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Ice Cream Squares by DROPS Design

Knitted blanket in DROPS Puna with leaf pattern.

DROPS design: Pattern pu-038
Yarn group B

SIZE: Blanket measures approx. 100 x 125 cm.
1 square measures approx. 25 x 25 cm.

DROPS PUNA from Garnstudio (belongs to yarn group B)
300 g colour 01, off white
150 g colour 09, powder pink
150 g colour 02, beige
150 g colour 07, light grey

Uni-coloured piece = 750 g DROPS Puna.

20 stitches in width and 26 rows vertically in stocking stitch = 10 x 10 cm.

DROPS CIRCULAR NEEDLE SIZE 4.5 mm, length 40 and 60 cm.
Needle size is only a suggestion! If you have too many stitches on 10 cm switch to larger needles. If you have too few stitches on 10 cm switch to smaller needles.

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100% Alpaca
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DROPS Puna natural DROPS Puna natural 2.50 £ /50g
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DROPS Puna natural mix DROPS Puna natural mix 2.50 £ /50g
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DROPS Puna uni colour DROPS Puna uni colour 3.10 £ /50g
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Pattern instructions

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



See diagrams A.1 and A.2.
Diagrams show all rows in pattern seen from the right side.




Work blanket in squares that are sewn together when finished. Work each square in the round in a square on double pointed needles/circular needle, begin from the middle of square.

Begin with first square in powder pink. Cast on 8 stitches on double pointed needles size 4.5 mm. Work pattern in the round according to diagram A.1 (= 2 stitches) 4 times in total on round. Switch to circular needle when needed. When entire diagram A.1 has been worked, cast off - make a yarn over in each corner while casting off and cast off these yarn overs to make a nice cast-off in the corners.

Work 4 squares with powder pink.
Work 4 squares with beige.
Work 4 squares with light grey.
Work 8 squares with off white.
Work 20 squares in total.

Sew square together stitch to stitch - see diagram A.2 for colour placement.

This pattern has been corrected. .

Updated online: 18.01.2019
Correction - Yarn amount: MATERIALS:
DROPS PUNA from Garnstudio (belongs to yarn group B)
300 g colour 01, off white
150 g colour 09, powder pink
150 g colour 02, beige
150 g colour 07, light grey

Uni-coloured piece = 700 g DROPS Puna


= knit from right side
= purl from right side
= knit 2 together
= slip 1 stitch knitwise, knit 1, pass slipped stitch over stitch worked
= slip 1 stitch knitwise, knit 2 stitches together, pass slipped stitch over stitches worked together
= between 2 stitches make 1 yarn over. On next round knit the yarn over to make a hole.
= between 2 stitches make 1 yarn over, on next round work yarn over twisted to avoid holes
= Powder pink
= Off white
= Beige
= Light grey

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 198-1) for measurements and calculations.

Are you having trouble following the pattern? See below for a list of resources to help you finish your project in no time - or why not, learn something new.

1) Why is the knitting/crochet tension so important?

Knitting tension is what determines the final measurements of your work, and is usually measured per 10 x 10 cm. It is provided like so: number of stitches in width x number of rows in height - eg: 19 stitches x 26 rows = 10 x 10 cm.

The knitting tension is very individual; some people knit/crochet loosely while others work tightly. You adjust the knitting tension with the needle size, which is why the suggested needle size only serve as a guide! You need to adjust this (up or down) to ensure that YOUR knitting tension matches the knitting tension provided in the pattern. If you work with a different knitting tension than provided you will have a different yarn consumption, and your work will have different measurements than what the pattern suggests.

The knitting tension also determines which yarns can replace each other. As long as you achieve the same knitting tension you can replace one yarn with another.

See DROPS lesson: How to measure your tension/gauge

See DROPS video: How to make a gauge tension swatch

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2) What are the yarn groups?

All our yarns are categorised into yarn groups (from A to F) according to thickness and knitting tension – group A contains the thinnest yarns and group F the thickest. This makes it easier for you to find alternative yarns to our patterns, should you wish to switch yarn. All yarns within the same group have a similar knitting tension and can easily replace each other. However, different yarn qualities have different structures and properties which will give the finished work a unique look and feel.

Click here for an overview of the yarns in each yarn group

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3) Can I use a different yarn than what the pattern suggests?

The important thing when changing from one yarn to another is that the knitting/crochet tension remains the same. This is so that the measurements of the finished piece will be the same as on the sketch provided. It is easier to achieve the same knitting tension using yarns from the same yarn group. It is also possible to work with multiple strands of a thinner yarn to achieve the knitting tension of a thicker one. Please try our yarn converter. We recommend you to always work a test swatch.

