Swiss Chocolate by DROPS Design

DROPS Skirt in ”Classic Alpaca” crochet from side to side with lace border along bottom edge. Size S to XXXL

Keywords: lace, sideways, skirts
  • Swiss Chocolate / DROPS 115-40 - DROPS Skirt in ”Classic Alpaca” crochet from side to side with lace border along bottom edge. Size S to XXXL
DROPS design: Pattern no AC-007.

Size: S - M - L - XL - XXL - XXXL
Materials: DROPS CLASSIC ALPACA from Garnstudio
500-550-600-650-750-800 g colour no 612, brown.

If you want the skirt 10 cm longer increase materials with 100 g.

DROPS CROCHET HOOK size 4 mm – or size needed to get width of 18 htr x 14 rows of htr = 10 x 10 cm.
When working 1 row dc and 1 row htr alternately, 17.5 rows = 10 cm
When working tr, 10 rows = 10 cm.

DROPS Shell button no 526: 4 pcs.


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.
PATTERN: See diagram M.1 and fig-1. Fig-1 shows how to crochet the lace border on the right side of M.1.

SKIRT: Crochet back and forth from side to side.
If you want the skirt 10 cm longer work an extra 24 ch, these will sit between marker-1 and marker-2, i.e. there will be an extra 18 htr compared to numbers in pattern.

Crochet 107-112-117-123-128-133 loose ch on crochet hook size 4 mm with brown. Crochet first row as follows from the waist towards bottom edge: 1 dc in 2nd ch from hook, 1 dc in each of the next 2 ch, * skip 1 ch, 1 dc in each of the next 3 ch *, repeat from *-* a total of 5 times = 18 dc, insert MARKER-1,* skip 1 ch, 1 htr in each of the next 3 ch *, repeat from *-* a total of 9-10-11-13-14-15 times, then crochet 1 htr in each of the next 0-1-2-0-1-2 ch = 27-31-35-39-43-47 htr, insert MARKER-2, * skip 1 ch, 1 tr in each of the next 3 ch *, repeat from *-* a total of 6 times = 18 tr, insert MARKER-3, then crochet M.1 on the bottom 23 ch. Let the markers follow the piece as you go along.
Turn and crochet next row as follows:
M.1 on sts to marker-3,
18 tr (i.e. to marker-2),
27-31-35-39-43-47 htr (i.e. to marker-1)
and 18 htr (i.e. to end of row).
Turn with 2 ch and now continue as follows: To marker-1 crochet 1 row of htr and 1 row of dc alternately, between marker-1 and marker-2 crochet rows with htr, between marker-2 and marker-3 crochet rows with tr, then crochet M.1 on remaining sts (no varies acc to diagram).
Continue like this until piece measures approx 90-100-112-124-136-148 cm between marker-1 and marker-2 (i.e. section with htr) – adjust to a full repeat of M.1, try the skirt on to see if it fits. Cut the thread.

ASSEMBLY: Sew skirt tog at the side, edge to edge, but leave 18 sts (= 10 cm) for opening at the top. Along the opening towards front piece crochet 5 buttonhole loops from WS as follows: 1 dc in each of the first 2 sts, * 3 ch, skip 2 sts, 1 dc in each of the next 2 sts *, repeat from *-* a total of 4 times.
Along the opening towards back piece crochet 5 rows with 1 dc in each st = button band. Sew buttons to the band to fit buttonhole loops.

This pattern has been corrected. .

Updated online: 27.09.2010
....Turn and crochet next row as follows:
M.1 on sts to marker-3,
18 tr (i.e. to marker-2),
27-31-35-39-43-47 htr (i.e. to marker-1)
and 18 htr (i.e. to end of row).


symbols = 1 ch
symbols = 1 tr
symbols = in ch-loop crochet as follows: 1 dc, 1 htr, 1 tr, 1 dtr, 1 tr,
1 htr, 1 dc.
symbols = 1 htr
symbols = 1 dtr
symbols = 1 dc
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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 115-40) 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 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 (116)

country flag Leda wrote:

Buonasera, con il filato drops Lima e uncinetto 4 quante maglie avviare per taglia s? Noto che il campione mi viene troppo grande. Mod. AC-007

05.01.2022 - 18:08

DROPS Design answered:

Buongiorno Leda, deve lavorare il campione con il n° di uncinetto che le permette di ottenere il campione indicato. Buon lavoro!

