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Spanish Flower by DROPS Design

DROPS bolero in ”Paris” with short, wide sleeves in lace pattern. Size S – XXXL.

Size: S – M – L – XL – XXL - XXXL
Materials: DROPS PARIS from Garnstudio
250-250-300-300-350-400 g colour no 38, coral

DROPS CIRCULAR NEEDLE (80 cm) size 5 mm – or size needed to get 17 sts x 22 rows in stocking st = 10 x 10 cm.
DROPS CROCHET HOOK size 4 mm – for border on sleeve.
DROPS Mother-of-pearl buttons no 522: 3 pcs.

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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.
GARTER ST (back and forth on needle):
K all rows.

INCREASING TIP: Inc 1 st towards mid front from RS inside 5 garter sts by making 1 YO. Work YO into back of loop on return row to avoid a hole.

PATTERN: See diagram M.1 and M.2 – the diagrams show the pattern from the RS.

BUTTONHOLES: Make buttonholes on right front band. 1 buttonhole = K tog 2nd and 3rd st from mid front and make 1 YO.
Make buttonholes when piece measures:
SIZE S: 14, 20 and 26 cm.
SIZE M: 15, 21 and 27 cm.
SIZE L: 15, 22 and 29 cm.
SIZE XL: 16, 23 and 30 cm.
SIZE XXL: 16, 24 and 32 cm.
SIZE XXXL: 17, 25 and 33 cm.

RAGLAN DECREASES:
Dec 1 st on each side of 4 garter sts.
From RS:
Before 4 garter sts: K2 tog.
After 4 garter sts: slip 1 st as if to K, K1, psso.
From WS:
Before 4 garter sts: P2 tog into back of loops
After 4 garter sts: P2 tog
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BODY PIECE: Worked back and forth on circular needle from mid front. Cast on 102-114-130-146-166-186 sts (includes 5 front band sts each side towards mid front) on circular needle size 5 mm with Paris. Insert a marker 22-25-29-33-38-43 sts in from each side (= 58-64-72-80-90-100 sts on back piece). Work 4 rows garter st – SEE ABOVE - (first row = RS). Continue in stocking st with 5 front band sts in garter st each side. AT THE SAME TIME on first row in stocking st inc 1 st inside the 5 front band sts each side – SEE INCREASING TIP – and repeat the inc on every other row a total of 12 times.
AT THE SAME TIME when piece measures 4 cm inc 1 st on each side of both markers at the sides and repeat the inc on every 2-2.5-3-3-3.5-3.5 cm a total of 5 times. AT THE SAME TIME when piece measures 14-15-15-16-16-17 cm make BUTTONHOLE on right front piece – see above. REMEMBER THE KNITTING TENSION!
When inc mid front and at the sides are complete there are 146-158-174-190-210-230 sts on row.
When piece measures approx 15-17-19-19-21-23 cm – adjust so that next row is from WS – work 2 rows garter st on 18 sts each side (= 9 sts on each side of marker) with remaining sts as before. After these 2 rows cast off 10 sts each side (= 5 sts of each side of marker) for armhole – cast off with K sts from WS. On next row (from RS) loosely cast on 69-69-69-81-81-81 new sts for sleeves over each armhole = 264-276-292-332-352-372 sts – continue in garter st on the 4 sts on each side of sleeve.
WORK NEXT ROW AS FOLLOWS: (= WS): 5 garter sts, P 25-28-32-36-41-46 sts, K 77-77-77-89-89-89 sts, P 50-56-64-72-82-92 sts, K 77-77-77-89-89-89 sts, P 25-28-32-36-41-46 sts, 5 garter sts. Now work 2 rows stocking st on the 69-69-69-81-81-81 sleeve sts each side with remaining sts as before.

