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Purple Rhapsody by DROPS Design

DROPS hat and fingerless gloves with lace pattern in ”MERINO EXTRA FINE”.

DROPS design: Pattern no ME-016.

Size: S/M – L/XL
Hat head circumference: 52/56 – 57/60 cm.
Colour no 22, light purple:
HAT: 150 g for both sizes.
GLOVES: 100 g for both sizes.

If you make both the hat and the gloves, you’ll need a total of 200 g.

DROPS DOUBLE POINTED NEEDLES and CIRCULAR NEEDLE (40 cm) size 3.5 mm – or size needed to get 22 sts x 30 rows in stocking st = 10 x 10 cm.

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Not sure which size you should choose? Then it might help you to know that the model in the picture is approx. 170 cm and uses size S or M. If you are making a jumper, cardigan, dress or similar garment, you will find a graphic with the measurements of the finished garment (in cm) at the bottom of the pattern.

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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.
PATTERN: See diagram M.1. Diagram shows the pattern from RS.

Worked in the round. Cast on 106-112 sts on circular needle size 3 m with Merino. K 1 round and then work 6 rounds rib, K1 / P1. Now K 1 round, AT THE SAME TIME inc 6-7 sts evenly = 112-119 sts. Change to circular needle size 3.5 mm and continue in M.1 on all sts (= 16-17 repeats). REMEMBER THE KNITTING TENSION!
AT THE SAME TIME when piece measures 4 cm inc 1 st between all the repeats of M.1 by making 1 YO. On next round K YO into back of loop to avoid a hole. Repeat the inc on every 4th round a total of 5 times (inc on the same side of the stocking sts each time) = 192-204 sts. When piece measures 14-15 cm dec 1 st between each repeat by K tog into back of loop the first 2 stocking sts (dec the same sts as inc before). Repeat the dec on every 4th round a total of 5 times = 112-119 sts (only pattern repeats left). When piece measures 22-23 cm K2 tog across the round = 56-60 sts. Continue in stocking st on all sts, and repeat this dec on every other round a total of 3 times = 14-15 sts. Cut the thread and pull it through remaining sts, tighten and fasten. Hat measures a total of approx 24-25 cm.

Worked in the round on double pointed needles. Cast on 50-56 sts on double pointed needles size 3 mm with Merino. K 1 round and continue in rib, K1/P1. When piece measures 3 cm work next round as follows: rib, K1/P1, on the first 7 sts and stocking st on remaining sts, AT THE SAME TIME dec 8-7 sts evenly on stocking sts = 42-49 sts. Change to double pointed needles size 3.5 mm and continue as follows: rib, K1/P1, on the first 7 sts and M.1 on the next 35-42 sts. When piece measures 8 cm inc for thumb each side of 3rd and 4th rib-st (these 2 sts = thumb sts) – inc by making 1 YO, on next round work YO into back of loop and incorporate inc sts in rib as you go along. Repeat the inc on every other round a total of 6-7 times = 14-16 thumb sts (a total of 19-21 rib sts). When piece measures 13-14 cm slip the 14-16 thumb sts on a stitch holder, on next round cast on 2 new sts behind thumb sts = 42-49 sts. Continue in rib and pattern as before. When piece measures 17-18 cm - adjust to after 3rd row in M.1 – work 1 round stocking st, AT THE SAME TIME inc 8-7 sts evenly on M.1 = 50-56 sts. Change to double pointed needles size 3 mm and continue in rib, K1/P1, on all sts. When rib measures 3-4 cm cast off with K over K and P over P. Piece measures approx 20-22 cm.

Slip the 14-16 thumb sts on double pointed needles size 3 mm and pick up 4 sts in the edge behind these = 18-20 sts. Work rib, K1/ P1 in the round for approx 2-3 cm, cast off with K over K and P over P.

Like right glove, but mirrored.


= K
= K2 tog
= slip 1 st as if to K, K1, psso
= 1 YO between 2 sts

Mimi Routh 12.09.2019 - 05:32:

OK, I think I've got it. Many thanks for your patience!

