Audrey by DROPS Design

Knitted DROPS top with lace pattern in ”Cotton Merino”. Size: S - XXXL.

DROPS 154-36
DROPS design: Pattern no cm-006
Yarn group B
Size: S/M – L/XL - XXL - XXXL
300-300-350-400 g colour no 13, coral

DROPS CIRCULAR NEEDLE SIZE (40 and 60 or 80 cm) 4 mm - or size needed to get 21 sts x 28 rows in stocking st = 10 x 10 cm, or 1 repetition of A.1 = width 4 cm.


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 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 (in the round on circular needle):
* K 1 round and P 1 round *, repeat from *-*. 1 ridge = 2 rounds.

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

See diagram A.1 and A.2.
A.1 and A.2 shows all rows in pattern seen from RS.
Work pattern as follows: * A.1 7 times vertically, 1 ridge, A.1 3 times vertically, 1 ridge, A.1 2 times vertically , 1 ridge, A.1 1 time vertically *, repeat from *-* throughout the rest of the piece.

Worked back and forth on circular needle.
Loosely cast on 134-156-178-200 sts (incl 1 edge st in garter st in each side) on circular needle size 4 mm with Cotton Merino. Work next row (= from RS) as follows: 1 edge st in garter st, pattern according to diagram A.2 (= 11 sts on 1st row in diagram) over all sts on needle = 12-14-16-18 repetitions in width, 1 edge st in garter st. When A.2 has been worked 1 time vertically, there are 110-128-146-164 sts on needle. Then work as follows: 1 edge st in garter st, pattern according to diagram A.1 (= 9 sts) 12-14-16-18 times in total in width, 1 edge st in garter st. Continue with PATTERN - see explanation above. AT THE SAME TIME when piece measures 33-35-38-39 cm, cast on 2 new sts at the end of the next 2 rows for armholes = 114-132-150-168 sts. Continue pattern as before but now with 3 edge sts in garter st in each side. When piece measures 51-55-59-61 cm, cast off the middle 34 sts for neck and finish each shoulder separately. Continue to cast off 1 st at beg of row from neck = 39-48-57-66 sts remain for shoulder. When piece measures 54-58-62-64 cm, cast off all sts. Work the other shoulder.

Cast on and work as back piece. When piece measures 48-52-54-56 cm, slip the middle 24 sts on a stitch holder for neck and finish each side separately. Then cast off at beg of every row from neck: 2 sts 2 times and 1 st 2 times = 39-48-57-66 sts remain for shoulder. When piece measures 54-58-62-64 cm, cast off all sts. Work the other shoulder.

Sew the shoulder seams. Sew side seams in one, in outer loops of edge sts. Cut and fasten the yarn.

Pick up approx. 80-88 sts around the neck incl sts on stitch holder at the front. Work 3 ridges in GARTER ST in the round on circular needle - see explanation above. Loosely cast off.

This pattern has been corrected. .

Updated online: 14.03.2014
under PATTERN (last sentence changed): Work pattern as follows: * A.1 7 times vertically, 1 ridge, A.1 3 times vertically, 1 ridge, A.1 2 times vertically , 1 ridge, A.1 1 time vertically * , repeat from *-* throughout the rest of the piece.


symbols = K from RS, P from WS
symbols = slip 1 st as if to K, K 1, psso
symbols = K 2 tog
symbols = 1 YO between 2 sts
symbols = P from RS, K from WS

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 154-36) 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.

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Each of our patterns has specific tutorial videos to help you.

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 (26)

country flag Aliene wrote:

Problemi con A2. Può spiegarmi meglio? I punti poi con A1 non corrispondono. Ho fatto campione con 2 motivi A1 montando 18 punti + 2 di vivagno totale 20. Ma A2 non corrisponde.

04.04.2022 - 09:19

DROPS Design answered:

Buonasera Aliene, nella lavorazione del top si lavora prima A.2 e poi A.1 perchè sul 1° ferro di A.2 si diminuiscono 2 maglie per ogni ripetizione di A.2. Buon lavoro!

05.04.2022 kl. 19:11

country flag Airi wrote:

Not that instruction explains those raised loops at all that twist the knit a few times. I do not understand. A2 pattern round is not explained in the middle of the knit?

09.11.2020 - 10:55

DROPS Design answered:

Dear Airi, A.2 will be worked only one time in height (but repeated 12 to 18 times in the round, see size), this means on first round in A.2 work: *K2 tog, K7, slip 1 st as if to K, K 1, psso*, repeat from *-* (there are now 9 sts in each A.2). On round 2, purl all stitches. Hope this helps, happy knitting!

