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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.

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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

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.

Anett 09.05.2016 - 12:08:

Die "Breiten"-Angabe im Diagramm (z.B. 39-47-54) cm sind die mit oder ohne Volantrand? Die Extra-2 cm an den Ärmeln würde ich nämlich für den dortigen Volantrand der Ärmel halten. Danke schon mal.

DROPS Design 10.05.2016 kl. 09:07:

Liebe Anett, wenn Volantränder eingeschlossen sind, wird das jeweils auf der Skizze dargestellt (wie beim Ärmel).

Mary Freitas 27.04.2016 - 22:23:

I am try to crochet your pattern 147-4. I do not understand the interpretation of your diagram. I get A2. Do not understand A1. Rows 3 and 4 on diagram is where I am stuck. Row 3 I crochet 10 doubles and 2 chains. From there I am confused. Do crochet 6 doubles or continue with 10 doubles wit the 2 chains in between till I get to the end where A2 states 4 doubles? Then when I turn and come back do I go left to right on the diagram or right to left? HELP, Mary

DROPS Design 28.04.2016 kl. 08:22:

Dear Mrs Freitas, A.2 is worked only 1 time but you repeat A.1 in width, ie on row 3, work *10 dc, 2 ch, 6 dc*, and repeat from *-*, ie you will have 16 dc between the 2 ch on next repeat. Read diagram from the right towards the left from RS (or in the round) and from the left towards the right from WS - read more here. Happy crocheting!

Amparo S 18.04.2016 - 11:25:

Sigo.. Veo que tambien vendra el final de la hilera acabada con p.a 2cad,pa..¿cuando hago la disminucion?) Es que no entiendo muy bien la explicacion de hacer p.a donde no encajen los ptos del patron.He buscado en Videos y no encuentro nada. Muchas gracias

DROPS Design 19.04.2016 kl. 10:21:

Hola Amparo. Como en todos los patrones al trabajar las dism o los aum, si no hay suficientes pts para trabajar una repetición del diagrama completa, estos pts que quedan fuera del diagrama y se trabajan, en tu caso por ejemplo, en p.a.

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