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Knitted DROPS head band and neck warmer with large cable in ”Polaris”.

DROPS design: Pattern no PO-040/041
Yarn group F
HEAD BAND: One-size Circumference: approx. 53 cm
NECK WARMER: One-size Circumference: approx. 125 cm

Materials: DROPS POLARIS from Garnstudio
Colour no 01, off white:
HEAD BAND: 100 g

DROPS STRAIGHT NEEDLES SIZE 12 mm - or size needed to get 8 sts x 10 rows in stocking st = 10 x 10 cm.

DROPS STRAIGHT NEEDLES SIZE 15 mm - or size needed to get 7 sts x 8 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.
See diagram M.1 for head band and diagram M.2 for neck warmer. The diagrams show pattern from RS.

When switching ball with Polaris, split the old thread in two on the last 15 cm – cut off one part, do the same on the new thread. Place the first and last 15 cm on top of each other so that the yarn is the normal thickness and continue to work – this is done to make the thread switch invisible in the yarn.

Worked back and forth in one long piece that is sewn tog when finished. Cast on 12 sts on needle size 12 mm with Polaris. Work diagram M.1 until piece measures approx 50 cm - finish after 1 whole repetition. Work 1 row in stocking st before loosely casting off.
Sew tog cast on edge and cast off edge, sew edge to edge to avoid a chunky seam.


Worked back and forth in one long piece that is sewn tog when finished. Cast on 15 sts on needle size 15 mm with Polaris. Work diagram M.2 until piece measures approx 120 cm - finish after 1 whole repetition. Work 4 rows in stocking st before loosely casting off.
Sew tog cast on edge and cast off edge, sew edge to edge to avoid a chunky seam.
Fold the neck warmer double (as-a-figure-of-eight-knot) before wearing it.


= K from RS, P from WS
= slip 4 sts on cable needle behind piece, K 4, K 4 from cable needle
= slip 4 sts on cable needle in front of piece, K 4, K 4 from cable needle
= slip 5 sts on cable needle behind piece, K 5, K 5 from cable needle
= slip 5 sts on cable needle in front of piece, K 5, K 5 from cable needle

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 134-7) 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.

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 (58)

Carole Paquette 07.10.2019 - 12:16:

Re bonjour Le diagramme que l'on voit M2, j'aimerais avoir plus d'info. Les rangs ont 15 mailles chacun. Il y a une ligne sur les 10 premières mailles, dois je faire? Glisser 5 premières mailles sur le devant ou l'arrière du tricot, dépendamment du sens de la ligne. Tricoter 5 prochaines mailles en endroit. Reprendre les 5 mailles glissées et tricotés en endroit. Les 5 dernières mailles du rang doit tricoter en endroit ou en envers si WS ou RS. C'est Ok?

DROPS Design 07.10.2019 kl. 13:19:

Bonjour Mme Paquette, lisez M.2 en commençant en bas à droite et de bas en haut (cf faq): Vous tricotez d'abord 4 rangs jersey, puis au 5ème rang, tricotez 5 m, puis tricotez la torsade (= 5ème symbole légende). Tricotez ensuite 5 rangs jersey et au rang suivant, tricotez la torsade sur les 10 premières m, puis 5 m jersey. Tricotez 1 rang jersey et reprenez M.2 au 1er rang. Bon tricot!

Carole 07.10.2019 - 05:02:

Bonjour Vous écrivez aiguilles 15 pour le tour de cou. 15mm? 15us? Please specify Thanks

DROPS Design 07.10.2019 kl. 10:20:

Bonjour Carole, dans les modèles français, la taille des aiguilles est toujours indiquée en système métrique, pour l'équivalent US-, changez la langue du modèle en English (US/inch) sous la photo. Bon tricot!

Ale 02.11.2018 - 10:27:

Ciao! Non mi è chiaro lo schema della treccia. Se avvio 12 maglie e ne trasferisco 4 sul ferro ausiliario, ho una treccia di 8, e 4 maglie "extra". C'è un errore nello schema o sono io che non lo so leggere bene? Grazie per l'aiuto!

DROPS Design 02.11.2018 kl. 14:04:

Buongiorno Ale, non ci sono errori nello schema, è una treccia un pò particolare, prima si intreccia da un lato poi dall'altro: segua comunque lo schema M.1. Buon lavoro!

