Cecilie by DROPS Design

Knitted tights in rib, in DROPS BabyMerino. Size children 3 to 12 years.

Tags: cable, pants, top down,
  • Cecilie / DROPS Children 23-36 - Knitted tights in rib, in DROPS BabyMerino. Size children 3 to 12 years.
  • Cecilie / DROPS Children 23-36 - Knitted tights in rib, in DROPS BabyMerino. Size children 3 to 12 years.
DROPS design: Pattern no BM-001-bn
Yarn group A
Size: 3/4 - 5/6 - 7/8 - 9/10 - 11/12 years
Finished measurements:
Hips: 80-84-86-90-92 cm / 31½"-33"-34"-35½"-36 1/4"
Full length: 61-68-75-84-93 cm / 24"-26 3/4"-29½"-33"-36½"
Because of rib the pants will contract and be somewhat smallar than given measures.

Materials: DROPS BABY MERINO from Garnstudio
150-200-200-250-300 g color no 27, old pink

DROPS DOUBLE POINTED NEEDLES and CIRCULAR NEEDLE (60 cm / 24'') SIZE 2.5 mm/US 1.5 - or size needed to get 26 sts x 35 rows in stockinette st = 10 x 10 cm / 4'' x 4''.

Elastic: approx. 55-60-65-70-75 cm / 21½"-23½"-25½"-27½"-29½"

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

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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.
PATTERN: See diagram A.1 for correct size. Diagram shows all rows in pattern seen from RS.

Inc on each side of 2 K sts by working 1 YO. On next round work YOs twisted (i.e. work in back loop of st). Work the inc sts in rib, i.e. K first 2 sts inc, and P the next 2 sts etc.

Work until 2 sts remain before marker, then K 2 tog and K 2 twisted tog (work in back loop of st).

Worked in the round, top down. Rounds start mid back.
Cast on 160-168-176-184-192 sts on circular needle size 2.5 mm / US 1.5 with Baby Merino. Insert a marker at beg of round (= mid back) and a marker after 80-84-88-92-96 sts (= mid front). Work rib from mid back as follows: K 1, * P 2, K 2 *, repeat from *-*, finish with P 2, K 1. When piece measures 5 cm / 2'', work an elevation at the back as follows: Work 11 sts in rib, turn, tighten thread, work 22 sts in rib on return, turn, tighten thread, work 32 sts in rib. Continue like this by working 10 sts more for every turn until a total of 122-142-142-162-162 sts have been worked. Turn, continue in the round over all sts. Work as follows from mid back: K 1, * P 2, K 2 *, repeat from *-* over the next 28-32-32-36-36 sts, P 2, A.1 – see diagram for size, * P 2, K 2 *, repeat from *-* over the next 60-68-68-76-76 sts, finish with P 2, A.1, * P 2, K 2 *, repeat from *-* over the next 28-32-32-36-36 and finish with P 2, K 1. Continue this pattern. When piece measures 18-19-20-21-22 cm / 7"-7½"-8"-8 1/4"-8 3/4" mid front, inc 1 st on each side of the middle 2 sts mid front and back – see INCREASE TIP. Repeat inc every other round a total of 12 times = 208-216-224-232-240 sts. When piece measures 25-26-27-28-29 cm / 9 3/4"-10 1/4"-10½"-11"-11½", bind off 16 sts mid front and mid back. Finish each leg separately, slip sts for one leg on a stitch holder.

= 88-92-96-100-104 sts. Distribute sts on 4 double pointed needles size 2.5 mm / US 1.5 and continue rib with cables in the side - insert a marker on the inside of leg. When leg measures 2 cm / 3/4'', dec 1 st on each side of marker - READ DECREASE TIP. Repeat dec every 4-4-5-5-6 cm / 1½"-1½"-2"-2"-2 3/8", 7 more times = 72-76-80-84-88 sts.
AT THE SAME TIME when leg measures 30-36-42-50-58 cm / 11 3/4"-14 1/4"-16½"-19 3/4"-22 3/4", work rib K 2/P2 over all sts. When leg measures 38-44-50-58-66 cm / 15"-17 1/4"-19 3/4"-22 3/4"-26", loosely bind off with K over K and P over P.

Slip sts from the other leg back on needle and work as first leg.

Sew the 16 sts that were bound off between the legs tog towards each other. Fold the 2 cm / 3/4'' at the top of tights double towards WS and fasten with neat little stitches, leaving a small opening to thread the elastic through.


