DROPS / 137 / 19

Evening Blues by DROPS Design

Knitted DROPS jacket with lace pattern and ¾ sleeves in ”Verdi”. Size: S - XXXL.

  • Evening Blues / DROPS 137-19 - Knitted DROPS jacket with lace pattern and ¾ sleeves in ”Verdi”. Size: S - XXXL.
DROPS design: Pattern no VE-022
Yarn group D
Size: S - M - L - XL - XXL - XXXL
Finished measurements:
Bust: 92-100-112-120-132-140 cm / 36"-40"-44"-47"-52"-55"
Full length: 68-70-72-74-76-78 cm / 26¾''-27½''-28 3/8''-29 1/8''-30''-30¾''

Materials: DROPS VERDI from Garnstudio
350 g (1 skein) for all sizes in color no 03, blue/light blue/beige
(In size M approx. 200 g are used.)

DROPS CIRCULAR NEEDLE (80 cm / 32'') SIZE 6 mm / US 10 - or size needed to get 14 sts x 16 rows in stockinette st = 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

48% Acrylic, 20% Wool, 17% Polyester, 15% Mohair
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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 all rows in pattern seen from RS. 1st row = RS.
Row 1 (RS): *K 2 tog, 1 YO*, repeat *-*
Row 2 (WS): purl
Row 3: *1 YO, slip 1 st as if to K, K 1, psso *, repeat *-*
Row 4: purl

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

Work first back piece, then cast on in each side for sleeves, work up to shoulder and down on each front piece. Worked back and forth on a circular needle to make room for all the sts.

Cast on 66-72-80-86-94-100 sts (including 1 edge st in each side) on circular needle size 6 mm / US 10 with Verdi. K 3 rows (1st row = WS). Then work LACE PATTERN - according to diagram M.1 with 1 edge st in each side in GARTER ST - see explanation above!
When piece measures 46-47-48-49-50-51 cm / 18''-18½''-19''-19¼''-19¾''-20'' (adjust so that next row is worked from RS), cast on 30-28-26-24-22-20 new sts at the end of row for sleeve.
Turn and K the first 12 sts, P the rest of row, then cast on 30-28-26-24-22-20 new sts at the end of row for sleeve in the other side = 126-128-132-134-138-140 sts in total.
Continue as follows: 12 sts in garter st, diagram M.1 over 102-104-108-110-114-116 sts (make sure that the pattern fits over the middle 54-70-78-84-92-98 sts) and 12 sts in garter st.
When piece measures 65-67-69-71-73-75 cm / 25½''-26 3/8''-27 1/8''-28''-28¾''-29½'', K 6 rows over the middle 26-28-28-30-30-32 sts (work the other sts as before).
Now divide the piece in the middle for neck and slip half the sts on a stitch holder.

= 63-64-66-67-69-70 sts. Continue diagram M.1 with 12 sts in garter st on the outer edge of sleeve and 13-14-14-15-15-16 sts in garter st towards mid front. When piece measures 68-70-72-74-76-78 cm / 26¾''-27½''-28 3/8''-29 1/8''-30''-30¾'', insert a marker (= mid on top of shoulder). NOW MEASURE PIECE FROM HERE!
Work until piece measures 22-23-24-25-26-27 cm / 8 3/4''-9''-9½''-9 3/4''-10 1/4''-10 5/8'' from marker on shoulder.
On next row from the side, loosely bind off the first 30-28-26-24-22-20 sts = 33-36-40-43-47-50 sts remain on needle. Continue diagram M.1 with 13-14-14-15-15-16 sts in garter st towards mid front and 1 st in garter st towards the side.
When piece measures approx. 66-68-70-72-74-76 cm / 26''-26¾''-27½''-28 3/8''-29 1/8''-30'' from shoulder (adjust so that front and back piece have the same no of holes), K 3 rows over all sts before LOOSELY binding off.

Slip sts from stitch holder back on needle and work as first front piece.

Sew sleeve and side seams in one inside 1 edge st.

Cast on 7 sts on circular needle size 6 mm / US 10 and work in garter st back and forth for 40 cm / 15 3/4'', bind off.
Work another tie the same way. Sew one tie on to right band, approx. 42 cm / 16½'' down from shoulder, and the other tie in the same height as the first, against left side seam.


All measurements in charts are in cm.

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

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 137-19) 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 (23)

country flag Heidemarie Bauer 05.09.2018 - 09:07:

Hallo!! Wie entsteht der "V-Ausschnitt" im Vorderteil obwohl keine Maschen abgenommen werden?? Bitte um Info danke heidi bauer

user icon DROPS Design 05.09.2018 kl. 12:25:

Liebe Frau Bauer, der V-Ausschnitt wird sich selbst enstehen wenn mann die Jacke trägt und die Schnürre zusammengebunden sind. Viel Spaß beim stricken!

