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Happy Winter by DROPS Design

Knitted hat in DROPS Karisma. The piece is worked with folded edge and Nordic pattern. Knitted mittens in DROPS Karisma. The piece is worked with a folded edge and Nordic pattern.

DROPS Design: Pattern no u-868
Yarn group B
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YARN FOR THE WHOLE SET:
Sizes: S/M - M/L
Fits head size: approx. 54/56 - 56/58 cm
Materials:
DROPS KARISMA from Garnstudio (belongs to yarn group B)
50-50 g colour 77, light oak
50-50 g colour 50, sea green
50-50 g colour 01, off white
50-50 g colour 11, orange
50-50 g colour 47, forest green
50-50 g colour 48, wine red
50-50 g colour 52, dark mustard
50-50 g colour 30, light denim blue
50-50 g colour 33, medium pink

YARN FOR HAT:
Sizes: S/M - M/L
Fits head size: approx. 54/56 - 56/58 cm
Materials:
DROPS KARISMA from Garnstudio (belongs to yarn group B)
50-50-50 g colour 77, light oak
50-50-50 g colour 50, sea green
50-50-50 g colour 01, off white
50-50-50 g colour 11, orange
50-50-50 g colour 48, wine red
50-50-50 g colour 52, dark mustard
50-50-50 g colour 30, light denim blue
50-50-50 g colour 33, medium pink

YARN FOR MITTENS:
Sizes: S/M - M/L
Length: approx. 24-26 cm. Circumference: approx. 21-21 cm.
Materials:
DROPS KARISMA from Garnstudio (belongs to yarn group B)
50-50 g colour 77, light oak
50-50 g colour 50, sea green
50-50 g colour 01, off white
50-50 g colour 11, orange
50-50 g colour 47, forest green
50-50 g colour 48, wine red
50-50 g colour 52, dark mustard
50-50 g colour 30, light denim blue
50-50 g colour 33, medium pink

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ACCESSORIES FOR THE PIECE:

HAT:

KNITTING TENSION:
22 stitches in width and 30 rows in height in stocking stitch and pattern = 10 x 10 cm.

NEEDLES:
DROPS DOUBLE POINTED NEEDLES SIZE 3.5 MM.
DROPS CIRCULAR NEEDLE SIZE 3.5 MM: length 40 cm for stocking stitch and pattern.
DROPS CIRCULAR NEEDLE SIZE 3 MM: length 40 cm for folded edge.
The needle size is only a guide. If you get too many stitches on 10 cm, change to a larger needle size. If you get too few stitches on 10 cm, change to a smaller needle size.

MITTENS:

KNITTING TENSION:
23 stitches in width and 32 rows in height in stocking stitch and pattern = 10 x 10 cm.

NEEDLES:
DROPS DOUBLE POINTED NEEDLES SIZE 3 MM: for stocking stitch and pattern.
The needle size is only a guide. If you get too many stitches on 10 cm, change to a larger needle size. If you get too few stitches on 10 cm, change to a smaller needle 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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PATTERN:
Hat: See diagram A.1.
Mittens: See diagrams A.2 to A.6.
The whole pattern is worked in stocking stitch.

KNITTING TIP-1:
If you would like mittens with a wider circumference, you can work them with a half or whole needle size larger. A half needle size will give you 1 cm more in circumference and a whole needle size will give you 2 cm more.

KNITTING TIP-2:
To avoid the knitting tension becoming tighter when working pattern, it is important that the strands are not tight at the back. You can work pattern with a needle size larger if this is a problem.

KNITTING TIP-3:
The length of the mitten before the opening for the thumb can be adjusted by working less or more rounds before working the marker for the thumb opening.

DECREASE TIP-1 (for top of hat):
Start 2 stitches before the marker thread and knit 2 together (= 1 stitch decreased).

