DROPS Baby / 25 / 1

Dream Date by DROPS Design

Knitted baby blanket in garter st with stripes – worked from corner to corner in DROPS BabyMerino

DROPS design: Pattern no bm-062-by
Yarn group A
Small blanket (fits premature): approx. 34 x 51 cm
Large blanket (stroller blanket): approx. 50 x 75 cm
DROPS BABY MERINO from Garnstudio
100-150 g colour no 28, light mint
100-100 g colour no 02, off white

100-150 g colour no 05, light pink
100-100 g colour no 02, off white

DROPS CIRCULAR NEEDLE (80 cm) size 4.5 mm – or size needed to get 20 sts x 39 rows in garter st = 10 x 10 cm.
DROPS CROCHET HOOK SIZE 4 mm - for edge.

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

* Work 4 rows (= 2 ridges) with light mint or light pink, work 2 rows (= 1 ridge) with off white *, repeat from *-* (make sure not to tighten yarn when changing colour).

* Work 2 rows (= 1 ridge) with light mint or light pink, work 4 rows (= 2 ridges) with off white *, repeat from *-* (make sure not to tighten yarn when changing colour).

Work entire blanket in garter st from corner to corner.
Cast on 3 sts on circular needle size 4.5 mm with light mint or light pink, and work 1 ridge in GARTER ST - see explanation above. Then work in garter st and STRIPES 1 – see explanation above, AT THE SAME TIME inc 1 st at beg of every row by making 1 YO inside 1 edge st. On next row K YO twisted to avoid holes. Repeat inc at beg of every row (both from RS and WS) until piece measures approx. 34-50 cm along both sides - finish after 2 ridges with light mint or light pink. Work 1 ridge with off white without inc. Then work STRIPES 2 – see explanation above, while AT THE SAME TIME
dec 1 st at beg of row from RS by K the 2 outermost sts inside 1 edge st twisted tog. AT THE SAME TIME at the end of same row (i.e. at the end of row from RS) inc 1 new st by making 1 YO inside 1 edge st, turn and K back without dec/inc (K YOs twisted).
Repeat dec at beg of row and inc at the end of row every other row upwards (i.e. on every row from RS - no of sts is constant), until piece measures approx. 51-75 cm along the longest side on blanket – finish after 2 ridges with off white.
Then work STRIPES 1 again while AT THE SAME TIME dec 1 st at beg of every row by K 2 tog inside 1 edge st. Repeat dec at beg of every row (both from RS and WS) until 5 sts remain on row. Work next row from RS as follows: K 1, slip 1 st as if to K, K 2 tog, psso, K 1. Turn piece, K back and then cast off the last 3 sts.

Crochet on hook size 4 mm with off white or light pink around the entire blanket as follows:
ROUND 1: 1 dc in first st in garter st, * 1 ch, skip 1 ridge, 1 dc in next ridge *, repeat from *-* the entire round (make sure that 1 ch is in every corner on blanket), finish round with 1 sl st in first dc at beg of round.
ROUND 2: 1 dc in first ch, * 3 ch, 1 dc in next ch *, repeat from *-* the entire round and finish with 1 sl st in first dc at beg of round. Fasten off.

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 Baby 25-1) 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.

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 (63)

Ines 08.01.2020 - 15:46:

Vielen Dank.

Ines 07.01.2020 - 21:13:

Ich weiß trotz obenstehendem Hinweis auf das Video nicht, wie man die Gesamthöhe vor dem Musterwechsel von "Streifen 1" auf "Streifen 2", hier angegeben mit 34 bzw. 50 cm, ermittelt. Ich habe jetzt eine Maschenanzahl von 97 erreicht und das Strickstück sieht aus, wie ein Dreieck. Eine Seite, von den ersten 3 Maschen aus gemessen, ist 29 cm lang, die andere 26 cm.

DROPS Design 08.01.2020 kl. 08:56:

Liebe Ines, da Sie am Anfang jeder Reihe zunehmen, sollen beide Seiten gleich sein bzw messen, bis Sie die Abnahmen anfangen. Prüfen Sie mal, daß Sie richtig am Anfang jeder Reihe (Hin sowie Rückreihe) zugenommen haben. Dann einfach an den Seiten messen, diese sollen gleich sein. Viel Spaß beim stricken!

