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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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pattern type: boleros, shape: rounded front edges, v-neck,
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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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