Big Dreams by DROPS Design

Crocheted blanket for babies in DROPS Sky. The piece is worked with lace pattern, texture and puff-stitches.

DROPS Baby 36-3
DROPS Design: Pattern no sk-002-by
Yarn group B

Width: 47-66 cm = 18 1/2”-26”. Length: 52-80 cm = 20 1/2”-31 1/2”.

DROPS SKY from Garnstudio (belongs to yarn group B)
200-250 g color 03, light beige

16 double crochets in width and 8 rows in height = 10 x 10 cm = 4” x 4”.

Hook size is only a guide. If you get too many stitches on 10 cm = 4”, change to a larger hook size. If you get too few stitches on 10 cm = 4”, change to a smaller hook size.


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


74% Alpaca, 18% Polyamide, 8% Wool
from 5.90 $ /50g
DROPS Sky uni colour DROPS Sky uni colour 5.90 $ /50g
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needles DROPS Needles & Hooks
You can get the yarn to make this pattern from 17.70$. 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.



If you work outermost on the hook the chain stitch will often be too tight; 1 chain stitch should be as long as 1 double crochet is wide.

See diagrams A.1 to A.3.

Work as follows in the same chain stitch (important to work in the stitch not around the stitch): * Make 1 yarn over, insert the hook through the chain stitch, make 1 yarn over and pull it through the chain stitch; make both yarn overs long (to avoid the puff-stitch being small and compact it is important to pull the yarn overs to approx. 2 cm = 3/4” in length) *, work from *-* a total of 5 times, make a yarn over and pull the strand through all loops on the hook.




The piece is worked back and forth.

Work 77-107 chain stitches – read CROCHET TIP FOR CHAIN STITCH, with hook size 4.5 mm = US 7 and Sky. The first row is worked as follows:
Work 1 double crochet in the 4th chain stitch from the hook (= 2 double crochets), then work 1 double crochet in each chain stitch = 75-105 double crochets.
Now work pattern as follows: A.1 over the first 2 stitches, A.2 over the next 66-96 stitches (= 11-16 repeats in width of 6 stitches), work A.3 over the last 7 stitches. REMEMBER THE CROCHET GAUGE!
When A.1 to A.3 have been completed in height, repeat the pattern from the rows with an arrow until the piece measures approx. 51-79 cm = 20”-31” – adjust so you finish after a row without puff-stitches. Work 1 row with 1 double crochet in each stitch (around each chain stitch). Cut and fasten the strand. The piece measures approx. 52-80 cm = 20 1/2”-31 1/2”.


All measurements in charts are in cm.

symbols = Start on this row; previous row has already been worked and just shows how the next row is worked in the stitches
symbols = 1 chain stitch - if you work outermost on the hook the chain stitch will often be too tight; 1 chain stitch should be as long as 1 double crochet is wide.
symbols = 3 chain stitches (equivalent to 1 double crochet)
symbols = 1 double crochet in stitch
symbols = 1 double crochet around chain stitch
symbols = 2 DOUBLE CROCHETS TOGETHER AROUND CHAIN STITCH/IN DOUBLE CROCHET: Work 1 double crochet around chain stitch /in double crochet but wait with the last yarn over and pull-through, work 1 double crochet around the same chain stitch/in same double crochet and pull the last yarn over through all 3 loops on the hook
symbols = skip 1 chain stitch, work 1 double crochet in next double crochet, 1 chain stitch, work 1 PUFF-STITCH – read description in text – in skipped chain stitch (puff-stitch will cross over the double crochet on the right side of the piece)
symbols = skip 1 puff-stitch + 1 chain stitch, work 1 double crochet in next treble crochet, 1 chain stitch, work 1 puff-stitch in skipped chain stitch (puff-stitch will cross over the double crochet on the wrong side of the piece)

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 Baby 36-3) 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.

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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 (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

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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 (10)

country flag Anne Laure wrote:

Bonjour avez vous une video pour expliquerai les rangs

24.01.2023 - 09:39

DROPS Design answered:

Bonjour Anne-Laure, cette leçon explique comment lire un diagramme au crochet, et cette vidéo comment crocheter les rangs avec les points soufflés du diagramme. Bon crochet!

