DROPS Baby Merino
DROPS Baby Merino
100% Wool
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Smarty Pants

Knitted pants in garter st for baby in DROPS BabyMerino. Size premature – 4 years.

DROPS Baby 25-7
DROPS design: Pattern no bm-046-by
Yarn group A
Size: (premature) 0/1 - 1/3 - 6/9 - 12/18 months (2 - 3/4) years
Finished measurements:
Waist: (30) 40-48-50-54 (56-58) cm / (11¾") 15¾"-19"-19¾"-21¼" (22"-22¾")
Full length: (28) 32-36-42-46 (52-59) cm / (11") 12½"-14¼"-16½"-18" (20½"-23¼")

DROPS BABY MERINO from Garnstudio
(100) 100-100-150-150 (150-150) g color no 02, off white

DROPS DOUBLE POINTED NEEDLES AND CIRCULAR NEEDLE (40 or 60 cm / 16" and 24") SIZE 3 mm / 2.5 - or size needed to get 24 sts x 48 rows in garter st = 10 x 10 cm / 4" x 4".
DROPS DOUBLE POINTED NEEDLES and CIRCULAR NEEDLE (40 cm / 16") SIZE 2.5 mm/US 1.5 - for rib.


Alternative Yarn – See how to change yarns here
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DROPS Baby Merino
DROPS Baby Merino
100% Wool
from 4.55 $ /50g
Get the yarn to make this pattern from 9.10$.

The yarn cost is calculated from the pattern’s smallest size and the yarn’s cheapest product type. Looking for an even better price? You might find it on the DROPS Deals!

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.
Tighten yarn a little extra when turning in the middle of row to avoid holes.

GARTER ST (in the round on double pointed needles/circular needle):
* K 1 round and P 1 round *, repeat from *-*.

Inc on 1 round with P and inc 1 st by making 1 YO as follows: P1, 1 YO, purl until 1 st remains before marker thread, 1 YO, P2 (marker thread sits in the middle of these 2 st), 1 YO, purl until 1 st remains before marker thread, 1 YO, P1.

Dec on 1 round with K. Slip 1 st as if to K, K 1, psso, K until 2 st remain before marker thread, K 2 tog.

Worked in the round from the waist down.
Cast on (84) 112-136-140-152 (156-164) sts on circular needle size 2.5 mm / US 1.5 with Baby Merino - beg of round = mid back.
Work rib = K 2/P 2. When rib measures (2) 2-3-3-3 (3-4) cm / (3/4") ¾"-1"-1"-1"-1" (1"-1½"), work an elevation in rib at the back of pants as follows: Beg mid back and work (4) 6-8-8-8 (8-8) sts, turn piece - READ KNITTING TIP.
Work (8) 12-16-16-16 (16-16) sts and turn piece. Work (12) 18-24-24-24 (24-24) sts and turn piece. Work (16) 24-32-32-32 (32-32) sts and turn piece.
Continue rib like this by working (4) 6-8-8-8 (8-8) sts more on every turn 10 more times (= 14 short rows).
Then continue rib in the round over all sts.
When rib measures (6) 7-8-8-8 (8-9) cm / (2½") 2¾"-3"-3"-3"-3" (3"-3½") (measured mid front), switch to circular needle size 3 mm / US 2.5. K 1 round while AT THE SAME TIME dec (12) 16-20-20-22 (22-24) sts evenly = (72) 96-116-120-130 (134-140) sts. Then work in GARTER ST in the round on needle - see explanation above.
When piece measures (12) 14-14-17-18 (19-20) cm / (4¾") 5½"-5½"-6 ¾"-7" (7½"-8") from cast-on edge (measured mid front), insert 1 marker at beg of round and 1 marker after (36) 48-58-60-65 (67-70) sts (marks mid front and mid back on pants).
Then inc 1 st on each side of both markers (= 4 sts inc) - READ INCREASE TIP. Repeat inc every 4th round (3) 3-4-4-4 (4-4) more times (= (4) 4-5-5-5 (5-5) inc in total) = (88) 112-136-140-150 (154-160) sts.
After last inc piece measures approx. (15) 17-18-21-22 (23-24) cm / (6") 6¾"-7"-8¼"-8¾" (9"-9½") from cast-on edge (measured mid front).

