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Sweet Ruffles by DROPS Design

DROPS sleeveless top with lace borders in double or single thread “Alpaca”. Size S – XXXL

Tags: flounce, tops,
Size: S – M – L - XL – XXL - XXXL

Materials: DROPS Alpaca from Garnstudio
Colour no 0100, off-white

Double thread: 300-350-400-400-450-500 g
Single thread: 200-250-250-250-300-300 g

Double thread:
DROPS pointed needles size 4 - or size needed to obtain 19 sts x 25 rows in stocking st with 2 threads = 10 x 10 cm.
DROPS circular needle size 3.5 mm (60 + 40 cm) –for Rib and lace border.

Single thread:
DROPS pointed needles size 3 - or size needed to obtain 24 sts x 32 rows in stocking st with 1 thread = 10 x 10 cm.
DROPS circular needle size 2.5 mm (60 + 40 cm) – for Rib and lace border.

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Pattern instructions

NOTE: This pattern is written in British English. All measurements in charts are in cm. For conversion from cm to inches - click here. There are different terms for crocheting in British and American English. If this pattern includes crochet, click for "crochet terms" here. For this pattern in American English, please click here.
Knitting tip: Use double or single thread. All numbers without ( ) refer to double thread, all numbers in ( ) refer to single thread.

Garter st, in the round: K1 round, P 1 round.

Increasing tip-1: Inc 1 st by working 2 sts in outermost st.

Increasing tip-2: Inc 1 st by making 1 YO. Work YO into back of loop on return row to avoid a hole.

Pattern: See diagram M.1 and M.2 (M.3 and M.4). The diagram shows the pattern from the RS.
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Top: Knitted from top down. Beg with back piece, then work front piece, slip both pieces on the same circular needle and work lower body part and lace border.

Back piece: Worked back and forth on needle.

Left shoulder:
Loosely cast on 11-11-11-12-12-13 (13-13-13-14-15-16) sts (includes 1 edge st each side) on needle size 4 mm (3 mm) with double (single) thread Alpaca. Work stocking st until piece measures 1.5-1.5-1.5-2.5-2.5-2.5 cm On next row (from WS) inc 1 st towards neckline = 12-12-12-13-13-14 (14-14-14-15-16-17) sts. Slip sts on a thread.

Right shoulder:
Work like left shoulder, but mirrored, and without slipping sts on thread.
On next row (from RS) cast on 38-40-42-44-46-48 (48-50-52-56-58-60) sts for neckline and slip sts from thread back on needle = 62-64-66-70-72-76 (76-78-80-86-90-94) sts. Piece now measures 2-2-2-3-3-3 cm.
Back piece: Work stocking st until piece measures 13-12-11-12-12-10 (13.5-13-13-13-12.5-12) cm. Now inc for armhole at the end of every row – see Increasing tip-1: 1 st 3-5-6-5-4-7 (3-4-4-5-5-6) times and 2 sts 1-1-2-4-6-6 (2-3-5-6-8-10) times. Cast on 3 sts each side = 78-84-92-102-110-120 (96-104-114-126-138-152) sts. Piece now measures approx 17-18-19-20-21-22 cm. Continue in stocking st until piece measures 30-32-34-36-38-40 cm. Cast off 1 st edge each side and slip the remaining 76-82-90-100-108-118 (94-102-112-124-136-150) sts on a thread.

Front piece:
Left shoulder:
Loosely cast on 11-11-11-12-12-13 (13-13-13-14-15-16) sts (includes 1 edge st each side) on needle size 4 mm (3 mm) with double (single) thread Alpaca. Work stocking st until piece measures 10-9-10-10-11-10 (12 for all sizes) cm and now inc for neckline on every other row – see Increasing tip-1: 1 st 5-6-6-5-5-6 (4-5-5-5-5-6) times and 2 sts 2-2-2-3-3-3 (3-3-3-4-4-4) times. At the same time when piece measures 13-12-11-12-12-10 (13.5-13-13-13-12.5-12) cm inc for armhole as described for back piece. NB! After the last inc for neckline slip sts on a thread (adjust so that last row is worked from WS).
Right shoulder:
Work like left shoulder, but mirrored. At the same time, after the last inc for neckline cast on 22-22-24-24-26-26 (30-30-32-32-34-34) sts for neckline and slip sts from thread back on needle.
Front piece: Work stocking st and inc for armhole as described for back piece. After all inc for neckline and armhole are complete = 78-84-92-102-110-120 (96-104-114-126-138-152) sts on needle. Piece now measures approx 17-18-19-20-21-22 cm. Continue in stocking st until piece measures 30-32-34-36-38-40 cm. Cast off 1 edge st each side = 76-82-90-100-108-118 (94-102-112-124-136-150) sts left. Leave sts on needle.

