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Drop Stitch Knitting Patterns

by | Aug 27, 2017 | Featured

Drop Stitch Knitting Patterns. Most patterns are free

We all know that “uh oh” feeling when we’ve dropped a stitch. These patterns drop stitches intentionally to turn that “oh no” to “oh wow” in patterns for tops, scarves, cowls, shawls, blankets, and more.

To get the knitting patterns, scroll down the page to the individual pattern you want and click on the link to that pattern.

These patterns are not my designs but links to other designers who have generously shared their patterns. If you have questions about how to knit a specific pattern, please contact the designer directly.

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Free Knitting Patterns

Free Knitting Pattern for Easy Paulette Drop Stitch Scarf

 Paulette Drop Stitch Scarf

Garter stitch and drop-stitches make up this purl-free scarf. Perfect with ribbon yarn. Designed by Andi Javori for Tahki Stacy Charles, Inc.

Free Knitting Pattern for Drop Stitch Cowl

Drop Stitch Cowl

Shoulder cozy knit in garter stitch with dropped stitches and fringe. Quick knit in super bulky yarn. Great with variegated yarn. Designed by Vanessa Ewing

Free Knitting Pattern for Drop Stitch Tunic

Drop Stitch Tunic

The Glistening Drops Tunic uses dropped stitches for easy openwork that’s perfect for day-to-evening layering. Sizes XS/S — M — L — XL — 2/3XL — 4/5XL. Designed by Julia Madill. Pictured project by Jwatkins0850 who added more garter stitch at neckline and some waist shaping.

Free Knitting Pattern for Seafoam Scarf & Wrap Free Knitting Pattern for Seafoam Scarf & Wrap

Seafoam Scarf & Wrap

Classic dropped stitch pattern in worsted weight yarn in two sizes. FINISHED SIZE Scarf: Approx. 5 x 58”.  Wrap: Approx. 16 x 72”.. Designed by Churchmouse Yarns & Teas

Free Knitting Pattern for Serene Sampler Cowl

Serene Sampler Cowl

This easy cowl is worked flat in garter stitch and dropped stitches for a unique texture. The color effect is created with mini skein gradients but I think you could achieve the same effect with variegated yarn. Designed by Kristin Omdahl

Free Knitting Pattern for Drop Stitch Shrug

Drop Stitch Shrug

This shrug is knit in one piece and then folded and seamed to create the sleeves. Designed by Meema Spadola who said the organic look of the dropped stitch pattern reminded her of flowing water or tree bark. The drop stitch pattern runs vertical on the sleeves and horizontal across the back. Pictured project by jowley

Free Knitting Pattern for Lemon Drop Sweater

Lemon Drop Sweater

This long sleeved pullover features a flattering drape, billowing kimono sleeves and rows of drop stitches. Designed by Alexandra Tavel for Two of Wands.

Free Knitting Pattern for Easy Wavy Drop-Stitch Scarf

Wavy Drop-Stitch Scarf

Laura Bain designed this easy scarf using the classic sea foam stitch. A quick knit in jersey-knit tubular yarn.

Free Knitting Pattern for River Poet Shawl

Stormy Sky Shawl

Designed for that one skein of special yarn!  This asymmetrical shawl alternates sections of dropped stitches, eyelet lace, and garter stitch to showcase multi-colored yarn in skewed triangle. Easy to memorize. Designed by Life Is Cozy.Pictured project by River Poet who used one skein of Malabrigo yarn (420 yards) for the project.

Free Knitting Pattern for Rosarian Top


This pullover is combination of sweater and poncho, wrapping the shoulders and upper arms with elbow length arm openings just above the fitted waistband. Knit with dropped stitches, it creates a flattering silhouette for almost everyone. Designed by Melinda VerMeer. XS (S, M, L, 1X, 2X 3X)

Free Knitting Pattern for Drop Stitch Cowl

Drop Stitch Cowl

This easy cowl by Margo Snyder can be worked in any colors with any weight of yarn. Great stash buster!

Free knitting pattern for breezy baby blanket

Breezy Baby Blanket

This easy pattern by Pickles features a light version of the drop stitch sea foam pattern, which makes it airy, stretchy and comfortable in warm weather.

Free Knitting Pattern for Ribbon Top

Ribbon Top

Sleeveless top is knit with drop stitch wave pattern. The original pattern is for a crop top but the knitter of the pictured project just added additional repeats of the pattern for length. Pictured project by julysnow. Great with multi-color yarn!

Free Knitting Pattern Beginner Garter Drop-Stitch Scarf

Beginner Garter Drop-Stitch Scarf

Michelle Maks proves shows you how easy it is to make a quick drop-stitch scarf If you can do a knit stitch and you can wrap yarn around a needle. Video tutorial included with this Red Heart pattern.

Free knitting pattern for Sea Breeze Bag

Sea Breeze Bag

This Lily Sugar n Cream bag features drop stitches for interest.  Approx 20” x 40” [51 x 101.5 cm]

Free Knitting Pattern for Windlass Shawl

Windlass Shawl

Windlass combines dropped stitches and easy elongated stitches in a top-down triangular shawl in a design by Amy Palmer.

Free Knitting Pattern for Drop Stitch Capelet Cowl

Drop Stitch Capelet Cowl

Easy drop stitch pattern creates the perfect summer accessory for beach or evening. Designed by Lana Hames. Small – Med 32-40″; Med – Lrg 40 – 48″ Available in English and Spanish.

