DROPS / 164 / 41

Autumn Leaf by DROPS Design

Knitted DROPS shawl with lace pattern and leaves in "Lace" or "BabyAlpaca Silk".

  • Autumn Leaf / DROPS 164-41 - Knitted DROPS shawl with lace pattern and leaves in Lace or BabyAlpaca Silk.
  • Autumn Leaf / DROPS 164-41 - Knitted DROPS shawl with lace pattern and leaves in Lace or BabyAlpaca Silk.
DROPS design: Pattern no la-025
Yarn group A
Measurements: approx. 70 cm mid back, and approx. 140 cm along the top.
DROPS LACE from Garnstudio
100 g colour no 3620, red
Or use:
Approx. 350 g colour no 3609, red

DROPS CIRCULAR NEEDLE (80 cm) SIZE 3 mm – NOTE: Read knitting tension below!

This garment is to be soaked and blocked/stretched to size afterwards so the knitting tension is not that important. But to get a sense of whether you are working too loose/tight, work a test on needle size 3 mm in stocking st and get approx. 24 sts x 32 rows in stocking st = 10 x 10 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

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):
K all rows. 1 ridge = 2 rows K.

See diagrams A.1 to A.23. The diagrams show all rows in pattern seen from RS.

The shawl can be knitted with other needle sizes than those given here. Use smaller needles for a smaller shawl and larger needles for a larger shawl. Stretch the shawl to side at the end and even out possible uneven places.

When using another yarn than Lace from yarn group A, there is no need to stretch to measurements, but place it gently out in shape. Leave to dry. Repeat the process when the garment has been washed.

Worked back and forth on circular needle to make room for all the sts. READ KNITTING TIP! Cast on 9 sts with Lace or BabyAlpaca Silk on circular needle size 3 mm and K 1 row from WS. Work in GARTER ST - see explanation above as follows (= RS): K 3, 1 YO, K 1, 1 YO, K 1, 1 YO, K 1, 1 YO, K 3 = 13 sts. Insert 1 marker in the middle st and move it upwards when working.
Then inc 4 sts on every row from RS as follows: Inc 1 st inside 3 edge sts in each side and 1 st on each side of mid st. Inc like this 5 times in total, there are 33 sts on the needle.

Now work according to diagram A.1 as follows: 3 edge sts in garter st, A.1 over the next 13 sts, 1 st in stocking st (= mid st, always worked in stocking st), A.1 over 13 sts and 3 edge sts in garter st. Work A.1 1 time vertically = 61 sts on needle (i.e. 30 sts on each side of mid st).

Work according to diagram A.2-A.4 as follows: 3 edge sts in garter st, A.2 over 7 sts, A.3 over 14 sts, A.4 over 6 sts, 1 mid st, A.2 over 7 sts, A.3 over 14 sts, A.4 over 6 sts and 3 edge sts in garter st. When A.2-A.4 have been worked 1 time vertically, there is room for 1 more repetition of A.3 between A.2 and A.4. Continue to work according to diagram until diagram A.2-A.4 have been worked 3 times in total vertically = 145 sts on needle (i.e. 72 sts on each side of mid st).

Work according to diagram A.5-A.10 as follows: 3 edge sts in garter st, A.5 over 11 sts, repeat A.6 until 10 sts remain before mid st, A.7 over 10 sts, 1 mid st, A.8 over 10 sts, repeat A.9 until 14 sts remain, A.10 over 11 sts and 3 edge sts in garter st. Work A.5-A.10 1 time vertically = 217 sts on needle (i.e. 108 sts on each side of mid st).

Work diagram A.11-A.16 as follows: 3 edge sts in garter st, A.11 over 4 sts, repeat A.12 until 5 sts remain before mid st, A.13 over 5 sts, 1 mid st, A.14 over 5 sts, repeat A.15 until 7 sts remain, A.16 over 4 sts and 3 edge sts in garter st. Work diagram A.11-A.16 1 time vertically = 267 sts on needle (i.e. 133 sts on each side of mid st).

