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Crochet DROPS jacket in ”Alpaca”. Size: S - XXXL.

Tags: jackets, lace, v-neck,
DROPS design: Pattern no Z-603
Yarn group A
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Size: S - M - L - XL - XXL - XXXL
Finished measurements:
Bust: 86-96-106-116-126-136 cm /
34"-37 3/4"-41 3/4"-45 3/4"-49½"-53½"
Full length: 54-56-58-60-62-64 cm /
21¼''-22''-22¾''-23 5/8''-24 3/8''-25¼''

Materials:
DROPS ALPACA from Garnstudio
300-300-350-350-400-450 g color no 6360m, blue
50 g for all sizes in color no 0501m, light gray eco

DROPS CROCHET HOOK size 3.5 mm/E/4 – or size needed to get 4 x 4 repetitions = 10 x 10 cm / 4'' x 4''.
1 button, approx. diameter 2 cm / 3/4''.

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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.
CROCHET INFO: Replace first dc at beg of row with ch 3.

PATTERN: See diagram M.1. Repeat row 1 and 2.
M.1 shows 3 repeats in width and 1 repeat in height.

MEASURING TIP:
The garment will be longer because of pattern. All measurements must therefore be done while holding up the garment.

DECREASE TIP:
Dec 1 repetition in diagram X.1, or ½ repetition in diagram X.2.
Dec at beg of row as follows:
Replace 1 repetition with 6 sl st and ½ repetition with 3 sl st.
Dec at end of row as follows: Turn piece when either 1 or ½ repetition remains.

INCREASE TIP (applies to sleeve): Inc ½ repetition. Inc by turning with 6/7 ch instead of 3, see diagram X.3.
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BACK PIECE:
Ch 120-132-144-156-168-180 (includes 8 ch to turn with) on hook size 3.5 mm/E/4 with blue. Work 1 dc in the 9th ch from hook, * ch 2, skip ch 2, 1 dc in next ch *, repeat from *-* = 39-43-47-51-55-59 dc. Continue to work diagram M.1 (1st row is now done, beg on 2nd row) = 19-21-23-25-27-29 repetitions. When piece measures 10 and 20 cm / 4" and 8" - Read MEASURING TIP, dec ½ repetition in each side – read DECREASE TIP and see diagram X.2 = 17-19-21-23-25-27 repetitions. When piece measures 35-36-37-38-39-40 cm / 13¾''-14¼''-14½''-15''-15¼''-15¾'', dec for armholes in each side on every row as follows: 1 repetition 1-1-2-2-2-2 times, then ½ repetitions 0-2-2-2-4-4 times = 15-15-15-17-17-19 repetitions. When piece measures 52-54-56-58-60-62 cm / 20½''-21¼''-22''-22¾''-23 5/8''-24 3/8'', work 1 row only over the outermost 6-6-6-6-6-7 repetitions in each side (do not work over the middle 3-3-3-5-5-5 repetitions = neck line). Work 1 more row, cut and fasten the thread, the piece measures approx. 54-56-58-60-62-64 cm / 21¼''-22''-22¾''-23 5/8''-24 3/8''-25¼''.

RIGHT FRONT PIECE:
READ ALL OF THE FOLLOWING SECTION BEFORE CONTINUING!
Ch 66-72-78-84-90-96 (includes 8 ch to turn with) on hook size 3.5 mm/E/4 with blue. Beg from mid front and work towards the side. Work 1 dc in the 9th ch from hook, * ch 2, skip ch 2, 1 dc in next ch *, repeat from *-* = 21-23-25-27-29-31 dc. Continue to work diagram M.1 (1st row is now done, beg on 2nd row) = 10-11-12-13-14-15 repetitions. When piece measures 15 and 25 cm / 6" and 9 3/4", dec in the side as on back piece. AT THE SAME TIME when piece measures 23-24-25-26-27-28 cm / 9''-9½''-9¾''-10¼''-10 5/8''-11'', dec for neck on every other row towards mid front as follows: Dec ½ repetition 4-4-4-6-6-6 times. AT THE SAME TIME when piece measures 35-36-37-38-39-40 cm / 13¾''-14¼''-14½''-15''-15¼''-15¾'', dec for armhole in the side as on back piece. After all dec, 6-6-6-6-6-7 repetitions remain for shoulder. Work until piece measures 54-56-58-60-62-64 cm / 21¼''-22''-22¾''-23 5/8''-24 3/8''-25¼'', fasten off.

