DROPS / 188 / 40

Lavender Wash by DROPS Design

Poncho with wave pattern, worked top down. Sizes S - XXXL. The piece is worked in 1 strand DROPS BabyAlpaca Silk and 2 strands DROPS Kid-Silk.

DROPS Design: Pattern no bs-132
Yarn group A + A + A or D
Sizes: S/M – L/XL – XXL/XXXL
DROPS BABYALPACA SILK from Garnstudio (belongs to yarn group A)
150-150-150 g colour 0100, off white
50-50-100 g colour 3250, light old pink
and use:
DROPS KID-SILK from Garnstudio (belongs to yarn group A)
50-50-50 g colour 01, off white
50-50-75 g colour 03, light pink
50-50-75 g colour 04, medium pink

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

DROPS CIRCULAR NEEDLE (60 and 80 cm) SIZE 7 MM – or the size needed to get 13 stitches and 15 rows stocking stitch with 3 strands on 10 cm in width and 10 cm in height.


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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.

70% Alpaca, 30% Silk
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75% Mohair, 25% Silk
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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.

All the stripes are worked with 1 strand Alpaca + 2 strands Kid-silk (= 3 strands). Work 6 cm of each stripe before changing colour.
STRIPE 1: 1 strand BabyAlpaca Silk off white + 2 strands Kid-Silk off white.
STRIPE 2: 1 strand BabyAlpaca Silk off white + 1 strand Kid-Silk light pink + 1 strand Kid-Silk off white.
STRIPE 3: 1 strand BabyAlpaca Silk off white + 2 strands Kid-Silk light pink.
STRIPE 4: 1 strand BabyAlpaca Silk off white + 1 strand Kid-Silk medium pink + 1 strand Kid-Silk light pink.
STRIPE 5: 1 strand BabyAlpaca Silk off white + 2 strands Kid-Silk medium pink
STRIPE 6: 1 strand BabyAlpaca Silk light old pink + 1 strand Kid-Silk medium pink + 1 strand Kid-Silk light pink.
STRIPE 7: 1 strand BabyAlpaca Silk light old pink + 2 strands Kid-Silk medium pink.

To work out how to increase evenly, count the total number of stitches on the needle (e.g. 120 stitches), and divide by the number of increases to be made (e.g. 16) = 7.5. In this example, increase alternately after every 7th and 8th stitch.
Increase with 1 yarn over after the stitch and work the yarn over twisted on the next row.


The poncho is worked in the round with circular needle, top down.

Cast on 90-102-114 stitches with 1 strand Baby Alpaca Silk off white + 2 strands Kid-Silk off white (= 3 strands) with circular needle size 7 mm. Knit 1 round, then work rib; knit 1 / purl 2. When the piece measures 12 cm increase 1 stitch in each knitted section = 120-136-152 stitches. Continue with rib; knit 2 / purl 2. When the piece measures 25-25-25 cm knit 1 round where you increase 16-17-18 stitches evenly on round – read INCREASE TIP = 136-153-170 stitches.

Purl 1 round, then work according to A.1 (= 8-9-10 repeats in width), and also work STRIPES – see description above! When A.1 has been worked 1 time in height, there are 232-261-290 stitches on the round. Now repeat the last 6 rounds in the diagram (= A.2) until the piece measures 40-42-44 cm from the rib (you have worked approx. 6 cm of each of the 6 first stripes and approx. 4-6-8 cm of stripe 7). Cast off as follows: * Cast off one stitch, make a yarn over and cast off the yarn over,* repeat from *-* until all stitches have been cast off. Fasten the strands.

This pattern has been corrected. .

Updated online: 09.03.2018
New yarn amount in DROPS Kid-Silk
DROPS KID-SILK from Garnstudio (belongs to yarn group A)
50-50-50 g colour 01, off white
50-50-75 g colour 03, light pink
50-50-75 g colour 04, medium pink


= knit
= purl
= knit 2 together
= 1 yarn over between 2 stitches

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 188-40) 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 (27)

Laura 12.12.2019 - 16:30:

Vorrei realizzare il poncho lavorando su ferri dritti non a doppia punta. Come realizzo il motivo? La descrizione è per il ferro di andata, ma quello di ritorno? Grazie

DROPS Design 16.12.2019 kl. 11:16:

Buongiorno Laura. Lavorando avanti e indietro, per i ferri di ritorno, lavora le maglie a rovescio se il quadratino è bianco, a diritto se il quadratino ha la X. Buon lavoro!

Carmen Gonzalez 16.10.2019 - 18:46:

Como es el remate? No lo entiendo. Algún video de esto?

DROPS Design 16.10.2019 kl. 18:53:

Hola Carmen! Mira el video DROPS AQUI. Buen trabajo!

Annie 07.10.2019 - 19:42:

Bonjour , n ayant pas beaucoup l' habitude de tricoter avec un diagramme pourriez vous me renseigner pour le modèle 188/40 . Pour le diagramme A1 doit on le tricoter 1 fois en hauteur jusque tout en haut ou le tricoter juste avant A2 .Merci d avance.

