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Merry Red by DROPS Design

Knitted DROPS jumper with round yoke and Norwegian pattern in ”Eskimo”. Size: S - XXXL.

DROPS design: Pattern no ee-509
Yarn group E or C + C
Size: S - M - L - XL - XXL - XXXL
DROPS ESKIMO from Garnstudio
500-550-650-700-750-850 g colour no 08, red
100 g for all sizes in colour no 01, off white

DROPS DOUBLE POINTED NEEDLES and CIRCULAR NEEDLE (80 cm) SIZE 8 mm - or size needed to get 11 sts x 15 rows in stocking st = 10 x 10 cm.

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Not sure which size you should choose? Then it might help you to know that the model in the picture is approx. 170 cm and uses size S or M. If you are making a jumper, cardigan, dress or similar garment, you will find a graphic with the measurements of the finished garment (in cm) at the bottom of the pattern.

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Pattern instructions

NOTE: This pattern is written in 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.
See pattern A.1 to A.4. The diagrams show all rows in pattern seen from RS. Pattern is worked in stocking st.

Worked in the round on circular needle.
Cast on 116-128-140-152-164-176 sts on circular needle size 7 mm with red. Work rib = K 2/P 2 for 7 cm. Switch to circular needle size 8 mm and K 1 round while AT THE SAME TIME dec 20 sts evenly = 96-108-120-132-144-156 sts. Insert 1 marker in first st on round and 1 marker in the 49th-55th-61st-67th-73rd-79th st – these mark the sides. Work in stocking st. REMEMBER THE KNITTING TENSION! When piece measures 26-27-28-29-30-31 cm, work diagram A.1. When A.1 has been worked 1 time vertically, divide the piece at the markers (= 48-54-60-66-72-78 sts on front piece and back piece).

Then work as follows from RS: Cast on 1 edge st, work 12-14-18-21-23-26 sts in stocking st, A.4 (= 11 sts), 2-4-2-2-4-4 sts in stocking st, A.2 (= 11 sts), 12-14-18-21-23-26 sts in stocking st, cast on 1 edge st = 50-56-62-68-74-80 sts. Work edge sts in garter st. Continue pattern like this until A.2 and A.4 have been work 1 time vertically. Piece measures approx. 41-42-43-44-45-46 cm. Then cast off 4 sts in each side of piece = 42-48-54-60-66-72 sts.

Cast on 1 edge st in each side of piece (= 50-56-62-68-74-80 sts) and continue in stocking st until piece measures approx. 41-42-43-44-45-46 cm – adjust measurements with front piece. Then cast off 4 sts in each side of piece = 42-48-54-60-66-72 sts.

Put piece aside and knit the sleeves.

Worked in the round on double pointed needles.
Cast on 28-28-32-32-36-36 sts on double pointed needles size 7 mm with red. Work rib = K 2/P 2. When piece measures 7 cm, switch to double pointed needles size 8 mm. Work in stocking st. Insert 1 marker in first st at beg of round (= mid under sleeve). When piece measures 14 cm, inc 1 st on each side of st with marker, repeat inc every 8-8-6-6-5-5 cm 3-3-4-4-5-5 more times = 36-36-42-42-48-48 sts. When piece measures 43 cm, cast off 7 sts mid under sleeve (i.e. st with marker + 3 sts on each side of this) = 29-29-35-35-41-41 sts remain on needle. Knit another sleeve.

Slip sleeves on to same circular needle size 8 mm as body = 142-154-178-190-214-226 sts. Insert 1 marker mid back – NOW ROUND BEG HERE! Work 1 round AT THE SAME TIME adjust no of sts to 140-160-180-180-200-220. Then continue to work and dec according to A.3 - work up to arrow for your size = 70-80-90-90-90-99 sts. Then work with red. Work 1 round while AT THE SAME TIME dec 10-20-26-26-22-31 sts evenly = 60-60-64-64-68-68 sts. Then work an elevation in the back as follows: K 8 sts past marker mid back, turn and P 17 sts back, turn and K 25 sts, turn and P 33 sts, turn and K 41 sts, turn and P 49 sts. Turn and work 1 round to mid back.

Switch to double pointed needles size 7 mm and work rib = K 2/P 2. Loosely cast off with K over K and P over P when rib measures approx. 12-12-13-13-14-14 cm.

Sew the openings under the sleeves tog. Sew tog in the side inside 1 edge st.


