Tiny Trucker by DROPS Design

Knitted jumper with raglan and embroidered tractor for children in DROPS Sky. Sizes 2-12 years.

DROPS Design: Pattern no sk-007-bn
Yarn group B
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SIZES:
2 - 3/4 - 5/6 - 7/8 - 9/10 - 11/12 years
Equivalent to approx. height of child in cm:
92 - 98/104 - 110/116 - 122/128 - 134/140 - 146/152

MATERIALS:
DROPS SKY from Garnstudio (belongs to yarn group B)
100-100-100-150-150-150 g colour 12, jeans blue
100-100-100-100-150-150 g colour 09, brick red

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

NEEDLES:
DROPS DOUBLE POINTED NEEDLES SIZE 4 MM.
DROPS CIRCULAR NEEDLE SIZE 4 MM: length 40 cm and 60 cm for stocking stitch.
DROPS DOUBLE POINTED NEEDLES SIZE 3 MM.
DROPS CIRCULAR NEEDLE SIZE 3 MM: length 40 cm and 60 cm for rib.
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.
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EXPLANATIONS FOR THE PATTERN:

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DECREASE/INCREASE TIP:
To work out how to decrease/increase evenly, count the total number of stitches on needle (e.g. 170 stitches), and divide by the number of decreases/increases to be made (e.g. 28) = 6.1. In this example, decrease by knitting together each 5th and 6th stitch. When increasing make 1 yarn over after each 6th stitch. On the next row work the yarn overs twisted to avoid holes.

PATTERN:
See diagrams A.1 and A.2. Choose diagram for your size (applies to A.2).
A.1 is worked in transition between body and sleeves on yoke.
A.2 (tractor) is embroidered on front piece with duplicate stitches.

RAGLAN:
Decrease to raglan in each transition between front/back piece and sleeves; i.e. decrease on each side of the 4 markers as follows: Start 5 stitches before the marker, knit 2 together, work A.1 (marker sits in the middle of these 6 stitches), slip 1 stitch as if to knit, knit 1 and pass the slipped stitch over (= 2 stitches decreased at marker and a total of 8 stitches decreased on decrease-round).

INCREASE TIP (for mid under sleeves): 
Increase 1 stitch on each side of the marker thread as follows: Work until there is 1 stitch left before the marker thread, 1 yarn over, knit 2 (marker sits between these 2 stitches), 1 yarn over (= 2 stitches increased). On the next round knit the yarn overs twisted to avoid holes. Then work the new stitches in stocking stitch. 

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START THE PIECE HERE:

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JUMPER - SHORT OVERVIEW OF THE PIECE:
The body is worked in the round, bottom up, with circular needle as far as the armholes. The sleeves are worked in the round with double pointed needles, bottom up. Body and sleeves are placed on same circular needle and the yoke is worked in the round to finished length. A tractor is embroidered on the front piece with duplicate stitches.

BODY:
Cast on 170-180-190-205-215-225 stitches with circular needle size 3 mm and brick red. Knit 1 round then work rib in the round (= knit 2/ purl 3) for 4 cm. Knit 1 round where you decrease 28-30-32-35-37-39 stitches evenly spaced – read DECREASE/INCREASE TIP = 142-150-158-170-178-186 stitches.
Change to circular needle size 4 mm and work stocking stitch in the round. When the piece measures 17-19-21-23-25-27 cm, change to jeans blue. Continue in the round with stocking stitch.
When the piece measures 19-22-25-28-31-34 cm, on the next round, cast off stitches for the armholes on each side as follows: Cast off 3 stitches, work 65-69-73-79-83-87 stitches in stocking stitch (= front piece), cast off 6 stitches, work 65-69-73-79-83-87 stitches in stocking stitch (= back piece) and cast off the remaining 3 stitches = 130-138-146-158-166-174 stitches left on needle. Lay the piece to one side and work sleeves as described below.

SLEEVE:
Cast on 35-35-40-40-45-45 stitches with double pointed needles size 3 mm and brick red. Knit 1 round then work rib in the round (= knit 2/ purl 3) for 4 cm. Knit 1 round where you increase 5-7-4-6-3-5 stitches evenly spaced = 40-42-44-46-48-50 stitches.
Insert 1 marker thread at the beginning of the round = mid under sleeve. Allow the marker thread to follow your work onwards; it will be used when increasing mid under sleeve.
Change to double pointed needles size 4 mm and work stocking stitch in the round. When the piece measures 6 cm in all sizes increase 2 stitches mid under sleeve – read INCREASE TIP. Increase like this every 4-4½-5½-6½-7½-8½ cm a total of 5 times in all sizes = 50-52-54-56-58-60 masker.
AT THE SAME TIME when the piece measures 12-14-16-18-20-21 cm, change to jeans blue. Continue in the round with stocking stitch.
When the sleeve measures 24-27-31-35-39-42 cm, cast off stitches for armhole mid under sleeve on the next round as follows: Cast off 3 stitches, work 44-46-48-50-52-54 stitches in stocking stitch and cast off the remaining 3 stitches. Cut the strand. Work the other sleeve in the same way.