Please NOTE: when changing yarn the garment might have a different look and feel to the garment in the photo, due to individual properties and qualities of each yarn.

See DROPS lesson: Can I use a different yarn than the one mentioned in the pattern?

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4) How do I use the yarn converter?

At the top of all our patterns you’ll find a link to our yarn converter, which is a helpful tool should you wish to use a different yarn than suggested. By filling in the yarn quality you wish to replace, the amount (in your size) and number of strands, the converter will present good alternative yarns with the same knitting tension. Additionally it will tell you how much you’ll require in the new qualities and whether you’ll need to work with multiple strands. Most skeins are 50g (some are 25g or 100g).

If the pattern is worked with multiple colours, every colour will have to be converted separately. Similarly, if the pattern is worked with several strands of different yarns (for example 1 strand Alpaca and 1 strand Kid-Silk) you will have to find alternatives for each, individually.

Click here to see our yarn converter

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5) Why do I get the wrong knitting tension with the suggested needle size?

The needle size provided in the pattern serves only as a guide, the important thing is to follow the knitting tension. And since knitting tension is very individual, you will have to adjust the needle size to ensure that YOUR tension is the same as in the pattern – maybe you’ll have to adjust 1, or even 2 needle sizes, up or down to achieve the correct tension. For this, we recommend that you work test swatches.

Should you work with a different knitting tension than the one provided, the measurements of the finished garment might deviate from the measurement sketch.

See DROPS lesson: How to measure your tension/gauge

See DROPS video: How to make a gauge tension swatch

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6) Why is the pattern worked top-down?

Working a garment top-down provides more flexibility and room for personal adjustment. For example it is easier to try the garment on while working, as well as making adjustments to length of yoke and shoulder caps.

The instructions are carefully explaining every step, in the correct order. Diagrams are adjusted to the knitting direction and are worked as usual.

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7) Why are the sleeves shorter in larger sizes?

The total width of the garment (from wrist-to-wrist) will be larger in the larger sizes, despite the actual sleeves being shorter. The larger sizes have longer sleeve caps and wider shoulders, so there will be a good fit in all sizes.

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8) What is a repeat?

Diagrams are often repeated on the round or in height. 1 repeat is the diagram the way it appears in the pattern. If it says to work 5 repeats of A.1 in the round, then you work A.1 a total of 5 times after/next to each other in the round. If it says to work 2 repeats of A.1 vertically/in height you work the entire diagram once, then begin again at the start and work the entire diagram one more time.

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9) How do I work according to a knitting diagram?

The diagram depicts all rows/rounds, and every stitch seen from the right side. It is read from bottom to top, from right to left. 1 square = 1 stitch.

When working back and forth, every other row is worked from the right side and every other row is worked from the wrong side. When working from the wrong side, the diagram will have to be worked reversed: from left to right, knit stitches are purled, purl stitches are knit etc.

When working in the round every round is worked from the right side and the diagram are worked from right to left on all rounds.

See DROPS lesson: How to read knitting diagrams

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10) How do I work according to a crochet diagram?

The diagram depicts all rows/rounds, and every stitch seen from the right side. It is worked from bottom to top, from right to left.

When working back and forth every other row is worked from the right side: from right to left and every other row is worked from the wrong side: from left to right.

When working in the round, every row in the diagram are worked from the right side, from right to left.

When working a circular diagram you start in the middle and work your way outwards, counter clockwise, row by row.

The rows usually start with a given number of chain stitches (equivalent to the height of the following stitch), this will either be depicted in the diagram or explained in the pattern.

See DROPS lesson: How to read crochet diagrams

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11) How do I work several diagrams simultaneously on the same row/round?

Instructions for working several diagrams after each other on the same row/round, will often be written like so: “work A.1, A.2, A.3 a total of 0-0-2-3-4 times". This means you work A.1 once, then A.2 is worked once, and A.3 is repeated (in width) the number of times provided for your size – in this case like so: S = 0 times, M = 0 times, L=2 times, XL= 3 times and XXL = 4 times.

The diagrams are worked as usual: begin with the first row in A.1, then work the first row in A.2 etc.

See DROPS lesson: How to read knitting diagrams

See DROPS lesson: How to read crochet diagrams

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12) Why does the piece start with more chain stitches than it’s worked with?

Chain stitches are slightly narrower than other stitches and to avoid working the cast-on edge too tight, we simply chain more stitches to begin with. The stitch count will be adjusted on the following row to fit the pattern and measurement sketch.

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13) Why increase before the rib edge when the piece is worked top-down?