= red
= off white
= K 2 tog

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 158-16) 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 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 (30)

Angelik 08.04.2020 - 15:36:

Ik mis in het patroon de beschrijving voor de voorkant hals. ook in het noors kan ik die niet vinden

Elisabeth 12.01.2016 - 23:00:

Je viens de terminer mon pull:j'en suis très contente

Hélène Ladouceur 04.12.2015 - 22:34:

En faisant la rehausse y a-t-il une façon de ne pas faire de trous en changeant de rang ?

DROPS Design 07.12.2015 kl. 11:58:

Bonjour Mme Ladouceur, suivez la méthode suivante sur l'endroit et sur l'envers - retrouvez ces vidéos sous l'onglet du même nom. Bon tricot!

Kristina Makowski 24.01.2015 - 11:29:

Ich habe die Frage, wie kann ich bei einer Rundstrickpasse stricken ohne die langen Fadenübergänge. Haben Sie da einen Tipp? Bei den beiden Farben in diesem Pullover mit den Rentieren.

DROPS Design 28.01.2015 kl. 10:09:

Sie haben eigentlich keine langen Fadenübergänge, das Muster ist an der Passe ja durchgängig und wird rundum über die ganze Runde gestrickt. Sie können die Fäden auf der Rückseite aber einfach an Stellen, an denen mehr als 4 oder 5 M in einer Farbe gestrickt werden, miteinander verkreuzen, damit der mitgeführte Faden auf der Rückseite nicht durchhängt.

Kyra 20.01.2015 - 10:01:

I made this beautiful pullover just in time for last Christmas and it was perfect for holidays. Thanks for all these lovely patterns!

Ulla 20.01.2015 - 09:24:

Flot sweater - og jeg er i gang med at strikke den. På billedet ser den ud som om, den er længere end de andre Eskimo sweatere med rundt bærestykke. Tegningen viser imidlertid samme mål. Er det en fejl? Desuden kan jeg ikke finde mønster A2 i opskriften. Kan I hjælpe? På forhånd 1000 tak.

DROPS Design 21.01.2015 kl. 16:06:

Hej Ulla. Maalene paa skitsen er i orden. En laengde paa f.eks. 62 cm totalt er laengere end f.eks. en kort model som den her. Men du kan altid vaelge at strikke den laengere endnu hvis det önskes (Pröv den paa undervejs - form/vaegt af garnet afgörer ogsaa om den falder laengere naar du tager den paa). A.2 staar nederst i opskriften - spejlvendt af A.4

Haegel 23.12.2014 - 18:50:

Je viens de commencer ce magnifique pull..et j'ai une question..le motif A1 est-il sur le tour complet? c'est à dire devant ET derrière?..

DROPS Design 23.12.2014 kl. 19:13:

Bonjour Mme Haegel, effectivement, on tricote le motif A.1 tout le tour (devant et dos), 1 fois en hauteur. On divise ensuite l'ouvrage et on tricote le dos et le devant séparément (pas de motif jacquard dans le dos), on reprend ensuite le jacquard tout le tour (toutes les mailles) lorsqu'on tricote l'empiècement. Bon tricot!

Anita 11.12.2014 - 22:06:

Wordt patroon A1 in het lijf alleen aan de voorkant gebreid of ook aan de achterkant? Ik vraag dit omdat A2 en A4 alleen aan de voorzijde gebreid worden. Het zou wel makkelijk zijn als er ook een foto van de achterzijde zou zijn.

DROPS Design 12.12.2014 kl. 14:19:

Hoi Anita. Je breit A.1 over alle st van het LIJF = dus ook op de achterkant. De rendieren (A.4 en A.2) worden alleen op het voorpand gebreid.

Jutta Meuser 11.12.2014 - 07:19:

Guten TAg, bei diesem Modell sieht man zwischen den Hirschen ein Motiv, das suche ich in der Anleitung vergeblich, oder habe ich da was übersehen?? Bitte um Rückmeldung. Vielen Dank. Jutta Meuser

DROPS Design 11.12.2014 kl. 14:10:

Liebe Jutta, ich sehe es so wie Sie - nämlich kein Motiv. :-) In A.2 & A.4 ist es jedenfalls nicht enthalten. Ich werde das an die Designerinnen weiterleiten. Wenn Sie das Motiv gerne einbauen möchten, müssen Sie die Rentiere ggf. so verschieben, dass sich 4 M rot dazwischen befinden. In der 11. R des Rentiermotivs beginnen Sie dann mit dem gesuchten Motiv, indem Sie die mittleren 2 der 4 roten M weiß stricken. In der nächsten R dann die 1. und 4. dieser mittleren 4 M weiß, in der 13. R dann wieder die 2 mittleren M.

Brigitte 13.10.2014 - 12:35:

Toller Pullover, aber leider ist das Garn viel zu dick!

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