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White Pearl by DROPS Design

Knitted tunic in DROPS Paris. Piece is knitted with lace pattern and vent in the neck at the front. Size: S - XXXL

Tags: lace, tops, tunics,
DROPS design: Pattern w-765
Yarn group C or A + A
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SIZE:
S - M - L - XL - XXL - XXXL

MATERIALS:
DROPS PARIS from Garnstudio (belongs to yarn group C)
450-500-550-600-700-750 g colour 16, white

KNITTING TENSION:
17 stitches in width and 22 rows vertically in stocking stitch and lace pattern = 10 x 10 cm.

NEEDLES:
DROPS CIRCULAR NEEDLE SIZE 5 mm: Length 80 cm for stocking stitch and lace pattern.
DROPS CIRCULAR NEEDLE SIZE 4 mm: Length 80 cm for edges.
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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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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EXPLANATION FOR THE PATTERN:

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

PATTERN: 
See diagrams A.1 to A.5. Diagrams show all rows in pattern seen from the right side.

DECREASE TIP-1 (applies to skirt part on tunic):
All decreases are done from the right side!
Decrease as follows on each side of marker thread: Begin 2 stitches before marker thread and knit 2 together, marker thread, slip 1 stitch knitwise, knit 1, pass slipped stitch over stitch worked (= 2 stitches decreased at the marker thread and 4 stitches decreased on row).

DECREASE TIP-2 (applies to armholes):
Decrease inside 3 edge stitches in garter stitch. All decreases are done from the right side!
Decrease after 3 edge stitches as follows: Slip 1 stitch knitwise, knit 1, pass slipped stitch over stitch worked (= 1 stitch decreased).
Decrease before 3 edge stitches as follows: Begin 2 stitches before the 3 edge stitches and knit 2 together (= 1 stitch decreased).

INCREASE TIP (applies to each side of body):
All increases are done from the right side. Increase inside 1 edge stitch in garter stitch towards the side by making 1 yarn over. On next row (wrong side) purl yarn over twisted to avoid holes. Then work the new stitches in stocking stitch. 

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START THE PIECE HERE:

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TUNIC - SHORT OVERVIEW OF THE PIECE:
Worked back and forth on circular needle in parts, bottom up. Sew together when finished. Work lace pattern on back piece the same way as on front piece but without eyelet row and vent. If you do not want a lace pattern on back piece, work in stocking stitch over these stitches.

FRONT PIECE:
Cast on 109-117-123-133-143-153 stitches on circular needle size 4 mm with Paris. Work A.1 back and forth over all stitches (work 1st row from wrong side and on 5th row in A.1 symbol knit 2 together also applies from the wrong side. NOTE: Knit last stitch on 5th row).
Switch to circular needle size 5 mm when A.1 is done. Work in stocking stitch with 1 edge stitch in GARTER STITCH in each side - read explanation above. REMEMBER THE KNITTING TENSION! 
When piece measures 5-5-5-5-6-6 cm, insert 2 marker threads in piece as follows: Count 26-29-31-35-39-43 stitches, insert 1 marker thread, count 57-59-61-63-65-67 stitches, insert 1 marker thread (26-29-31-35-39-43 stitches remain on row after last marker thread).
READ ALL OF THE FOLLOWING SECTION BEFORE CONTINUING!

DECREASE AT THE MARKER THREADS:
On next row from right side decrease 1 stitch on both each side of both marker threads – read DECREASE TIP-1 (= 4 stitches decreased). Decrease like this every 4 cm 12 times in total = 61-69-75-85-95-105 stitches.
LACE PATTERN:
At the same time when piece measures 46-47-48-46-47-49 cm, begin lace pattern mid front. Last decrease at marker threads remains in all sizes when A.2 begins and row is worked as follows: Work 13-17-20-25-30-35 stitches in garter stitch and stocking stitch, work A.2 (= 39 stitches), then work the remaining 13-17-20-25-30-35 stitches in stocking stitch and garter stitch as before. Continue the pattern like this (remember last decrease at the marker threads).
INCREASE IN THE SIDES:
At the same time when piece measures 55-55-55-55-56-56 cm, increase 1 stitch on each side – read INCREASE TIP. Increase like this every 3-3-3-4-4-4 cm 3 times in total in each side = 67-75-81-91-101-111 stitches.
ARMHOLE:
At the same time when piece measures 64-65-66-67-68-69 cm, work 2 ridges vertically over the outermost 6-6-7-9-11-13 stitches in each side (work the other stitches in stocking stitch and lace pattern as before). After the 2 ridges in each side, cast off 3-3-4-6-8-10 stitches at beginning of the next 2 rows for armholes. On next row from right side, decrease 1 stitch in each side for armholes - read DECREASE TIP-2! Decrease like this every other row (i.e. on every row from right side) 1-4-5-7-9-11 times in total.
LACE PATTERN CONTINUES:
At the same time, when A.2 as been worked, work A.3 1-1-1-2-2-2 times in total vertically over the same 39 stitches, but on last row in last repetitions of A.3 (wrong side) cast off the middle stitch on row for vent mid front, and finish each part separately.

LEFT FRONT PIECE:
Begin from right side and work as before with 3 edge stitches in garter stitch towards the armhole, continue decrease for armhole if this is not done, work in stocking stitch and then A.4A over the outermost 19 stitches towards mid front.
When piece measures 77-78-79-81-82-84 cm (adjust so that next row is worked from wrong side), slip the first 7-7-8-8-9-9 stitches towards mid front on 1 stitch holder for neck but to avoid cutting the yarn worked with work stitches before slipping them on stitch holder.
Continue and cast off for neck at the beginning of every row from wrong side as follows: Cast off 2 stitches 2 times and then 1 stitch 3 times = 15-16-16-17-17-18 stitches remain on shoulder. Work until 1 row remain before piece measures 82-84-86-88-90-92 cm. Knit 1 row from wrong side and cast off by knitting from right side. Tunic measures approx. 82-84-86-88-90-92 cm from shoulder and down.

