DROPS / 95 / 36

Loch Tay by DROPS Design

DROPS Crochet Bolero in Cotton Viscose or Safran and DROPS Melody. Size XS/S - XXL.

Size: XS/S – S - M – L - XL - XXL
Finished measurements:
Bust: 80-88-96-106-116-128 cm / 31½''-34 5/8''-37¾''-41¾''-45¾''-50 3/8''
Full length: 37-39-41-43-45-47 cm / 14½''-15¼''-16 1/8''-17''-17¾''-18½''

Materials: DROPS Cotton Viscose from Garnstudio
200-200-250-250-300-300 g color no. 11, khaki green
or use
DROPS Safran from Garnstudio
150-150-200-200-250-250 g color no. 50, mint

and use: DROPS Vienna from Garnstudio
50-50-50-50-50 g color no. 16, moss green
or use: DROPS Melody from Garnstudio
50 g color no 19 light sea green

DROPS Crochet Hook size 4 mm/ US 6
DROPS Crochet Hook size 6 mm/ US J/10 (for borders)

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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. 5 ft 7 in and uses size S or M. If you are making a sweater, 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 American English. All measurements in charts are in cm. For conversion from inches to cm - click here. There are different terms for crocheting in American and British English. If this pattern includes crochet, click for "crochet terms" here. For this pattern in British English, please click here.
Crochet gauge: 17 tr x 6 rows = 10 x 10 cm / 4'' x 4''

Crochet info: At the beginning of each row replace 1 tr with ch 4, and finish each row with 1 tr in 4th ch from beginning of previous row. Crochet in each st and not in between.

Decreasing tips (applies to armhole and neck):
Dec as follows at beginning of row: replace 1 tr with a sl st.
Dec as follows at end of row: Turn the piece when number of tr to be dec are left on row and crochet next row.

Increasing tips (applies to slope at front):
Increase new sts towards mid front by crocheting ch's in last st from previous row. Crochet the same number of ch's as the number of tr's to be increased, but as the first tr on next row is to be replaced by ch 4, replace the last ch with ch 4, i.e. if you are to increase 5 tr crochet 8 ch, turn the piece, crochet 1 tr in 5th ch from the hook and then 1 tr in each of the remaining ch's, continue on row with 1 tr in each tr from previous row.

Back piece:
Loosely ch 80-88-99-112-123-136 using hook size 4 mm/US 6 and Cotton Viscose or Safran.
Crochet the 1st row as follows: 1 tr in the 5th ch from the hook, *skip ch 1, 1 tr in each of the next 3 ch* repeat from *-* but for size XS + S + L + XXL finish with 1 tr in the last 2 ch’s (instead of the last 3 ch) and for size M + XL finish with 1 tr in the last ch (instead of the last 3 ch’s) = 58-64-72-82-90-100 tr.
Now crochet 1 tr in each tr from previous row – see Crochet info.
At the same time after 2-2-3-3-3-3 rows inc 1 tr each side by crocheting 1 extra tr in the next-to-last tr each side as follows:
Size XS + S + M: on every other row
Size L + XL + XXL: on every 3rd row
- a total of 5-5-5-4-4-4 times = 68-74-82-90-98-108 tr.
When piece measures approx 20-21-22-23-24-25 cm / 8''-8¼''-8¾''-9''-9½''-9¾'' dec for armholes each side on every other row – see Decreasing tips: 3-3-4-6-7-9 tr’s 1 time, 2 tr’s 0-0-1-1-2-3 times and 1 tr 1-2-3-4-4-4 times = 60-64-64-66-68-70 tr.
When piece measures approx 35-37-39-41-43-45 cm / 13¾''-14½''-15¼''-16 1/8''-17''-17¾'' (only 1 row left until finished measurements) crochet 1 row over only the outermost 20-21-21-21-21-22 tr’s each side (i.e. do not crochet over the middle 20-22-22-24-26-26 tr’s = neck).
Cut the yarn, piece measures approx 37-39-41-43-45-47 cm / 14½''-15¼''-16 1/8''-17''-17¾''-18½''.

