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Blooming Iris by DROPS Design

Knitted DROPS dress in ”Alpaca” and ”Kid-Silk” with crochet borders in ”Cotton Viscose”. Size XS to XXL

DROPS design: Pattern no Z-521
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Size: XS - S - M - L - XL - XXL
Finished measurements:
Bust: 76-88-94-106-118-130 cm / 30"-34½"-37"-41 3/4"-46½"-51"
Full length: 92-94-96-98-100-102 cm / 36¼''-37''-37¾''-38½''-39 3/8''-40''
Because of the pattern the dress will seem smaller than measurements in chart and because of the weight of the yarn the dress will be slightly longer when worn.

Materials: DROPS ALPACA from Garnstudio
color no 3800, medium purple: 450-500-550-600-700-750 g
And use: DROPS KID-SILK from Garnstudio
color no 05, heather: 200-200-225-250-275-300 g
And use: DROPS COTTON VISCOSE from Garnstudio
color no 27, lilac: 100-100-100-100-150-150 g

DROPS DOUBLE POINTED NEEDLES and CIRCULAR NEEDLE (40 and 80 cm / 16'' and 32'') size 4.5 mm/US 7 - or size needed to get 18 sts x 24 rows in stockinette st with 1 strand Alpaca + 1 strand Kid-Silk = 10 x 10 cm / 4'' x 4''.

DROPS CIRCULAR NEEDLE (80 cm / 32'') size 5 mm/US 8 – or size needed to get 17 sts x 22 rows in stockinette st with 1 strand Alpaca + 1 strand Kid-Silk = 10 x 10 cm / 4'' x 4''.

DROPS CROCHET HOOK size 3 mm / C - for borders.

Not sure which size you should choose? Then it might help you to know that the model in the picture is approx. 5 ft 7 in and uses size S or M. If you are making a sweater, 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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MEASUREMENT TIP:
Make all measurements when piece is lying flat.

PATTERN:
See diagram M.1 and M.2 - diagram is seen from RS.

DECREASING TIP:
To make the pleats even dec at the beg and at the end of each P-section alternately.

INCREASING TIP:
Inc 1 st each side of the 3 K sts mid under sleeve by making 1 YO, on next round K YO into back of loop to avoid a hole. Incorporate inc sts in K3/ P3 as you go along.
After the first inc there will be K5 mid under sleeve. After 2nd inc there will be K7 mid under sleeve. After 3rd inc there will be K9 mid under sleeve. After 4th inc there will be K3, P1, K3, P1, K3. After 5th inc there will be K3, P2, K3, P2, K3. After 6th inc there will be K3, P3, K3, P3, K3.
Repeat the 6 inc 1 more time.

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BODY PIECE:
Worked in the round. See MEASUREMENT TIP!
Cast on 494-570-608-684-760-836 sts on circular needle size 4.5 mm / US 7 with 1 strand Alpaca + 1 strand Kid-Silk. K 1 round. Continue as follows: * M.1 (= 15 sts), P23 *, repeat from *-* to end (= 13-15-16-18-20-22 repeats with 38 sts each). When piece measures 3 cm / 1 1/8'' dec 1 st in all the large P-sections (i.e. all P23 become P22), dec by P tog the first 2 sts = 481-555-592-666-740-814 sts. Repeat the dec in all the large P-sections on every 4th round – SEE DECREASING TIP – until there are P3 left in all P-sections = 234-270-288-324-360-396 sts. Piece now measures approx 35 cm / 13 3/4'', complete the repeat of M.1 over each cable, then work M.2 = 156-180-192-216-240-264 sts. Continue with K3 / P3. When piece measures 52 cm / 20½'' for all sizes dec all P3 to P2 = 130-150-160-180-200-220 sts. When piece measures 62 cm / 24½" for all sizes inc all P2 back to P3 by making 1 YO between the 2 P sts - on next round work YO into back of loop to avoid a hole = 156-180-192-216-240-264 sts. When piece measures 71 cm / 28'' for all sizes K 1 round on all sts, at the same time dec 1 st in each P-section = 130-150-160-180-200-220 sts. Change to circular needle size 5 mm / US 8 and continue in stockinette st – NOW MEASURE PIECE FROM HERE! When piece measures 3-4-5-6-7-8 cm / 1 1/8"-1½"-2"-2 3/8"-2 3/4"-3 1/8" work next round as follows: K 59-69-74-84-94-104 sts (= front piece), bind off 6 sts for armhole, K 59-69-74-84-94-104 sts (= back piece) and bind off 6 sts for armhole. Complete front and back pieces separately.

FRONT PIECE:
= 59-69-74-84-94-104 sts. Continue in stockinette st – AT THE SAME TIME bind off for armhole at the beg of every row each side: 2 sts 0-1-2-3-5-6 times and 1 st 1-2-2-4-4-6 time = 57-61-62-64-66-68 sts. Continue until piece measures 13-15-16-18-19-21 cm / 5 1/8"-6"-6 1/4"-7"-7½"-8 1/4". Now slip the middle 15-15-16-16-18-18 sts on a stitch holder for neck and complete each shoulder separately. Bind off to shape the neckline at beg of every row from mid front: 3 sts 1 time, 2 sts 1 time and 1 st 2 times = 14-16-16-17-17-18 sts left on shoulder. Bind off when piece measures 21-23-25-27-29-31 cm / 8¼''-9''-9¾''-10 5/8''-11 3/8''-12¼'' (the dress measures a total of approx 92-94-96-98-100-102 cm / 36¼''-37''-37¾''-38½''-39 3/8''-40'').

