DROPS Merino Extra Fine
DROPS Merino Extra Fine
100% Wool
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Get the yarn to make this pattern from 22.75$.

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Lamb Dance Hat

Knitted hat for kids in DROPS Merino Extra Fine or DROPS Lima. Piece is knitted bottom up with sheeps, color pattern, rib and pompom. Size 3-12 years

DROPS Children 34-2
DROPS design: Pattern me-053-bn
Yarn group B

3/4 - 5/6 - 7/8 - 9/10 - 11/12 years
Head circumference: 50/53-50/53-53/54-54/56-54/56 cm = 19¾"/21"- 19¾"/21"-21"/21¼"-21¼"/22"-21¼"/22"
Height: approx. 19-20-21-22-23 cm = 7½"-8"-8¼"-8¾"-9"

DROPS MERINO EXTRA FINE from Garnstudio (belongs to yarn group B)
50-50-50-50-50 g color 26, pistachio
50-50-50-50-50 g color 19, light grey blue
50-50-50-50-50 g color 01, off white
50-50-50-50-50 g color 02, black
50-50-50-50-50 g color 17, cerise

Or use:
DROPS LIMA from Garnstudio (belongs to yarn group B)
50-50-50-50-50 g color 7219, pistachio
50-50-50-50-50 g color 8112, ice blue
50-50-50-50-50 g color 0100, off white
50-50-50-50-50 g color 8903, black
50-50-50-50-50 g color 6273, cerise

23 stitches in width and 32 rows vertically in stockinette stitch = 10 x 10 cm = 4" x 4".

DROPS CIRCULAR NEEDLE SIZE 3 mm = US 2,5, length 40 cm = 16".
DROPS CIRCULAR NEEDLE SIZE 2.5 mm = US 1,5, length 40 cm = 16" for rib.
Needle size is only a suggestion! If you have too many stitches on 10 cm = 4" switch to larger needles. If you have too few stitches on 10 cm = 4" switch to smaller needles.


Alternative Yarn – See how to change yarns here
Yarn Groups A to F – Use the same pattern and change the yarn here
Yarn usage using an alternative yarn – Use our yarn converter here


DROPS Merino Extra Fine
DROPS Merino Extra Fine
100% Wool
from 4.55 $ /50g
Get the yarn to make this pattern from 22.75$.

The yarn cost is calculated from the pattern’s smallest size and the yarn’s cheapest product type. Looking for an even better price? You might find it on the DROPS Deals!

Pattern instructions

NOTE: This pattern is written in American English. All measurements in charts are in cm. For conversion from inches to cm - click here. There are different terms for crocheting in American and British English. If this pattern includes crochet, click for "crochet terms" here. For this pattern in British English, please click here.



See diagram A.1. Diagrams show all rows in pattern seen from the right side.

DECREASE TIP (evenly):
To calculate how to decrease evenly, use the total number of stitches on row (e.g. 112 stitches) and divide stitches by number of decreases to be done (e.g. 8) = 14.
In this example decrease by knitting alternately every 13th and 14th stitch together.



Worked in the round on a short circular needle, switch to double pointed needles when decreasing.

Cast on 112-112-120-128-128 stitches on circular needle size 2.5 mm = US 1,5 with pistachio. Knit 1 round. Then work rib with knit 2/purl 2 for 3 cm = 1⅛". Switch to circular needle size 3 mm = US 2,5. Knit 1 round while decreasing 8 stitches evenly in all sizes - read DECREASE TIP = 104-104-112-120-120 stitches. Work A.1 in the round (= 13-13-14-15-15 repetitions of 8 stitches). REMEMBER THE KNITTING GAUGE! When A.1 has been worked, continue with light grey blue until piece measures 15-15½-16½-17½-18½ cm = 6" – 6⅛"-6½"- 6⅞"- 7¼". Now insert marker threads between each repetition of A.1 = 13-13-14-15-15 marker threads (= 8 stitches between each marker thread).
Now decrease towards the top of hat every other round as follows:
Decrease 1 stitch after every marker thread by slipping first stitch knitwise, knit 1 and pass slipped stitch over stitch worked (= 13-13-14-15-15 stitches decreased on round). Knit 1 round without decrease. Repeat these 2 rounds until 13-13-14-15-15 stitches remain. Knit 1-1-0-1-1, knit 2 together the entire round = 7-7-7-8-8 stitches. Cut the yarn and pull it through the remaining stitches, tighten together and fasten. Hat measures approx. 19-20-21-22-23 cm = 7½"-8"-8 1/4-8¾"-9" from top and down.

Make a pompom with an approx. diameter of 5 cm = 2" with light grey blue. Fasten pompom at the top in the tip of hat.


All measurements in charts are in cm.

symbols = knit with light grey blue
symbols = knit with off white
symbols = knit with black
symbols = knit with pistachio
symbols = knit with cerise
Do you have a question? See a list of frequently asked questions (FAQ)

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

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.

