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Winter Bird by DROPS Design

Knitted DROPS square jacket with lace pattern, worked sideways in "BabyAlpaca Silk" and "Kid-Silk". Size: S - XXXL.

DROPS design: Pattern no bs-111
Yarn group A + A or C
Size: S - M - L - XL - XXL - XXXL
400-400-450-500-550-600 g colour no 8465, medium grey
And use:
DROPS KID-SILK from Garnstudio
150-175-200-200-225-250 g colour no 10, grey

DROPS CIRCULAR NEEDLE (80 cm) SIZE 5 mm – or size needed to get 17 sts x 22 rows in pattern with 1 strand of each yarn = 10 x 10 cm.
DROPS CIRCULAR NEEDLE (80 cm) SIZE 4 mm – for garter st.

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70% Alpaca, 30% Silk
from 2.65 £ /50g
DROPS BabyAlpaca Silk uni colour DROPS BabyAlpaca Silk uni colour 2.65 £ /50g
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75% Mohair, 25% Silk
from 2.45 £ /25g
DROPS Kid-Silk uni colour DROPS Kid-Silk uni colour 2.45 £ /25g
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DROPS Kid-Silk long print DROPS Kid-Silk long print 2.45 £ /25g
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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.

See diagrams A.1 to A.3. The diagrams show all rows in pattern seen from RS.

All inc are done from RS.
Inc inside 1 edge st in garter st and K 1: Making 1 YO, on next row, P YO twisted to avoid holes.

Worked in 2 parts sideways that are sewn tog mid back when finished. Work from mid back on back and towards mid front.

Worked back and forth on circular needle to make room for all the sts.
Cast on 144-144-144-156-156-156 sts on needle size 4 mm with 1 strand BabyAlpaca Silk and 1 strand Kid-Silk (= 2 strands). Work 2 ridges in GARTER ST - see explanation above. Switch to circular needle size 5 mm and work as follows from RS: Work A.1 (= 2 sts) * A.2 (= 8 sts), A.3 (= 4 sts) *, repeat from *-* 10-10-10-11-11-11 more times, A.2 (= 8 sts), finish with A.1 (= 2 sts). Continue pattern like this. REMEMBER THE KNITTING TENSION
When piece measures 17½-18-19-20-23-24½ cm, cast off for armhole from RS as follows: Work the first 38 sts, cast off the next 29-31-32-34-36-38 sts and work as before over the last 77-75-74-84-82-80 sts. NOW MEASURE PIECE FROM HERE! On next row cast on 29-31-32-34-36-38 new sts over the cast off sts and continue pattern as before. When piece measures 43-44-46-48-54-57 cm, work 3 ridges - AT THE SAME TIME on first row dec 2 sts over each P section of 4 sts (dec by K 2 tog) = 122-122-122-132-132-132 sts. LOOSELY cast off.

Cast on and work as left back/front piece but cast off for armhole after the first 38 sts beg from WS and cast on new sts from RS.

Worked back and forth on circular needle. Cast on 38-38-40-40-44-44 sts (incl 1 edge st in each side) on circular needle size 4 mm with 1 strand BabyAlpaca + 1 strand Kid-Silk (= 2 strands). Work 2 ridges. Switch to circular needle size 5 mm and work in stocking st with 1 edge st in garter st in each side. When piece measures 11-12-12-13-12-11 cm, inc 1 st inside 1 edge st and K 1 in each side of piece - read INCREASE TIP (= 2 sts inc). Repeat inc every 4-3-3-2½-2½-2½ cm 11-13-13-15-15-16 times in total = 60-64-66-70-74-76 sts. When piece measures 53-53-53-53-51-51 cm (NOTE: Shorter measurements in the larger sizes because of broader shoulders), cast off for sleeve cap at beg of every row as follows: Cast off 4 sts 5 times in total in each side = 20-24-26-30-34-36 sts. Cast off the remaining sts, piece measures approx. 58-58-58-58-56-56 cm. Knit another sleeve.

Sew cast-on edges tog in outer loops of edge sts. Sew in sleeves. Sew underarm seams inside 1 edge st.


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

Sophia 18.03.2019 - 18:19:

I am reading the pattern at the moment and don't understand the last few rows of the left back/front piece. It says to "work 3 ridges - at the same time on first row dec 2 sts over each P section of 4 sts (dec by K2 tog)" which makes me think I should still be following the repeating pattern. However, I thought ridges were two rows of K - that's what it says earlier - so I'm not sure what I should be doing! Please can you help? Thank you.

DROPS Design 19.03.2019 kl. 10:06:

Dear Sophia, you are right 1 ridge = 2 rows of K - when you have to work the 3 ridges, you will decrease 1 stitch in each of the P-sections with 4 sts (= A.3) when working the first row of these 3 riddges, ie you knit all sts and at the same time decrease by K2 tog the previous sections worked with P4. Happy knitting!

Claudia Ashley 14.09.2018 - 11:20:

Hello I am reading the pattern at the moment but I am stuck on the repeating pattern .if I cast 144 stitches and then knit following the pattern A1 2stitches then repeat A2-A3 10 tiMrs then A2 and finish with A1i calculate that to 132 stitches. So what do I miss what do I do with the 10 stitches which are left?

