DROPS / 135 / 43

Ivalo by DROPS Design

Knitted jumper with round yoke, Nordic pattern and fitted waist in DROPS Karisma. Size: S to XXXL.

DROPS design: Pattern no U-622
Yarn group B
Size: S - M - L - XL - XXL - XXXL

Materials: DROPS KARISMA from Garnstudio
Colour no 01, off white:
500-550-600-650-750-800 g
Colour no 56, dark brown mix:
100-100-100-150-150-150 g
Colour no 54, beige brown:
50-50-50-50-50-50 g

DROPS DOUBLE POINTED NEEDLES and CIRCULAR NEEDLE (80 cm) SIZE 4 mm - or size needed to get 21 sts x 28 rows in stocking st = 10 x 10 cm. NOTE: It is important that the knitting tension is correct vertically to get the right shape on the round yoke.

DROPS DOUBLE POINTED NEEDLES and CIRCULAR NEEDLE (40 cm and 80 cm) SIZE 3 mm - for rib
Colour combinations shown are:
A) DROPS Karisma 01, 79, 52. B) DROPS Karisma 01, 60, 68. C) DROPS Karisma 01, 55, 45.
D) DROPS Karisma 72, 11, 16. E) DROPS Karisma 55, 79, 54. F) DROPS Karisma 79, 16, 01.
G) DROPS Karisma 48, 01, 16. H) DROPS Karisma 16, 78, 44.

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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 diagrams M.1 to M.3. Diagrams M.2 and M.3 are worked in stocking st.

Worked in the round on circular needle.
Cast on 480-520-570-650-700-780 sts on circular needle size 3 mm with off white, work diagram M.1. After diagram M.1, there are 192-208-228-260-280-312 sts on needle. Continue with K 2/P 2 for 4 cm. Switch to circular needle size 4 mm and K 1 round while at the same time dec 24-24-28-28-32-32 sts evenly = 168-184-200-232-248-280 sts. Insert a marker at beg of round and a marker after 84-92-100-116-124-140 sts (these marks the sides). Continue in stocking st. REMEMBER THE KNITTING TENSION!
When piece measures 10-10-11-11-12-12 cm, dec 1 st on each side of both markers. Repeat dec every 3 cm a total of 4 times = 152-168-184-216-232-264 sts. When piece measures 24-24-25-25-26-26 cm, inc 1 st on each side of both markers. Repeat inc every 3 cm a total of 4 times = 168-184-200-232-248-280 sts.
When piece measures 38-39-40-41-42-43 cm, cast off 8-8-8-10-10-10 sts in each side for armholes (i.e. 4-4-4-5-5-5 sts on each side of both markers) = 152-168-184-212-228-260 sts remain on needle.
Put piece aside and work the sleeves.

Worked in the round on double pointed needles.
Cast on 56-56-60-60-64-68 sts on double pointed needles size 3 mm with off white. Work rib = K 2/P 2 for 10 cm. Switch to double pointed needles size 4 mm and K 1 round while at the same time dec 4 sts evenly = 52-52-56-56-60-64 sts. Insert a marker mid under sleeve. Work diagram M.2, then continue in stocking st with off white. AT THE SAME TIME when piece measures 14 cm, inc 1 st on each side of marker under sleeve. Repeat inc on every 7th-6th-6th-5th-5th-5th round a total of 12-14-14-16-16-16 times = 76-80-84-88-92-96 sts. When piece measures 45 cm in all sizes, cast off 8-8-8-10-10-10 sts mid under sleeve (i.e. 4-4-4-5-5-5 sts on each side of marker) = 68-72-76-78-82-86 sts remain on needle. Put piece aside and knit another sleeve.

Slip sleeves on to same circular needle as body where armholes were cast off = 288-312-336-368-392-432 sts. Insert a marker mid back, work until marker, now round beg here! K 1 round with off white while AT THE SAME TIME dec 0-6-12-8-14-18 sts evenly = 288-306-324-360-378-414 sts. Work 0-2-4-7-10-13 rounds in stocking st with off white. Continue with diagram M.3 (= 16-17-18-20-21-23 repetitions on the round). When diagram M.3 has been worked, 112-119-126-140-147-161 sts remain on needle. Work with off white until finished measurements.
K 1 round while at the same time dec evenly to 88-92-96-104-108-112 sts. Then work an elevation in the back as follows: K 7 sts past marker, turn, tighten thread and P 14 sts back, turn, tighten thread and K 21 sts. Continue to work 7 sts in stocking st more on every turn until a total of 70-70-70-84-84-84 sts from last turn have been worked. Turn and K 1 round over all sts until mid back.

Switch to circular needle size 3 mm. K 1 round while at the same time inc 16-16-16-12-12-12 sts evenly = 104-108-112-116-120-124 sts. Continue with rib = K 2/P 2 for 10 cm, then cast off with K over K and P over P.

Sew the openings under the sleeves tog.


= K
= P
= K 2 tog
= slip 1 st as if to K, K 1, psso
= stocking st with off white
= stocking st with dark brown mix
= stocking st with beige brown

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 135-43) 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 (97)

Neil 30.03.2020 - 14:48:

Can this pattern (Ivalo) be downloaded?

DROPS Design 30.03.2020 kl. 15:07:

Dear Neil, you can print it as a .pdf file. Happy crafting!