DECREASE TIP-2 (for top of mitten):
Decrease 1 stitch on each side of the marker thread as follows: Start 3 stitches before the marker thread, knit 2 together, knit 2 (the marker thread sits in the middle of these 2 stitches), slip 1 stitch as if to knit, knit 1, pass the slipped stitch over the knitted stitch (= 2 stitches decreased).

DECREASE TIP-3 (for thumb):
Decrease 1 stitch on each side of the marker thread as follows: Start 2 stitches before the marker thread, knit 2 together, marker thread, slip 1 stitch as if to knit, knit 1, pass the slipped stitch over the knitted stitch (= 2 stitches decreased).

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HAT - SHORT OVERVIEW OF THE PIECE:
The piece is worked in the round with short circular needle, bottom up. Change to double pointed needles when necessary.

HAT:
Cast on 104-112 stitches with short circular needle size 3 mm and sea green. Work 6 rounds of stocking stitch for the lining. Change to circular needle size 3.5 mm and work the next round as follows: * Knit 2 together, 1 yarn over *, work from *-* to end of round (= folding edge). THE PIECE IS NOW MEASURED FROM HERE!
Work A.1 in the round (= 13-14 repeats of 8 stitches). When A.1 has been completed in height, continue with light oak to finished length. REMEMBER THE KNITTING TENSION!
When the piece measures 19-21 cm from the folding edge, insert 8 marker threads in the piece as follows: The first marker thread is inserted at the beginning of the round. The next 7 marker threads are inserted with 13-14 stitches between each one.
On the next round, decrease 1 stitch before each of the 8 marker threads – read DECREASE TIP-1 = 8 stitches decreased. Decrease like this every 2nd round a total of 5 times and then every round a total of 5 times = 24-32 stitches left on the needle. Knit 2 rounds where all the stitches are knitted together 2 and 2 on both rounds = 6-8 stitches left. Cut the strand, pull it through the remaining stitches, tighten and fasten well. The hat measures approx. 24-26 cm from the top and down to the folding edge.
Fold the edge at the bottom in towards the wrong side and sew down with small stitches – make sure the seam is not tight.
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MITTENS – SHORT OVERVIEW OF THE PIECE:
The piece is worked in the round with double pointed needles, bottom up. The mittens have the same circumference in both sizes, but different lengths. The circumference can be adjusted if you wish – read KNITTING TIP-1!

LEFT MITTEN:
Cast on 48-48 stitches with double pointed needles size 3 mm and dark mustard. Work 6 rounds of stocking stitch for the lining. Change to orange and work 2 rounds of stocking stitch.
The next round is worked as follows: * Knit 2 together, 1 yarn over *, work from *-* to end of round (= folding edge). THE PIECE IS NOW MEASURED FROM HERE!
Read KNITTING TIP-2 and work A.2 in the round (= 2 repeats of 24 stitches). REMEMBER THE KNITTING TENSION!
AT THE SAME TIME on the row marked with arrow-1 in A.2 work a marker for the thumb-opening as follows – read KNITTING TIP-3: Work 15 stitches stocking stitch with light oak, work 8 stitches stocking stitch for thumb-opening in another colour which stands out from the rest of the piece, then work the remaining 25 stitches in stocking stitch and light oak. Continue the pattern as before over all stitches. When A.2 has been completed, work A.3 in the round over all stitches. When A.3 has been completed, work A.2 to finished length; but the second time A.2 is worked start on the round marked with arrow-2.
When the piece measures 21-23 cm from the folding edge, insert 1 marker thread at the beginning of the round and 1 marker thread after 24 stitches (there is now approx. 3 cm left to finished length; you can try the mitten on and continue working to desired length).
On the next round decrease on each side of these 2 marker threads - read DECREASE TIP-2 = 4 stitches decreased. Decrease like this every round a total of 10 times in both sizes = 8 stitches left on the needles. Cut the strand, pull it through the remaining stitches, tighten and fasten well. The mitten measures approx. 24-26 cm from the top down to the folding edge.