BACK PIECE:
= 59-69-74-84-94-104 sts. Bind off for armhole each side as described for front piece = 57-61-62-64-66-68 sts. When piece measures 19-21-23-25-27-29 cm / 7½"-8 1/4"-9"-9 3/4"-10 5/8"-11 3/8" bind off the middle 25-25-26-26-28-28 sts for neck and complete each shoulder separately. Bind off 2 sts on neckline on next row = 14-16-16-17-17-18 sts left on shoulder. Bind off when piece measures 21-23-25-27-29-31 cm / 8¼''-9''-9¾''-10 5/8''-11 3/8''-12¼''.

SLEEVE:
Worked in the round. Cast on 63-63-72-72-81-81 sts with 1 strand Alpaca + 1 strand Kid-Silk on double pointed needles size 4.5 mm / US 7. K 1 round, Continue as follows:
* K3, P6 *, repeat from *-* 7-7-8-8-9-9 times. Insert a marker in the middle of the first 3 K sts (= mid under sleeve). When piece measures 4 cm / 1½'' dec all P6 to P5 by P tog the first 2 sts in each P-section = 56-56-64-64-72-72 sts. Continue with K3/P5. When piece measures 8 cm / 3 1/8'' dec all P5 to P4 - SEE DECREASING TIP = 49-49-56-56-63-63 sts. Continue with K3/P4. When piece measures 12 cm / 4¾'' dec all P4 to P3 = 42-42-48-48-54-54 sts. Continue with K3/P3. When piece measures 15 cm / 6'' inc 1 st each side of the 3 K sts mid under sleeve – SEE INCREASING TIP! Repeat the inc on every 6th round a total of 12 times = 66-66-72-72-78-78 sts. When piece measures 48-47-46-44-43-41 cm / 19"-18½"-18"-17 1/4"-17"-16 1/8" (less for the larger sizes because of longer sleeve cap and wider shoulder) bind off 7 sts mid under sleeve and complete piece back and forth on needle. Bind off for sleeve cap at the beg of every row each side: 2 sts 3 times and 1 st 1-2-3-5-6-9 times, then 2 sts each side until piece measures 54 cm / 21 1/4'', now bind off 3 sts 1 time each side and bind off remaining sts. Piece measures approx 55 cm / 21 5/8".

ASSEMBLY:
Sew shoulder seams.

NECK:
Pick up approx 80 to 90 sts (includes sts on stitch holder at front) round the neck on small circular needle size 4.5 mm / US 7 with 1 strand Alpaca + 1 strand Kid-Silk. P 1 round – AT THE SAME TIME adjust no of sts to 84-90-90-96-96-102 sts. K 1 round. Work next round as follows: * K 2 sts in each of the first 3 sts, P3 *, repeat from *-* to end = 126-135-135-144-144-153 sts. Continue in M.1 on all sts. When neck measures 10 cm / 4'' – adjust after a full repeat - work M.2, then bind off LOOSELY with K over K and P over P.

CROCHET BORDER:
Crochet round bottom edge of dress and round sleeves edges with 1 strand Cotton Viscose and hook size 3 mm / C as follows:
ROUND 1: 1 sc in first st, * ch 5, skip approx 1-1.5 cm / 3/8''-½'', 1 sc in next st *, repeat from *-*, finish with ch 5 and 1 sl st in first sc from beg of round. NOTE: Adjust to an even no of ch spaces.
ROUND 2: Crochet sl sts to the middle of first ch space, 1 sc in ch space, * ch 7, 1 sc in next ch space, ch 1, 1 sc in next ch space *, repeat from *-* to end, but replace last sc with 1 sl st in first sc on round.
ROUND 3: Crochet as follows in each of the large ch spaces: 1 sc, 7 dc, 1 sc and crochet 1 sc in each of the small ch spaces, finish with 1 sl st in first sc from beg of round.
ROUND 4: Change to 1 strand Kid-Silk. Crochet 1 sc in first sc and 1 sc in first dc, * [ ch 3, 1 sc in first ch (= 1 picot), 1 sc in next dc], repeat from [-] - a total of 6 times, 1 sc in each of the next 4 sts *, repeat from *-* all the way round, i.e. 6 picots in each of the large ch spaces, finish with 1 sl st in first sc.

Crochet in the same way in the P-round at the bottom of neck – hold the dress with neck towards you and the rest of the dress away from you – to make the border sit nicely work the first round as follows: 1 sc in first st, * ch 5, 1 sc in next st, ch 5, skip 1 st, 1 sc in next st *, repeat from *-* - make sure to have an equal no of ch spaces. Continue with round 2 to 4 as above.

FURTHER ASSEMBLY:
Set in sleeves.

Diagram

= K
= P
= slip 3 sts on cable needle behind piece, K3, K3 from cable needle
= slip 3 sts on cable needle in front of piece, K3, K3 from cable needle
= slip 3 sts on cable needle behind piece, K tog first st on needle with first st on cable needle, K tog next st on needle with next st on cable needle, K tog the last st on needle with last st on cable needle (3 sts dec over cable)
= slip 3 sts on cable needle in front of piece, K tog first st on cable needle with first st on needle, K tog next st on cable needle with next st on needle, K tog last st on cable needle with last st on needle (3 sts dec over cable)

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