Mimi Routh 06.09.2019 - 22:11:

So do all the thumb increases grow from yarnovers made EVERY TIME to either side of the original #3 and #4, keeping the 1/1 rib consistent for the thumb and ignoring the ribbing on #1-2-5-6-7? Then when the thumb is put on hold, #1-2-5-6-7 (beginning and ending with a knit stitch) moves smoothly into the side of the index finger. [We are lying awake or giving up!] Thank you!

DROPS Design 09.09.2019 kl. 08:08:

Dear Mrs Routh, the increases on each side of 3rd and 4th stitch will be worked in rib, ie the first inc will be worked; P, (K,P = 3rd +4th st), K, the next increase will be worked: K, P, (K,P), K, P and so on, so that all new stitches are worked in rib. Happy knitting!

Mimi Routh 05.09.2019 - 23:54:

Okay, I see others struggling with the thumb. My thumb is ugly. This is NOT what the clever Norwegians planned! I think that center stitch should always be a purl. Then the yarnover stitches become knit or purl to continue the rib pattern to either side of that central stitch. Is this right?

DROPS Design 06.09.2019 kl. 08:26:

Dear Mimi Routh, there are 2 sts for thumb: the 3rd and 4th stitch, you then increase on either side of these 2 sts with a yarn over and the yarn overs are worked either K or P to keep the ribbing on thumb. Happy knitting!

Martha 11.07.2019 - 05:01:

I wish your patterns were downloadable in acrobat reader so I can view it easier and save it in a folder.

DROPS Design 11.07.2019 kl. 08:35:

Dear Martha, you then just have to click on "print" then choose a virtual printer to save them as .PDF. Happy knitting!

Lilit 27.01.2019 - 18:17:

Hi everyone. Could you Please post a video on how to knit the hat? I am just a beginner and couldn't figure out from the description, though it was really great.

DROPS Design 28.01.2019 kl. 11:36:

Dear Lilit, read diagram from the bottom corner on the right side from the left on every round - you can insert markers between each repeat so that you can better figure out how to increase the sts between M.1. Should you need any individual assistance, you are welcome to contact your DROPS store, even per mail or telephone. Happy knitting!

Patrizia 04.01.2019 - 14:55:

Bellissimo! ho realizzato il basco con lana color grigio perla. E' stato facile anche se non è semplice dal momento che le spiegazioni sono molto chiare e precise.

Ivalu 26.03.2018 - 18:14:

Jeg kan ikke komme videre med huen, fordi min maske antal ikke passer efter de første udtagninger efter 4 cm. Jeg havde 112 masker, og efter udtagningerne har jeg nu 128. Men 128 kan ikke deles med 7 og derfor kan jeg ikke få det til at passe med mønsteret. Hvad gør jeg forkert?

DROPS Design 04.04.2018 kl. 12:30:

Hej Ivalu, du har 112 eller 119 masker når du starter med M.1. Nu tager du ud imellem hver rapport, sæt gerne mærketråde, så bliver det tydeligere at se hvor rapporterne starter. God fornøjelse!

Earlene 20.01.2018 - 01:31:

Re: Drops 115-12 pattern for the hat. It says to cast on 112 sts. Then increase 7 sts evenly = 119 sts. After hat measures 1 1/2" inc 1 st between all the repeats of M.1 . Repeat the inc a total of 5 times = 204 sts. My math shows that 119 sts + 42 sts = 161 sts not 204.

DROPS Design 20.01.2018 kl. 07:07:

Hi Earlene, You have 17 repeats of M.1, so 17 x 5 = 85 and 85 + 119 = 204. Happy knitting!

Bersigotti 05.11.2016 - 20:42:

Pour les mitaines je ne sais pas travailler avec les aiguilles a doubles pointes merci de m'aider

DROPS Design 07.11.2016 kl. 09:18:

Bonjour Mme Bersigotti, vous pouvez également utiliser la méthode dite magic loop pour tricoter les mitaines. Bon tricot!

Jean-Marie Warren 11.02.2016 - 20:03:

Thank you for the help! I figured it out and now it makes perfect sense. I still think you could post a video on how to work thumb gusset in rib as I am sure there are others who will struggle with this process. I am a very new knitter, only one year knitting, and some techniques still baffle me.

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