24.01.2023 kl. 12:15

country flag Josie wrote:

Bonjour à vous tous Je commence la couverture au crochet mais je ne me souviens plus si on lit le diagramme un rang en partant de la droite, le suivant en partant de la gauche ou bien tous les rangs en partant de la droite. Merci beaucoup et bonne journée

15.04.2022 - 10:49

DROPS Design answered:

Bonjour Josie, dans ce modèle, le 1er rang des diagrammes (sous la flèche) a été fait sur l'envers, vous commencez ainsi par le 1er rang (celui avec la flèche) sur l'endroit: A.1, répétez A.2 et terminez par A.3; sur l'envers, lisez en sens inverse de gauche à droite: A.3, répétez A.2 (en lisant aussi de gauche à droite) et terminez par A.1. Bon crochet!

19.04.2022 kl. 09:10

country flag Elizabeth wrote:

Når ein hekler ein stav i maske + ei luftmaske, hoppar ein då over ei maske ved neste stav i maske?

19.07.2021 - 23:27

country flag Loraine wrote:

Bonjour J'ai acheté 3 pelotes de drops sky et ma couverture fait à peine la moitié de la hauteur, je vais devoir en recommander (alors que ma largeur est bonne !)... N'y a t il pas un souci a ce niveau là sur le patron ?

12.06.2021 - 05:41

DROPS Design answered:

Bonjour Loraine, avez-vous bien le bon échantillon? autrement dit, vous devez avoir 16 brides de large = 8 rangs en hauteur, même pendant la réalisation de la couverture, autrement dit, la tension doit être vérifiée et conservée à la fois en hauteur et en largeur. Merci!

14.06.2021 kl. 08:25

country flag Irene Hermosillo wrote:

Hi I M a visual learner. Is there any way that you show a video tutorial.? I understand your symbols but it's easier for me to learn as I follow. Thanks

28.05.2021 - 05:41

DROPS Design answered:

Dear Mrs Hermosillo, this video might be then the right for you. You will find even more videos/lessons listed at the bottom of the pattern, just above the "comment" sections. Happy crocheting!

28.05.2021 kl. 08:32

country flag Maggie wrote:

I am using the American English pattern but....I have never used a pattern that isn't written out. I understand what the symbols mean but am having trouble doing it with symbols. Is there a version that is written out?

20.03.2021 - 02:50

DROPS Design answered:

Dear Maggi, unfortunately we do not have a written out version. Not only because our patterns are available in many languages, but also, because we believe that diagrams show not on the very next step, but also that how stitches and rows relate to each other in large. However, we do have a lesson on how to read diagrams here, and do not forget, that you can always ask for help (either on person or over the phone), in the store where you bought your DROPS Yarn from. Happy Crafting!

20.03.2021 kl. 06:59

country flag Helen wrote:

Hello can you explain what is meant by the crochet tip for chain stitch please

03.02.2021 - 22:29

DROPS Design answered:

Helen, that tip is kind of warning, that make sure, your chainstitches are long enough. Some crocheters tend to only use the tip of the crochet hook, which can result smaller, too thight stitches. I hope this helps. Happy Crafting!

04.02.2021 kl. 03:53

country flag Ria Van Zundert wrote:

Ik ben dit haakdekentje aan het haken, maar nu heb ik bijna 17 cm en de bol is op, met haaknaald 3,5, terwijl volgens uw gegevens ik 150 gram is 3 bollen nodig heb. Hoe kan dit? Ik doe alles echt volgens patroon, maar die kussensteek vraagt heel veel wol.

07.01.2021 - 21:36

country flag Amy wrote:

I am following the American English version. I was getting confused with how to do the second row of "X" stitches. The pattern states that ["x" = skip 1 chain stitch, work 1 treble crochet in next double crochet....]. I just realized that there is a video tutorial for this and realized that the pattern has an error, I believe. The video clearly shows 1 double crochet being made in the next double crochet, not a treble crochet. Please confirm if this is true or not. Thank you.

07.06.2020 - 05:35

DROPS Design answered:

Dear Amy, you are right, it shoulb be "double crochet", US-pattern will be edited, thanks for your feedback. Happy crocheting!

08.06.2020 kl. 08:41

country flag Pauliina / Liljan Lankakauppa wrote:

Hei, Peiton isompi koko saattaa tarvita 200 g. Ihanat asiakkaat arvostavat näitä DROPSin ohjeita ja laittavat meille palautetta. Mukavia käsityöhetkiä! Pauliina / Liljan Lankakauppa, Finland

10.05.2020 - 13:02

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