Work diagram A.17-A.23 as follows: 3 edge sts in garter st, A.17 over 4 sts, repeat A.18 until 6 sts remain before mid st, A.19 over 3 st, A.20 over 7 sts (mid st is in the middle of these sts), A.21 over 3 st, repeat A.22 until 7 sts remain, A.23 over 4 sts and 3 edge sts in garter st. When diagrams have been worked 1 time vertically, loosely cast off. NOTE: Work double YOs on last row in diagram as follows when casting off: K 1st YO, K 2nd YO twisted.

Place the shawl in lukewarm water until it is soaking wet. Carefully squeeze the water out of the shawl - do not twist the shawl - then roll the shawl in a towel and squeeze to remove more water - the shawl will now only be moist. When using BabyAlpaca Silk – READ SHAPING!
Place the shawl on a carpet or mattress - carefully stretch it out to size and fasten it with pins, pull in the tips of leaves along the cast-off edge. Leave to dry. Repeat the process when the shawl has been washed.


symbols = K from RS, P from WS
symbols = K 2 tog
symbols = slip 1 st as if to P (yarn behind work), K 1, psso
symbols = 1 YO between 2 sts
symbols = slip 1 st as if to P (yarn behind work), K 2 tog, psso
symbols = 2 YOs between 2 sts, on next row K 1st YO, K 2nd YO twisted while casting it 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 164-41) 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 (50)

country flag Julie 23.03.2021 - 18:17:

Bonjour.pour être sure de la taille, j'ai fait des calculs :il y a effectivement un problème. Pour un échantillon de 24*32 -> 10*10, on devrait tricoter 224 rangs pour avoir 70 cm au milieu du dos (et 140 d envergure). En faisant la somme des rangs des motifs ( A1, 3*A2, A5, A11, A17), on obtient 160 rangs (soit 50 cm au lieu de 70cm). Il semble difficile d étirer le châle de 50 à 70 juste en le bloquant. La photo aussi est plus cohérente avec les 50 cm, sauf si la femme mesure 2.5m

user icon DROPS Design 24.03.2021 kl. 09:34:

Bonjour Julie, un modèle ajouré de ce type ne peut pas se recalculer ainsi, le milieu dos (le long de la maille centrale), vous n'aurez que des jours, et après blocage, les mesures seront plus que les 32 rangs de l'échantillon. Vous pourrez trouver les photos de différentes tricoteuses ici, sur Ravery. Bon tricot!

country flag Tewia 07.02.2021 - 17:08:

Bonjour, je suis arrivée à la fin de la troisième étape où je dois avoir 72 mailles de chaque côté de la maille centrale. Mais j'arrive à 86 mailles, je n'arrive pas à comprendre pourquoi. J'ai pourtant suivi les instructions et fais 3 fois en hauteur A2-A4. J'obtiens bien les motifs de feuilles régulier. Pouvez-vous m'aider? Merci.

user icon DROPS Design 08.02.2021 kl. 10:24:

Bonjour Tewia, il semble que vous avez tricoté 1 fois de trop les diagrammes en hauteur, après 3 motifs en hauteur vous devez avoir: 3 m point mousse, 14 m de A.2, 42 m de A.3, 13 m de A.4, 1 m centrale, 14 m de A.2, 42 m de A.3, 13 m de A.4, et 3 m point mousse = 145 m et 72 de chaque côté de la m centrale - Après la 1ère fois, vous avez 89 m, après la 2ème fois, vous avez 117 m et après la 3ème fois, 145 m au total. Bon tricot!

country flag Lynne 20.07.2020 - 11:01:

Is there a photo of this shawl laid flat. I need to view the placement of graphs A2, A3 and A4. at the top of the garment. Thankyou

user icon DROPS Design 29.07.2020 kl. 08:09:

