I decided to tackle a bolero for my friend R…, and figured it would be easy because it’s a Lion Brand free pattern. It stumped me a little at first, because of instructions like “and at the same time” in all caps. But I took it apart, started over again, and am pleased to report that I have now finished the left front.
First, we found the pattern at the store, but it’s also available online. Click here.
Since R… has a dress code at work, we decided to use a black tone for the sweater so she could use the bolero there. We settled on 312 Edwardian, Art #790, Lot #10289.
Once I finally got the hang of it, it was easy to do. The instructions “and at the same time” made more sense once I realized there’s a distinct left side and right side to the piece – in this case, when I say “side,” I mean “edge.” See below:
At the bottom of the image is a blue tie, to indicate “center front.” Once I realized that, the schematic helped me to determine that the shaping (note the pronounced slope on the left) of the piece.
After that, finishing the left front piece was a snap. Here it is, using the simple expedient of an extra knitting needle as a stitch holder:
All of a sudden, it begins to look like a sweater!
For you stitch-a-holics out there, here’s a detail of the pattern stitch:
It’s called a broken rib stitch. All wrong-side rows are knit; all right side are K3, P2. It’s a nice, nubby texture; particularly with the Homespun brand yarn.