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Winter Melody Cardigan by DROPS Design

Knitted DROPS jacket with lace pattern, Nordic pattern and raglan in ”Lima”. Size: S - XXXL.

DROPS design: Pattern no li-065
Yarn group B
Size: S - M - L - XL - XXL - XXXL
DROPS LIMA from Garnstudio
450-500-550-550-600-650 g colour no 9010, light grey
100-100-100-100-100-100 g colour no 5610, brown

DROPS DOUBLE POINTED NEEDLES AND CIRCULAR NEEDLE (60 or 80 cm) SIZE 4 mm - or size needed to get 21 sts x 28 rows in stocking st = 10 x 10 cm.
DROPS BUTTON ARCHED (white), NO 521: 7-7-7-7-8-8 pieces

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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):
K all rows. 1 ridge = 2 rows K
GARTER ST (worked in the round):
1 ridge = 2 rounds. * K 1 round and P 1 round *, repeat from *-*.

See diagrams A.1 to A.4. The diagrams show all rounds/rows in pattern seen from RS.

Dec 2 sts in every transition between body and sleeves.
Dec as follows from RS:
Beg 3 sts before marker and work as follows: K 2 tog, K 2 (marker is between these 2 sts), slip 1 st as if to K, K 1, psso.
Dec as follows from WS:
Beg 3 sts before marker and work as follows: P 2 twisted tog, P 2, P 2 tog.

Dec for buttonholes on right band. 1 buttonhole = K tog 2nd and 3rd st from mid front, then make 1 YO. Dec for buttonholes when piece measures:
SIZE S: 13, 20, 27, 34, 41, 48 and 55 cm
SIZE M: 13, 20, 27, 34, 41, 49 and 57 cm
SIZE L: 13, 20, 27, 35, 43, 51 and 59 cm
SIZE XL: 13, 21, 29, 37, 45, 53 and 61 cm
SIZE XXL: 13, 20, 27, 34, 41, 48, 55 and 63 cm.
SIZE XXXL: 13, 20, 27, 34, 41, 49, 57 and 65 cm.

Worked back and forth on circular needle from mid front.
Cast on 221-235-263-277-305-347 sts with light grey on circular needle size 4 mm (incl 5 band sts in each side, always work band in light grey and GARTER ST – see explanation above). Work 1 ridge. Then work as follows from RS: 5 sts in garter st, A.1 over the next 210-224-252-266-294-336 sts, finish with first st in A.1 and 5 sts in garter st. Work A.1 1 time vertically, on last row in A.1 adjust no of sts to 191-201-221-241-271-301. Then work as follows: 5 sts in garter st, A.2 over the next 180-190-210-230-260-290 sts, finish with first st in A.2 and 5 sts in garter st. Work A.2 1 time vertically, on last row dec 10-8-4-0-6-12 sts evenly = 181-193-217-241-265-289 sts. Then work as follows: 5 sts in garter st, A.3 over the next 168-180-204-228-252-276 sts, finish with first 3 sts in A.3 and 5 sts in garter st. Insert 2 markers in the piece; 48-51-57-63-69-75 sts in from each side (back piece = 85-91-103-115-127-139 sts). Continue with A.3 AT THE SAME TIME when piece measures 12 cm, dec 1 st on each side of every marker (= 4 sts dec), repeat dec every 2 cm 4 more times = 161-173-197-221-245-269 sts. (NOTE: Because of dec A.3 will not fit in the side but make sure that holes fit according to pattern). When piece measures 26 cm, inc 1 st on each side of every marker (= 4 sts inc). Repeat inc every 3-3-3-4-4-4 cm 4 more times, work the inc sts in A.3 = 181-193-217-241-265-289 sts.
When piece measures 41-42-43-44-45-46 cm, cast off for armholes in each side as follows: Work until 4 sts remain before first marker in the side, cast off the next 8 sts, work until 4 sts remain before marker in the other side, cast off the next 8 sts and work the rest of row. There are now 77-83-95-107-119-131 sts on back piece and 44-47-53-59-65-71 sts on each front piece. Put piece aside and knit the sleeves.

Worked in the round on double pointed needles. Cast on 48-48-48-48-60-60 sts on double pointed needles size 4 mm with light grey. Work 2 ridges in GARTER ST- see explanation above, then work in stocking st until piece measures 8 cm. Insert 1 marker at beg of round = mid under sleeve. Continue with A.3. When piece measures 9 cm, inc 2 st under sleeve – work the inc sts in A.3. Inc every 4-3-2½-2-3-2½ cm 9-12-14-16-12-14 more times = 68-74-78-82-86-90 sts. When piece measures approx. 49-49-48-48-47-47 cm (adjust to end at the same row in A.3 as on body), cast off the middle 8 sts under sleeve for armhole = 60-66-70-74-78-82 sts remain on round. Put piece aside and knit another sleeve.

Slip sleeves on to same circular needle as body where armholes were cast off = 285-309-341-373-405-437 sts. Insert 1 marker in all transitions between sleeves and body (= 4 markers). Continue with A.3 as before, on next row from RS beg dec for RAGLAN – see explanation above (= 8 sts dec). Repeat dec every other row 22-22-22-23-24-25 more times and then every row 0-3-5-6-7-8 times - AT THE SAME TIME when dec for raglan has been done 2-2-3-3-4-4 times (there are now 269-293-317-349-373-405 sts on row) work next row as follows: (NOTE: Arrow in diagram shows middle of A.4. Count out from the middle when starting to work pattern on front pieces/sleeves and back piece so that the pattern is the same in each side on each part.): 5 sts in garter st, A.4 over the next 34-37-42-48-53-59 sts, dec for raglan as before – always work sts in raglan with light grey, A.4 over the next 50-56-58-62-64-68 sts, dec for raglan, A.4 over the next 67-73-83-95-105-117 sts, dec for raglan, A.4 over the next 50-56-58-62-64-68 sts, dec for raglan, A.4 over the next 34-37-42-48-53-59 sts, finish with 5 sts in garter st. Continue with A.4 and raglan. When pattern has been worked, continue in stocking st with light grey and raglan as before. After all dec for raglan 101-101-117-133-149-165 sts remain on needle. Work 2 ridges over all sts, on first row dec 10-10-16-28-40-52 sts evenly = 91-91-101-105-109-113 sts. Cast off.

