DROPS Extra / 0-1159

Aberdeen by DROPS Design

Men's knitted sweater in DROPS Air, with raglan and shawl collar. Size: S - XXXL.

DROPS design: Pattern no ai-008
Yarn group C or A + A
Size: S - M - L - XL - XXL - XXXL
DROPS AIR from Garnstudio
350-400-400-450-500-550 g color no 04, medium gray

DROPS DOUBLE POINTED NEEDLES AND CIRCULAR NEEDLE (40 and 80 cm / 16'' and 32'') SIZE 6 mm/US 10 - or size needed to get 15 sts x 19 rows in stockinette st = 4'' x 4'' (10 x 10 cm).

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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.
GARTER ST (back and forth):
K all rows. 1 ridge = K2 rows.

See diagram A.1. The diagram shows all rows/rounds in pattern seen from RS.

All dec are done from RS!
Dec 1 st on each side of every A.1 (= 8 sts dec on row/round):
Dec as follows before A.1: Work until 2 sts before A.1, K 2 tog = 1 st dec.
Dec as follows after A.1: Slip 1 st as if to K, K 1, psso = 1 st dec.

Dec 2 sts on each side of every A.1 as follows (= 16 sts dec on row):
Dec as follows before A.1: Work until 3 sts remain before A.1, slip 1 st as if to K, K 2 tog, psso = 2 sts dec.
Dec as follows after A.1: Slip 1 st as if to K, K 2 tog, psso = 2 sts dec.

Inc 1 st by making 1 YO, on next round K YO twisted (i.e. work in back loop of st instead front) to avoid holes.

Dec inside 1 edge st in garter st. All dec are done from RS!
Dec as follows before 1 edge st: K 2 tog.
Dec after 1 edge st as follows: Slip 1 st as if to K, K 1, psso.

Jumper is worked in the round on circular needle up to neck. When binding off for neck, continue back and forth. Rounds start mid back.

Cast on 176-188-204-224-244-268 sts on circular needle size 5 mm / US 8 with Air. Work rib = K 2/P 2 in the round for 6 cm / 2 3/8''. Then continue in stockinette st until finished measurements. On next round switch to circular needle size 6 mm / US 10 and dec 32-32-36-40-44-48 sts evenly = 144-156-168-184-200-220 sts. REMEMBER THE GAUGE! When piece measures 42-43-44-45-46-47 cm / 16½''-17''-17¼''-17¾''-18''-18½'', bind off for armholes in each side as follows: Work 31-34-37-41-45-50 sts in stockinette st (= half back piece), bind off 10 sts under sleeve, work 62-68-74-82-90-100 sts in stockinette st (= front piece), bind off 10 sts and work the remaining 31-34-37-41-45-50 sts in stockinette(= half back piece). Put piece aside and knit the sleeves.

Worked in the round on double pointed needles/circular needle.
Cast on 40-40-44-44-44-48 sts on double pointed needles size 5 mm / US 8. Work rib = K 2/P 2 for 4 cm / 1½''. Then continue in stockinette st until finished measurements. On next round switch to double pointed/circular needle size 6 mm / US 10 and dec 5-3-5-3-3-7 sts evenly = 35-37-39-41-41-41 sts. When sleeve measures 8cm / 3" in all sizes, insert a marker at beg of round (= mid under sleeve). On next round inc 1 st in each side of marker - Read INCREASE TIP! Repeat inc every 6th-6th-6th-6th-5th-5th round 8-7-3-3-14-7 more time, then on each 5th-5th-5th-5th-4th-4th round 6-7-12-12-2-11 times = 65-67-71-73-75-79 sts. Work the new sts in stockinette st. When piece measures 54-53-53-53-53-53 cm, bind off 10 sts mid under sleeve (= 5 sts on each side of marker) = 55-57-61-63-65-69 sts remain on sleeve.

Slip sleeves on to same circular needle as body where armholes were bound off = 234-250-270-290-310-338 sts. Now continue with stockinette st and pattern in every transition between front and back piece and sleeves from beg of round: Continue in stockinette st over the first 28-31-34-38-42-47 sts, A.1 (= 7 sts), stockinette st over the next 47-49-53-55-57-61 sts, A.1, 56-62-68-76-84-94 sts in stockinette, A.1, 47-49-53-55-57-61 sts in stockinette, A.1, 28-31-34-38-42-47 sts in stockinette. Continue like this, AT THE SAME TIME dec for RAGLAN - see explanation above, and dec for neck as follows: READ ALL OF THE FOLLOWING SECTION BEFORE CONTINUING!

