DROPS Alaska
DROPS Alaska
100% Wool
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DROPS Extra 0-814
DROPS design: Pattern no X-381
Yarn group C

Size: S/M – L/XL
Head circumference: approx. 54/55 - 56/58 cm / 21"/21½" - 22"/23"

Materials: DROPS ALASKA from Garnstudio
100 g for both sizes in color no 03, light gray
50 g for both sizes in color no 37, dark blue

DROPS DOUBLE POINTED NEEDLES AND CIRCULAR NEEDLE (40 cm / 16") SIZE 4.5 mm / US 7 - or size needed to get 18 sts x 23 rows in stockinette st = 10 x 10 cm / 4" x 4".
DROPS CIRCULAR NEEDLE (40 cm / 16") SIZE 3.5 mm / US 4 – for rib.


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


DROPS Alaska
DROPS Alaska
100% Wool
from 1.80 $ /50g
Get the yarn to make this pattern from 5.40$.

The yarn cost is calculated from the pattern’s smallest size and the yarn’s cheapest product type. Looking for an even better price? You might find it on the DROPS Deals!

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 diagram M.1 (= 4 sts). Diagram shows all rounds in the pattern seen from RS.

Worked in the round on circular needle, switch to double pointed needles when needed.
Cast on 88-96 sts on circular needle size 3.5 mm / US 4 with dark blue Alaska. K 1 round.
Then work 4 rounds rib (= K 2/P 2). Switch to circular needle size 4.5 mm / US 7 and light gray and work diagram M.1 – see explanation above (make sure that 2 K sts are worked over 2 K sts in the rib).
When piece measures 18-20 cm / 7"-8" – adjust so that last round is a round with K 2/P 2 - on next round P tog every 3rd and 4th st in diagram M.1 = 66-72 sts.
Work 2 rounds with K 2/P 1 pattern (alternately K and P upwards). On next round, K all 2 K sts tog to 1 K st = 44-48 sts.
Work 2 rounds with K 1/P 1 pattern.
Then K2 tog around = 22-24 sts.
K 1 round, then on next round K2 tog around again = 11-12 sts remain on needle.
Pull the yarn through all sts, tighten tog and fasten.
The hat measures approx. 22-24 cm / 8¾"-9½" vertically.


All measurements in charts are in cm.

symbols = K
symbols = P
Do you have a question? See a list of frequently asked questions (FAQ)

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

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.

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?

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

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

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.

If you think it's hard to decide what size to make, it can be a good idea to measure a garment you own already and like the size of. Then you can pick the size by comparing those measures with the ones available in the pattern's size chart.

You'll find the size chart at the bottom of the pattern.

See DROPS lesson: How to read size chart

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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)

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

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

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?

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!

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.

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.

Pilling is a natural process that happens to even the most exclusive of fibers. It's a natural sign of wear and tear that is hard to avoid, and that is most visible in high friction areas of your garment like a sweater's arms and cuffs.

You can make your garment look as new by removing the pilling, using a fabric comb or a pill/lint remover.

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Comments / Questions (38)

country flag Laroche Thérèse wrote:

Bonjour ' J'ai terminé de tricoter ensemble les 3e et 4e mailles. Il me reste donc 66 mailles. Ensuite lorsque je tricote ces mailles ensemble deux par deun comme indiqué, il me reste 33 mailles alors qu'il est indiqué qu'il doit en rester 44. Merci de bien vouloir m'indiquer ce que je ne comprend pas. Cordialement

08.12.2023 - 19:47

DROPS Design answered:

Bonjour Mme Laroche, vous tricotez ensemble 2 par 2 toutes les mailles endroit, pas toutes les mailles, autrement dit, quand vous avez 66 mailles, vous avez des côtes (2 m end, 1 m env), tricotez ensemble à l'endroit les 2 m end ainsi (2 m ens à l'end, 1 m env), vous allez ainsi diminuer 22 mailles, il va donc ainsi rester 66-22=44 mailles. Bon tricot!

11.12.2023 - 07:24

country flag Hege wrote:

Hei. Jeg strikker denne nå, og er kommet til fellinga, etter første felling der maske 3-4 skal strikkes vrangt sammen så sitter jeg igjen med 72 masker, men så skal jeg felle neste, der står det at jeg skal strikke alle maskene 2 og 2 rett sammen å sitte igjen med 48 masker, hvordan er det mulig? Jeg sitter igjen med 36 masker... Skal det være 36 masker eller er det jeg som har forstått fellingen feil? 72/2=36

24.09.2022 - 17:21

DROPS Design answered:

Hei Hege. Når du har 72 masker og det skal felles igjen, skal det ikke strikkes 2 og 2 rett sammen, men alle 2 rett sammen til 1 rett sammen. Altså du har 72 masker som er 2 rett - 1 vrang - 2 rett - 1 vrang osv, og nå skal alle rett maskene strikkes sammen. Du vil da få 48 masker som er 1 rett - 1 vrang - 1 rett - 1 vrang osv. Neste gang det skal felles så strikkes 1 rett og 1 vrang sammen og du vil da sitte igjen med 24 masker. mvh DROPS Design

26.09.2022 - 10:35

country flag Rahman Bananer wrote:

Abdur Rahmān Mohmand (Pashto: عبدالرحمان بابا; 1632–1706)[1] or Rahmān Bābā (Pashto: رحمان بابا), was a renowned Pashtun[2][3] Sufi Dervish and poet from Mohmand Agency in Peshawar during the Mughal era. He, along with his contemporary Khushal Khan Khattak, is considered to be one of the most popular poets among the ethnic Pashtuns.[4] His poetry expresses the mystical side of Islam, in line with his Sufi-oriented nature.[5]

26.04.2022 - 08:55

country flag MARIAN wrote:

I, too. have had great difficulty in reading and understanding this pattern. Since I have been knitting for 70 + years, I decided to go through it word by word. I have now written it out to what I think, is meant by various instructions and my next job will be to try knitting the pattern, using my own instructions. To help other knitters I suggest you use English instructions rather than American, as the English instructions have been around for many many years.

23.12.2021 - 05:04

country flag Barbara Biertz wrote:

Ich verstehe die Anleitung für das Stricken der Herrenmütze „Alaska“ nicht ab der Maschenabnahme. Habe 88 Maschen und nach Anleitung gestrickt bis zuletzt „nach einer Runde mit 2 re. / 2 li. – jeweils die 3. und 4. M. in M1 li. zusammenstricken = 66. M. Bis dahin alles okay. Aber wie geht es dann weiter? Nachfolgende Anleitung völlig unklar. Egal wie ich sie versuche umzusetzen, Es kommt nicht mehr hin und auch nicht auf 44 Maschen. Bitte dringend um Hilfe!

18.12.2021 - 02:04

DROPS Design answered:

Liebe Frau Biertz, nach dieser Abnahmen stricken Sie die 3 ersten maschen in M.1 (= 2 Maschen rechts, 1 Masche Kraus rechts = abwechslungsweise rechts und links) Viel spaß beim stricken!

20.12.2021 - 07:13

country flag Camilla wrote:

Det är något fel eller mycket otydligt skrivet i mönstret där intagningen börjar. Fick dock rätsida på mönstret då jag också kan finska och kunde läsa den finska beskrivningen. Annars mycket nöjd med mönstret och era mönster överlag

27.08.2021 - 20:52

country flag Judy wrote:

This is the most confusing pattern I have ever had to follow and believe me I have been knitting for over 50 years. I am going to give up on it and find another pattern for touques. M.1 is absolutely impossible to understand. Does 'M' mean 'make one' or is it just a symbol for the pattern?

18.12.2020 - 00:11

DROPS Design answered:

Dear Judy, The DROPS patterns are knitted and crocheted by thousands and thousands of people  around the world. We understand however that in certain countries, with different knitting/crochet traditions than Scandinavia, our patterns might be written in a way that differs from what some are used to. But of course we want everyone to understand our patterns, so that’s why we have created an extensive library of tutorial videos as well as step by step lessons that explain how to follow the techniques we use and how to read the diagrams in our patterns. M.1 is here refering to the diagram at the bottom of the pattern. Give them a try!

18.12.2020 - 07:36

country flag Izzy wrote:

I don't understand the row: K all 2 K sts. together ... I don't understand how to get to the 48sts. ( I'm making the larger one) It isn't clear. Thank you, Izzy

14.08.2020 - 18:38

DROPS Design answered:

Hi Izzy, You knit 2 together, knit 2 together, knit 2 together and continue this for the whole row. Happy knitting!

17.08.2020 - 07:11

country flag Catherine PASUTTO wrote:

Merci pour les explications très claires de ce bonnet que je viens de réaliser et qui plait bien à mon fils!

01.04.2019 - 16:45

country flag Barbara wrote:

Non riesco a capire questo passaggio: “lavorare 2 giri con il motivo 2 dir/1 rov (in modo alternato dir e rov verso alto)

04.01.2019 - 17:43

DROPS Design answered:

Buongiorno Barbara. Dopo aver lavorato insieme a rov la terza e la quarta maglia del diagramma, il motivo diventa su tre maglie, che vanno lavorate come le prime 3 maglie del diagramma, quindi su un giro saranno 2 dir/ 1 rov, su un altro 3 m dir (verifichi che il motivo prosegua correttamente sulle maglie già lavorate). Buon lavoro!

04.01.2019 - 18:32