DROPS / 138 / 21

Morning Sky by DROPS Design

Knitted DROPS jacket in garter st in ”Kid-Silk”. Size S-XXXL.

Tags: bottom up, jackets,
DROPS design: Pattern no KS-061
Yarn group A
Size: S - M - L - XL - XXL - XXXL

Materials: DROPS KID-SILK from Garnstudio
Colour no 08, grey blue
125-150-150-175-175-200 g

DROPS CIRCULAR NEEDLE SIZE 3 mm (80 cm) - or size needed to get 23 sts x 30 rows in stocking st = 10 x 10 cm.
6-6-6-7-7-7 pieces

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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.
GARTER ST (back and forth on needle):
K all rows.
Inc 1 st on each side of every marker as follows: Work until 1 st remains before marker, make 1 YO, K 2 (marker is between these sts), make 1 YO. On next row K YOs twisted (i.e. work in back loop of st instead of front) to avoid holes.

Worked in garter st - See explanation above - back and forth on circular needle from mid front. Cast on 168-184-204-224-252-280 sts on circular needle size 3 mm with 2 threads Kid-Silk (to avoid a tight cast on edge). Then work back and forth with 1 thread Kid-Silk (1st row = RS). REMEMBER THE KNITTING TENSION!
When piece measures 6-6-6-6-7-7 cm, insert 2 markers in the piece; 42-46-51-56-63-70 sts in from each side (= 84-92-102-112-126-140 sts between markers on back piece). Move the markers upwards when working. On next row, inc 1 st on each side of each marker - Read INCREASE TIP above = 4 new sts. Repeat inc every 8-8-8-9-9-9 cm a total of 4 times = 184-200-220-240-268-296 sts.
Continue to work until piece measures 37-38-39-40-41-42 cm. On next row cast off 2-3-4-5-6-7 sts for armholes on each side of every marker = 4-6-8-10-12-14 cast off sts in each side. Now divide the piece and finish each part separately.

= 88-94-102-110-122-134 sts. Remove the markers in the sides and insert new markers at beg and end of row (where to knit up sleeves later). Continue in garter st until piece measures 50-52-54-56-58-60 cm. On next row from RS, cast off the middle 32-36-38-40-42-42 sts for neck and finish each shoulder separately. Continue to cast off 2 sts on next row from neck = 26-27-30-33-38-44 sts remain on the shoulder. Loosely cast off all sts when piece measures 52-54-56-58-60-62 cm.

= 44-47-51-55-61-67 sts. Insert a marker at end of row (where to knit up sleeves later). Continue in garter st until piece measures 44-46-47-49-50-52 cm. Then cast off for neck at the beg of every row from RS (= every other row) as follows: Cast off 8-10-12-12-14-14 sts 1 time, 3 sts 1 time, and 2 sts 2 times. Then cast off 1 st every other row from RS (= every 4th row) 3-3-2-3-2-2 times = 26-27-30-33-38-44 sts remain on shoulder. Loosely cast off all sts when piece measures 52-54-56-58-60-62 cm.

Work as right front piece but reversed.

Sew the shoulder seams tog.

Worked back and forth on needle as follows: Knit up from RS approx. 70 to 100 sts between markers along one armhole (NOTE: Do not knit up sts over the cast off sts for armhole). On next row adjust no of sts to 68-74-78-82-86-92. Then work in garter st. When piece measures 3-3-3-3-4-4 cm, dec 1 st (by K 2 sts tog) in each side of piece. Repeat dec every 4-3½-3-3-2½-2 cm a total of 12-14-15-16-17-19 times = 44-46-48-50-52-54 sts. Continue in garter st until piece measures 54-53-53-53-51-50 cm (shorter measurements in the larger sizes because of broader shoulder width), loosely cast off all sts. Sew sleeve seam inside 1 edge st, NOTE: The top part of the sleeve should be sewn to the cast off edge on each side of back and front piece. Knit up another sleeve in the other side of piece.

Worked back and forth on needle as follows: Knit up from RS approx. 100 to 120 sts inside 1 edge st along mid front on right front piece. K 1 row from WS while AT THE SAME TIME adjusting no of sts to 104-109-109-118-118-118. On next row from RS, cast off for 5-5-5-6-6-6 button holes as follows: K 4, * K tog the next 2 sts, make 1 YO, K 18-19-19-17-17-17 *, repeat from *-* a total of 5-5-5-6-6-6 times. On next row K the YOs. Continue in garter st until band measures 2-2-2-3-3-3 cm, loosely cast off all sts.

Work as right band but without button holes.

Worked back and forth on needle as follows: Knit up from RS approx. 90 to 110 sts around the neck (also over bands). K 1 row from WS while AT THE SAME TIME adjusting no of sts to 92-96-100-104-108-112. On next row from RS, cast off for the last button hole as follows: K 3-3-3-4-4-4, K tog the next 2 sts, make 1 YO, K the rest of row. On next row K the YO. Continue in garter st until neck edge measures 2 cm, loosely cast off all sts. Sew the buttons on to the left band.


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 138-21) 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 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 (78)

Meeri 02.01.2020 - 14:20:

Hei! Piirroksen perusteella minulle sopisi tästä mallista L-koon alaosa ja M-koon yläosa. Miten minun kannattaisi toimia, jotta saisin neuletakista sopivan?