THUMB:
Pull out the thread which was worked over the 8 stitches for the thumb-opening. Knit up 8 stitches on each side of the opening for the thumb with light oak = 16 stitches. Place these stitches evenly on double pointed needles size 3 mm. Work A.6 in the round. When the thumb measures approx. 5-5½ cm insert 1 marker thread in each side of the thumb (there is now approx. 1 cm left to finished length; you can try the mitten on and continue working to desired length).
On the next round decrease on each side of both marker threads - read DECREASE TIP-3 = 4 stitches decreased. Decrease like this every round a total of 3 times = 4 stitches left. Cut the strand, pull it through the remaining stitches, tighten and fasten well. The thumb measures approx. 6-6½ cm from the top down.

RIGHT MITTEN:
Cast on 48-48 stitches with double pointed needles size 3 mm and dark mustard. Work 6 rounds stocking stitch for the lining. Change to orange and work 2 rounds of stocking stitch.
The next round is worked as follows: * Knit 2 together, 1 yarn over *, work from *-* to end of round (= folding edge). THE PIECE IS NOW MEASURED FROM HERE!
Read KNITTING TIP-2 and work A.4 in the round (= 2 repeats of 24 stitches). REMEMBER THE KNITTING TENSION!
AT THE SAME TIME on the row marked with arrow-1 in A.4 work a marker for the thumb-opening as follows – read KNITTING TIP-3. Work 25 stitches stocking stitch with light oak, work 8 stitches stocking stitch with another colour which stands out from the rest of the piece and then work the remaining 15 stitches in stocking stitch and light oak. Then continue the pattern as before over all stitches.
When A.4 has been completed, work A.5 in the round over all stitches. When A.5 has been completed, work A.4 to finished length, but the second time A.4 is worked start on the round marked with arrow-2.
When the piece measures 21-23 cm from the folding edge, insert 1 marker thread at the beginning of the round and 1 marker thread after 24 stitches (there is now approx. 3 cm left to finished length; you can try the mitten on and continue working to desired length).
On the next round decrease on each side of these 2 marker threads - read DECREASE TIP-2 = 4 stitches decreased. Decrease like this every round a total of 10 times in both sizes = 8 stitches left on the needles. Cut the strand, pull it through the remaining stitches, tighten and fasten well. The mitten measures approx. 24-26 cm from the top down to the folding edge.
Work the thumb in the same way as on the left mitten.

ASSEMBLY:
Fold the edge at the bottom of each mitten in towards the wrong side and sew down with small stitches – make sure the seam is not tight

This pattern has been corrected. .

Updated online: 06.08.2018
LEFT MITTEN: Work 15 stitches stocking stitch with light oak, work 8 stitches stocking stitch for thumb-opening (Previously thumb marker) in another colour which stands out from the rest of the piece, then work the remaining 25 stitches in stocking stitch and light oak.

Diagram

= light oak
= dark mustard
= orange
= sea green
= off white
= wine red
= medium pink
= forest green
= light denim blue
= stitches for thumb opening - these stitches are worked in a different colour as described in the text




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 196-8) 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 (3)

Tammy Valentine 10.05.2019 - 20:00:

Hello, I am going to make both the hat and mittens for Happy Winter. I am confused and need to know how many skeins of Karisma to get for each color. The pattern says 2 for both and 3 for the hat only, so I got a little confused. Can you help? Thanks! Tammy

DROPS Design 13.05.2019 kl. 08:41:

Dear Mrs Valentine, you need 50 g (= 1 ball Karisma) in each of the 9 color = 50 g each colour are required in all sizes for hat and for mittens. (color 47 is used only for mittens). Happy knitting!

Tina Møller 20.12.2018 - 16:14:

Jeg synes ikke det er helt nemt at forstå hvordan man påbegynder tommelfinger og hvordan der tages masker ud til tommelfingeren

Monique 12.07.2018 - 14:10:

Die Mütze hat einen tollen Schnitt und sehr schöne Farben. Die würde ich gerne stricken.

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