Assembly: Sew shoulder seams. Sew side seam inside 1 edge st before slipping all sts on circular needle.
Lower part and lace border: Worked in the round on circular needle. Slip sts from back piece and front piece on the same circular needle size 3.5 (2.5) mm = 152-164-180-200-216-236 (188-204-224-248-272-300) sts. Work 4 rounds garter st – see above, at the same time inc 0-4-4-4-8-12 (12-16-16-16-16-20) sts on first round = 152-168-184-204-224-248 (200-220-240-264-288-320) sts. Continue in Rib, K2/P2. When piece measures 48-50-53-56-58-60 cm inc all P2 to P3 – see Increasing tip-2 = 190-210-230-255-280-310 (250-275-300-330-360-400) sts. Work 1 cm Rib with K2/P3. On next round inc all K2 to K3 – see Increasing tip 2 = 228-252-276-306-336-372 (300-330-360-396-432-480) sts. Continue in Rib, K3/P3, until piece measures 54-56-59-62-64-66 cm. On next round work M.1 (M.3) on all sts. Now work 1 round Rib, K5/P5 (K6/P6). On next round work M.2 (M.4) on all sts and then work 1 round in Rib, K9/P9 (K12/P12). Cast off loosely in Rib. Piece measures approx 56-58-61-64-66-68 cm.

Neckline: Pick up 120 to 152 (168 to 192) sts – divisible by 6 - round neckline on small circular needle size 3.5 (2.5) mm with double (single) thread Alpaca. P 1 round, K 1 round, P 1 round. Continue in Rib, K3/P3, until border measures approx 2 cm. On next round work M.1 (M.3) on all sts. Now work 1 round Rib, K5/P5 (K6/P6). On next round work M.2 (M.4) on all sts and then work 1 round in Rib, K9/P9 (K12/P12). Cast off loosely in Rib.

Armholes: Pick up 69-71-77-79-85-87 (91-97-101-107-111-117) sts inside 1 edge st round the armhole on small circular needle size 3.5 (2.5) mm with double (single) thread Alpaca. Beg mid under arm. Work 4 rounds garter st. On next round cast off the first 9-10-10-11-11-12 (14-14-16-16-18-18) sts. Turn the piece and now continue back and forth on needle. Cast off the first 9-10-10-11-11-12 (14-14-16-16-18-18) sts and K the remaining 51-51-57-57-63-63 (63-69-69-75-75-81) sts. On next row work M.1 (M.3) on all sts. Now work 1 round Rib, K5/P5 (K6/P6). On next round work M.2 (M.4) on all sts and then work 1 round in Rib, K9/P9 (K12/P12). Cast off loosely in Rib.

This pattern has been corrected. .

Updated online: 25.02.2008
New numbers under the measurement chart.
Updated online: 29.02.2008
Corrections are made on the measurement chart

Diagram

= K
= 1 YO between 2 sts
= P

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 105-2) 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.

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 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.

On a jacket measures are never taken along bands, unless specifically stated. Always measure inside band stitches when measuring the length.

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 (91)

Ruth 24.05.2019 - 10:40:

Ich stricke und häkle

Maura 23.05.2019 - 13:49:

Sarebbe possibile realizzare questo modello in cotone? Se sì con quale filato? Grazie Maura

DROPS Design 23.05.2019 kl. 14:08:

Buongiorno Maura. Può usare il cotone Safran, dello stesso gruppo di filati di Alpaca. Verifichi la correttezza del suo campione con quello indicato nelle spiegazioni. Buon lavoro!

