DROPS / 147 / 4

Caroline by DROPS Design

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.

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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. 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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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.
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

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 147-4) 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.

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 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.

On a jacket measures are never taken along bands, unless specifically stated. Always measure inside band stitches when measuring the length.

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 (142)

Roswitha Rudolph 24.04.2020 - 08:37:

Betreff: bolero CAROLINE Siehe schreiben beim volant häkeln 3 luftmaschen UM die vorhergehende luftmasche herum einstechen , das verstehe ich nicht, ist auch nicht logisch für mich

DROPS Design 24.04.2020 kl. 09:39:

Liebe Frau Rudolph, es wird bei der 3. Runde 1 fM um den nächsten Lm-bogen - dieses Video zeigt (mit einem anderen Diagram), wie man in oder um die Maschen häkelt. Viel Spaß beim häkeln!

Tone Frank Stubberud 26.03.2020 - 13:25:

Jeg har nå printet ut denne oppskriften, men diagram A1 og diagram A2 er ikke med i oppskriften. Blir ingen bolero uten diagrammene, håper de blir lagt inn på oppskriften.

DROPS Design 26.03.2020 kl. 14:02:

Hej Diagrammen finns längst ner på oppskriften så de ska komma med på utskriften. Kan det vara någon inställning på din printer som gör att de inte kommer med? Jag får med de när jag provar här.. Mvh DROPS Design

Linda 30.01.2020 - 08:13:

I have been crocheting for 65 years so I hope that you will consider my suggestion. I am working on this pattern now and find it very easy to use, but I wonder why you do not begin the project with foundation single crochet, rather than including extra chains which you then skip in the following row of single crochet. The obvious purpose is to avoid having the chain too tight, but foundation single crochet has much more stretch than a chain, and gives a nicer-looking result.

Donna Louk 13.05.2019 - 03:17:

In first row does skip ch1 mean skip 1 ch or ch 1 and skip 1 ch?

DROPS Design 13.05.2019 kl. 10:28:

Dear Mrs Louk, you will skip 1 chain and crochet 1 dc in each of the next 5 chains (= 5 double crochets worked over 6 chains between stars). Read more here. Happy crocheting!

Mari 03.08.2018 - 08:00:

Hi, I'm confused as to how to start the other SECOND SIDE of the vest. The instructions don't seem to tell me to do anything different. Do I crochet it exactly the same? If I do, won't one half be in reverse stitch? Please help out.

DROPS Design 03.08.2018 kl. 08:26:

Dear Mari, 2nd side starts with 1 row with dc (UK-terminology)/sc (US-terminology), then work as first side, ie repeat A.1 and finish with A.2. Happy crocheting!

Natasja 28.11.2017 - 23:04:

Hi there. Im wondering if im wrong, but the pattern says to crochet tr. so i do, but i think i just realized that is not tr that i should crochet, but dc ? I can read this pattern in different languages, and in danish it says that i need to crochet this in dc ? And now im confused, should this be crochet in tr. or dc ? Cause i just crochet 33 cm in tr.

DROPS Design 29.11.2017 kl. 09:17:

Dear Natasja, US and UK crochet terminology are different, make sure you are selecting the correct language you are used to. Read more here. Happy crocheting!

Betina Ellegaard 18.08.2017 - 21:42:

Hej Jeg er igang med denne skønne bolero. Jeg er dog nybegynder i at hækle. Mit spørgsmål lyder på indtagningen i hver side af arbejdet. Hvordan laver man indtagningen der hvor der er 2 luft masker i mønstret, altså der hvor hullerne er i mønstret. et sted er det st m og 2 lm og det gentager sig, hvordan laver jeg så indtagningen der? På forhånd tak Kærlig hilsen Betina Ellegaard

DROPS Design 21.08.2017 kl. 11:11:

Hej Betina, dem tager du ind på samme måde ved at hækle 2 st sammen. Husk at når der ikke er nok masker til en rapport, så hækles der st over de yderste masker. God fornøjelse!

Sandra Radermacher 11.04.2017 - 22:40:

Ich bitte um Hilfe..... was soll ich tun nach der Luftmaschenkette??? In die 2 LM ab Nadel 1 fm ist klar... aber dann??? in die nächsten 3-1-4 Lm auch fM häkeln?? 3 für die kleinste Grösse und 1 für die mittlere und dann 4 wenn man die grösste Grösse macht? unlogisch...

DROPS Design 12.04.2017 kl. 12:26:

Liebe Frau Radermacher, ja genau so wird es gehäkelt, Sie fangen mit 113-135-156 Lm an, und dann je nach der Größe Lm überspringen damit es am Ende der 1. Reihe 94-112-130 fM gibt. Viel Spaß beim häkeln!

Jolanda 19.06.2016 - 13:12:

Ik heb maat XXL gehaakt met 156 lossen maar mijn werk is veel breder dan de 54 cm die op het patroon stat. Wel 10 cm breder. Klopt dit? Groeten, Jolanda

DROPS Design 20.06.2016 kl. 14:14:

Hoi Jolanda. Klopt jouw stekenverhouding? 24 st per 10 cm in de breedte.

Anna 03.06.2016 - 21:08:

Jeg forstår ikke "fortsett med 1 fm i de 3-1-4 neste lm" under FØRSTE SIDE

DROPS Design 06.06.2016 kl. 15:13:

Hej Anna. Du skal hekle 1 fm i de neste 3, 1 eller 4 lm afhaengig af hvilken str du hekler. F.eks. str S/M skal du saa hekle 1 fm i de neste 3 lm.

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