DROPS / 187 / 35

Carry Me Home by DROPS Design

Crocheted bag with squares in various colours. The piece is worked in DROPS Paris.

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  • Carry Me Home / DROPS 187-35 - Crocheted bag with squares in various colours. The piece is worked in DROPS Paris.
  • Carry Me Home / DROPS 187-35 - Crocheted bag with squares in various colours. The piece is worked in DROPS Paris.
  • Carry Me Home / DROPS 187-35 - Crocheted bag with squares in various colours. The piece is worked in DROPS Paris.
DROPS Design: Pattern no w-718
Yarn group C or A + A
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Measurements: approx. 45 x 34 cm
Materials:
DROPS PARIS from Garnstudio (belongs to yarn group C)
100 g colour 17, off white
100 g colour 30, grey blue
50 g colour 41, mustard
50 g colour 38, raspberry
50 g colour 39, pistachio
50 g colour 25, moss green
50 g colour 37, rusty red

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

DROPS CROCHET HOOK SIZE 4.5 MM – or the size needed to get 16 treble crochets on 10 cm in width.
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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
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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.
INFORMATION FOR THE PATTERN:

PATTERN:
Crochet according to diagram A.1. A.2 and A.3 show how the squares are worked together.

COLOUR COMBINATIONS:
SQUARE 1:
CHAIN-STITCH RING + ROUND 1: Moss green
ROUND 2: Pistachio
ROUND 3: Off white
ROUND 4: Mustard
ROUND 5: Raspberry
ROUND 6: Rusty red
ROUND 7: Grey blue

SQUARE 2:
CHAIN-STITCH RING + ROUND 1: Rusty red
ROUND 2: Mustard
ROUND 3: Raspberry
ROUND 4. : Off white
ROUND 5: Moss green
ROUND 6: Pistachio
ROUND 7: Grey blue

SQUARE 3:
CHAIN-STITCH RING + ROUND 1: Mustard
ROUND 2: Raspberry
ROUND 3: Pistachio
ROUND 4: Rusty red
ROUND 5: Moss green
ROUND 6: Off white
ROUND 7: Grey blue

SQUARE 4:
CHAIN-STITCH RING + ROUND 1: Pistachio
ROUND 2: Off white
ROUND 3: Mustard
ROUND 4: Moss green
ROUND 5: Rusty red
ROUND 6: Raspberry
ROUND 7: Grey blue

SQUARE 5:
CHAIN-STITCH RING + ROUND 1: Raspberry
ROUND 2: Rusty red
ROUND 3: Moss green
ROUND 4: Pistachio
ROUND 5: Off white
ROUND 6: Mustard
ROUND 7: Grey blue

COLOUR CHANGE:
To get a neat transition when changing colours, work the last slip stitch of the round with the new colour as follows: Insert the hook in the last chain stitch from the beginning of the round, pick up the new strand, make a yarn over with the new strand and pull it through the stitch on the hook.
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BAG:
The bag is made up of 10 squares with different colour combinations.
Work 2 squares of each COLOUR COMBINATION – see description above. Work according to A.1 and start as follows:
Work 7 chain stitches with hook size 4.5 mm and Paris and form them into a ring with 1 slip stitch in the first chain stitch. Continue according to diagram A.1, changing colour on each round – read COLOUR CHANGE. NOTE! Round 6 does not start in the corner of the square, but in the middle of one of the sides of the square.

ASSEMBLY:
The bag is worked together with grey blue and hook size 4.5 mm. Lay out 8 of the squares (squares in colour combinations 1 to 4) as shown in A.2. Start on the right side and lay squares 1 and 2 wrong side to wrong side. Start in the chain-space in the corner and work 2 double crochets around both chain-spaces. Continue with 1 double crochet in each double crochet on both squares, finish with 2 double crochets around both chain-spaces in the corner. Lay square 3 with wrong side towards square 2, work 2 double crochets around both chain-spaces in the corner, continue with 1 double crochet in each double crochet from both squares and finish with 2 double crochets around both chain-spaces in the corner. Continue like this until the 8 squares have been worked together. Then work square 4 at the end of A.2 together with square 1 at the beginning of A.2, so that the bag is joined in both sides, finish with a slip stitch in the first double crochet worked on squares 1 and 2. Cut and fasten the strand.

Now work the last two squares to the bottom of the bag as shown in A.3. Start at the bottom right corner, lay square 5 with wrong side to square 1, work 2 double crochets around both chain-spaces, work 1 double crochet in each double crochet from both squares, finish with 2 double crochets around both chain-spaces in the corner. Lay the next side of square 5 with wrong side towards square 3, work 2 double crochets around both chain-spaces, work 1 double crochet in each double crochet from both squares, finish with 2 double crochets around both chain-spaces in the corner. Continue until the last 2 squares have been worked to the bottom of the bag and finish with 1 slip stitch in the first double crochet. Cut and fasten the strand.

CROCHET EDGE:
Crochet an edge around the opening on the bag. Work with off white and hook size 4.5 mm as follows:
Work 1 double crochet in the join between the 2 middle squares on the bag (squares 2 and 4 in A.3), *skip 2 double crochets from square 4, work 5 treble crochets in the next double crochet, skip 2 double crochets, work 1 double crochet in the next double crochet *, repeat from *-* 3 more times, work 1 double crochet + 3 chain stitches + 1 double crochet around the chain-space, * work 1 double crochet in the next double crochet, skip 2 double crochets, work 5 treble crochets in the next double crochet, skip 2 double crochets *, repeat from *-* 3 more times and finish with 1 double crochet in the join between the next 2 squares. Continue like this around the whole opening on the bag, finish with 1 slip stitch in the first double crochet.

