DROPS / 110 / 40

DROPS 110-40 by DROPS Design

Knitted DROPS mittens for men with pattern in ”Karisma”. Yarn alternative ”Merino Extrafine”.

Size: M - L

Materials: DROPS Karisma from Garnstudio
100 g for both sizes color no16, dark gray
50 g for both sizes color no 01, off-white
DROPS double pointed needles size 3.5 mm [US 4] – or size needed to get 22 sts x 30 rows in stockinette st = 10 x 10 cm [4’’ x 4’’].

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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.
Pattern: See diagram M.1 to M.4. Diagram shows the pattern from the RS. Work the entire pattern in stockinette st.

Right mitten: Worked in the round on double pointed needles.
Cast on 48-56 sts on double pointed needles size 3.5 mm [US 4] with dark gray and work 3 cm [1 1/8”] stockinette st. Work next round as follows: * K2 tog, 1 YO *, (= eyelet row). Work 3 cm/1" stockinette. Fold the edge double and fasten on the WS after the mitten is done. Now continue in M.1 (= 11-13 sts), at the same time dec 4-4 sts evenly on first round = 44-52 sts. After M.1 work next round as follows: M.2 (= 5 sts), M.3 (= 17-21 sts), M.2, M.4 on the next 17-21 sts, (M.3 = upper hand). Insert a Marking Thread (MT) in st 28-32 (= first st in M.4) to mark the thumb and now measure piece from here. Remember the knitting gauge! When piece measures 1 cm [3/8”] inc 1 st on each side of st with MT on every 3rd round a total of 6-7 times = 56-66 sts – incorporate the inc sts in M.4 as you go along. When piece measures 6.5-7 cm [2½”-2¾”] slip the 12-14 inc sts + st with MT (=13-15 sts) on a stitch holder. On next round cast on 1 new st behind stitch holder = 44-52 sts. Continue in pattern until piece measures 17-18 cm [6 ¾”-7”] (3-4 cm [1 1/8”-1½”] left) and now dec on both sides of M.2 on every round by K 2 tog each side (= 4 dec per round) a total of 10-11 times = 4-8 sts left. Cut the thread, pull through remaining sts and fasten.

Thumb: Slip the 13-15 thumb sts back on double pointed needles and pick up 1 st behind thumb. Work M.4, at the same time inc 2-4 sts evenly on first round = 16-20 sts. Work 6.5-7 cm [2½”-2¾”] of M.4, on next round K all sts tog 2 by 2, cut the thread, pull through remaining sts and fasten.

Left mitten: Cast on and work like right mitten, but mirrored, i.e. insert MT for thumb in the last st in M.4.

This pattern has been corrected. .

Updated online: 08.01.2009
New M.3 chart


All measurements in charts are in cm.

= off-white
= dark gray

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 110-40) 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 (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 (29)

Susann 25.03.2020 - 13:00:

Hej, gällande tummen måste bara fråga om man inte ska sticka upp mer än 1 maska bakom de 13- 15 tum-maskorna som man redan har. När jag tittar på några mönster gällande damvantar ska man sticka upp 7 eller 9 maskor. Kan inte förstå hur det blir en tumme utan lite fler maskor men jag är nybörjare på vantar. Tacksam för hjälp.

DROPS Design 30.03.2020 kl. 10:57:

Hei Susann. Det fins flere forskjellige måter å strikke votter på. Og ja, noen votter har beskrivelse der man skal øke med flere maske bak tommelen, men andre oppskrifter der man øker med færre masker, slik som denne du henviser deg til. Om du ser på den oppgitte strikkefastheten skal 22 masker være 10 cm og i str L har man 20 masker rundt tommelen / litt under 10 cm rundt tommelen. God Fornøyelse!

Karen 19.01.2020 - 16:15:

For the thumb, I start with the 13 stitches on my stitch holder, plus the one I cast on. Then increase 2. I will then have 16 stitches. My question: do I also pick up some stitches from the main mitten behind the thumb to join them together? How many stitches do I pick up there?

DROPS Design 20.01.2020 kl. 03:11:

Dear Karen, n addition to the 13 stitch you already have on the stitch holder, you only have to pick up one stitch right behind the stitches - from the body of the mitten. Then continue on the round and increase 2 stitches. With this 16 stitch will you knit the thumb. Happy Knitting!

