Beach Baby by DROPS Design

Short sleeved dress and hat in Safran

Size: 6/9 – 12/18 months - 2 – 3/4 years
Size in cm: 62/68 – 74/80 -86/92 – 98/104

Materials: DROPS Safran from Garnstudio
150-150-200-200 g colour 17, white
DROPS circular needle and double pointed needle size 3 mm
DROPS white buttons, eg. Hares, 4 pcs

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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 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 tension: 24 sts x 32 rows on needles size 3 mm in stocking st = 10 x 10 cm.
Garter sts (back and forth): Knit all rows
Pattern: See diagrams M.1-M.3. The diagram shows the pattern from the right side.
Buttonhole: Make buttonholes on right front band on the yoke from RS as follows: cast off 3rd st from edge and make a yo over cast off st on the return row. Make buttonholes as follows:
Size 6/9 months: 22, 25, 28 and 31 cm
Size 12/18 months: 31, 34.5, 38 and 41 cm
Size 2 years: 33, 37, 40.5 and 44 cm
Size 3/4 years: 36, 39.5, 44 and 48 cm
Decreasing tips (apply to armhole and neck): All dec are done from the RS.
Dec as follows before 4 garter sts: K2 tog
Dec as follows after 4 garter sts: slip 1 st as if to knit, K1, psso

DRESS:

The dress is knitted back and forth on circular needle from mid front. Cast on 189-199-209-219 sts (incl 4 edge sts each side = mid front, knitted in garter sts throughout) on needle size 3 mm. Knit M.1 and continue in M.2. When piece measures 22-31-33-35 cm knit M.3, at the same time dec 79-69-65-61 sts evenly on the first row (do not dec over edge sts each side) = 110-130-144-158 sts. After M.3 finish the piece in socking sts – edge sts in garter sts and remember buttonholes on right front band, see above. When piece measures 25-34-37-40 cm insert 2 marking threads, 28-33-37-40 sts in from each side = 54-64-70-78 sts between marking threads = back piece. Continue with 4 rows in garter st over 6 sts each side of both marking threads (the remaining sts in stocking sts) = 12 garter sts each side. On next row cast off the middle 4 of these 12 sts for armhole and complete each piece separately.

Left front piece: = 26-31-35-38 sts. Continue in stocking sts with 4 sts in garter sts towards mid front and towards armhole. Cast off for armhole at side on every other row: 1 st 2-2-2-2 times = 24-29-33-36 sts (continue with 4 sts in garter sts towards armhole). When piece measures 31-41-44-48 cm knit 4 rows in garter sts over 12-13-14-15 sts mid front (remaining sts in stocking sts). On next row cast off 8-9-10-11 sts mid front for neck, continue with 4 sts in garter sts towards mid front and dec to shape the neckline on every other row: 1 st 4 times = 12-16-19-21 sts left on shoulder. Cast off when piece measures 37-47-51-55 cm.

Right front piece: Like left front piece, but mirrored. Remember buttonholes on front band.

Back piece: = 50-60-66-74 sts. Cast off for armhole each side as described for front piece = 46-56-62-70 sts. When piece measures 35-45-49-53 cm knit 4 rows garter sts over the middle 30-32-32-36 sts (remaining sts in stocking sts). On next row cast off the middle 22-24-24-28 sts for neck = 12-16-19-21 sts left on each shoulder. Continue with 4 sts in garter sts each side until piece measures 37-47-51-55 cm and cast off.

Assembly: Sew shoulder seams and sew on buttons.

HAT:

Size: 6/12 months – 2/4 years
To fit head circumference: 42-46 cm

Cast on 90-100 sts on small circular needle size 3 mm. Knit 4 rows garter sts and continue in M.2. Knit 5-6 vertical repeats of M.2 and now insert a marking thread in the first st in each horizontal repeat = 9-10 marking threads. Knit 1 more vertical repeat of M.2 and dec on the rows marked with an arrow in the diagram. Dec as follows: slip the st before the st with MT as if to knit, knit tog st with MT and the next st, psso. Repeat this dec in all horizontal repeats by the 3 arrows in diagram, i.e. a total dec of 54-60 sts = 36-40 sts left on needle. After the last round of M.2 knit 1 round in stocking sts, at the same time knitting all sts tog 2 by 2 = 18-20 sts left. Cut the thread and pull through remaining sts. Sew tight.

This pattern has been corrected. .

Updated online: 03.08.2022
Back piece: = 50-60-66-74 sts. Cast off for armhole each side as described for front piece = 46-56-62-70 sts.

Diagram

symbols = K
symbols = P
symbols = make a yo
symbols = slip 1 st as if to knit, K2 tog, psso.
symbols = indicate dec in hat pattern
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diagram

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 Baby 10-7) 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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Each of our patterns has specific tutorial videos to help you.

