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Crochet DROPS bolero with lace pattern in ”Baby Alpaca Silk”. Size: S - XXXL
DROPS 147-4
DROPS design: Pattern no bs-045
Yarn group A
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Size: S/M - L/XL - XXL/XXXL
To fit chest measurements:
84/94 - 100/110 - 120/130 cm /
33"/37" - 39½"/43½" - 47¼"/51½"

Materials:
DROPS BABYALPACA SILK from Garnstudio
200-250-300 g color no 6235, gray blue

DROPS CROCHET HOOK size 3 mm / C – or size needed to get 24 dc x 13 rows = 10 x 10 cm / 4'' x 4''.

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  • DROPS BABYALPACA SILK UNI COLOUR (50g)
    6.85 USD
NOTE: This pattern is written in American English. All measurements in charts are in cm. For conversion from cm to inch - 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 British English, please click here.
CROCHET INFO:
Replace first dc on every row with 3 ch.

PATTERN:
See diagrams A.1 and A.2 - NOTE: The first row with sc is not in the repetition and is not repeated upwards.

DECREASE TIP:
Crochet 2 dc tog as follows: Work 1 dc in first st but wait with last pull through, work 1 dc in next st but on last pull through, pull thread through all 3 loops on hook.
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BOLERO:
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.

FIRST SIDE:
Ch 113-135-156 with Baby Alpaca Silk on hook size 3 mm / C. Turn and work 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook, continue with 1 sc in each of the next 3-1-4 ch, * skip ch 1, 1 sc in each of the next 5 ch *, repeat from *-* the entire row = 94-112-130 sc (first ch on row is NOT counted as one sc).
Continue with diagram A.1 over the first 90-108-126 sc and diagram A.2 over the last 4 sc – READ CROCHET TIP! Repeat pattern until finished measurements.
AT THE SAME TIME when piece measures 27-30-33 cm / 10½"-11 3/4"-13", insert 1 marker in the side (this marks how far up to sew the sleeve seam afterwards). On next row dec 1 dc each side by working 2nd and 3rd dc and the 2 next to last dc 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 dc over the sts that do not fit the pattern.
Continue with pattern until piece measures approx. 47-50-53 cm / 18½"-19 3/4"-21" in total – finish after a row with only dc, cut the thread.

SECOND SIDE:
Work 1 sc in each of the 94-112-130 sc 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.

ASSEMBLY:
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.

FLOUNCE AROUND OPENING:
Work around the entire opening as follows (beg mid back):
ROUND 1:
1 sl st in first st, * ch 3, 1 sc in next dc *, repeat from *-* the entire round and finish with 3 ch and 1 sl st in sl st from beg of round - NOTE: make sure that an even number of ch-spaces has been worked otherwise 5th round will not fit.
ROUND 2:
Work 1 sl st and 1 sc in first ch-space, * ch 3, 1 sc in next ch-space *, repeat from *-* the entire round, finish with 1 sl st in first sc from beg of round.
Round 3 and 4: Work as 2nd round.
ROUND 5:
Work 1 sl st and 1 sc in first ch-space, * 8 ch, 1 sc in next ch-space, ch 1, 1 sc in next ch-space *, repeat from *-* the entire round, finish with 1 sl st in first sc from beg of round.
ROUND 6:
1 ch, 1 sc in first large ch-space, [* ch 4, 1 dc in the first ch made (= 1 picot), 1 sc in same ch-space *, repeat from *-* 2 more times (i.e. so that there are 3 picots in the large ch-space), 1 sc in the small ch-space (the one with only 1 ch between the large ch-spaces), 1 sc in next large ch-space], repeat from [-] the entire round, instead of last sc, work 1 sl st in first sc on round. Cut and fasten the thread.

FLOUNCE AT THE BOTTOM OF SLEEVE:
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 dc between every ch-space.


Diagram

1 ch
1 sc
1 dc
crochet direction



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