DROPS / 102 / 6

Blue Moon by DROPS Design

DROPS circular jacket in "SIlke-Alpaca" or ”Air” with texture pattern. Size: S to XXXL

Size: S - M/L - XL /XXL - XXXL

Materials: DROPS Silke-Alpaca from Garnstudio
1200-1300-1450-1600 colour no 4305 grayblue

Or use:

DROPS Air from Garnstudio
600-650-700-750 g colour no 09, navy blue

DROPS circular needles size 4.5 mm [US 7] (80 cm [31½’’]): 2 pcs – or the needle size needed to obtain correct knitting gauge

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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.

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 stockinette sts = 10 x 10 cm [4’’ x 4’’]

Pattern: See diagram M.1. Diagrams are seen from RS. NOTE: Each size has own diagram.

Short rows: Work short rows to ensure circular shape of piece, as follows:
1st / 2nd row: Knit 102-112-124-140 sts, turn piece and knit back.
3rd / 4th row: Knit back and forth over 18-16-20-20 first sts on row (these sts = outermost on circle) – read knitting tip 1 below.
Repeat 1st to 4th rows, but reduce stitch number by 2 sts on every 1st/2nd row before turning piece – repeat this 10-10-12-12 times in total, then reduce sts number knitted by 4 sts before piece is turned – repeat this 6-9-8-12 times in total and
from this point reduce sts number by 8 sts before piece is turned – repeat 5-5-6-6 times in total.
Remaining are 18-16-20-20 outermost sts of circle.
Start again from beginning over all sts.
– read Knitting tip 2 below.

Knitting tip 1: When turning piece slip the first st as if to knit and tighten yarn before continuing knitting. This is done to avoid holes when turning. This does not applies to innermost 20-20-24-24 sts of circle – when piece is turned knit all sts as normal.

Knitting tip 2: On row where all sts are knit, P 20-20-24-24 innermost sts in circle (seen from RS). Then continue as before with chart M.1.

Measuring tip: All measurements on circle are done with piece lying flat. Do not measure across! Measurements follow curve to 63rd - 69th -73rd - 81st sts.

Knit piece back and forth on needle to make room for all sts. Cast on 102-112-124-140 sts on circular needle size 4.5 mm [US 7] with Air. Insert 1 marking thread or stitch marker after 63-69-73-81 sts, make all measurements from this point. Knit chart M.1 (see diagram for your size) from right to left (i.e. from outside towards inside on circle)1st row = RS. At the same time as chart M.1 knit Short rows – see explanation above – to make circular shape. When piece measures 37-40-49-57 cm [14½”-15¾”-19¼”-22½”] from marking thread or stitch marker – read measuring tip – knit armholes.

Armhole: Slip outermost 63-69-73-81 sts onto an extra needle size 4.5 mm [US 7] (circular needle to make room for all sts). Continuing, bind off next 2 sts (= armhole). Insert 1 marking thread or stitch marker between 2 bound off sts. Leave remaining sts on needle. Continuing, knit 2 parts (sts before and after armhole) separately, but knit them at the same time on separate needles with separate balls of yarn. This is done so the short rows are correct on both sides of armhole. Continue with pattern and short rows as earlier. When armhole measures 18-21-23-25 cm [7”-8¼”-9”-9¾”] cast on 2 new sts over armhole(i.e. between the 2 parts). Continuing, slip all sts onto one needle again = 102-112-124-140 sts. Insert 1 marking thread or stitch marker after 63-69-73-81 sts. Continuing, measure piece from this point.
Now knit chart M.1 and short rows on all sts. Continue like this until piece measures approx 15-17-19-21 cm [6”-6 ¾”-7½”-8 ¼”], this should be a ½ circle. Continue until piece measures approx 30-34-38-42 cm [11 ¾”-13 3/8”-15”-16½”] from marking thread – read measuring tip. Now make armholes in same way. When all sts are back on one needle again insert 1 marking thread or stitch marker after 63-69-73-81 sts. Continue measuring from here. Continue with chart M.1 and short rows until piece measures approx 37-40-49-57 cm [14½”-15 ¾”-19 ¼”-22½”] from marking thread or stitch markers (adjust to 1 whole pattern repeat with short rows). Bind off loosely.

