DROPS / 199 / 46

Cable Waterfall by DROPS Design

Knitted skirt in DROPS Cotton Light. The piece is worked top down with cables and lace pattern. Sizes S - XXXL.

DROPS Design: Pattern no cl-095
Yarn group B

S/M - L - XL - XXL - XXXL

DROPS COTTON LIGHT from Garnstudio (belongs to yarn group B)
400-450-500-550-600 g colour 21, light beige

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 and 80 cm.
DROPS CIRCULAR NEEDLE SIZE 3 MM: length 60 cm and 80 cm for lining and edge.
DROPS CABLE NEEDLE – for cables.
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.

ACCESSORIES: approx. 70 to 120 cm trouser-elastic

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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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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.

See diagrams A.1 to A.5. Choose the right diagram for your size. A.5 applies only to Size XXXL.

All stitch-counts, when working cables and lace pattern on the skirt, are based on the small cables each having 3 stitches; be aware that the number of stitches in the small cables can vary between 3 and 2 and this will affect the number of stitches on the round.

INCREASE TIP-1 (evenly spaced):
To work out how to increase evenly, count the total number of stitches on the needle (e.g. 184 stitches) and divide by the number of increases to be made (e.g. 12) = 15.3. 
In this example, increase by making 1 yarn over after approx. each 15th stitch. On the next round knit the yarn overs twisted to avoid holes.

INCREASE TIP-2 (for increasing in purled sections):
Increase 1 stitch in a purled section by making 1 yarn over. On the next round purl the yarn over twisted to avoid a hole. Then purl the new stitches. NOTE: It is neatest if you increase alternately at the beginning and end of the purled section (not in middle).




The piece is worked in the round with circular needle, top down. First you work a lining in stocking stitch for the elastic. The rest of the skirt is then worked with cables and lace pattern.

Cast on 160-184-206-232-256 stitches with circular needle size 3 mm and Cotton Light.
Work stocking stitch for 2 cm. Purl 1 round (= folding edge). Work stocking stitch for 2 cm. Then knit 1 round where you increase 8-12-0-2-0 stitches evenly spaced – read INCREASE TIP-1 = 168-196-206-234-256 stitches. Then work the skirt as described below.

Change to circular needle size 4 mm. The first row is worked as follows:
SIZES S/M, L, XL and XXL: * Purl 1-1-6-6 stitches, work A.1 (= 8 stitches), A.2 (= 15-19-19-23 stitches), A.1 (= 8 stitches), A.3 (= 21-27-27-33 stitches), A.4 (= 8 stitches), A.2 (= 15-19-19-23 stitches) and A.4 (= 8 stitches) *, work from *-* 1 more time.
SIZE XXXL: * Work A.5 (= 3 stitches), purl 7, work A.1 (= 8 stitches), A.2 (= 23 stitches), A.1 (= 8 stitches), A.3 (= 33 stitches), A.4 (= 8 stitches), A.2 (= 23 stitches), A.4 (= 8 stitches) and purl 7 *, work from *-* 1 more time.

Continue the pattern described above and read KNITTING TIP! When the piece measures 8 cm from the folding edge, increase 1 stitch in every other purled section on the round – read INCREASE TIP-2 (= 15-15-15-15-16 stitches increased). Repeat this increase when the piece measures 12 cm from the folding edge, but now increase in the purled sections where you did not increase the last time = 198-226-236-264-288 stitches.
Continue the pattern as before with 1 more stitch in each purled section. REMEMBER THE KNITTING TENSION!
When the piece measures 16 cm from the folding edge, increase 1 stitch in every other purled section (= 15-15-15-15-16 stitches increased). When the piece measures 22-22-22-23-23 cm, increase 1 stitch in the remaining purled sections (= 15-15-15-15-16 stitches increased). Increase like this every other purled section every 6-6-6-7-7 cm until you have increased 2 more times in each purled section (a total of 4 times including the increases in the purled section described at the beginning of the skirt) = 288-316-326-354-384 stitches. Continue working until the piece measures 48-51-53-55-57 cm from the folding edge at top (or to desired length; there is 1 cm left to finished length).
Change to circular needle size 3 mm. Work 2 RIDGES in the round over all stitches – read description above. Change back to circular needle size 4 mm and cast off with knit (this is done to avoid the cast-off edge being tight). The skirt measures approx. 49-52-54-56-58 cm from the folding edge down.

