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Summer Elegance by DROPS Design

Knitted DROPS skirt with lace pattern worked top down in ”Muskat”. Size: S - XXXL.

Tags: lace, skirts, top down,

DROPS design: Pattern no r-700
Yarn group B
Size: S - M - L - XL - XXL - XXXL
DROPS MUSKAT from Garnstudio
400-400-450-500-550-600 g colour no 18, white

DROPS CIRCULAR NEEDLE (60 or 80 cm) SIZE 3.5 mm - or size needed to get 21 sts x 28 rows in lace pattern = 10 x 10 cm.
DROPS CIRCULAR NEEDLE (60 or 80 cm) SIZE 3 mm - for folding edge and garter st.
ACCESSORIES: approx. 70-120 cm elastic

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

INCREASE TIP (applies to distribution of inc):
To calculate how often inc should be done, use the total no of sts on row (e.g. 150 sts) and divide by no of inc to be done (e.g. 8) = 18.8. I.e. in this example inc after approx. every 19th st.
NOTE: Inc 1 st by making 1 YO. On next round K YO twisted (if next round is in stocking st) or P twisted (if next round is P) to avoid holes.

See diagrams A.1 to A.4.

Worked in the round on circular needle, top down.
Cast on 150-168-184-204-230-256 sts on circular needle size 3 mm with Muskat. Work 2 cm in stocking st (= hem), then P 1 round (= folding edge). Switch to circular needle size 3.5 mm. Insert 1 marker in piece, NOW MEASURE PIECE FROM HERE. Work in stocking st. When piece measures 3-3-4-4-5-5 cm, inc 8-6-10-6-4-4 sts evenly - READ INCREASE TIP = 158-174-194-210-234-260 sts. REMEMBER THE KNITTING TENSION When piece measures 6-6-8-8-10-10 cm, switch to circular needle size 3 mm. Work 2 ridges in GARTER ST - see explanation above and inc AT THE SAME TIME 10-6-10-6-6-4 sts evenly on 1st round = 168-180-204-216-240-264 sts. Switch back to circular needle size 3.5 mm and work pattern in the round according to diagram A.1A (= 14-15-17-18-20-22 repetitions of 12 sts). After A.1A work A.1B. When A.1B has been worked one time vertically, there are 196-210-238-252-280-308 sts on needle. Work A.1C one time vertically. Switch to circular needle size 3 mm and work 2 ridges while inc 27-19-15-7-9-5 sts evenly on 1st round = 223-229-253-259-289-313 sts. Switch back to circular needle size 3.5 mm and work pattern in the round according to diagram A.2 as follows: Work A.2A (= 7 sts), repeat A.2B until 6 sts remain on round (= 35-36-40-41-46-50 repetitions of 6 sts) and finish with A.2C (= 6 sts). When A.2 has been worked 2 times vertically, switch to circular needle size 3 mm. Work 2 ridges while AT THE SAME TIME inc 29-23-23-17-11-11 sts evenly on 1st round = 252-252-276-276-300-324 sts. Switch back to circular needle size 3.5 mm again and work pattern in the round according to diagram A.3 (= 21-21-23-23-25-27 repetitions of 12 sts). When A.3 has been worked one time vertically, there are 273-273-299-299-325-351 sts on needle. Now repeat A.X over A.3 until piece measures approx. 42-44-46-48-50-52 cm (or desired length, approx. 4 cm remain until finished measurements). Work pattern in the round according to diagram A.4 and then LOOSELY cast off.

Fold the hem towards the WS and fasten with neat stitches - NOTE: Leave a little opening to thread the elastic through.


= K
= P
= 1 YO between 2 sts, K YO on next round (= hole)
= 1 YO between 2 sts, K YO twisted on next round (= not hole)
= K 2 tog
= slip 1 st as if to K, K 1, psso
= slip 1 st as if to K, K 2 tog, psso

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 169-24) 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.

We have also step-by-step guides for different techniques which you'll find here.

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 (16)

Aneta 28.08.2019 - 15:10:

Hello, I don’t know how to start the row 11 and 17 in A.3 pattern. The first 2 stitches are missed somehow in the pattern. I don’t get it.

DROPS Design 28.08.2019 kl. 15:32:

Dear Aneta, on the first repeat on the round, slip the first 2 stitches on the right needle and work first A.3: the last st in first A.3 is worked together with the 2 stitches on next A.3 - the new stitches (= decrease + YO) are now the first 2 sts on next repeat. Continue like this, and on last repeat on the round, work the last st last repeat tog with the first 2 sts on the round you slipped (= these are now the first 2 sts on the round). Happy knitting!

Concy 05.05.2019 - 12:47:

Ciao a tutte, Ho appena finito questa bellissima gonna..ho scoperto da poco questo sito e lo trovo molto interessante. Finalmente dei bei modelli da copiare!! Io non sono bravissima ma mi piacciono le sfide. Questa è la prima volta che uso i ferri circolari 😌. Vorrei aggiungere una foto del lavoro finito, ma come?

DROPS Design 05.05.2019 kl. 13:42:

Buongiorno Concy, ci fa piacere che sia soddisfatta dei nostri modelli: può pubblicare la foto della sua gonna iscrivendosi su Facebook al gruppo DROPS Workshop. Buon lavoro!

