DROPS design: Pattern no bs-062
Yarn group A
Size: S/M – L/XL – XXL/XXXL
DROPS BABYALPACA SILK from Garnstudio
350-400-550 g color no 2110, wheat
DROPS CIRCULAR NEEDLE (60 or 80 cm / 24'' or 32'') SIZE 3 mm / US 2.5 - or size needed to get 24 sts x 32 rows in stockinette st = 4'' x 4'' (10 x 10 cm).
Diagram A.6 + A.7 (= 31 sts) measures 11 cm / 4½'' in width without pulling the piece.
DROPS CIRCULAR NEEDLE (80 cm / 32'') SIZE 2.5 mm / US 1.5 – for rib.
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GARTER ST (back and forth on circular needle):
K all rows. 1 ridge = K2 rows.
See diagrams A.1 to A.8. The diagrams show all rows in pattern seen from RS.
Worked in 2 parts from edge of sleeve to mid back. Then the 2 parts are sewn tog mid back Pick up an edge in rib around the opening of bolero.
Worked back and forth on circular needle from bottom of sleeve.
Cast on 98-115-132 sts (includes 1 edge st in each side) on circular needle size 2.5 mm / US 1.5 with BabyAlpaca Silk. P 1 row from WS. Work next row as follows from RS: 1 edge st in GARTER ST – see explanation above, * K 2, P 2, K 3, P 2, K 2, P 2, K 2, P 2 *, repeat from *-* 5-6-7 times in total, then * K 2, P 2, K 3, P 2, K 2 *, repeat from *-* 1 time in total and finish with 1 edge st in garter st. Continue rib like this. When piece measures 10 cm / 4'', switch to circular needle size 3 mm / US 2.5. Work next row as follows from RS: 1 edge st in garter st, * A.1 (= 11 sts), A.2 (= 6 sts) *, repeat from *-* 5-6-7 times in total, then A.1 (= 11 sts) 1 time in total, finish with 1 edge st in garter st. Continue like this until A.1 has been worked for 5 cm / 2'' (piece measures approx. 15 cm / 6''). Now work A.3 instead of A.1 (continue A.2 as before). When piece measures 50 cm / 19 3/4'', insert 1 marker in piece. Work next row as follows from RS: 1 edge st in garter st, * A.4 (= 11 sts), A.8 (= 6 sts) *, repeat from *-* 2-3-3 times in total, ** A.4 (= 11 sts), A.5 (= 6 sts) **, repeat from **-** 3-3-4 times in total and finish with A.4 1 time and 1 edge st in garter st. Continue pattern like this. When A.4/ A.5 has been worked 1 time vertically, there are 196-237-268 sts on needle and piece measures approx. 12 cm / 4¾'' from marker. Then work A.6 instead of A.4 and A.7 instead of A.5 (continue diagram A.8 as follows: Work A.8b 1 time and continue with A.8c). When A.8b has been worked 1 time vertically, there are 204-249-280 sts on needle.
When piece measures 17-19-21 cm / 6 3/4"-7½"-8 1/4" from marker, slip the first 110-136-155 sts on needle from RS on 1 stitch holder (work sts before slipping them on holder) = right front piece. There are now 94-113-125 sts on needle for back. Insert another marker (side seam is seamed up to this marker) and continue pattern back and forth over back sts. When piece measures 2-2-3 cm / 3/4"-3/4"-1 1/8" from marker, slip 10 sts on 1 stitch holder 5 times in total from bottom of back and up towards neck every other row (i.e. at beg of every row from WS - work sts before slipping them on holder to avoid cutting the yarn) = 44-63-75 sts remain on needle.
Switch to circular needle size 2.5 mm / US 1.5 and slip all sts from stitch holder back on needle AT THE SAME TIME work the rest of row from RS = 94-113-125 sts. P 1 row from WS while AT THE SAME TIME inc 10 sts evenly = 104-123-135 sts. Work 1 ridge in garter st over all sts. Slip the first 48-59-63 sts at the top of neck on 1 stitch holder (work sts before slipping them on holder).
Then continue in garter st back and forth over the 56-64-72 sts AT THE SAME TIME work short rows as follows:
ROW 1 (= RS): K 56-64-72 (from middle of back to bottom edge), turn piece.
ROW 2 (= WS): K from bottom edge until 2 sts remain on needle (i.e. towards middle of back), turn piece.
ROW 3 (= RS): K 54-62-70 sts, turn piece.
ROW 4 (= WS): K from bottom edge until 4 sts remain on needle, turn piece.
ROW 5 (= RS): K 52-60-68 sts, turn piece.
ROW 6 (= WS): K from bottom edge until 6 sts remain on needle, turn piece.
Continue like this until 1 ridge has been worked only over the outermost 2 sts at the bottom of back piece = 28-32-36 ridges.
Then work 1 ridge over all 104-123-135 sts (also sts on stitch holder), loosely bind off.
Bolero has now been worked until mid of back, i.e. half way.
Cast on and work as right side but reversed. I.e. when sts on front piece are slipped on a stitch holder, this is done from WS (not RS) and when sts from back are slipped on stitch holder, this is done at beg of every row from RS (not WS).
Sew sleeve seams edge to edge in outer loops of edge sts up to marker at 50 cm / 19 3/4", then sew side seams, i.e. continue sleeve seam so that the side on front piece is sewn towards the side on back piece up to marker. Sew back seam.
Pick up sts along the opening of bolero - i.e. up along right front piece, back of neck, down along left front piece and then along back piece as follows: Pick up from RS approx. 340 to 380 sts (includes sts on stitch holders) on circular needle size 2.5 mm / US 1.5 and work in the round on needle as follows: P 1 round, then K 1 round while AT THE SAME TIME inc evenly to 390-416-468 sts. Continue to work rib as follows: * Work A.3 (= 11 sts), P 2 *, repeat from *-* the entire round. When rib measures 3 cm / 1'', inc every 3rd P-section to 3 P sts = 420-448-504 sts. Repeat inc when edge measures 7 cm / 2¾'', but displace inc so that there now are 2 sections with 3 P sts between every section with 2 P = 450-480-540 sts. When edge measures 8 cm / 3 1/8'', loosely bind off with K over K and P over P - NOTE: To avoid a tight bind-off edge, 1 YO after approx. every 6th or 12th st can be made and bind off as a regular st.
K from RS, P from WS
P from RS, K from WS
work 2 sts in same st
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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