DROPS / 211 / 25

Garden Paths by DROPS Design

Crocheted bag in DROPS Bomull-Lin or DROPS Paris.

Tags: bags, circle, lace,
DROPS design: Pattern no L-157
Yarn group C or A + A

Diameter on half circle: approx. 35 cm Height without strap: approx. 30 cm Strap: approx. 40 cm.

DROPS BOMULL-LIN from Garnstudio (belongs to yarn group C)
200 g colour 03, light beige

Or use:
DROPS PARIS from Garnstudio (belongs to yarn group C)
250 g colour 26, beige

14 treble crochets in width and 8½ rows vertically = 10 x 10 cm.

Hook size is only a suggestion! If you have too many stitches on 10 cm switch to larger hook. If you have too few stitches on 10 cm switch to smaller hook.

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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.



See diagram A.1, A.2 and A.3 (A.w to A.z shows how rows in A.2 and A.3 begin and end).

CROCHET TIP (applies to chain stitches):
1 chain stitch should equal 1 double crochet/treble crochet/double treble crochet in width. Make sure that loop made in chain stitch is pull on the crochet hook to avoid it being too tight. If the chain stitches are worked too tight, the pattern will tighten the sections with many chain stitches.

At beginning of every round with double crochet work 1 chain stitch, this chain stitch replace first double crochet, i.e. skip first stitch on previous round Finish round with 1 slip stitch in 1st chain stitch at beginning of round.
At beginning of every round with treble crochet work 3 chain stitches, these 3 chain stitches replace first treble crochet, i.e. skip 1 treble crochet from previous round Finish round with 1 slip stitch in 3rd chain stitch at beginning of round.

DECREASE TIP (evenly):
To calculate how to decrease evenly, use the total number of stitches decreases are done over (e.g. 110 stitches) , and divide by number of decreases to be done (e.g. 10 stitches) = 11.
In this example decrease by working every 10th and 11th double crochet together as follows: insert hook through next stitch, get the yarn, insert hook through next stitch, get the yarn, make 1 yarn over and pull yarn through all 3 loops on hook (= 1 stitch decreased).




Work bag back and forth in 2 parts that look like half circles. Sew these 2 part together along the outermost arch. Then work an edge around the opening at the top of bag until finished measurements. Finally work a handle. Work handle back and forth and fasten in each side on opening.

Begin on hook size 5 mm with Bomull-Lin or Paris, work 5 chain stitches and form a ring with 1 slip stitch in first chain stitch worked - read CROCHET TIP!
Work diagram A.1 (A.1 = 1 row from right side and 1 row from wrong side).
When the two rows in A.1 has been worked, work next row as follows: Work A.w over first stitch (A.w shows how row begins from right side and ends from wrong side), work diagram A.2 7 times in total in width, and finish with A.x over last stitch (A.x shows how row ends from right side and begins from wrong side).
When A.2 have been worked vertically, there are 42 chain spaces on row.
Insert 1 marker in the middle of the row - measure piece from this marker later.
Now work what will be bottom of bag, i.e. work A.y over first stitch, work A.3 21 times in total in width and finish with A.z over last stitch. Fasten off when A.3 has been worked. Work another half circle the same way.

Sew the two half circles together along the outermost arch - sew edge to edge with neat, little stitches.

Begin at seam in one side of bag, work 1 slip stitch, work 3 chain stitches (equals 1 treble crochet), and then work 109 treble crochets around the edge at the top of bag (to get an even distribution of treble crochet, work approx. 2 treble crochets around every treble crochet and 1 treble crochet around every double crochet) = 110 treble crochets.
Read CROCHET INFORMATION and work in the round as follows:
ROUND 1: Work 1 double crochet in every treble crochet.
ROUND 2: Work 1 treble crochet in every double crochet.
Repeat round 1 and 2 until piece measures approx. 28 cm from marker.
Work 1 round with double crochets and decrease at the same time 10 double crochets evenly - read DECREASE TIP and approx. 100 double crochets. Then work double crochets in the round for 2 cm, with 1 double crochet in every stitch. Cut and fasten the yarn. Bag measures approx. 30 cm from marker.

Begin in one side on bag, and work 1 double crochet in each of the middle 8 double crochets in the side. Work double crochets back and forth over these 8 double crochets until strap measures approx. 40 cm (or desired length).
Fasten strap in the opposite side of bag with 1 double crochet in each of the middle 8 double crochets in the side (work through both layers). Fasten off.


= Begin here: Work 5 chain stitches and form 1 ring with 1 slip stitch in first chain stitch made. Continue on symbol over point on circle, and work towards the left
= 1 chain stitch, if you work at the end of crochet hook the chain stitch will often be too tight 1 chain stitch should be just as long as 1 treble crochet is wide
= 1 slip stitch in 4th chain stitch on 1st round / in 1st chain stitch on 2nd round.
= 1 double crochet in chain stitch/chain space
= 1 double treble crochet around chain stitch ring
= at beginning of round replace first treble crochet with 3 chain stitches
= 1 treble crochet around chain stitch
= 1 treble crochet in stitch
= at beginning of round replace first stitch with 1 chain stitch
= 1 double crochet in stitch
= Work 2 treble crochets together in 1 stitch: Work 1 treble crochet, but wait with last yarn over and pull through (= 2 loops on hook), work 1 more treble crochet in same stitch, but on last pull through pull yarn through all loops on hook
= Work 2 treble crochets together around 1 chain space as follows: Work 1 treble crochet around chain space but wait with last yarn over and pull through (= 2 loops on hook), work 1 more treble crochet around same chain space but on last yarn over and pull through pull yarn through all loops on hook
= shows last round in A.2, this round has already been worked, begin on next round