DROPS Design 08.10.2019 kl. 09:58:

Bonjour Annie, vous tricotez le diagramme A.1 entièrement en hauteur (= vous avez alors 232-261-290 m), puis vous répétez les 6 derniers tours (= A.2) jusqu'à ce que votre ouvrage mesure 40-42-44 cm - vous trouverez ici plus d'infos sur les diagrammes. Bon tricot!

Cynthia 10.09.2019 - 03:52:

On the Lavender Wash poncho. The pattern says Knit 1 round, then work rib; knit 1/purl 2. Should that be knit 2/purl 2 since after the increase it says continue with rib; knit 2/purl2?\r\n\r\nThanks

DROPS Design 10.09.2019 kl. 09:34:

Dear Cynthia, you first work ribbing K1/P2 in the round, then you will increase 1 stitch in each K1-section = you have now ribbing K2/P2, continue like this. Happy knitting!

Claudine Cherré 04.09.2019 - 19:56:

Bonjour, j aimerai tricoter ce poncho aux aiguilles avez vous des explications pour le faire aux aiguilles merci pour la réponse

DROPS Design 05.09.2019 kl. 09:12:

Bonjour Mme Cherré, ce poncho se tricote sur des aiguilles circulaires, vous trouverez ici comment adapter un modèle sur aiguilles droites si besoin. Bon tricot!

Annie 02.08.2019 - 15:42:

Bonjour à l'équipe Drops, J'ai commencé le modèle Lavender wash, en taille L/XL. Je suis à court de la laine kid silk natural. J'en suis au 9ème rang du diagramme. Pouvez-vous préciser si la correction en ligne le: 09.03.2018 est à additionner aux quantités renseignées au départ ? Correction quantité Kid-Silk: 50-50-50 g coloris 01, naturel 50-50-75 g coloris 03, rose clair 50-50-75 g coloris 04, rose moyen D'avance je vous remercie

DROPS Design 07.08.2019 kl. 09:52:

Bonjour Annie, les quantités ont été corrigées et devraient être justes, avez-vous bien le bon échantillon en largeur et en hauteur?

Rina 06.05.2019 - 14:01:

Hi, I am planning on knitting this beautiful poncho. Could you suggest what ply yarn is required as I want to knit it with one strand only not a combination of strands as in the pattern. The yarns suggested would seem to equal 9ply. When I made a test swatch with 8ply it was no where near the right size. Hope you can help.

DROPS Design 06.05.2019 kl. 14:53:

Dear Rina, please find more informations about alternatives here - for any help choosing another yarn, please contact your DROPS store even per mail or telephone. Happy knitting!

Mandi Quinton 22.04.2019 - 13:16:

I wish your patterns were written normal. I love your designs. I just can not get a hang of your patterns either crochet or knitting.. It would be so good with the crochet if you had someone like blossom crochet or one of those ladies that do video tutorials join your team and do your patterns on youtube. I am sure there would be lots of people the same as me, I have to get someone to rewrite if I want to make something or one of your designs. I am sure your sales would increase

DROPS Design 23.04.2019 kl. 15:34:

Dear Mrs Quinton, we are sorry to hear that you have worries reading our patterns, as you may know, there maybe as many ways to write patterns than there are knitters, you may just try to read it again with new eyes.– you are welcome to ask your questions here, or for any individual assistance reading our patterns and diagrams you are welcome to contact the store where you bought your yarn (even per mail or telephone). Happy knitting!

Ing-Marie 10.12.2018 - 17:06:

Sticka 6 cm av varje rand innan det byts färg. Menas det att man förlänger randen som bara innehåller 6 varv till den är 6 cm?

DROPS Design 11.12.2018 kl. 08:42:

Hei Ing-Marie. Du følger A.1 som forklart, og du strikker samtidig 6 cm med hver av stripene. Dvs, du strikker 1. STRIPE: 1 tråd BabyAlpaca Silk natur + 2 tråder Kid-Silk natur i 6 cm, samtidig som du strikker A.1. Så strikker du 2. STRIPE: 1 tråd BabyAlpaca Silk natur + 1 tråd Kid-Silk lys rosa + 1 tråd Kid-Silk natur i 6 cm samtidig som du fortsetter med A.1. Når 2 STRIPE er strikket i 6 cm, strikker du 3 STRIPE i 6 cm, osv. Du strikker hele tiden etter A.1 og etterhvert A.2 som forklart. God fornøyelse

Malú 03.12.2018 - 16:55:

Hola, buen día! Necesito seguir aumentando puntos, hasta tener 35ptos, desde cuál hilera o vuelta repito, para tener en vez de 29pts, tener 35pts en cada motivo?

DROPS Design 04.12.2018 kl. 10:46:

Hola Malú. La repetición consiste de trabajar dos vueltas de ondas en vertical. En la segunda onda en cada repetición trabajar dos hebras más sin aumentar el número de puntos trabajados juntos. De esta manera puedes aumentar el poncho hasta el tamaño deseado.

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