DROPS / 187 / 34

Kalamua by DROPS Design

Knitted stole with lace pattern. Piece is knitted in DROPS Alpaca and DROPS Kid-Silk.

Tags: lace, scarves, shawls, stole,
DROPS design: Pattern z-815
Yarn group A + A or C
Size: One-size
Measurements: Width: approx. 42 cm Length: approx. 152 cm
DROPS ALPACA from Garnstudio (belongs to yarn group A)
250 g colour 7300, lime
And use:
DROPS KID-SILK from Garnstudio (belongs to yarn group A)
75 g colour 18, apple green

Piece can also be knitted with yarn from:
“Alternative yarn (yarn group A)” - see link below.

DROPS CIRCULAR NEEDLE (60 cm) SIZE 5 mm – or size needed to get 17 stitches and 22 rows in stocking stitch with 1 strand of each quality (= 2 strands) = width 10 cm and 10 cm vertically.

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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. 170 cm and uses size S or M. If you are making a jumper, 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.

100% Alpaca
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75% Mohair, 25% Silk
from 3.80 £ /25g
DROPS Kid-Silk uni colour DROPS Kid-Silk uni colour 3.80 £ /25g
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DROPS Kid-Silk long print DROPS Kid-Silk long print 3.80 £ /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 STITCH (back and forth):
1 ridge = knit 2 rows.

See diagrams A.1 to A.3. Diagrams show all rows in pattern seen from the right side.

Worked back and forth on circular needle in 2 parts and sewn together mid back.

Cast on 79 stitches on circular needle size 5 mm with 1 strand Alpaca and 1 strand Kid-Silk (= 2 strands). Work 2 ridges in GARTER STITCH - see explanation above. Work pattern as follows from right side: 3 stitches in garter stitch, A.1 (= 10 stitches), A.2 (= 18 stitches) 3 times in width, A.3 (= 9 stitches), 3 stitches in garter stitch (on first row 8 stitches are decreased) = 71 stitches. Continue pattern back and forth like this. REMEMBER THE KNITTING TENSION! When A.1A - A.3A have been worked, work A.1B over A.1A, A.2B over A.2A and A.3B over A.3A. When A.1B - A.3B have been worked, repeat A.1A - A.3A again, from row marked with arrow. Work 1 ridge over all stitches. Cast off. Make sure that the cast-off edge is not too tight. Piece measures approx. 76 cm.
Knit another part the same way.

Sew the two parts with grafting/kitchener stitches inside cast-off edge so that there are 2 ridges in the middle of stole. Make sure that to avoid a tight seam.

This pattern has been corrected. .

Updated online: 29.06.2018
diagrams have been split in 2 to make them clearer


= knit from the right side, purl from the wrong side
= between 2 stitches make 1 yarn over
= knit 2 together
= slip 1 stitch knitwise, knit 1, pass slipped stitch over stitch worked
= slip 1 stitch knitwise, knit 2 stitches together, pass slipped stitch over stitches worked together
= when diagrams A.1 to A.3 have been worked vertically, work pattern again from row marked with arrow

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 187-34) 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.

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)

Ingeborg Gruber 24.10.2020 - 16:50:

Ein tolles Ajourmuster! Für Geübte nicht zu schwer! Allerdings liebe ich 2 Teile zu stricken und dann im Maschenstich zusammen zu nähen, gar nicht. Viel Zeit und Arbeit! Diese Nähte wurden/werden bei mir bei aller Mühe nicht schön! Ich versuche den Schal am Stück zu stricken und an einer passenden Stelle, ähnlich wie zu Beginn abzuketten! Danke für dieses großzügige Muster!

Tula Strand 07.09.2020 - 11:05:

Hei. Kan jeg bruke drops baby alpakka silk for dette mønsteret? Hvor mange nøster vil gå med?

DROPS Design 07.09.2020 kl. 14:07:

Hei Tula. Ja, det kan du. Om du bare vil bytte ut DROPS Alpaca med DROPS BabyAlpaca Silk er det samme garnmengde som er oppgitt i oppskriften. Om du også vil bytte ut DROPS Kid-Silk, kan du bruke Garnkalkulatoren (grønn link) til å regne ut garnmengden. God Fornøyelse!

Maria Forsström 17.06.2020 - 13:24:

Hej Det står först: RÄTSTICKNING (stickas fram och tillbaka): Maskorna stickas räta på alla varv. Sedan står det: = rätmaska från rätsidan, avigmaska från avigsidan Vad stämmer?

DROPS Design 17.06.2020 kl. 13:37:

Hej Maria. När det står att du ska sticka rätstickning så stickas det räta maskor både från avigsidan och rätsidan. När du stickar enligt diagrammet så betyder den tomma rutan att du ska sticka rät maska från rätsidan och avig maska från avigsidan (det blir alltså slätstickat där). Mvh DROPS Design

Pál Anikó Noémi 12.11.2019 - 11:25:

Miért nincs hozzá diagram?

DROPS Design 15.11.2019 kl. 02:48:

Kedves Anikó, köszönjük, hogy felhívta a figyelmünket a technikai hibára, ami javításra került, így már látható a diagram. Sikeres kézimunkázást kívánunk!

