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DROPS 175-17
DROPS Design: Pattern no w-654
Yarn group C or A + A
Measurements: approx. 36 cm / 14¼" in width and 45 cm / 17¾" in height (measured from bottom to tip).
DROPS PARIS from Garnstudio (belongs to yarn group C)
100 g color 01, apricot
100 g color 16, white
100 g color 33, medium pink
50 g color 41, mustard
50 g color 20, light pink
50 g color 27, peach

DROPS CROCHET HOOK SIZE 5 MM / H/8 – or size needed to get 14 double crochet on 10 cm / 4" in width. One square measures 12 cm / 4¾" in width and 12 cm / 4¾" in height.


Alternative Yarn – See how to change yarns here
Yarn Groups A to F – Use the same pattern and change the yarn here
Yarn usage using an alternative yarn – Use our yarn converter here


100% Cotton
from 1.60 $ /50g
Get the yarn to make this pattern from 14.40$.

The yarn cost is calculated from the pattern’s smallest size and the yarn’s cheapest product type. Looking for an even better price? You might find it on the DROPS Deals!

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.
See diagrams A.1 to A.4. A.3 shows how the bag is crocheted together.

Casting on and rounds 1, 2 and 5 are the same for all squares.
Rounds 3 and 4 are worked in the square’s color.

CASTING ON + ROUND 1: mustard
ROUND 2: white
ROUND 5: apricot

SQUARE 1: Work 7 squares with medium pink.
SQUARE 2: Work 2 squares with peach.
SQUARE 3: Work 4 squares with apricot.
SQUARE 4: Work 2 squares with light pink.

To get the neatest transition when changing colors work the last slip stitch of the round with the new color as follows: Insert the hook in the first chain stitch from the beginning of the round, 1 yarn over with the new color and pull the yarn through the loop on the hook. Fasten the strands as you go.

The bag consists of 15 squares with 4 different color combinations – READ SQUARE COLORS.

Work with hook size 5 mm / H/8 and Paris. Work A.1 – READ COLOR CHANGE TIP. REMEMBER CROCHET GAUGE!

Lay the squares out with the right square number as shown in A.2 (the broken line shows the squares which are folded in at the back, the other squares are laid double). The squares are worked together in strips, first diagonally in one direction, then diagonally in the other direction. Work the squares into strips as follows:

Lay 2 squares together wrong side to wrong side and work through both layers with apricot as follows - see A.3 (A.3 shows the corners of 4 squares):
1 single crochet around the corner * 4 chain stitches, 1 single crochet around the next chain space *, repeat from *-* as far as the corner (= 5 chain spaces), work 4 chain stitches (= transition to the next 2 squares). Continue in the same way until all the squares are worked across. Cut the strand on each strip.

To finish, work a border around the opening of the bag in apricot as follows: Start in one corner at the top. Work * 1 single crochet around the chain space in the corner, 4 chain stitches, 1 single crochet around the same corner, 4 chain stitches, (1 single crochet around the next chain space, 4 chain stitches), repeat from (-) to the next corner of the bag *, repeat from *-* along the 3 next sides, finish with 1 slip stitch in the first single crochet at the beginning of the round.

Cut 4 strands apricot + 2 strands medium pink, 4 meters in length. Twist them together until they resist, fold the strap double so that it twines again. Tie a knot in each end. Make 1 more strap in the same way.
Thread the one strap through the chain space in thecorner at the top of the bag – thread the strap as shown in A.4 (A). Thread the other strap in the same way, but in the top of the other side of the bag. Then pull the first strap through the second strap as shown in A.4 (B), tie the strap ends together with a knot in the end, do the same with the strap ends in the other side.


All measurements in charts are in cm.

symbols = slip stitch
symbols = chain stitch
symbols = single crochet around the chain stitch/chain space
symbols = double crochet around the chain space
symbols = half double crochet around the chain ring
symbols = work 3 treble crochet around the chain stitch, but wait with the last pull through on each of these treble crochet, make a yarn over and pull yarn through all loops on the hook.
symbols = work 4 chain stitches and form them to a ring with 1 slip stitch – see point on circle, the round starts and finishes here
symbols = chain space from last round of the square
symbols = 4 chain stitches
symbols = single crochet around 2 chain spaces
Do you have a question? See a list of frequently asked questions (FAQ)

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

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.

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?

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

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

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.

If you think it's hard to decide what size to make, it can be a good idea to measure a garment you own already and like the size of. Then you can pick the size by comparing those measures with the ones available in the pattern's size chart.

You'll find the size chart at the bottom of the pattern.

See DROPS lesson: How to read size chart

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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)

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

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

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?

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!

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.

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.

Pilling is a natural process that happens to even the most exclusive of fibers. It's a natural sign of wear and tear that is hard to avoid, and that is most visible in high friction areas of your garment like a sweater's arms and cuffs.