The rib edge is more elastic and will contract slightly compared to, for example, stocking stitch. By increasing before the rib edge, you avoid a visible difference in width between the rib edge and the rest of the body.

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14) Why increase in the cast-off edge?

It’s very easy to cast off too tightly, and by making yarn overs while casting off (and simultaneously casting these off) you avoid a too tight cast off edge.

See DROPS video: How to bind off with yarn overs (yo)

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15) How do I increase/decrease on every 3rd and 4th row/round alternately?

To achieve an even increase (or decrease) you can increase on, for example: every 3rd and 4th row alternately, like so: work 2 rows and increase on the 3rd row, work 3 rows and increase on the 4th. Repeat this until the increase is complete.

See DROPS lesson: Increase or decrease 1 st on every 3rd and 4th row alternately

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16) Why is the pattern slightly different than what I see in the photo?

Pattern repeats can vary slightly in the different sizes, in order to get the correct proportions. If you’re not working the exact same size as the garment in the photo, yours might deviate slightly. This has been carefully developed and adjusted so that the complete impression of the garment is the same in all sizes.

Make sure to follow instructions and diagrams for your size!

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17) How can I work a jacket in the round instead of back and forth?

Should you prefer to work in the round instead of back and forth, you may of course adjust the pattern. You’ll need to add steeks mid-front (usually 5 stitches), and follow the instructions. When you would normally turn and work from the wrong side, simply work across the steek and continue in the round. At the end you’ll cut the piece open, pick up stitches to work bands, and cover the cut edges.

See DROPS video: How to knit steeks and cut open

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18) Can I work a jumper back and forth instead of in the round?

Should you prefer to work back and forth instead of in the round, you may of course adjust the pattern so you work the pieces separately and then assemble them at the end. Divide the stitches for the body in 2, add 1 edge stitch in each side (for sewing) and work the front and back pieces separately.

See DROPS lesson: Can I adapt a pattern for circular needles into straight needles?

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19) Why do you show discontinued yarns in the patterns?

Since different yarns have different qualities and textures we have chosen to keep the original yarn in our patterns. However, you can easily find options among our available qualities by using our yarn converter, or simply pick a yarn from the same yarn group.

It is possible that some retailers still have discontinued yarns in stock, or that someone has a few skeins at home that they would like to find patterns for.

The yarn converter will provide both alternative yarn as well as required amount in the new quality.

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20) How do I make a women’s size garment into a men’s size one?

If you have found a pattern you like which is available in women’s size it’s not very difficult to convert it to men’s size. The biggest difference will be the length of sleeves and body. Start working on the women size that you think would fit across the chest. The additional length will be worked right before you cast off for the armhole/sleeve cap. If the pattern is worked top-down you can add the length right after the armhole or before the first decrease on sleeve.

Regarding additional yarn amount, this will depend on how much length you add, but it is better with a skein too many than too few.

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21) How do I prevent a hairy garment from shedding?

All yarns will have excess fibres (from production) that might come off as lint or shedding. Brushed yarns (ie hairier yarns) have more of these loose, excess fibres, causing more shedding.

Shedding also depends on what is worn under or over the garment, and whether this pulls at the yarn fibres. It’s therefore not possible to guarantee that there will be no shedding

Below are some tips on how to get the best result when working with hairier yarns:

1. When the garment is finished (before you wash it) shake it vigorously so the looser hairs come off. NOTE: do NOT use a lint roller, brush or any method that pulls at the yarn.

2. Place the garment in a plastic bag and put it in your freezer - the temperature will cause the fibres to become less attached to each other, and excess fibres will come off easier.

3. Leave in the freezer for a few hours before taking it out and shaking it again.

4. Wash the garment according to the instructions on the yarn label.

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22) Where on the garment is the length measured?

The measurement sketch/schematic drawing provides information regarding the full length of the garment. If it’s a jumper or a jacket the length is measured from the highest point on the shoulder closest to the neckline, and straight down to the bottom of the garment. It is NOT measured from the tip of shoulder. Similarly, the length of yoke is measured from the highest point on the shoulder and down to where yoke is split into body and sleeves.

On a jacket measures are never taken along bands, unless specifically stated. Always measure inside band stitches when measuring the length.

See DROPS lesson: How to read a schematic drawing

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23) How do I know how many balls of yarn I need?

The required amount of yarn is provided in grams, eg: 450 g. To calculate how many balls you’ll need you first need to know how many grams are in 1 ball (25g, 50g or 100g). This information is available if you click on the individual yarn quality on our pages. Divide the amount required with the amount of each ball. For example, if each ball is 50g (the most common amount), the calculation will be as follows: 450 / 50 = 9 balls.

