Seaside Smiles by DROPS Design

Knitted bolero with ties in DROPS Alpaca and DROPS Vivaldi. Size children 5 to 14 years.

Size - years: 5/6 - 7/8 - 9/10 -11/12 - 13/14
All measurements in charts are in cm.

Materials: DROPS Alpaca from Garnstudio
100-100-150-150-150 g color no 1101, white
and use: DROPS Vivaldi from Garnstudio
100 g for all sizes color no 07, white

DROPS needles size 6 mm / US 10 – or the needle size needed to obtain correct knitting gauge.

Knitting gauge: 14 sts x 20 rows on needles size 6 mm / US 10 with 1 strand in each yarn in stockinette sts (= 2 strands held together) =10 x 10 cm / 4'' x 4''

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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.
Garter st back and forth: Knit all rows.

Back piece:
Cast on 48-52-56-56-60 sts (includes 1 edge sts on each side) on needle size 6 mm / US 10 with 1 strand of each quality yarn (= 2 strands held together).
K1 row from WS.
Work next row as follows from RS: K1 edge st, * K2, P2 * repeat from *-* and end with K2 and K1 edge st.
Next row from WS: K1 edge st, * P2, K2 * repeat from *-* and end with P2 and K1 edge st.
Repeat this for rib until piece measures 2 cm / 3/4''. Continue in stockinette sts.
When piece measures 5-6-7-8-9 cm / 2"-2 3/8"-2 3/4"-3 1/8"-3½" bind off for armholes in beg of every row, each side as follows: 3 sts 1 time, 1 st 1-2-3-2-3 times = 40-42-44-46-48 sts.
When piece measures 17-19-21-23-25 cm / 6 3/4"-7½"-8 1/4"-9"-9 3/4" bind off middle 16-18-18-18-20 sts for neck and work each side separately.
Continue and bind off 1 st on next row at neckline = -11-11-12-13-13 sts left on shoulder. Bind off when piece measures 19-21-23-25-27 cm / 7½"-8 1/4"-9"-9 3/4"-10 5/8".

Right front piece:
Cast on 25-25-29-29-29 sts (includes 1 edge sts in side) on needle size 6 mm / US 10 with 1 strand of each quality yarn (= 2 strands held together).
K1 row from WS.
Work next row as follows from RS: * K2, P2 * repeat from *-* and end with K1 edge st.
Next row from WS: K1 edge st, * K2, P2 * repeat from *-*.
Continue like this for rib until piece measures 2 cm / 3/4''.
Continuing in stockinette sts.
When piece measures 3-4-5-6-7 cm / 1 1/8"-1½"-2"-2 3/8"-2 3/4" bind off 1 st for v-neck mid front on every 2nd cm / 3/4'' a total of 5-6-6-6-9 times and then on every cm / 3/8'' a total of 5-3-5-5-1 times - and at the same time when piece measures 5-6-7-8-9 cm / 2"-2 3/8"-2 3/4"-3 1/8"-3½" bind off for armhole at side as on back piece = 11-11-12-13-13 sts.
Bind off when piece measures 19-21-23-25-27 cm / 7½"-8 1/4"-9"-9 3/4"-10 5/8".

Left front piece:
Work like right piece but reversed.

Sleeve:
Cast on 26-26-30-30-30 sts (includes 1 edge sts in each side) on needle size 6 mm / US 10 with 1 strand of each quality yarn (= 2 strands held together).
K1 row from WS.
Continue in rib * K2, P2 * repeat from *-* with 1 edge st in each side worked in garter st until piece measures 3 cm / 1 1/8''.
Continue in stockinette sts, on first row inc 1 sts in each side, repeat inc on every 7-6-7-7-6 cm / 2 3/4"-2 3/8"-2 3/4"-2 3/4"-2 3/8" a total of 5-6-6-6-7 times = 36-38-42-42-44 sts. When piece measures 33-36-40-42-44 cm / 13"-14 1/4"-15 3/4"-16½"-17 1/4" bind off to shape sleeve cap in beg of every row, each side: 3 sts 1 time, 2 sts 1 time and 1 st 1-2-3-4-5 times. Continuing to bind off 2 sts on each side until piece measures 37-41-46-49-52 cm / 14½"-16 1/8"-18"-19 1/4"-20½", then bind off 3 sts 1 time on each side.
Bind off rem sts when piece measures approx 38-42-47-50-53 cm / 15"-16½"-18½"-19 3/4"-21".

