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Henrietta by DROPS Design

Knitted bolero with short rows, lace pattern and garter stitch in DROPS BabyMerino and DROPS Kid-Silk, Size XS – XXL.

DROPS design: Pattern no bm-033
Yarn group A + A or C
Size: XS/S - M/L - XL/XXL
DROPS BABY MERINO from Garnstudio (belongs to yarn group A)
150-150-200 g colour 05, light pink
And use: DROPS KID-SILK from Garnstudio (belongs to yarn group A)
75-75-75 g colour 03, light pink

DROPS CIRCULAR NEEDLE (60 or 80 cm) SIZE 5 mm – or size needed to get 17 stitches and 34 rows in garter stitch = width 10 cm and height 10 cm with 1 strand of each quality (= 2 strands).

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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GARTER STITCH (back and forth):
1 ridge = knit 2 rows.

Work 6 rows over all stitches. *Work 30 stitches (until first marker), turn, tighten yarn and work back. Work 1 row over all stitches, turn, work 30 stitches (until the other marker), turn, tighten yarn and work back. Work 5 rows over all stitches *, repeat from *-*.
1 repetition with short rows = 6 rows (= 3 ridges) over the middle 35-48-62 stitches and 8 rows (4 ridges) over stitches in each side.

See diagrams A.1 and A.2. NOTE: At the end of row 10 in A.1 and at the end of row 11 in A.2 cast on 5 new stitches. On row 13 in A.1 work only the first 13 stitches in diagram, turn and work 13 stitches. On row 12 in A.2 work only the first 13 stitches in diagram, turn and work 13 stitches. NOTE! The turns in A.1 and A.2 comes in addition to the short rows.

Work piece back and forth on circular needle. Cast-on edge is at the bottom of one sleeve and cast-off edge is at the bottom of the other sleeve. When finished fold the bolero double and sew sleeve and side seams. 

Cast on 45-50-52 stitches on circular needle size 5 mm with 1 strand of each yarn (= 2 strands). Work in GARTER STITCH - see explanation above. When sleeve measures 2 cm, increase 1 stitch in each side, increase every 2 cm 5 times in total = 55-60-62 stitches. When sleeve measures 10 cm, cast on 20-24-30 new stitches in each side for right side seam = 95-108-122 stitches. Insert 2 markers in piece, 30 stitches in from each side (= 35-48-62 stitches between markers). Work as follows - from right side: A.1 over the first 17 stitches, GARTER STITCH – see explanation above, over the next 61-74-88 stitches, A.2 over the last 17 stitches. REMEMBER THE KNITTING TENSION Continue with garter stitch in the middle and pattern over the outermost 17 stitches in each side – see explanation above – AT THE SAME TIME work SHORT ROWS – see explanation above! When piece measures approx. 58-74-82 cm (measure in the middle of piece, including sleeve) cast off 20-24-30 stitches in each side = left side seam = 55-60-62 stitches. Now work left sleeve. Continue with garter stitch, when piece measures 2 cm after cast off, decrease 1 stitch in each side, decrease every 2 cm 5 times in total = 45-50-52 stitches. Cast off when piece measures 68-84-92 cm from cast-on edge.

Fold the bolero double – chart shows piece when it is folded. Sew sleeve seam and sew together the 20-24-30 stitches in each side.


= knit from the right side, purl from the wrong side
= purl from the right side, knit from the wrong side
= knit 2 together
= 1 yarn over between 2 stitches

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