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Billowing Rose by DROPS Design

Knitted bolero with wave pattern. Size: S - XXXL Piece is knitted in DROPS Big Merino.

DROPS design: Pattern mb-043
Yarn group C or A + A
Size: S/M - L - XL/XXL - XXXL
DROPS BIG MERINO from Garnstudio (belongs to yarn group C)
400-450-500-600 g colour no 19, beige

Piece can also be knitted with yarn from:
“Alternative yarn (yarn group C)” - see link below.

DROPS CIRCULAR NEEDLE (80 cm) SIZE 5.5 mm – or size needed to get 20 stitches and 24 rows in wave pattern = width 10 cm and 10 cm vertically.

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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.

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

See diagrams A.1 to A.5.
Diagrams show all rows in pattern seen from the right side.

Piece is worked back and forth in one piece, then folded at the middle and sewn together under sleeves/in the sides (see dotted line on chart). Work on a circular needle to make room for all the stitches.
Cast somewhat loosely on 140-163-163-186 stitches on circular needle size 5.5 mm with Big Merino. Work 2 ridges in GARTER STITCH - see explanation above.
Work next row as follows from right side: 1 edge stitch in garter stitch, work A.1 over the next 138-161-161-184 stitches (= 6-7-7-8 repetitions of 23 stitches), finish with 1 edge stitch in garter stitch. When A.1 has been worked, 128-149-149-170 stitches remain on needle. Then work A.2 with 1 edge stitch in garter stitch in each side. REMEMBER THE KNITTING TENSION!
When A.2 has been worked 3-3-4-4 times in total vertically (piece measures approx. 12-12-14-14 cm measured from middle of the waves), cast on 12 new stitch for sleeves at the end of the next 2 rows = 152-173-173-194 stitches.
Work next row as follows from right side: 3 edge stitches in garter stitch, work A.3 (= 10 stitches – begin on 3rd row in diagram as the first 2 rows were worked when casting on new stitches for sleeves), continue A.2 over the next 126-147-147-168 stitches (begin on 3rd row in A.2), work A.4 (= 10 stitches – begin on 3rd row in A.4) and finish with 3 edge stitches in garter stitch. Continue pattern like this until piece measures approx. 46-50-52-56 cm, finish after one whole repetition vertically.
Cast off 12 stitches at the beginning of the next 2 rows = 128-149-149-170 stitches.
Then work A.2 with 1 edge stitch in garter stitch in each side (first time A.2 is worked, begin on 3rd row in A.2 since the first two rows were worked when casting off stitches in each side). When A.2 has been worked 3-3-4-4 times in total vertically, work A.5 with 1 edge stitch in garter stitch in each side (= 6-7-7-8 repetitions of 21 stitches). When A.5 has been worked, 140-163-163-186 stitches remain on needle. Work 2 ridges and cast off from right side with elastic cast-off edge as explained below. The bolero measures approx. 58-62-66-70 cm vertically.

Knit 2, insert left needle through the 2 stitch on right needle from left towards right and knit the two stitches together, * knit 1, insert left needle through the 2 stitch on right needle from left towards right and knit the two stitches together *, work from *-* until 1 stitch remain on needle. Cut the yarn and pull it through last stitch, tighten together and fasten.

Sew underarm and side seams in one - see dotted line on chart. NOTE! Sew in outer loops of edge stitches to avoid a chunky seam.


= knit from the right side, purl from the wrong side
= knit from wrong side
= between 2 stitches make 1 yarn over
= knit 2 together
= how to use the garment

Comments (8)

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Helena 14.01.2019 - 16:00:

Upletla jsem tohle bolerko a je úžasné. Přesný návod, sedí velikost i rozměry. Jen jsem načala o klubíčko víc, než je uvedeno (velikost S/M - potřebovala jsem 450g). Díky.

N. H. 18.10.2018 - 21:50:

Hallo. Ich bin gerade dabei den Bolero zu stricken. Ich bin etwas irritiert weil im Text steht je neue 12 Maschen beidseits für die Ärmel anzuschlagen und es dann 152 Maschen gesamt sind. Wenn aber beidseits 12 Maschen dazu kommen würden wären es doch 164 gesamt Maschen, oder? vielen Dank für die Antwort Lg N. H.

DROPS Design 19.10.2018 kl. 08:39:

Liebe N.H, nach A.1 haben Sie 128 M auf der Nadel, dann stricken Sie A.2 und am Ende der nächsten 2 Reihen schlagen Sie 12 Maschen = 24 neuen Maschen werden insgesamt angeschlagen (12 am Ende der Hinreihe + 12 am Ende der Rückreihe): 128 + 12 + 12 = 152 M. Viel Spaß beim stricken!

J. Beaudry 16.03.2018 - 14:01:

J'ai réalisé ce modèle avec 9 pelotes de Big mérino. Le résultat est magnifique. Un peu lourd, le col a tendance toutefois à rouler vers l'extérieur exposant ainsi l'envers du travail. Malgré tout je suis satisfaite du résultat.

Signe Jansen 15.02.2018 - 18:53:

Jeg kunne ikke få diagrammet til ærmet til at passe så omslagene blev midt for som på resten af arbejdet - med lidt ændringer er problemet løst.

Heather Hicks 19.01.2018 - 17:43:

Hi there! I am currently making this beautiful garment. My question is what do you mean by "measured from middle of the waves"? Do I measure from the large wave or the small wave? I am going to assume you mean the larger wave, but I am not 100% here...? Help. Thank you in advance. Heather

DROPS Design 20.01.2018 kl. 01:10:

Dear Heather, a wave in the pattern has a high point and a low point, and you should measure at the imaginery halfway between this two. Happy Knitting!

Broňa 30.12.2017 - 21:19:

Výborný doplněk k letním šatům atp. Už delší dobu o něm uvažuji, tak doufám, že bude návod v češtině. Děkuji.

Izabela 15.12.2017 - 13:13:

Świetna narzutka. Super na wieczory, w dzień, do pracy i w wolnym czasie.

VU Anna 14.12.2017 - 09:56:

Bonjour Madame, Pourriez-vous m'indiquer combien de pelotes de big mérinos nécessitent ce modèle. Est il tricoté en simple ou double. Merci

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