LEFT FRONT PIECE:
Work as right front piece.

SLEEVE:
Ch 60-60-66-66-72-72 (includes 8 ch to turn with) on hook size 3.5 mm/E/4 with blue. Work 1 dc in the 9th ch from hook, * ch 2, skip ch 2, 1 dc in next ch *, repeat from *-* = 19-19-21-21-23-23 dc. Continue to work diagram M.1 (1st row is now done, beg on 2nd row) = 9-9-10-10-11-11 repetitions. When piece measures 6 cm / 2 3/8'', inc ½ repetition in each side, repeat inc every 12-7-7-7-7-7 cm / 4 3/4"-2 3/4"-2 3/4"-2 3/4"-2 3/4"-2 3/4" 3-5-5-5-5-5 more times - read INCREASE TIP = 13-15-16-16-17-17 repetitions.
When piece measures 48-47-47-46-46-45 cm / 19"-18½"-18½"-18"-18"-17 3/4" (shorter measurements in the larger sizes because of longer sleeve cap and wider shoulders) dec 1 repetition in each side for sleeve cap. Then dec ½ repetition in each side on every other row a total of 0-0-0-0-2-2 times, then on every row 6-7-8-8-6-6 times = 5-6-6-6-7-7 repetitions. Work until piece measures 57-57-58-58-59-59 cm / 22½''-22½''-22¾''-22¾''-23¼''-23¼'', fasten off.

ASSEMBLY:
Sew the shoulder seams. Sew in sleeves. Sew sleeve and side seams in one - sew edge to edge with neat, little stitches.

CROCHET EDGE:
Work an edge on hook size 3.5 mm/E/4 with light gray up along right front piece, around the neckline, down along left front piece, around the bottom edge and then around the sleeves as follows: Work 1 sc, * skip 2 cm / 3/4'', 4 tr in next ch, ch 2, 4 tr in same st, skip 2 cm / 3/4'', 1 sc in next st *, repeat from *-* and finish with one sl st in first sc.

BUTTON COVER:
Work cover for 1 button on hook size 3.5 mm/E/4 with light gray as follows: ch 2, then work 16 dc in the first of the 2 ch, finish with 1 sl st at top of first dc (= 1ST ROUND).
ROUND 2: Work 1 sc in every dc and finish with 1 sl st in first sc on round.
ROUND 3: Work 1 dc in every other sc and finish with 1 sl st in first dc on round = 8 dc.
Place button inside the cover, sew around the edge and tighten tog. Sew button on to left front piece, directly before neck dec beg. Use holes in the pattern as button hole.

This pattern has been corrected. .

Updated online: 22.05.2012
New chart X.1 has been published.

Diagram

All measurements in charts are in cm.

= ch
= dc
= sl st


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 136-13) 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 (79)

Agnes A 06.04.2019 - 13:02:

C'est quoi un rapport ? c'est un rang ?

DROPS Design 06.04.2019 kl. 18:01:

Bonnjour Agnes! M.1 représente 3 rapports en largeur et 1 rapport en hauteur. Donc un rapport est un tiers de M.1. Bon crochet!

Karin 04.01.2019 - 19:52:

Varför ska det maskas av vid 10 och 20 cm på bakstycket och vid 15 och 25 cm på framstyckena?

DROPS Design 09.01.2019 kl. 10:19:

Hei Karin. Du minsker like mange masker på for og bakstykket, men minskningnen gjøres på forskjellige lengder slik at det blir en jevnere overgang. Du minsker altså ferre masker flere ganger, isteden for mange masker få ganger. God fornøyelse.

