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Valkyrie by DROPS Design
"This bolero that has it all!"
Knitted DROPS bolero with cables and lace pattern in ”Merino Extra Fine”. Size: S - XXXL.
DROPS 149-12
DROPS design: Pattern no me-062
Yarn group B
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Size: S - M - L - XL - XXL – XXXL

Materials:
DROPS MERINO EXTRA FINE from Garnstudio
450-500-550-600-650-750 g color no 28, north sea

DROPS CIRCULAR NEEDLE (60 or 80 cm / 24’’ or 32’’) SIZE 4.5 mm / US 7 - or size needed to get 20 sts x 26 rows in stockinette st = 10 x 10 cm / 4’’ x 4’’.
DROPS CIRCULAR NEEDLE (80 cm / 32’’) SIZE 4 mm / US 6 – for rib.

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  • DROPS MERINO EXTRA FINE UNI COLOUR (50g)
    5.85 USD
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NOTE: This pattern is written in American English. All measurements in charts are in cm. For conversion from cm to inch - 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 British English, please click here.
GARTER ST (back and forth on needle):
K all rows. 1 ridge = K 2 rows.

PATTERN:
See diagram A, B, C, D, E and F. The diagrams show all rows in pattern seen from RS.

INCREASE TIP 1:
Inc on last row (= WS) in every repetition (A.2), and inc as follows in every P-section (from WS): * K 2, 1 YO, P 2, 1 YO, K 2 *. On next row (i.e. 1st row = RS in F.1) K YOs twisted to avoid holes.

INCREASE TIP 2:
Inc 1 st by making a YO before first P st in every section with P sts in rib. P this twisted on next round.

