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Midnight Hour by DROPS Design

Knitted shawl in 2 strands DROPS Kid-Silk with garter stitch and picot edge.

Tags: shawls, top down,
DROPS Design: Pattern no ks-140
Yarn group A + A or C

Measurements: approx. 40 cm along mid-stitch and approx. 142 cm along top.
DROPS KID-SILK from Garnstudio (belongs to yarn group A)
50 g colour 27, jeans blue
50 g colour 28, navy blue


13 stitches in width and 27 rows in height with garter stitch and 2 strands = 10 x 10 cm.

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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Not sure which size you should choose? Then it might help you to know that the model in the picture is approx. 170 cm and uses size S or M. If you are making a jumper, cardigan, dress or similar garment, you will find a graphic with the measurements of the finished garment (in cm) at the bottom of the pattern.

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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.


RIDGE/GARTER STITCH (worked back and forth):
All rows are knitted.




The piece is worked back and forth, top down with circular needle and GARTER STITCH – read description above. The yarn overs are knitted so that you leave holes when increasing.

Cast on 9 stitches with 1 strand of each colour (= 2 strands) and circular needle size 7 mm. 
Then work as follows: 
ROW 1 (= right side): Knit 1, 1 yarn over, knit 3, 1 yarn over, knit 1, 1 yarn over, knit 3, 1 yarn over and knit 1 = 13 stitches. Insert a marker thread in the middle stitch. 
ROW 2 (= wrong side): Knit 1, 1 yarn over, knit until there is 1 stitch left on the row, 1 yarn over and knit 1 = 2 stitches increased. 
ROW 3 (= right side): Knit 1, 1 yarn over, knit as far as the stitch with the marker thread, 1 yarn over, knit 1 (= mid-stitch), 1 yarn over, knit until there is 1 stitch left, 1 yarn over and knit 1 = 4 stitches increased. 

Repeat rows 2 and 3 onwards until the piece measures approx. 40 cm measured along the mid-stitch, or to desired length. Adjust so that the next row is from the right side.

Change to 2 strands jeans blue and loosely cast off from the right side as follows:
Knit 1, * insert the right needle in between the first 2 stitches on the left needle (i.e. between the stitches not through the stitches), make 1 yarn over the right needle, pull the yarn over out through the stitches and place it on the left needle *, work from *-* a total of 3 times (= 3 new stitches on the left needle), knit and cast off 6 stitches (= first stitch on right needle + 3 yarn overs + 2 stitches). Now continue working from *-* and cast off 6 stitches in the same way along the whole cast-off edge. When there are too few stitches left to work another picot, cast off the remaining stitches. Cut the strands and pull them through the last stitch. Fasten the strands.

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 194-11) 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 (12)

Véronique 06.03.2019 - 16:43:

Merci, mais vous ne répondez pas à ma question : on commence bien par la pointe (9 mailles) ensuite on augmente pour former un grand triangle, on se retrouve avec plein de mailles à la fin. Le triangle est formé, mais les diagonales n'ont pas de picots !! Doit on les faire au fur et à mesure, en même temps que les augmentations à chaque extrémité du rang ? ou bien doit-on reprendre des mailles sur les diagonales après avoir rabattu toutes les mailles ? Que veut dire de haut en bas ?

DROPS Design 07.03.2019 kl. 10:19:

Bonjour Véronique, le châle se tricote de haut en bas (tel qu'on le voit sur la photo porté), pas de bas en haut (en commençant par la pointe du bas au milieu du rang de picots), ce sont les augmentations que l'on fait qui vont créer le triangle et les mailles sur l'aiguille seront celles qui forment les deux diagonales du châle, et on va donc les rabattre en picot pour former la bordure finale du châle. cette vidéo montre un exemple de ce type de châle tricoté de haut en bas, attention le modèle est complètement différent, mais juste pour que vous puissiez visualiser la façon de faire. Bon tricot!

Veronique 05.03.2019 - 19:39:

Bonjour, il y a quelque chose que je ne comprends pas : on commence par la pointe du chale, et ensuite on augmente pour arriver à faire un triangle. Mais doit on faire la bordure en même temps ? Ou bien doit on attendre d avoir fini, puis on reprends sur les côtés pour faire la bordure picot ? Merci pour votre réponse

DROPS Design 06.03.2019 kl. 09:22:

Bonjour Véronique, le châle se tricote de haut en bas, en commençant au milieu et on va augmenter de chaque côté + au milieu jusqu'à 40 cm le long de la maille centrale. On aura ainsi sur l'aiguille les mailles des 2 diagonales du triangle, que l'on rabat avec des picots. Bon tricot!