Left front piece:
Loosely ch 28-29-32-35-37-40 using crochet hook size 4 mm/US 6 and Cotton Viscose or Safran.
Crochet the 1st row as follows: 1 tr in the 5th ch from the hook, *skip ch 1, 1 tr in each of the next 3 ch* repeat from *-* but for size XS + M + XXL finish with 1 tr in the last 2 ch’s (instead of the last 3 ch ) and for size L finish with 1 tr in the last ch (instead of the last 3 ch’s) = 19-20-22-24-26-28 tr.
Now crochet 1 tr in each tr from previous row as for back piece, at the same time inc towards mid front on every other row (i.e. on every row towards mid front) – see Increasing tips: 5 tr’s 1-1-2-2-2-2 times, 4 tr’s 1-1-0-0-0-0 times, 3 tr’s 0-0-0-1-1-2 times, 2 tr’s 1-2-2-2-3-3 times and 1 tr 1-1-2-2-2-2 times.
At the same time inc at side as for back piece.
At the same time when piece measures 20-21-22-23-24-25 cm / 8''-8¼''-8¾''-9''-9½''-9¾'' – compare to back piece – dec for armhole as described for back piece.
At the same time when piece measures 26-26-26-28-28-30 cm / 10 1/4"-10 1/4"-10 1/4"-11"-11"-11 3/4" dec for neckline towards mid front on every row – see Decreasing tips: 7-8-8-9-10-10 tr’s 1 time, 2 tr’s 1 time and 1 tr 3 times = 20-21-21-21-21-22 tr left on shoulder.
When piece measures approx 37-39-41-43-45-47 cm/ 14½''-15¼''-16 1/8''-17''-17¾''-18½'' – compare to back piece – cut the yarn.

Right front piece:
As left front piece but mirrored.

Loosely ch 66-70-74-78-82-86 using crochet hook size 4 mm/US 6 and Cotton Viscose or Safran.
Crochet the 1st row as follows: 1 tr in the 5th ch from the hook, 1 tr in next ch, *skip ch 1, 1 tr in each of the next 3 ch* repeat from *-* = 48-51-54-57-60-63 tr.
Crochet 1-1-2-3-3-4 rows of tr as before, at the same time inc 1 tr each side on every other row by crocheting 1 extra tr in the second but last tr each side = 50-53-58-63-66-71 tr.
On next row dec for sleeve cap each side on every row – see Decreasing tips: 4 tr’s 1 time, 3 tr’s 1 time, and then 2 tr’s each side until piece measures approx 10-11-13-17-19-21 cm / 4"-4½"-5"-6 3/4"-7½"-8 1/4". Fasten off.

Sew shoulder seams. Crochet sleeves to body using crochet hook size 4 mm/US 6 and Cotton Viscose or Safran as follows: 1 sc in first st on sleeve, ch 2, 1 sc in first st on back/front piece, ch 2, 1 sc in tr on sleeve, ch 2, 1 sc in tr on back/front piece etc.
Crochet sleeve and side seams together in the same way.

Crochet border: Crochet a border round the opening of the bolero (i.e. up along both front pieces, round neck and along lower edge) using crochet hook size 6 mm/US J and Vienna or Melody as follows: 1 sc in first st, *3 ch, skip approx 2.5 cm / 1'', 1 sc in next st*, repeat from *-* and finish with 3 ch and 1 sl st in first sc from beginning of round. Note! The border should be nice and even and not wavy.

Close the jacket with a brooch or button.


All measurements in charts are in cm.

Ann-Louise 03.09.2017 - 10:09:

Hej! Detta gäller alla era mönster. Jag undrar hur man ska veta vilken storlek man behöver då jag inte har hittat några mått i cm utan bara storleksangivelse i S, M, L osv?

DROPS Design 04.09.2017 kl. 11:47:

Hei Ann-Louise. Du finner en målskisse med alle mål nederst på oppskriften. God Fornøyelse!

Dorien 01.09.2017 - 13:12:

Zou er een foutje in het patroon kunnen staan? Bij het voorpand staat: En meerder bij een hoogte van ca 20-21-22-23-24-25 cm – vergelijk met het rugpand – voor de armsgaten zoals beschreven voor het rugpand. Moet dat niet zijn: minder?

DROPS Design 04.09.2017 kl. 16:57:

Hallo Dorien, Bij het voorpand moet je ook meerderen voor de afgeronde panden. Verder meerder je tegelijkertijd zoals op het achterpand voor de zijnaden. Dit staat verderop in de beschrijving van het voorpand ook aangegeven: Meerder tegelijkertijd aan de zijkanten zoals voor het rugpand.

