Little Sunshine by DROPS Design

Knitted children beret with leaf pattern worked top down in DROPS Karisma.

DROPS design: Pattern no u-071-bn
Yarn group B
Size: 2/3 - 4/6 years
Head circumference: approx. 48/50 - 52/54 cm
DROPS KARISMA from Garnstudio
100 g for both sizes in colour no 52, mustard

DROPS DOUBLE POINTED NEEDLES AND CIRCULAR NEEDLE (40 cm) size 3 mm (size 2/3 years) or size 3.5 mm (size 4/6 years) - or size needed to get 23 sts x 32 rows in stocking st (size 2/3 years) or 22 sts x 30 rows in stocking st (size 4/6 years) = 10 x 10 cm.
DROPS CIRCULAR NEEDLE (40 cm) SIZE 2.5 mm (size 2/3 years) or NO 3 (size 4/6 years) - for rib.
DROPS CABLE NEEDLE - for cables.

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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.
See diagram A.1.

To avoid hole in the middle beg with this technique:
Hold yarn end in the left hand and make a loop around left index finger (from left to right). Hold the loop with left thumb and index finger. Insert needle through loop, get yarn from ball (i.e. place yarn 1 time over needle from you), pull yarn back through loop, 1 YO (now place yarn from the back and towards you) and pull YO through sts on needle, * insert needle through loop, 1 YO (place yarn from the back and towards you), pull YO through loop, 1 YO (from the back and towards you) and pull YO through outermost st on right needle (i.e. the last st made) *, repeat from *-* until there are 14 sts on needle. Distribute sts on 4 double pointed needles size 3 or 3.5 mm as explained in pattern.
Then work as explained in pattern – AT THE SAME TIME pull yarn end so that loop is tighten tog and the hole disappears.

Work in the round on double pointed needles, switch to circular needle when needed.
Start with Karisma and MAGIC CIRCLE - see explanation above = 14 sts. Distribute sts on 4 double pointed needles size 3 or 3.5 mm with 4 sts on each of the first 3 needles and 2 sts on last needle. Work pattern in the round according to diagram A.1 (= 7 repetitions of 2 sts). REMEMBER THE KNITTING TENSION When 1 round remain in A.1, there are 112 sts on needle. Switch to circular needle size 2.5 or 3 mm and continue rib in the round as shown in last round of A.1. When rib measures 4-5 cm, cast off with K over K and P over P (make sure to avoid a tight cast-off edge).

This pattern has been corrected. .

Updated online: 07.10.2016
Correction: Small error corrected in diagram A.1.


= K
= P
= work 2 sts in same st
= 1 YO between 2 sts, on next round K YO (= hole)
= 1 YO between 2 sts, on next round P YO twisted (= not hole)
= Bobble: K 1, P 1, K 1 in same st (= 3 sts), turn and work 4 rows in stocking st back and forth over the 3 sts (1st row = P from WS), then pass 2nd st on right needle over first st, then pass 3rd st over first st (= 1 st remains)
= K 2 tog
= slip 1 st as if to K, K 1, psso
= slip YO on cable needle in front of piece, P 1, K YO twisted (= not hole)
= slip 1 P on cable needle behind piece, K YO twisted (= not hole), P 1 from cable needle
= slip 1 st on cable needle in front of piece, P 1, K 1 from cable needle
= slip 1 st on cable needle behind piece, K 1, P 1 from cable needle
= P 2 tog
= slip 1 st as if to K, K 2 tog, psso
= K 3, pass first st worked over the last 2 sts so that this st is around the other two sts (= 1 st dec)
= slip 2 sts on cable needle in front of piece, K 2, K 2 from cable needle

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 Children 27-17) 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)

Gabriele 09.12.2019 - 01:52:

Ich meine den Fehler gefunden zu haben.In der 36.Runde darf nur 1x1Masche zugenommen werden,nicht 2x. LG.,Gabriele

Gabriele 15.11.2019 - 16:57:

Also wenn ich die letzten 2 Maschen als Rundenbeginn stricke,habe ich immer noch 9-anstatt 8 linke Maschen! liebe Grüße, Gabriele

DROPS Design 18.11.2019 kl. 08:14:

Liebe Gabriele, bei der 37. Runde stricken Sie die 4 M vomZopf (=2 von der letzten Runden/vorrigen A.1 + 2 ersten von A.1); dann 8 linke Maschen, 1 re, 1 Umschlag, 1 re, 7 linke Maschen, 2 linke Maschen zusammen (= 1 Abnahme) (bei der nächsten Runden stricken Sie dann 8 linke Maschen). Viel Spaß beim stricken!

