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Bolero With Eyelash Yarn Trim Knitting Pattern

Designed by Barbara Breiter

Knit Bolero

You can omit the eyelash yarn if you wish in this classic, easy to knit bolero.

Sizes:
S, M, L
Equivalent finished chest measurement 36", 39", 42"
Note: This is a tight fitting garment.

Gauge:
11 sts and 16 rows=4" with A in St st

Materials:
Size 11 US (8 mm) straight needles or size needed to obtain gauge
Size 11 US (8 mm) 36" circular needles

7 (8, 8) balls Crystal Palace Yarns Trio (A)
50% nylon/50% polyester
55 yards/50 grams
Color #2855 Circus-Blue

All sizes: 1 ball Crystal Palace Yarns Fizz (B)
120 yards/50 grams
100% polyester
Color #7312 Orange

Instructions
Right Front:
With one strand of A and B held together, CO 9 (11, 13) sts with straight needles. Work in garter st (k every row) for 1".

Change to A only and work in St st.
At same time, inc 1 st at neck edge every 3rd row 6 (6, 5) times as follows:
RS: k1, k into front and back of next st, k across
WS: p to last 2 sts, p into front and back of next st, p1

Work even over 15 (17, 18) sts until piece measures 5½ (6, 6)" from beg, ending with RS row completed.

At armhole edge, BO 3 sts.
Dec 1 st at armhole edge every other row 2 times.
Work even over 10 sts (12, 13) until armhole measures 8 ½ (9, 9 ½)", ending with RS row completed. BO 5 (6, 6) sts, p rem sts, k 1 row. BO rem sts.

Left Front
As for Right Front, reversing shaping.

Back
With one strand of A and B held together, CO 51 (55, 59) sts.
Work in garter stitch for 1".
Change to A only and work in St st until piece measures 5 ½ (6, 6)" from beg, ending with WS row completed.
BO 3 sts beg next 2 rows. Dec 1 st at each end every other row 2 times.
Work even over 41 (45, 49) sts until armhole measures same as fronts.
BO 5 (6) sts beg next 4 rows. Size Large, BO 6 sts beg next 2 rows, then 7 sts beg next 2 rows. Place rem 21 (21, 23) sts on holder for back of neck.

Sleeves
With one strand of A and B held together, CO 30 (32, 34) sts.
Work in garter stitch for 1".
Change to A only and work in St st.

Inc 1 st at each end every 6th row 2 times (34, 36, 38 sts). Work even until piece measures 7" from beg, ending with WS row completed.
BO 3 sts beg next 2 rows.
Dec 1 st each end every other row 3 (2, 1) times, then every 4th row 5 (6, 7) times. BO rem sts.

Finishing
Sew shoulders of fronts to back. With right side facing, beg at bottom of right front with circular needles and one strand of A and B held together, pick up 49 (50, 52) sts along right front, k 21 (21, 23) sts from holder, pick up 49 (50, 52) sts along left front. Work in garter st for 1". BO loosely.

Sew in sleeves. Seam sleeves and sides.

Weave in ends on WS.

©Barbara Breiter. This design may not be reproduced in any manner without the expressed written consent of the author.

See Abbreviations and the Glossary for help.


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