DROPS Design 13.01.2020 kl. 19:48:

Hei! Tässä tapauksessa osa neuleesta pitäisi suunnitella uudestaan, valitettavasti meillä ei ole mahdollisuutta tähän. Voit kysyä neuvoa lähimmässä DROPS jälleenmyyjäliikkeessäsi. He pystyvät paremmin auttamaan sinua paikan päällä.

Friedy 13.09.2019 - 22:53:

Ik snap niet hoe het zit met de afgekapte steken van de armsgaten. Deze steken neem je niet op, hoe naai je dan de mouwen in?

DROPS Design 17.09.2019 kl. 08:29:

Dag Friedy,

De mouw wordt als het ware een stukje in het pand gezet (zie tekening), dus het bovenste, laatste stukje van de mouw wordt aan de afgekante steken van het pand genaaid.

Susan W 02.04.2019 - 05:37:

Hello I can\'t really think or see how to pick up for the sleeves .all I can see is there will be a big hole if not picking up over the hole lot

DROPS Design 02.04.2019 kl. 10:59:

Dear Susan, the cast off stitches for armhole on front and back pieces will then be sewn along the first rows on sleeve - this video is showing how to sew a sleeve worked that way, and even if this pattern is worked a bit different, you can see how the seam will be done afterwards. Happy knitting!

Annie 21.03.2019 - 14:51:

Na 3 dagen nog geen reactie! Heb het ondertussen zelf uitgezocht door op de Engelse sit3 het patroon te lezen en kwam erachter dat niet 1x11 maar 1x14 steken afgekant moeten worden. Ergo: het verschil van 3 steken. Niet bedankt voor de hulp!

Annie Van Dal 18.03.2019 - 11:58:

Betreft voorpand. Je begint met 67 steken en kant af 1x11 St. + 1x3 St. + 2x2 St. en 2x1 St. Totaal afgekant 20 steken. 67 - 20 = 47 steken over en geen 44. Klopt dit wel?

DROPS Design 25.03.2019 kl. 09:50:

Dag Annie,

Bedankt voor de terugkoppeling in je andere bericht en ik heb het nu gecorrigeerd.

Oksana 18.10.2018 - 18:21:

The description says Knit up from RS ..... along one armhole and then - Do not knit up sts over the cast off sts for armhole... Can you please explain what the last line is to specify. thanks!

DROPS Design 19.10.2018 kl. 08:36:

Dear Oksana, you will start picking up the sts for the sleeve from the marker added on back piece (right sleeve) / left front piece (left sleeve) to the marker added on right front piece (right sleeve)/ back piece (left sleeve) and work 3-4 cm (see size) then start to decrease for the sleeve. These 3-4 cm worked straight will then be sewn together to the sts bound off on body for the armholes. Happy knitting!

SABATIER Catherine 16.10.2018 - 10:00:

Merci beaucoup pour votre réponse. J'ai une autre question, pourquoi ne faut il pas relever de mailles au dessus des mailles rabattues pour l'emmanchure ? Dans ce cas on ne peut pas relever les mailles de marqueur à marqueur ? Merci d'avance pour votre aide !

DROPS Design 16.10.2018 kl. 15:29:

Bonjour Mme Sabatier, on ne relève pas de mailles pour les manches le long des mailles rabattues pour les emmanchures, on va ensuite coudre les premiers rangs de la manche contre ces mailles rabattues - les mailles des manches sont relevées le long de l'emmanchure (dos + devant ou devant + dos) entre les marqueurs placés sur le dos/les devants. Bon tricot!

SABATIER Catherine 15.10.2018 - 20:37:

Bonjour, Je ne comprends pas comment réaliser les manches .Faut il commencer par coudre les épaules ? Comment relever 70 à 100 mailles entre les marqueurs car il n'y a pas beaucoup d'espace entre eux ? Serait-il possible d'avoir un petit shéma d'explication ? En vous remerciant par avance pour votre réponse Catherine Sabatier

DROPS Design 16.10.2018 kl. 09:09:

Bonjour Mme Sabatier, faites la couture des épaules en premier, puis, en commençant à l'un des marqueurs (dos pour la manche droite par ex. = sur l'endroit), relevez les mailles de la manche jusqu'au marqueur du devant = environ 70-100 m. Au rang suivant, ajustez le nombre de mailles à celui indiqué pour votre taille. Bon tricot!

Ginny 01.04.2018 - 16:30:

Which yarn is more suitable for substituting kid-silk in this pattern, Lace or Alpaca ? Also, this pattern says the required needle is 3 when the instructions for this yarn (for the same gauge) suggest 3,5 .

DROPS Design 01.04.2018 kl. 18:52:

Dear Ginny, if you look for a really light, almost featherweight sweater, I would suggest to try the Drops Lace yarn, which is more alike (in its length/ 50 grams), than the Alpaca, however neither will give you the lovely halo effect Kid Silk would. As for gauge, since everybody knits slightly differently, we always suggest you make a swatch, wash it, check its size and stitch count and adjust your needle size accordingly. Happy Knitting!

Sarah 06.09.2017 - 10:23:

Würde denn aber die Gefahr bestehen, dass die Wolle dann nicht mehr so schön "fluffig" aussieht?

DROPS Design 06.09.2017 kl. 11:19:

Liebe Sarah, das können Sie mit Ihrem Maschenprobe mal versuchen, so haben Sie eine Idee wie Sie am besten machen Sollen. Errinern Sie sich, daß Ihr DROPS Laden Ihnen gerne weiter helfen kann, auch per Mail or Telefon. Viel Spaß beim stricken!

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