DROPS design: Pattern no LA-002
Yarn group A
Length mid back: approx. 73 cm / 28 3/4'' when blocked
Width: approx. 160 cm / 63'' when blocked

Materials: DROPS LACE from Garnstudio
100 g color no 0100, off white

DROPS CIRCULAR NEEDLE size 3.5 mm / US 4 (80 cm / 32'') - NOTE! Read about the knitting gauge below.

This garment is to be soaked and blocked/stretched to size afterwards so the knitting gauge is not that important. But to get a sense of whether you are working too loose/tight, work a test on needle size 3.5 mm / US 4 in stockinette st and get approx. 23 sts x 30 rows = 10 x 10 cm / 4'' x 4''.


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 American English. All measurements in charts are in cm. For conversion from inches to cm - click here. There are different terms for crocheting in American and British English. If this pattern includes crochet, click for "crochet terms" here. For this pattern in British English, please click here.
See diagrams X.1, X.2, X.3, X.4, M.1 and M.2.

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

Worked back and forth on circular needle to make room for all the sts. Cast on 3 sts on circular needle size 3.5 mm / US 4 with Lace. Insert a marker in the 2nd st (mid st - marks mid back of shawl). Work 1 row as follows (= RS): K 1, 1 YO, K 1, 1 YO, K 1 = 5 sts. NOTE! On next row K YOs twisted, i.e. work in back loop of YOs instead of front, to avoid holes.
Then K every row while at the same time inc 4 sts on every row from RS as follows: Work 2 sts in the second st and in the next to last st in each side and make 1 YO on each side of st with marker (still work YOs twisted). Continue like this until there are 29 sts on the needle.

Then work as follows from RS:
Diagram X.1, diagram M.1A (= 4 sts), diagram M.1C (= 5 sts) and diagram X.2, 1 st in stockinette st (= mid st), diagram X.3, diagram M.1A (= 4 sts), diagram M.1C (= 5 sts) and diagram X.4.
When the repetition has been worked 1 time vertically, there are 45 sts on needle.

Continue to work as follows:
Diagrams X.1, M.1A, then repeat M.1B (= 8 sts) until 6 sts remain before mid st (no of sts varies depending on which row in diagrams X.1-X.4 is being worked), over these last 6 sts work diagram M.1C and X.2, 1 st in stockinette st (= mid st), work diagrams X.3, M.1A, repeat M.1B until 9 sts remain on row (no of sts varies depending on which row in diagrams X.1-X.4 is being worked), and work these in diagram M.1C and X.4.
Continue like this until M.1 has been worked a total of 20 times vertically - the inc sts are worked gradually into diagram M.1. There are now 349 sts on needle, 174 sts on each side of mid st.

Work 4 rows in stockinette st while AT THE SAME TIME continuing with edge sts each side in garter st and inc on every row from RS as before = 357 sts, 178 sts on each side of mid st.

Now work as follows from RS: 4 edge sts in GARTER ST - see explanation above - 1 YO, K 2, 10 times diagram M.2, K 2 before mid st, 1 YO, 1 st in stockinette st (= mid st), 1 YO, K 2, 10 times diagram M.2, K 2, 1 YO, 4 edge sts in garter st. NOTE! The inc sts in the sides and mid back are worked in stockinette st until diagram M.2 has been worked.
When diagram M.2 has been worked 1 time vertically, K 1 row from WS. Loosely bind off with K sts with 2 strands.

Place the shawl in lukewarm water until it is soaking wet. Carefully squeeze the water out of the shawl - do not twist the shawl - then roll the shawl in a towel and squeeze to remove more water - the shawl will now only be moist.
Place the shawl on a carpet or mattress - carefully stretch it out to size and fasten it with pins. Leave to dry. Repeat the process when the garment has been washed.


All measurements in charts are in cm.

symbols = K from RS, P from WS
symbols = K 2 tog
symbols = 1 YO between 2 sts
symbols = slip 1 st as if to K, K 1, psso
symbols = P from RS, K from WS
symbols = slip 1 st as if to K, K 2 tog, psso
symbols = P 2 tog

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 131-2) 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 (usually 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.

