DROPS / 105 / 34

Bella's Dance by DROPS Design

DROPS top in Rib in “Muskat”. Size S - XXXL.

Size: S/M – L/ XL - XXL – XXXL
Finished measurements:
Bust: 33.9"-37.7"-45.7"–54.2"
Hem: 50.4"-55.7"-62"–67½"
Full length: 26"-27.1"-28.4"-29.1"

Materials:DROPS Muskat from Garnstudio
500-550-600-650 g color no 05, light purple

DROPS circular needle size 4 mm [US 6] (40 and 80 cm [31½’’]) - or size needed to obtain 21 sts x 28 rows in stocking st = 10 x 10 cm [4’’ x 4’’].

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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.

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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 st, in the round: K 1 round, P 1 round.

Front and back piece: Knitted in the round. Cast on 270-300-330-360 sts on circular needle size 4 mm [US 6] (80 cm [31½’’]). Work 2 rounds stockinette st and 2 rounds garter st. Now continue in reverse stocking st until piece measures 13 cm [5’’]. Remember the knitting gauge. Now work 1 round, at the same time dec 18-20-22-24 sts evenly = 252-280-308-336 sts. Continue in Rib, K4/P10. When piece measures 19 cm [7½’’] dec 1 st in each P section on every 7-7-11-23 cm [2.7’’-2.7’’-4.4’’-9’’] a total of 4-4-3-2 times (18-20-22-24 dec per round) = 180-200-242-288 sts. Insert a Marking Thread (MT) each side: 1 at the beg of round and 1 after 90-100-121-144 sts. When piece measures 46-48-50-51 cm [18’’-19’’-19.7’’-20’’] work next round as follows: continue with K4/P6-6-7-8 on the first 80-90-110-132 sts (back piece), bind off the next 10-10-11-12 sts, continue with K4/P6-6-7-8 on the next 80-90-110-132 sts (front piece) and bind off the last 10-10-11-12 sts. Put the 80-90-110-132 sts on back piece on a thread.

Yoke: Measure piece from here! Loosely cast on 50-50-55-60 sts at one side for sleeve, put sts from back piece back on needle and loosely cast on 50-50-55-60 sts for sleeve the other side = 260-280-330-384 sts. Work 4 rows garter sts on the 50-50-55-60 sleeve sts each side (work remaining sts in Rib as before). Now work Rib, K4/P6-6-7-8, on all sts. When piece measures 5-6-5-3 cm [2’’-2.4’’-2’’-1.1’’] dec 1 st in each P section on every 2.5 cm [0.9’’] a total of 6-6-7-8 times = 104-112-120-128 sts (26-28-30-32 dec per round) – change to circular needle size 40 cm [15 3/4’’] as number of sts decreases. Work 2 rounds garter st and bind off. Piece measures approx 66-69-72-74 cm [26’’-27.1’’¬-28.4’’-29.1’’] from casting on row.


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 105-34) 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 (50)

Sanne 02.03.2019 - 22:15:

Hej ved i hvad brystmålet er ved str. Xxxl? Mvh Sanne Larsen

DROPS Design 04.03.2019 kl. 14:18:

Hei Sanne. Neders på siden finner du en målskisse med alle plaggets mål i alle størrelser. Brsytvidden i XXXL er 69 cm tvers over, og 138 cm rundt. God fornøyelse

Oddrun Osaland 20.02.2019 - 22:36:

Will this be nice as a dress ? If you just add some cm on the skirt

DROPS Design 21.02.2019 kl. 10:00:

Dear Mrs Osaland, we are not able to adapt every pattern to every single request but you can check our dress patterns in same yarn group here to inspire you. Happy knitting!

Monica 19.01.2019 - 10:41:

Buongiorno, potreste spiegarmi più chiaramente il passaggio dalla chiusura delle ultime 10 m all'avvio delle 50 m per la manica?Grazie.

DROPS Design 21.01.2019 kl. 14:42:

Buongiorno Monica. Sui ferri ha le maglie del davanti. Alla fine di queste maglie, avvia le 50 maglie per la manica (può seguire il metodo presentato nel video), lavora le maglie del dietro, avvia altre 50 maglie e in questo modo ha riportato tutte le maglie sui ferri per lo sprone. Buon lavoro!

Monica 14.01.2019 - 21:42:

Buonasera, come si ottiene la maglia rasata rovescia? Grazie, saluti.

