Bella's Dance by DROPS Design

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

DROPS 105-34
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’’].


Knitting tension – See how to measure it and why here
Alternative Yarn – See how to change yarns here
Yarn Groups A to F – Use the same pattern and change the yarn here
Yarn usage using an alternative yarn – Use our yarn converter here


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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.

diagram measurements

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.

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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) 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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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) 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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5) 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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6) 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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7) What size should I knit?

If you think it's hard to decide what size to make, it can be a good idea to measure a garment you own already and like the size of. Then you can pick the size by comparing those measures with the ones available in the pattern's size chart.

You'll find the size chart at the bottom of the pattern.

See DROPS lesson: How to read size chart

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8) 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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9) 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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10) 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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11) 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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12) 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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13) 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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14) 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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15) 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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16) 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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17) 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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18) 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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19) 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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20) 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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21) 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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22) 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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23) 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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24) 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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25) Why does my garment pill?

Pilling is a natural process that happens to even the most exclusive of fibers. It's a natural sign of wear and tear that is hard to avoid, and that is most visible in high friction areas of your garment like a sweater's arms and cuffs.

You can make your garment look as new by removing the pilling, using a fabric comb or a pill/lint remover.

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Comments / Questions (59)

country flag VIBEKE SANDAHL DUE wrote:

Hej ,kan det lade sig gøre, at købe opskriften, uden garn?

29.10.2022 - 16:14

DROPS Design answered:

Hei Vibeke, Alle våre oppskrifter er lagt ut gratis på nett, uten forpliktelse til å kjøpe garn. God fornøyelse!

31.10.2022 - 06:54

country flag Ruth DeBrito wrote:

The directions, "and 2 rounds garter st. Now continue in reverse stocking st until piece measures 13 cm [5’’]. " "Reverse stocking st" confused me, so I looked closely at picture and perhaps "rib stitch" (k1,p1) would be better interpretation? Or perhaps define reverse stocking st, like garter st was defined at the beginning of the directions. Thanks

23.08.2022 - 22:30

DROPS Design answered:

Dear Mrs DeBrito, top is worked bottom up; after the garter stitch edge at the bottom of the top you first work in reversed stocking stitch (purl all rounds) before decreasing evenly and starting with rib K4/P10.Happy knitting!

24.08.2022 - 08:49

country flag Irene Kolding wrote:

Hej Drops! Kan man ikke strikke en omgang baglæns efter 2 omgang glatstrik og 4 omgang i starten, så man undgår alle vrangmaskerne - det ville være betydelig nemmere! mvh Irene Kolding

30.06.2021 - 17:22

DROPS Design answered:

Hei Irene. Så legge du får kanten til å bli 2 omganger med glatstrik og 4 omganger retstrik, så kan du strikke slik du ønsker (baklengs). mvh DROPS design

05.07.2021 - 11:25

country flag Jannie wrote:

Hoe weet ik nou welke maten het zijn, bijvoorbeeld, xxl: maat 46/48 of juist groter of kleiner

26.04.2021 - 15:30

DROPS Design answered:

Dag Jannie,

Er zijn inderdaad geen confectiematen aangegeven, maar internationale maten maten (L, XL, etc). Maat XL is ongeveer 46 en XXL is ongeveer 48. Bij twijfel is het het beste om de maattekening onderaan het patroon te vergelijken met een bestaand kledingstuk dat goed zit.

29.04.2021 - 14:53

country flag Jette Melsen wrote:

Kan ikke finde ud af hvad der er vrang side og retside. Skal glatstrikningen vende indad,

27.06.2020 - 15:01

DROPS Design answered:

Hei Jette. Ja, glattstrikkingen skal være på innsiden av tunikaen. Når du har på deg tunikaen ser man at den nederste delen er vrang strikket. God Fornøyelse!

29.06.2020 - 12:56

country flag Marianne Dyhrberg Cornett wrote:

Kære venner hos DROPS DESIGN, To korte spørgsmål: Hvilke mål svarer str. XXXL til i præcise centimeter ? Og hvis man f.eks. skal gå to str. op - og strikke lange arme på opskrift DROPS 105-34 Bella's Dance by DROPS Design, hvor mange eksrta garnnøgler skal jeg købe ? Tre t. hver arm og tre til de to ekstra størrelser - eller ?

01.05.2020 - 18:52

DROPS Design answered:

Hei Marianne. Du finner cm målene til tunikaen nederst på oppskriften. Med ermer vist på bildet trenger du 2 nøster ved å gå opp 2 størrelse, men har dessverre ikke noen nøyaktig svar på hvor mange ekstra nøster du trenger med lange ermer. mvh DROPS design

04.05.2020 - 13:09

country flag Tonia wrote:

I don't understand the 5 inches of purl on the neckline. I don't see it on the photo. Won't it show up badly and shouldn't I be starting the pattern of knit and purl? Thanks

21.04.2020 - 00:09

DROPS Design answered:

Dear Tonia, I'm afraid I'm misunderstanding your question - which purl sectioon of 5 inches do you mean? When yoke measures 2’’-2.4’’-2’’-1.1’’ you will decrease 1 stitch in every purl-section (purl 2 tog so that the number of stitches worked purl in the rib will decrease) = there won't be any purl stitch anymore when all decreases are done (= repeat these decrease on every 0,9" a total of 6-6-7-8 times. Hope this helps, happy knitting!

21.04.2020 - 09:49

country flag Lisbeth Bruntse wrote:

Jeg har forgæves søgt efter størrelsesguide. Det hjælper slet ikke spor at vide. hvilken størrelse modellen på billedet er, Det er helt overflødig og irriterende information.

06.03.2020 - 12:08

DROPS Design answered:

Hej Lisbeth, Når du følger strikkefastheden som står i opskriften, så får du målene som du finder i selve måleskitsen nederst i opskrifter. Vælg den størrelse med de mål som passer til dig. God fornøjelse!

06.03.2020 - 15:28

country flag June Vogel wrote:

I would like to make the sleeves longer. are there directions available to do that?

13.01.2020 - 00:59

DROPS Design answered:

Dear Mrs Vogel, we are unfortunately not able to adjust every pattern to every single request. For any individual assistance/adjustment please contact the store where you bought the yarn or any knitting forum. Happy knitting!

13.01.2020 - 10:46

country flag Sanne wrote:

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

02.03.2019 - 22:15

DROPS Design answered:

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

04.03.2019 - 14:18

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