Assembly:
Sew shoulder seams. Pick up 74-98 (dividable by 6+2) sts on needle size 6 mm / US 10 along one front piece, around neckline and down along other front piece.
K1 row from WS.
Work next row as follows from RS: K 2 sts in garter st, * K4, P2 * repeat from *-* and end with K4 and K2 sts ingarter st.
Next row from WS: K 2 sts in garter st, * P4, K2 * repeat from *-* and end with P4 and K2 sts in garter st.
Work in rib like this until edge measures 3 cm / 1 1/8''.
Work first 8 sts and then put them on a stitch holder. Bind off remaining sts until 8 sts are left on row.
Now 8 sts are left at the bottom of each front piece that are to be worked for ties as follows seen from RS: K2 sts in garter st, 4 sts in stockinette st, K2 sts in garter st.
Bind off when tie measures approx 14 cm / 5½''.
Sew in sleeves. Sew sleeve and side seams in one within 1 edge st.

Diagram

All measurements in charts are in cm.


Do you need help with this pattern?

Thank you for choosing a DROPS Design pattern. We take pride in providing patterns that are correct and easy to understand. All patterns are translated from Norwegian and you can always check the original pattern (DROPS Children 15-13) for measurements and calculations.

Are you having trouble following the pattern? See below for a list of resources to help you finish your project in no time - or why not, learn something new.

We have also step-by-step guides for different techniques which you'll find here.

1) Why is the knitting/crochet tension so important?

Knitting tension is what determines the final measurements of your work, and is usually measured per 10 x 10 cm. It is provided like so: number of stitches in width x number of rows in height - eg: 19 stitches x 26 rows = 10 x 10 cm.

The knitting tension is very individual; some people knit/crochet loosely while others work tightly. You adjust the knitting tension with the needle size, which is why the suggested needle size only serve as a guide! You need to adjust this (up or down) to ensure that YOUR knitting tension matches the knitting tension provided in the pattern. If you work with a different knitting tension than provided you will have a different yarn consumption, and your work will have different measurements than what the pattern suggests.

The knitting tension also determines which yarns can replace each other. As long as you achieve the same knitting tension you can replace one yarn with another.

See DROPS lesson: How to measure your tension/gauge

See DROPS video: How to make a gauge tension swatch

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2) What are the yarn groups?

All our yarns are categorised into yarn groups (from A to F) according to thickness and knitting tension – group A contains the thinnest yarns and group F the thickest. This makes it easier for you to find alternative yarns to our patterns, should you wish to switch yarn. All yarns within the same group have a similar knitting tension and can easily replace each other. However, different yarn qualities have different structures and properties which will give the finished work a unique look and feel.

Click here for an overview of the yarns in each yarn group

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3) Can I use a different yarn than what the pattern suggests?

The important thing when changing from one yarn to another is that the knitting/crochet tension remains the same. This is so that the measurements of the finished piece will be the same as on the sketch provided. It is easier to achieve the same knitting tension using yarns from the same yarn group. It is also possible to work with multiple strands of a thinner yarn to achieve the knitting tension of a thicker one. Please try our yarn converter. We recommend you to always work a test swatch.

Please NOTE: when changing yarn the garment might have a different look and feel to the garment in the photo, due to individual properties and qualities of each yarn.

See DROPS lesson: Can I use a different yarn than the one mentioned in the pattern?

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4) How do I use the yarn converter?

At the top of all our patterns you’ll find a link to our yarn converter, which is a helpful tool should you wish to use a different yarn than suggested. By filling in the yarn quality you wish to replace, the amount (in your size) and number of strands, the converter will present good alternative yarns with the same knitting tension. Additionally it will tell you how much you’ll require in the new qualities and whether you’ll need to work with multiple strands. Most skeins are 50g (some are 25g or 100g).