DROPS Design 15.01.2019 kl. 06:50:

Buongiorno Monica. Lavorando in tondo, ottiene la maglia rasata rovescia lavorando tutti i giri a rovescio. Buon lavoro!

Frauke Henze 04.08.2017 - 16:28:

Hallo,ich habe eine Frage. Ich bin gerade beim Passe am stricken. Die Krausrippen nach der Maschenaufnahme für die Ärmel habe ich fertig. Nun weiß ich nicht,wie viel cm ich weiterstricken soll. In der Anleitung steht ja im Rippenmuster weiterstricken. Also 4 re / 10 links,aber ich bin ja im gesamtbereich schon bei 4 re/6links.Wieviel cm muss ich weiterstricken,um wieder zu 4re/6li zu kommen? Denn danach muss ich ja wieder bald abnehmen.

DROPS Design 07.08.2017 kl. 09:07:

Liebe Frau Henze, nach den 2 Krausrippen unter am Ärmel stricken Sie Bündchen 4 re, 6 li (1. Größe) über alle Maschen, dh auch über die neuen Maschen die zuvor kraus gestrickt wurden. Viel Spaß beim stricken!

Susanne 25.03.2017 - 18:09:

Hallo liebes Drops- Team, leider verstehe ich diesen Teil der Anleitung nicht: "Nach 19 cm in jeder li.-Partie je 1 M. abn. und alle 7-7-11-23 cm wiederholen" Was ist mit li.- Partie gemeint? Der Teil des Musters, der aus linken Maschen besteht? Soll also bei den jeweiligen 10 li M des Musters immer eine abgenommen werden? Ich hoffe, ich habe mich verständlich ausgedrückt ;-) Viele Grüße Susanne

DROPS Design 27.03.2017 kl. 09:02:

Liebe Suzann, genau so sollen Sie Abnehmen, die li. Partie sind die 10 li M, so bekommen Sie 9 M in jedem li Partie, dann 8 M usw und wenn alle Abnahmen fertig sind, stricken Sie 4 M re, 6-6-7-8 M li (siehe Größe). Viel Spaß beim stricken!

Dori 30.10.2016 - 15:54:

Liebes Drops-Team, in der Modellskizze sieht es der rückwärtige Halsausschnitt höher aus, als der vordere. Kommt das tatsächlich so raus? Aus der Anleitung für die Rundpasse kann ich das nämlich nicht herauslesen. Was übersehe ich? Danke und schöne Grüße

DROPS Design 31.10.2016 kl. 11:13:

Liebe Dori, es gibt in dieser Anleitung keine Erhöhung am Hals, stricken Sie genau so wie in der Anleitung beschrieben, dh wie im Bild gezeigt.

Luna 24.04.2016 - 22:05:

Når der står: Når arb måler 19 cm tages der 1 m ind i hver vr-parti på hver 7.-7.-11.-23.cm totalt 4-4-3-2 gange (18-20-22-24 m mindre pr omg) = 180-200-242-288 m. betyder det så at man skal tage ind hver gang arb måler 11 cm mere? altså at stykket ialt bliver 33 cm længere mens man tager ind? ( jeg strikker i xxl) Er det forstået rigtigt?

DROPS Design 25.04.2016 kl. 13:49:

Hej Luna. Ja, du tager ind for hver 11. cm. Du starter ved 19 cm, og skal tage ind paa hver 11. cm, saa det bliver: 19, 30 og 41 cm höjde.

Waultre Danièle 29.01.2016 - 13:20:

Bonjour je desire recevoir le catalogue 105 comment dois je faire pour le commander

DROPS Design 29.01.2016 kl. 16:31:

Bonjour Mme Waultre, les catalogues et les fils à tricoter sont disponibles auprès de votre magasin DROPS, toutefois, celui-ci n'est plus disponible en français. Bon tricot!

Pia 01.04.2015 - 12:47:

Lägger in mönster på mina favoriter, men de försvinner, vad händer?

DROPS Design 29.04.2015 kl. 14:43:

Hej Pia. Vi havde en update paa vores favoritter i februar. Ifm den update vi desvaerre nödt at slette alle favoritter (vi havde varslet dette forud paa siden), saa du skal tilföje dem igen. Desuden bliver favoritter slettet efter 120 dage, hvis du ikke er aktiv paa din favorit-konto.

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