DROPS / 185 / 14

Eiken by DROPS Design

Men’s knitted hat with rib. Sizes S/M – L/XL. The piece is worked in DROPS Karisma.

Tags: hats, headwear,
DROPS Design: Pattern no u-843
Yarn group B
Sizes: S/M – L/XL
Fits head size: approx. 54/56 – 59/61 cm
DROPS KARISMA from Garnstudio (belongs to yarn group B)
100-100 g colour 50, green

The piece can also be knitted with yarn from:
"Alternative yarn (Yarn Group B)" – see link below.

DROPS DOUBLE POINTED NEEDLES AND CIRCULAR NEEDLE (40 cm) SIZE 3.5 MM – or the size needed to get 22 stitches and 30 rows stocking stitch on 10 cm in width and 10 cm in height. Also 32 stitches and 30 rows rib on 10 cm in width and 10 cm in height.

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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. Choose diagram for your size.
The diagram shows all the rows in the pattern seen from the right side.

The piece is worked in the round with short circular needle, bottom up. Change to double pointed needles when necessary.
Cast on 128-144 stitches with short circular needle size 3.5 mm and Karisma. Work rib (= knit 2 / purl 2) until the piece measures 21-22 cm. REMEMBER THE KNITTING TENSION! The next round is worked as follows: * A.1 (= 30-34 stitches), purl 2 *, repeat from *-* a total of 4 times. Continue the rib in this way and decrease as shown in A.1 – AT THE SAME TIME on the last row of A.1 purl together the 2 purl stitches between each A.1 = 20-20 stitches left on the needles. Knit 1 row where all stitches are knitted together 2 and 2 = 10-10 stitches. Cut the strand, pull it through the remaining stitches, tighten and fasten well. The hat measures approx. 31-33 cm from the top down. Turn up an edge of approx. 5-7 cm at the bottom of the hat.


= knit
= purl
= purl 2 together
= purl 2 twisted together
= knit 2 together
= slip 1 stitch as if to knit, knit 1, pass the slipped stitch over the knitted stitch

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 185-14) 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 (24)

Compagnoni Carla 02.02.2020 - 08:37:

Metodo per calare con la grana di riso Grazie

Viveka 31.12.2019 - 19:00:

Jag har stickat mycket under mina dar, hönsestrik, kaffe fasett -tröjor m.m. men aldrig tidigare gått bet på ett till synes enkelt mönster! Jag förstod aldrig hur intagningarna skulle gå till! Som tur var hittade jag ett annat mönster på nätet och nu blev mössan klar!

Nina 04.12.2019 - 22:33:

Hej Drops. Jeg har et spørgsmål ang. diagrammet. Hvordan skal det sidste række strikkes? Jeg kan ikke forklaring til disse streger. På forhånd tak!

DROPS Design 05.12.2019 kl. 08:00:

Hej Nina, jo sidste pind i diagrammet går over 6 masker, du strikker: 1 ret, tag 1 maske løs af...., 2 ret sammen, 1 ret. God fornøjelse!

Anne 15.08.2019 - 17:24:

Hej Drops.jeg er ny-strikker og har lige to spørgsmål til denne opskrift. det hoved jeg strikker til måler 57 - ville i vælge s/m eller l/xl? Hvordan fungerer det med valg af garn - det med garngruppe har jeg ikke helt forstået. I min garnbutik forhandles der sandnes garn, en type hvor 50gr =ca 70 m, og det anbefales pind 5,5 og en anden type hvor 50gr= 100m, til pind 3, - hvordan ved jeg hvilken tykkelse der er den rette? eller er det noget andet jeg skal kigge på? mange hilsner

DROPS Design 16.08.2019 kl. 09:52:

Hej Anne, jeg ville vælge størrelse S/M. Men for at få den rigtige størrelse skal du vælge DROPS Karisma eller et garn som passer til pinde 3,5. Det er bare at klikke på kurven i opskriften, så kan garnet bestilles. God fornøjelse!

Anilkl 05.05.2019 - 08:21:

Bonjour voilà j’ai réussi à déchiffrer le diagramme c est pas sûr que se soit sa mais bon quand je suis au 5 iem rg et que je commence le 6 iem rg faire les 3 rg de côtés 2/2 ben sa au lieu d’avoir 125 m sa me remet a128 m en faisant le 2 iem rg de cotes alors je me dis il me Je n y arrive pas est se qe je peux faire que des diminution avec 2par 2,jusquau mailles voulues?? Merci pr votre aide bn w end a vous!!

Anikjl 03.05.2019 - 14:39:

Bonjour bon c est pour vous dire que j’ai ptre compris pour le diagramme pour la taille s/m mais c’est pas facile est très long pr les débutantes comme moi Il faudrait ptre inventer 1 vidéo pr se sujet en tricotant le modèle par exemple et surtout la ou faut diminuer pour les nulles comme moi par exemple!! Mais bon je vs dis tbon vendredi et merciii encore bn w end aussi!!!😘👋!!!!

Anikjl 02.05.2019 - 16:22:

Oh merciiiii vous êtes formidable de mavoir répondu et aider merciiiii pr tous!!!! Bne fin de journée!!!👍🏻😘👋!!!!

Anikjl 02.05.2019 - 14:48:

Encore moi c’est juste pour savoir si j’ai bien compris le système du diagramme pr mon bonnet Alors j’ai étudié pr moment le 1 ier rang Se qui pour moi serait sa Faire 2 mailles endroit (carrrs en blanc) 2) avec 2 carrés en noirs faire 2 mailles envers Et ainsi de suite???pdt ts le 1 ier et?? Je crois que c est comme sa que je dois faire??? Voilà jesper que vous me comprendrez à tbientot!!!😘😘😘mercii!!!

DROPS Design 02.05.2019 kl. 15:10:

Bonjour Anikjl, tout à fait, vous commencez A.1 par 2 m end (= 2 cases blanches), puis 2 m env (= 2 points noirs), et répétez ces 4 mailles jusqu'à ce que vous ayez tricoté 30-34 mailles au total, puis tricotez 2 m env, et répétez A.1, 2 m env encore 3 fois = 4 fois au total. Les 4 premiers tours se tricotent de la même façon dans les 2 tailles, on commence à diminuer au 5ème tour. Bon tricot!

Anikjl 02.05.2019 - 12:16:

Encore grd Merci je vais voir comment je peux faire merci merciiii mais la je regarde qd meme si y a pas un modèle + explicite pr moi merciiii pour votre patience et gentillesse bnapt!!!😘👋!

Anikjl 02.05.2019 - 11:46:

Rebonjour c’est encore moi désolée de revenir vous ennuyez mais comme je le senter je n ai rien compris j’ai cru comprendre mais je doute Est se que ( je vous explique en gros) je dois diminuer jusqu’à la fin jusqu’aux mailles voulu?!ou indiquer pour la taille voulue?je suis vraiment desolee!! Ou ptre que quelqu un peut m aider?? Encore un grd merci bnne journée à vous!!!😘👋!!!

DROPS Design 02.05.2019 kl. 12:09:

Bonjour Anikjl, suivez le diagramme A.1 S/M si vous tricotez la 1ère taille ou A.1 L/XL si vous tricotez la 2ème taille. Lisez chaque rang de droite à gauche (= tous les rangs du diagramme se lisent sur l'endroit car on tricote en rond). Au début du 5ème tour par ex tricotez: 2 m end, 2 m ens à l'env, en côtes comme avant jusqu'à ce qu'il reste 4 m de A.1 et terminez A.1 par 2 m ens à l'env, 2 m end. Retrouvez ici comment lire un diagramme. Bon tricot!

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