Beg mid back, work (44) 56-68-70-75 (77-80) sts and slip the other sts on 1 stitch holder.
Work GARTER ST in the round on needle - insert 1 marker at beg of round (= inside of leg).
When leg has been worked for (1) 1-1-1-1 (2-2) cm / (½") ½"-½"-½"-½" (3/4"-¾") – make sure that next round is a K round, dec 1 st on each side of marker – READ DECREASE TIP.
Repeat dec (4) 8-11-10-10 (9-8) more times (= (5) 9-12-11-11 (10-9) dec in total) as follows:
SIZE PREMATURE: Every 8th round.
SIZE 0/1 + 1/3 MONTHS: Every 4th round.
SIZE 6/9 MONTHS: Every 6th round.
SIZE 12/18 MONTHS: Every 8th round.
SIZE 2 YEARS: Every 10th round.
SIZE 3/4 YEARS: Every 14th round.

After dec there are (34) 38-44-48-53 (57-62) sts on needle. Continue to work until piece measures (24) 27-30-36-40 (46-52) cm / (9½") 10½"-11¾"-14¼"-15¾" (18"-20½") from cast-on edge and down (measured mid front).
Switch to double pointed needles size 2.5 mm / US 1.5 and K 1 round while AT THE SAME TIME inc (10) 10-8-8-11 (11-10) sts evenly = (44) 48-52-56-64 (68-72) sts.
Then work rib = K 2/P 2 until pants measures (28) 32-36-42-46 (52-59) cm / (11") 12½"-14¼"-16½"-18" (20½"-23¼") from the waist (rib measures approx. (4) 5-6-6-6 (6-7) cm / (1½") 2"-2½"-2½"-2½"-2½" (2½"-2¾")).
Loosely bind off with K over K and P over P.
Work the other leg the same way.

This pattern has been corrected.

Updated online: 23.03.2021
Updated online: 07.03.2022
INCREASE TIP: Inc on 1 round with P and inc 1 st by making 1 YO as follows: P1, 1 YO, purl until 1 st remains before marker thread, 1 YO, P2 (marker thread sits in the middle of these 2 st), 1 YO, purl until 1 st remains before marker thread, 1 YO, P1.


All measurements in charts are in cm.

diagram measurements

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Do you have a question? See a list of frequently asked questions (FAQ)

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

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.

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?

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

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.

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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.

If you think it's hard to decide what size to make, it can be a good idea to measure a garment you own already and like the size of. Then you can pick the size by comparing those measures with the ones available in the pattern's size chart.

You'll find the size chart at the bottom of the pattern.

See DROPS lesson: How to read size chart

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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)

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

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

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?

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!

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.

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.

Pilling is a natural process that happens to even the most exclusive of fibers. It's a natural sign of wear and tear that is hard to avoid, and that is most visible in high friction areas of your garment like a sweater's arms and cuffs.

You can make your garment look as new by removing the pilling, using a fabric comb or a pill/lint remover.

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Comments / Questions (62)

country flag Olivia wrote:

I am considering this pattern for a nappy cover/soaker. Is drops merino suitable for this? Will it take lanolising well? If not, which drops yarns would you suggest (any yarn group)?

25.05.2023 - 19:09

DROPS Design answered:

Dear Olivia, we have no experience with such process so that we can unfortunately not answer, you might have to try. Happy knitting!

26.05.2023 - 10:36

country flag Gunilla Holmgren Schmieg wrote:

Jag stickar storlek 0/1 och efter att ha stickat 14 cm har kommit till att jag ska öka 4 maskor på varvet. Jag förstår inte hur ökningarna ska göras. Det står i ökningstips att jag ska öka 4 maskor vid varje markör. Det kan väl inte vara rätt? jag har ju 2 markörer och då blir det ju 8 maskor ökade. Förklara för mig, tack.

