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How to knit a simple drop stitch bolero

Updated on May 31, 2009
Drop stitch bolero
Drop stitch bolero

Drop Stitch Bolero

This garment is fairly easy to make as it requires no shaping and all of the pieces are made out of stocking stitch, with stitches systematically dropped to make "ladders" in the work. You do not need to worry about the garment unravelling; the only affected stitch will be the one dropped! I have given instructions for the bolero in approximately UK sizes 10-12.

tension square
tension square

Things you will need

  • 5.5mm knitting needles
  • 5.5mm crochet hook
  • 4mm double pointed needles or 4mm circular needles
  • 200g double-knit weight yarn

 

Bolero from the back
Bolero from the back

Back Piece

  • Cast on 39 stitches.
  • Row1: k
  • Row2: p
  • Repeat, alternating rows 1 and 2 (in stocking stitch) until piece measures 20cm
  • Next row:(worked purlways) p3, d1, yon, *p7, d1, yon* repeat from *to* 3 times more, p3
  • Cast off
  • Make the ladders (To make the ladders, gently pull at the knitted fabric widthwise on either side of the dropped stitch)
  • Using 5.5mm crochet hook dc around piece 3 times

 

Sleeves (make 2)

  • Cast on 25 stitches
  • Row1: k
  • Row2: p
  • Repeat alternating rows 1 and 2 until piece measures 38cm
  • Next row: (worked purlways) p2, d1, yon, *p4 d1, yon* repeat from * to * 3 more times, p2
  • Cast off
  • Make the ladders
  • Join up the short sides of the knitted rectangle

Left Side Front Panel

  •  Cast on 16 stitches
  • Row1: k
  • Row2: p
  • Repeat alternating rows 1 and 2 until piece measures 28cm
  • Next row: (worked purlways) p2, d1, yon, p5, d1, yon, p7
  • Cast off
  • make ladders
  • Using crochet hook dc once around rectangle

Right Side Front Panel

  • Cast on 16 stitches
  • Row1: k
  • Row2: p
  • Repeat alternating rows 1 and 2 until piece measures 28cm
  • Next row: (worked purlways) p7, d1, yon, p5, d1, yon, p2
  • Cast off
  • Make ladders
  • Using crochet hook dc once around rectangle

 

Diagram of Bolero

To Make Up

  • Attach sleeves to back piece with the seam of the arm towards the bottom
  • Attach left side front panel and right side front panel correspondingly, not forgetting to attach them to the sleeves also.
  • Using crochet hook dc around the whole piece once (not including edges of sleeves)
  • Pick up 94 stitches (using 4mm dpn or circular needles) across top edge, work in k1, p1 rib for 9 rows and cast off
  • pick up 78 stitches (using 4mm dpn or circular needles) along bottom edge, work in k1, p1 rib for 5 rows and cast off

Abbreviations

  • d1 = drop 1 stitch
  • dc = double crochet
  • dpn = double pointed needle
  • k = knit
  • p = purl
  • yon = wrap yarn around needle once
  • * to * = repeat pattern inside astrix for required number of times

 Enjoy knitting!

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      Rebecca 8 years ago

      you seem far too proud of it ;] well done joananana!!

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      AlexK2009 8 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland

      Could be greek to me but well done

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      Nesriiiineeee 8 years ago

      Joannaaa :)

      So Kool!!

      You Look Like A Model In Your First Pic :)

      Love It!

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      joanna2009 8 years ago

      Thanks everybody, nice to get your input. :D

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