NOW READ ALL OF THE FOLLOWING SECTION BEFORE CONTINUING!
Continue as follows: 5 front band sts in garter st, 25-28-32-36-41-46 stocking sts, 4 garter sts, 4 stocking sts, M.1 on 60-60-60-72-72-72 sts, 5 stocking sts, 4 garter sts, 50-56-64-72-82-92 stocking sts, 4 garter sts, 4 stocking sts, M.1 on 60-60-60-72-72-72 sts, 5 stocking sts, 4 garter sts, 25-28-32-36-41-46 stocking sts and 5 front band sts in garter st.
RAGLAN DECREASES: at the same time on row 3 of M.1 dec for RAGLAN – see above – on every other row a total of 14-14-14-15-15-15 times and then on every row 3-3-3-5-5-5 times. AT THE SAME TIME after M.1 (41-41-41-49-49-49 sts left on each sleeve) work M.2 (see diagram for your size) on sleeves – AT THE SAME TIME continue dec for raglan (marked in M.2).
NECKLINE: at the same time when piece measures 27-28-30-31-33-34 cm (from cast on row) slip 7-8-9-11-11-12 sts each side towards mid front on stitch holders for neck. Dec 1 st each side towards mid front at the beg of every row until raglan dec are complete. After M.2 there are approx 68-78-92-98-116-134 sts on row.

NECK: Pick up 12 to 17 sts (incl sts on stitch holders) on each neckline on front pieces = approx 92 to 168 sts. K 1 row from WS, AT THE SAME TIME dec evenly to 90-94-96-104-108-112 sts (do not dec on front bands and raglan). K 2 rows and cast off loosely.

CROCHET BORDER: Crochet a border along cast on row on sleeves with crochet size 4 mm as follows: 1 dc in first st, *3 ch, skip approx 1 cm, 1 dc in next st *, repeat from *-*.
Sew on buttons.

This pattern has been corrected. .

Updated online: 04.03.2009
Raglan decreases:
From WS:
Before 4 garter sts: P2 tog into back of loops
After 4 garter sts: P2 tog

Diagram

= K from RS, P from WS
= From RS: K2 tog. From WS: P2 tog
= From RS: slip 1 st as if to K, K1, psso. From WS: P2 tog into back of loop
= slip 1 st as if to K, K2 tog, psso
= 1 YO between 2 sts


Marianne Rygaard Sørensen 13.08.2014 - 20:02:

Kan ikke få maske antallet til at stemme ? Strikker i str. Xl. Har slået 146m op, ta'r ud ved kanterne 2x12m. Og 2x10m. i siderne ialt: 190m, lukker så 2x20m. af til ærmegab: 150 m. Så slås 2x 81 m. Op til ærmer : ialt 312 m. Og i opskriften står der 332 masker ?

DROPS Design 14.08.2014 kl. 16:32:

Hej Marianne. Du skal lukke 10 m af i hver side til aermegab (totalt 20). Dvs, du har 190 m, lukker af til aermegab (= 20) og slaar 2 x 81 m op over begge aermegab til aermer: 190-20-162 = 332 m.

Karen 26.05.2014 - 15:28:

Dear Drops, You say that 'the raglan dec are marked in M2 at the beg + end of sleeve, so that you work M2 for sleeves between the sts in garter st and dec sts as in diagram'. This is what I am doing, i.e. I am decreasing before and after the 4 garter stitches at each side of each sleeve. However, I still have 40 stitches between the raglan on each sleeve, it's just the number of stitches being knit in pattern that is decreasing but the overall number of stitches is the same. Is that right?

DROPS Design 26.05.2014 kl. 15:49:

Dear Karen, after M.1, 41 sts remain for sleeve, follow diagram M.2 over these sts (= 41 sts on 1st row). You dec from 1st row in M.2 1 st at the beg + 1 st at the end of M.2 so that 39 sts remain in M.2 at the end of row 1. Continue decrease as shown in diagram (more dec than yo will make the sleeve). Happy knitting!

Karen 25.05.2014 - 10:32:

Dear drops, I am working the M2 part, and I notice that the number of stitches on the sleeves is not decreasing. The number of stitches knit in M2 is decreasing but I end up with stitches after M2 which I am just knitting in Garter. The pattern looks ok, but I am wondering if I am doing something wrong. The decreases that are marked each side of M2- where should they be made? I am doing these either side of the 4 garter stitches for the raglan. Thanks for your help once again :)

DROPS Design 26.05.2014 kl. 09:36:

Dear Karen, the raglan dec are marked in M2 at the beg + end of sleeve, so that you work M2 for sleeves between the sts in garter st and dec sts as in diagram. Happy knitting!

Karen 22.05.2014 - 11:39:

I still don't understand what you mean when you say when M1 has been worked one time in height - M1 seems to contain 10 rows, so if I decrease every second row after row 3, this would only be 4 decreases (rows 3, 5, 7 and 9) before I have done M1. I'm so sorry for being a nuisance!