DROPS Design 14.09.2018 kl. 13:15:

Dear Mrs Ashley, you work: A.1 (= 2 sts), then repeat *A.2 (= 8 sts), A.3 (= 4 sts)* a total of 11 times (= over the next 132 sts), you have now worked 134 sts, 10 sts remain on left needle, work A.2 (= 8 sts) and A.1 (= 2 sts). Happy knitting!

Leslie Jarvis 14.08.2018 - 13:21:

Thanks for your prompt reply! However I’m still not understanding the directions for binding off for the sleeve cap. If I’m making the smallest size and begin with a total of 60 sts, I begin the next row by binding off four sts, which leaves me with 56 sts. I turn the work, bind off another 4 and so on 3 more times, which is a total of 20 sts bound off and my remaining st count is 40, not 20.

DROPS Design 14.08.2018 kl. 16:26:

Dear Mrs Jarvis, there are 60 sts after all increases have been done, now cast off 4 sts at the beginning of every row on each side (= both from RS and from WS) a total of 5 times: *work 1 RS row casting off the first 4 sts, turn and cast off 4 sts at the beg of next row from WS* ( = 8 sts are now cast off in total, 4 on each side), repeeat from *-* a total of 5 times (= 8 sts x 5 = 40 sts are now cast off = 60-40= 20 sts remain. Happy knitting!

Leslie Jarvis 14.08.2018 - 05:00:

I have a question about the directions for casting off the sleeve cap. It says at the beginning of every row “Cast off 4 sts 5 times in total in each side = 20-24-26-30-34-36 sts.” Are the numbers 20-24-26 etc the total number of sts cast off, or the total number of sts remaining? My understanding of the directions is that I should cast off 4sts at the beginning of each row for the next 5 rows, but I’m not sure I have that correct.

DROPS Design 14.08.2018 kl. 07:57:

Dear Leslie, yes, the number 20-24-26-30-34-36 refers to the number of stitches left on the needles after you cast of. You understand the directions correctly, you have to cast of the 4 stitches at the beginning of every row for the next row. Happy Knitting!

Karlijn 01.11.2017 - 10:43:

Hoi, Ik heb het vest af en het patroon is prachtig geworden. Nu heb ik alleen nog een vraag over het in model krijgen van het vest. Wat moet ik doen om het zo in model te krijgen zoals op de foto? Als ik het nu aan trek dan zit het nog niet helemaal zoals het zou moeten. Alvast bedankt!

DROPS Design 01.11.2017 kl. 18:42:

Hallo Karlijn, Waarschijnlijk bedoel je dat het kantpatroon nog een beetje 'in elkaar zit'. Om het mooi plat te krijgen pers ik dit altijd op met het strijkijzer. Maar LET OP: doe dit heel voorzichtig. Gebruik een oude theedoek, bevochtig deze en leg deze over het werk heen op de strijplank. Dan heel voorzichtig en kort met het strijkijzer er over.

Linda 25.09.2017 - 23:46:

Hur ska man göra vid hålet för armen? Ska man bara avmaska och på nästa varv lägga upp nya maskor (så det blir ett litet hål) eller har det blivit något fel i mönstret?

DROPS Design 26.09.2017 kl. 14:32:

Jo, du ska göra precis som det står i mönstret. Ärmhålet kommer att bli tillräckligt stort då det stickas vidare.

Rubina 18.08.2017 - 10:45:

Buongiorno, vorrei sapere se per questo modello posso sostituire il Kid-Silk con Brushed Alpaca Sik

DROPS Design 18.08.2017 kl. 11:26:

Buongiorno Rubina, il modello è lavorato con 1 capo per qualità, quindi 2 capi di filati appartenenti al gruppo A (= 1 capo del gruppo C). Se vuole può utilizzare 1 capo di Brushed Silk che appartiene al gruppo C, controllando che il campione corrisponda a quello indicato. Buon lavoro!

Markéta Vlková 03.05.2017 - 14:26:

Kterou přízi typu C a kolik byste mi prosím doporučili tak, aby co nejlépe vyhovovala velikosti L? Děkuji.

DROPS Design 05.05.2017 kl. 08:06:

Milá Markéto, na tento kabátek je ideální vzdušná příze Air - na velikost L budete potřebovat 9 klubíček. Hodně zdaru! Hana

MKR 06.04.2017 - 09:11:

Kann man die Jacke auch mit einem provisorischen Anschlag stricken, so dass man am Ende nicht zusammennähen muss?

DROPS Design 06.04.2017 kl. 09:42:

Liebe MKR, so können Sie auch gerne stricken. Viel Spaß beim stricken!

Emma 30.03.2017 - 18:17:

Hi! I would like to knit this for my mother in law but she doesn't like 'fluffy' wool. Am I correct in thinking I can use a group C yarn instead of the two group A yarns? How do I work out how much I need and are there any yarns you would recommend? Thank you!

DROPS Design 31.03.2017 kl. 08:49:

Dear Emma, that's right you can use any other yarn group A or replace 2 threads yarn group A with 1 thread yarn group C, read more here. Happy knitting!

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