bind off middle 21-23-23-25-27-27 sts for neckline. Continuing bind off 1 sts on next row at neckline = 20-21-22-22-22-23 sts left on each shoulder. Bind off when piece measures 77-80-83-86-89-92 cm [30 3/8”-31½”-32 ¾”-33 7/8”-35”-36 ¼”].

Front piece: = 65-73-79-87-99-109 sts. Bind off for armhole like back piece = 63-67-69-71-73-75 sts. At the same time when piece measures 58-61-62-64-65-68 cm [22 ¾”-24”-24 3/8”-25 ¼”-25½”-26 ¾”] purl seen from RS over middle 9-9-11-11-13-13 sts until completed measurement. When piece measures 71-74-77-79-82-85 cm [28”-29 1/8”-30 3/8”-31”-32 ¼”-33½”] slip middle 9-11-11-13-15-15 sts onto 1 thread or stitch holder. Then cast of to shape neckline on every other row as follows: 2 sts 2 times and 1 st 3 times = 20-21-22-22-22-23 sts left on shoulder. Bind off when piece measures 77-80-83-86-89-92 cm [30 3/8”-31½”-32 ¾”-33 7/8”-35”-36 ¼”].

Sleeve: Knit piece in round on circular needles. Cast on 42-42-48-48-54-54 sts on double pointed needles size 4.5 mm [US 7] with 2 threads Alpaca. Knit Rib – see explanation above. When piece measures 12 cm [4 3/4’’] knit 2 rounds garter sts – at the same time on last round dec evenly to 38-40-42-44-46-48 sts. Change to double pointed needles size 5 mm [US 8] and continue in stockinette sts – at the same time when piece measures 13 cm [5 1/8’’] inc 2 sts mid under arm on every 3 -3 -2.5 -2.5 -2 -2 cm [1 1/8”-1 1/8”-7/8”-7/8”-3/4”-3/4”] 12-12-13-14-15-16 times in total = 62-64-68-72-76-80 sts. When piece measures 49-48-48-47-47-45 cm [19 ¼”-19”-19”-18½”-18½”-17 ¾”] bind off 6 sts mid under arm and complete piece knitting back and forth on needle. Then bind off to shape sleeve top on each side on every other row: 2 sts 3 times and 1 sts 0-1-2-3-4-5 times, then bind off 2 sts on each side until piece measures 55-55-56-56-57-57 cm [21 5/8”-21 5/8”-22”-22”-22½”-22½”], bind off 3 sts 1 time on each side and bind off remaining sts. Sleeve measures approx 56-56-57-57-58-58 cm [22”-22”-22½”-22½”-22 ¾”].

Assembly: Sew shoulder seams. Sew in sleeves. Pick up approx 72-84 sts incl sts on thread or stitch holder (dividable by 6) on circular needle size 4.5 mm [US 7] around neck and knit 4 rounds garter sts. Then knit Rib – see explanation above. Bind off K over K and P over P when piece measures 14-14-15-15-16-16 cm [5½”-5½”-6”-6”-6 ¼”-6 ¼”].

Button cover: Crochet 3 button covers on crochet hook size 3 mm [US C/2] with 1 thread Alpaca. Crochet each button cover in stripes of 4 different colors. Change color as follows:
Button 1: Off white, light gray, off white, dark gray, finish with middle gray until button is completed.
Button 2: Dark gray, dark gray, middle gray, off white, dark gray, finish with middle gray until button is completed.
Button 3: Middle gray, middle gray, off white, light gray, middle gray, finish with dark gray until button is completed.
Crochet button cover as follows: Crochet 2 ch, then crochet 7 sc in the first of the 2 ch, finish off with 1 sl st in first sc (=1st round).
2nd round: 1 ch, crochet 2 sc in each sc and finish off with 1 sl st in first sc in beginning of round (= 14 sc).
2nd round: 1 ch, * 1 sc in first sc, 2 sc in next sc* repeat from *-* = 21 sc.
4th round: *1 sc in each of 2 first sc, 2 sc in next sc* repeat from *-* = 28 sc.
5th – 8th round: Crochet 1 sc in each sc = 28 sc.
9th – 10th round: Crochet all sc tog 2 by 2. Crochet 2 sc tog as follows: Crochet 1 sc, but wait pulling through last sts (= 2 sts on crochet hook), crochet next sc but when last pull through is made, pull yarn through all sts on crochet hook. After 2 rounds = 7 sc left.
Slip button inside cover, sew around opening and pull tog. Sew buttons on front edge.


= K from RS
= Slip 5 sts onto cable needle to front of piece, K sts from cable needle first tog with first sts from needle, 5 times in total.
= Slip 5 sts onto cable needle to back of piece, K sts from needle first
tog with first sts from cable needle, 5 times in total.

Diagram

All measurements in charts are in cm.

= K on RS
= Slip 5 sts onto cable needle to front of piece, knit first sts on cable needle tog with first sts from needle, 5 times in total
= Slip 5 sts onto cable needle to back of piece, knit first sts from needle tog with first needle from cable needle 5 times in total

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 104-7) 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 (44)

Mary 21.08.2013 - 12:20:

Hi, I discovered a mistake. I am making this design in size S. The no of stiches in the row where the pleats are made is not adding up. There are 6 extra stiches so that instead of 8 stiches on each side there should be 12. Otherwise I'm loving the design and am thinking of knitting a light and lacy short-sleeved version of the same dress. Regards

DROPS Design 21.08.2013 kl. 16:02:

Dear Mary, both diagrams M.1 and M.2 are worked on 11 sts : M.1 starts with a pleat on 10 sts + K1, and M.2 starts with K1 + a pleat on 10 sts. Happy knitting!

DROPS Design 20.02.2008 - 08:43:

Hej, början på varvet är där du började lägga upp. Sätt en märktråd i varje sida; en i början och en efter 65 m, så har du en i varje sida:-)

Johanna 16.02.2008 - 00:46:

Hej! Jag stickar i stl M. När jag har gjort varvet med M1:or och M2:or, så hamnar jag inte där jag började på varvet, dvs 6 maskor innan första M1. Så jag hänger inte med var "början på varvet " är, där jag förväntas sätta första märktråden? Jag har ju inte kommit tillbaka till min början ännu? (jag hamnar alltså 16 maskor från min "början") Vad har jag gjort för fel? Mvh// Johanna P

Therese 29.11.2007 - 22:32:

Jätte snygg modell! Vill ha!!

Eowyn 26.11.2007 - 10:45:

Sehr schönes Modell, mein Kopliment - What a nice dress - I like it really, it´s so sweet...

Nathalie 01.11.2007 - 16:20:

Man, dans les explications, il est indiqué de suivre les diagrammes M1 et M2 ce qui va former les plis de la taille.

Man 31.10.2007 - 22:13:

Super ! comment faire le pliser ? afin que la robe se gondole au niveau de la taille ! merci

Nina 05.08.2007 - 20:33:

Den här var ju ändå snyggare. Älskar kläningar. Äger inget annat än klännignar i min garderob. Den här ska ingå i min garderob.

Gitte 02.08.2007 - 14:00:

Underbar! Kul modell!

Cicci 27.07.2007 - 09:55:

Den är jättefin ! Hoppas den kommer med i katalogen !

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