TWISTED CORD:
Cut 8 strands off-white of 4 metres in length. Twist them together until they begin to resist, fold the cord double and it will continue to twist. Tie a knot in each end. Fasten the cord through the chain-space from the crochet edge on the top of one of the squares and the other end in the top of another square on the same side of the bag. Leave approx. 8 cm as a fringe after the knots. Repeat on the other side of the bag.

This pattern has been corrected. .

Updated online: 06.06.2019
New yarn amount:
DROPS PARIS from Garnstudio
100 g colour 30, grey blue

Diagram

symbols = work 7 chain stitches and form them into a ring with 1 slip stitch in the first chain stitch. The round starts and ends at the black spot on the circle
symbols = the round begins with 3 chain stitches and finishes with 1 slip stitch in the 3rd chain stitch at the beginning of the round
symbols = treble crochet around chain-stitch ring/chain-space
symbols = treble crochet in treble crochet
symbols = treble crochet between 2 treble crochets
symbols = work 4 chain stitches
symbols = work 2 double treble crochets in the next treble crochet, but wait with the last pull through, work 1 double treble crochet in the next treble crochet, and then, on the last pull through, pull the strand through all 5 loops on the hook
symbols = work 1 double treble crochet in the next treble crochet, but wait with the last pull through, work 2 double treble crochets in the next treble crochet, but wait with the last pull through, work 1 double treble crochet in the next treble crochet and then, when working the last pull through, pull the strand through all 5 loops on the hook
symbols = chain stitch
symbols = double crochet in stitch
symbols = double crochet around chain-space
symbols = slip stitch
symbols = start this round here, not where the previous round finished.
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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 187-35) 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 (11)

country flag Teri 18.08.2021 - 21:20:

Hi! Thanks for answering my first question :) Would you know of a tutorial for fastening the strap? I'm not quite sure how to do it once I've twisted the cord...

user icon DROPS Design 19.08.2021 kl. 08:09:

Dear Teri, attach one end of the first strap through the corner of square 2 (see A.3) and attach the other end of the same strap through the corner on square 4, same side when bag is facing you. Then attach 2nd cord on the other side, on the tip of squares 2 and 4. Hope this will help.

country flag Teri 18.08.2021 - 12:38:

Hi! Just wanted to clarify the strap. Do we use 8 strands per side, 4m each? For a total of 16 strands? And how can we fasten the straps to the bag?

user icon DROPS Design 18.08.2021 kl. 14:29:

Hi Teri, you need 8 strands each 4 meters for each strap, ie a total of 16 strands (each strap consist of 8 strands). Happy crocheting!

country flag Sharon 06.07.2021 - 22:31:

May I ask what the dimensions of each finished granny square should be before assembling them? Thanks!

user icon DROPS Design 07.07.2021 kl. 03:23:

Dear Sharon, the size of the square depends greatly on your gauge. It is not given as it is not that terribly important, like it would be with a garment, nothing happens if your bag ends up a couple of cm larger oe smaller. Happy stitching!

country flag Magali 09.06.2020 - 18:59:

Bonjour je voulais savoir si 1 bride entre 2 brides signifie 2 brides écoulées ensemble ? Merci !

user icon DROPS Design 09.06.2020 kl. 19:08:

Bonjour Magali, pour crocheter 1 bride entre 2 brides, piquer votre crochet entre les 2 brides du rang précédent (et pas dans la maille, pas dans les 2 brins comme normalement) et crochetez ainsi votre bride. Bon crochet!

country flag Carol Stephens 04.09.2019 - 15:51:

I s this bag lined?

user icon DROPS Design 04.09.2019 kl. 16:12:

Dear Mrs Stephens, if you mean that there is a lining with fabric inside the bag, our pattern doesn't include something like this but you may do such one. Happy crocheting!

country flag Nancyhäkelt 12.06.2019 - 14:22:

Rechtzeitig bei der Hitze fertig gestellt, ab ins Bad. Vielen Dank die Anleitung ist gut verständlich beschrieben, hat Spaß gemacht 😁

country flag Hilde 01.06.2019 - 12:24:

Hei. Det er altfor lite av det blå garnet når man også skal bruke det i monteringen. Så det var nevnt her tidligere også. Hekler med normal fasthet

country flag Simone 25.04.2019 - 07:22:

Wieviel Wolle braucht man für eine Decke aus diesen Grannies, in der gleichen Farbgebung?

user icon DROPS Design 25.04.2019 kl. 09:16:

Liebe Simone, da diese Tasche mit verschiedenen Farben gehäkelt wurde, haben wir diese Angabe nicht, und leider können wir nicht jede Anleitung nach jeder Anfrage anpassen. Sie können die verschiedenen Garnmenge zusammenrechnen, wahrscheinlich brauchen Sie etwas weniger mit nur 1 Farbe. Viel Spaß beim häkeln!

country flag Nicole Pfeiffer 05.02.2019 - 12:44:

Leider reichen bei mir die angegebenen 50g der blauen Wolle nicht aus. Ich habe die vorgeschlagene Drops Paris in genau der Farbkombination bestellt, und es ist leider nicht ausreichend, um die letzten 2 Quadrate anzuhäkeln.

country flag Jenny Gunnarzon 13.07.2018 - 14:29:

Hej, finns det en instruktions video någonstanns på hur man virkar rutorna till drops 187-35. Jag klarar inte att läsa diagrammet...\r\ntack på förhand Jenny

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