DROPS Baby / 31 / 16

Afternoon Nap by DROPS Design

Knitted blanket with cables for baby. Piece is knitted in DROPS BabyMerino.

DROPS design: Pattern no bm-089-by
Yarn group A
Measurements: Width: approx. 40-65 cm Height: approx. 50-80 cm
DROPS BABYMERINO from Garnstudio (belongs to yarn group A)
250-350 g colour 23, light beige

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

DROPS CIRCULAR NEEDLE (60 or 80 cm) SIZE 3 mm – or size needed to get 24 stitches and 32 rows in stocking stitch = width 10 cm and 10 cm vertically.

DROPS CABLE NEEDLE - for cables.

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100% Wool
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DROPS Baby Merino uni colour DROPS Baby Merino uni colour 3.10 £ /50g
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DROPS Baby Merino mix DROPS Baby Merino mix 3.10 £ /50g
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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.6. Diagrams show all rows in pattern seen from the right side.

Worked back and forth. Cast on 108-170 stitches on circular needle size 3 mm with BabyMerino. Work 3 ridges in GARTER STITCH - see explanation above. Then work as follows from right side:
Work 3 stitches in garter stitch, 3-4 stitches in stocking stitch, * A.1 (= 14 stitches), A.2 (= 8 stitches) over 16 stitches (= 2 times in width) *, work from *-* 1-2 times in total, A.1 over 14 stitches, A.2 over 8 stitches, A.1 over 14 stitches, * A.2 over 16 stitches (= 2 times in width), A.1 over 14 stitches *, work from *-* 1-2 times in total and finish with 3-4 stitches in stocking stitch and 3 stitches in garter stitch.
When A.1 and A.2 have been worked 1 time vertically, there are 126-200 stitches on needle. Continue in garter stitch and stocking stitch and work A.3 over every A.1 and A.4 over every A.2. Continue pattern like this. REMEMBER THE KNITTING TENSION! When piece measures 48-78 cm, adjust to finish on 1st-6th row in A.4. Now work A.5 over every A.3 and A.6 over every A.4. When A.5 and A.6 have been worked 1 time vertically, there are 108-170 stitches on needle. Work 3 ridges. Cast off.


= knit from the right side, purl from the wrong side
= purl from the right side, knit from the wrong side
= between 2 stitches make 1 yarn over, on next row work yarn over twisted to avoid holes
= slip 1 stitch on cable needle behind piece, knit 1, knit from cable needle
= slip 1 stitch on cable needle behind piece, knit 2, purl from cable needle
= slip 2 stitches on cable needle in front of piece, purl 1, knit 2 from cable needle
= slip 2 stitches on cable needle behind piece, knit 2, knit 2 from cable needle
= slip 2 stitches on cable needle in front of piece, knit 2, knit 2 from cable needle
= knit 2 together

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 Baby 31-16) 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 (40)

Toni Wood RN 15.07.2020 - 14:37:

I have been knitting for over 50 years and still get confused with charts, do you by any chance have the pattern rows written out? Also am I correct that the odd number rows on charts go left to right and the even number rows go right to left? If this is correct I can write the pattern out myself. Lastly I am planning on doing the blanket in a chunky or bulky yarn and make it for a teenager or adult, possibly as a throw over a couch. Any guidance is much appreciated.

DROPS Design 15.07.2020 kl. 15:49:

Dear Mrs Wood RN, please read more about diagrams here - we are unfortunately not able to adjust every pattern to every single request, but you can find all our knitted blankets here - add filters to choose the desired tension. Happy knitting!

Stephanie 09.07.2020 - 15:57:

I found this pattern on another website, it says you have it in portuguese, i cannot find it, and i cannot knit in english terms, too hard for me, is it possible do post the portuguese pattern like the website says you have?

DROPS Design 09.07.2020 kl. 16:48:

Dear Stephanie, click on the scroll down menu below picture to edit the language. Happy knitting :)

Satu 20.05.2020 - 14:32:

Hei Tuleeko ensimmäiselle malliriville vain malli A1 ja A2? Minulle noin tehden jää rivin loppuun "ylimääräisiä"silmukoita. Ilmeisesti työn keskivaiheille tulee yksi poikkeava mallikerta. Mutta mihin kohtaan?

Charlotte 06.05.2020 - 15:18:

Hello, to make the larger size, how much yarn should I buy? Thanks

DROPS Design 06.05.2020 kl. 16:17:

Dear Charlotte, for the larger size (= 65 cm x 80 cm approx.) you would need 350 g DROPS BabyMerino/50 g a ball = 7 balls. Happy knitting!

Tracy Breen 05.05.2020 - 09:28:

Hi! I am a little bit confused by the four extra rows of only 4 stitches each at the top of the A.3 chart. Should I ignore these or are they important? Thank you!

DROPS Design 05.05.2020 kl. 11:34:

Dear Mrs Breen, do not ignore them, the middle cable is worked over more 6 rows (cross sts every 6th row) but the small cables on either side are worked on every 2nd row, after you have worked the 20 first rows in A.3, repeat A.3 from the first row on the first and last 6 sts and continue A.3 over the middle 4 sts. Happy knitting!

Iris 03.05.2020 - 16:03:

Hallo! Mir ist nicht ganz klar, was der "Bürzel" am oberen Rand von A.3 sein soll. Werden die Maschen des Musterrandes einfach wie vorher identisch weiter gestrickt?

DROPS Design 04.05.2020 kl. 13:31:

Liebe Iris, die Zöpfe in der Mitte von A.3 sollen in jede 6. Reihe gestrickt sein aber die kleinere Zöpfe in jede 2. Reihe. Viel Spaß beim stricken!

Miriam 27.03.2020 - 19:41:

Hola! Estoy aprendiendo a tener punto y vi este patrón, pero pone que se necesitan agujas circulares, es así? No entiendo eso en las instrucciones del patrón, me podrían solucionar la duda, tengo un poco de lío. Gracias!

DROPS Design 29.03.2020 kl. 23:27:

Hola Miriam. En este patrón la aguja circular la utilizamos para facilitar el trabajo (es decir, debido al número de puntos con la aguja circular tienes una mejor distribución de los puntos).

RAUBALY 08.03.2020 - 18:51:

Bonjour Je souhaite realiser cette couverture mais j ai besoin qu elle fasse pratiquement 1m Pouvez-vous m aider a réaliser le nouveau patron ? Merci d avance

DROPS Design 09.03.2020 kl. 11:58:

Bonjour Mme Raubaly, nous ne sommes malheureusement pas en mesure de pouvoir adapter chaque modèle à chaque demande. Vous pouvez consulter nos modèles de couvertures avec torsades pour vous inspirer ou demander conseil à votre magasin/forum. Bon tricot!

Ness 23.02.2020 - 07:10:

Hi there, Do you have a version of this pattern written down instead of the diagrams? thanks! ness

DROPS Design 24.02.2020 kl. 08:57:

Dear Ness, we only have diagrams, but you will find here how to read diagrams. Happy knitting!

Samantha 12.02.2020 - 23:21:

Do you work the diagrams left to right on the right side and right to left on the wrong side?

DROPS Design 13.02.2020 kl. 10:26:

Hi Samantha, No, diagrams are worked right to left on the right side and left to right on the wrong side and from the bottom up. Happy knitting!

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