DROPS / 139 / 23

Claudia by DROPS Design

Knitted DROPS vest with textured pattern, dropped sts and fringes in ”Bomull-Lin” and ”Cotton Viscose”. Size: S - XXXL

DROPS design: Pattern no L-106
Yarn group A and C
Size: S - M - L - XL - XXL - XXXL
Finished measurements:
Bust: 80-94-104-116-126-140 cm / 31½"-37"-41"-45 3/4"-49½"-55"
Full length: 50-52-54-56-58-60 cm / 19 3/4''-20½''-21¼''-22''-22¾''-23 5/8''

Materials: DROPS BOMULL-LIN from Garnstudio
200-200-200-250-250-300 g color no 05, brown
And use: DROPS COTTON VISCOSE from Garnstudio
150-150-150-200-200-250 g color no 26, chestnut

DROPS CIRCULAR NEEDLE (80 cm/32") size 7 mm / US 10½ - or size needed to get 12 sts in stockinette st with 1 strand Bomull-Lin and 1 strand Cotton Viscose = width 10 cm / 4''.

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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. 5 ft 7 in and uses size S or M. If you are making a sweater, cardigan, dress or similar garment, you will find a graphic with the measurements of the finished garment (in cm) at the bottom of the pattern.

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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, diagram shows every row in pattern seen from RS. First row in diagram is worked from WS.

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

KNITTING INFO (applies to armholes after dividing the piece):
Work sts that do not fit the pattern in stockinette st. NOTE: This does not apply to rows with YOs. The pattern must be worked the entire row on rows where YOs are dropped off the needle and on rows that are worked K from WS. Outermost st in each side is still worked K on all rows from WS.

Worked back and forth on needle from mid front.
Cast on 98-112-126-140-154-168 sts on needle size 7 mm / US 10½ with 1 strand Bomull-Lin and 1 strand Cotton Viscose.
Work diagram M.1 (1st row = WS). Outermost st in each side is also part of pattern but is worked K on all rows from WS.
When piece measures approx. 33-34-35-36-37-38 cm / 13''-13 3/8''-13¾''-14¼''-14½''-15'' (stop after 1 row K from WS over all sts), work next row as follows from RS: Work 23-26-29-32-35-37 sts as before, bind off 4-4-6-6-8-10 sts for armhole, work 44-52-56-64-68-74 sts as before, bind off 4-4-6-6-8-10 sts for armhole and work the last 23-26-29-32-35-37 sts as before. Finish each part separately.

LEFT FRONT PIECE: = 23-26-29-32-35-37 sts.
At the same time on 1st row FROM RS, dec for neck and armhole. Dec for armhole by K the first 2 sts on needle twisted tog (i.e. work in back loop of st).
Repeat dec every other row a total of 0-2-3-6-8-10 times (there are no dec in size S). Dec for neck by K the last 2 sts towards mid front tog. Repeat dec every other row a total of 7-7-8-8-9-9 times.
After all dec for armhole and neck, 16-17-18-18-18-18 sts remain on needle.
When piece measures approx. 46-48-50-52-54-56 cm / 18''-19''-19¾''-20½''-21¼''-22'' (adjust after 1 row K over all sts from WS), work in GARTER ST (see explanation above) over all sts.
Bind off all sts when piece measures approx. 50-52-54-56-58-60 cm / 19 3/4''-20½''-21¼''-22''-22¾''-23 5/8''.

Work as left front piece but reversed. When dec for neck, K the first 2 sts on needle twisted tog and when dec for armhole, K the last 2 sts on needle tog.

= 44-52-56-64-68-74 sts. Work diagram M.1 – READ KNITTING INFO - At the same time dec for armholes from RS as follows: K the first 2 sts on needle twisted tog and K the last 2 sts on needle tog.
Repeat dec in each side every other row a total of 0-2-3-6-8-10 times (there are no dec in size S) = 44-48-50-52-52-54 sts.
Continue diagram M.1 until piece measures approx. 46-48-50-52-54-56 cm / 18''-19''-19¾''-20½''-21¼''-22'' – finish pattern on the same row as on front piece.
Continue working in garter st over all sts. When piece measures approx. 48-50-52-54-56-58 cm / 19''-19¾''-20½''-21¼''-22''-22¾'', bind off the middle 12-14-14-16-16-16 sts for neck = 16-17-18-18-18-18 sts remain on each shoulder.
Work in garter st until piece measures 50-52-54-56-58-60 cm / 19 3/4''-20½''-21¼''-22''-22¾''-23 5/8'', bind off.

Sew shoulder seams – sew edge to edge in bind off edge to avoid a chunky seam.

Fasten fringes along the cast on edge.
1 fringe = cut 2 strands in Bomull-Lin and 2 strands in Cotton Viscose of approx. 35 cm / 13 3/4''. Fold them double and pull loop through first st on cast on edge, pull the yarn ends through the loop and tighten. Tie 2 and 2 strands (1 strand Bomull-Lin and 1 strand Cotton Viscose) tog into a little knot at the bottom. This is done so that the ends do not split. Fasten 1 fringe in approx. every 4th st along the entire cast on edge.