Hilde 28.01.2018 - 15:53:

Etter M1, får jeg ikke antall masker til å stemme/gå opp med mønsteret i str M: M2,M3,M2,= 27 masker, og deretter skal M4 strikkes over 17 masker?? M4 går over 4 masker, så 4 x 4= 16, hvordan steikkes siste maske?

DROPS Design 09.02.2018 kl. 12:06:

Hei Hilde. Du strikker 17 masker av A.4 (hele A.4 4 ganger = 16 masker + 1 maske av A.4 = 17 masker). Da får du M.2 + M.3 + M.2 + M.4 + 1 maske av M.4 = 44 masker. God Fornøyelse!

Hélène 09.01.2017 - 17:39:

Hur många maskor skall det vara i hela tummen? Hur många skall ökas? Jag förstår inte. Det blir ingen tummtott.

DROPS Design 10.01.2017 kl. 13:45:

Hej Hélène. Du starter med 1 m og öker 1 m paa hver side af denne i alt 6 eller 7 ganger (afhaengigt af hvilken str du laver) 13 eller 15 m til tommel. Naar du saa skal strikke tomlen tager du de 13 eller 15 m og tager 1 m op over tomlen og öker 2 eller 4 m jaevnt fordelt over p = 16 - 20 m til tomlen. Strik rundt - det bliver en tomle :)

Ingegerd Björkelöv 02.02.2016 - 22:00:

Det är tydligen inte bara jag som inte förstår hur tummen ska stickas. Jag vill veta följande ska den första maskan sättas på en ny sticka för att öka på var sida om den. Ska man ta nytt garn för att sticka dessa ökade maskor? Det måste väl bli ett hål för tummen? Hur uppstår den. Jag vill ha en utförlig beskrivning och inte som i tidigare svar otydligt som inte förklarar hur tummen ska stickas. Jag hoppas ni kan svara snarast.

DROPS Design 05.02.2016 kl. 12:24:

Hej. Nej den maskan du sätter märktråd i ska inte sättas på en ny sticka och du ska inte ta nytt garn för dessa ökade maskor. Se denna video så tror jag du förstår hur du ska göra. Kom ihåg att sticka in de ökade maskorna löpande i M.4.

Francesca 02.02.2016 - 14:06:

Thanks for your quick reply! However, I can't see the extra 1 stitch in any diagrams. Where is it? Basically: after the last M4 repeat, and before starting a new row and M2 chart, I have an extra k1 stitch - is this correct? Which color should it be? Thank you!

DROPS Design 03.02.2016 kl. 09:02:

Dear Francesca, you work M.4 over 17 sts (not 16 sts), ie repeat the 4 sts a total of 4 times (= 16 sts) and finish with the first st in M.4 (= 17 sts in M.4). Happy knitting!

Francesca 02.02.2016 - 13:35:

Hi there, I have a problem with the stitch count of the upper hand in size S (44 sts). M2 (5sts) +M3(17sts) +M2(5sts)+M4(4sts x 4)=43 stitches total, and not 44. I have 1 stitch too many!

DROPS Design 02.02.2016 kl. 13:47:

Dear Francesca, before thumb, you have to work: M2 (5 sts), M3 (17 sts), M2 (5 sts) and M4 over 17 sts (= 4 x 4 sts in diagram + 1st st in diagram) = 44 sts. Happy knitting!

Ugne 31.08.2015 - 07:15:

In pattern you forgot to mention how to fold edge part. Options are : sew it or knit together just before decrease.

Anette Berglund 20.12.2014 - 21:41:

Jag har börjat sticka på vanten, men får inte ihop ökningarna vid tummen samtidigt som jag ska följa mönstret? Hur ska jag göra? Mvh Anette

DROPS Design 09.02.2015 kl. 12:13:

Hej Anette, Du stickar de nya m till tummen in i mönstret, fortsätt mönstret över kilen och lägg till de nya i sidan. Lycka till!

Judith 23.11.2014 - 13:46:

Wenn ich die erste Runde von M2, M3, M2, M4 stricke habe ich folgendes Problem: nach M3 und M 2 habe ich noch 17 Maschen übrig, jedoch ergeben M4 und M2 im Wechsel dann 18 Maschen. Oder stricke ich M4, M2, M4, M4?

DROPS Design 23.11.2014 kl. 20:55:

Sie stricken wie beschrieben M2 (= 5 M), M3 (= 17 M), M2 (= 5 M) und dann 4x M4 (= 16 M) und die erste M von M4, das ist die 17. M. So wird M4 auf beiden Seiten symmetrisch. Weiterhin gutes Gelingen!

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