NOTE: Continue in the round until bind off for neck. Then work the rest of yoke back and forth.To obtain the correct measurements, make sure your gauge is always correct when working raglan!
Repeat dec for raglan every other round/every row from RS 15-16-16-17-18-18 more times (= 8 sts per dec), then dec 2 sts on each side of every raglan(= 16 sts per dec). Repeat dec 1-1-2-2-2-3 more times.
When piece measures 44-45-46-47-48-49 cm / 17 1/4''-17 3/4''-18''-18½''-19''-19 1/4'', bind off the middle 14-16-16-16-18-20 sts on front piece for neck. Then work piece back and forth and work edge st towards the neck in GARTER ST - see explanation above. Then dec 1 st inside 1 edge st in garter st on each side of neck - Read DECREASE TIP! Repeat dec every other row until finished measurements. NOTE: Neck dec overlaps dec for raglan on front piece. I.e. when there is not enough sts to dec for raglan on front piece, continue dec for neck over A.1.

When raglan and neck dec are done piece measures approx. 66-68-70-72-74-76 cm / 26''-26¾''-27½''-28 3/8''-29 1/8''-30''.
Now work an elevation in the neck: Beg from RS and work as before until 7 sts, turn, tighten yarn, work back until 7 sts remain, turn, tighten yarn, work until 10 sts remain, turn, tighten yarn, work until 10 sts remain, turn, tighten yarn, work until 13 sts remain, turn, tighten yarn, work until 13 sts remain, turn, tighten yarn, work until 16 sts remain, turn, tighten yarn, work until 16 sts remain. Bind off.

Start mid front on the right side of sts dec for neck. Pick up on circular needle size 5 mm / US 8 with Air: 43-45-46-48-50-52 sts up to shoulder, then pick up 26-27-27-27-29-29 sts in the back of neck, and finally 43-45-46-48-50-52 sts down along left side of neck dec = 112-117-119-123-129-133 sts. (Do not pick up sts at the front of neck where sts were bound off.) K 1 row from WS while AT THE SAME TIME inc 4-7-5-5-7-7 sts evenly = 116-124-124-128-136-140 sts. Then work rib as follows (from RS): 1 edge st in garter st, * K 2, P 2 *, repeat from *-* until 3 sts remain, finish with K 2 and 1 edge st in garter st. Continue rib like this until collar measures approx. 6 cm / 2½''. Now inc 1 st in each of the middle 14 P-sections, seen from RS (= back of neck) = 130-138-138-142-150-154 sts. Continue to work until collar measures 10-11-11-11-12-13 cm / 4"-4½"-4½"-4½"-4 3/4"-5", bind off with K over K and P over P.

Lay the collar double (left side over right side) at the bottom of neck opening and sew it to the neck line at the front through both layers. Sew the openings under the sleeves.


All measurements in charts are in cm.

= K from RS, P from WS
= P from RS, K from WS

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 Extra 0-1159) 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 (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

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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 (176)

Marie-José 24.09.2020 - 21:42:

Je ne comprend les explications pour le col chale, que sont les sections envers Merci de votre réponse

DROPS Design 25.09.2020 kl. 08:58:

Bonjour Marie-José, quand vous tricotez le col, vous tricotez des côtes 2 mailles endroit, 2 mailles envers, les sections envers correspondent à ces mailles tricotées à l'envers dans les côtes, autrement dit, on aura 3 m env au lieu de 2 au niveau des 14 sections en mailles envers du milieu du col et 2 mailles envers comme avant au début et à la fin du rang/du col. Bon tricot!

Eva-Britt Gundersen 24.09.2020 - 01:34:

Jeg strikker denne genser i str L.Skjønner ikke raglanfellingen.Skal jeg først felle 8 m pr omgang 16 ganger,og så 16 m i tre omganger.Får ikke felt 16 m da raglan på forstykket blir borte,hvordan gjør jeg dette?