Sleeve: Knit piece back and forth on circular needles. Cast on 56-59-65-68 sts (incl 1 front edge sts on each side) on needles size 4.5 mm [US 7] with Air. P1 row from WS. Continue with Rib K2/P1 and 1 edge sts on each side. When Rib measures 13-13-14-14 cm [5 1/8”-5 1/8”-5½”-5½”] K 1 row from WS at the same time dec 10-11-13-14 sts evenly = 46-48-52-54 sts. Continue in stockinette sts with WS out until complete measurement. When piece measures 16 cm [6 1/4’’] inc 1 sts on each side on every 9 -4.5 -3.5 -3 cm [3½”-1 ¾”-1 ¼”-1 1/8”] 5-9-11-13 times in total = 56-66-74-80 sts. When piece measures 56 cm [22”] bind off top shape sleeve top on each side on every other row: 4 sts 1-2-2-2 times. Continuing, bind off 2 sts on each side until piece measures approx 61-62-62-63 cm [24”-24 3/8”-24 3/8”-24 ¾”]. Then bind off 4 sts 1 time on each side. Piece measures approx 62-63-63-64 cm [24 3/8”-24 ¾”-24 ¾”-25 ¼”]. Bind off remaining sts.

Assembly: Sew circle tog in outermost edge of cast on sts and bind off edge. Sew in sleeves so seams under sleeve meet at middle of marking thread or stitch marker placed at bottom of armhole and middle of sleeve top meet marking thread or stitch marker placed on top of armhole. Sew sleeve seams.


All measurements in charts are in cm.

= K from RS, P from WS
= P from RS, K from WS
= outermost on circle
= innermost of circle
= marking thread is placed here

Ivonne 15.05.2019 - 22:59:

Hallo! Kann ich diese Jacke auch mit Big Merino stricken? Danke!

DROPS Design 16.05.2019 kl. 09:35:

Liebe Ivonne, Big Merino gehört auch der Garngruppe C – aber bitte beachten, daß Garne mit unterschiedlichen Strukturen auch unterschiedlich aussehen. Ihr DROPS Laden wird Ihnen gerne weiter helfen, die beste Alternative zu finden - auch telefonisch oder per E-Mail. Mehr über Big Merino lesen Sie unter die Farbkarte und- siehe Garnpflegetipp für Merino. Viel Spaß beim stricken!

Jane Curley 08.04.2019 - 11:51:

The pattern says 'for Air' then quotes amount for Silke Apaca..states that is unavailable but in alternatives it does not mention 'Air'...which yarns are suitable please.

DROPS Design 08.04.2019 kl. 12:06:

Dear Mrs Curley, this pattern was originally requiring 1200-1300-1450-1600 g DROPS Silke Alpaca, and we suggest now DROPS Air: 600-650-700-750 g. Happy knitting!

Birgit Trede 26.12.2018 - 12:41:

In der Anleitung steht man soll 2 Maschen weniger stricken. Wo? Am Anfang, am Ende oder mittendrin?

DROPS Design 02.01.2019 kl. 09:50:

Liebe Frau Trede, jedesMal Sie die 1./2. Reihe stricken, stricken Sie 2 M weniger, dh das 1. Mal stricken Sie 102-112-124-140 M, das 2. Mal (Reihe 5/6) stricken Sie 100-110-122-138 M, dann 98-108-120-136 M usw. (= 2 Maschen weniger am Anfang der Hinreihe, bei der Rückreihe stricken Sie dieselbe Maschenanzahl wie bei der Hinreihe). Viel Spaß beim stricken!

Sonya 15.10.2018 - 12:07:

Sorry I did not phrase my question well. It was about the main body of the jacket, not the sleeves. How do you decrease stitches in rows 1 and 2? I assume that stitches are not knitted together, but slipped off the end? Is this correct?

DROPS Design 15.10.2018 kl. 14:03:

Dear Sonya, when working M.1 you work short rows as follows: row 1 and 2: over all sts, row 3 and 4 over the first 18-16-20 sts, then repeat these 4 rows, but work first 2 rows leaving 2 sts unworked at the end of row 1, then leaving 4 more sts unworked at the end of row 6-12 times in total (see size), then leaving 8 more sts unworked at the end of row 1 until the 18-16-20 sts from outermost side remain. When all short rows are done, repeat whole short rows. Happy knitting!