Irene 17.05.2018 - 11:37:

Good morning, I have a question: How can I work pattern A3 without circular neeedls? How can I start the pattern at rows 11 and 17? Thank you very much!

DROPS Design 17.05.2018 kl. 13:27:

Dear Irene, you can try starting with K2 tog, YO over the first 2 sts 1st repeat A.3 and finish with YO, slip 1 as if to K, K1, psso. Happy knitting!

Jamie 02.04.2018 - 23:03:

Bonjour ! Diagramme A2B troisième rang commence par une maille endroit et puis un jeté? ou par deux mailles ensemble et un jeté? Merci

DROPS Design 03.04.2018 kl. 10:02:

Bonjour Jamie, au 3ème rang de A.2, tricotez les 2 dernières mailles de A.2A/A.2B avec la 1ère m de A.2B/du A.2B suivant/de A.2C. Le jeté après la double diminution devient la 1ère maille du A.2B suivant/de A.2C. Bon tricot!

Maria 16.01.2017 - 16:21:

Hi, what is the gauge on the skirt? I'm not able to find it.

DROPS Design 16.01.2017 kl. 16:59:

Dear Maria, you will find gauge under tab "Materials" tog with amount of yarn and needle sizes. Happy knitting!

Alex 14.10.2016 - 22:11:

Hello! I'm on chart A.2 and my question is: where A.2C "meet" A.2A is the pattern different from the rest of the row? Thanks a lot

DROPS Design 15.10.2016 kl. 12:33:

Hello Alex. The pattern is mainly the same. You will just find 1 st more between the last repeat on round (A.2c) and first repeat on next round (A.2a). Also on round 3: you finish A.2c with: slip 1 st as if to K, K 1, psso, and you start A.2a with: K 2 tog, whereas, on the rest of round, where A.2a meet A.2b and where A.2b meet A.2c you finish/start with slip 1 st as if to K, K 2 tog, psso. Happy knitting!

Hélène Decq 08.09.2016 - 11:06:

Bonjour, Je suis en train de réaliser ce tricot et je ne comprends pas le schéma A.3 aux rangs 11 et 17. Pourquoi le diagramme est-il décalé? Comment prendre en compte ce décalage dans les rangs pour garder le dessin? Doit-on tricoter 1 maille ou 3 mailles endroits en début de rang? Merci beaucoup pour votre réponse et l'aide que vous pourrez apporter!

DROPS Design 08.09.2016 kl. 13:48:

Bonjour Mme Decq, lorsque vous tricotez le 1er A.3 du tour, tricotez les 2 premières m à l'end et commencez le diagramme ensuite à la 1ère case = 1 m end, 2 m ens à l'end, 1 jeté etc... terminez le diagramme en tricotant la dernière m du 1er motif avec les 2 premières m du motif suivant = le 1er jeté = dernière m du motif, surjet double + jeté = 2 premières m du motif suivant. Ainsi, à la fin du tour, quand il reste 1 m, faites 1 jeté (= dernière m du tour), glissez la dernière m du tour, tricotez les 2 premières m du tour ens à l'end, passez la m glissée par-dessus la m tricotée = 1ère m du tour, 1 jeté = 2ème m du tour. Bon tricot!

Tina Schjønberg 16.06.2016 - 08:34:

Efter mønsterdelen A.1B er der vist 2 lininer glatstrik.... Herefter skal man begynde på mønster A.1C. Som også starter med 2 omgange glatstrik... Kommer her ikke 2 omgange for meget? Skal man ikke starte direkte på mønsterdelen på 1C.

DROPS Design 16.06.2016 kl. 14:30:

Hej Tina. Mönstret skulle vaere korrekt, men synes du selv det er paenere kan du jo undlade de 2 omg glatstrik. God fornöjelse videre.

Steffi 23.03.2016 - 10:46:

Bin jetzt bei Muster A3 angelangt. Habe jetzt Runde 10 fertig. Werde aber aus dem Diagramm in Runde 11 und 17 nicht schlau. Warum ist diese Runde versetzt? Hat das eine Bedeutung oder stricke ich einfach normal weiter? Danke

DROPS Design 23.03.2016 kl. 14:23:

Liebe Steffi, das Diagramm ist in dieser Runde nur wegen der Darstellung verschoben, stricken Sie ganz normal weiter und lassen Sie sich davon nicht irritieren.

Lisa 19.03.2016 - 20:45:

I'm stuck on chart A.2. I'm at the end of round 3 and have 6 st left. I'm not sure if I've done something wrong, though everything looks fine. I can't do the first or last 6 st in the pattern as it's in the middle of the slip 1, K2T, psso part. The 6th st at the beginning of the round is the one to be slipped. Is that what I do? Thanks for any help!

DROPS Design 21.03.2016 kl. 09:51:

Dear Lisa, the video below shows how to work a similar diagram (shown for another pattern but diagram is still the same). Check you have correct amount of sts before starting A.2 (= 223-229-253-259-289-313 sts) and then work: A.2A (= 7 sts), repeat A.2B until 6 sts remain on round (= 35-36-40-41-46-50 repetitions of 6 sts) and finish with A.2C (= 6 sts). Happy knitting!

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