Linda 14.05.2018 - 09:58:

Hello. My question is for the back piece "Work 1 more row, cut and fasten the thread, the piece measures approx. 54-56-58-60-62-64 cm / 21¼''-22''-22¾''-23 5/8''-24 3/8''-25¼''." Is one row considered as 1) one row of dc/bunched dc OR 2) both dc and bunch dc rows?

DROPS Design 14.05.2018 kl. 11:22:

Dear Linda, this will be the 2nd row worked on shoulder, ie you will work 2 more rows over the sts on shoulder than on the middle sts for neck. Happy crocheting!

Camilla 16.01.2018 - 22:02:

Hei. Ser at begge forstykkene skal hekles like, skulle ikke disse vært speilvendt av hverandre? Rett og vrangsiden ser jo veldig forskjellig ut....

DROPS Design 17.01.2018 kl. 08:42:

Hei Camilla. Her at det nok blitt vurdert slik at siden man hekler frem og tilbake og med garn fra garngruppe A (tynt garn), så er ikke forskjellen fra rett og vrang så stor. Men om du ønsker å ha det helt likt, kan du fint hekle det andre forstykket speilvendt. God Fornøyelse!

Monica Guimarães De Carvalho 02.06.2017 - 21:21:

Olá, gostaria de saber para que serve fazer 1/2 diminuição nas costas em 10 cm e 20 cm?

DROPS Design 06.06.2017 kl. 13:24:

O casaco tem uma forma em A. As diminuições são feitas para lhe dar essa forma. Bom croché!

Francesca 14.02.2017 - 15:31:

Mi consigliate un filato in cotone per realizzare questa giacca? Grazie

DROPS Design 14.02.2017 kl. 16:04:

Buongiorno Francesca. Può usare i cotoni Safran, Drops Loves You 6 (controlli la disponibilità presso il rivenditore), Drops Loves You 7, anch’essi del gruppo A come il filato Alpaca. Alla seguente pagina trova le indicazioni per sostituire correttamente i filati. Verifichi sempre di ottenere lo stesso campione indicato nelle spiegazioni. Buon lavoro!

Raquel 25.04.2016 - 17:38:

Estoy haciendo el delantero derecho y no entiendo eso de empezar a partir del centro del frente y trabajar hacia el lado. Que tengo que ir tejiéndo directamente con la espalda o cómo y si cuando mida 15 cm que tengo que disminuir de un lado o ambos como en la espalda. Gracias

DROPS Design 26.04.2016 kl. 12:21:

Hola Raquel, el centro del frente se refiere a la parte de las cenefas, donde se abotona la chaqueta. Los delanteros y la espalda se trabajan por separado pero la espalda nos sirve de referencia para trabajar el delantero. Ten en cuenta que trabajamos 2 delanteros con lo cual las dism se trabajan solo a un lado en este caso y no como en la espalda.

Raquel 25.04.2016 - 17:29:

Estoy haciendo el delantero derecho y no entiendo eso de empezar a partir del centro del frente y trabajar hacia el lado. Que tengo que ir tejiéndo directamente con la espalda o cómo y si cuando mida 15 cm que tengo que disminuir de un lado o ambos como en la espalda. Gracias

DROPS Design 26.04.2016 kl. 12:23:

ver respuesta arriba

Wilma 17.04.2016 - 15:27:

Ik hem met maat L bezig maar ik kom niet uit de beschrijving voor de mouw kop. Hoeveel herhalingen moet ik uiteindelijk over houden?

DROPS Design 18.04.2016 kl. 14:14:

Hoi Wilma. Je mindert 1 heel herhaling en 8 keer 1/2 herhalingen aan elke zijkant = 6 herhalingen over

Vana Giannitsopoulou 03.02.2016 - 19:52:

Hello, I have a problem I cannot understand the 1/2 increase in the sleeve pattern. The diagram given is only for the left side I cannot figure out how it will be done for the other side. Thank you

DROPS Design 04.02.2016 kl. 09:50:

Dear Mrs Giannitsopoulou, diagram X.2 shows on the right side how to work the dec at beg of row (work 3 sl sts) and on the left side how to dec at the end of row (finish with 1 tr (UK-English) in the last ch-space (ie leave uworked the remaining sts on row). Happy crocheting!

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