09.11.2020 kl. 11:48

country flag Barbara wrote:

Sieht toll aus, aber wenn mich nicht alles täuscht sind Strickbild im Foto und die Strickschrift A1 nicht identisch. Auf dem Foto sieht es so aus, als ob nur die Reihen mit den Abnahmen und nicht noch zusätzlich eine Reihe rechts, Rückreihe links gestrickt wurden. Bleibt dann die Zählweise die gleiche, also 7xA1 usw.?

18.06.2015 - 18:30

DROPS Design answered:

A.1 ist komplett mit allen Hin- und Rück-R dargestellt und korrekt, das Diagramm passt so auch zum Foto. In den Hin-R machen Sie die Musterung mit Löchern und Zusammenstricken, in den Rück-R stricken Sie links. Die Rück-R sind nötig, damit das Muster so erscheint, wie es erscheint, die Umschläge müssen abgestrickt werden, damit sich die Löcher wie auf dem Bild ergeben. Halten Sie sich also einfach genau an die Anleitung, dann sollte es gelingen.

24.06.2015 kl. 10:52

country flag Sara wrote:

132-24=108:2= 54 per axel.Avm. 6 m(2,2,1,1)=48

10.08.2014 - 13:43

country flag Carina Gulliksson wrote:

Har stickat detta linne och får inte ihop maskantalet på framstycket....lägger upp 156 m till stl m stickar som bakstycket och sen lägger 2 nya m i var sida som stickas r....= 160 m sen ska de mittersta 24 m sättas på en tråd = 136 m...sen ska det maskas av 2 maskor 2 gånger= 4 m och 1 m 2 gånger = 2 då har jag 65 maskor kvar på var sida och enl mönstret ska det vara 48...jag får i alla fall inte ihop det , så nu gjorde jag lite som jag ville M V H Carina Gulliksson

08.08.2014 - 16:57

DROPS Design answered:

Men har du minskat till 128 m som du gjorde på bakstk ?

04.09.2014 kl. 11:41

Anna wrote:

What does "1 ridge" mean?

02.06.2014 - 14:31

DROPS Design answered:

Dear Anna, 1 ridge = K 2 rows when worked back and forth or K1 round, P1 round when worked in the round. Happy knitting!

03.06.2014 kl. 09:57

country flag OROBINO wrote:

Pourquoi les modèles sont-ils prévus avec des aiguilles circulaires et non pas droites? Merci pour votre réponse.

08.05.2014 - 19:38

DROPS Design answered:

Bonjour Mme Orobino, ce modèle se tricote en allers et retours sur aiguille circulaire pour avoir suffisamment de place pour y loger toutes les mailles. Vous pouvez ainsi le tricoter sur aiguilles droites, veillez à bien conserver la bonne tension (mailles plus serrées). Pour le col, cousez 1 seule épaule avant de relever les mailles puis faites la couture de la 2ème épaule et du col. Bon tricot!

09.05.2014 kl. 08:43

country flag Michaela wrote:

Sehr schönes Top, das Muster lässt sich gut stricken und die Wolle ist wunderschön von der Farbe, Verarbeitung und so weich. Danke

07.05.2014 - 22:58

country flag Geier Petra wrote:

Hallo zusammen,ist das garn für einen sommerpulli nicht zu warm,und kratzt es???

01.05.2014 - 13:33

DROPS Design answered:

Liebe Frau Geier, das Garn hat einen hohen Baumwollanteil (fast die Hälfte ist Baumwolle), darum ist es auch für leichtere Kleidung geeignet, trotz der Merinowolle. Außerdem ist das Modell durch das Lochmuster sehr luftig. Das Garn ist auch für Babykleidung geeignet, was nicht gut ginge, wenn es kratzen würde. Lesen Sie hierzu doch auch unsere Beschreibung zu Cotton Merino, die Sie bei der Farbkarte finden. Bei starker Wollempfindlichkeit können Sie als Garnalternative Cotton Light wählen, aus Baumwolle und Polyester.

01.05.2014 kl. 17:18

country flag Jozefien wrote:

Hallo, kan dit truitje ook in het rond worden gebreid, zodat er geen zijnaad is ? En ik zou er liever een V-hals in maken, maar dat vind ik dan wel op een ander patroon.

03.04.2014 - 11:44

DROPS Design answered:

Hoi Jozefien. Het is mogelijk en te proberen, maar ik kan garanderen dat het resultaat/vorm dezelfde wordt als op de foto. Vergeet niet dat je dan zonder de kantst moet breien.

04.04.2014 kl. 11:03

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