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Knitted poncho-jumper in DROPS Alpaca Bouclé. The piece is worked top down with round yoke and stripes. Sizes S - XXXL.

DROPS Design: Pattern no ab-101
Yarn group C or A + A
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SIZES:
S - M - L - XL - XXL - XXXL

MATERIALS:
DROPS ALPACA BOUCLÉ from Garnstudio (belongs to yarn group C)
250-250-300-300-350-400 g colour 0517, grey
100-100-100-100-100-100 g colour 0506, dark grey

KNITTING TENSION:
17 stitches in width and 22 rows in height with stocking stitch = 10 x 10 cm.

NEEDLES:
DROPS DOUBLE POINTED NEEDLES SIZE 5 MM.
DROPS CIRCULAR NEEDLE SIZE 5 MM: Length 40 cm and 80 cm for stocking stitch.
DROPS DOUBLE POINTED NEEDLES SIZE 4 MM.
DROPS CIRCULAR NEEDLE SIZE 4 MM: Length 40 cm and 80 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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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.
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EXPLANATIONS FOR THE PATTERN:

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

INCREASE TIP-1 (evenly spaced):
To work out how to increase evenly, count the total number of stitches on the needle (e.g. 74 stitches) and divide by the number of increases to be made (e.g. 10) = 7.4. 
In this example, increase by making 1 yarn over after approx. each 7th stitch. On the next round knit the yarn overs twisted to avoid holes.

STRIPES:
STRIPE 1: Work * 1 round with dark grey, 2 rounds with grey *, work from *-* for 9-10-10-10-11-11 cm and then 1 round with dark grey
STRIPE 2: Work 3-3-3-3½-3½-3½ cm with grey.
Repeat stripes 1 and 2 one more time, then work stripe 1 one more time.
Then work with grey to finished length.

INCREASE TIP-2 (for yoke):
Increase alternately before and after each marker thread.
Increase by making 1 yarn over. On the next round knit the yarn overs twisted to avoid holes. Then work the new stitches in stocking stitch. 

CASTING OFF TIP:
To avoid the cast-off edge being tight you can cast off with a ½ size larger needle.

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START THE PIECE HERE:

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JUMPER – SHORT OVERVIEW OF THE PIECE:
The neck and yoke are worked in the round with circular needle, top down. The yoke is divided for body and sleeves and the body continued in the round. The sleeves are worked in the round with short circular needle/double pointed needles, top down.

NECK:
Cast on 74-78-82-86-90-96 stitches with short circular needle size 4 mm and grey. Work 2 RIDGES – read description above. Then knit 1 round where you increase 10-6-9-10-6-8 stitches evenly spaced – read INCREASE TIP-1 = 84-84-91-96-96-104 stitches. Then work yoke as described below.

YOKE:
Change to circular needle size 5 mm. Insert 12-12-13-12-12-13 marker threads in the piece (allow the threads to follow your work onwards; they will be used when increasing), i.e. work the next round as follows:
Insert 1 marker thread at the beginning of the round, work 7-7-7-8-8-8 stitches in stocking stitch, * insert 1 marker thread, work 7-7-7-8-8-8 stitches in stocking stitch *, repeat from *-* to end of round = 12-12-13-12-12-13 marker threads on the round. REMEMBER THE KNITTING TENSION!
Continue with stocking stitch and STRIPES – read description above, at the same time as you increase 1 stitch at each of the 12-12-13-12-12-13 marker threads – read INCREASE TIP-2. Increase like this every 2nd round a total of 7-7-2-8-8-4 times, then every 4th round a total of 16-17-20-18-19-22 times = 360-372-377-408-420-442 stitches. Continue with stocking stitch and grey and on the next round adjust the number of stitches to 360-372-380-404-416-440 stitches. Continue working until the piece measures 38-40-41-43-45-47 cm from after the neck.
The next round is worked as follows:
Work 146-152-156-166-172-182 stitches (= back piece), place the next 34-34-34-36-36-38 stitches on 1 thread for sleeve, cast on 6-6-8-8-10-10 new stitches on the needle (= in side under sleeve), work 146-152-156-166-172-182 stitches (= front piece), place the next 34-34-34-36-36-38 stitches on 1 thread for sleeve, cast on 6-6-8-8-10-10 new stitches on the needle (= in side under sleeve). Body and sleeves are finished separately. THE PIECE IS NOW MEASURED FROM HERE!

BODY:
= 304-316-328-348-364-384 stitches. Continue working in the round with stocking stitch and grey. When the piece measures 5-5-6-6-6-6 cm from the division knit 1 round where you increase 48-52-52-56-60-64 stitches = 352-368-380-404-424-448 stitches. Change to circular needle size 4 mm and work rib (= knit 2/ purl 2) for 4 cm. Cast off with knit over knit and purl over purl – read CASTING OFF TIP.

