Mallard by DROPS Design

Knitted DROPS shoulder wrap with wavy pattern in ”Silke-Alpaca”.

Size: One-size. Length mid back = approx 50 cm.
Materials: DROPS SILKE-ALPACA from Garnstudio
550 g colour no 7120, light grey/green

DROPS CIRCULAR NEEDLE (80 cm) size 5 mm – or size needed to get 20 sts x 22 rows in pattern = 10 x 10 cm.


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


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.
GARTER ST (back and forth on needle): K all rows.

See diagram M.1. The diagram shows the pattern from the RS.

Worked from neckline down, back and forth on circular needle in 2 pieces, sewn tog afterward.
Cast on 81 sts on circular needle size 5 mm with Silke-Alpaca.
Work 6 rows garter st. Insert a marker in the middle st.
Continue as follows from the RS: 5 garter sts, M.1 on the next 34 sts, K1, 1 YO, K1 (= st with marker), 1 YO, K1, M.1 on the next 34 sts, and finish with 5 garter sts.
Continue in pattern like this, AT THE SAME TIME inc 1 st on each side of st with marker on every other row - inc with yo as before. Incorporate the inc sts in M.1 as you go along. NOTE! On rows in pattern with K2 tog and YO, K all sts until there are enough sts for a full new repeat.
When piece measures 35 cm, or desired length – measure in the knitting direction and adjust to a full repeat of M.1 - cast off. Make 2 identical pieces and sew them tog in the outer loops of garter sts each side.

Cut 2 threads measuring approx 300 cm each. Twist then until there resist, fold them double and let them twist again. Tie a knot each end and thread the string through the top row on neckline. Tie a bow at the front.

This pattern has been corrected. .

Updated online: 04.05.2009
New measure chart
Updated online: 26.08.2009
Continue as follows from the RS: 5 garter sts, M.1 on the next 34 sts, K1, 1 YO, K1 (= st with marker), 1 YO, K1, M.1 on the next 34 sts, and finish with 5 garter sts. Continue in pattern like this, AT THE SAME TIME inc 1 st on each side of st with marker on every other row - inc with yo as before.


symbols = K from RS, P from WS
symbols = K from WS
symbols = K2 tog
symbols = 1 YO between 2 sts

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 112-33) 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) 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 (57)

country flag Inger Larsen wrote:

Hej, jeg har nu i mange uger at prøve at strikke i følge opskriften. Og jeg har ikke forstået den tekst: Kan jeg få den vist.? Fortsæt med dette mønster, SAMTIDIG tages der 1 m ud på hver side af m med mærketråd på hver 2.p med omslag som tidligere. De nye m strikkes løbende ind i M.1 – OBS! På omg hvor der strikkes 2 m ret sammen og slå om strikkes der ret over alle m til der er taget nok m ud til en hel ny rapport.

17.11.2021 - 14:36

DROPS Design answered:

Hej Inger, du tager ud med et omslag på hver side af masken med mærketråd, det gør du på hver 2.pind. Først når du har 17 nye masker kan du strikke 3.pind i diagrammet. God fornøjelse!

23.11.2021 kl. 15:36

country flag Petra Pekel wrote:

In den Tipps zum Aufnehmen steht: 2 Maschen bds. aufnehmen. In den Anleitung steht: 1 Masche bds. aufnehmen. Was ist richtig? Muss ich 1 oder 2 Maschen bds. aufnehmen? Vielen Dank

03.02.2021 - 11:15

DROPS Design answered:

Liebe Frau Pekel, folgen Sie bitte die Erklärung wie in die Schrifliche Anleitung, der Tipp zum Abnehmen sollte gelöscht werden, danke für den Hinweis. Viel Spaß beim stricken!

03.02.2021 kl. 11:25

country flag Lut wrote:

Goeiemiddag, ik had graag dit model gebreid en heb nog 4 bollen drops AIR liggen. Ik vroeg me af of deze wol geschikt is voor dit project en of 4 bollen (600m) voldoende zouden zijn. Dank!

14.04.2020 - 14:49

DROPS Design answered:

Dag Lut,

Voor de benodigde hoeveelheid garen kun je het beste kijken naar de totaal benodigde looplengte. Er wordt aangegeven dat je 11 bollen Silke-Alpaca nodig hebt, dit is 660 meter. Met 4 bollen Air heb je 600 meter. Je zou het er op kunnen wagen met de kans dat je iets eerder moet stoppen met het patroon.