DROPS Design 24.09.2020 kl. 10:48:

Hej Eva -Britt. Ja det stämmer att du feller till raglan som du skriver. Halsfellingen overlapper fellingen til raglan på forstk. Dvs, når det ikke er nok m å felle til raglan på forstk, fortsetter fellingen til hals over A.1. Mvh DROPS Design

Elsebeth Nielsen 16.09.2020 - 09:43:

Str M. Når jeg har strikket de omgange jeg skal til raglan mangler jeg stadig 7 cm i længden? Skal jeg fortsætte lige op, kun med indtagninger til hals?eller hvad. Jeg mangler også hvor mange masker jeg skal have til sidste, før jeg begynder på forhøjningen til nakke.

Julia 10.08.2020 - 18:52:

Hallo! Ich habe jetzt die verkürzten Reihen gestrickt. Hab also jetzt 16 Maschen auf der Nadel und soll jetzt abketten. Wie soll das geschehen. Vielen Dank schon Mal

DROPS Design 11.08.2020 kl. 08:42:

Liebe Julia, Sie können den Faden abschneiden und alle Maschen von Anfang der Reihe abkette. Dann fasen Sie die Maschen für den Kragen wie beschrieben. Viel Spaß beim stricken!

Bennahmias 03.08.2020 - 13:35:

Aberdeen L : raglan : répéter les diminutions encore 16 fois = 17 fois en tout ? Idem pour les diminutions de 2 m : répéter encore 2 fois = 3 fois en tout ? Encolure : répéter ces diminutions jusqu'à la fin : que signifie la fin ? combien doit-il rester de m avant de faire la rehausse ? la rehausse se démarre bien à partir du milieu du dos ? Merci de votre retour

DROPS Design 03.08.2020 kl. 16:00:

Bonjour Mme Bennahmias, tout à fait encore 16 fois = 17 fois au total et encore 2 fois = 3 fois au total. On répète les diminutions de l'encolure jusqu'à ce que celles du raglan sont faites = environ 70 cm de hauteur totale en L. On ne diminue pas de mailles quand on tricote la réhausse, on tricote des rangs raccourcis = plus de rangs sur certaines mailles pour que l'encolure dos soit plus haute. Bon tricot!

Judy Porter 29.07.2020 - 10:42:

Hi please clarify following: Yoke: “continue in stocking stitch over first 31 sts....” left with 3 sts (68/2= 34) is this part of the 7 sts with 4 over sleeve? Dec for raglan at the same time: knit 30 (not 31) to allow for dec to keep remaining 3 stitches for raglan pattern? Thanks Judy

DROPS Design 29.07.2020 kl. 11:40:

Dear Mrs Porter, in size M you will work from mid back: 31 sts in stocking stitch, then the next 7 sts in A.1, 49 sts for the sleeve, 7 sts in A.1, the next 62 sts on front piece, the next 7 sts in A.1, the next49 sts for sleeve, 7 sts in A.1 and finish with the last 31 sts = 31+7+49+7+62+7+49+7+31=250 sts. Happy knitting!

Stephanie 24.07.2020 - 07:41:

I have just finished the raglan decreases and cast off for the neck. I am beginning working the garter stitch neck decreases. Do I also continue to decrease for the raglan A1? I think I shouldn’t, but I am not sure.

DROPS Design 24.07.2020 kl. 11:47:

Dear Stephanie, Yes, you do continue to decrease for raglan but see this NOTE: Neck dec overlaps dec for raglan on front piece. I.e. when there is not enough sts to dec for raglan on front piece, continue dec for neck over A.1. Happy Knitting!

Beth 23.07.2020 - 22:50:

What US yarn # would be used for this project?

DROPS Design 24.07.2020 kl. 11:59:

Dear Beth, We cannot help you out with that question. Our patterns are created specifically to be knitted with our yarns that have unique characteristics. You can always order directly our yarns at our site ad we will forward it to one of our DROPS stores. Happy Knitting!

Sarah Niemann 13.07.2020 - 14:41:

Hi I see you've updated the pattern to correct the sleeve. Thanks so much, I'm happily getting on with it, and my son is very much looking forward to his new jumper 😊 Great website!

Sarah Niemann 07.07.2020 - 15:58:

Hello! I think there is a problem with the Aberdeen sleeve. In the smallest size, I think it should say cast off 10 stitches at 54cm, not 42cm? Thank you for a great pattern :)

DROPS Design 07.07.2020 kl. 16:45:

Dear Mrs Niemann, it looks like you are right, English pattern will be checked and edited. Thanks for your feedback. Happy knitting!

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