Jiřina Benešová 24.11.2019 - 21:14:

Although I haven't knit for a long time, I couldn't resist and ordered the wool exactly according to your description. Today I am finished and I am very satisfied with the result. Your instructions are very good and I recommend to all. THANKS. !

Maria Kristiansen 20.09.2019 - 19:39:

Hei. Har dere noen bilder av denne genseren i flere andre farger? Skulle gjerne sett eksempel, feks de som er oppgitt i oppskriften, men som bare er små bilder av mønsteret i ulike farger. Mvh Maria

DROPS Design 23.09.2019 kl. 14:17:

Hei Maria. Vi har ikke en hel genser strikket opp i de andre fargene vi viser, kun de små bildene ved siden. mvh DROPS design

Berit Løkken 07.02.2019 - 16:19:

Stemmer mønsteret foran hvis jeg legger inn 4 klippemasker til kofte?

Margaret Chesters 06.02.2019 - 10:48:

Hi, after M3 you state 'Work with off white until finished measurements.' which caused me a lot of confusion ... which measurements?? I looked at the original Norwegian pattern and translated the statement into English. It should have said ; work with off white till finished. No mention of 'measurements'. Maybe this is useful for other confused knitters?

DROPS Design 06.02.2019 kl. 14:12:

Dear Mrs Chesters, "until finished measurements" means here to the end ie when piece is finished - just continue with off white without working the pattern anymore. Happy knitting!

Mariann S Aas-Haug 11.01.2019 - 10:07:

Hei Har begynt å strikke denne genseren og har printet den ut. Ønske å strikke den i XS fins det? Jeg ville også strikket den fine kanten som er på bolen til armene. Hvor mange masker trenger jeg da til det? Har dere bilde på genseren i større versjon? Mvh Mariann S Aas-Haug

DROPS Design 15.01.2019 kl. 15:52:

Hei Mariann. Denne modellen finnes ikke i XS dessverre, men det er en ganske smal modell. Se på målskissen nederst om kanskje en S kan passe likevel? Kanten nederst på bolen er strikket med M.1, som går over 10 masker, som blir redusert til 4 masker. Du kan derfor legge opp 6 masker mer for hver 4 maske du legger opp på ermet. Vær obs på at ermene da ikke vil sitte inntill håndleddet, men vil bli litt mer trompetformet ytterst. God fornøyelse

Lina Forseth 19.12.2018 - 14:20:

Hej! skulle gärna vilja ha detta mönster där man stickar arbetet uppifrån och ner utan att man behöver sy armarna, likadant som silver dream tröjan. Finns det nån möjlighet att få detta? mvh lina

DROPS Design 20.12.2018 kl. 07:53:

Hei Lina. Vi har dessverre ikke mulighet til å skrive oppskriften om for deg, men det er ingenting i veien for at du tilpasser det selv slik at den strikkes ovenfra og ned. Begynn da med halskanten, øk der det skal felles, og fell der det skal økes hele veien nedover. Diagrammene må også strikkes motsatt vei (begynn på toppen og strikk dem nedover - igjen, øk masker isteden for å felle). Sett masker av til ermer (= antallet du ville satt inn på rundpinnen) og strikke bolen nedover. Ermene kan da strikkes ovenfra og ned ved å sette maskene fra tråden på liten rundpinne/settpinner. God fornøyelse

Nathalie Boucher 10.12.2018 - 01:11:

Bonjour j’ai tricoter mon échantillon j’ai 19 mailles x24 rangs avec aig. No 4 et je veux faire la grandeur Xl me suggérer vous de faire la grandeur large avec aig.no 4 ou de refaire un échantillon avec quel grosseur aig.? Merci à l’avance! Nathalie

DROPS Design 10.12.2018 kl. 10:12:

Bonjour Mme Bouchez, lavez et séchez votre échantillon (cf étiquettes et consignes de lavage) pour bien vérifier vos mesures, et, si besoin, recommencez avec d'autres aiguilles. Votre magasin aura probablement d'autres astuces pour vous, n'hésitez pas à le contacter, même par mail ou téléphone. Bon tricot!

Nina 12.11.2018 - 13:05:

Hva tror dere i Drops-teamet om å bytte garnkvalitet fra Drops Karisma til Drops SKY på denne modellen? Tror dere det gir et bra resultat? Vil gjerne ha en anbefaling.

DROPS Design 13.11.2018 kl. 16:45:

Hej Nina, Ja det kan du absolut gøre, strikkefastheden stemmer. Selve strukturen kommer til at fylde lidt mere og genseren bliver mykere (den bliver ikke helt så glat som når du strikker med Karisma) og det bliver jo ikke en "sports-genser" den kan feks ikke vaskes i maskine. Lav eventuelt en strikkeprøve først i 2 farver og se om du er fornøjd med den :) God fornøjelse!

Germana 27.10.2018 - 22:19:

Buonasera non riesco a capire la parte dello sprone dopo M.3 devo diminuire 92 maglie? Ma poi sul ferro m e ne rimangono solo 27.....

DROPS Design 27.10.2018 kl. 23:27:

Buonasera Germana. Devono rimanere 92 maglie; quindi, nella taglia M, diminuisce 27 maglie a intervalli regolari. Abbiamo modificato il testo. Buon lavoro!

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