DROPS / 146 / 16

Cassie by DROPS Design

Knitted DROPS bolero with lace pattern in ”Big Merino”. Size: S - XXXL.

Tags: boleros, lace,
DROPS design: Pattern no mb-002
Yarn group C
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Size: S/M - L - XL /XXL – XXXL
Chest measurements:
82/88 - 96 - 106/118 - 126 cm /
32"/34½" - 37¾" - 41¾"/46½" - 49½"

Materials: DROPS BIG MERINO from Garnstudio
300-300-350-350 g, color no 09, lavender

DROPS CIRCULAR NEEDLE (80 cm / 32'') SIZE 5 mm / US 8 - or size needed to get 17 sts x 22 rows in stockinette st = 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 on needle):
K all rows. 1 ridge = 2 rows K.

PATTERN:
See diagram A.1, diagram shows all rows pattern seen from RS.
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BOLERO:
Worked back and forth on circular needle to make room for all the sts.
Cast on 107-117-127-137 sts on circular needle size 5 mm / US 8 with Big Merino. Work in garter st until piece measures 7 cm / 2¾''.
Then work as follows from RS: 3 sts in GARTER ST - see explanation above, A.1A (= 6 sts), A.1 B over the next 90-100-110-120 sts, finish with A.1 C (= 5 sts) and 3 sts in GARTER ST. Continue A.1 with 3 sts in garter st in each side. REMEMBER THE GAUGE!
When piece measures 11-11-12-13 cm / 4½"-4½"-4 3/4"-5 1/8", cast on 10 new sts at the end of the next 2 rows for sleeve = 127-137-147-157 sts.
Work as follows: 3 sts in garter st, A.1A (= 6 sts), A.1 B over the next 110-120-130-140 sts, finish with A.1 C (= 5 sts) and 3 sts in GARTER ST.
NOTE! Continue A.1 so that A.1 fits before inc for sleeve.
When piece measures 45-50-55-59 cm / 17 3/4"-19 3/4"-21½"-23 1/4", bind off 10 sts at beg of the next 2 rows = 107-117-127-137 sts.
Work as follows: 3 sts in garter st, A.1A (= 6 sts), A.1 B over the next 90-100-110-120 sts, finish with A.1 C (= 5 sts) and 3 sts in garter st.
When piece measures 49-54-60-65 cm / 19 1/4"-21 1/4"-23½"-25½", work in garter st over all sts.
Bind off when piece measures 56-61-67-72 cm / 22"-24"-26½"-28½".

ASSEMBLY:
Sew side and underarm seams in one inside 1 edge st - see dotted line on chart.



Diagram

All measurements in charts are in cm.

= K from RS, P from WS
= K 2 tog
= slip 1 st as if to K, K 1, psso
= 1 YO between 2 sts
= slip 1 st as if to K, K 2 tog, psso
= how to use the garment


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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 146-16) 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 (103)

Ava Goei-Vujovich 13.09.2019 - 08:00:

Apologies but your explanation was not clear. The widest width across for a L size, with a cast on of 117 stitches should be 81cm (using the second number in the 4 number series)? But there are 2 sets of numbers for the length: 39cm and 61cm? The width of the garter stitch edges are 69cm? Length is 7+4 cm =11cm before the increases? Please clarify.

DROPS Design 13.09.2019 kl. 08:11:

Dear Mrs Goei-Vujovich, with 17 sts = 10 cm, in size L (= 2nd size), you will have approx. 69 cm in width, then cast on 10 sts on each side = 137 sts = 81 cm. Piece will be 61cm total length with 39 cm for the sleeeves. And there are 7 cm garter stitch + 4 cm with pattern A.1 = 11 cm before and after the sleeves. Hope this helps! Happy knitting!

Ava Goei-Vujovich 10.09.2019 - 07:41:

Can someone explain the numbers on the diagram for the finished bolero? I have finished the bolero but am not able to put it together. It has been frustrating!

DROPS Design 10.09.2019 kl. 09:27:

Dear Mrs Goei-Vujovich, The numbers in the measurement chart refer to the length/width in cm when piece is lying flat (in the knitting direction, ie bottom up). To sew the bolero together, sew each side with dotted line =the bottom part (= from the cast on edge towards the sleeve edge) together with the top part (from the cast off edge towards the sleeve edge) = one armhole. Repeat seam on the other side the same way. Happy knitting!

Ava Goei-Vujovich 18.07.2019 - 02:55:

So, can you write out the repeat for the section B of 90? When I leave Section A, I am borrowing from section B and then I have to borrow 1 from section C. Please write in simple terms so I can understand it?

DROPS Design 18.07.2019 kl. 10:32:

Dear Mrs Goei-Vujovich, you work the 90 sts in B a total of 9 times: (first stitch in first B has been worked with A) work until 2 sts remain in B, YO, slip the next to last st in B, K the last st in B with first st in next B together, psso, YO (= this is now the first st in next B). Repeat this until the stitches in C remain and work the same way with last 2 sts in last B tog with the first stitch in C. Happy knitting!