You can make your garment look as new by removing the pilling, using a fabric comb or a pill/lint remover.

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Comments / Questions (20)

country flag Marja wrote:

Hallo, hoeveel garen heb ik nodig als ik de abrikoos, roze, lichtroze en perzik vervang voor 1 kleur?

15.06.2024 - 12:49

DROPS Design answered:

Dag Marja,

Eerlijk gezegd weet ik dat niet. Je zou de hoeveelheid garen kunnen bestellen in 1 kleur en de bollen die je over houdt terug kunnen brengen naar de winkel. Vraag je winkel naar hun retourbeleid, zodat je weet wat de mogelijkheden zijn.

16.06.2024 - 19:19

country flag Wesley Perry wrote:

As long as credit for the pattern is given, is it okay to sell the finished project? Also what is the appropriate way to give credit for the pattern? I’m assuming on the tag, but would just like to know how to give credit to the designer while also making sure people understand that the person selling still handmade the item. Would “Handmade by insert name. Pattern by insert designer” be appropriate and/or what are alternative ways to do this? Thank you!

17.03.2024 - 16:05

DROPS Design answered:

Dear Wesley, for details of how can youuse these patterns for making pieces for sale, please see the framed text at the bottom of the pattern. Happy Knitting!

19.03.2024 - 00:13

country flag Susan Viljoen wrote:

I did read your answer on the strap, but I still dont get the 'picture' is there perhaps a tutorial on how to assemble the strap

16.09.2023 - 17:06

DROPS Design answered:

Dear Susan, unfortunately, we have no tutorials for how to assemble the cord. When looking at the picture, try to follow the union of the white string (A) into the chain space (the triangular shape) and the black string (B) into the loops formed by the A string. Happy crochetting!

17.09.2023 - 21:50

country flag Rosemarie Morlet wrote:

Can you give me a more in-depth explanation of how to attach the strap

31.07.2022 - 21:32

DROPS Design answered:

Dear Mrs Morlet, insert the first strap = A (in chart) as shown in A.4, then insert the 2nd strap (B) the same way on the other side of bag - now you will insert the ends of strap B into the loop of A as shown in A.4 and knot both ends of B together. repeat on the other side with the ends of A into the loops of B (reversed). Happy assembly!

01.08.2022 - 12:03

country flag Paloma wrote:

Me encantó hacer este bolso ❤ Creo que voy a repetirlo, está vez en otro colores. Gracias!!

10.04.2022 - 21:02

country flag Janette Gwillim wrote:

Re, picture instructions versus written. I personally like the picture instruction, I do not see how they cannot be followed, you look at the picture and do what it shows, please continue with pictorial instructions. Thank you Janette

04.08.2021 - 10:47

country flag Alyson wrote:

Hello!!! First of, thank you so much for sharing this beautiful project! It was so much fun making it and it was so easy to follow the diagram! Loved the end result, the only thing I'm struggling with is with doing the strap! Is there any way I can get assistance with it?! I just don't understand the instructions :) maybe you have a video? Thank you in advance!

08.02.2021 - 05:34

DROPS Design answered:

Dear Alyson, make 2 twisted cords and insert one of both = A in A.4 in one of the top corner of one side of the bag, at the same time, the 2nd cord (= B) should be inserted as shown in diagram - repeat on the other end of bag. Hope this will help. Enjoy!

08.02.2021 - 11:00

country flag Eline wrote:

Super duidelijke video's en hele leuke tas! 👌😍 Spijtig dat ik geen foto kan uploaden van het resultaat...

17.08.2020 - 10:52

country flag Carolyn A Noel wrote:

Do you have a written pattern for DROPS 175-17 also what kind of yarn is it made from

13.07.2020 - 16:25

DROPS Design answered:

Hi Carolyn, We do not have a written pattern for this piece at the moment. The Paris yarn is 100% cotton. Happy crafting!

14.07.2020 - 07:47

country flag Darlene A Fetterman wrote:

I am not Pamela there is no PAMELA in the comments and no one asked the same questions as I did. I do not like reading charts Here is my question again Why can none of you Stunning patterns be written up so people who don't want to or can't follow charts Thank you Dar

16.09.2019 - 05:46

DROPS Design answered:

Dear Mrs Fetterman, sorry for using the wrong name, previous answer has been edited. The DROPS patterns are knitted and crocheted by thousands and thousands of people  around the world. We understand however that in certain countries, with different knitting/crochet traditions than Scandinavia, our patterns might be written in a way that differs from what some are used to. But of course we want everyone to understand our patterns, so that’s why we have created an extensive library of tutorial videos as well as step by step lessons that explain how to follow the techniques we use and how to read the diagrams in our patterns - see our FAQ. Give them a try!

16.09.2019 - 11:46