DROPS / 149 / 45

Saffron by DROPS Design

Knitted DROPS poncho with lace pattern and bobbles in ”Nepal”. Size: S - XXXL.

DROPS design: Pattern no ne-120
Yarn group C
Size: S/M - L - XL/XXL – XXXL

DROPS NEPAL from Garnstudio
550-600-650-700 g, color no 2923, goldenrod

DROPS CIRCULAR NEEDLE (60 or 80 cm / 24’’ or 32’’) SIZE 5.5 mm / US 9 - or size needed to get 16 sts x 20 rows in stockinette st = 10 x 10 cm / 4’’ x 4’’.

DROPS CIRCULAR NEEDLE size 5 mm / US 8 – for rib.

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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.
GARTER ST (back and forth on circular needle):
K all rows. 1 ridge = K 2 rows.

See diagram A.1. The diagram shows all rows in pattern seen from RS.

Because of the weight of the yarn all measurements must be done by holding the piece up otherwise the garment will be too long when worn.

K 2 tog. All dec are done from RS.

To make the neck fold nicely inc 1 st in every K section in rib. Inc as follows from RS: * K 3, 1 YO, P 3 *, repeat from *-* the entire round. K YO twisted on next round and work rib with K 4, P 3.

Worked back and forth on circular needle.
Cast on 97-111-125-139 sts on circular needle size 5.5 mm / US 9 with Nepal. Work 8-9-10-11 cm / 3”-3½”-4"-4½” in GARTER ST - see explanation above. On next row from RS work as follows: 6 sts in garter st, PATTERN according to diagram A.1A (= 13 sts) 1 time, A.1B (= 14 sts) 4-5-6-7 times (= 56-70-84-98 sts), A.1C (= 16 sts) 1 time and 6 sts in garter st = 97-111-125-139 sts in total on needle. When 1 repetition has been worked vertically (= 38 rows) and piece measures 27-28-29-30 cm / 10½”-11”-11½”-11¾”, continue in garter st over all sts for 5 cm / 2’’ – READ MEASURING TIP!
Then work in stockinette st with 6 sts in garter st in each side, AT THE SAME TIME when piece measures 37-40-44-47 cm / 14½”-15¾”-17¼”-18½”, insert 3 markers in piece as follows: 6 sts in garter st, 21-25-28-32 sts in stockinette st, insert 1st marker here, 21-25-28-32 sts in stockinette st, insert 2nd marker here, 21-25-28-32 sts in stockinette st, insert 3rd marker here, 22-24-29-31 sts in stockinette st, 6 sts in garter st.
On next row from RS, dec 1 st on each side of markers - READ DECREASE TIP (= 6 sts dec). Repeat dec every 10th row 2-2-2-2 more times (= 3-3-3-3 times in total), every 6th row 2-2-2-2 times in total, every 4th row 0-1-1-2 times in total, and every other row 1-1-2-2 times in total (36-42-48-54 sts dec in total) = 61-69-77-85 sts remain on needle.
Put piece aside. Piece now measures approx. 55-60-65-70 cm / 21½”-23½”-25½”-27½”.

Cast on and work as front piece.

Sew side seams – sew edge to edge in outer loop of edge sts from neck and down, but leave approx. 25 cm / 9¾” at the bottom in each side for vent.

Slip sts from front and back piece tog on circular needle size 5 mm / US 8 = 122-138-154-170 sts. Now measure the piece from here. K 1 round and dec 3 sts evenly over the 12 sts in garter st in each side (= 6 sts dec on round, and there are 9 sts in garter st in each side), AT THE SAME TIME in size S/M inc 2 sts evenly in stockinette st section on front and back piece (= 4 sts inc), and in size XL/XXL - XXXL dec 2-4 sts evenly in stockinette st section on front and back piece (= 4-8 sts dec) – NOTE: Do not inc and dec any sts in size L = 120-132-144-156 sts remain on needle.
Beg before the 9 sts in garter st in one side of piece and work as follows: * K 3, P 3 *, repeat from *-* the entire round. Continue rib like this AT THE SAME TIME when piece measures 16 cm / 6¼”’’, inc 1 st in every K section – READ KNITTING TIP! When neck measures approx. 22 cm / 8¾”, loosely bind off K over K and P over P.


All measurements in charts are in cm.

= K from RS, P from WS
= Bobble: K 1, 1 YO, K 1, 1 YO, K 1 in same st (= 5 sts), turn piece. Work 4 rows in stockinette st back and forth over these 5 sts Then pass 2nd st on right needle over 1st st and 3rd st over 1st st, then 4th st over 1st st and finally 5th st over 1st st (= 1 st remains)
= 1 YO between 2 sts
= slip 1 st as if to K, K 2 tog, psso
= K 2 tog
= 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 149-45) 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 (26)

Maria Teresa 14.08.2020 - 01:22:

En el cuello: El aumento es 3 derecho una lazada 2 revés? En el Tip habla de “ tejer el resorte con 4d, 3r.” Gracias por su ayuda

DROPS Design 16.08.2020 kl. 14:14:

Hola Maria Teresa. Es una errata de traducción El elástico correcto es 3 d. /3 r., y después de hacer la lazada se convierte en 4d, 3r, como se menciona en los TIPS explicados arriba. Gracias.

Star 16.09.2019 - 16:33:

Hi, could you please tell me how I can knit the triangle and 12 rows pattern? Many thanks in advance.