Ava Goei-Vujovich 17.07.2019 - 01:54:

I have the same question as Pam from the UK for row 15 where there is an overlap of A into B and then C. I have a cast on of 107 stitches. After working the first K3 stitches, I knit 4 stitches, 1 Yarn over, slip 1 sts as if to knit, k2tog (taking 1 stitch from section B), since the second stitch of the k2tog is from the B section. How then do I repeat B for the remaining 90 stitches of B and then moving on to C? Please break this explanation to A, B and C please?

DROPS Design 17.07.2019 kl. 11:05:

Dear Mrs Goei-Vujovich, on row 15 you will work the 2 last stitches in A together with the first stitch in B (= YO, slip the next to last st in A, K the last st in A + the first st in B tog, psso, YO), the YO is now the firs stitch in B. At the end of B, work the last 2 sts in B tog with the first st in next B (then in C on last repeat) the same way. Make sure you always keep the same number of sts as before in each A, B and C. Happy knitting!

Carol Cooley 26.05.2019 - 09:01:

Thank for your helpful comments. Naturally I would consider ordering from yourselves as you make it very easy to find a substitute. I cannot say the same about Captcha which is always a struggle, with blurred small images and often using items a non-USA person would not necessarily recognize. At my time of life anything to m ake life easier helps. Have a nice day. Is that last image a store front or garage?

Carol Cooley 14.05.2019 - 13:29:

Is there either another similar pattern or has this one being rewritten please? *Cassie by DROPS Design Knitted DROPS bolero with lace pattern in ”Big Merino”. Size: S - XXXL* I use mainly acrylic as wool can irritate, alpaca-etc are ok. Any low cost substitutes for wool are welcomed for a practice piece. Maybe garter and st.st to start off then go ahead for lace. Thank you.

DROPS Design 25.05.2019 kl. 10:27:

Dear Carol, you can find many patterns for bloeros on our site with the search word "bolero". https://www.garnstudio.com/search.php?action=search&w=bolero&c=0&k=0&y=0&lang=en You have to understand that these patterns are written to suppoirt DROPS yarns, we cannot make alterations or suggestions for other yarns, sorry. Happy Crafting!

Pam 10.05.2019 - 20:07:

I'm having trouble with row 15 could you please write it in full for me

DROPS Design 11.05.2019 kl. 11:47:

Hi Pam, Row 15 reading from right to left, so from the right side, - K4, 1 yarn over, slip 1 stitch, knit 2 together and pass the slipped stitch over the knitted together stitches, 1 yarn over, K7, 1 yarn over, slip 1 stitch, K2 together and pass the slipped stitch over the knitted together stitches, 1 yarn over and finally K4. Happy knitting!

Ava Goei-Vujovich 07.03.2019 - 12:40:

I have tried a sample swatch: using 21 stitches and interpreting A1. Its a total of 21 stitches but using your explanation above: first row in A: K3, K2 tog, YO - then B: YO, slip 1 as if to K, K1, psso, K5, K2 tog, YO, K1, and C: YO, slip 1 as if to K, K1, psso, K3. I end up with 23 sts and not 21 sts

DROPS Design 07.03.2019 kl. 14:19:

Dear Mrs Goei-Vujovich, on first row A.1A is worked as follows: K3, K2 tog, YO, K1 (= 6 sts), then work B over the next 10 sts: YO, slip 1 as if to K, K1, psso, K5, K2 tog, YO, K1, then work C: YO, slip 1 as if to K, K1, psso, K3 (= 5 sts) = 21 sts in total. You can insert a marker between each repeat to make sure you always get the correct number of sts in each part of the diagram. Happy knitting!

Ava Goei-Vujovich 07.03.2019 - 12:35:

I don't understand why a K1 is added at the end of section B - there isn't a K1 added at the end of section A if I am to read the diagram explanation as shown in A1 Row 1. I understand B is a 10 sts repeat: *YO, slip 1 as if to K, K1, psso, K5, K2 tog, YO, K1*, repeat from *-*.

Ava Goei-Vujovich 07.03.2019 - 11:35:

First row in A: K3, K2 tog, YO = 6sts. then B: YO, slip 1 as if to K, K1, psso, K5, K2 tog, YO, K1 = 12 sts (repeat B), and work C: YO, slip 1 as if to K, K1, psso, K3 = 5sts. B should only be multiples of 10, not 12.

DROPS Design 07.03.2019 kl. 12:19:

Dear Mrs Goei-Vujovich, when working B you decrease 1 stitch 2 times (slip 1, K1, psso + K2 tog) and increase with 2 YOs = number of sts is the same = 10 sts. See previous answer for whole repeats on the row. Happy knititng!

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