Bente Henriksen 17.11.2018 - 12:34:

I den skrevne opskrift står der, at når man har strikket A1 til A3 en gang, skal man skifte til B1 til B3, men i diagrammet står der, at man skal gentage A1 til A3. Hvad er det rigtige, og hvis det er diagrammet, hvornår skal man så strikke B1 til B3?\r\nMvh. Bente Henriksen.

DROPS Design 21.11.2018 kl. 15:33:

Hei Bente. Du strikker først A.1A-A.3A 1 gang i høyden, så strikker du A.1B-A.3B 1 gang i høyden. Når A.1B-A.3B er strikket 1 gang i høyden gjentar du A.1A-A.3A, men denne gangen begynner du ved pilen i diagrammet. God fornøyelse

Moniek 30.10.2018 - 10:51:

Dankuwel! Betekent dat dat ik toer 11 dus van rechts naar links moet breien, dus als volgt: omsl.+st., omsl.+st., r., r., omsl.+r., omsl.+r., r., st., omsl.+st., omsl.+driehoek? En toer 12 van links naar rechts moet breien? Of bedoelt u dat alle steken met een omslag van rechts naar links gebreid moeten worden, (dus de omslag hoort bij de steek waar de omslag achter genoteerd staat)?

DROPS Design 31.10.2018 kl. 14:54:

Dag Moniek,

Ja, je leest van rechts naar links aan de goede kant van het werk, dus toer 11 van A.2a brei je als volgt : 1 omslag, 2 recht samen, 1 omslag, 2 recht samen, 2 recht, 1 omslag, 1 recht, 1 omslag, 1 steek recht afhalen, 1 recht, afgehaalde steek overhalen, 1 omslag, 1 steek recht afhalen, 1 recht, afgehaalde steek overhalen, 1 omslag, 1 steek recht afhalen, 2 recht samen, de afgehaalde steek over de samengebreide steken halen. Het schuingedrukte gedeelte is de zwarte driehoek.

De teruggaande naald is op de verkeerde kant, maar dan heb je alleen maar lege hokjes, dus averecht op de verkeerde kant.

Moniek 29.10.2018 - 19:42:

Ik heb A.2A inmiddels al 8 keer heel precies gebreid, dus denk niet dat het daaraan ligt. Ik brei de omslagen steeds tussen de steken waar ze in het patroon staan. Toer 7 brei ik als volgt: driehoek, omslag+steek (st.) omslag+st., omsl. + st., omsl.+r., omslag+st., omslag+st., omslag+st., omslag (en dan de volgende steek). Zou het kunnen zijn dat ik de omslagen op het verkeerde moment brei? Alvast hartelijk dank voor uw reactie!

DROPS Design 29.10.2018 kl. 20:21:

Dag Moniek,

Het is jammer dat ik hier vandaan niet mee kan kijken hoe je werk eruit ziet... Even een opmerking (voor de zekerheid omdat je zegt dat je eerst de driehoek breit): De heengaande naald aan de goede kant brei je het patroon van links naar rechts (dus je leest de teltekening van links naar rechts) en de teruggaande naald, dus op de verkeerde kant, lees je weer terug van rechts naar links. De toeren met omslagen en samenbreien zit dus steeds op de goede kant en lees je steeds van rechts naar links.

Moniek 28.10.2018 - 12:43:

In patroon A.2A, vanaf toer 7 in A.2A, moeten er steeds 2 gaatjes in het midden van de ruit gebreid worden (t/m toer 15 in A.2A). Op de foto van de stola zie ik dat die gaatjes netjes boven elkaar moeten komen. Als ik het patroon brei zoals beschreven is, komen die gaatjes echter niet mooi boven elkaar, wat er erg rommelig uit ziet. Hoe komt dit en wat moet ik doen om ze wel boven elkaar te krijgen?

DROPS Design 28.10.2018 kl. 17:15:

Dag Moniek,

De gaatjes in het midden horen inderdaad boven elkaar te komen. Kan het zijn je dan op een bepaald moment een foutje gemaakt hebt, waardoor het patroon verspringt?

Carolyn 01.09.2018 - 16:15:

Where is the * on this pattern, I don't see it?

DROPS Design 04.09.2018 kl. 12:23:

Dear Carolyn, the star symbol under diagram key is not used anymore, diagram has been splitted to make it larger, simply follow the written pattern. Happy knitting!

Sabine 25.06.2018 - 16:36:

Hallo,\r\n\r\nleider kann ich auch bei Vergrößerung die Diagramme nicht hundertprozentig lesen. Irgendwann wird es einfach unscharf. :(\r\n\r\nIch muss also ausprobieren, wo die Umschläge hin müssen, damit es ein gefälliges Muster ergibt, was mit Kid Silk nicht gut geht.\r\n\r\nIch bräuchte eine Idee, nach welchem System das Muster funktioniert, dann kann ich mir die Lücken, wo ich es nicht erkennen kann, selbst erklären. \r\n\r\nDanke schon mal :)

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