Fold the lining to the wrong side and sew down neatly; leave a small opening to thread the elastic through. 


= knit
= purl
= between 2 stitches make 1 yarn over
= this square has no stitch because either the stitch does not exist or it was decreased earlier; go straight to next symbol in diagram
= insert right needle through stitch from previous round, knit 1 and drop stitch from needle
= knit 2 together
= slip 1 stitch as if to knit, knit 1 and pass the slipped stitch over the knitted stitch
= knit 3, pass the first stitch knitted over the other 2, so that it lies around them (= 1 stitch decreased)
= place 3 stitches on cable needle behind piece, knit 3, knit 3 from cable needle
= place 3 stitches on cable needle in front of piece, knit 3, knit 3 from cable needle
= 1 repeat in height

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 199-46) 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 (15)

Michaelle 10.02.2020 - 22:36:

Bonjour, Je m'apprête à faire l'échantillon de ce modèle. La jupe se tricotant en rond, l'échantillon doit être fait à plat ou en rond? Cela n'est pas précisé dans le patron. Merci beaucoup

DROPS Design 11.02.2020 kl. 09:44:

Bonjour Michaelle, tout dépend de votre façon de tricoter, si vous tricotez différemment en rond et en allers et retours, alors tricotez votre échantillon plutôt en rond, il sera ainsi plus fiable. Bon tricot!

Julia 27.12.2019 - 06:58:

Hallo, kann mir bitte jemand sagen, was "linksbereich" bedeutet?

DROPS Design 02.01.2020 kl. 11:19:

Liebe Julia, die Zunahmen werden in den linken Maschen gearbeitet, dh in den Partien (= Bereiche) wo Sie linke Maschen stricken.Viel Spaß beim stricken!

Elisabeth S Jæger 06.05.2019 - 21:48:

Når man skal øke etter 8 cm fra brettekant, ska det gjøres i vrangparti. Hva menes med slikt parti? Skal f. Eks a2 og a3 sees på som flere vrabgpartier? Dette var vanskelig forklart.

DROPS Design 07.05.2019 kl. 07:45:

Hei Elisabeth, Du øker med å lage et kast mellom 2 vrang masker (i vrangparti). På nest omgang strikker du kastene vridd vrang og deretter som vrang masker slik at vrang partiet blir en maske større. Håper dette hjelper og god fornøyelse!

Astrid Sortdal 26.04.2019 - 22:36:

Lurer på A.2, strikk høyre pinne gjennom masken fra forrige rad, strikk 1 rett og slipp maskene av pinnen, skal det strikkes 2 masker?

DROPS Design 30.04.2019 kl. 07:37:

Hei Astrid. Du skal strikke kun 1maske, og denne strikkes i masken på raden under. Du stikker nålen inn midt i masken på raden under, og strikker en maske rett (på helt vanlig måte). Her er en video som viser hvordan dette gjøres. . God fornøyelse

Paulette 17.04.2019 - 16:10:

How do I add 2-3 " to this skirt to lengthen?

DROPS Design 23.04.2019 kl. 11:17:

Dear Paulette, you can continue working longer than when piece measures 19”-20”-21”-21 5/8”-22 1/2”- from the folding edge at top - adjust to the desired length before the 2 ridges for bottom edge (= approximately 1 cm = 0.39 inches). Happy knitting!

RIGMOR ANNE BOLSTAD 31.03.2019 - 19:38:

En aldeles nydelig oppskrift og garnet er helt utrolig godt og strikke av . Det er godt .

Karin 30.03.2019 - 10:12:

Hej,hur gör man kjolen längre?Typ till nedanför knäna?

DROPS Design 05.04.2019 kl. 14:40:

Hei Karin. Om du ønsker den lenger, bare fortsetter du på samme måte (uten ytterligere økinger) til ønsket lengde. Når det gjenstår 1 cm til ønsket lengde følger du oppskriften fra der det står "bytt til rundpinne 3..."Husk at det da også går med mer garn enn angitt. God fornøyelse

Lisbeth Friberg 11.02.2019 - 09:30:


Aljona 01.02.2019 - 23:30:

Jätte vacker !

Jutta 30.01.2019 - 11:38:

Very nice.........and the length can be adjusted easilz in case one wants a longer piece

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