All measurements in charts are in cm.

symbols = slip 3 sts on cable needle behind piece, K 3, K 3 from cable needle
symbols = slip 3 sts on cable needle in front of piece, K 3, K 3 from cable needle
symbols = slip 4 sts on cable needle behind piece, K 4, K 4 from cable needle
symbols = slip 4 sts on cable needle in front of piece, K 4, K 4 from cable needle
symbols = K

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 Children 23-36) 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 (17)

country flag Maria 28.11.2020 - 09:41:

Ich bin gerade etwas irritiert. Die gestrickte Leggings auf dem Bild ist nicht entsprechend der Anleitung gestrickt sondern von unten nach oben. Also vom Beinsaum zum Bund? Es ist mir nämlich gerade unerklärlich was ich falsch mache, dass mein Zopfmuster genau anders herum zeigt. Ich stricke von oben.

user icon DROPS Design 30.11.2020 kl. 10:49:

Liebe Maria, die Arbeit wird hier von oben nach unten gestrickt, das Diagram lesen Sie aber von unten nach oben. Viel Spaß beim stricken!

country flag Anne 03.02.2020 - 16:53:

Hei. Jeg lurer på om det ikke hadde vært bedre å øke til kile i skrittet med å ha to masker mer mellom maskene på hver økning, altså at økningen skrår utover mot benet. Jeg synes sammensyingen mellom bena ble litt merkelig, med en spiss, vi økte bestandig sånn før, men fikk lyst til å prøve å følge oppskriften som den er.

country flag Anne Britt Johannessen 20.01.2019 - 23:59:

Hvor mange omg. Rett skal det være mellom hver vridning på mønsteret er det 6 elller 9 på str. 7/8 år

user icon DROPS Design 29.01.2019 kl. 07:58:

Hei Anne Britt. Hvis du mener hvor mange omganger det er mellom hver flette er dette 9. Du strikker etter A.1 slik: først strikkes 3 omganger rett, så flettes på neste omgang, og videre strikkes 6 omganger rett. Når du har strikket A.1 en gang i høyden begynner du på nytt med 3 omganger rett, 1 omgang flette osv. God fornøyesle.

country flag Siri 17.10.2018 - 20:06:

Hei! Jeg får ikke mønsteret til å gå opp på str 5/6 år selvom maskeantallet på hver side av merkene er riktig. Jeg har forsøkt flere ganger. Tar da utgangspunkt i det lille diagrammet.

user icon DROPS Design 30.11.2018 kl. 09:08:

Hei Siri. Du har altså 168 masker på pinnen, og 84 masker mellom hvert merke. Du strikker slik: 1 rett, vrangbord over 32 masker, 2 vrang = 35 masker strikket før A.1. Så strikkes A.1 (=14 masker), vrangbord over 68 masker, og 2 masker vrang = 119 masker strikket før neste A.1. Så strikkes A.1 (14 masker). Det er nå 35 masker igjen på pinnen, og de strikkes slik: vrangbord over 32, 2 vrang, iog 1 rett. Du har nå strikket: 35 masker, A.1, 70 masker, A.1, 35 masker = 168 masker. God fornøyelse

country flag Karen Løken 27.02.2018 - 12:47:

Se denne!

Monica Thylin 12.01.2018 - 08:41:

Bästa modellen jag någonsin stickat. Jag stickade till mitt 3-åriga barnbarn och hon var såå nöjd. Jag förlängde benen med 5 cm.

country flag Margit Mark 14.10.2017 - 23:48:

Tere. Soovin seda mustrit kasutada jämedama lõngaga (varda suurus 3,5) ja kududa 86 suuruses lapsele. Palun, kas oleks võimalik saada vastavaid silmuste arve?

user icon DROPS Design 12.01.2018 kl. 13:15:

Tere Margit! Valige oma koetihedusele ja silmuste arvule sobiv suurus. Head kudumist!

country flag Teresa Griggs 25.02.2016 - 04:57:

Does it make difference if you use a boy pattern for a girl,or vise versa,

user icon DROPS Design 25.02.2016 kl. 10:25:

Dear Teresa. No, I don't think so. In jackets it may be buttoned on different sides depending if it's a girl or a boy pattern.

country flag Helene Brurås 08.12.2015 - 15:23:

Skulle gjerne hatt oppskrift på denne i str 1-2 år også!!

country flag Anita Puhakka 15.09.2015 - 13:20:

Hei, Neulon kokoa 3/4, en saa millään onnistumaan kun aloitan neulomaan mallineuletta. 28 silmukalla ensin 2n2o jonka jälkeen mallineule 60s 2n2o jonka jälkeen mallineule, jäljelle jää silmukoita enemmän kuin 28s. Missä teen virheen. Ystävällisin terveisin Anita Puhakka

user icon DROPS Design 22.09.2015 kl. 16:18:

Hei! Neulot seuraavasti: 1 o, 28 s 2 n/2 o -joustinneuletta, 2 n, A.1 (18 s), 60 s 2 n/2 o -joustinneuletta, 2 n, A.1, 28 s 2 n/2 o -joustinneuletta, 2 n, 1 o = 160 s.

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