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Crochet DROPS bolero with lace pattern in ”BabyAlpaca Silk”. Size: S - XXXL

DROPS design: Pattern no bs-045
Yarn group A
Size: S/M - L/XL - XXL/XXXL
Chest measurements: 84/94 - 100/110 - 120/130 cm

200-250-300 g colour no 6235, grey blue

DROPS CROCHET HOOK SIZE 3 mm – or size needed to get 24 tr x 13 rows = 10 x 10 cm.

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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Replace first tr on every row with 3 ch.

See diagrams A.1 and A.2 - NOTE: The first row with dc is not in the repetition and is not repeated upwards.

Crochet 2 tr tog as follows: Work 1 tr in first st but wait with last pull through, work 1 tr in next st but on last pull through, pull thread through all 3 loops on hook.

Worked from mid back. First work one side and down to beg of sleeve, then work the other side and down to the other sleeve. Then sew the sleeve seams and work 1 flounce around the entire opening.

Work 113-135-156 ch with Baby Alpaca Silk on hook size 3 mm. Turn and work 1 dc in 2nd ch from hook, continue with 1 dc in each of the next 3-1-4 ch, * skip 1 ch, 1 dc in each of the next 5 ch *, repeat from *-* the entire row = 94-112-130 dc (first ch on row is NOT counted as one dc). Continue with diagram A.1 over the first 90-108-126 dc and diagram A.2 over the last 4 dc – READ CROCHET TIP! Repeat pattern until finished measurements. At the same time when piece measures 27-30-33 cm, insert 1 marker in the side (this marks how far up to sew the sleeve seam afterwards). On next row dec 1 tr each side by working 2nd and 3rd tr and the 2 next to last tr tog – SEE DECREASE TIP! Repeat dec on every row a total of 16-20-24 times = 62-72-82 sts remain - NOTE: When dec work only tr over the sts that do not fit the pattern. Continue with pattern until piece measures approx. 47-50-53 cm in total – finish after a row with only tr, cut the thread.

Work 1 dc in each of the 94-112-130 dc worked on 1st row on first side (i.e. mid back). Then work pattern as on first side. Make sure to finish on same row in diagram at the bottom of sleeve in both sides.

Fold the bolero double across and sew tog from bottom of each sleeve and up to where marker was inserted in each side – sew edge to edge to avoid a chunky seam.

Work around the entire opening as follows (beg mid back):
1 sl st in first st, * 3 ch, 1 dc in next tr *, repeat from *-* the entire round and finish with 3 ch and 1 sl st in sl st from beg of round - NOTE: Adjust so that an even number of ch-loops has been worked otherwise 5th round will not fit.
Work 1 sl st and 1 dc in first ch-loop, * 3 ch, 1 dc in next ch-loop *, repeat from *-* the entire round, finish with 1 sl st in first dc from beg of round.
Round 3 and 4: Work as 2nd round.
Work 1 sl st and 1 dc in first ch-loop, * 8 ch, 1 dc in next ch-loop, 1 ch, 1 dc in next ch-loop *, repeat from *-* the entire round, finish with 1 sl st in first dc from beg of round.
1 ch, 1 dc in first large ch-loop, [* 4 ch, 1 tr in the first ch made (= 1 picot), 1 dc in same ch-loop *, repeat from *-* 2 more times (i.e. so that there are 3 picots in the large ch-loop), 1 dc in the small ch-loop (the one with only 1 ch between the large ch-loops), 1 dc in next large ch-loop], repeat from [-] the entire round, instead of last dc, work 1 sl st in first dc on round. Cut and fasten the thread.

Work a shorter edge at the bottom of sleeve, only work 1st, 5th and 6th round of the flounce around the opening – NOTE: On 1st round skip 1 tr between every ch-loop.


= 1 ch
= 1 dc
= 1 tr
= crochet direction

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