Fiona 01.04.2017 - 13:38:

I love this pattern and I'm making it to wear at my son's wedding. I am crocheting the sleeves (size XL), and after doing the first row the instructions say to crochet 3 rows and at same time Inc 1dtr each side on every other row, resulting in 6 extra stitches in total. It doesn't​ seem to add up unless I am misunderstanding. To get the six extra stitches I need to either inc at each end of every row, or else Inc every other row for six rows. Which should I do? Thanks for your help!

DROPS Design 03.04.2017 kl. 09:20:

Dear Fiona, you work 3 rows with dtr at the same time inc 1 dtr on each side (= 2 sts inc), and work these a total of 3 times every other row = 6 sts inc = 66 dtr. Happy crocheting!

Gillian Ann Kitchen 10.03.2017 - 19:40:

Thank you so much it a joy to see pattern in larger sizes.. I just love all you pattern. Again thank you, just because I am big still live to make thing and you sure have the choice of many, Gillian

Karen 06.03.2016 - 18:12:

Vivaldi en Vienna zijn niet meer beschikbaar. Kan ik daarvoor in de plaats Kid Silk gebruiken? Of Melody?

DROPS Design 07.03.2016 kl. 16:54:

Hoi Karen. Je kan Vienna vervangen door Melody en Vivaldi door 2 draden Kid-Silk. Veel plezier mee!

Marcelle Milochau 22.08.2015 - 01:07:

Je ne comprends pas comment monter les manches sur le bolero...je crois qu'il y a trop de mailles après les diminusions pour que la manche puisse etre monter correctement sur le bolero. Merci de bien vouloir me donner une explication plus facile...Marcelle

DROPS Design 24.08.2015 kl. 10:26:

Bonjour Mme Milochau, placez la manche le long de l'emmanchure et épinglez si nécessaire pour bien tenir la manche en place, il sera plus facile ainsi de coudre l'arrondi de la manche au dos et au devant. Bon crochet!

Camilla 12.02.2015 - 22:22:

Hej jag förstår inte hur ärmen ska monteras? Jag började enl beskrivning från ärmhålet och virkade sedan luftmaskor, fäste i dubbelstolparna men när jag kommit fram till det andra ärmhålet så är det en bit kvar av ärmen. Ska man verkligen inte göra flera fasta maskor i respektive dubbelstolpe i ärmhålet för att det ska passa? När jag passar in ärmen mot ärmhålet ser det ut som det passar ihop men som sagt när jag virkar enl beskrivning går det inte ihop. Tacksam för hjälp!

DROPS Design 10.08.2015 kl. 14:49:

Hej Camilla, då får du justera, så det blir jämnt fördelat. Du kan börja mitt på och sy ner på varje sida. Lycka till!

Camilla Friberg 05.02.2015 - 08:49:

Jag undrar hur ärmen ska passa i ärm hålan, när jag lagt upp maskor för ärmen och virkat några varv ser den väldigt liten ut. Måtten på bak resp framstycke stämmer med diagrammen men ärmar blir ca 7 cm för liten. har jag fattat fel kanske blir det en justering när de monteras. Jag virkar strl S och har lagt upp 70 maskor till ärmen.

DROPS Design 05.02.2015 kl. 13:55:

Hej Camilla, jo men du syr i hela ärmkullen från där det är bredast med alla minskningar och sedan m som är kvar. Lycka till!

Nini 14.08.2014 - 13:22:

D'accord donc la bordure proposée "gomme" les dessalages, je ne me suis pas trompée alors... pour info, si ça peut servir à d'autre, j'ai fait la bordure comme proposée à peu prés, dans le même fil que le boléro, dans les espaces créés par les mailles en l'air j'ai mis 6 brides, une m.serrée sur celle du dessous, et on a une bordure volantée qui marche bien aussi.

Nini 09.08.2014 - 22:34:

Bonsoir, je viens de finir le premier pan de devant et je me demandais s'il étais normal que les diminution sois si... visible... Sur le modèle porté en photo le bas du devant est très arrondis alors que sur le miens on vois nettement "l'escalier" des diminutions. De plus j'avais pensais faire une bordure différente de celle proposée, avec le même fil que le reste de l'ouvrage, et j'ai peur que cela ne sois pas très jolie du coup. Merci

DROPS Design 12.08.2014 kl. 11:27:

Bonjour Nini, sur le modèle en photo, la bordure Vienna finit le modèle, vous pouvez vérifier avec votre bordure si le résultat vous convient ainsi. Bon crochet!

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