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?

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

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

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.

If you think it's hard to decide what size to make, it can be a good idea to measure a garment you own already and like the size of. Then you can pick the size by comparing those measures with the ones available in the pattern's size chart.

You'll find the size chart at the bottom of the pattern.

See DROPS lesson: How to read size chart

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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 (usually 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.

See DROPS lesson: How to read a schematic drawing

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.

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.

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.

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)

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

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

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?

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!

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.

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.

Pilling is a natural process that happens to even the most exclusive of fibers. It's a natural sign of wear and tear that is hard to avoid, and that is most visible in high friction areas of your garment like a sweater's arms and cuffs.

You can make your garment look as new by removing the pilling, using a fabric comb or a pill/lint remover.

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Comments / Questions (15)

country flag Pamela wrote:

I'd love these patterns. They are beautiful

16.03.2024 - 15:44

country flag Lilianne wrote:

Hello everyone I am speculating making this hat in Adult size and I thought ,I will just look for a hat that’s looks the same with the same gauge and voila there you have it and check how many Stiches you need to repeat the pattern in this case 8 and the rest you have to do the math.

15.11.2023 - 03:33

country flag Daniela wrote:

Bellissimi modelli e istruzioni chiare, grazie. È possibile trasformare il modello per ferri dritti?

07.09.2021 - 12:37

DROPS Design answered:

Buonasera Daniela, questo modello è stato progettato per la lavorazione in tondo, e non ci è possibile riprogettarlo in questa sede. Buon lavoro!

07.09.2021 - 23:59

country flag Corinne Lloyd wrote:

I note that you have a guide to calculate how to enlarge the jumper to man size. Do you have guidance on how to increase the hat size for an adult please? Thank you.

17.07.2021 - 18:01

DROPS Design answered:

Dear Corinne, unlike the sweater, unfortunately we do not have a grown up version of this hat. Happy Crafting!

17.07.2021 - 23:01

country flag Connie wrote:

Do you have the Sheep Dance hat in adult size?

11.07.2021 - 15:58

DROPS Design answered:

Dear Connie, unfortunately, we do not have this pattern in adult size. Happy Knitting.

11.07.2021 - 22:40

country flag Marie-Louise Bloch wrote:

Guten Tag Ich habe dem Sohn einen Pullover zu Weihnacht gestrickt. Nun möchte der Vater auch einen. Können Sie mir diesen in einer Herrengrösse ausrechnen. Danke für die Antwort.

01.01.2021 - 16:12

DROPS Design answered:

Liebe Frau Bloch, hier finden Sie den passenden Damenpullover - und hier lesen Sie wie man so ein Modell in eine Herrengröße umrechnet. Viel Spaß beim stricken!

04.01.2021 - 14:23

country flag Hania wrote:

Bonjour, J'aimerais savoir svp pour les aiguilles, est-ce que c'est du 2.5 US et 3 US. Merci beaucoup. Bonne journée

15.09.2020 - 20:47

DROPS Design answered:

Bonjour Hania, les modèles en français sont indiqués en système métrique, pour connaître la taille US équivalente, vous pouvez modifier la langue sous la photo ou bien retrouver le tableau des équivalences ici. Bon tricot!

16.09.2020 - 08:44

country flag Lisbeth Melum wrote:

Hei. Kan jeg bruke annet fargevalg? Og kan jeg få oppskriften på norsk?😅. Kunne tenkt meg lilla i bunnfarge,på genser og lue. Mvh. Lisbeth Melum

05.06.2020 - 11:26

DROPS Design answered:

Hej Lisbeth. Du kan välja norsk om du trycker på "endre språk" under bilden. Du kan välja andra färger om du vill det, se bara på garnets färgkarta för att se vilka färgnummer du ska köpa istället. Mvh DROPS Design

05.06.2020 - 11:44

country flag Nellie wrote:

Klopt het dat voor dit patroon wol gebruikt wordt wat eigenlijk te dik is voor de pennen? Ik vind deze wol eigenlijk al te dik voor pennen 4, het wordt zo dik. Nu moet deze muts op pennen 2,5/3 gebreid worden, wordt het dan niet een dik, stug breiwerk? De stekenverhouding klopt ook niet meer....

21.03.2020 - 15:53

DROPS Design answered:

Dag Nellie,

De aangegeven naalddikte is normaal voor deze wol. Als je een proeflapje maakt en de stekenverhouding klopt niet, dan kun je de naalddikte aanpassen en opnieuw een proeflapje breien totdat je de juiste stekenverhouding hebt , zoals aangegeven in het patroon

22.03.2020 - 16:51

country flag Ellen Hargin wrote:

Do you have this lamb dance pattern in a babies size 0-2, hat, sweater and bootees?

03.02.2020 - 12:15

DROPS Design answered:

Dear Mrs Hargin, we do not have this pattern for babies but your request has been forwarded to our Design team. Happy knitting!

03.02.2020 - 13:42