DROPS Merino Extra Fine
DROPS Merino Extra Fine
100% Wool
from 4.55 $ /50g
You can get the yarn to make this pattern from 18.20$. Read more.

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Knitted blanket with texture for baby. Piece is knitted in DROPS Merino Extra Fine. Theme: Baby blanket

DROPS Baby 33-39
DROPS design: Pattern me-067-by
Yarn group B
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SIZE:
Width: approx. 45 - 65 cm = 17 3/4” – 25 1/2” Length: approx. 52 - 80 cm = 20 1/2” – 31 1/2”

MATERIALS:
DROPS MERINO EXTRA FINE from Garnstudio (belongs to yarn group B)
200-300 g color 26, pistachio

KNITTING GAUGE:
20 stitches in width and 26 rows vertically with pattern A.1 = 10 x 10 cm = 4” x 4”.

NEEDLES:
DROPS CIRCULAR NEEDLE SIZE 4.5 mm = US 7: Length 80 cm = 32”.
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.

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Knitting tension – See how to measure it and why here
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

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DROPS Merino Extra Fine
DROPS Merino Extra Fine
100% Wool
from 4.55 $ /50g
You can get the yarn to make this pattern from 18.20$. Read more.

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.
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EXPLANATION FOR THE PATTERN:

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GARTER STITCH (back and forth):
Knit all rows.
1 ridge vertically = knit 2 rows.
1 ridge = knit 2 rows.

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

BIND-OFF TIP:
To avoid a tight bind-off edge you may use a bigger needle.

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START THE PIECE HERE:

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BABY BLANKET - SHORT OVERVIEW OF THE PIECE:
Work piece back and forth on circular needle.

BLANKET:
Cast on 92 - 132 stitches on circular needle size 4.5 mm = US 7 with Merino Extra Fine. Work 4 ridges in GARTER STITCH - see explanation above.
Work next row as follows from right side: 4 stitches in garter stitch, A.1 (= 8 stitches) until 8 stitches remain, now work A.2 (= 4 stitches) and 4 stitches in garter stitch.
Repeat A.1 and A.2 vertically - REMEMBER THE KNITTING GAUGE! Continue until piece measures approx. 48 -76 cm, adjust after 4th or last row in diagrams. Work 4 ridges and bind off - read BIND-OFF TIP.

This pattern has been corrected.

Updated online: 06.03.2019
Correction - Yarn amount: 200-300 g

Diagram

All measurements in charts are in cm.

symbols = knit from the right side, purl from the wrong side
symbols = purl from the right side, knit from the wrong side
diagram
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 (31)

country flag Jane B wrote:

Excellent modèle. Adaptable facilement (aiguilles et laine). Réalisée en laine et mohair, 2 couleurs (écru et jaune pale), avec de larges bande alternées. Couverture légère et confortable. Merci!

31.01.2024 - 22:45

country flag Sanna wrote:

Hur vet man hur många maskor man ska lägga upp i början?

02.10.2023 - 09:12

DROPS Design answered:

Hej Sanna. Om du vill göra den mindre storleken (mått på filten ca 45x52 cm) så följer du det första talet genom mönstret. Vill du göra den större storleken (mått på filten ca 65x80 cm) så följer du det andra talet. Till den mindre storleken lägger du alltså upp 92 maskor, till den större 132 maskor. Mvh DROPS Design

03.10.2023 - 14:18

country flag Rumon Samra wrote:

Hi, It says to use 4.5mm needles. In the uk is it the same as actual 4.5mm needles or is a #7 /7mm needles needed according to the conversion chart? I used 4.5mm and when doing the tension my swatch measured 11cm x 7cm so cast on was too much and 20 rows was too little so wondering if going up needle size would work?

23.07.2023 - 13:47

DROPS Design answered:

Dear Rumon, the needle size for this pattern is 4.5mm. Which is UK #7 or US7. That means that the needles should have a 4.5mm diameter on the needle. The difference in stitches is not too big so 7mm needles would be far too much for this pattern. Since you will be working up to a specific amount of cm, the number of rows is not that important; as long as you adjust the number of stitches it should be fine. Try with a smaller needle, for example 4mm needles, so that you will have more stitches in less cm. Happy knitting!

