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Midnight Lace by DROPS Design

DROPS Crocheted Cardigan in Muskat

Sizes: M - L/XL
Finished measurements: 90-108 cm [35 3/8" - 42.5"]

Materials: DROPS MUSKAT from Garnstudio
500-550 g. col. no. 43, violet.

3 DROPS Coconut buttons nr 516

DROPS 4 mm [US F] crochet hook, or size needed to obtain correct gauge.

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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. 5 ft 7 in and uses size S or M. If you are making a sweater, 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 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.
Gauge: 1 diagram = approx. 9 cm [3.5"] in width.
12 rows of Pattern 2 = approx. 10 cm [4"] in height.

Pattern: See chart. The pattern is seen from the right side. «1 rapport» = «1 repeat».

Note: All measurements in pattern refer to the garment when held up or worn, because the pattern pulls in and lengthens.

Cardigan is worked back and forth from opening mid front.
Ch 201-241 loosely. Turn and crochet Pattern 1 once across row (10-12 repeats).
Then crochet Pattern 2 on the next row and repeat a total of 5 times, the piece measures approx. 20 cm [7 7/8"].
Crochet Pattern 3. At the same time when the piece measures approx. 32-35 cm [12 5/8" - 13.75"] divide and crochet each part of Body separately.
Each front = 2 repeats; back = 4 repeats, skip 1-2 repeats at each side for armhole.

Right front:
Continue with Pattern 3 over 2 repeats starting at front edge.
When the piece measures approx. 42-46 cm [16.5" - 18 1/8"] (adjust to finish after 1 flower) continue with Pattern 3 but do not make flowers.
At the same time shape the neck as follows:
From WS crochet until 2 ch-spaces remain before front edge.
Turn and crochet back. Now crochet over 1 less ch-space at neck edge on every row from WS a total of 3 times.
Continue to crochet in pattern until the piece measures 52-56 cm [20.5" - 22"], fasten off.

Left front:
Crochet the same as right front, reversing all shaping.

Continue to crochet Pattern 3 until piece measures approx. 42-46 cm [16.5" - 18 1/8"], then crochet the rest without flowers (as on front).
When the piece measures approx. 49-53 cm [19.25" - 20 7/8"] crochet the next row as follows: work over 7 ch-spaces = shoulder, sc over the following 10 ch-spaces = neck (crochet 1 sc in every ch-space and 1 sc in each sc between ch-spaces), work over 7 ch-spaces = shoulder.
Finish with 1 row of ch-spaces on each shoulder.
The piece measures approx. 52-56 cm [20.5" - 22"], fasten off.

Worked back and forth.
Ch 51-51 loosely. Turn and crochet Pattern 1 once across row (2.5 repeats), then crochet Pattern 2 twice, then continue in Pattern 3 (15 ch-spaces).
When the piece measures approx. 10 cm [4"] inc 1 ch-space at the end of row on alternately right and left side of piece a total of 8-10 times like this: inc at the end of every 3rd and 4th rows by ch 4, then 1 sc in the last sc from previous row = 23-25 ch-spaces on row.
Continue until piece measures approx. 52-54 cm [20.5" - 21.25"].
Then crochet over 1 less ch-space at end of every row until the piece measures 56-58 cm [22" - 22 7/8"], fasten off.

Crochet together shoulders as follows:
* 1 sc in first ch-space on front, ch 1, 1 sc in first ch-space on back, ch 1 *, repeat from * - * on each shoulder.
Crochet together the sleeve as follows from bottom edge:
* 1 sc in one side, ch 2, 1 sc in other side*, repeat from * - * until approx. 5-9 cm [2" - 3.5"] remains.
Crochet sleeves to Body in the same way as sleeves were crocheted together.
Crochet 1 row sc along both front bands and around the neck - crochet snugly around the neck so that the neckline will not sag.

Buttonhole loops:
Make 3 buttonhole loops along right front.
Start at top edge: * 1 sc, ch 3, fasten with 1 sc 1 cm [3/8"] below, sl st approx. 8-9 cm [3 1/8" - 3.5"] lower on band * repeat from * - * until there are 3 loops. Sew on buttons on left front.

This pattern has been corrected. .

Updated online: 03.03.2006
Some stores have told us their customers has used crochet hook size 3½ mm/US E/4 instead.
Updated online: 16.04.2010
Sleeve: ...... inc at the end of every 3rd and 4th rows - make inc by ch 4, then 1 sc in the last sc from previous row = 23-25 ch-st bows on row.


All measurements in charts are in cm.

= ch 1
= 1 sc
= 1 sl st
= 1 dc
= 1 bobble. * wrap yarn around hook, insert hook in sc from previous row and pull up yarn *, repeat * - * 3 times = 6 loops + 1 st on hook. Wrap yarn around hook and pull through all loops + st (= 1 st remains on hook).
= 1 petal. (4 petals make 1 flower). Start at point of arrow, * wrap yarn around hook, insert hook in st at the other end of arrow and pull up yarn *, repeat * - * 3 times = 6 loops + 1 st on hook. Wrap yarn around hook and pull through all loops and st on hook (= 1 st remains on hook).
= ch 1 to turn piece.

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 68-15) 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 (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 (115)

RHovestad 04.04.2020 - 14:35:

Moet er niet geminderd worden voor het armsgat ?