DROPS Design 22.05.2014 kl. 13:23:

Dear Karen, You work M1 on the sts for sleeves, and at the same dec for raglan starting dec on 3rd row in M1 then every other row (every row from RS) as stated. After the 10 rows of M1 have been worked 1 time in height, continue following M2 and at the same time, continue dec for raglan as before. Happy knitting!

Karen 21.05.2014 - 21:29:

And one more question about M1 decreases: In the pattern, it states to do 'RAGLAN DECREASES: at the same time on row 3 of M.1 dec for RAGLAN on every other row a total of 14-14-14-15-15-15 times and then on every row 3-3-3-5-5-5 times' As I understand, M1 is made over 10 rows. If I decrease on row 3 and should do this 14 times, that would be 140 rows of knitting, making very long sleeves! I think I am reading this wrong? Thanks in advance, Karen

DROPS Design 22.05.2014 kl. 08:40:

Dear Karen, you start dec for raglan on row 3 in M.1 then repeat these dec every 2 rows (every row from RS) 13 more times, then 3 times every row, and then after M1 has been worked 1 time in height, you work M.2 (choose diagram for your size) still working raglan dec. Happy knitting!

Karen' 21.05.2014 - 21:26:

Dear Drops, thanks again for your help. I have some questions about the sleeves. 1) I have cast on sleeves and worked the next 2 rows. for the next row it says to 'Continue as follows: 5 front band sts in garter st, 25-28-32-36-41-46 stocking sts, 4 garter sts, 4 stocking sts, M.1 on 60-60-60-72-72-72 sts, etc'. What are these stocking stitches? since the last row was done in purl on the sides and back, I presume those stitches should be garter on this row?

DROPS Design 22.05.2014 kl. 08:35:

Dear Karen, the sts worked in stocking st on this row will be K from RS and then P from WS - you have 4 sts K every round for each raglan (4 sts in garter st) and on sleeve 4 sts before M1 and 5 sts after M1 worked in stocking st (K from RS, P from WS). Happy knitting!

Karen 20.05.2014 - 08:33:

Dear Drops, me again! I have managed to cast on my sleeves after your help, thank you. I'm struggling now to read M1. I understand that I read the pattern from the bottom right hand side? Does this mean I should repeat M1 across six times because I should work M1 on 60 stitches according to the pattern. Also, I am little confused about why the top 3 rows appear to have less stitches? Are there written instructions available for DROPS patterns instead of diagrams?

DROPS Design 20.05.2014 kl. 09:16:

Dear Karen, on the sleeve you will repeat M.1 (= 12 sts) a total of 5 times (= over 60 sts). on the last rows, you will have less sts because there will be more dec than yos. Happy knitting!

Karen 17.05.2014 - 20:39:

Dear Drops, Thank you for answering my last two questions. However, I am still unsure how to proceed. When you say I should cast on the stitches over the armholes, should I literally cast them onto (i.e. attach them to) the armhole stitches I cast off? Or should I just cast them onto the left needle, knit them onto the right after the first garter stitches at the beginning of the armhole and continue as normal? Sorry for the continuous questions! Karen

DROPS Design 19.05.2014 kl. 08:49:

Dear Karen, you cast on sts for sleeves "litterally" - see video below - over the sts bound off for armholes between front & back piece. Happy knitting!

Karen 16.05.2014 - 21:39:

Dear Drops, I have a question about casting on stitches over the armholes. When it says in the pattern 'On next row (from RS) loosely cast on 69-69-69-81-81-81 new sts for sleeves over each armhole = 264-276-292-332-352-372 sts ', where exactly do I cast on these stitches? It might be a silly question but I'm fairly new to reading patterns. Hopefully you can help me :) Best wishes, Karen

DROPS Design 17.05.2014 kl. 09:26:

Dear Karen, after binding off sts for armholes at each marker, work a new row from RS and cast on 69-81 sts (see size) over the 18 sts bound off over each armhole, ie, work first front piece, cast on sts for sleeve, work back piece, cast on sts for sleeve and work 2nd front piece. Happy knitting!

Karen 12.05.2014 - 16:01:

For the increases at the beginning would it be okay to knit into the back and front of a stitch? I find this an easy way to make an increase

DROPS Design 13.05.2014 kl. 09:05:

Dear Karen, you may use the increase technique you are more at ease with, ie, knit into back and front will also work. Happy knitting!

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