DROPS Design 17.09.2019 kl. 10:31:

Dear Star, not sure what you mean with 12 rows pattern; the triangle pattern (A.1A, B, C) is worked over 38 rows as shown in diagram. Happy knitting!

Anke 05.09.2019 - 19:48:

Dag, een erg leuke poncho. Ik zou hem echter met rechte breinaalden willen breien, heb geen ervaring met een rondbreinaald. Is dat mogelijk? Hartelijk dank. Groet, Anke

DROPS Design 08.09.2019 kl. 13:21:

Dag Anke,

Je zou het patroon dan in 2-en kunnen splitsen en achteraf bij de zijnaden in elkaar naaien. Dus je zet dan de helft van de steken op, maar wel 2 kantsteken extra aan beide kanten. Let wel even op hoe dit uitkomt met de boordsteek bij de hals, zodat de boord mooi doorloopt als je hem in elkaar naait.

Andrée Marin 13.07.2019 - 17:18:

Encore moi. je fais le modèle de 111 mailles. je suis rendue au patron - 6 m. au point mousse, POINT FANTAISIE en suivant 1 fois le diagramme A.1A = (13 m.) 5 fois = 65 m., = 71 et non 70 m. comme indiqué dans le patron. C'est quoi que je ne comprend pas.

DROPS Design 15.07.2019 kl. 09:40:

Bonjour Mme Marin, vous tricotez les 11 mailles ainsi: 6 m point mousse, les 13 m A.1A, vous répétez 5 x les 14 m de A.1B, tricotez 1 x les 16 m de A.1C et terminez par 6 m point mousse = 6 + 13 + 5x14 + 16 + 6 = 111 mailles. Bon tricot!

Andrée Marin 13.07.2019 - 04:18:

Il est mentionné après un rapport en hauteur (=38 rangs) continuer au point mousse sur toutes les mailles pendant 5 cm. Mais le diagramme n'est pas terminé c'est seulement la moitié du modèle. C'est quoi que je ne comprend pas. Je pense que nous devons faire le diagramme au complet. Merci pour votre attention à mon problème

DROPS Design 15.07.2019 kl. 09:03:

Bonjour Mme Marin, les diagrammes se tricotent sur 38 rangs (1 rang du diagramme = 1 rang à tricoter, c'est-à-dire que tous les rangs figurent dans le diagramme, ceux sur l'endroit et ceux sur l'envers), quand ces 38 rangs sont terminés, vous tricotez au point mousse pendant 5 cm. Bon tricot!

Aurora Pascariu 11.10.2018 - 02:58:

Bello! lo sto facendo e mi piace tanto.Il mio è turchese.

M. Stokyte 26.12.2017 - 19:57:

Hallo! Ich verstehe nicht, wie der Kragen gestrickt werden muss. Wird der Kragen in Runden oder hin und zurück gestrickt? Wie ist das mit den 12 M und 9M zu verstehen? Ist die Ab- und Zuname der M gleichzeitig? Wo beginne ich das Muster zu stricken? M. Stokyte

DROPS Design 02.01.2018 kl. 08:36:

Liebe Frau Stokyte, der Kragen wird in Runden gestrickt. Bei der 1. Reihen nehmen Sie 3 M über die 12 Maschen kraus rechts auf beiden Seiten ab (= 6 M werden insgesammt abgenommen), es sind jetzt nur noch 9 Maschen kraus rechts. Gleichzeitig in der 1. Grösse nehmen Sie 2 M (Vorder- + Rückenteil = 4 neuen Maschen) ab und bei den 2 letzten Größe nehmen Sie 2-4 Maschen zu (= Vorder- + Rückenteil = insgesamt 4-8 Maschen weniger). Viel Spaß beim stricken!

Maple F 09.01.2016 - 17:19:

I don't understand this poncho pattern. Front piece.decrease part. The pattern say, repeat Dec every 10 row. Is this mean, knit 10 row, then decrease ??? And 6 row and other row. Please help....I don't get it...

DROPS Design 11.01.2016 kl. 09:50:

Dear Maple, see answer below.

Maple F 09.01.2016 - 17:14:

I am knitting saffron poncho, I am knitting small side. I don't understand the front piece. I stop at, "Repeat Dec every 10th row 2 more times ,means 3 time in total, every 6th row 2 times in total, every 4th row 0 times in total, and every other row 1 times in total 36 sts Dec in total = 61 sts remain on needle. I don't understand??? What do the pattern mean ???

DROPS Design 11.01.2016 kl. 09:50:

Dear Maple, in first size you have 97 sts and dec a total of 6 sts every dec row, dec are done: 3 times every 10 rows (*1 dec row, 9 rows without dec*, repeat a total of 3 times), then 2 times every 6 row (= *1 dec row, 5 rows without dec* repeat 2 times), and so on. Happy knitting!

Monica 09.10.2014 - 16:06:

Buonasera, sto provando a realizzare la parte davanti del modello. Mi trovo ad aver terminato il diagramma, ma il mio lavoro invece di misurare 28 cm ne misura circa 22.5, posso aggiungere qualche cm di maglia legaccio ai 5 successivi (per una taglia L)per stare in linea con le istruzioni o altrimenti come potrei fare? Grazie.

DROPS Design 09.10.2014 kl. 23:01:

Buonasera Monica. Sì, può proseguire come meglio preferisce, può p.es lavorare la parte a legaccio sopra il motivo della stessa altezza di quella sotto il motivo e proseguire poi a maglia rasata fino a quando il lavoro misurerà 40 cm . Si ricordi di misurare il lavoro appeso e non steso in piano. Buon lavoro!

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