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Druid’s Drop Shoulder

Druid’s Drop Shoulder

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The Druid’s Drop Shoulder drop shoulder hand knit sweater by Bellish
Ball of yarn with artistically laid strand

Just a lovely v-neck cardigan knitted in worsted weight wool, with stranded colorwork Montseras and sleeve colorblock for extra charm.

For this sweater we used the Knit Picks yarn Wool of the Andes Worsted in Mink Heather as the main color, Aurora Heather as the contrasting color 1, and Cloud as the contrasting color 2. You can get the same yarn HERE!

Cast on and Ribbing

Row 1
Cast on 256 stitches with US size 5 (3.75 mm) circular needles. Place marker and join to work in the round.


Work in [K2, p2] ribbing for 2 in / 5 cm. Knit one round in stockinette stitch.

Transition to US size 7 (4.5 mm) circular needles. Begin Monsteras pattern as per the chart (be sure to carry colorwork floats loosely as you do). Cut CC1 and CC2, then continue in stockinette stitch until lower body measures approximately 12 in / 30.5 cm.

Divide for Sleeves

Next Round (RS)
Knit 128 stitches. Place the remaining 128 stitches on waste yarn so that they are out of the way as you work the front side flat.

Next Rows
Working back and forth on the front, continue knitting straight until front piece measures 3.25 in / 8.5 cm from where you began working flat. End after a WS row, ready to begin on the RS.

Separate for Shoulders/Neck Shaping

Knit 64 stitches and slide these stitches onto waste yarn or a holder for later (these will become the left shoulder). Knit across the remaining 64 stitches (these will become the right shoulder). Turn your work and purl back.

Right Shoulder

Decrease Row (RS)
K1, ssk, k to end

Next Rows
Continue in pattern, working a decrease row every 2 rows for a total of 48 rows.

Stitch Checkpoint

Right Shoulder: 40 st

Bind Off
Bind off on the next RS row in pattern with medium tension.

Left Shoulder

Place the stitches from the holder or waste yarn back onto your needle. Beginning on the WS, purl to the end of the row.

Decrease Row (RS)
Knit to last 3 st, k2tog, k1

Next Rows
Continue in pattern, working a decrease row every 2 rows for a total of 48 rows.

Stitch Checkpoint

Left Shoulder: 40 st

Bind Off
Bind off on the next RS row in pattern with medium tension.


Place the back section stitches onto your working needle and continue in stockinette stitch (knit the RS, purl the WS) until back piece is approximately equal to the height of the top of the shoulders on the front section.

Bind off the back section in pattern with medium tension.

Align the front and back sections so the shoulders match on top and the sleeve edges are even. Seam together the shoulder sections to the back section.


With US size 5 (3.75 mm) circular needles - pick up stitches around the neckline starting at the front center point of the V and working around the neck, ending on the other side of the V. You will need a multiple of 4 for neckline ribbing.

Work neckline ribbing as follows:

Ribbing Row 1
[K2, p2] repeat between brackets to end of row.

Ribbing Row 2
[P2, k2] repeat between brackets to end of row.

Continue working in ribbing as established until neckline measures 1.5 in / 4 cm

Bind Off
Bind off in pattern with medium tension. When ribbing is complete, tack down the front sections of ribbing that overlap at the V in the center to close the V neck shaping. Use a darning needle and the same yarn to secure the edges.


With US size 7 (4.5 mm) circular needles or DPNs, pick up approximately 104 stitches around the arm using CC1, ensuring that you've picked them up equally around.

To do this easily, start at the center of the underarm and pick up half the stitches between the underarm and the top center shoulder seam. Then pick up the same number down the other side. If you'd like your sleeve to fit with a bit more room, you may pick up additional stitches as you work around.

When sleeve stitches are on the needle, place a marker at the center of the underarm and knit in the round for 1 in / 2.5 cm

Decrease Row
K1, k2tog, k to 3 stitches before m, ssk, k1

Continue Sleeve
Continue the sleeve in stockinette stitch (knitting every round), working a decrease row as established above approximately every 0.75 in / 2 cm until sleeve measures approximately 15 in / 38 cm and you have 64 stitches.

Sleeve Ribbing
Transition to needle two sizes smaller and knit one round.

Begin ribbing as follows: [K2, p2] rep to end of round. Continue working ribbing as established until cuff measures 2 in / 5 cm.

Bind off in pattern with medium tension.

Repeat for second sleeve.

Finishing and blocking

Weave in ends and wet block your sweater, pinning flat and turning once as needed until dry.

Wet block sweater, soaking for at least 20 minutes, then press out excess water and pin flat to dry. Turn as needed for even drying.


weight |
10 ply

Main Color:

994 meters / 1087 yards

Contrast Color 1:

728 meters / 796 yards

Contrast Color 2:

197 meters / 215 yards


20 stitches and 26 rows in over 4 in / 10 cm with 7 US / 4.5 mm needles


Circular 7 US / 4.5 mm

Circular 5 US / 3.75 mm


Stitch markers

Darning needle to weave in ends


This pattern is knit to fit an adult with 44 in/ 112 cm bust. If you would like to knit a different size, or to change anything else about the pattern, download Bellish for free to customize your own sweater.

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Base illustration showing measurements

Bust Circumference:

51 in / 129.5 cm

Body Length:

12 in / 30.5 cm

Sleeve Circumference:

21 in / 53.5 cm

Sleeve Length:

15 in / 38.0 cm

Positive Ease:

8 in / 20.5 cm

BOR: Beginning of round

CC1: Contrast Color 1

CC2: Contrast Color 2

CO: Cast on

DEC: Decrease/decreased/decreases

INC: Increase/increased/increases

K: Knit

K2TOG: Knit two stitches together (decrease 1 stitch)

KFB: Knit front and back

M: Marker/s

M1: Make 1 (increase 1 stitch)

MC: Main Color

P: Purl

PM: Place Marker

REP: Repeat

RS: Right side

SM: Slip marker

SSK: Slip, slip knit together (decrease 1 stitch)

ST: Stitch

STS: Stitches

WS: Wrong side

Sweater icon
Drop Shoulder Sweater
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Body Cropped Relaxed

Neck V-Neck

Sleeves Full Length

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Lower Body Monsteras; Sleeves Colorblock 1
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Measuring tape icon
44 in / 112 cm
The Druid’s Drop Shoulder by Bellish drop shoulder sweater illustration