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Comments / Questions (20)

Andrea Vagelatos 25.06.2020 - 15:27:

Do you not ship to the US? If not, where else might I purchase this yarn? Thank you.

DROPS Design 25.06.2020 kl. 17:06:

Dear Mrs Vagelatos, yes we do, click here to see the DROPS stores shipping to US. Happy knitting!

Andrea Vagelatos 24.06.2020 - 18:10:

I would love to purchase the yarn listed in the pattern, but have been unable to find these specific colors in this specific yarn. Is there anywhere I can purchase this yarn in these colors?

DROPS Design 25.06.2020 kl. 08:51:

Dear Mrs Vagelatos, click on the green caddie beside the yarn name and click then on "order" to choose the requested colours for that pattern from our Superstore. Happy knitting!

Synnøve 11.06.2020 - 22:24:

Hei. Nå har jeg strikket 14 stk med mønster. Og er blitt så lei🙈Kan jeg strikke resterende ruter i perlestrikk, og hvordan gjør jeg det? Legger opp 44 masker og strikker den like stor,. Eller legger opp 176masker og strikker de på rundpinne?

DROPS Design 15.06.2020 kl. 10:35:

Hei Synnøve. Du har bare 6 ruter igjen og det blir så fint når det blir ferdig. Dette greier du :) Men om du vil strikke de andre rutene i perlestrikk må du bare huske på at de må bli like store. Strikkefastheten til Puna på pinne 4,5 har vi oppgitt en veiledende strikkefasthet på 20 masker x 34 rader på 10 x 10 cm. Men dette er kun veiledende, så strikk en test for å sjekke om du får den strikkefastheten. God Fornøyelse!

Pia 23.01.2020 - 09:08:

Har tittat på videon hur man ska maska av. Dock så är det fler omtag än i er beskrivning så förstår inte riktigt var jag ska ta omtaget någonstans. Kan ni göra en video på detta oxå?

DROPS Design 30.01.2020 kl. 09:01:

Hej Pia, du følger beskrivningen og laver kun 1 ekstra omslag i hvert hjørne :)

Wollhand Krabbe 03.09.2019 - 16:41:

Hallo liebes Team! Unter dem Abschnitt „Muster“ lese ich, dass A1 in den Rückreihen von links nach rechts gelesen und gestrickt wird. Sicherlich gilt dies nicht wenn man in Runden strickt, oder ? Vielen Dank

DROPS Design 04.09.2019 kl. 08:52:

Liebe Frau Krabbe, Sie sind ja recht, die Diagramme werden in Runden gestrickt, dh alle Reihen bzw Runden sind im Diagramme gezeigt und werden alle von rechts nach links gelesen - deutsche Anleitung wird mal korrigiert, danke für den Hinweis. Viel Spaß beim stricken!

Lee 13.06.2019 - 19:28:

I am working on a written pattern for this ice cream sq. it will be more than 500 char. long how do I post it for the readers??

DROPS Design 21.06.2019 kl. 04:32:

Dear Lee, we are sorry, but we will not change the patterns. If you have comments, o helpful hints (even a written pattern) I would suggest you make a ravelry page for your project, and share your thoughts there. Happy Knitting!

Lehna 28.05.2019 - 07:28:

Is het ook mogelijk om het werk meteen op de rondbreinaald te beginnen en niet eerst op vier naalden op te zetten? Vriendelijke groet, Lehna

DROPS Design 29.05.2019 kl. 10:49:

Dag Lehna,

Jazeker, dat kan. De reden dat je met sokkenbreinaalden opzet is dat er eerst een klein aantal steken zijn, en dan werkt het handiger met sokkenbreinaalden. Als een rondbreinaald voor jou handiger is, kan dat natuurlijk prima.

Liv 26.05.2019 - 18:56:

Hvor er diagram A2 ?

DROPS Design 27.05.2019 kl. 08:32:

Hei Liv, Diagram A.2 er nedenfor A.1 og viser hvilken rekkefølge de forskjellige rutene er sydd sammen. God fornøyelse!

Lisa 10.05.2019 - 20:36:

Gosh, I wish Drops videos contained someone explaining and not just demonstrating.

DROPS Design 13.05.2019 kl. 10:52:

Dear Lisa, when looking at the video remember to always follow the diagram at the same time, this will help you to understand how to work the diagram/how the stitch is worked. Happy knitting!

Janet 13.03.2019 - 20:38:

Can I get the written knitted directions? I can't do knitting from a chart. I would LOVE to do this project but diagrams just don't work........... Thanks!

DROPS Design 14.03.2019 kl. 09:45:

Dear Janet, we only have diagram to this pattern, you will find here how to read a knitting diagram. Happy knitting!

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