Kyra 31.03.2016 - 14:13:

"When piece measures 46-47-48-49-50-51 cm (adjust so that next row is worked from RS), cast on 30-28-26-24-22-20 new sts at the end of row for sleeve. Turn and K the first 12 sts, P the rest of row, then cast on 30-28-26-24-22-20 new sts at the end of row for sleeve in the other side = 126-128-132-134-138-140 sts in total." Is this correct, "adjust so that next row is worked from RS"? Not on the WS? So, on right side we have a row not in the pattern, but worked on purl stiches.

user icon DROPS Design 31.03.2016 kl. 15:56:

Dear Kyra, yes that's correct that way, at the end of a RS row, cast on the new sts for sleeve, then turn and K the first 12 sts and P remaining sts on row, and at the end of this row from WS, cast on the new sts for sleeve. Next row will now be worked from RS. Happy knitting!

country flag Aline 10.09.2015 - 13:26:

Bonjour, à nouveau! en haut du dos, il ne faut pas rabattre de mailles centrales pour l'encolure? Merci

user icon DROPS Design 10.09.2015 kl. 14:08:

Bonjour Aline, on ne rabat pas de mailles pour l'encolure, on continue chaque devant l'un après l'autre sur la moitié des mailles, avec la moitié des mailles tricotées au point mousse pour l'encolure dos en début/fin de rang (= bordure du devant). Bon tricot!

country flag Aline 06.09.2015 - 09:13:

Bonjour, Je suis arrivée au montage des manches mais j'ai l'impression que les nombres de mailles sont inversés. Pour une taille L, c'est bien 22 mailles? ça me semble trop court, non?

user icon DROPS Design 07.09.2015 kl. 11:11:

Bonjour Aline, en taille L (3ème taille), on monte 26 m (et 22 m en taille XXL), moins de mailles que dans les plus petites tailles, car les épaules sont plus larges. Bon tricot!

country flag Aline 14.08.2015 - 10:20:

Bonjour, Est-ce que je peux tricoté ce modèle en remplaçant le point ajouré par du jersey et en reprenant le même nombre de mailles? D'avance, un tout grand merci!

user icon DROPS Design 14.08.2015 kl. 14:13:

Bonjour Aline, tricotez avant tout un échantillon pour vérifier votre tension et avec une règle de 3, vérifiez la largeur à l'aide du schéma de mesure en bas de page. Bon tricot!

country flag Marieke 02.06.2014 - 16:04:

Hallo, mein Rückenteil (Gr. S) wurde leider ca. 20 cm zu breit. Da ich genau nach Anleitung gestrickt habe, verdächtige ich die Löcher als Fehlerquelle. Ich habe sie normal abgestrickt. Kann es sein, dass ich sie verschränkt abstricken muss, so dass die Löcher kleiner werden? Danke im Voraus!

user icon DROPS Design 04.06.2014 kl. 09:37:

Liebe Marieke, es ist richtig, dass Sie die Umschläge beim Lochmuster einfach normal abstricken, nicht verschränkt. Ich vermute, das Problem liegt in der Maschenprobe - sie ist in glatt rechts angegeben statt im Lochmuster, sie hätte wahrscheinlich im Lochmuster angefertigt werden müssen, da beim Lochmuster ja viel weniger M pro 10 cm benötigt werden. Ich werde das mal ans Design-Team weiterleiten, es kann allerdings dauern, bis eine Antwort kommt.

country flag Johanna 09.05.2014 - 14:57:

Und Garngruppe B doppelt wird zu dick?

user icon DROPS Design 12.05.2014 kl. 14:42:

Liebe Johanna, ja, das wird zu dick. Sie können ausprobieren, 1 Faden aus Gruppe B mit 1 Faden aus Gruppe A zu kombinieren und das dann recht locker stricken. Die Maschenprobe muss auf jeden Fall stimmen.

country flag Johanna 03.05.2014 - 18:10:

Ich finde das Modell sehr schön und würde es gerne stricken. Allerdings würde ich lieber eine Wolle ohne "Kunststoff" verwenden, kann ich auch ein dünneres Garn, dafür aber doppelt, nehmen?

user icon DROPS Design 04.05.2014 kl. 12:34:

Liebe Johanna, Verdi gehört in Garngruppe D (die Garngruppen finden Sie unter "Produkte" gelistet). Sie können ein Garn der Gruppe D durch Gruppe A ersetzen, wenn Sie Gruppe A dreifach nehmen. In Gruppe A gibt es einige "plastikfreie" :-) Garne. Sie können die Garne aus A natürlich auch untereinander variieren, z.B. 1 Faden Alpaka und 2 Fäden Kid-Silk (für einen flauschigen Charakter) oder umgekehrt. Beachten Sie, dass Sie den Mengenverbrauch nach Lauflänge neu berechnen müssen.

country flag Anaelle 18.01.2014 - 11:58:

Merci beaucoup pour votre réponse. En fait, je me suis mal exprimée dans ma question précédente, pardonnez-moi. Je voulais savoir si avec une seule pelote de 350g j'en aurai assez pour faire les deux modèles? très bon week end

user icon DROPS Design 03.02.2014 kl. 13:34:

Bonjour Anaelle, peut-être qu'en tricotant des manches courtes pour le 129-9, une seule pelote pourrait suffire, mais ce n'est pas vraiment sûr non plus. Il vaut mieux prévoir 1 pelote pour chaque pour être plus sûre. Bon tricot!

country flag Anaelle 18.01.2014 - 08:56:

Bonjour, j'aimerais faire ce modèle ainsi que le 129-9 en taille S. Pensez-vous que j'aurai suffisamment avec une seule pelote? Merci beaucoup

user icon DROPS Design 18.01.2014 kl. 09:46:

Bonjour Anaelle, DROPS Verdi est une grosse pelote de 350 g pour environ 1225 m - 1 pelote suffit en taille S. Bon tricot!

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