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 (91)

country flag Emilia wrote:

Witam! Mam problem w końcowym etapie a mianowicie ze schematem M.2. Czy każdy z prawych rzędów w tym wzorze rozpoczyna się od 4 o. brzeg, narzutu i 2 oczek prawych , schematem M.2 oraz 2 o.p i narzut przed oczkiem środkowym ? Nie rozumiem dlaczego nie zgadza mi się liczba oczek i ciagle wychodzi mi za dużo oczek. Czy napewno w tej części opisu nie ma jakiegoś błędu? Będę bardzo wdzięczna za odpowiedz ! Pozdrawiam! Emilia

26.07.2021 - 14:25:

DROPS Design answered:

Witaj Emilio, jest tak jak piszesz i nie ma tu błędu. Nawet jak wykonujesz brzeg (wzór fal) to aby szal uzyskał swój trójkątny kształt liczba oczek musi się zwiększać. W pierwszej połowie schematu M.2 zwiększa się również liczba oczek w schemacie (poza 4 narzutami poza schematami w rzędzie). Na końcowym etapie schematu M.2 dodajesz tylko 4 o. w każdym rzędzie na prawej stronie robótki. Powodzenia!

27.07.2021 kl. 15:55:

country flag Emilia wrote:

Witam! Dziękuję za odpowiedz na poprzednie pytanie! Zastanawiam się jednak czy te dodawane oczka - narzuty wokół oczka środkowego są przerabiane na lewej stronie robótki jako oczka przekręcone lewe czy prawe ? Dziękuję z góry ! Pozdrawiam !

03.05.2021 - 17:44:

DROPS Design answered:

Witaj Emilio, na lewej stronie robótki narzuty wokół oczka środkowego będą przerabiane na lewo. Pozdrawiamy!

04.05.2021 kl. 12:48:

country flag Emilia wrote:

Witam! Zastanawiam się czy narzuty przed oczkiem środkowym są w tym wzorze zawsze przerabiane z tyłu robótki tzw jako oczka przekręcone czy tylko na początku ? Czy w schematach X2 i X3 te narzuty przy oczku środkowym należy tez przerabiać jak oczka przekręcone czy zwyczajnie na prawo ? Z góry dziękuję za odpowiedz !

29.04.2021 - 12:08:

DROPS Design answered:

Witaj Emilio, te dodawane oczka z obu stron oczka środkowego są przerabiane jako przekręcone w kolejnym rzędzie, na całej długości szala. W tych miejscach po zblokowaniu i tak będą widoczne małe dziurki. Pozdrawiamy!

29.04.2021 kl. 13:41:

country flag Lilla My wrote:

Bonjour, Je ne suis pas sûre d'avoir bien compris la bordure : au rang 3 de M2, il me reste 4 mailles avant (et après) la maille centrale, est-ce normal ? Il me semble que oui puisque j'ai augmenté de 4 jetés au rang 1. Mais du coup est-ce que toutes les mailles rajoutées (celles des bords et du milieu) se tricotent en jersey au milieu ? Ou faut-il tricoter 3 mailles end. en début de rang et 3 mailles au milieu et ajouter tous les rangs endroit une maille à ces endroits ? Merci !

28.04.2020 - 14:35:

DROPS Design answered:

Bonjour Madame My, essayez de bien mettre un marqueur entre chaque diagramme, il vous sera ainsi plus facile de vérifier votre nombre de mailles à chaque rang, comme dans les diagrammes. Bon tricot!

28.04.2020 kl. 15:55:

country flag DE OLIVEIRA wrote:

Bonjour J ai un soucis quant à la réalisation du dessin M1. Pas de pb jusqu'à l'obtention des 66 mailles soit M1 tricoté 2 fois en hauteur. Par contre pour commencer la 3ème hauteur M1, du fait que nous avons commencé par M1A nous devrions reprendre avec M1C et pour cela il nous faut 5 m or il n'y en a que 4 de disponible du fait des augmentations précédentes. Dans ce cas, nous laissons les 4 m en attente pour cette 3ème série et attendons la 4ème pour tricoter un nouveau motif?

22.04.2020 - 09:57:

DROPS Design answered:

Bonjour Mme De Oliveira, j'ai peur de ne pas comprendre votre propos. Vous répétez M.1 en hauteur de la même façon à chaque fois: X.1 en début de rang, puis M.1A, vous répétez M.1B jusqu'à ce qu'il reste le nombre de mailles de M.1C + X.2 avant la maille centrale, puis vous tricotez M.1C, X2, la m centrale, X.3, M.1A, vous répétez M.2B le même nombre de fois qu'avant la m centrale et vous terminez par X.4. Techniquement, vous aurez 1 motif de M.1B en plus à chaque fois que vous répétez les motifs en largeur (= on augmente 8 mailles: 4 m dans X.1 + 4 m dans X.2). En espérant que ces informations vous aident. Bon tricot!