If the pattern is worked with multiple colours, every colour will have to be converted separately. Similarly, if the pattern is worked with several strands of different yarns (for example 1 strand Alpaca and 1 strand Kid-Silk) you will have to find alternatives for each, individually.

Click here to see our yarn converter

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5) Why do I get the wrong knitting tension with the suggested needle size?

The needle size provided in the pattern serves only as a guide, the important thing is to follow the knitting tension. And since knitting tension is very individual, you will have to adjust the needle size to ensure that YOUR tension is the same as in the pattern – maybe you’ll have to adjust 1, or even 2 needle sizes, up or down to achieve the correct tension. For this, we recommend that you work test swatches.

Should you work with a different knitting tension than the one provided, the measurements of the finished garment might deviate from the measurement sketch.

See DROPS lesson: How to measure your tension/gauge

See DROPS video: How to make a gauge tension swatch

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6) Why is the pattern worked top-down?

Working a garment top-down provides more flexibility and room for personal adjustment. For example it is easier to try the garment on while working, as well as making adjustments to length of yoke and shoulder caps.

The instructions are carefully explaining every step, in the correct order. Diagrams are adjusted to the knitting direction and are worked as usual.

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7) Why are the sleeves shorter in larger sizes?

The total width of the garment (from wrist-to-wrist) will be larger in the larger sizes, despite the actual sleeves being shorter. The larger sizes have longer sleeve caps and wider shoulders, so there will be a good fit in all sizes.

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8) What is a repeat?

Diagrams are often repeated on the round or in height. 1 repeat is the diagram the way it appears in the pattern. If it says to work 5 repeats of A.1 in the round, then you work A.1 a total of 5 times after/next to each other in the round. If it says to work 2 repeats of A.1 vertically/in height you work the entire diagram once, then begin again at the start and work the entire diagram one more time.

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9) How do I work according to a knitting diagram?

The diagram depicts all rows/rounds, and every stitch seen from the right side. It is read from bottom to top, from right to left. 1 square = 1 stitch.

When working back and forth, every other row is worked from the right side and every other row is worked from the wrong side. When working from the wrong side, the diagram will have to be worked reversed: from left to right, knit stitches are purled, purl stitches are knit etc.

When working in the round every round is worked from the right side and the diagram are worked from right to left on all rounds.

See DROPS lesson: How to read knitting diagrams

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10) How do I work according to a crochet diagram?

The diagram depicts all rows/rounds, and every stitch seen from the right side. It is worked from bottom to top, from right to left.

When working back and forth every other row is worked from the right side: from right to left and every other row is worked from the wrong side: from left to right.

When working in the round, every row in the diagram are worked from the right side, from right to left.

When working a circular diagram you start in the middle and work your way outwards, counter clockwise, row by row.

The rows usually start with a given number of chain stitches (equivalent to the height of the following stitch), this will either be depicted in the diagram or explained in the pattern.

See DROPS lesson: How to read crochet diagrams

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11) How do I work several diagrams simultaneously on the same row/round?

Instructions for working several diagrams after each other on the same row/round, will often be written like so: “work A.1, A.2, A.3 a total of 0-0-2-3-4 times". This means you work A.1 once, then A.2 is worked once, and A.3 is repeated (in width) the number of times provided for your size – in this case like so: S = 0 times, M = 0 times, L=2 times, XL= 3 times and XXL = 4 times.

The diagrams are worked as usual: begin with the first row in A.1, then work the first row in A.2 etc.

See DROPS lesson: How to read knitting diagrams

See DROPS lesson: How to read crochet diagrams

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12) Why does the piece start with more chain stitches than it’s worked with?

Chain stitches are slightly narrower than other stitches and to avoid working the cast-on edge too tight, we simply chain more stitches to begin with. The stitch count will be adjusted on the following row to fit the pattern and measurement sketch.

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13) Why increase before the rib edge when the piece is worked top-down?

The rib edge is more elastic and will contract slightly compared to, for example, stocking stitch. By increasing before the rib edge, you avoid a visible difference in width between the rib edge and the rest of the body.

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14) Why increase in the cast-off edge?

