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Red lace bolero
Finished
March 15, 2014
April 3, 2014
Project info
Red lace bolero
Lacy Worsted/Aran Weight Bolero by Camy Tang
Knitting
Needles & yarn
US 9 - 5.5 mm
259 yards
Zaol Canon
1 skein = 95.0 yards (86.9 meters), 50 grams
526
526
Red
Zaol HappyWool
Worsted (9 wpi)
2 skeins = 164.0 yards (150.0 meters), 100 grams
2013
Red
Notes

I’m stash busting, so using a lace pattern for more coverage since I’m not sure I’ll have enough of the Zaol HappyWool. I got this yarn from my mom, who got it when cleaning out her cousin’s house. The Canon still had the label band on it, and so did one of the two balls of HappyWool, but now I am not sure this is HappyWool. I didn’t calculate grist until after the yarn was knitted up and realized that 75m/50g is actually supposed to be Aran weight, but it doesn’t feel like an Aran weight yarn, it feels like worsted weight. It’s definitely thinner than the Canon. So now I’m not entirely sure how many yards of HappyWool (or whatever it was) I used, but I think it is close to 164 yards. I am almost positive it is a Zaol yarn because the color matches the Canon exactly--the only reason I can tell the difference between the ribbing and the body is the feel of the yarn, because the Canon feels thicker.

In HappyWool (or whatever it is, some worsted weight yarn), CO 52 stitches using provisional cast on (on waste yarn) since I want to pick up stitches later for ribbing (using Canon).

To increase the size, you could simply add repeats of the pattern stitches (within parenthesis below) in each section of the set up rows.

Set up rows:
Row 1:
Left front: k1, (YO, ssk, k2,) YO, ssk p1, k1, place marker,
Left arm: p1, (YO, ssk, k2,) YO, ssk p1, k1, place marker,
Back: p1, (YO, ssk, k2) 3 times, YO ssk p1 k1, place marker,
Right arm: p1, (YO, ssk, k2,) YO ssk p1 k1, place marker,
Right front: p1, (YO, ssk, k2,) YO ssk k1.

Row 2:
Right front: p3, (YO, p2tog, p2,) k1, sm,
Right arm: p1, k1, p2, (YO p2tog p2,) k1, sm,
Back: p1, k1, p2, (YO p2tog p2) 3 times, k1, sm,
Left arm: p1, k1, p2, (YO p2tog p2,) k1, sm,
Left front: p1, k1, p2, (YO p2tog p2,) p1

Increases:

Row 1:
Left front: k1, (YO, ssk, k2) until 4 stitches before marker, YO, ssk, kfb, k1, sm;
Left arm, back, Right arm: purl into front and knit into back of one stitch, (YO, ssk, k2) until 4 stitches before marker, YO, ssk, kfb, k1, sm, 3 times;
Right front: purl into front and knit into back of one stitch, (YO ssk k2) until 3 stitches to end, YO ssk, k1.

Row 2:
Right front: p1, p2, (YO p2tog, p2) to 2 sts before marker, p1, k1, sm,
Right arm, back, Left arm: p1, k1, p3, (YO p2tog, p2) to 2 sts before marker, p1, k1, sm, 3 times;
Left front: p1, k1, p3, (YO p2tog, p2) to 1 st before end, p1.

Row 3:
Left front: k1, (YO, ssk, k2) until 5 stitches before marker, YO, ssk, k1, kfb, k1, sm;
Left arm, back, Right arm: purl into front and knit into back of one stitch, k1, (YO, ssk, k2) until 5 stitches before marker, YO, ssk, k1, kfb, k1, sm 3 times;
Right front: purl into front and knit into back of one stitch, k1, (YO ssk k2) until 3 stitches to end, YO ssk, k1.

Row 4:
Right front: p1, p2, (YO p2tog, p2) to 3 sts before marker, YO p2tog, k1, sm,
Right arm, back, Left arm: p1, k1, (YO p2tog, p2) to 3 sts before marker, YO p2tog, k1, sm, 3 times;
Left front: p1, k1, (YO p2tog, p2) to 1 st before end, p1.