Sonya 15.10.2018 - 00:02:

Hi I have been reading all the comments to try to figure out how to work the decreases. I can’t figure it out though, are these cast off or retained?

DROPS Design 15.10.2018 kl. 10:47:

Dear Sonya, when you have to decrease evenly on sleeves, work the decreases as explained here. Happy knitting!

Zuzana 20.06.2018 - 21:54:

Dobrý deň, rada by som vedieť, či môžem na tento sveter použiť aj priadzu cotton merino (skupina B)? Nosím veľkosť M. Ak by som štrikovala podľa návodu (bez upravenia počtu ok) veľkosť M/L s cotton merino 1 priadzou, bude výsledný sveter veľkosti M alebo mám štrikovať veľkosť XL/XXL? Alebo mi viete poradiť ako upraviť počty ok na cotton merino priadzu alebo to nie je možné? Veľmi pekne ďakujem.

Adriana 24.03.2018 - 09:04:

Il modello mi piace moltissimo. Per renderlo più elegante mi piacerebbe lavorare con un filato e con ferri più sottili. È possibile avere uno schema per la taglia XXXL con un filato più sottile? Grazie

DROPS Design 27.03.2018 kl. 11:01:

Buongiorno Adriana, per trovare l'alternativa migliore, può provare il nostro nuovo convertitore di filati: può lavorare il cardigan in 2 capi di Flora o Alpaca, ad esempio. Buon lavoro!

Oana 06.02.2018 - 19:56:

Hi Lena,again 😢.i understood very well your explanation,thank you so much.now the pattern started with 2 knitted rows or with the diagram?when those 2 knitted rows shall be repeated?when all the reduced stitches are done?also when the last stitches shall be purled?thank you again

DROPS Design 07.02.2018 kl. 08:39:

Dear Oana, you will work in pattern as shown in diagram (= with first sts in garter st seen from RS and all other sts in pattern as shown in M.1) and work the short rows over the first sts seen from RS until only the garter sts remain (= the outermost sts of circle). And repeat the short rows from row 1 all the way (at the same time you will then have to shape armholes). Happy knitting!

Oana 01.02.2018 - 18:25:

Hi.i am still confused about the pattern. so 1st row is worked as in the M1 diagram, 2nd row as well.starting 3rd row, the first 16 stitches are worked then turn and work over the 16 stitches.the 5th row , we work over the 16stitches till the end when we work over the 110 stitches and turn the work and knit till the end of row?(or we stop before 18 stitches).here where i am stalked and i don't know how to do it.would you please explain it for me.thank you so much

DROPS Design 02.02.2018 kl. 08:39:

Dear Oana, in 2nd size work 2 rows over the 112 sts, 2 rows over the first 16 sts, 2 rows over the 112 sts - 2 = 110 sts, work 2 rows over the first 16 sts, 2 rows over the 110 - 2 sts, 2 rows over the first 16 sts and so on, working 2 sts less when working row 1 &2, ie you will work next 108 sts, then 106 sts and so on a total of 10 times, then work 4 sts less a total of 12 times then 8 sts less a total of 5 times until the first 16 sts remain, at the same time continue working the short rows over the first 16 sts. Happy knitting!

DOLFIN 27.01.2018 - 10:17:

Bonjour, J'ai fait ma couture au dos, mais cela forme un "bec", j'ai redéfais et rabattu mes mailles plus souplement, mais j'ai toujours un bec. J'ai même enlevé un motif entier, mais rien n'y fait. Pouvez-vous m'aider ? Merci

DROPS Design 29.01.2018 kl. 09:17:

Bonjour Mme Dolfin, assemblez les mailles rabattues à celles du montage en suivant cette technique et en veillant à ne pas trop serrer la couture. Un blocage (lavage/séchage) peut aider à ce que la couture soit plate, mais veillez à bien avoir les bonnes dimensions pour le cercle (le bon nombre de motifs) pour que le cercle ait la bonne taille et forme. Bon assemblage!

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