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DROPS 71-1 by DROPS Design

DROPS Cardigan in Alaska

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Sizes: XS/S - M - L/XL
Finished measurements:
Bust: 90-104-118 cm
Waist: 84-94-108 cm

Materials: DROPS ALASKA from Garnstudio
650-750-850 g. col. no. 51, olive heather.

6 DROPS wood buttons nr 514

DROPS 5 mm and 5.5 mm circular needles and straight needles, or sizes needed to obtain correct gauge.

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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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.
Gauge: 16 sts x 20 rows on larger needles in stockinette st = 10 x 10 cm

Garter st, when knitting flat: Knit all sts, all rows.

Pattern: See chart. The chart is showing every row in the pattern seen from the right side

Buttonhole: Make buttonholes along right buttonband. 1 buttonhole = bind off the 3rd and 4th sts from front edge and cast on 2 new sts on the next row. The top buttonhole will be made in the collar sts.
Make buttonholes when the piece measures:
Size XS/S: 1, 9, 16, 24, 31 and 38 cm.
Size M: 1, 9, 17, 25, 33 and 40 cm
Size L/XL: 2, 10, 18, 26, 34 and 41 cm

Knitting tips (for neck):
All decs are made from right side.
Right front (as when the garment as worn): Dec 1 st as follows: sl 1, K 1, psso.
Left front: Dec 1 st as follows: K 2 tog.

Seed Stitch (on an even number of sts):
Row 1: * K 1, P 1 *
Row 2: * P 1, K 1 *
Repeat Rows 1-2.

Cast on 145-161-185 sts on smaller needles. Knit 5 rows seed st - make buttonholes on right buttonband - see instructions above.
Change to larger needles, placing a marker 39-43-49 sts in from each center front edge (to mark the sides). Establish pattern as follows (right side row): 5 edge sts in seed st, 33-37-43 sts in Pattern 1 - start at appropriate arrow on the chart, 1 st in seed st, 9-7-7 sts stockinette st, then knit Pattern 1 - start at right side of chart, not at arrow - over 58-68-80 sts, 1 st seed st, 9-7-7 sts stockinette st, 24-30-36 sts in Pattern 1 - start at right side of chart, not at arrow - then 5 edge sts in seed st.
Continue with pattern as established until the piece measures 10-7-7 cm . Inc 1 st at each side of side st (st in seed st) every 10-6-6 cm 2-4-4 times - knit the increased sts in stockinette st as you go along.
After all incs there are 153-177-201 sts on needles and the pattern now continues across all the sts. When the piece measures 30-32-33 cm knit Pattern 2 and then repeat Pattern 3 to finished measurements - start at appropriate arrow on the chart after the button band in seed st. When the piece measures 34-36-37 cm knit the next row as follows: 38-44-49 sts for the front, bind off 5-5-7 sts for armhole, 67-79-89 sts for the back, bind off 5-5-7 sts for armhole, 38-44-49 sts for the front. Knit each side separately.

Left front: = 38-44-49 sts.
Read the entire next section before knitting.
Armhole: bind off for armhole at the side every other row: 2 sts 0-2-4 times and 1 st 3-4-4 times.
Collar: At the same time when the piece measures 35-37-38 cm inc 2 sts inside 1 edge st at center front edge, for collar - knit the increased sts for collar in seed st as you go along. Then knit 2 rows seed st only over the outermost 7 sts (button band) - do not knit the remaining sts on the row. These short rows begin the collar shaping. Then inc 1 st inside 1 edge st every row 8 times, then every other row 6 times, then every 4 rows 2 times = 18 sts increased for collar - knit the increased sts in seed st as you go along.
Neck shaping: At the same time when the piece measures 39-41-42 cm dec for the neckline (while continuing to inc for collar) as follows: dec 1 st inside the seed sts 12 times every other row - see knitting tips. When the piece measures 56-58-60 cm bind off the 18-19-20 shoulder sts. Now only the seed sts remain on needles = 23 sts. Continue with seed st over these sts as follows: * 2 rows over all sts, 2 rows over only the outermost 16 sts *, repeat from * - * until the collar measures approx. 8 cm or length needed to reach center back. Put sts on a st holder.

Right front: = 38-44-49 sts. Knit the same as left front, reversing all shaping, and make buttonholes on button band (see instructions above).

Back: = 67-79-89 sts. Bind off for armholes at both sides as on front = 61-63-65 sts. When the piece measures 54-56-58 cm bind off the center 23-23-23 sts for the neck. On the next row dec 1 st at each neck edge. Bind off the remaining 18-19-20 shoulder sts when the piece measures 56-58-60 cm.

Sleeve: Cast on 38-42-46 sts on smaller needles. Knit seed st for 7 cm. Change to larger needles and Pattern 1 - place the pattern on the sleeve so that there is a single seed st column at the center. When the piece measures 8 cm inc 1 st at each side every 6 rows 14-13-12 times = 66-68-70 sts - knit the increased sts in the pattern as you go along. At the same time when the piece measures 46-44-43 cm knit Pattern 2, then repeat Pattern 3 to finished measurements. When sleeve measures 50-48-47 cm bind off for sleeve cap at each side every other row: 3 sts 2-2-1 time, 2 sts 2-2-3 times, 1 st 0-2-4 times, then 2 sts at each side until the piece measures 57-57-58 cm and then 3 sts each side 1 time. The piece measures approx. 58-58-59 cm , bind off the remaining sts.

Assembly: Sew shoulder seams. Sew the collar together at center back invisibly. Sew the collar to back neck. Sew the sleeve seams and set into Body. Sew on buttons.


= knit from RS, purl from WS
= purl from RS, knit from WS

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