SLEEVE:
Place 34-34-34-36-36-38 stitches from the thread on the one side of the piece on short circular needle size 5 mm and knit up 1 stitch in each of the 6-6-8-8-10-10 stitches cast on under the sleeve = 40-40-42-44-46-48 stitches. Continue in the round with stocking stitch and grey until the piece measures 13-11-11-9-8-6 cm from the division (or to desired length; there is approx. 13 cm left to finished length – NOTE: Shorter measurements in larger sizes due to wider neck and longer yoke). Knit 1 round where you increase 4-4-6-8-6-8 stitches evenly spaced = 44-44-48-52-52-56 stitches. Change to double pointed needles size 4 mm and work rib (= knit 2/ purl 2) for 13 cm. Cast off with knit over knit and purl over purl. Work the other sleeve in the same way.

Diagram


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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 (37)

Belinda 24.10.2019 - 09:00:

Er staat bij de uitleg over de strepen: herhaal strepen 1 en 2 een keer, brei dan streep 1 een keer. Op de foto staan evenwel 3 x streep 1 met grijs er tussen en dan een grote strook grijs tot het einde. Als ik het goed heb begin je de mouwen vanaf 40 cm. Is dit correct? Mvg

DROPS Design 29.10.2019 kl. 10:16:

Dag Belinda,

Je herhaalt strepen 1 en 2 een keer, dus in totaal brei je strepen 1 en 2, 2 keer. Daarna streep 1 nog een keer, waardoor je op een totaal van 3 herhalingen komt.

Gunilla Johansson 17.10.2019 - 18:45:

78 maskor skall läggas upp för halskant i strl M. Förstår inte hur jag skall få ponchon över huvudet med det maskantalet. Vilken omkrets har halsöppningen på modellen på bilden?

DROPS Design 18.10.2019 kl. 07:09:

Hej. Du hittar alla mått på måttskissen längst ner på mönstret i de olika storlekarna. Lycka till!

Mirjam 09.10.2019 - 19:08:

Jeg kan ikke få maskeantallet til at passe ved bærestykket. Hvis jeg skal tage yderligere 18 x2 masker ud = 36 m for hver markør oven i de 8x2 =16 masker, får jeg langt flere end de oplyste 408, Efter de første 8 udtagningers har jeg i str. Xl 288 masker. Trækker jeg dem fra de 404, kan jeg se hvor mangemasker jeg burde tage ud 18 gange på hver 4. pind. Det giver kun 120 delt med 18 gange(2 masker p gang ) Jeg er forvirret på et højere plan...Hvad misforstår jeg? Kh Mirjam

DROPS Design 10.10.2019 kl. 14:46:

Hej Mirjam, du tager kun 1 maske ud ved hver mærketråd! Du starter med 96 masker, tager ud 12x8=96, tager ud 12 x 18 = 216. 96+96+216=408 masker. God fornøjelse!

Beatriz Sitja Álvarez 04.10.2019 - 00:30:

Me encantan los modelos que presentan, he tejido una prenda, muy fácil de entender, muchas gracias

Sue Holecheck 10.09.2019 - 17:25:

Where are the videos for help? This pattern translation shouldn't be this hard to follow. I'm jumping back and forth trying to figure out these increases. I think I'll have to rip it out because of the explanation/tip-2. Hopefully second time will go smoother. 😬

DROPS Design 11.09.2019 kl. 07:42:

Dear Mrs Holecheck, the increase-tip-2 explains how to increase before or after the markers; you will first increase before each marker then on first increase you will increase after each marker, ie you will increase 12-13 stitches (= 12-13 markers). Repeat the increase like this, ie the 3rd time you will increase before each marker, then the 4th time you will increase after each marker, and so on. Happy knitting!

Elizabeth 02.09.2019 - 07:23:

Me encanta esta pagina

Delchet 31.08.2019 - 18:46:

Bonjour Pour les augmentations (2)pour l empiècement augmenter alternativement avant et après chaque marqueur c’est à dire sur le même rang ou bien tantôt un rang avant et le prochain après? Merci

DROPS Design 02.09.2019 kl. 10:11:

Bonjour Mme Delchet, on va d'abord augmenter avant chaque marqueur, puis au tour d'augmentations suivant, on augmentera après chaque marqueur, et on va continuer ainsi, 1 tour d'augmentations avant chaque marqueur et 1 tour d'augmentations après chaque marqueur. Bon tricot!

Ingrid 30.08.2019 - 18:38:

Dieser Poncho-Pullover gefällt mir sehr gut und das dunkle Boucle für die Streifen habe ich noch vorrätig. Den Poncho werde ich demnächst anstricken.

Claudia 30.08.2019 - 13:35:

Hola a todxs!!!! me encanto el modelo, me gustaria poder traducir la pagina, aunque con el patrón, para este trabajo me alcanza!!!! Muchas gracias por compartir!

DROPS Design 31.08.2019 kl. 21:23:

Hola Claudia. Esté patrón está publicado en español: https://www.garnstudio.com/pattern.php?id=9299&cid=23. Bajo la foto tienes la opción de elegir el idioma.

Iris Patricia Payne 29.08.2019 - 03:09:

I love Crochet make tops please sends to me pattern of bags and tops thank you

DROPS Design 29.08.2019 kl. 09:30:

Dear Mrs Payne, please find our crocheted Tops here and our crocheted bags here. Happy crocheting!

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