19.04.2023 - 18:05

DROPS Design answered:

Hei Gunilla. Nei, det står det ikke. Du skal øke 2 masker ved hvert merke. På begynnelsen av omgangen øker du med 1 kast, så strikker du til neste merke og her øker du med 2 masker (foran og etter merket), og til slutt øker du med 1 maske på slutten av omgangen = 4 økte masker. mvh DROPS Design

24.04.2023 - 11:29

country flag Petra Tinti wrote:

Muss ich bei der Erhöhung und der verkürzten Reihe im Rippenmuster arbeiten? Die Tutorials sind immer nur für das glatt rechts stricken eingestellt. Und vor allem wie geht das bei der verkürzten Reihe mit Umschlägen. I LG Petra

09.01.2023 - 18:12

DROPS Design answered:

Liebe Frau Tinti, bei der Erhöhung stricken Sie die verkürzten Reihen im Rippenmuster (2 re/2 li). Wenn Sie die Technik mit den Umschläge die verkürzten Reihen stricken, dann finden Sie hier Videos für die Hinreihen/Maschen die rechts gestrickt werden< /a> und für die Rückreihen/Maschen die links gestrickt werden. Viel Spaß beim stricken!

10.01.2023 - 09:37

country flag Alena wrote:

Hello the clothes you have very nice inly I xan't to knitt according it because I can't understand it.How for example to knitt only 8 stiches and turn the row?

08.01.2023 - 09:57

DROPS Design answered:

Dear Alena, yes correct, at the beginning of the pants you will work some short rows to make the back piece higher than the front piece, just work the short rows as explained for your size then continue in the round again. Happy knitting!

09.01.2023 - 09:48

country flag Jacqueline wrote:

Beim Hosenteil steht bzgl. Der Zunahme: "Diese Zunahmen noch (3) 3-4-4-4 (4-4) x in jeder 4.Rd wdh" Da ich aber immer in einer Linksreihe zunehmen muss, sollte ich doch in jeder 3. Oder 5. Rd zunehmen. Die 4. Rd ist eine Rechtsreihe. Danke

21.12.2022 - 18:03

DROPS Design answered:

Liebe Jacqueline, die Zunahmen werden in jede 4. Runde gestrickt, wenn Sie in einer Runde mit linken Masche zunehmen, dann stricken Sie noch 3 Runden (1 mit rechten Maschen, 1 mit linken Maschen, 1 mit rechten Maschen) und die nächste Zunahmen stricken Sie in der nächsten Runde = eine Runde mit linken Maschen. Viel Spaß beim stricken!

22.12.2022 - 08:47

country flag Buggy wrote:

Randmaschen markieren: von Hüfte zu Hüfte oder von Bauch zu Po? Danke

23.11.2022 - 11:20

Buggy answered:

Wer lesen kann ist klar im Vorteil! Vielen Dank

23.11.2022 - 11:25

country flag Gerd Lillegaard wrote:

Takk for fin oppskrift, men skulle ønske rettelsene også var utført i hjelpe videoen. Tror mange med meg blir litt forvirret og har vanskeligheter med å forstå oppskriften!

01.10.2022 - 13:28

country flag Julia wrote:

Hej! Jag stickar just nu förhöjningen på resåren i början på arbetet. Jag följde videon som det hänvisas till där man ser att varannat varv görs med räta/aviga maskor. Instruktionen säger ju inte vilken sorts maskor, så då utgick jag från att det ska göras enligt videon. Men efter förhöjningen ska man ju fortsätta resårstickning runt hela arbetet. Jag tycker att det känns konstigt att ha en slät förhöjning omringad av resår. Ska det vara så? Tacksam för snabb hjälp!

30.01.2022 - 12:28

DROPS Design answered:

Hej Julia. Förhöjningen stickas i resår i detta mönster ("...stickas det förhöjning i resåren..."). Mvh DROPS Design

01.02.2022 - 09:26

country flag Mimi wrote:

Guten Tag, werden die Beine auf dem Nadelspiel gestrickt? Die Rundnadel mit 60cm wird wohl zu groß sein für die kleinen Beinchen, oder? Liebe Grüße

15.11.2021 - 17:37

DROPS Design answered:

Liebe Mimi, ja stimmt, die Beine werden auf Nadelspiel Nr 3 - gerne können Sie auch mit Magic Loop stricken. Viel Spaß beim stricken!

16.11.2021 - 08:27

country flag Susanne Pawelzik wrote:

Meine 14. Reihe im rippenmuster ist eine Rückreihe. Muss ich wenden, damit ich wieder bei der Virderseite weiterstricken kann

27.08.2021 - 19:15

DROPS Design answered:

Liebe Frau Pawelzik, wenden Sie noch einmal und bis hintere Mitte stricken (= Begin der Runden) und dann in Runden von der Vorderseite weiterstricken. Viel Spaß beim stricken!

30.08.2021 - 07:11