RIGHT FRONT PIECE:
Begin from right side and work as follows: Work A.4B over the first 19 stitches towards mid front, work in stocking stitch as before, continue decrease for armhole if it is not done, and continue with 3 edge stitches in garter stitch towards armhole.
When piece measures 77-78-79-81-82-84 cm (adjust so that next row is worked from right side), slip the first 7-7-8-8-9-9 stitches towards mid front on 1 stitch holder for neck but to avoid cutting the yarn worked with work stitches before slipping them on stitch holder.
Continue and cast off for neck at the beginning of every row from right side as follows: Cast off 2 stitches 2 times and then 1 stitch 3 times = 15-16-16-17-17-18 stitches remain on shoulder. Work until 1 row remain before piece measures 82-84-86-88-90-92 cm. Knit 1 row from wrong side and cast off by knitting from right side.

BACK PIECE:
Cast on 109-117-123-133-143-153 stitches on circular needle size 4 mm with Paris. Work A.1 back and forth over all stitches the same way as on front piece.
Switch to circular needle size 5 mm when A.1 is done. Work in stocking stitch with 1 stitch in garter stitch in each side.
When piece measures 5-5-5-5-6-6 cm, insert 2 marker threads in piece as follows: Count 26-29-31-35-39-43 stitches, insert 1 marker thread, count 57-59-61-63-65-67 stitches, insert 1 marker thread (26-29-31-35-39-43 stitches remain on row after last marker thread).
READ ALL OF THE FOLLOWING SECTION BEFORE CONTINUING!

DECREASE AT THE MARKER THREADS:
On next row from right side decrease 1 stitch on both each side of both marker threads – read DECREASE TIP-1 (= 4 stitches decreased). Decrease like this every 4 cm 12 times in total = 61-69-75-85-95-105 stitches.
LACE PATTERN:
At the same time when piece measures 46-47-48-46-47-49 cm, begin lace pattern mid back. Last decrease at marker threads remains in all sizes when A.5A begins and row is worked as follows: Work 13-17-20-25-30-35 stitches in garter stitch and stocking stitch, work A.5A (= 39 stitches), then work the remaining 13-17-20-25-30-35 stitches in stocking stitch and garter stitch as before. Continue the pattern like this (remember last decrease at the marker threads).
INCREASE IN THE SIDES:
At the same time when piece measures 55-55-55-55-56-56 cm, increase 1 stitch on each side – read INCREASE TIP. Increase like this every 3-3-3-4-4-4 cm 3 times in total in each side = 67-75-81-91-101-111 stitches.
ARMHOLE:
At the same time when piece measures 64-65-66-67-68-69 cm, work 2 ridges vertically over the outermost 6-6-7-9-11-13 stitches in each side (work the other stitches in stocking stitch and lace pattern as before). After the 2 ridges in each side, cast off 3-3-4-6-8-10 stitches at beginning of the next 2 rows for armholes. On next row from right side, decrease 1 stitch in each side for armholes - read DECREASE TIP-2! Decrease like this every other row (i.e. on every row from right side) 1-4-5-7-9-11 times in total.
LACE PATTERN CONTINUES:
At the same time when A.5A has been worked, repeat A.5B vertically over the same 39 stitches until finished measurements.
NECK LINE:
At the same time when piece measures 80-82-84-86-88-90 cm, cast off the middle 27-27-29-29-31-31 stitches for neck and finish each shoulder separately. Continue pattern as before but work the stitches that do not fit the lace pattern when decreasing for neck, in stocking stitch. Cast off 1 stitch for neck at beginning of next row from neck = 15-16-16-17-17-18 stitches remain on the shoulder. Work until 1 row remain before piece measures 82-84-86-88-90-92 cm. Knit 1 row from wrong side and cast off by knitting from right side. Work the other shoulder the same way.

ASSEMBLY:
Sew shoulder seams inside cast-off edge to get 2 purled rows against each other on shoulders.
Sew side seams from armholes and down - sew edge to edge in outer loop of edge stitch so that the seam is flat.

NECK EDGE:
Begin from right side mid front and pick up approx. 74 to 88 stitches around the neck (including stitches on stitch holders at the front) on circular needle size 4 mm with Paris. Knit 1 row from wrong side, knit 1 row from right side and knit 1 row from wrong side. Loosely cast off with knit from right side. Fasten off.

Diagram

= knit from the right side, purl from the wrong side
= purl from the right side, knit from the wrong side
= between 2 stitches make 1 yarn over
= 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




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 199-20) 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.

We have also step-by-step guides for different techniques which you'll find here.

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 (4)

Nicole Preuss 30.06.2019 - 21:10:

Bytt til rundpinne 5 når A.1 er strikket ferdig. Strikk glattstrikk videre med 1 kantmaske i RILLE i hver side – les forklaring over. HUSK PÅ STRIKKEFASTHETEN! glattstrikk eller rille??? har strikket rille nå men ser ikke ut 😪

DROPS Design 01.07.2019 kl. 10:41:

Hej. Du ska nu sticka vidare i glattstrikk, det är kun 1 kantmaske i hver sida som ska stickas i rille. Lycka till!

Renate 20.12.2018 - 15:40:

Super.auf jeden Fall werde ich dieses nacharbeiten.Meine Nadel sind bereit

Beti 20.12.2018 - 13:25:

Dieses Modell ist traumhaft, würde es gern nacharbeiten.

Karen 11.12.2018 - 18:38:

I'm looking forward to making this one!

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