Fouzia Jmel 22.02.2019 - 02:53:

J'ai les deux bords qui ne restent pas dans une ligne horizontale, je crois qu'on fait trop d'augmentations dans ce modèle. faut-il faire moins d'augmentations, par exemple, tous les deux ou quatre rangs?

DROPS Design 22.02.2019 kl. 08:32:

Bonjour Fouzia Jmel! Je vous conseille de bloquer votre ouvrage. Comment le faire vous trouverez ICI. Bon travail!

Tina 21.02.2019 - 09:26:

Jeg er begyndt på sjalet, men kan slet ikke se det for mig, når jeg læser opskriften. Der står, man strikker “oppefra”-betyder det ikke fra halsen og ikke spidsen af sjalet? Hvis det er rigtigt, hvordan ender sjalet så i den rette vinkel i spidsen? Håber det kan forklares på skrift. Jeg kan selvfølgelig bare strikke og blindt følge opskriften, har bare brug for at forstå☺️Mvh Tina

DROPS Design 05.04.2019 kl. 11:52:

Hej Tina, jo men du ser systemet allerede efter de første cm, så bare følg opskriften ;)

Lise C. Hübbe 24.01.2019 - 15:23:

Det ordnet seg! 194-11

Lise C. Hübbe 19.01.2019 - 11:12:

Kan denne oppskriften være riktig ? Begynner å strikke i spissen og får en hullebord langs sidene. Skal så felle av den lange siden oppe med picots? Picot'ene er jo langs sidene. Synes det er noe rart her.

DROPS Design 07.05.2019 kl. 11:58:

Hej Lise, hvis du følger opskriften starter du ovenfra og strikker ud mod hver side så du automatisk får en spids nederst. God fornøjelse!

Aude 15.01.2019 - 11:34:

Bonjour, Je débute dans le tricot ! si je tricote avec un seul fil, je dois réduire la taille des aiguilles de moitié ?

DROPS Design 15.01.2019 kl. 16:26:

Bonjour Aude, si vous débutez, essayez-vous plutôt sur un modèle avec les laines indiquées et l'échantillon recommandé, ce sera ainsi beaucoup plus simple que de tout recalculer. Nous ne sommes malheureusement pas en mesure de pouvoir ajuster chacun de nos modèles à chaque demande individuelle, mais vous pouvez chercher un autre modèle correspondant à votre tension et/ou demander conseil auprès du magasin où vous avez acheté votre fil. Bon tricot!

Claire 24.10.2018 - 01:18:

Bonsoir, Il y a quelque chose que je ne comprends pas bien. Je viens de commencer ce modèle et j'ai bien l'impression que la bordure picot des photos se trouve au niveau des lisières de mon tricot. Je ne comprends donc pas bien comment je pourrais obtenir les picots au bon endroit au moment de rabattre... Ai-je mal démarré ? Merci !

DROPS Design 24.10.2018 kl. 08:20:

Bonjour Claire, ce modèle se tricote de haut en bas, au point mousse, on va rabattre les mailles pour qu'elles forment une bordure picot ainsi - cf vidéo avec le texte en français - cette vidéo montre la technique, rabattez bien les mailles comme indiqué sous ce modèle pour obtenir le même effet. Bon tricot!

Francine 05.09.2018 - 19:49:

Lorsqu’une aiguille circulaire no 7 est requise, est-ce que ça signifie grosseur 7 mm? Merci!

DROPS Design 06.09.2018 kl. 08:07:

Bonjour Francine, tout à fait, c'est le système métrique qui est indiqué pour la taille des aiguilles dans les explications en français. Bon tricot!

Vanilleski 20.08.2018 - 18:38:

Bonjour, Où est indiqué le nombre de pelotes nécessaire pour réaliser ce châle svp ? Merci

DROPS Design 20.08.2018 kl. 21:36:

Bonsoir! Il vous faut 50 g coloris 27, bleu jeans (2 pelotes) et 50 g coloris 28, bleu marine (2 pelotes). Au total 4 pelotes pour ce chale. Bon travail!

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