16.04.2020 kl. 12:46

country flag Anna wrote:

Hej! Jag är lite fundersam vad gäller omslagen vartannat varv. På varje varv gör man omslag på vardera sidan av mittmaskan, ska man då göra 2 omslag bredvid varandra vartannat varv? Är inte säker på att jag tolkar det hela rätt. Mvh/Anna

14.03.2020 - 10:27

DROPS Design answered:

Hej Anna, Du ökar med 1 omslag på varje sida av mittmaskan på vartannat varv. Lycka till :)

19.03.2020 kl. 13:35

country flag Patricia wrote:

Bonjour. Je débute dans le tricot. Je n'arrive pas à comprendre lorsque vous dites d'augmenter d'une maille avant et après le marqueur mais cela décale les autres mailles cela me donne 35 mailles d'un côté et de l'autre je fais comment pour la suite ? Merci de me répondre

04.10.2019 - 23:36

DROPS Design answered:

Bonjour Patricia, après cette première diminution, continuez en point fantaisie en augmentant toujours de chaque côté de la maille avec le marqueur; le nombre de mailles en M.1 va augmenter de chaque côté de cette maille, tricotez ces mailles à l'endroit ou à l'envers comme dans M.1 mais tricotez le rang 3 sur ces mailles uniquement quand vous avez suffisamment de mailles (= 1 motif complet en largeur = 17 m). Bon tricot!

07.10.2019 kl. 08:46

country flag Bianca wrote:

Nog 1 vraag dat meerdere doe je dat dan steeds maar 2 x of de steken die tussen markeerder zit. Of meerder je alleen de eerst naald van het patroon.

12.05.2019 - 08:29

DROPS Design answered:

Dag Bianca,

Je meerdert steek aan beide kanten van de steek met de markeerdraad en dit doe je om de naald. Dus de ene naald wel en de andere naald niet. Het meerderen gaat door over de hele lengte van de poncho.

15.05.2019 kl. 08:50

country flag Bianca wrote:

Mijn vraag is na 6 naalden ribbelsteek begin he met tekening M1 maar is de tekening heen weer of alleen de goede kant dus aan de verkeerde kant alles av terug ik kom namelijk steeds 6 steken over als ik regel 3 van onderaf neem. Hoor graag snel

09.05.2019 - 23:54

DROPS Design answered:

Dag Bianca,

In de teltekening zijn alle naalden ingetekend, dus zowel de heengaande als de teruggaande naalden. De eerste naald brei je dus recht op de goede kant, de tweede recht op de verkeerde kant, de derde met kantpatroon, de vierde recht op de verkeerde kant, en de laatste twee recht aan de goede kant en averecht aan de verkeerde kant.

11.05.2019 kl. 18:07

country flag Cenia wrote:

J'adore ce poncho, je veux ^etre sur si je comprends bien, pour les augmentations dans la maille centrale, se font a chaque deux questions est : les augmentations se font au 3e rang, apres les augmentations?

10.02.2018 - 19:02

DROPS Design answered:

Bonjour Cenia, pour augmenter tous les 2 rangs, tricotez 1 rang avec augmentations, le rang retour sur l'envers et répétez ces 2 rangs. Bon tricot!

12.02.2018 kl. 09:46

country flag Deb Bonfiglio wrote:

I love this garment.... but even as an intermediate knitter, I have the hardest time with DROPS patterns. Please consider writing your patterns in the standard way...row by row. I probably won’t make this just because of the ambiguity of the pattern.

16.01.2018 - 16:54

DROPS Design answered:

Dear Mrs Bonfiglio, should you need any further assistance with our patterns you are welcome to ask your question here or, for any individual help contact your DROPS store, even per mail or telephone. Happy knitting!

16.01.2018 kl. 17:02

Esther wrote:

In de nederlandse vertaling staan volgens mij zelfs 2x omsl./steek teveel. Ik heb het nu voor mezelf gecontroleerd en aangepast met de originele en de engelse vertaling erbij. Misschien kunnen jullie dit ook controleren voor de nederlandse vertaling?

20.07.2016 - 11:32

DROPS Design answered:

Hoi Esther. Zie mijn antwoord hieronder

20.07.2016 kl. 15:14

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