Sew the openings under the sleeves. Sew the buttons on to left band.

Mittens and hat:
See DROPS 165-19 or "Related patterns" in pattern on website.

This pattern has been corrected. .

Updated online: 25.10.2016
New yarn amount:
DROPS LIMA from Garnstudio
450-500-550-550-600-650 g colour no 9010, light grey


= K from RS, P from WS with light grey
= 1 YO between 2 sts
= K 2 tog
= slip 2 sts as if to K tog, K 1, pass the 2 slipped sts over
= K from RS, P from WS with brown

Maartje Van Onselen 31.01.2019 - 15:51:

Bij het telpatroon zie ik twee lege vakjes. Kunt u mijnzeggen welke symbolen daarin horen?

Denise Livingston 30.03.2018 - 19:57:

I do not understand how to knit vertically at the end of certain rows. Can you please help me with this. Thank you, Denise Livingston

DROPS Design 03.04.2018 kl. 07:59:

Dear Mrs Livingstone, when pattern says to repeat A.1 or A.2 one time vertically, just work diagram row ater row over all sts on the needle (except the 5 front band sts on each side). Start reading diagram from the bottom corner on the right side and read from the right towards the left from RS and from the left towards the right from RS. You can insert marker to mark each diagram and check pattern in each repeat. Happy knitting!

Birgit Drescher 19.11.2017 - 16:03:

Hej, (Min str) Slå 347 m op Strik 2 p retstrik. Forsæt således – fra retsiden: 5 m retstrik A1 over de næste 336 m afslut med første m i A1. og 5 retstrik. Strik A1 en gang i højden, på sidste p i A1 justeres m antallet til 301 m. Men der er da ikke nogle masker at justerer, de er jo taget ind på første pind i mønster A1, da der ikke er noget omslag til at opveje de masker der bliver taget ind. Er det mig der er helt forkert på den. MVH Birgit

DROPS Design 05.12.2017 kl. 14:54:

Hej Birgit, når du er færdig med A.1 har du taget 2x24 m ind. 347 - 48 m = 299 m. Du justerer nu til 301. God fornøjelse!

Ada 21.05.2017 - 22:23:

Ik heb het vest gebreid van garen drops Belle en effen. Het is prachtig geworden en draagt heerlijk!

Giovanna 18.01.2017 - 18:50:

Ciao volevo sapere se lo sprone può essere eseguito continuato, in tondo perché non amo le parti del raglan visibili. Mi sarebbe piaciuto un disegno non spezzato. Grazie

DROPS Design 18.01.2017 kl. 21:35:

Buonasera Giovanna. Nello sprone ci sono delle diminuzioni per il raglan, che andrebbero a modificare il motivo a jacquard. E’ per questo motivo che il disegno viene spezzato evidenziando le linee del raglan. Buon lavoro!

Ingeborg Heggelien 23.10.2016 - 20:14:

Jeg holder på å strikke denne jakken nå. Er veldig godt fornøyd med hvordan fremgangsmåten er forklart, supert! Og garnfargene er veldig fine. Men det blir for lite garn av den lys grå fargen ser jeg, 1-2 nøster faktisk, det er litt synd :-(

TALLEMANT 23.10.2016 - 15:45:

Die angegebene Menge reicht nicht aus. Es fehlten 2 Knäuel in grau. Es ist ärgerlich, denn ich musste nachbestellen, und habe dadurch zweimal Versand bezahlen müssen.... Sonst ist die Jacke schön, die Wolle auch, lässt sich auch wunderbar stricken. Nur unten rollt sich die Jacke, ich denke, dass mehr Reihen kraus rechts am Anfang richtig wären.

Ann Dorit Kammersgaard 04.04.2016 - 18:26:

Jeg har lige strikket denne cardigan. Desværre måtte jeg købe tre ekstra nøgler af den grå. Strikker jævnt, så det er meget med tre nøgler.

Rosine 13.12.2015 - 13:48:

Le modèle est très joli, mais la quantité indiquée en gris clair est insuffisante : en taille M, il faut 500 gr.

DROPS Design 14.12.2015 kl. 10:24:

Bonjour Rosine, aviez-vous bien le bon échantillon et conservé la tension indiquée de 21 m x 28 rangs jersey pour 10 x 10 cm? Merci.

Veronika Bäckström 09.10.2015 - 08:27:

Hej jag har försökt att börja på det här mönstret 6ggr och varje gång när jag kommer till tredje raden i A1 fattas det maskor. Så jag analyserade det hela och inser att det måste vara omslag i början och slutet av det första mönstervarvet? För att det ska stämma. Man gör ju en minskning i varje spets och om man inte gör omslagen fattas det mååånga maskor. Tänker jag rätt? Med vänlig hälsning Veronika

DROPS Design 09.10.2015 kl. 14:10:

Hej, Det är 14 m på första varvet i A.1, men pga minskningen på första varvet, har du bara 12 m på följande 11 varv (dvs 9 m mellan varje "spets") kom ihåg de 2 omslagen mellan varje spets från varv nr 3. Lycka till!

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