It’s very easy to cast off too tightly, and by making yarn overs while casting off (and simultaneously casting these off) you avoid a too tight cast off edge.

See DROPS video: How to bind off with yarn overs (yo)

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15) How do I increase/decrease on every 3rd and 4th row/round alternately?

To achieve an even increase (or decrease) you can increase on, for example: every 3rd and 4th row alternately, like so: work 2 rows and increase on the 3rd row, work 3 rows and increase on the 4th. Repeat this until the increase is complete.

See DROPS lesson: Increase or decrease 1 st on every 3rd and 4th row alternately

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16) Why is the pattern slightly different than what I see in the photo?

Pattern repeats can vary slightly in the different sizes, in order to get the correct proportions. If you’re not working the exact same size as the garment in the photo, yours might deviate slightly. This has been carefully developed and adjusted so that the complete impression of the garment is the same in all sizes.

Make sure to follow instructions and diagrams for your size!

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17) How can I work a jacket in the round instead of back and forth?

Should you prefer to work in the round instead of back and forth, you may of course adjust the pattern. You’ll need to add steeks mid-front (usually 5 stitches), and follow the instructions. When you would normally turn and work from the wrong side, simply work across the steek and continue in the round. At the end you’ll cut the piece open, pick up stitches to work bands, and cover the cut edges.

See DROPS video: How to knit steeks and cut open

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18) Can I work a jumper back and forth instead of in the round?

Should you prefer to work back and forth instead of in the round, you may of course adjust the pattern so you work the pieces separately and then assemble them at the end. Divide the stitches for the body in 2, add 1 edge stitch in each side (for sewing) and work the front and back pieces separately.

See DROPS lesson: Can I adapt a pattern for circular needles into straight needles?

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19) Why do you show discontinued yarns in the patterns?

Since different yarns have different qualities and textures we have chosen to keep the original yarn in our patterns. However, you can easily find options among our available qualities by using our yarn converter, or simply pick a yarn from the same yarn group.

It is possible that some retailers still have discontinued yarns in stock, or that someone has a few skeins at home that they would like to find patterns for.

The yarn converter will provide both alternative yarn as well as required amount in the new quality.

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20) How do I make a women’s size garment into a men’s size one?

If you have found a pattern you like which is available in women’s size it’s not very difficult to convert it to men’s size. The biggest difference will be the length of sleeves and body. Start working on the women size that you think would fit across the chest. The additional length will be worked right before you cast off for the armhole/sleeve cap. If the pattern is worked top-down you can add the length right after the armhole or before the first decrease on sleeve.

Regarding additional yarn amount, this will depend on how much length you add, but it is better with a skein too many than too few.

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21) How do I prevent a hairy garment from shedding?

All yarns will have excess fibres (from production) that might come off as lint or shedding. Brushed yarns (ie hairier yarns) have more of these loose, excess fibres, causing more shedding.

Shedding also depends on what is worn under or over the garment, and whether this pulls at the yarn fibres. It’s therefore not possible to guarantee that there will be no shedding

Below are some tips on how to get the best result when working with hairier yarns:

1. When the garment is finished (before you wash it) shake it vigorously so the looser hairs come off. NOTE: do NOT use a lint roller, brush or any method that pulls at the yarn.

2. Place the garment in a plastic bag and put it in your freezer - the temperature will cause the fibres to become less attached to each other, and excess fibres will come off easier.

3. Leave in the freezer for a few hours before taking it out and shaking it again.

4. Wash the garment according to the instructions on the yarn label.

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22) Where on the garment is the length measured?

The measurement sketch/schematic drawing provides information regarding the full length of the garment. If it’s a jumper or a jacket the length is measured from the highest point on the shoulder (usually closest to the neckline), and straight down to the bottom of the garment. It is NOT measured from the tip of shoulder. Similarly, the length of yoke is measured from the highest point on the shoulder and down to where yoke is split into body and sleeves.

See DROPS lesson: How to read a schematic drawing

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23) How do I know how many balls of yarn I need?