YOKE:
Place the sleeves on the same circular needle as the body, where you cast off stitches for armholes (without working the stitches) = 218-230-242-258-270-282 stitches on needle. Insert 1 marker in each transition between body and sleeves (= 4 markers).
The whole of the yoke is worked with jeans blue. The first round is worked as follows:
Start the round by the one marker and knit 1, purl 2 (= ½ A.1), * work stocking stitch until there are 3 stitches left before the next marker, work A.1 (= 6 stitches – marker sits in middle of A.1) *, work from *-* a total of 3 times, work stocking stitch until there are 3 stitches left before the first marker and finish with purl2, knit 1 (= ½ A.1). Continue in the round with stocking stitch and A.1 in each transition between body and sleeves.
When you have worked 1-1-1-2-2-2 cm from where body and sleeves were combined, decrease to RAGLAN on each side of the 4 markers – read description above. Decrease to raglan every 2nd round a total of 16-17-18-19-20-21 times on each side of all 4 markers. After the last decrease-round there are 90-94-98-106-110-114 stitches left on the needle and the piece measures approx. 12-13-14-15-16-17 cm from where body and sleeves were combined.
On the next round decrease 18-14-18-18-22-18 stitches, but work the decreases so that you decrease 9-7-9-9-11-9 stitches evenly over the 27-29-31-35-37-39 stitches in stocking stitch on the front piece and 9-7-9-9-11-9 stitches evenly over the 27-29-31-35-37-39 stitches in stocking stitch on the back piece = 72-80-80-88-88-96 stitches left on needle. There are now 6 stitches between A.1 on each sleeve and 18-22-22-26-26-30 stitches between A.1 on front and back pieces. Now work neck as described below.

NECK:
Change to short circular needle size 3 mm and work rib in the round (= knit 2/ purl 2), but adjust so the rib matches A.1 on the round. Work rib for approx. 3 cm. Change to short circular needle size 4 mm and cast off with knit over knit and purl over purl (cast off with a larger needle size to avoid a tight cast-off edge). The jumper measures approx. 36-40-44-48-52-56 cm from the shoulder down. Cut and fasten the strands.

ASSEMBLY:
Embroider the tractor on the front piece with duplicate stitches in brick red – see A.2. Start on round 2 of jeans blue on the front piece and adjust so the middle stitch on the front piece matches the stitch marked with a star in A.2.
Sew openings under sleeves.

Diagram

= purl with jeans blue
= knit with jeans blue
= no duplicate stitch; this square shows stitch on garment
= sew duplicate stitches with brick red
= middle stitch
= knitting direction


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 Children 34-15) 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 (8)

Jasmina Handan 06.07.2020 - 16:29:

Hej! Jag har just börjat sticka tröja Tiny Trucker, storlek 98/104. Och det känns att 180 är för mycket maskor även när jag minskat med 30 är det alldeles för stor omfång (som att det är tänkt för ett barn som är 12år). När jag jämför med en annan tröja i storlek 104 är denna tröja, som jag börjat sticka, 10 cm bredare. Har stickat hårt men det hjälper inte. Undrar om det inte är fel i beskrivningen? Vänliga hälsningar Jasmina

DROPS Design 07.07.2020 kl. 10:24:

Hej Jasmina. Har du mätt din stickfasthet så att du får 21 m på 10 cm? Om du får det så kommer din tröja få måtten som står i måttskissen så det ska vara riktigt. Om jag ser på måttskissen på andra tröjor i den storleken så är det samma mått som på denna tröja. Mvh DROPS Design

Jan 04.05.2020 - 05:54:

Tiny Trucker, knit # sk 007 bn After the ribbing, is the next row really a decrease row? Also, I'm making the 5/6 size and have 190 sts cast on. How many sts between each decrease to get to 158 sts. If decreases are in order ;-/ Thank YOU!

DROPS Design 04.05.2020 kl. 08:00:

Hi Jan, The number of stitches is to ensure the ribbing is not tight. To find out how to decrease, divide the number of stitches by the decreases to be made 190/32 = 5.9. So here you decrease approx. every 6th stitch. Happy knitting!

MNTN 25.02.2020 - 15:12:

Når man skal skifte farve, er målene så udelukkende for glatstrik eller for hele arbejdet?

DROPS Design 26.02.2020 kl. 10:01:

Hej, du måler fra starten af arbejdet. God fornøjelse!

Solrunn Kvam Handal 10.11.2019 - 15:34:

Hei kan ein strikka denne i baby merino garn

DROPS Design 11.11.2019 kl. 12:47:

Hei Solrunn. Nei, DROPS Baby Merino er tynnere enn DROPS Sky, slik at strikkefastheten og målene i oppskriften ikke vil stemme. mvh DROPS design.

TAKO 28.09.2019 - 11:19:

Thank u very much from Georgia. I made it for my son

Sylvie Comeau 26.06.2019 - 05:14:

Pour l empiecement le premier tour que veux dire = 1/2 A 1 .il y a t il des augmentations ds le premiers tour .svp m expliquer clairement le premier tour av et apres chaque 4 marqueurs.merci

DROPS Design 26.06.2019 kl. 06:40:

Bonjour Mme Comeau, l'empiècement commence à l'un des raglan, on va commencer le tour au milieu de A.1 (= la moitié de A.1) soit 1 m end, 2 m env (= les 3 dernières mailles de A.1), les 3 premières mailles de ce A.1 seront tricotées à la fin du tour (= 2 m env, 1 m end). Bon tricot!

Corine 08.05.2019 - 09:09:

Kleine tip: bij de maat staat 'hoogte van het kind' ... U bedoelt 'lengte van het kind'.

Marie 15.03.2019 - 14:58:

Très joli modèle ! Merci.

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