Row 5:
Left front: k1, (YO, ssk, k2) until 2 stitches before marker, kfb, k1, sm;
Left arm, back, Right arm: purl into front and knit into back of one stitch, k2, (YO, ssk, k2) until 2 stitches before marker, kfb, k1, sm 3 times;
Right front: purl into front and knit into back of one stitch, k2, (YO ssk k2) until 3 stitches to end, YO ssk, k1.

Row 6:
Right front: p1, p2, (YO p2tog, p2) to 4 sts before marker, YO p2tog, p1, k1, sm,
Right arm, back, Left arm: p1, k1, p1, (YO p2tog, p2) to 4 sts before marker, YO p2tog, p1, k1, sm 3 times;
Left front: p1, k1, p1 (YO p2tog, p2) to 1 st before end, p1.

Row 7:
Left front: k1, (YO, ssk, k2) until 3 stitches before marker, k1, kfb, k1, sm;
Left arm, back, Right arm: purl into front and knit into back of one stitch, k3, (YO, ssk, k2) until 3 stitches before marker, k1, kfb, k1, sm 3 times;
Right front: purl into front and knit into back of one stitch, k3, (YO ssk k2) until 3 stitches to end, YO ssk, k1.

Row 8:
Right front: p1, p2, (YO p2tog, p2) to 1 st before marker, k1, sm;
Right arm, back, Left arm: p1, k1, p2, (YO p2tog, p2) to 1 st before marker, k1, sm 3 times;
Left front: p1, k1, p2 (YO p2tog, p2) to 1 st before end, p1.

Repeat rows 1-8 until sleeve section is circumference of arm), in my case, 12”. End with a WS row.

Knit in pattern (without increases at marker, no kfb or purl/knit into one stitch) to first marker (sleeve), put sleeve stitches on scrap yarn, knit in pattern (without increases) across back to second marker (sleeve), put sleeve stitches on scrap yarn, knit in pattern (without increases) to end.

Pattern without increases until yarn is used up, end after WS row. In my case, another 14 rows.

Switched to Canon for ribbing on bottom band. I was picking up stitches on the ribbing for the front edges, so I wanted an extra selvedge stitch at each end. I wanted to begin and end with k3, then do p2 k2 rib for the rest of the bottom band, so I wanted to make sure the total stitches I had was a multiple of 4. I ended up adding 2 stitches for a total of 100 stitches. Did k3, then p2 k2 rib until last 5 stitches, p2, k3. Did ribbing for one inch, then bound off loosely using Knit Lace Bind Off (through the back loop variation)--k2, transfer stitches back to left needle and k2tog through the back loop, then ** k (or purl) next stitch, transfer stitches back to left needle and k2tog through the back loop. Repeat from ** to the end.

Picked up stitches along front edge. I was going to pick up stitches for neckband, so wanted k3 stitches near the neck band (k2 plus 1 stitch selvedge), and k2 stitches at the bottom end. Needed to pick up stitches that were a multiple of 4 + 3. I picked up 39 stitches total. K2 p2 ribbing for one inch, bound off using standard bind off (not Knit Lace Bind Off as for bottom band).

Repeated along other front edge.

Took neckband stitches off of waste yarn. I needed to pick up stitches along side of front bands also so the neckband would go all around the top. I wanted to start and end with k2, so needed a total number of stitches that were a multiple of 4 + 2. I picked up a total of 62 stitches. Did k2 p2 ribbing for one inch, bound off using standard bind off (not Knit Lace Bind Off as for bottom band).

For the sleeves, I picked up the stitches from the waste yarn and again made sure I had a multiple of 4 stitches. I picked up a few extra stitches from the armpit to make the join nicer and ended up with 44 stitches. Did k2 p2 rib for 1 inch, then bound off using Knit Lace Bind Off.

The bolero stretches a LOT and is not meant to button in front. I think it turned out well and I used up almost all of the Canon and all of the HappyWool, so my stash busting quest is complete.

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April 3, 2014
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Aran
100% Merino
95 yards / 50 grams

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  • Project created: February 18, 2014
  • Finished: April 5, 2014
  • Updated: April 7, 2014