Cut 2 strands in Bomull-Lin and 2 strands in Cotton Viscose of 70 cm / 27½'', twine them hard, fold them double and they will twine again. Tie 1 knot approx. 10 cm / 4'' from strand ends so that there are fringes at the end. Pull the end that was folded on the tie through piece inside the edge st along front band on one front piece, a couple of cm / inches below the beg of dec for neck, open the folded loop and pull the yarn ends with fringes through loop and tighten. Tie 2 and 2 strands (1 strand Bomull-Lin and 1 strand Cotton Viscose) tog into a little knot at the bottom.
Repeat on the other front piece.


All measurements in charts are in cm.

= K from RS, P from WS
= P from RS, K from WS
= K 1, 3 YO
= K while at the same time slipping the 3 YOs off the needle (= dropped sts)
= K 1, 2 YO
= K 2 tog, 1 YO
= 1 YO, slip 1 st as if to K, K 1, psso
= 1 YO, slip 1 st as if to K, K 2 tog, psso, 1 YO

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 139-23) 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 (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 (47)

Belinda Scekic 19.09.2017 - 17:23:

Hej, kan ikke få maske antal til at passe på pind 5, starter med tre ret slutter med to ret? str s 98 masker

DROPS Design 20.09.2017 kl. 09:04:

Hei Belinda. 1 rapport av diagram M.1 går over 7 masker. Du strikker M.1 14 ganger = 7 x 14 = 98 masker. Så har du strikket riktig skal du ha 3 masker rett til slutt. Husk at ytterste maske i hver side er vist i diagrammet, bare at de strikkes rett på alle pinner fra vrangen. God Fornøyelse!

Heather Halom 21.04.2017 - 10:38:

When working the chart do I work from right to left or left to right thanks

DROPS Design 21.04.2017 kl. 11:00:

Dear Mrs Halom, start reading diagram from the bottom corner on the left side towards the right from WS (1st row in diagram = WS) and from the right towards the left from RS (= row 2, 4, 6, etc...). Happy knitting!

Sandra 08.09.2015 - 10:11:

No entiendo bien el comienzo del diagrama M1 la primera fila dice arriba que empieza por el lado izquierdo, ¿ entonces la primera vuelta seria punto de derecho y la segunda vuelta seria por el lado derecho y punto derecho?

DROPS Design 08.09.2015 kl. 11:06:

Hola Sandra. Si, es correcto.

Isabel 08.08.2015 - 20:33:

Tricotei este modelo no tamanho S ficou lindo e é muito fácil. Muito obrigada por disponibilizarem as receitas. Substitui o cotton viscose por safran.

Manuela Boer 21.05.2015 - 18:32:

Hallo, Ik wil graag deze gilet maken, maar het patroon geeft aan twee soorten garen bruin. Ik wil deze graag in het wit maken, moet ik dan ook twee soorten garen gebruiken maar dan wit?

DROPS Design 22.05.2015 kl. 15:10:

Hoi Manuela. Ja, je breit met een dubbele draad (= 2 draden). je kan vervangen door 2 draden wit van een gelijkmatige dikte (categorie A) of door 1 draad uit categorie C.

Marias 28.08.2014 - 08:56:

Scusate ora mi è chiaro,ho capito! Dovevo contare nel motivo il vivagno!

Marias 28.08.2014 - 08:53:

Scusate ma ho montato 112 maglie e per il motivo m1 lavoro le 2 laterali a diritto,e poi? Il motivo sotto è composto da ripetizioni da 7,ma 112-2 è 110 e 110 diviso 7?

Gea 24.05.2014 - 17:46:

Ik ben nu toe aan om de gedeeltes afzonderlijk verder te breien. Hoe wordt het patroon gebreid? ik heb immers minderingen gehad. B.v. 26 steken voorpand, komt het patroon dan maar 2 keer voor en worden de andere steken recht gebreid?

DROPS Design 27.05.2014 kl. 16:20:

Hoi Gea. Je breit door zoals eerst. Heb je 26 st, dat wordt dus 3 herhalingen van M.1 (24 st) en de st die niet passen in het patroon worden in tricotst gebreid (lees ook INFORMATIE VOOR HET BREIEN)

Ilona Hessner 28.01.2013 - 17:23:

Hallo,unklar ist mir hier das Diagramm (Mustersatz): Ist es richtig, dass hier teilweise nur die Hinrunden dargestellt sind (Rückrunden zu stricken, wie die Maschinen erscheinen), und dann aber auch Hin- und Rückrunde (3 Umschläge, dann rückwärts gleiten lassen)? Hab die Wolle noch nicht, aber mit anderer schon mal 1 MS ausprobiert. Welche Höhe/Breite hat ein Mustersatz? Viele Grüße und danke für die herrlichen Anleitungen! Ilona Hessner

DROPS Design 29.01.2013 kl. 09:06:

Lieeb Frau Hessner, Angaben zur Maschenprobe finden Sie im oberen Teil der Anleitung. Im Diagramm sind alle Reihen dargestellt, also Hin-und Rückreihen.

Kirsten Hederidder 29.10.2012 - 19:17:

Skal diagrammet strikkes nede fra. Ellers synes jeg ikke at det passer med den pind, hvor omslag skal slippes. (tabte masker).

DROPS Design 15.11.2012 kl. 13:39:

Ja du strikker altid diagrammet nede fra og op.

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