DROPS / 200 / 25

Alas de Libelula by DROPS Design

Knitted bolero in DROPS Belle. The piece is worked from the sleeve to mid-back in lace pattern. Sizes S - XXXL.

Tags: boleros, lace, sideways,

DROPS Design: Pattern no vs-048
Yarn group B
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SIZES:
S/M – L/XL – XXL/XXXL

MATERIALS:
DROPS BELLE from Garnstudio (belongs to yarn group B)
250-250-300 g colour 04, dandelion

KNITTING TENSION:
20 stitches in width and 26 rows in height with stocking stitch = 10 x 10 cm.

NEEDLES:
DROPS CIRCULAR NEEDLE SIZE 4.5 MM: Length 80 cm for stocking stitch and lace pattern.
DROPS CIRCULAR NEEDLE SIZE 3.5 MM: Length 40 cm or 60 cm for edges.
Needle size is only a guide. If you get too many stitches on 10 cm, change to a larger needle size. If you get too few stitches on 10 cm, change to a smaller needle size.

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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.
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EXPLANATIONS FOR THE PATTERN:

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RIDGE/GARTER STITCH (worked back and forth):
Knit all rows.
1 ridge in height = Knit 2 rows.

DECREASE TIP (evenly spaced):
To work out how to decrease evenly, count the total number of stitches on needle (e.g. 70 stitches) minus the edge stitches (e.g. 4 stitches) and divide the remaining 66 stitches by number of decreases to be made (e.g. 12) = 5.5. 
In this example decrease by knitting together alternately each 4th and 5th stitch and each 5th and 6th stitch. Do not decrease over the edge stitches

PATTERN:
See diagrams A.1 to A.11. The diagrams show all rows in pattern seen from the right side.

INCREASE TIP (for each side of sleeve):
All increases are worked from the right side!
Increase on each side of sleeve by making 1 yarn over inside the 2 edge stitches in garter stitch on each side. On the next row (wrong side) purl the yarn overs twisted to avoid holes. Then work the new stitches in stocking stitch until they fit into A.2/A.4.

TURNING TIP:
When turning in the middle of the piece on short rows slip the first stitch as if to knit, tighten the strand and knit the next stitch (a bit tightly). This is to avoid a hole when turning.

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START THE PIECE HERE:

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BOLERO - SHORT OVERVIEW OF THE PIECE:
The piece is worked back and forth with circular needle in 2 sections from each sleeve to mid-back. Then the piece is sewn together mid-back and under the sleeves.

SLEEVE AND HALF BACK PIECE (read the whole section before working):
Cast on 70-74-78 stitches with circular needle size 3.5 mm and Belle. Purl 1 row (= wrong side). The next row is worked as follows from the right side: 2 edge stitches in GARTER STITCH – read description above, * Knit 2, purl 2 *, work from *-* until there are 4 stitches left on row, knit 2 and finish with 2 edge stitches in garter stitch. Continue this rib for 4 cm.
Knit 1 row from the right side where you decrease 12 stitches evenly spaced in all sizes – read DECREASE TIP = 58-62-66 stitches.
Work A.1 with 2 edge stitches in garter stitch on each side (row 1 in A.1 is worked from the wrong side).
When A.1 has been completed change to circular needle size 4.5 mm.
The next row is worked as follows from the right side: 2 edge stitches in garter stitch, 0-2-4 stitches in stocking stitch, work A.2 over the next 16 stitches (= 2 repeats of 8 stitches), work A.3 (= 22 stitches), A.4 over the next 16 stitches (= 2 repeats of 8 stitches), work 0-2-4 stitches in stocking stitch and finish with 2 edge stitches in garter stitch. Continue this pattern. REMEMBER THE KNITTING TENSION!
AT THE SAME TIME when the piece measures 6-6-7 cm, increase 1 stitch on each side – read INCREASE TIP (= 2 stitches increased). Increase like this every 2½-2½-2 cm a total of 11-11-13 times on each side = 80-84-92 stitches (when the last increase on each side has been worked the piece measures approx. 31 cm from the cast-on edge. Insert 1 marker on each side of this row; they show where the sleeve-seam stops. NOTE: The lace pattern described below is worked well before the last increase).
AT THE SAME TIME when A.2 to A.4 have been worked a total of 3 times in height, work them 1 more time in height but finish the repeats after row 4 (i.e. after the row marked with a triangle in A.2). The piece now measures approx. 25 cm from the cast-on edge.
Insert 1 marker thread in the middle of the row (i.e. middle of A.3). Allow the thread to follow your work onwards.
Now the lace pattern in A.3 will «grow» out towards the sides; i.e. on the next row work as follows from the right side: 2 edge stitches in garter stitch, continue A.2 as before until there are 23 stitches left before the marker thread in the middle, work A.5 (= 46 stitches – marker thread now sits in the middle of A.5), continue A.4 as before until there are 2 stitches left on row and finish with 2 edge stitches in garter stitch. Continue this pattern. When A.5 has been completed, work the next row from the right side as follows: 2 edge stitches in garter stitch, continue A.2 as before until there are 31 stitches left before the marker thread, work A.6 (= 62 stitches), continue A.4 as before until there are 2 stitches left on row and finish with 2 edge stitches in garter stitch. Continue this pattern until the stitches marked with a star in A.6 are worked over all stitches on the row as far as the 2 edge stitches in garter stitch on each side.
The next row is worked as follows from the right side: 2 edge stitches in garter stitch, work A.7 (= 11 stitches), A.8 until there are 3 stitches left before the marker thread (= 12-13-15 repeats of 2 stitches), work A.9 (= 6 stitches), A.10 until there are 13 stitches left on row (= 12-13-15 repeats of 2 stitches), work A.11 (= 11 stitches) and finish with 2 edge stitches in garter stitch. Continue this pattern until the piece measures 49-49-51 cm from the cast-on edge (Due to the pattern the piece will measure longer along the middle than on the sides - measure along the side where the piece is shortest).
Then work short rows in garter stitch as described below.