DROPS Design 04.04.2020 kl. 18:36:

Dag RHovestad,

Ja, dit staat bij het lijf beschreven: laat aan weerszijden voor de armsgaten 1-2 herhalingen ongehaakt.. En bij de mouwen haak je steeds 1 lossenboogje minder vanaf 52-54 cm.

Terri 21.03.2020 - 16:58:

Pattern 1, 2, and pattern 3. Where are they. Totally confusing.

DROPS Design 22.03.2020 kl. 11:14:

Dear Terri, pattern 1, 2 and 3 are the parts of the patterns. You can see on the right side showed with M.1, M.2 and M.3. Thus pattern1 ois the cast on + the 1st row, etc. Happy Crafting!

Mary Courtney 04.02.2020 - 13:35:

Crocheting the Midnight Lace pattern and loving it. However, once I have finished the border (M1 and M2) and start getting into M3, I'm finding that the from the start of M3, the size starts increasing outwards. Is there a good way to stop this happening, smaller hook, less stitches? Mary

DROPS Design 04.02.2020 kl. 15:12:

Dear Mrs Courtney, make sure your chain stitches are wide enough, ie they should be as wide as a double crochet/treble crochet, if they are wider, the piece will be wider on the section M.3 where you have to work a lot of chain spaces. Hope this helps. Happy crocheting!

Victoria Whipple 09.07.2019 - 19:22:

How do I print the Midnight Lace pattern - need an XL

DROPS Design 09.07.2019 kl. 21:14:

Dear Victoria, you can print the patttern by clicking on the icon "print: pattern" at any time (see right above the pattern text). Happy crocheting!

Gunnis 02.07.2018 - 08:54:

Hej! Jag tänkte virka storlek M. Det står att man ska lägga upp 201 luftmaskor och sedan fortsätta med att virka 10 rapporter av mönster M1. 1 rapport av M1 har 21 luftmaskor i första raden. Är den första raden i M1 uppläggningsmaskorna? Då borde det väl vara 210 luftmaskor att lägga upp först. (21x10=210). Jag får inte ihop hur jag ska börja, mönstret går ju inte jämt upp med 201 luftmaskor, vad jag förstår? Tacksam för hjälp. Med vänliga hälsningar från Gunnis

DROPS Design 03.07.2018 kl. 11:00:

Hej Gunnis, rapporten går egentligen bara över 20 m, varv 2 börjar med 1 fm och nästa fm virkas i fm nr 11, sedan nr 21 osv. Titta också gärna på vår video :)

Kathy 26.03.2018 - 21:45:

Hi. I'm from USA. Can you give me a suggestion for a yarn for this? Thanks.

DROPS Design 28.03.2018 kl. 14:57:

Dear Kathy, our yarns are avalaible in your country, see list of DROPS Retailers here. Happy crocheting!

Béatrice 13.02.2018 - 09:41:

Bonjour Pour la taille L /XL ,combien de motifs restent-ils pour le devant et le dos? Pour rabattre pour les emmanchures ,dois je le faire en une seule fois les 4 motifs pour une manche( ce qui me donne une grande "ligne " droite) ou diminue t-on progressivement? Merci

DROPS Design 13.02.2018 kl. 09:58:

Bonjour Béatrice, C'est tout à fait exact: vous avez 2 motifs pour chaque devant et 4 motifs pour le dos, soit 2 motifs qui ne sont plus crochetés entre le dos et chacun des devants. Continuez simplement les devants/le dos sur 2/4 motifs en laissant 2 motifs non crochetés pour les emmanchures. Bon crochet!

Paula Snow 25.10.2017 - 22:56:

I am beginning an advanced project for me, the midnight lace cardigan. I do not see instructions for Pattern 1, 2, 3, 4. Where will I find these please?

DROPS Design 26.10.2017 kl. 09:55:

Dear Mrs Snow, you will find diagrams to pattern 1, 2 and 3 at the bottom of the page: Pattern 1 = M1, pattern 2 = M2, pattern 3 = M3. Scroll down the page to find also 2 videos showing how to work the diagrams. Happy crocheting!

Cornelia Larsson 06.08.2017 - 10:00:

Er det kun mig der har problem med at det trækker for meget sammen og buler i diagram m2 række 2. Når du går fra den ene samling af buer til næste. Og har jeg i det tilfælde forstået ret at det er fm de de lange T med lm imellem?..

DROPS Design 18.08.2017 kl. 10:15:

Hej Cornelia, Her ser du en video som viser hvordan du gør. Bruger du DROPS Muskat?

How to crochet M.1 and M.2 in DROPS 68-15 from Garnstudio Drops design on Vimeo.

Paula 01.08.2017 - 21:27:

I am ready to start crocheting the fronts, back and I don't understand How to decrease for the armholes and the shaping of the neck. are there more clear directions

DROPS Design 02.08.2017 kl. 09:07:

Dear Paula, for armholes, work each front piece over 2 repeats from each side and leaving unworked 1-2 repeats after right front piece and before left front piece, work back piece over the remaining middle repeats for back piece. To shape neck on front piece, work row from shoulder towards neck leaving 2 ch-spaces unworked towards neck (at the end of row from WS for right front piece), work next row from RS and at the end of next row from WS leave 1 ch-space unworked towards neck, turn and repeat the last 2 rows 2 more times. Happy crocheting!

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