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Gypsy Ballad by DROPS Design

DROPS Bolero cardigan in Alpaca.

Size: XS - S – M – L – XL - XXL

Materials: DROPS Alpaca from Garnstudio
200-200-250-250-300-300 g colour no. 7139, grey green
and use:
DROPS Vivaldi from Garnstudio
50 g colour no. 02, brown for the edges

Drops pointed and circular needles size 3.5 mm or the size you will need to obtain the correct knitting gauge

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Not sure which size you should choose? Then it might help you to know that the model in the picture is approx. 170 cm and uses size S or M. If you are making a jumper, cardigan, dress or similar garment, you will find a graphic with the measurements of the finished garment (in cm) at the bottom of the pattern.
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Pattern instructions

NOTE: This pattern is written in British English. All measurements in charts are in cm. For conversion from cm to inches - 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 American English, please click here.
Knitting Gauge: 23 sts x 30 rows on needles size 3.5 mm with Alpaca in stocking sts = 10 x 10 cm.

Bind off (for the armhole):
Bind off inside K5 sts. All bind off’s should be done from the right side. Bind off as follows after 5 sts: Slip 1 st. as if to knit, K1 psso. Bind off as follows before the 5 sts: K2 tog.

Rib: *K2, P2*, repeat from *-*.

Back piece: Cast on 82-92-100-112-124-138 sts (inclusive of 1 seam sts each side – all seam sts are knitted in garter st throughout) on needles size 3.5 with Alpaca.
Knit in stocking sts with a seam st each side. When the piece measures 5 cm inc. 1 st each side on every 2-2-2-2.5-2.5-2.5 cm a total of 6 times = 94-104-112-124-136-150 sts. When the piece measures 17-18-19-20-21-22 cm bind off each side for armhole: 5-7-8-10-13-17 sts 1 time. Continue to bind off 1 st for armhole on every 4th row – see bind off tips – 2-4-5-8-10-12 times = 80-82-86-88-90-92 sts. When the piece measures 33-35-37-39-41-43 cm bind off the centre 28-30-30-32-32-32 sts for neck. Continue to bind off at each neck side on every other row 1 st 2 times = 24-24-26-26-27-28 sts left for each shoulder. Bind off when the piece measures 35-37-39-41-43-45 cm.

Left front: Cast on 22-22-25-26-28-30 sts (inclusive of 1 seam st at the side) on needles size 3.5 with Alpaca.
Please read all of the next section before continuing!

Insert a marking thread inside the outermost st mid front. Continue in stocking sts – at the same time inc for the rounded edge mid front as follows: Cast on new sts on every other row (i.e. at the end of every row towards mid front) 3 sts 3-4-4-5-5-6 times, 2 sts 2-3-4-5-7-8 times and 1 st 9-9-8-8-8-8 times – after the last inc. insert a marking thread inside the outermost st mid front.

Increases at side: At the same time when the piece measures 4 cm inc. at the side as done for the back piece. After all inc. are complete there are 50-55-59-65-71-78 sts on needle.

Neck shaping: When the piece measures 17-17-18-19-20-21 cm bind off for neck mid front. Bind off on every 4th row: 1 st 3-3-4-4-5-5 times, on every other row: 1 st 13-13-12-12-11-11 times and then on every 4th row again: 1 st 3-4-4-5-5-5 times.

Armholes: At the same time when the piece measures 17-18-19-20-21-22 cm bind off for armhole as done for the back piece. When all dec for the neck and armhole are complete there are 24-24-26-26-27-28 sts left for shoulder. Bind off when the piece measures 35-37-39-41-43-45 cm.

Right front: Knit as left front, but reverse.

Sleeve: Cast on 70-74-78-86-90-94 sts (inclusive of 1 seam st each side) on 2 needles size 3.5 with Vivaldi (use both needles to ensure the edge becomes stretchy). Remove 1 needle and knit 4 rows stocking sts (= roll over edge). Change to Alpaca and continue in Rib with a seam st each side. When the rib measures 3 cm knit 2 rows of garter sts and continue in stocking sts. At the same time after the 2 rows of garter sts bind off for sleeve cap each side on every other row as follows: 3 sts 1 time, 2 sts 3-3-4-4-4-5 times and 1 st 4-4-6-6-7-8 times. Continue to bind off 2 sts each side until the piece measures 11-12-13-14-15-17 cm. Then bind off each side 3 sts 1 time. Bind off the remaining sts when the piece measures 12-13-14-15-16-18 cm.

Assembly: Sew the shoulders. Sew in the sleeves and then sew the sides and the sleeve together.

Rib: pick up approx 344-368-384-416-440-464 sts (divisible by 4) along the whole edge on circular needles size 3.5 with Alpaca (begin at the centre back) – Note: Make sure to pick up enough sts (28-28-30-30-32-32 sts) between the marking threads on both front pieces so that the rib doesn't become too tight. Knit round as follows: P 1 round, K 1 round and continue in rib. When the rib measures 3 cm change to Vivaldi. Knit 4 rounds of stocking sts and bind off loosely.
To ensure the edge doesn't become too tight make a yo after every 8th st while binding off (knit and bind off the yo's as sts).