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 211-25) 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 (47)

Elisa 05.03.2021 - 18:06:

Ciao! Non riesco a capire perché per iniziare il fondo della borsa devo partire dal segnapunti a metà delle maglie invece che dalla fine del semicerchio. Grazie! Elisa

Linda Hanson 20.01.2021 - 21:37:

Are the Aw and Ay replacing the stitch or in addition to the 7 xs in the round. In other words my rounds are x7 plus the 2 extra on either side (Aw 7 Ay) or not in each row of A2? I am reading your answers and some seem to indicate yes and others no. This is messing with my count at the end to get 42 spaces.

DROPS Design 21.01.2021 kl. 08:05:

Dear Mrs Hanson, at the beginning of the row from RS replace first stitch with A.w and end the row from RS with A.x - from WS replace the first stitch as shown in A.x and end the row with the stitch in A.w. In between repeat 7 times A.2 in width: at the end of A.1 you should have 7 times 1-ch-space, you will work A.2 in each of these chains = 7 times and end with a dc (A.x) in the last stitch on row. Happy crocheting!

LC 07.01.2021 - 16:38:

Where do I find the quantity of Paris yarn required for this pattern?

DROPS Design 07.01.2021 kl. 16:43:

Dear LC, you will find the amount of DROPS Paris required under the header, ie 250 g DROPS Paris/50 g a ball = 5 balls. Happy crocheting!

Claudia 23.08.2020 - 10:30:

Hallo, eine Frage zu A2 Runde 4. Nach dem 2. DStb werden 2 M übersprungen? Im Wechsel immer 1 M und dann 2 M überspringen? Danke

DROPS Design 24.08.2020 kl. 08:37:

Liebe Claudia, also ja genauso wie im Diagram muss man wiederholen: *1 Doppel-Stb in die nächste Masche, 3 Luftmaschen, 1 Masche überpsringen, 1 Doppel-Stb in die nächste Masche, 3 Luftmaschen, 2 Maschen überspringeng*, von *-* insgesamt 7 Male wiederholen. Viel Spaß beim häkeln!

Matilda 20.08.2020 - 10:44:

Har jag tolkat diagrammet rätt om jag i A.2 ersätter första maskan i varvet med vad som anges i A.w och sista maskan med A.x? Jag är nybörjare på att läsa diagram och känner mig lite förvirrad eftersom instruktionerna kring samma moment skiljer sig åt mellan olika delar av mönsterbeskrivningen.

DROPS Design 27.08.2020 kl. 13:38:

Hej Matilda, ja A.w visar hur varvet börjar från rätsidan och slutar från avigsidan. Ax visar hur varvet slutar från rätsidan och börjar från avigsidan. LYcka till :)

Jane 12.08.2020 - 23:31:

Do you have this pattern in English instead of symbols? Thank you.

DROPS Design 13.08.2020 kl. 07:13:

Hi Jane, We are sorry, but there are no written instructions for this pattern at the moment. Happy crocheting!

Isabelle 30.07.2020 - 12:24:

Hej, jag förstår inte riktigt hur jag ska virka botten på väskan. Virkas det längst sista raden på A2?

DROPS Design 05.08.2020 kl. 15:29:

Hej Isabelle, Ja det stemmer, den første rad med pilen er allerede hæklet. God fornøjelse!

Anja 25.07.2020 - 08:31:

Klopt het dat je bij dit patroon van de tas links en rechts van de halve cirkel niet gelijk is ? Bijvoorbeeld in A.2 begin je met 3 lossen en daarna 3 stokjes om de losse. En in diezelfde toer eindig je met 1losse en daarna 1 stokje. Waardoor beide zijden Van de cirkel (links en rechts) niet gelijk zijn?

DROPS Design 21.11.2020 kl. 18:17:

Dag Anja,

Ja, het klopt inderdaad dat de halve cirkel links en rechts niet precies gelijk is. Als je goed kijkt kun je dit ook zien op de foto.

Karin 06.07.2020 - 14:54:

A.w rad 1: har symbolen 3 luftmaskor som ersätter första stolpen. Sedan säger A.2 rad 1: 3 stolpar. Betyder detta 3 luftmaskor + 3 stolpar eller 3 luftmaskor+2 stolpar?

DROPS Design 07.07.2020 kl. 10:12:

Hej Karin, det betyder 3 luftmaskor+ 2 stolpar :)

Karin 04.07.2020 - 17:35:

En fråga till: A.2 4:e varvet slutar med 2 stolpar i en maska. Sen säger A.w 1 stolpe i maskan. Ska A.w stolpen göras i maskan efter de 2 stolparna? Dvs. ska det se ut som tre stolpar efter varandra?

DROPS Design 06.07.2020 kl. 13:33:

Hei Karin. Ja, i siste fastmaske på 4.rad hekles det 2 staver sammen (A.2) og det avsluttes med 1 stav i luftmasken(A.w). God Fornøyelse!

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