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GARTER ST (back and forth on needle): K all rows.
TURNS: Work shortened rows to shape the bolero at the front. Work turns as follows:
Row 1: Work 24-27-30-33-36-39 sts, turn piece.
Row 2: Work all sts.
Row 3: Work 21-24-27-30-33-36 sts, turn piece.
Row 4: Work all sts.
Row 5: Work 18-21-24-27-30-33 sts, turn piece.
Row 6: Work all sts.
Row 7: Work 15-18-21-24-27-30 sts, turn piece.
Row 8: Work all sts.
Continue like this with 3 less sts before each turn until you have worked 2 rows on the 3 first sts only. Now work 2 rows on all sts.
Repeat from row 1 a total of 5 times. There are now 18-20-22-24-26-28 rows garter st towards mid front and 2 rows garter st towards the side and front piece now measures approx 20-22-24-27-29-31 cm towards mid front and 2 cm towards the side.
BACK PIECE: Worked back and forth on needle. See fig.1.
Cast on 68-78-88-98-110-122 sts on needle size 3.5 mm with Fabel and work garter st – see above. REMEMBER THE KNITTING TENSION!
When piece measures 4 cm continue as follows:
SIZE S: Inc 1 st each side, repeat the inc on every 2.5 cm a total of 7 times = 82 sts.
SIZE M: Inc 1 st each side, repeat the inc on every 3 cm a total of 6 times = 90 sts.
SIZE L: Inc 1 st each side, repeat the inc on every 5 cm a total of 3 times = 94 sts.
SIZE XL: Inc 1 st each side, repeat the inc on every 5 cm a total of 3 times = 104 sts.
SIZE XXL: No inc.
SIZE XXXL: No inc.
ALL SIZES: When piece measures 20-21-22-22-23-24 cm cast off the middle 22-24-22-26-26-32 sts for neck and complete each shoulder separately. Cast off at the beg of every row from neckline: 1 st 3 times = 27-30-33-36-39-42 sts left on shoulder. Cast off when piece measures 22-23-24-24-25-26 cm.
FRONT PIECE: Worked from one shoulder towards the bottom edge, then across and up towards the other shoulder – see fig.2.
Cast on 27-30-33-36-39-42 sts on needle size 3.5 mm with Fabel. Work 21-22-23-23-24-25 cm garter st. Now continue with TURNS – see above. After TURNS work 28-32-36-41-46-51 cm garter st and now work TURNS again the other side. Work 21-22-23-23-24-25 cm garter st and cast off.
ASSEMBLY: Place back piece between side pieces on front piece. Fold the 2 side pieces on front piece towards the middle. Sew shoulder seams A to A and B to B in outer loops of sts, and sew C to C at bottom of back piece in the same way – continue the seam up along the sides so that armhole measures approx 18-19-20-21-22-23 cm.
Explanation Bobble: 3 tr crochet tog: wait with the last pull-through until all 3 tr have been crochet, make a yarn over hook and pull yarn through all 4 sts on hook.
Work 4 ch with crochet hook size 3.5 mm and Fabel and form a ring with 1 sl st in first ch.
ROUND 1: 6 dc in ring.
ROUND 2: 2 dc in each dc = 12 dc.
ROUND 3: 2 tr in each dc (replace first tr with 3 ch), only crochet in the back loop of sts = 24 tr.
ROUND 4: 4 ch, skip 1 tr, * 1 dc, 3 ch, skip 1 tr *, repeat from *-*, and finish with 1 sl st in first ch = 12 ch-loops
ROUND 5: 4 ch, in first ch-loop crochet from *-* as follows: * 1 bobble - see above, 2 ch, 1 bobble, 4 ch, 1 bobble, 2 ch, 1 bobble *, 3 ch, 1 tr in dc between the next 2 ch-loops, 3 ch, in next ch-loop crochet from *-* as above, 4 ch, 1 tr in dc between the next 2 ch-loops, 4 ch, in next ch-loop crochet from *-* as above, 3 ch, 1 tr in dc between the next 2 ch-loops, 3 ch, in next ch-loop crochet from *-* as above, and finish with 1 ch and 1 sl st in third ch from beg of round.
Two of the sides are now the same width, approx 6 cm, 1 is smaller, approx 5 cm and 1 is wider, approx 7 cm.
ROUND 6: Crochet dc’s in all ch-loops as follows: 1 dc in first ch-loop, 2 dc in next, 5 dc in next (= corner), then 2 dc, 3 dc, 3 dc, 2 dc, 5 dc (= corner), 2 dc, 4 dc, 4 dc, 2 dc, 5 dc (= corner), 2 dc, 3 dc, 3 dc, 2 dc, 5 dc (= corner), 2 dc and 1 dc in the last ch-loop, finish with 1 sl st in first dc from beg of round. Cut the thread.
Make approx 25-27-29-32-34-36 squares. Sew squares tog to a long row, edge to edge - place the squares so that all the shorter sides of squares are at the same side and all the longer sides at the opposite side in order the row becomes curved.
Begin sewing the row to neckline mid back. Sew the shorter side to body piece, edge to edge. Continue down along one front piece, and along bottom edge to mid back. Beg mid back at neckline again and continue to mid back at bottom edge. If you need more/less squares, adjust this before sewing tog the squares mid back at bottom edge.
SLEEVE: Worked back and forth on needle. Cast on 58-60-62-66-66-68 sts on needle size 3.5 mm Fabel. Work garter st. When piece measures 7 cm inc 1 st each side, and repeat the inc on every 3.5-3-2.5-2.5-2-2 cm a total of 9-10-12-12-14-15 times = 76-80-86-90-94-98 sts. When piece measures 37 cm cast off 3 sts each side at the beg of every row until piece measures 40 cm. Cast off remaining sts.
Sew sleeve seams in outer loops of sts and set in sleeves.
CROCHET BORDER: Crochet a border round the opening with crochet hook size 3.5 mm and Cotton Viscose as follows – beg in the first square mid back at neckline: 1 dc in second st on square, * 1 picot (= 3 ch, 1 dc in first ch), skip 1 dc, 1 dc in next dc *, repeat from *-* (= 7 picots along each square + 1 in seam between each square) and finish with 1 sl st in first dc from beg of round.
Crochet a similar border round sleeve edges.