Rosa 19.03.2019 - 09:41:

Tengo ovillos de algodón de 100 g y uso talla XL. Cuantos ovillos necesito y cuantos puntos monto para empezar si me recomienda tenerlo con aguja de 5mm? Gracias

DROPS Design 21.03.2019 kl. 20:42:

Hola Rosa. Tienes que fijarte en los metros que tiene el ovillo y hacer una muestra con la aguja con la que vayas a trabajar. Estos datos te ayudarán a calcular el patrón. Nosotros no enviamos patrones personalizados.

Anna 28.12.2018 - 19:21:

Come si lasciano in sospeso le maglie a inizio e fine ferro?

DROPS Design 28.12.2018 kl. 20:32:

Buonasera Anna, può trasferire le maglie su un fermamaglie o su un filo di scarto. Buon lavoro!

Bethel Contreras Rodriguez 26.04.2018 - 02:37:

Hola me gustaría saber cuántos puntos montar para la espalda en talla su ya que no las encuentro en las instrucciones por su atención mil gracias

DROPS Design 30.04.2018 kl. 22:24:

Hola Bethel. Si te refieres a la talla S, después de trabajar ambos hombros y unirlos en la parte del escote, la espalda tiene 62 puntos

Aurelie Lopez 21.02.2018 - 19:23:

Bonjour, Je tricote le modèle en taille xxx, en simple. Arrivée au dos, je dois avoir 156 mailles mais je 'en ai que 120. .. c'est beaucoup trop petit. En revalculant le nombre de mailles avec les augmentations sur vos explications, je tombe sur 120. Ou est l'erreur?

DROPS Design 22.02.2018 kl. 08:40:

Bonjour Mme Lopez, en taille XXXL vous avez 94 m pour le dos avec les 2 épaules et les mailles de l'encolure, vous augmentez pour les emmanchures de chaque côté: (6x1 m, 10x2 m et 1x3m) x 2 côtés = 40 augm au total, soit 94 + 58 = 152 -2 m = 150 m. Bon tricot!

Vicky 29.02.2016 - 14:24:

Una preciosidad, pero, qué cantidad de material se necesita?

DROPS Design 01.03.2016 kl. 10:25:

Hola Vicky, el top se puede trabajar con 1 o con 2 hilos. Dependiendo de la elección: con 2 hilos: 300(S)-350(M)-400(L)-400(XL)-450(XXL)-500 g (XXXL), cada ovillo es de 50g con 1 hilo: 200-250-250-250-300-300 g

Susanne 21.04.2015 - 01:14:

Hej, jeg vil meget gerne strikke denne top.Men vil gerne bruge cotton viscose som alternativ til Alpaca.Vil I anbefale en eller to tråde, hvis jeg bruger cotton viscose? Tusind tak for mange dejlige opskrifter.Mvh. Susanne

DROPS Design 21.04.2015 kl. 13:07:

Hej Susanne. Ja, du kan sagtens bruge Cotton Viscose. Du kan bruge enten 1 eller 2 traade ligesom Alpacaen (se mönstret), men Cotton Viscose er tungere i det end Alpaca, saa jeg ville nok bruge 1 traad. Men lav först en pröve og tjek strikkefastheden og se om du kan lide strukturen af garn/mönster. God fornöjelse med den.

Sanna Laukkanen 07.04.2015 - 16:03:

Röyhelöohjeessa ymmärrysvaikeuksia! Langankierrot ovat nurjien silmukooiden väleissä (rivi M.1.), mutta oikeidenkin silmukoiden välissä on jotkut ympyrät, mitä ne tarkkoittavat? M.1. on ymmärtääkseni kolme oikein, kolme nurin, ja nurjien väleissä langankierto?

DROPS Design 09.04.2015 kl. 15:36:

Hei! Kaikki piirroksen ympyrät ovat langankiertoja, eli silmukoiden väliin tehdään aina langankierto, paitsi oikeiden ja nurjien raitojen rajakohdissa.

Lene Nygaard Thomsen 13.03.2015 - 11:22:

Hvad er forskellen rent praktisk om den bliver strikket med 1 eller 2 tråde?

DROPS Design 13.03.2015 kl. 11:46:

Hej Lene. Hvis du strikker med 1 traad og tyndere pind, bliver den finere end med dobbelt traad.

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