08.01.2022 kl. 13:19

country flag ANTONELLA PINO wrote:

Salve, aumentando il numero dell'uncinetto, è possibile trasformare la gonna in un poncho? Graxie

13.09.2020 - 09:01

DROPS Design answered:

Buongiorno Antonella. Per ogni modifica personalizzata, la invitiamo a rivolgersi al suo rivenditore Drops di fiducia. Buon lavoro!

14.09.2020 kl. 15:42

country flag Monica wrote:

Wow this pattern is wonderful ... please can you translate it in italian?

12.08.2020 - 20:19

DROPS Design answered:

Buongiorno Monica. Tradurremo il modello appena possibile. Buon lavoro!

17.08.2020 kl. 16:31

country flag Eva wrote:

Hola!! En la fila de inicio, se va saltando una cadeneta, se tiene que seguir saltando una cadeneta en las siguientes filas? Gracias.

02.10.2019 - 08:22

DROPS Design answered:

Hola Eva. Solo se saltan algunos puntos de cadeneta (según las explicaciones en la primera fila). Esto permite que la cadeneta de montaje no queda tensa.

10.10.2019 kl. 23:44

country flag DarylLynn wrote:

Suggested name: Brown Eyed Baby

25.06.2019 - 03:27

Martina wrote:

Hallo, dieser Rock gefällt mir sehr gut. Ich habe Sky und Cotton Merino daheim. Mit welchem Garn wird die Struktur ähnlicher wie auf dem Foto? Vielen Dank für die Antwort!

02.01.2019 - 11:23

DROPS Design answered:

Liebe Martina, Sky und Cotton Merino werden unterschiedlichen Ergebnisse geben, DROPS Lima würde das ähnlichste Resultat geben - siehe hier. Viel Spaß beim stricken!

02.01.2019 kl. 11:55

country flag Heli wrote:

Palun selgitust, mida tähendab - siis heegelda 1 psm järgmisesse 0-1-2-0-1-2 ahels-sse = kokku 27-31-35-39-43-47 psm ?

02.11.2018 - 11:25

DROPS Design answered:

Tere Heli! psm on lühend- poolsammas. Number pikast numbrireast tuleb valida vastavalt suurusele. Head heegeldamist!

02.11.2018 kl. 13:30

country flag Suzanne wrote:

Ik begrijp de volgende zin in het patroon niet; "haak dan 1 hstk in iedere van de volgende 0-1-2-0-1-2 l = 27-31-35-39-43-47 hstk" . Ik haak het patroon in S 107 steken maar als ik bovenstaande toevoeg heb ik aan het eind te weinig steken over om het patroon goed af het kunnen ronden. Volgens mij gaat het met deze zin fout. Wat moet ik doen met de 0? Wel of geen 27 hstk haken? Als ik dit doe komt ik aan het eind steken te kort.

03.01.2017 - 17:45

DROPS Design answered:

Hoi Suzanne. Hij hoort bij : sla 1 l over, 1 hstk in iedere van de volgende 3 l *, herhaal van *-* in totaal 9 keer (dus 9 keer 3 hstk = 27), haak dan 1 hstk in iedere van de volgende 0 l = 27-31-35-39-43-47 hstk, plaats MARKEERDRAAD-2, ... enzovoort

10.01.2017 kl. 14:06

country flag Mel wrote:

Ist die nicht mehr erhältliche Qualität Classic Alpaka mit der neuen Puna in Maschenprobe und Garnmenge identisch?

05.04.2016 - 17:13

DROPS Design answered:

Liebe Mel, ja, die Modelle aus Classic Alpaca können Sie mit Puna nacharbeiten. Die Lauflänge von Puna ist sogar etwas grösser (110 m versus 90 m Classic Alpaca).

06.04.2016 kl. 09:21

Felicity Dawson wrote:

In the measurements diagram, where you show the length, after the different lengths for different sizes, you have (+5). What does this mean?

25.09.2015 - 14:42

DROPS Design answered:

Dear Mrs Dawson, this match the flower edges at the bottom of the skirt. Happy crocheting!

25.09.2015 kl. 17:57

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