SHORT ROWS:
Change to circular needle size 3.5 mm. Start from the right side and work garter stitch with short rows back and forth over the stitches as far as the marker thread; i.e. work the first ridge back and forth over 40-42-46 stitches, then 1 ridge back and forth over 38-40-44 stitches, etc. Work 1 ridge over 2 fewer stitches each time – read TURNING TIP.
AT THE SAME TIME on every 2nd ridge (i.e. every 4th row) decrease 1 stitch at the beginning of the row from the right side by knitting together the first 2 stitches. This avoids a point mid-back.
Continue with short rows and decreases every 4th row until you have worked back and forth over the last 2 stitches on this side.
Knit 1 row from the right side over all stitches.
Turn the piece, start from the wrong side and work short rows back and forth over the stitches as far as the marker thread in the same way as on the first side of the piece; i.e. the first ridge is worked over 40-42-46 stitches, then 1 ridge over 38-40-44 stitches, etc.
AT THE SAME TIME on every 2nd ridge (i.e. every 4th row) decrease 1 stitch at the beginning of the row from the wrong side by knitting together the first 2 stitches. Continue with short rows and decreases every 4th row until you have worked back and forth over the last 2 stitches on this side.
Knit 1 row from the wrong side, knit 1 row from the right side and knit 1 row from the wrong side over all stitches.
Place the stitches on 1 thread or change to circular needle size 4.5 mm and loosely cast off with knit from the right side.
Work the other sleeve and half back piece in the same way.

ASSEMBLY:
Sew the 2 sections together mid-back with grafting stitches, or sew inside the cast-off edge if the stitches have been cast off. Sew sleeve seams – start at bottom of sleeve and sew edge to edge in the outermost loop of the outermost stitch as far as the markers.

Diagram

= knit from right side, purl from wrong side
= purl from right side, knit from wrong side
= this square has no stitch because it does not exist, or has been decreased earlier; go straight to next symbol in diagram
= between 2 stitches make 1 yarn over; on next row purl the yarn over
= knit 2 together
= slip 1 stitch as if to knit, knit 1 and pass the slipped stitch over the knitted stitch
= knit 3, pass the first stitch worked over the other 2 so it lies around them (= 1 stitch decreased)
= last repeat finished after this row
= the lace pattern will continue outwards to each side in the same way as before, so that there are gradually fewer stitches on each side of the stitches marked with a star
= knitting direction



Andrea 15.05.2019 - 17:45:

Ich stricke diesen wunderschöne Bolero und bin gerade bei A6. Ich habe Schwierigkeiten wie ich A6 weiter Stricken soll. Für einen Rat und Erklärung wäre ich sehr dankbar

DROPS Design 16.05.2019 kl. 09:23:

Liebe Andrea, nach A.6 1 Mal in der Höhe stricken Sie weiter wie in A.6 aber die Diagonale weiter stricken, dh, bei der 17. Reihe stricken Sie 7 M re, dann die 2 M re zs, 3 M re, Umschlag, 2 M re, 2 M re zs, 2 M re, (Umschlag, 2 M re zs) wiederholen bis die 2 linke Maschen und die mittleren Maschen wie zuvor stricken (= wie bei der 1. Reihe), und die 2. Hälfte gegengleich stricken, damit das Lochmuster auf den Seiten wächst und die Maschen glatt rechts von dem Lochmuster "gegessen" werden. Viel Spaß beim stricken!

Karen Tzv 24.04.2019 - 20:34:

I can't wait to get started on this beauty!!

Odile 12.01.2019 - 12:58:

J'ai hâte de le tricoter

Aukje Van Doeveren 11.01.2019 - 16:35:

Torra bella

Brigitte 02.01.2019 - 15:07:

Gefällt mir sehr gut, würde ich gerne nachmachen.

Anneli 14.12.2018 - 12:12:

Omapärane ja ilus!

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