22.04.2020 kl. 11:18:

country flag Rigmor Pedersen wrote:

Når jeg skal til at strikke mønster x1 og M1 plus x2, har jeg 14 M til midten, når jeg så har strikke første pind i mønstret skulle der være 16 M efter pind to, men jeg har altså 18 M, til midten, hvad gør jeg forkert

31.05.2019 - 13:46:

DROPS Design answered:

Hei Rigmor. Du har 29 masker på pinnen, 14 masker på hver side av masken med merket i. Det økes 1 maske i hver av X-diagrammene, mens i M.1 forblir maskeantallet det samme. Det økes altså 2 masker på hver side av midten: 1 maske innenfor kantmaskene i rille, og 1 maske på hver side av masken med merket = 16 masker på hver side av midten etter 1. pinne. På 2. pinne økes ingen masker og maskeantallet forblir det samme (33 masker, 16 asker på hver side av midten). På pinne 3 øker du igjen 2 masker på hver side av midten = 18 masker på hver side og 37 masker totalt på pinnen. God fornøyelse

31.05.2019 kl. 14:23:

country flag Francine wrote:

Je ne comprends pas comment un losange peut toujours être complet de part et d'autre du milieu du fait des augmentations en X2 et X3. Comment faut-il faire pour celà ? Merci de votre réponse. Cordialement

09.05.2019 - 11:32:

DROPS Design answered:

Bonjour Francine, quand les diagrammes X.1 à X.4 sont tricotés 1 fois en hauteur, reprenez tous les diagrammes dès le 1er rang: X.1 sur les 4 premières m, M.1A sur les 4 m suivantes, répétez M.1B jusqu'à ce qu'il reste 6 m avant la m centrale, tricotez M.1C, X.2, la maille centrale, puis tricotez l'autre côté du châle de la même façon en commençant par X.3 et en terminant par X.4 - les augmentations de chaque côté et au milieu se tricotent d'abord en jersey (= 8 premiers rangs de X.1 à X.4) puis en point fantaisie M.1 (= on a suffisamment de mailles pour 1 motif de M.1B entre M.1A et M.1C de chaque côté du châle. Bon tricot!

09.05.2019 kl. 13:58:

country flag Christina wrote:

Danke vielmals!!!!

23.04.2019 - 13:05:

country flag Christina wrote:

Hallo, Zwei Fragen: *wenn ich die Umschläge verschränkt anstricke, entstehen ja kaum Löcher, aber das Muster lebt doch von den Löchern! *wenn am Beginn die Rückreihen rechts gestrickt werden, entstehen ja Krausrippen. Am Bild ist das Spitzerl aber glatt....? Freu mich auf die Klärung! Danke!

16.04.2019 - 11:14:

DROPS Design answered:

Liebe Christina, am Anfang vom Tuch stricken Sie krausrechts (mit den Umschlägen verschränkt) bis Sie 29 M haben. Dann stricken Sie die Diagramme wie beschrieben (= leeres Kästchen = 1 M glatt rechts, dh das Muster wird dann glatt rechts mit dem Lochmuster gestrickt), mit 3 Maschen kraus rechts auf beiden Seiten (= die 3 ersten Maschen in X.1 + die 3 letzten Maschenb in X.4). Viel Spaß beim stricken!

23.04.2019 kl. 10:27:

country flag Cinzia wrote:

Buongiorno. Io vorrei utilizzare il punto M1 per fare una stola dritta (non uno scialle triangolare). Non riesco a capire come si sovrappongono le parti M1.A, M1.B e M1.C per ottenere il disegno corretto. Potete, per piacere, fornire uno schema con solo M1 senza gli X ripetuto in verticale 2 o 3 volte in modo da avere la guida per il disegno? Grazie Cordiali saluti Cinzia

13.04.2019 - 07:43:

DROPS Design answered:

Buongiorno Cinzia, le parti di M.1 non si sovrappongono, ma in alcuni punti dello scialle si lavora M.1A poi delle ripetizioni di M.1B e alla fine M.1C. Purtroppo non possiamo soddisfare la sua richiesta riguardo lo schema, non ci è possibile fornire un'assistenza così personalizzata, ma può provare a riprodurlo su un foglio a quadretti. Buon lavoro!

13.04.2019 kl. 09:09:

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