Sanna Hornbrink 29.08.2017 - 14:32:

Hej! Tycker detta mönster är supersnyggt. Kan jag ta någon annan storlek på stickorna för att mönstret ska passa mitt syskonbarn 2 år?

DROPS Design 11.09.2017 kl. 14:22:

Hej! Då du byter till tunnare stickor kommer arbetet att bli mera kompakt. Ifall du vill sticka en mindre storlek kan du testa att byta till tunnare stickor och ett något tunnare DROPS garn.

Luda 20.02.2017 - 20:05:

Hi, I found a slight mistake in the cable pattern for the neck warmer/ scarf. The right pattern for it is: 1. Slip 5 sts onto cable needle behind piece K5, P5 from cable needle. 2. Slip 5 sts on cable needle infront of piece P5, K5 from cable needle. Thanks.

DROPS Design 21.02.2017 kl. 09:57:

Dear Luda, diagram is correct, reading diagram from bottom up, you will first place the sts in front of piece, then behind piece, just as shown in diagram. Happy knitting!

Anika 15.11.2016 - 09:27:

Ich würde dieses Stirnband gerne mit Drops Eskimo stricken. Wieviele Maschen/ Reihen benötige ich dann?

DROPS Design 15.11.2016 kl. 10:13:

Liebe Anika, Sie können gerne mit 2 Fäden Eskimo stricken (= 1 Faden Polaris - siehe hier - oder lassen Sie sich von unseren anderen Anleitungen mit Garngruppen E wie Eskimo. Viel Spaß beim stricken!

Christiane 18.09.2016 - 14:14:

Had graag eens gezien een filmpje hoe ze dit aandoen ,draaien om aan te doen,ik dacht dat dit allemaal gebreid was ,de ene kant recht en de andere averrechts ,maar nu zie ik dat het in kabels is

DROPS Design 19.09.2016 kl. 09:34:

Beste Christiane, als u het patroon doorleest, dan zie u hoe u de hoofdband en halswarmer kunt breien. De kabel/vlecht ontstaat vanzelf als u deze aanwijzingen volgt. Onderaan het patroon staat ook een link naar de video 'kabel' voor als kabels breien voor u nieuw is.

Darlene Jackson 05.01.2015 - 19:48:

Good Morning, My Mom (who is a very experienced knitter) and I have spent an entire day trying to work the neck warmer pattern. We are following the diagram from the bottom right corner but are having difficulty with the pattern. Instead of a lovely cable as pictured, we are getting a huge bulky layer at the back of the scarf and no sign of a cable. I am also having difficulty starting the cable with the 5 outside stitches. Can you help? Thanks

DROPS Design 06.01.2015 kl. 09:18:

Dear Mrs Jackson, the neckwarmer is a large cable worked over 15 sts - on row 5, K4, then slip 5 sts on cable needle in front of piece, K the last 5 sts, K 5 from cable needle - on row 11, start with the cable: slip first 5 sts on cable needle behind piece, K5, K5 from cable needle, K4. You may have to work some repeats in height to see how it will look at. Happy knitting!

Camilla 02.11.2014 - 23:31:

Jeg er ved at lave pandebåndet. I diagrammet står der man skal strikke ret over ret og vrang over vrang. Når jeg har slået de 12 masker op er 1. pind på vrang-siden, den næste pind på ret-siden. Dvs. snoninger bliver lavet fra vrang siden? Hvorfor skal jeg så strikke ret på hjælpepinden og de resterende masker?

DROPS Design 06.11.2014 kl. 13:42:

Hej Camilla. 1. pind er retsiden. Snoningerne laves paa retsiden.

Carla 07.09.2014 - 10:29:

Il modello è bellissimo, ma devo mettere il doppio dei punti. Come costruire lo schema? Devo farlo speculare? Grazie per la risposta

DROPS Design 11.09.2014 kl. 16:31:

Deve mettere il doppio dei punti perché utilizza un filato più sottile? Nel caso in cui dovesse fare così potrebbe lavorare la treccia più larga (con più maglie ogni fascia della treccia) per esempio. Se deve fare la fascia deve fare prima un campione per capire quanto rende con il filato che utilizzerà.

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