DROPS / 200 / 2

Desert Whispers by DROPS Design

Knitted dress in DROPS Cotton Light. The piece is worked top down, with lace pattern, garter stitch and stocking stitch. Sizes S – XXXL.

DROPS Design: Pattern no cl-092
Yarn group B

S - M - L - XL - XXL - XXXL

DROPS COTTON LIGHT from Garnstudio (belongs to yarn group B)
450-500-550-600-650-700 g colour 28, yellow

21 stitches in width and 28 rows in height with stocking stitch = 10 x 10 cm.

DROPS CIRCULAR NEEDLE SIZE 4 MM: Length 60 cm or 80 cm for the whole piece.
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.
DROPS CROCHET HOOK SIZE 3,5 MM for buttonhole straps.

DROPS MOTHER OF PEARL BUTTONS, Arched (white) NO 521: 3 items in all sizes.

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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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50% Cotton, 50% Polyester
from 1.00 £ /50g
DROPS Cotton Light uni colour DROPS Cotton Light uni colour 1.00 £ /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.



RIDGE/GARTER STITCH (worked in the round):
1 ridge in height = 2 rounds; Knit 1 round and purl 1 round.

RIDGE/GARTER STITCH (worked back and forth):
Knit all rows.
1 ridge in height = Knit 2 rows.

See diagrams A.1, A.2, A.3, A.4 and A.5. Choose diagram A.1/A.2 for your size.

INCREASE TIP-1 (evenly spaced):
To work out how to increase evenly, count the total number of stitches on the needle (e.g. 100 stitches) and divide by the number of increases to be made (e.g. 32) = 3.1. 
In this example, increase by making 1 yarn over after approx. each 3rd stitch. On the next round knit the yarn overs twisted to avoid holes.

Increase with yarn over, work the yarn over twisted on next round.
The increased stitches at 1st, 3rd, 4th and 6th marker are worked in stocking stitch. The increased stitches at the 2nd and 5th marker are worked in garter stitch.




The yoke with button-band on the back is worked back and forth with circular needle, top down. Then stitches are cast off for armholes and the piece is continued in the round.

Cast on 100-104-108-114-118-124 stitches with circular needle size 4 mm and Cotton Light. Knit 1 row from the wrong side. Work 1 RIDGE – see description above. Knit 1 row from the right side and increase 32-36-40-42-46-50 stitches evenly spaced - READ INCREASE TIP! = 132-140-148-156-164-174 stitches on row. Purl 1 row from the wrong side.

Now work according to diagrams A.1 and A.2 in the different sizes as follows, from the right side:
SIZES S, M and L: Work 3 band stitches in GARTER STITCH, work A.1 until there are 3 stitches left and 3 band stitches in GARTER STITCH.
SIZES XL, XXL and XXXL: Work 3 band stitches in GARTER STITCH, work A.2 until there are 3 stitches left and 3 band stitches in GARTER STITCH.
REMEMBER THE KNITTING TENSION! On the row marked with arrow, increase 40-44-50-52-56-62 stitches evenly spaced. Repeat the diagram and increase a total of 4-3-4-3-3-3 times in height.

SIZES M, XL, XXL and XXXL: Work the diagram 1 more time in height, but at the arrow increase 48-54-62-64 stitches.

The diagram has now been worked 4 times in all sizes and there are 292-320-348-366-394-424 stitches on the needle. The piece measures approx. 14-14-14-17-17-17 cm. Continue working according to diagram A.1/A.2 (without increasing) and with 3 band stitches in garter stitch on each side until the piece measures15-16-17-18-19-20 cm from the cast-on edge. The next row is worked as follows from the wrong side: Work 3 band stitches in garter stitch, purl 36-41-46-48-53-59 stitches (= half back piece), knit 68-72-76-81-85-88 stitches (= sleeve), purl 78-88-98-102-112-124 stitches (= front piece), knit 68-72-76-81-85-88 stitches (= sleeve), purl 36-41-46-48-53-59 stitches and finish with 3 band stitches in garter stitch= half back piece).
Work as follows from the right side: Knit the first 39-44-49-51-56-62 stitches, cast off the next 68-72-76-81-85-88 stitches (= sleeve), knit 78-88-98-102-112-124 stitches (= front piece), cast off the next 68-72-76-81-85-88 stitches (= sleeve) and knit to end of row. You have now cast off stitches for the armholes in each side.

You now work in the round (start the round mid back). Knit 39-44-49-51-56-62 stitches, cast on 8-8-8-12-14-14 new stitches in the side, knit 78-88-98-102-112-124 stitches, cast on 8-8-8-12-14-14 new stitches in the side and knit 39-44-49-51-56-62 stitches = 172-192-212-228-252-276 stitches.
Continue with stocking stitch, but the 8-8-8-12-14-14 new stitches on each side are worked in GARTER STITCH – see description above.
When the piece measures 8-8-9-9-10-10 cm from the division, insert 6 markers in the piece (start mid back) as follows:

