Friday, November 14, 2008

Kirsten's Bolero



This bolero is knitted top down and there is no seeming involved.
Material: 1 skein worsted weight yarn and some contrasting yarn for the crochet border.
(I used Ellyn Cooper's Caribe Irisee and a mohair mix leftover.)
1 size US 7 circular needle and size US 7 dpn. Crochet hook size D.
Scrap yarn and sewing needle. Marker.

Instructions:
Cast on 21 sts.
Raglan Yoke:
Row 1 (WS) and all wrong side rows: P
Row 2: K1, M1, YO, K1, YO, K3, YO, K1, YO, K9, YO, K1, YO, K3, YO, K1, YO, M1, K1.
Row 4: K1, M1, K2, YO, K1, YO, K5, YO, K1, YO, K11, YO, K1, YO, K5, YO, K1, YO, K2, M1, K1.
Row 6: K1, M1, K4, YO, K1, YO, K7, YO, K1, YO, K13, YO, K1, YO, K7, YO, K1, YO, K4, M1, K1.
Row 8: K1, M1, K6, YO, K1, YO, K9, YO, K1, YO, K15, YO, K1, YO, K9, YO, K1, YO, K6, M1, K1.
Row 10: K9, YO, K1, YO, K11, YO, K1, YO, K17, YO, K1, YO, K11, YO, K1, YO, K9.
Row 12: K10, YO, K1, YO, K13, YO, K1, YO, K19, YO, K1, YO, K13, YO, K1, YO, K10.
Row 14: K11, YO, K1, YO, K15, YO, K1, YO, K21, YO, K1, YO, K15, YO, K1, YO, K11.
Row 16: SSK, K10, YO, K1, YO, K17, YO, K1, YO, K23, YO, K1, YO, K17, YO, K1, YO, K10, K2tog.
Row 17: P to end.

Sleeves:
Break yarn. Put 13 sts (left front sts) on waste yarn, put next 19 sts (left sleeve sts) on different waste yarn, put 27 sts (back sts) on another waste yarn, put next 19 sts (right sleeve sts)
on three dpn, put next 13 sts (right front sts) on waste yarn.
Right sleeve:
With dpn cast on 2 sts, pm (= underarm marker), cast on 2 sts.
Continue to work sleeve sts and join with cast on sts carefully not to twist.
Knit 4 rounds even.
Next round K2tog (the 2 sts before marker), SSK (=the 2 sts after the marker), K to end of round.
Here you can either break your yarn and join the second color or continue to work in main color.
Knit 3 rounds.
Next round K2tog (before marker), SSK (after marker), knit to end of round.
Knit 10 rounds even.
Bind off.

Work left sleeve the same way as right sleeve.

Body:
With circular needle pick up front and back sts from their string.
Rejoin yarn and K (RS facing) across sts of left front, pick up and knit 4 sts on the cast on left sleeve underarm edge, K back sts, pick up and knit 4 sts on the cast on right underarm edge, K right front sts.
Row 1: P to end.
Row 2: K
Row 3: P
Row 4: SSK, K to last 2 sts, K2tog.
Row 5 and 7: P
Row 6 and 8 : repeat row 4.
Bind off and weave in ends.
With different color crochet around bottom edge front and neck opening edges. I used a crab stitch for this but a single crochet would work too.

Enjoy


Copyright 2008, Christiane Burkhard
Abbreviations:
M1 = With left needle tip, lift strand between needles from front to back. Knit the lifted loop through the back.
SSK = Slip two sts individually knitwise. Insert tip of left needle into front of these two slipped sts and use right needle to knit them together through their back loops.
Pm = Place marker.
K2tog = knit 2 stitches together.

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