DROPS / 193 / 5

Alpine Sunset by DROPS Design

Crocheted slippers in DROPS Alaska. The piece is worked in stripes and graphic pattern, with a tassel on the side. Sizes 35 – 43.

DROPS Design: Pattern no x-436
Yarn group C or A + A
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Sizes: 35/37 - 38/40 - 41/43
Foot length: approx. 22 - 24 - 27 cm
Materials:
DROPS ALASKA from Garnstudio (belongs to yarn group C)
100-100-100 g colour 58, mustard
50-50-50 g colour 53, ruby red
50-50-50 g colour 03, light grey

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ACCESSORIES FOR THE PIECE:

CROCHET TENSION:
17 double/treble crochets = 10 cm in width.

CROCHET HOOK:
DROPS CROCHET HOOK SIZE 4 MM.
Hook size is only a guide. If you get too many stitches on 10 cm, change to a larger hook size. If you get too few stitches on 10 cm, change to a smaller hook size.

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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.
EXPLANATIONS FOR THE PATTERN:

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CROCHET INFORMATION:
At the beginning of each round of treble crochets, replace the first treble crochet with 3 chain stitches, i.e. skip the first stitch on the previous round. The round finishes with 1 slip stitch in the 3rd chain stitch at the beginning of the round.
At the beginning of each round of double crochets, replace the first double crochet with 1 chain stitch, i.e. skip the first stitch on the previous round. The round finishes with 1 slip stitch in the first chain stitch at the beginning of the round.

INCREASE TIP:
Increase 1 double crochet by working 2 double crochets in the same stitch.

DECREASE TIP:
Decrease 2 treble crochets by working 2 and 2 treble crochets together as follows: * Work 1 treble crochet in the next double crochet, but wait with the last yarn over and pull through, work 1 treble crochet in the next double crochet in the same way, make 1 yarn over and pull it through all 3 loops on the hook *, work from *-* one more time = 2 treble crochets decreased. 

PATTERN: 
See diagrams A.1 to A.4.

COLOUR PATTERN (for A.2 and A.4):
When changing colour at the beginning of a round, work the slip stitch at the end of the previous round with the new colour.
When working in the round with several colours, work as described below: 
Each time you change colour, work the last double crochet with the first colour, but wait with the last pull through, change to the next colour and work the last pull through, then work the next double crochet with the new colour. 
When working with two colours, lay the strand of the colour you are not using over the stitches from the previous round and work around the strand so that it is hidden and carried forward.
Make sure that the strand you carry forward does not tighten and is not tight when picked up from the previous round.

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START THE PIECE HERE:

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SLIPPERS - SHORT SUMMARY OF THE PIECE:
The slipper is worked in the round from the toe to the instep, then worked back and forth to mid back of heel. The piece is crocheted together mid back before you work an edge around the opening of the slipper. To finish you make a tassel which is fastened to the side of the slipper.

SLIPPER: 
Work 5 chain stitches with hook size 4 mm and light grey and form them into a ring with 1 slip stitch in the first chain stitch. Read CROCHET INFORMATION and work A.1 in the round: the start of the round is mid under foot. When A.1 has been completed, there are 30 stitches on the round. Change to ruby red.
The next round is worked as follows: Work A.2A (= 4 stitches), then work A.2B over the remaining stitches AT THE SAME TIME as you increase 2-6-10 double crochets evenly spaced – read INCREASE TIP = 32-36-40 double crochets on the round.
Continue A.2 like this (there is now room for 7-8-9 repeats of A.2B in addition to A.2A which is worked over the first 4 stitches). REMEMBER THE CROCHET TENSION!
When A.2 has been completed, work double crochets in the round with mustard until the piece measures 12-13-15 cm (in the smallest size, you will probably reach the right measurement straight after A.2), cut the strands.
Insert 1 marker between the 2 middle stitches on the round, i.e. after the first 16-18-20 stitches on the round.
Hold the piece with the toe facing you and count 4 stitches to the left of the marker, start with 1 slip stitch in mustard in the fourth stitch from the marker and work the first row as follows from the right side: Work A.3A (= 1 stitch), work A.3B until there are 7 stitches left on the row (i.e. until there are 4 stitches left before the marker) and finish with A.3C (= 1 stitch), turn the piece. Continue with A.3, but now you decrease 1 stitch in each side by working the next row as follows: work 1 slip stitch in the first treble crochet, work double crochets until there is 1 treble crochet left on the row, turn the piece.
Now work A.3 back and forth over the remaining 24-28-32 stitches until the piece measures a total of approx. 21-23-26 cm from the toe – adjust so that the next row to be worked is a row of treble crochets, but to get the right measurement, you can, if necessary, work an extra row of double crochets before this row of treble crochets.
The next row is worked as follows: Work 1 treble crochet in each of the first 10-12-14 double crochets, now decrease 2 treble crochets by working the next 4 treble crochets together 2 and 2 – read DECREASE TIP and finally work 1 treble crochet in each of the last 10-12-14 double crochets = 22-26-30 treble crochets on the row.
Fold the slipper double, mid back, with the right side in and crochet the seam together at the back from the top down; 1 double crochet in each treble crochet (work through both layers). Cut and fasten the strand and turn the slipper inside out so that the right side is outside again. 

LEG:
Start mid back and work 40-44-48 double crochets with mustard, evenly spaced around the opening at the top of the slipper. The next round is worked as follows: Work A.4A (= 4 stitches), then work A.4B over the remaining 36-40-44 stitches (= 9-10-11 repeats of 4 stitches).
Continue the pattern like this. Cut and fasten the strands when A.4 has been completed. The leg measures approx. 3 cm in height.

TASSEL:
1 tassel = Cut 20 strands of light grey, 5 strands of ruby red and 5 strands of mustard (= a total of 30 strands) each 18 cm long.
Cut 1 strand of light grey of approx. 20 cm to use to fasten the tassel and lay this strand across the middle of the other 30 strands. Fold the 30 strands double and tie a new strand of light grey around the tassel (approx. 1 cm from the top). Fasten the strands well and then sew the tassel to one side of the slipper in the transition between leg and foot.
Work 1 more slipper in the same way and fasten a similar tassel to the opposite side.

Diagram

= work with light grey: work 5 chain stitches, form them into a ring with 1 slip stitch in the first chain stitch – see point on circle, the round starts and ends here
= 1 chain stitch
= increase evenly on this round
= work with ruby red: the round starts with 1 chain stitch (this chain stitch replaces the first double crochet), finish the round with 1 slip stitch in the first chain stitch at the beginning of the round
= work with light grey: the round starts with 1 chain stitch (this chain stitch replaces the first double crochet), finish the round with 1 slip stitch in the first chain stitch at the beginning of the round
= work with light grey in A.1 and mustard in A.2: the round starts with 3 chain stitches (these 3 chain stitches replace the first treble crochet), finish the round with 1 slip stitch in the 3rd chain stitch at the beginning of the round
= double crochet in stitch with ruby red
= double crochet in stitch with light grey
= double crochet in stitch with mustard
= treble crochet around chain stitch ring with light grey
= treble crochet in stitch with light grey
= treble crochet in stitch with mustard



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 193-5) 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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