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GARTER ST (back and forth on needle):
K all rows. 1 ridge = 2 K rows.
See diagrams A.1 to A.7. Diagrams show all rows in pattern seen from RS.
INCREASE TIP (applies to edge in rib):
Inc 1 st by making 1 YO. On next row work YO twisted to avoid holes.
The piece is worked in several parts.
Cast on 57-61-63-63-69-71 sts (includes 1 edge st each side) on 2 circular needles size 5 mm / US 8 with Vivaldi (to avoid a tight cast-on edge). Pull out one circular needle and work 1 ridge in GARTER ST - see explanation above (1st row = RS).
Work next row as follows from RS: 1 edge st in garter st, 3-5-2-2-1-2 sts in stockinette st, work A.1a (= 4 sts), repeat A.1b (= 8 sts - diagram shows 2 repetitions) until 9-11-8-8-7-8 sts remain, finish with A.1c (= 5 sts), 3-5-2-2-1-2 sts in stockinette st and 1 edge st in garter st.
Continue pattern like this. REMEMBER THE GAUGE!
When A.1 has been worked vertically, work 4 rows in stockinette st (work edge st in garter st), then work next row as follows from RS: 1 edge st in garter st, 4-6-1-1-4-5 sts in stockinette st, work pattern according to A.2 (= 12 sts) until 4-6-1-1-4-5 sts remain, finish with 3-5-0-0-3-4 sts in stockinette st and 1 edge st in garter st. Continue pattern like this.
When piece measures approx. 24-24-24-25-25-27 cm / 9½"-9½"-9½"-9 3/4"-9 3/4"-10½" - make sure that 3 rows in stockinette st have been worked after 1 row with holes, work 2 more rows in stockinette st.
Then work next row as follows from RS: 1 edge st in garter st, 3-2-0-0-0-1 st in stockinette st, work A.3a (= 4 sts), repeat A.3b (= 6 sts - diagram shows 2 repetitions) until 7-6-4-4-4-5 sts remain, finish with A.3c (= 3 sts), 3-2-0-0-0-1 st in stockinette st and 1 edge st in garter st.
Continue pattern like this until piece measures approx. 34-37-38-41-42-44 cm / 13½"-14½"-15"-16"-16½"-17 1/4" - make sure that last row in A.3 remains.
K 1 row from WS, then very loosely bind off.
Cast on 58-65-65-72-72-79 sts (includes 1 edge st each side) on 2 circular needles size 5 mm / US 8 with Vivaldi (to avoid a tight cast-on edge).
Pull out one of the needles and P 1 row from WS. Work next row as follows from RS: 1 edge st in garter st, * A.5 (= 3 sts), P 4 *, repeat from *-* and finish with 1 edge st in garter st. Continue pattern like this.
When piece measures 8 cm / 3 1/8'', dec all 4 P sts to 3 P sts by P tog the first 2 sts in every P-section = 50-56-56-62-62-68 sts. When piece measures 10 cm / 4'', P 1 row from WS while AT THE SAME TIME dec 3-9-5-11-9-15 sts evenly = 47-47-51-51-53-53 sts remain on needle.
Work next row as follows from RS: 1 edge st in garter st, 2-2-0-0-1-1 st in stockinette st, work A.7a (= 4 sts), repeat A.7b (= 8 sts) until 8-8-6-6-7-7 sts remain, finish with A.7c (= 5 sts), 2-2-0-0-1-1 st in stockinette st and 1 edge st in garter st.
Continue pattern like this.
When A.7 has been worked vertically, work 5 rows in stockinette st, then work pattern according to A.2 until finished measurements.
AT THE SAME TIME when piece measures 12 cm / 4¾'', inc 1 st in each side.
Repeat inc every 5½-4-4½-3½-3½-3 cm / 2 1/4"-1½"-1 3/4"-3 1/4"-3 1/4"-1 1/8" 4-6-5-7-7-8 more times = 57-61-63-67-69-71 sts - NOTE: Work inc sts in stockinette st until they can be worked in pattern. When piece measures 38-39-38-39-38-38 cm / 15"-15 1/4"-15"-15 1/4"-15"-15", K 1 row from WS before very loosely casting/binding off with K from RS.
Insert 1 marker at the top in each side on sleeve. Make another sleeve.
Sew 1 sleeve in each side on back piece – it is important to sew so that the edge is elastic and nice and even as the seam is both visible and very high up on sleeve (it is important that the garments is agile).
Sew in front loop of sts in garter st on back piece and inside cast-off edge on sleeve – see our technique video – assembly – mattress stitches - on our home page.
Fold the entire piece double in the middle so that the long sides of bolero is towards each other. Sew sleeve seams inside 1 edge st until markers (or desired length), repeat on the other sleeve.
EDGE IN RIB:
Pick up from RS approx. 100 to 140 sts around the entire opening of bolero on circular needle size 5 mm / US 8. Then work in the round on circular needle. P 1 round, then K 1 round while AT THE SAME TIME adjusting no of sts to 168-174-180-180-186-186 (divisible by 6).
Work next round as follows: * A.5 (= 3 sts), P 3 *, repeat from *-* the entire round.
Continue pattern like this. When edge measures 3 cm / 1 1/8'', inc all 3 P sts to 4 P sts - READ INCREASE TIP = 196-203-210-210-217-217 sts.
When edge measures 6-6-7-7-8-8 cm / 2 3/8"-2 3/8"-2 3/4"-2 3/4"-3 1/8"-3 1/8" – make sure that after 1 round with holes in A.5, A.6 is worked instead of A.5 (P the other sts as before).
When A.6 has been worked, there are 252-261-270-270-279-279 sts on needle. Loosely bind off with K over K and P over P.
K from RS, P from WS
1 YO between 2 sts
K 2 tog
slip 1 st as if to K, K 1, psso
slip 1 st as if to K, K 2 tog, psso
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