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Women's bolero knitting pattern

Bolero knitting patternMATERIALS

Excelana 4 Ply Luxury Wool 100% pure new British wool (159m/174yds per 50g ball) 5 (5, 5, 6, 6) balls shade Powdered Egg

1 pair 2.75mm (US #2) needles

TENSION

30 sts & 50 rows = 10cm (4in) using 2.75mm needles over moss stitch

9 stitches in rib = 2 1/2cm (1in) unstretched using 2.75mm needles

Standard Yarn Tension

28 sts & 36 rows = 10cm (4in) using 3mm needles over stocking stitch

PATTERN NOTES

The fronts of the bolero are shaped using a combination of short rows and decrease rows, with the fronts beginning at centre front. The short rows are worked using Yarn Over Method. Additional decrease rows are also worked which alter the rib worked on each subsequent decrease from K4, P2 down to K1, P1, reducing the number of stitches as you work towards the armhole from the centre front. On the right front, decreases are worked on rows when the shoulder edge of the work is the beginning of the row (this is the RS of the work). The back is worked in moss st from bottom to top.

BACK

Using 2.75mm needles, cast on 100 (108, 116, 124, 132) sts.

Row 1 (RS): * K1, P1, rep from * to end.

Row 2 (WS): * P1, K1, rep from * to end.

These 2 rows set moss stitch pattern. Cont in patt, inc 1 st at each end of 4th row and 13 foll 6th rows (128, 136, 144, 152, 160 sts).

Cont without shaping until work measures 24 (24, 24, 25, 25) cm (9 1/2, 9 1/2, 9 1/2, 10, 10 in) from beginning.

Shape Armholes

Cast off 6 (6, 7, 8, 9) at beg of next 2 rows and 2 sts at beg of foll 2 rows (116, 124, 130, 136, 142 sts). Dec 1 st at each end of every alt row until 96 (104, 110, 116, 122) sts. Cont on these sts until work measures 19 (19, 20 1/2, 20 1/2, 22) cm (7 1/2, 7 1/2, 8, 8, 8 1/2 in) from beg of armhole shaping.

Shape Shoulders

Cast off 11 (12, 13, 13, 14) sts at beg of next 6 rows.

Cast off rem 30 (32, 32, 38, 38) sts.

LEFT FRONT

Using 2.75mm needles, and commencing at front edge, cast on 216 (222, 228, 234, 240) sts.

Work in rib as folls:

Row 1 (RS): * K4, P2, rep from * to end.

Row 2: * K2, P4, rep from * to end.

Rep these 2 rows until work measures 4cm (1 1/2in) ending with row 2.

Commence Short Row Shaping

Rows 1 & 2: Rib 30 (30, 31, 31, 32), turn, YO, work to end in rib as set.

Rows 3 & 4: Rib 30 (30, 31, 31, 32), work the YO and next st together to prevent hole, rib 29 (29, 30, 30, 31), turn, YO, work to end in rib as set.

Rows 5 & 6: Rib 60 (60, 62, 62, 64), work the YO and the next st together to prevent hole, rib 29 (29, 30, 30, 31), turn, YO, work to end in rib as set.

Rows 7 & 8: Rib 90 (90, 93, 93, 96), work the YO and next st together to prevent hole, rib 29 (29, 30, 30, 31), turn, YO, work to end in rib as set.

Continue as set working 30 (30, 31, 31, 32) more sts on each pair of rows until 4 more pairs of rows have been worked. The final pair will leave 6 (12, 11, 17, 16) sts unworked at shoulder.

Work 2 rows over all sts in rib, finishing at side edge.

Next row (RS): * K2, K2tog, P2, rep from * to end (180, 185, 190, 195, 200 sts).

Next row: * K2, P3, rep from * to end.

Next row: * K3, P2, rep from * to end.

Repeat last 2 rows until work measures 6 1/2cm (2 1/2in) at shoulder edge, ending at side edge.

Next pair of rows: Rib 25 (25, 26, 26, 27) sts, turn, YO, work back.

Remembering to work sts together as before, work 6 more pairs of rows - 25 (25, 26, 26, 27) more sts are worked in rib on each pair of rows. The final pair will leave 5 (10, 8, 13, 11) sts unworked at shoulder.

Work 2 rows over all sts, finishing at side edge.

Next row: * K1, K2tog, P2, rep from * to end, (144, 148, 152, 156, 160 sts).

Next row: * K2, P2, rep from * to end.

Repeat this row until shoulder edge measures 9cm (3 1/2in) ending at side edge.

Next row: Rib 20 (20, 21, 21, 22) sts turn, YO, work back.

Working sts together as before, work 6 more pairs of rows - (20, 20, 21, 21, 22) more sts are worked in rib on each pair of rows. The final pair will leave 4 (8, 5, 9, 6) sts unworked at shoulder. Work 2 rows over all sts finishing at side edge.

Next row (RS): * K2tog, P2, repeat from * to end (108, 111, 114, 117, 120 sts).

Next row: * K2, P1, repeat from * to end.

Next row: * K1, P2, repeat from * to end.

Repeat last 2 rows until shoulder edge measures 11 1/2 (11 1/2, 11 1/2, 12 1/2, 12 1/2) cm (4 1/2, 4 1/2, 4 1/2, 5, 5 in) ending at side edge.

Next row: * K1, P2tog, rep from * to end (72, 74, 76, 78, 80 sts).

Next row: * K1, P1, rep from * to end.

Rep this row until shoulder edge measures 13 (13 1/2, 13 1/2, 14 1/2, 14 1/2) cm (5, 5 1/4, 5 1/4, 5 3/4, 5 3/4 in).

Cast off loosely in rib.

RIGHT FRONT

Work to match Left Front, commencing each pair of short rows on WS of work and starting decrease rows with shoulder edge of rows facing.

MAKING UP

Press pieces lightly on WS through a damp cloth. Join shoulder and side seams. Darn in all ends.

Meazurements

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