Free Knitting Pattern for Eternidad Scarf

Eternidad Scarf

This infinity scarf features a Teardrop drop stitch pattern. Designed by Lisa R. Myers

Free Knitting Pattern for One Skein Drop Stitch Cowl

Drop Stitch Cowl

This easy cowl by Red Heart features a drop stitch pattern that looks great in multi-colored yarn. Uses just one ball of the recommended yarn.

Free Knitting Pattern for Caprino Wrap

Caprino Wrap

This shawl is a re-imagining of plaid as lace created with dropped and extended stitches. 18” x 66” (46cm x 168cm) Designed by Rae Blackledge for Willow Yarns. Pictured project at top by andy02124.

Free knitting pattern for Brigitte Dress in drop stitch

Brigitte Dress

Drop stitch is drop dead gorgeous in this dress designed by Waejong Kim for Loopy Mango. Sized for S-XL in three lengths, this pattern is just two panels and is perfect for multi color yarn.

Free Knitting Pattern for Crosshatch Vest

Crosshatch Vest

This versatile accessory by Robyn M. Schrager can be worn many different ways. Knit one rectangle in a drop-stitch cable and garter pattern and then make a clever Y-shaped seam to fashion the armholes. You can now wear the Crosshatch as a swing vest, a sleeveless jacket: with tuxedo cutaway styling, or draped with a handkerchief neckline and fastened at the shoulder with a shawl pin. Knit in lace yarn on large needles.

Free knitting pattern for Cloos capelet cabled poncho


This capelet designed by Norah Gaughan for Berroco Design is knit in the round with cables and dropped stitches.

Free knitting pattern for Vertical Drop Tee top

Vertical Drop Tee

Design by Kennita Tully. Top includes options for three-quarter- and full-length sleeves. Sizes S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL

Seafoam Scarf

Joan Janes used garter stitch, yarnovers and dropped stitches to create an exquisite design that is easy to knit and perfect for multi-colored yarn.

Free knitting pattern for Jasmine Scarf and more chevron stitch knitting patterns

Jasmine Scarf

Designed by Purl Soho, the chevrons in this textured scarf are created with wrapped and dropped stitches.

Patterns for Purchase

Knitting Pattern for Burkina Top


Exquisite pullover top designed by Norah Gaughan featuring a central lace panel on a background of dropped stitches. To fit bust sizes 30(34-38-42-46-50-54)”. One of the patterns in Berroco: Norah Gaughan Vol 16

Knitting Pattern for Summer Skies Shrug

Summer Skies Shrug

This lightweight bolero shrug is knit sideways, using dropped stitches between the cable and eyelet stitches to create extra spacing in an intricate knit fabric. Sizes: S (M, L, XL, 2XL) . Recommended yarn available on pattern page.

Knitting pattern for Coneflower Scarf

Coneflower Scarf

This one ball scarf by KnitChicGrace uses drop stitches to create a lacy floral design. Can easily be customized to make a shawl.

Easy Knitting Pattern for Phiaro Scarf

Phiaro Scarf

Katie Himmelberg designed this easy, flowing drop stitch scarf.  Stitches are dropped during the bind-off to create the dropped-stitch sections and the fringe. Pictured project by stephccng. This is on the knitting patterns selected for Best of Knitscene.

Knitting Pattern for Matrix Sweater

The Matrix 2: Neo’s Sweater

Suss Cousins is a knitwear costume designer for movies. This pattern is the actual design that Neo wore in the second Matrix movie. To add the holes, use drop stitches. This is one of the designs in her book Hollywood Knits: Thirty Original Suss Designs Pictured project sansmerci

Knitting Pattern for 2 Row Repeat Chevron Drop Stitch Scarf

Chevron Drop Stitch Scarf

Easy lace scarf features a 2 row repeat and stitches that are dropped as you finish the scarf.

Knitting pattern for Net Beach Cover Up Top

Drop Stitch Lace Beach Cover-Up

This is an easy knitting pattern by TwoOfWandsShope, and the techniques used are knit, purl, and yarn over. Sizes:Width: 22”/55.9cm (S/M) 26”/66cm (M/L)

Knitting pattern for Fringed Drop Stitch Cover Up

Adela Swimsuit Cover-Up

This top by CardiffBayHandknits features drop stitch panels and twisted fringe. Sized for misses and teens, XS/S (Chest sizes 32-34″) as shown on model, or M/L (Chest sizes 36-38″).

Knitting Pattern for Seafoam T-Shirt Rug

Denim Fluff Rug and Seafoam T-Shirt Rug

Knitting Rugs: 39 Traditional, Contemporary, Innovative DesignsThe Denim Fluff Rug is knit with old jeans cut in strips and yarn. The Seafoam Holey T-Shirt Rug is knit with t-shirt yarn in a classic drop stitch pattern.  Two of the patterns in Knitting Rugs: 39 Traditional, Contemporary, Innovative Designs. Available in Kindle and Paperback (Prime available).

Drop Leaf Scarf Knitting Pattern

Drop Leaf Scarf

Drop stitches and a lace make this a uniquely exquisite scarf. You can knit in any weight of yarn.

Knitting Pattern for Pacifica Shrug

Pacifica Shrug

Lightweight shrug with drop stitch pattern. Uses just one skein of the recommended yarn for S, M, and L sizes. To fit: S (M, L, XL/2XL, 3XL/4XL)

Terry Matz

meTerry is a knitting late-bloomer, learning to knit as an adult from Internet tutorials, because she wanted a craft that was useful, fun, and portable. Knitting hats for cancer patients inspired her to design her own patterns—available for free at her blog, Terry met her husband Ken at a science fiction convention and moved to the Kansas City area to be with him more than 30 years ago. Terry supports her yarn stash by creating websites and other digital media. Terry firmly believes in Knitting in Public—it's a great conversation starter!

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