INCREASE TIP 3:
Inc 1 st by making a YO before first K st in every section with K sts in rib. K this twisted on next round.
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BOLERO:
Piece is worked in 2 parts from sleeve and over shoulder and sewn tog mid back.
Worked back and forth on circular needle.
Cast on 55-55-55-55-70-70 sts (includes 1 edge st in garter st in each side) on circular needle size 4.5 mm / US 7 with Merino Extra Fine. Work RIB as follows from RS: 1 edge st in GARTER ST – see explanation above, * P 3, K 2 *, repeat from *-* over the next 50-50-50-50-65-65 sts, P 3, 1 edge st in garter st. Work rib back the same way (= WS).
On next row from RS work as follows: 1 edge st in garter st, * P 2 tog, P 1, K 2 *, repeat from *-* until 4 sts remain and finish with P 2 tog, K 1, 1 edge st in garter st = 44-44-44-44-56-56 sts on row. Work 1 row rib back the same way.
Then work as follows from RS: 1 edge st in garter st, * P 2, K 2, P 2, PATTERN according to diagram A.1 (= 6 sts)*, repeat from *-* 2-2-2-2-3-3 more times (= 3-3-3-3-4-4 times in total), P 2, K 2, P 2, 1 edge st in garter st.
Continue back and forth the same way with 1 edge st in garter st, rib and A.1 until A.1 has been worked 3-3-2-2-2-2 times vertically.
Then work as follows from RS: 1 edge st in garter st, * P 2, K 2, P 2, PATTERN according to diagram A.2 (= 6 sts)*, repeat from *-* 2-2-2-2-3-3 more times (= 3-3-3-3-4-4 times in total), P 2, K 2, P 2, 1 edge st in garter st.
Continue back and forth the same way with 1 edge st in garter st, rib and A.2 until A.2 has been worked 1-1-1-1-1-1 time vertically, AT THE SAME TIME on last row inc 2 sts in every rib section – see INCREASE TIP 1! There are now 58-58-58-58-74-74 sts on row and piece measures approx. 7-7-6-6-6-6 cm / 2¾”-2¾”-2½”-2½”-2½”-2½”.
Then work as follows: 1 edge st in garter st, * F.1 (= 8 sts), B.1 (= 8 sts) *, repeat from *-* 2-2-2-2-3-3 more times (= 3-3-3-3-4-4 times in total), F.1, 1 edge st in garter st. Continue the same way until B.1 has been worked 8-8-9-8-8-8 times vertically.
Then work the same way but with B.2 instead of B.1.
Work B.2 a total of 1-1-1-1-1-1 times vertically. Piece now measures approx. 30-30-31-29-29-29 cm / 11¾”-11¾”-12¼”-11½”-11½”-11½” and there are 64-64-64-64-82-82 sts on needle.
Then work as follows: 1 edge st in garter st, * F.1 (= 8 sts), C.1 (= 10 sts) *, repeat from *-* 2-2-2-2-3-3 more times (= 3-3-3-3-4-4 times in total), F.1, 1 edge st in garter st.
Continue the same way until C.1 has been worked 2-2-2-2-1-1 times vertically. Then work the same way but with C.2 instead of C.1. Work C.2 1-1-1-1-1-1 time vertically, AT THE SAME TIME on last row inc 0-0-1-1-0-0 P sts on each side of every repetition of F.1 by picking up a st from row below = 70-70-78-78-90-90 sts on needle. NOTE! These new sts on each side of F.1 are worked P until cast-off. Piece now measures 42-42-43-41-38-38 cm / 16½”-16½”-17”-16”-15”-15”.
Then work as follows: 1 edge st in garter st, * P 0-0-1-1-0-0, F.1 (= 8 sts), P 0-0-1-1-0-0, D.1 (= 12 sts) *, repeat from *-* 2-2-2-2-3-3 more times (= 3-3-3-3-4-4 times in total), P 0-0-1-1-0-0, F.1, P 0-0-1-1-0-0, 1 edge st in garter st.
Continue the same way until D.1 has been worked 3-3-3-3-4-4 times vertically. Then work the same way but with D.2 instead of D.1. Work D.2 1-1-1-1-1-1 time vertically = 76-76-84-84-98-98 sts on needle. Piece now measures 57-57-58-56-57-57 cm / 22½”-22½”-22¾”-22”-22½”-22½”.
Then work as follows: 1 edge st in garter st, * P 0-0-1-1-0-0, F.1 (= 8 sts), P 0-0-1-1-0-0, E.1 (= 14 sts) *, repeat from *-* 2-2-2-2-3-3 more times (= 3-3-3-3-4-4 times in total), P 0-0-1-1-0-0, F.1, P 0-0-1-1-0-0, 1 edge st in garter st.
Continue the same way until E.1 has been worked 3-3-3-4-4-4 times vertically. Work 2-4-4-2-2-4 ridges in garter st. Loosely bind off. Piece now measures 72-73-74-75-76-77 cm / 28½”-28¾”-29”-29½”-30”-30½”.
Knit another part.

ASSEMBLY:
Sew the 2 parts tog mid back. Sew sleeve seam in the outermost edge st as follows: Sew edge X and X tog, sew edge Y and Y tog – see diagram.

EDGE:
Pick up 280-288-312-336-360-368 sts evenly from RS along the opening on bolero - i.e. up along right front piece, back of neck, down along left front piece and then along back piece on circular needle size 4 mm / US 6 with Merino Extra Fine. Work rib in the round on circular needle as follows: K 2/P 2.
When edge measures 5 cm / 2”, inc 1 st in every P section = K 2/P 3 - Read INCREASE TIP 2. When edge measures 10-10-11-11-12-12 cm / 4’’-4’’-4½’’-4½’’-4¾’’-4¾’’, inc 1 st in every K section = K 3/P 3 - Read INCREASE TIP 3.
Continue with K 3/P 3 until edge measures 15-15-16-16-17-17 cm / 6”-6”-6¼”-6¼”-6¾”-6¾”.
Loosely bind off sts with K over K and P over P. NOTE: To avoid a tight cast-off edge make 1 YO before every P section. Bind off YO as st.


Diagram

K from RS, P from WS
P from RS, K from WS
1 YO between 2 sts
slip 1 st as if to K, K 1, psso
K 2 tog
slip 3 sts on cable needle behind piece, K 1, K 3 from cable needle
1 YO between 2 sts. Make YO from WS, and K twisted on next row to avoid holes.
knitting direction




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