Beate 22.12.2019 - 22:10:

Hei, har nå kommet til "midtdelen" av oppskriften, men er litt i tvil om hva 'Gjenta økningen på beg av hver p (både fra retten og fra vrangen) til arb måler ca 34-50 cm langs begge sidene (...)' innebærer. Betyr det at én av sidene må være ca 50 cm og den andre kan være mellom 34-50 cm? Eller at begge sidene er minst 50 cm? For hos meg er det en lengdeforskjell på nesten 10 cm på de korte sidene, så det er litt uklart for meg når jeg skal starte på midtpartiet.

DROPS Design 15.01.2020 kl. 14:27:

Hej Beate, der står 2 mål i opskriften for at tæppet kan strikkes i 2 størreler. Se størrelserne øverst i opskriften.

Beate 17.11.2019 - 19:33:

Hei, jeg har tenkt å strikke en variant av teppet hvor jeg bruker beige og natur, og så kante med rosa eller blått når jeg vet kjønnet på babyen, og lurer på om det holder med 100 g av hver farge for selve teppet, mtp at noe av garnet i oppskriften er ment for kanten på teppet?

DROPS Design 18.11.2019 kl. 14:38:

Hei Beate. Beklager, vi har bare oversikten over den totale garnmengden. mvh DROPS design

Karin 25.08.2019 - 13:44:

Er det riktig at mönsterelev på stripene skal väre först stripe 1, så stripe 2 og så stripe 1 igjen. Klarer ikke å se det på bildet.. ser mer ut som först stripe 1 og resten stripe 2??

DROPS Design 23.09.2019 kl. 10:29:

Hei Karin. Bare følg oppskriften, den skal være riktig. Kan være litt vanskelig å sammenligne med bilde. God Fornøyelse!

Tina 11.08.2019 - 20:42:

Hallo, Ich bin jetzt gerade mit der Decke angefangen. Ist es wirklich richtig, das der Umschlag für die Zunahme in jeder hin- und rückreihe gemacht wird? Also es wird in jeder Reihe 2 Maschen zugenommen? Die Ecke mit der ich jetzt angefangen bin, sieht so gar nicht rechteckig aus, und das soll sie doch sein, oder? Vielleicht helfen Sie mir zeitnah, ich bin kurz davor alles wieder aufzuribbeln. Danke

DROPS Design 12.08.2019 kl. 08:39:

Liebe Tina, dieses Video zeigt, wie man diese Decke strickt: am Anfang wird es am Anfang jeder Reihe (= Hin sowie Rückreihe) 1 Masche zugenommen, wie ab Timecode 00:53 gezeigt. Viel Spaß beim stricken!

Assunta 05.03.2019 - 07:19:

Grazie mille per la cortesia, seguirò i consigli.

Assunta 04.03.2019 - 22:55:

Vi chiedo come mai usare dei ferri 4,5 con una lana che si lavora con il 3. È un errore?

DROPS Design 05.03.2019 kl. 06:52:

Buongiorno Assunta. La misura dei ferri è sempre indicativa. Vengono indicati ferri più grandi per rendere la copertina un po' più elastica. Le consigliamo di provare a fare un campione anche con ferri di diverse misure e di lavarlo e farlo asciugare per valutare quale misura di ferri le dà il risultato che preferisce. Buon lavoro!

CLAUDIA 08.02.2019 - 19:02:

Das Muster wechselt ja zwischen Streifen 1 und Streifen 2, sodass die Decke in der Mitte einen anderen Farbcharakter hat als außen. Richtig? Um beurteilen zu können, ob mir das gefällt, hätte ich gerne eine komple draufsicht auf die Decke ohne Baby. Gibts die irgendwo?

DROPS Design 11.02.2019 kl. 08:03:

Liebe Claudia, leider haben wir soche Fotos nicht, aber Sie haben das Muster richtig verstanden: Sie stricken zuerst Streifen-1 bis alle Zunahmen fertig sind, dann stricken Sie Strefien-2 bis die gewünschte Länge, dann stricken Sie Streifen-1 bis zur Ende. Viel Spaß beim stricken!

Karin Hurt 31.01.2019 - 06:49:

Hallo,ich möchte sehr gerne oben genanntes Modell in den Originalfarben natur02 und hellmint 28 stricken. In der Farbpalette ist die Farbe 28 nicht aufgeführt. Gibt es eine Farbe die ähnlich ist? Ich bitte Sie um zeitnahe Antwort. Vielen Dank Karin Hurt

DROPS Design 31.01.2019 kl. 08:47:

Liebe Karin Hurt, nehmen Sie bitte Kontakt mit Ihrem DROPS Laden - auch telefonisch oder per E-Mail, so bekommen Sie persönnliche Hilfe mit den Farben. Viel Spaß beim stricken!

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