DROPS Brushed Alpaca Silk
DROPS Brushed Alpaca Silk
77% Alpaca, 23% Silk
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DROPS 166-19
DROPS design: Pattern no as-046
Yarn group C or A + A
Measurements: Width: approx. 48 cm / 19''
Length: approx. 170 cm / 67''
125 g color no 14, light gray green

DROPS STRAIGHT NEEDLES size 4 mm / US 6 - or size needed to get 18 sts with lace pattern = 10 cm / 4'' in width.


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


DROPS Brushed Alpaca Silk
DROPS Brushed Alpaca Silk
77% Alpaca, 23% Silk
from 3.95 $ /25g
Get the yarn to make this pattern from 19.75$.

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.
See diagrams A.1 to A.6. The diagrams show all rows in pattern seen from RS.

Piece is worked back and forth on needle in 2 equal parts and sewn tog when finished. Loosely cast on 99 sts on needle size 4 mm / US 6 with Brushed Alpaca Silk. Work first row as follows from RS: K 13, * slip 1 st as if to K, K 2 tog, psso, K 11 *, repeat from *-* until 2 sts remain, K these sts = 87 sts on needle. K 3 rows. Continue with A.1-A.3 as follows: Work A.1 over the first 19 sts, repeat A.2 4 times in width and then A.3 over the last 20 sts. When A.1-A.3 has been worked 3 times in total vertically, continue with A.4 over A.1, A.5 over A.2 and A.6 over A.3. REMEMBER THE KNITTING GAUGE Repeat A.4-A.6 vertically until piece measures approx. 85 cm / 33½'' - adjust to finish piece after last row in diagram. Slip sts on a stitch holder and knit another part the same way.

Sew the 2 parts tog with grafting/kitchener stitches to make the seam invisible.


All measurements in charts are in cm.

symbols = K from RS, P from WS
symbols = K from WS
symbols = K 2 tog
symbols = slip 1 st as if to K, K 1, psso
symbols = 1 YO between 2 sts
symbols = slip 1 st as if to K, K 2 tog, psso
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.

Click here to see our yarn converter

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 (22)

country flag Emilie Ida Gustafsson wrote:

Hej. Jeg har strikket ca 40 cm nu og brugt 2 nøgler garn allerede. Jeg bruger et substitut til dét i opskriften men garnet er samme tykkelse og endda flere meter end det originale i opskriften, men af hvad jeg kan regne ud, skal jeg bruge omkring 10 nøgler i alt? Min strikkefadthed passer, min bredde stemmer overens med de 48 cm i opskriften, så jeg forstår ikke hvad der går galt?

04.04.2024 - 19:59

country flag Patty wrote:

Knitted DROPS stole with lace pattern, I am confused with the diagram instructions. I do not understand what it means saying K from RS, P from WS with a plain square Then K from WS with a coloured in square. Do you just mean K with the plain square and P with the coloured square?

10.11.2022 - 23:01

DROPS Design answered:

Hi Patty, You are working back and forth. The first row is from the right side and you read the diagram from bottom right to left, where the open squares are knitted. Then you work back from the wrong side, reading from left to right, where the open squares will now be purled stitches. Hope this helps and happy crafting!

11.11.2022 - 06:51

country flag Andrea Blümel wrote:

Liebes Drops Team, kann man den Schal auch in einem Stück stricken? Oder muss er unbedingt in zwei Teilen gefertigt werden. Danke für die Antwort

20.10.2022 - 08:04

DROPS Design answered:

Liebe Frau Blümel, damit beide Ende gleich sind, sollen beide Hälfte genauso anfangen und dann in der Mitte zusammengenäht werden. Viel Spaß beim stricken!

20.10.2022 - 10:07

country flag Angi wrote:

I can’t see how many balls of yarn I will need.

30.08.2021 - 16:27

DROPS Design answered:

Hi Angi, you will need 5 balls of DROPS Brushed AlpacaSilk (each ball is 25g). Happy knitting!

30.08.2021 - 16:40

country flag Goris Nadine wrote:

Kan ik de sjaal ook in 1 stuk breien in plaats van 2

20.04.2021 - 14:06

DROPS Design answered:

Dag Nadine,

De reden dat de sjaal in 2 delen wordt gebreid is omdat het er dan hetzelfde uitziet aan beide kanten wanneer je de sjaal draagt. Je zou ook gewoon door kunnen breien en dan aan het einde weer meerderen van 87 naar 99 steken om tot slot af te kanten.

21.04.2021 - 13:01

country flag Ula K wrote:

Ok. Rozumiem, że mogę użyć pod warunkiem, że będę robić z włóczek Drops. Nasza grupa na fb to Świry Rękodzieła Inspirują. Fan page to Świry Rękodzieła. Pozdrawiam i dziękuję za odpowiedź.

01.09.2020 - 18:15

DROPS Design answered:

Dokładnie tak jest. Pozdrawiamy!

01.09.2020 - 18:40

country flag Ula K wrote:

Dzień dobry! Czy mogę wzór wykorzystać, aby przeprowadzić bezpłatny live/bezpłatne szkolenie jak wykonać taki szalik na facebooku na naszej grupie? Wszystkie warsztaty/szkolenia na tej grupie są bezpłatne. Naszym sponsorem są kokonki.pl, które są dystrybutorem marki Drops. Prowadzimy też bloga z rękodziełem.

31.08.2020 - 14:27

DROPS Design answered:

Witaj Ulu! Nasze wzory mogą być wykorzystywane pod 2 warunkami: 1. musi być wyraźnie zaznaczone, że to wzór DROPS. 2. Celem takiego wykorzystania nie może być sprzedaż produktów innych marek. Możesz podać mi nazwę waszej grupy/bloga? Pozdrawiamy i dziękujemy za zainteresowanie naszymi wzorami :)

01.09.2020 - 07:49

country flag Agi wrote:

Dears, how much if at all I need to stretch my swatch to check gauge? I made swatches with needles 4, 4.5 and 5 and without stretching even with n5 it was smaller than 10 cm. I'm a bit nervous that with needles 2 sizes up than the suggested ones my yarn won't be enough. :P Also, note on pattern: in Hungarian it says for the decrease in first row: "repeat from *-* two more times = 87 sts" instead of the English "repeat from *-* until 2 sts remain" Thank you!

13.05.2020 - 12:14

DROPS Design answered:

Dear Agi, you can block your swatch to check your tension, getting the recommended tension will ensure you to get correct measurements - thanks for your feedback, Hungarian pattern will be edited. Happy knitting!

13.05.2020 - 12:25

country flag Kay wrote:

Bonjour, Pourquoi tricoter l'étole en deux parties ? Est-il possible de la faire en une seule partie ou y a-t-il une raison technique, autre que la longueur de l'ouvrage :-) ? Merci et Bonne et heureuse année 2018

13.01.2018 - 12:24

DROPS Design answered:

Bonjour Kay, on la tricote en 2 parties pour que les 2 extrémités soient identiques. Bon tricot!

15.01.2018 - 08:49

country flag Irene wrote:

Salve, vorrei sapere se a lavoro ultimato è consigliabile o no bloccare tutto. In caso come è meglio procedere? Il filato si rovina? Grazie

21.10.2017 - 18:32

DROPS Design answered:

Buonasera Irene. Con questo tipo di filato non è necessario procedere con il bloccaggio. Buon lavoro!

21.10.2017 - 19:49