Dear Lynne, we do not have much pictures - work A.2-A.4 over the stitches of A.1 = there are 27sts in each A.1 after last row in diagram, work then these 27 sts with: A.2 (= 7 sts), A.3 (= 14 sts) and A.4 (= 6 sts). Continue the 3 sts in garter stitch on each side and the middle stitch in stocking stitch. Happy knitting!

country flag Joëlle Gac 09.07.2020 - 19:06:

Oui ,il est magnifique ! Mais trop petit à mon goût . J'ai utilisé la laine et la grosseur d'aiguilles recommandées et j'obtiens un châle plus petit que ce que vous avez dit même après l'avoir bloqué . Je ne suis pas une débutante et en principe les échantillons sont respectés . Aux personnes qui souhaitent le réaliser ,tenez compte de ma remarque .

user icon DROPS Design 10.07.2020 kl. 08:30:

Bonjour Mme Gac, il doit mesurer 140 cm d'envergure, donc peut être vous l'auriez souhaité plus grand? Si votre tension était juste = 24 m x 32 rangs jersey, vous devriez avoir les bonnes mesures finales. Bon tricot!

country flag Esther 27.04.2020 - 22:32:

Buenas noches mi pregunta es cuando se empieza la segunda tanda de aumentos pone de los tres primeros hacer un aumento este aumento se hace sacando de un punto dis o con una hebra? Gracias

user icon DROPS Design 28.04.2020 kl. 16:40:

Hola Esther. Los aumentos se trabajan de la misma manera que antes, es decir, echando 1 hebra.

country flag Petra 24.10.2019 - 17:39:

Liebes Drops - Team, Ich habe den Denk - Fehler gefunden. In der 3. Reihe endet man mit 11 Maschen, anstatt zuvor mit 10 Maschen vor der Mittel Masche. Einfacher wäre es gewesen, wenn dies in der Anleitung vermerkt wäre. Aber vielleicht hilft der Hinweis anderen Stricker - innen. LG Petra

country flag Petra 21.10.2019 - 18:26:

Hallo, ich bin jetzt in der 3. Reihe und die Anzahl der Maschen ist korrekt ( je 74 pro Nadel +1 MM). In der 3. Reihe habe ich allerdings 12, anstatt 10 M vor der MM . D.h. 2 Maschen zu viel.... Wo liegt der Fehler? LG Petra

user icon DROPS Design 22.10.2019 kl. 10:35:

Liebe Petra, es ist etwas schwierig um Ihnen so zu beantworten, eine gute Idee ist Markierer zwischen jedem Diagram einzusetzen, so können Sie bei jeder Reihe die Maschenanzahl prüfen. Viel Spaß beim stricken!

country flag Petra 20.10.2019 - 19:26:

Hallo, ich bin beim Diagramm A5 -A10 , in der 3. Reihe. Beidseitig der Mittel Masche habe ich je 74 Maschen auf der Nadel. Beim Stricken nach der Strickschrift, habe ich auf beiden Seiten je 2 Maschen, die ich nicht integrieren kann. Wo könnte der Fehler liegen? Leider komme ich nun nicht mehr weiter. Für eine rasche Antwort, wäre ich sehr dankbar. LG Petra

user icon DROPS Design 21.10.2019 kl. 11:17:

Liebe Petra, bei den Diagrammen A.5, A.7, A.9 und A.10 nehmen Sie je 1 Masche = 4 Maschen pro Hinreihen werden zugenommen. Nach der 2. Reihe, haben Sie dann 145 +4= 149 M (= 74 M auf beiden Seiten von der mittelren Maschen). Viel Spaß beim stricken!

country flag Susana 10.05.2019 - 04:48:

Se cierra del lado derecho o del revés ?

user icon DROPS Design 18.05.2019 kl. 20:35:

Hola Susana. Se cierra la labor según el diagrama, por el lado derecho.

country flag Ditte Andersen 07.02.2019 - 19:29:

1000 Tak for svar

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