23.07.2023 - 20:06

country flag Isa wrote:

Je souhaite tricoter une couverture bébé avec des aiguilles environ de 4,5 ou 5 J’aimerai une laine douce qui se lave facilement sans être obligé de le mettre à plat Ect… Pour des nouveaux parents je ne veux pas compliquer les tache d’avance merci Une future mamie!!! Isa

12.03.2023 - 22:48

DROPS Design answered:

Bonjour Isa, celle-ci peut donc être une bonne idée: bonne taille d'aiguille et laine traitée Superwash (cf nuancier). Retrouvez ici tous nos modèles de couvertures bébé et , toutes nos laines superwash. Votre magasin saura vous conseiller si besoin, même par mail ou téléphone. Bon tricot!

13.03.2023 - 10:30

country flag Eva Norberg wrote:

Har köpt garnet till denna filt men skulle gärna vilja ha 2 nystan till med samma färgbad, färgnr 26 och färgbad nr 51281. Hoppas på svar

07.02.2023 - 19:21

DROPS Design answered:

Hej Eva, gå in på DROPS Workshop på Facebook och skriv din önskan, här är chancen stor att få tag i samma färgbad :)

08.02.2023 - 07:15

country flag Evelyn Klehr-Stiglbauer wrote:

Hallo, Ich möchte die Decke 33-39 stricken, habe aber Baby Merino bestellt. Können Sie mir für diese Wolle eine Anleitung oder auch für eine ähnliche zur Verfügung stellen?

13.07.2022 - 20:48

DROPS Design answered:

Liebe Evelyn, im Prinzip können Sie diese Decke auch mit BabyMerino stricken, da sie ja nicht cm-genau passen muss. Dazu nehmen Sie dann Nadelstärke 3-3,5 (je nachdem, wie fest Sie stricken - bei einer Decke sollten die Maschen eher etwas lockerer sein) und fertigen eine Maschenprobe im Muster A.1 an. Je nachdem, wie viele Maschen mehr Sie benötigen, als in der Maschenprobe für die Anleitung angegeben, schlagen Sie dann auch prozentual mehr Maschen für die Decke an (darauf achten, dass die Maschenzahl teilbar ist durch 8 + 4). Dann stricken Sie einfach wie beschrieben. Gutes Gelingen!

18.07.2022 - 10:24

country flag Carolin wrote:

Egal, wie man strickt, man braucht für die große Decke 400g. Liebe Grüße

01.07.2022 - 13:44

country flag Anna Ritzén wrote:

Är det möjligt att få beskrivning utskriven då jag inte har någon utskrivare.

23.06.2022 - 11:25

country flag Ana Ramirez wrote:

Jeg skal strikke stor størrelse. Ca 80 cm lang. Da skal jeg strikke frem til 76 cm. Men med 4 riller blir det ikke 80cm

22.06.2022 - 12:48

DROPS Design answered:

Hej Ana, du kan måle de 4 førte riller du strikkede, så ved du hvor langt du skal strikke, men sørg for at afslutte efter 4. eller sidste pind i diagrammerne :)

22.06.2022 - 13:46

country flag Anne wrote:

Hei! Eg har bestilt og fått 6 stk Merino extra fine- garn for å strikke teppet i største størrelse. Er ferdig med 1 nøste, og teppet er berre ca. 67 cm gonger 10 cm. Då vil eg ende opp med eit teppe som er mykje mindre enn etter opprskrifta. Strikkefastheita stemmer. Problemet då er at eg ikkje får nok garn. Eg kan gjerne bestille 2 nøster til, men må eg betale ny frakt m.m. når oppskrifta ikkje stemmer.? Det blir også viktig å få same nr. Farge 26, nr. 33558. Takk!

04.04.2022 - 09:25

DROPS Design answered:

Hei Anne. Ja, det er alltid for kjedelig å få for lite garn. Når man strikker med Merino Extra Fine er det veldig viktig å overholde strikkefastheten, og heller strikke for stramt enn løst. Vi sender ikke ut enkelt nøster, kun kilovis og da kun til butikker, anbefaler deg å kontakte den butikken du kjøpte garnet og høre om de har den innfargingen du er ute etter. mvh DROPS Design

04.04.2022 - 13:30