Work 13-15-17-17-19-21 stitches in stocking stitch and place 1st marker in the last of these stitches. Work 26-29-32-34-37-41 stitches in stocking stitch, work 4-4-4-6-7-7 stitches in garter stitch and place 2nd marker on needle here. Work 4-4-4-6-7-7 stitches in garter stitch, work 27-30-33-35-38-42 stitches in stocking stitch and place 3rd marker in the last of these stitches. Work 25-29-33-33-37-41 stitches in stocking stitch and place 4th marker in the last of these stitches. Work 26-29-32-34-37-41 stitches in stocking stitch, work 4-4-4-6-7-7 stitches in garter stitch and place 5th marker on needle here. Work 4-4-4-6-7-7 stitches in garter stitch, work 27-30-33-35-38-42 stitches in stocking stitch and place 6th marker in the last of these stitches. Work 12-14-16-16-18-20 stitches in stocking stitch to the beginning of the round. Continue in stocking stitch and garter stitch as before and increase as follows on next round:
Increase 1 stitch before 1th and 4th marker, increase 1 stitch after 3rd and 6th marker. Increase 2 stitches at 2nd and 5th marker – READ INCREASE TIP-2! = 8 stitches increased on round.
Repeat this increase every 13th-13th-13th-14th-14th-15th round a total of 11-11-11-10-10-10 times – AT THE SAME TIME when the piece measures 43-44-45-46-47-48 cm from the division, work diagram A.3 over the garter stitches on each side (adjust so that the increases are made on a knitted round in A.3). When all the increases are finished there are 260-280-300-308-332-356 stitches on the needle.
When the piece measures 61-62-63-64-65-66 cm, knit 1 round where you increase 10-20-15-22-13-19 stitches evenly spaced = 270-300-315-330-345-375 stitches. Work diagram A.4 over all stitches (in sizes L, XXL and XXXL knit 1 stitch at the end of the 4th round so the stitches fit). After diagram A.4 work diagram A.5 over all stitches. When diagram A.5 is finished, cast off with knit on the next round. The piece measures approx. 61-62-63-64-65-66 cm from the division and approx. 80-82-84-86-88-90 cm from the shoulder.

Crochet 3 buttonhole straps along left side on opening at the back. 
1 strap = work with hook size 3.5 mm and Cotton Light as follows: 1 double crochet in edge stitch at the top by neck, 4 chain stitches and then 1 slip stitch in the same stitch as the double crochet was worked in, fasten off. Work 2 more straps along the opening. Sew buttons on to the right side of opening. 


= knit from right side, purl from wrong side
= knit from wrong side, purl from right side
= knit 2 together
= 1 yarn over between 2 stitches
= slip 1 stitch as if to knit, knit 2 together and pass the slipped stitch over the knitted together stitches
= increase-round; explained in text

Marlies Hoffmann 17.03.2019 - 10:12:

Guten Tag, im letzten Absatz des Rumpfteils heißt es zu Anfang: "Bei einer Länge von 61-62-63-64-65-66 cm 1 Runde rechts stricken ...". Welche Länge ist gemeint, die Länge ab Schulter oder die Länge ab Teilung? Vorab vielen Dank für Ihre Antwort. Ihr begeisterte Drops-Freundin Marlies Hoffmann

DROPS Design 18.03.2019 kl. 09:35:

Liebe Frau Hoffmann, unser Design Team wird diese Länge mal prüfen, danke im voraus für Ihren Geduld. Viel Spaß beim stricken!

Marlies Hoffmann 10.03.2019 - 20:18:

Mir ist nicht klar, wie ich die 2 Maschen am 2. + 5. Markierter zunehmen soll. Bei 2 Umschlägen hintereinander entsteht ein kleines Loch.

Åsa 02.03.2019 - 10:55:

Varför ska man sticka knapphål, när man ändå ska virka en ögla till knäppningen senare?

DROPS Design 04.03.2019 kl. 13:22:

Hei Åsa. Du har helt rett i at det ikke er knapphull her, så her har det skjedd en glipp. Vi har nå rettet dette. Takk for beskjed og god fornøyelse

Anabela 28.02.2019 - 00:13:

O que quer dizer " carreira com flecha " Obrigada

DROPS Design 28.02.2019 kl. 13:17:

Bom dia, É a carreira que tem ao lado uma seta a apontar para essa mesma carreira. Bom Croché!

Svetlana 27.02.2019 - 23:58:

I too am 5'7 and a size medium. However, I would like to make this dress a little more modest in length (to an inch or two *below* the knee). Where should I add rounds to make it longer?

DROPS Design 28.02.2019 kl. 09:41:

Dear Svetlana, we are unfortunately not able to adapt every pattern to every individual request. For any individual assistance please contact the store where you bought the yarn. Happy knitting!

Liudmila 27.02.2019 - 23:38:

Hello, would this pattern still work with 100% cotton yarn?

DROPS Design 28.02.2019 kl. 09:39:

Dear Liudmila, use our yarn converter to see the different alternatives you can use - read more about alternatives here. Happy knitting!

Sara 13.02.2019 - 09:08:

Visto che il vestito si lavora top down, gli schemi vanno eseguiti leggendoli dal basso verso l'alto (come farei normalmente) o dall'alto verso basso? Grazie

DROPS Design 13.02.2019 kl. 09:19:

Buongiorno Sara. Anche nella lavorazione top down, i diagrammi si leggono in maniera tradizionale: dal basso verso l'alto e da destra verso sinistra. Buon lavoro!

Anne 21.01.2019 - 21:03:

Ja, bitte die Anleitung, entlich mal Kleider zum Stricken.

Jenny Strick 19.01.2019 - 11:10:

Wunderschönes Design! Ich freue mich schon auf die Anleitung!

Mariandy 31.12.2018 - 11:56:

Mir gefällt besonders die A-Linie des Kleides. Ich würde es gerne stricken.

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