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DROPS 89-3 by DROPS Design

DROPS Top in Salsa

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Sizes: S - M - L - XL - XXL

Finished measurements:
Bust: 78-86-94-104-116 cm [30.75" - 33-7/8" - 37" - 41" - 45-5/8"]
Hem: 74-80-86-96-106 cm [29-1/8" - 31.5" - 33-7/8" - 37.75" - 41.75"]
The measurements seem a little small, but the garment will be very stretchy, so do not make too large of a size.

Materials: DROPS SALSA
250-250-300-300-350 gr nr 03, red

DROPS 7 mm [US 10½] and 8 mm [US 11] needles, or sizes needed to obtain correct gauge.

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Not sure which size you should choose? Then it might help you to know that the model in the picture is approx. 5 ft 7 in and uses size S or M. If you are making a sweater, cardigan, dress or similar garment, you will find a graphic with the measurements of the finished garment (in cm) at the bottom of the pattern.
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Pattern instructions

NOTE: This pattern is written in American English. All measurements in charts are in cm. For conversion from inches to cm - click here. There are different terms for crocheting in American and British English. If this pattern includes crochet, click for "crochet terms" here. For this pattern in British English, please click here.
Gauge:
15 sts x 19 rows on smaller needles in rib = 10 x 10 cm.
13 sts x 17 rows on larger needles in stockinette st = 10 x 10 cm.

Rib: * K 4, P 4 *, repeat * - *.

Knitting tips (for armhole and neck):
All decs are made on right side rows. Dec inside 3 edge sts knit in garter st as follows:
After 3 edge sts: Slip 1 st as if to knit, K 1, psso.
Before 3 edge sts: K 2 tog.

Measuring tips: On account of the stretchiness of the garment, make all measurements when held up, rather than lying flat.

Front: Cast on 58-62-66-74-82 sts on smaller needles and P 1 row (wrong side), then knit rib as follows:
Sizes S + L + XL + XXL: K 1 (edge st knit in garter st), * K 4, P 4 *, repeat * - * and finish with K 1 (edge st knit in garter st).
Size M: K 1 (edge st knit in garter st), * K 4, P 4 *, repeat * - * and finish with K 4 and K 1 (edge st knit in garter st).
When the piece measures 26-27-28-29-30 cm change to larger needles and stockinette st, decreasing evenly spaced on the 1st row to 53-58-63-70-78 sts.
When the piece measures 34-35-36-37-38 cm knit 4 rows with garter st over the outermost 5-5-6-7-9 sts at each side (the remaining sts continue in stockinette st). Then bind off the outermost 2-2-3-4-6 sts at each side for armhole. Then dec 1 st at each armhole every other row – see knitting tips above – 1-2-3-5-6 times = 47-50-51-52-54 sts.
Continue in stockinette st with 3 sts in garter st at each armhole edge. When the piece measures 41-43-44-46-48 cm knit 4 rows with garter st over the center 17-18-19-20-20 sts, then bind off the center 11-12-13-14-14 sts for the neck.
1st side: = 18-19-19-19-20 sts. Continue to dec 1 st for neck every other row – see knitting tips above – 4 times = 14-15-15-15-16 sts remain on shoulder. Continue in stockinette st with 3 sts in garter st at each edge until piece measures 52-54-56-58-60 cm, bind off.
2nd side: Knit the same as 1st side. Begin the1st row from neck edge – start by picking up 1 st in the first st bound off for the neck and knit tog with the 1st st on needle (this reinforces the edge of neckband.

Back: Cast on and P first row as for front. Then knit rib as follows (right side):
Sizes S + L + XL + XXL: K 1 (edge st knit in garter st), * K 4, P 4 *, repeat * - * and finish with K 1 (edge st knit in garter st).
Size M: K 1 (edge st knit in garter st), * P 4, K 4 *, repeat * - * and finish with P 4 and K 1 (edge st knit in garter st).
Continue same as front. Bind off for armhole as on front. When the piece measures 48-50-52-54-56 cm knit 4 rows with garter st over the center 23-24-25-26-26 sts (the remaining sts continue as before), then bind off the center 17-18-19-20-20 sts for the neck. On the next row dec 1 st at each neck edge – see knitting tips above = 14-15-15-15-16 sts remain on each shoulder. Continue in stockinette st with 3 sts in garter st at each side until piece measures 52-54-56-58-60 cm, then bind off.

Assembly: Sew shoulder seams. Sew side seams using edge sts as seam allowance.

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