Gabriele 13.11.2019 - 11:02:

Hallo ihr Lieben. Ich habe schon 2x von Vorne begonnen und komme in der 36.-37. Runde nicht weiter. Bitte helfen sie mir dbei den Fehler zu finden. Meine nächste Frage bezieht sich auf die Zeichenerklärungen.Gibt es eine Liste für die Zeichenerkläungen? Mit lieben Grüßen und vielen Dank! Gabriele

DROPS Design 13.11.2019 kl. 12:12:

Liebe Gabrielle, bei der 36. Runde nehmen Sie 2 Maschen zu = 1 M in der 1. Masche + 1 M i n der letzte Masche vom Diagram, die 37. Runde beginnt mit der 2 letzten Maschen vom letzten Rapport + die 2 ersten Maschen vom 1. Rapport = 4 rechte Maschen. D.h. dieser Zopf wird dann über die 2 letzten Maschen vom 1./nächsten Diagram + die 2 ersten Maschen vom nächsten/letzten Diagram gestrickt. Viel Spaß beim stricken!

Margrethe Svanhede 07.03.2019 - 09:08:

Jeg kan heller ikke få mønstret til at passe. Efter udtagning på række 36 har jeg 24 m i hvert mønster og på række 37 er der kun 23 m. Mvh.

DROPS Design 12.03.2019 kl. 14:31:

Hei Margrethe. Det har du helt rett i, her er det en feil i diagrammet. Det er bare 1 økning i hver rapport: den siste økningen skal fjernes. Vi skal få rettet diagrammet med det samme. Beklager det. Takk for beskjed og god fornøyelse videre

Babouille 19.02.2019 - 01:58:

Bonsoir, je vous remercie pour votre réponse rapide, en fait je n'avais pas bien tricoté le rang précèdent. Encore un grand merci

BABOUILLE 16.02.2019 - 14:00:

Bonjour, encore moi merci pour votre réponse mais décidemment sois je ne suis pas douée ou alors mes neurones se ramollissent, j'ai encore un souci avec le rang 2. a la fin du diagramme après les 2 maille il faut glisser une maille envers sur aig auxiliaire puis tricoter le jeté torse, mais à quel moment il faut faire le jeté, je ne sais pas merci de m'aider encore une fois. Merci d'avance

DROPS Design 18.02.2019 kl. 09:27:

Bonjour Babouille, si c'est le même rang que la question précédente, le jeté a été fait au tour précédent (juste à la fin du tour, jeté en noir). Vous terminez A.1 par une torsade en glissant la dernière m env de A.1 sur une aiguille aux. derrière l'ouvrage, tricotez le jeté torse à l'end et terminez par la m env de l'aiguille auxiliaire. Bon tricot!

Babouille 15.02.2019 - 09:54:

Bonjour merci pour votre réponse rapide, je rencontre un autre souci au rang 21 du diagramme, il faut commencer par une maille endroit, puis je ne comprends pas comment réaliser le sigle(faire un jeté sur l'aiguille auxiliaire) pouvez vous m'aider merci d'avance

DROPS Design 15.02.2019 kl. 15:45:

Bonjour Babouille, traitez ce jeté comme une maille normale, mais tricotez-le torse pour éviter qu'il forme un trou: 1 m end, glissez le jeté sur l'aiguille auxiliaire devant l'ouvrage (comme une torsade classique), tricotez la maille suivante à l'envers, reprenez le jeté sur l'aiguille auxiliaire et tricotez-le torse (= dans le brin arrière au lieu du brin avant). Bon tricot!

BABOUILLE 14.02.2019 - 10:48:

Bonjour, je ne réussis pas à faire le montage pour qu'il n'y ait pas de trou, existe t il une vidéo pour ce montage merci d'avance pour votre réponse

DROPS Design 14.02.2019 kl. 11:44:

Bonjoru Babouille, tout à fait, cette vidéo explique comment monter les mailles en rond. Bon tricot!

Doryka 18.09.2018 - 10:00:

Hi. You said the pattern was corrected, but row 36 and 37 still wrong. Where can I find the right pattern? Thanks for the answer

DROPS Design 18.09.2018 kl. 11:21:

Dear Doryka, row 36 and 37 are correct: at the beg of row 36 you kfb the first and last st on diagram, on row 37 these 4 sts (= last 4 sts from previous repeat + first 4 sts on next repeat) will be the first 4 sts in A.1. Happy knitting!

Doryka 18.09.2018 - 00:21:

Hi. You said the pattern is corrected, but I didn't see it. Row 36 and 37 still didn't work. Where can I find the right pattern?

DROPS Design 18.09.2018 kl. 04:53:

Dear Doryka, you can find the corrections by clicking on the red text, just below the pattern text. In this case it says : " Correction: Small error corrected in diagram A.1." Happy Knitting!

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