The required amount of yarn is provided in grams, eg: 450 g. To calculate how many balls you’ll need you first need to know how many grams are in 1 ball (25g, 50g or 100g). This information is available if you click on the individual yarn quality on our pages. Divide the amount required with the amount of each ball. For example, if each ball is 50g (the most common amount), the calculation will be as follows: 450 / 50 = 9 balls.

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Comments / Questions (16)

Tabea Rohrer 25.10.2019 - 23:48:

Was soll ich anstelle von Drops Vivaldi für die Arbeit DROPS jacke in Alpaca und Vivaldi einsetzen. Vivaldi sei nicht mehr lieferbar.

DROPS Design 04.11.2019 kl. 11:45:

Liebe Frau Rohrer, Sie können entweder Vivaldi durch 1 Faden Brushed Alpaca Silk oder 2 Fäden Kid-Silk ersetzen - benutzen Sie unseren Garnumrechner. Viel Spaß beim stricken!

Nathalie Bazinet 03.10.2015 - 22:27:

Dans le modèle on débute par 1 m lis, malheureusement je ne sais pas ce que c'est lis, comment réaliser ce point, merci de me donner la référence nécessaire.

DROPS Design 05.10.2015 kl. 09:05:

Bonjour Mme Bazinet, les m lis (= mailles lisières) sont des mailles qui servent aux coutures lors de l'assemblage, vous pouvez les tricoter au point mousse, en jersey ou bord chaînette. Choisissez votre méthode en fonction de ce que vous préférez (voir assemblage ici et . Bon tricot!

Lotte 17.08.2015 - 20:26:

Hej Drops design. Super flot Boleo. Jeg vil gerne strikke denne model til en god kollegas datter. Kan man erstatte Alpaka garnet med et bomuldsgarn? Hvilke vil I anbefale? Datteren tåler ikke uld, desværre. Med venlig hilsen Lotte

DROPS Design 21.08.2015 kl. 10:45:

Hej Lotte, Modellen er strikket med 2 tråde (Alpaca og mohair som er udgået) Du kan strikke med 1 tråd Paris men da skal du strikke lidt løst hvilket en Bolero godt kan bære. Eller så strikker du med 2 tråde fra garngruppe B fex Cotton Light eller Belle. Sørg for at overholde strikkefastheden!

Myrtha 26.04.2015 - 16:41:

Kan I anvise mig andet garn, da jeg ikke ønsker uld der skal vaskes i hånden. Gerne garn i en tykkelse, så der ikke skal strikkes med 2 tråde!

DROPS Design 27.04.2015 kl. 14:46:

Hej Myrtha. Vi har paa nuvaerende tidspunkt ikke et garn i tykkelse pinde 6 (gruppe D) som passer til det du önsker. Du kan erstatte med en dobbelt traad fra gruppe A eller et andet garn som ikke er fra DROPS. Du kan spörge i din garnbutik efter alternativer.

Heike Blisner 03.04.2015 - 18:11:

Ich habe diese Jacke nach gearbeitet und habe festgestellt das 50g Vivaldi völlig ausreichend ist bei der Größe 5/6 Jahre und 7/8 Jahre. Gruß Heike Blisner

Mette Antonisen 06.05.2013 - 14:23:

Min datter spørger om man kan lave den længere i ryg og forstykke ? kan man det uden det bliver alt for kompliceret

DROPS Design 10.05.2013 kl. 16:42:

Det kan du godt. Men start evt med lidt faerre maske for at göre den smallere og tag ud til 48-52-56-56-60 m inden du begynder at lukke af til aermegab. God fornöjelse.

Dorothy 31.05.2012 - 16:27:

HELP !!!!!! What is the "edge stitch" Pattern states to "incl 1 edge stitch on each side" I am making this for my grand daughters birthday and am not sure what this is asking for Thank You

Dorothy 31.05.2012 - 16:26:

HELP !!!!!! What is the "edge stitch" Pattern states to "incl 1 edge stitch on each side" I am making this for my grand daughters birthday and am not sure what this is asking for Thank You

Drops Design 21.11.2011 - 17:47:

Yes, thank you. Pattern has been edited.

Julie 20.11.2011 - 22:55:

For back piece pattern states when piece measures 5-6-7-8-9 sts ..... Should it read cm?

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