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 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 (131)

country flag Gitti wrote:

Wie ist das gemeint bei der Einteilung des Rücken und der Vorderteil über die 6m drei Kraus rechts stricken? Danke

01.08.2022 - 12:43

DROPS Design answered:

Liebe Gitti, Sie sollen 4 Reihen kraus rechts über die 12 Maschen bei jeder Markierungsfaden stricken (die anderen Maschen stricken Sie wie zuvor), dh: *stricken Sie bis 6 Maschen vor der Markierungsfaden übrig sind, die nächste 12 Maschen stricken Sie kraus rechts*, noch einmal von *-* stricken. Diese Reihe insgesamt 4 Mal stricken (2 Krausrippen), bei der nächsten Hinreihe ketten Sie die 4 mittleren Maschen ab (es bleiben 4 Maschen krausrechts beidseitig dieser Maschen). Viel Spaß beim stricken!

01.08.2022 kl. 16:13

country flag Helen Granlund wrote:

There is a counting mistake for the smallest size on the backpiece. Back piece: = 50-60-66-74 sts. Cast off for armhole each side as described for front piece = 45-56-62-70 sts. There should be 46 sts after decrease for smallest size, not 45 🙂

01.07.2022 - 16:20

DROPS Design answered:

Dear Helen, yes, there seems to be a mistake there, we will correct it as soon as possible. Thank you. Happy knitting!

02.07.2022 kl. 16:51

country flag Conny wrote:

Warum werden dieMaschen beim Rapport A1 und A2 beim Kleid Beach Baby/ Kleid ohne Ärmel weniger? Sollte doch so nicht sein.Ich denke mal,nach Anweisung zu stricken oder mache ich hier was falsch.....1Ma abheben,2 Ma zusammen stricken,die abgehobene Ma rüber....da haut es glaube ich mit den Umschlagen nicht hin,sollte ich noch einen Umschlag mehr einbauen,um die verlustigen Maschen wieder auszugleichen?

22.05.2022 - 19:40

DROPS Design answered:

Liebe Conny, die Abnahmen mit Pfeilen gezeigt betreffen nur die Mütze, dh wenn man M.2 beim Kleid strickt, wird es nicht bei den Pfeile abgenommen. Dh beim Kleid sollen Sie alle Umschläge wie im Diagram stricken. Viel Spaß beim stricken!

23.05.2022 kl. 08:45

country flag Julia Stonehouse wrote:

Can this dress be knitted on straight needle's plz,as a can not use circular one's.

07.04.2022 - 08:11

DROPS Design answered:

Hi Julia, you can knit 2 front pieces and the back separately on straight needles and sew them at the end. It may be difficult to knit all stitches on straight needles (we use circular needles in the pattern to make room for all the sts). Happy knitting!

07.04.2022 kl. 09:05

country flag Sonja wrote:

Jag skulle vilja göra klänningen i större storlek finns det ?

14.03.2022 - 14:50

country flag Jeanette Auerswald wrote:

Ich weiß nicht, in welcher Runde ich die Abnahmen für die Mütze stricken soll, in der Musterreihe mit Umschlägen oder in der Runde mit rechten Maschen. Die Pfeile stehen leider zwischen den Runden.

09.10.2021 - 17:08

DROPS Design answered:

Liebe Frau Auerswald, die Abnahmen bei der Mütze entstehen bei der Reihen mit den Umschlägenbzw 4. 6. und 8. Reihe in A.2. Viel Spaß beim stricken!

11.10.2021 kl. 07:26

country flag Paula Conti wrote:

Is the hat knitted in the round

01.09.2021 - 04:41

DROPS Design answered:

Dear Mrs Conti, yes the hat is worked in the round, from bottom up, first on circular needle, then on double pointed needles when decreasing. Happy knitting!

01.09.2021 kl. 07:29

country flag Regina Bressani wrote:

Buonasera, sto iniziando il vestitino. Quanti giri a punto kegaccio? Su lavora tutti con i ferri n 3? Grazie

06.06.2021 - 20:39

DROPS Design answered:

Buonasera Regina, deve lavorare con il numero di ferri che le consente di ottenere il campione indicato. Dopo l'avvio delle maglie deve lavorare il diagramma M.1 e poi M.2. Buon lavoro!

06.06.2021 kl. 22:35

country flag Louise wrote:

In het patroon M2 moet ik een omslag maken. Ik begrijp dit niet want dit geeft toch een meerdering? hopelijk kunt U mij dit uitleggen

15.05.2021 - 23:14

DROPS Design answered:

Dag Louise,

In patroon A.2 maak je inderdaad 2 omslagen op naald 5, 7 , 9 en 11, maar in diezelfde naalden minder je ook steken zoals aangegeven in het symbool met de omhoog wijzende driehoek, door 1 steek af te halen, 2 steken samen te breien en de afgehaalde steek over te halen. Hierdoor blijft het totaal aantal steken hetzelfde.

16.05.2021 kl. 12:08

country flag Filomena wrote:

Grazie per aver risposto così velocemente.

01.05.2021 - 11:24

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