The cardigan may be held together with a pin, a kilt pin or a brooch.


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Sylvie PERRIER 12.03.2018 - 22:18:

Bonsoir, Je ne comprends pas les diminutions des emmanchures. Faut-il diminuer après 5 mailles de chaque rang? Et si oui quel est l'intérêt et fait-il faire cela aussi sur les manches? Merci de votre réponse.

DROPS Design 13.03.2018 kl. 09:39:

Bonjour Mme Perrier, on rabat pour les emmanchures 1 x 5 mailles de chaque côté (= pour le dos on rabat ces mailles en début de rang sur l'endroit + sur l'envers = des 2 côtés, pour les devants, ces mailles sont rabattues uniquement côté emmanchure). Pour les manches, on commence à rabattre pour l'arrondi des manches par 1 x 3 m de chaque côté. Bon tricot!

Moira 18.04.2017 - 09:58:

When choosing a size to knit, should we go by the measurements given in the drawn diagram or the written finished measurements? For example, if I read the diagram correctly it suggests that the largest size measures 64" at the bust, but the written instructions say that the same size is 50 3/8" at the bust. Thanks in advance!

DROPS Design 18.04.2017 kl. 11:38:

Dear Moira, measurements in chart are taken flat from side to side in cm - you can convert into inches here. Happy knitting!

Catherine Edwards 26.03.2016 - 01:28:

When you reach the armhole are you suppose to make a 5 stitch garter stitch border on each side? In the main instructions the only mention of garter stitch is one stitch at each side for the seam but the Bind off (for the armhole) instructions make it sound like you're supposed to knit the first 5 stitches each side in garter stitch. Please clarify. Thanks.

DROPS Design 29.03.2016 kl. 08:58:

Dear Mrs Edwards, there is only 1 st in garter st on each side, bind off for armhole should be done inside K5 (ie 5 sts in stocking st not in garter st, pattern will be updated asap). Thank you. Best regards!

Reinagel 20.04.2015 - 16:37:

Bonjour et merci pour la réponse. Modèle boléro 95-17 A quel usage doit servir le crocher drops n° 5 ?

DROPS Design 20.04.2015 kl. 18:02:

Bonjour Mme Reinagel, effectivement, le crochet n'est pas utilisé et a été supprimé. Merci. Bon tricot!

Chris 05.08.2014 - 23:49:

Enjoying the pattern, but I'm wondering if I should bind off 10 stitches on the sleeve armhole before staring on the bind off 3, 2, 1 Is the pattern correct?

DROPS Design 06.08.2014 kl. 10:24:

Dear Chris, pattern is correct that way, you start sleeve cap binding off 3 sts 1 time ... Happy knitting!

Alexandra Thurl 10.05.2012 - 18:00:

Hallo Liebes Drops-Team, vielen Dank für die schnelle und genaue Antwort!!

Alexandra Thurl 09.05.2012 - 12:51:

Was bedeutet bei Bolero Drops Nr.95-17 Maschen für die Rundung des Vorderteils "am Schluss jeder Reihe gegen die Mitte zunehmen"? Heißt das, dass man am Schluss der reihe oder in der Mitte zunehmen soll? Der Begriff "gegen die Mitte" ist etwas irreführend. Und wo soll ich genau den Markierungsfaden einziehen, gleich nach der 1.Masche oder in der Mitte vorne?

DROPS Design 10.05.2012 kl. 07:57:

Man nimmt am Schluss der Reihe zu (also gegen die Mitte der Arbeit, nicht in der Mitte der Reihe). Der Markierungsfaden wird neben der 1. Masche eingezogen. Die Anleitung wurde zum besseren Verständnis etwas überarbeitet.

Dorothea Winter 17.04.2012 - 21:16:

Ich kann nicht verstehen, wo bei Drops Nr. 95-17 Bolero Jacke die Maschen am Vorderteil für die Rundung zugenommen werden. Ist es in der Mitte oder am Ende der Reihe? Vielen Dank im voraus und herzliche Grüße Dorothea Winter

DROPS Design 18.04.2012 kl. 10:02:

Am Schluss jeder R. gegen die Mitte.

DROPS Design NL 01.03.2010 - 14:20:

Hoi. Dat was ook niet helemaal duidelijk. Ik heb het patroon aangepast. Je moet een merkdraad plaatsen naast de eerste st langs het middenvoor. Je meerdert hier voor de ronde voorkant. De merkdraad is om duidelijk te laten zien hoe ver je bent met de meerderingen. Ik denk dat het nu veel duidelijker staat. Succes. Gr. Tine

Annemarie 26.02.2010 - 14:09:

Hallo, bij het voorpand van deze leuke bolero schrijft men: "Plaats 1 merkdraad naast de laatste st van het middenvoorpand" en "als het meerderen voltooid is, 1 nieuwe merkdraad na de laatste st van het middenvoorpand plaatsen". Hoe moet ik dat doen, en waarvoor is die merkdraad? Annemarie

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