You may recall from my bolero inspiration post that I had to change my original knitting plans as my shoulder hasn’t been allowing me to knit stranded projects. So I designed something I really wanted in my wardrobe: a little green bolero.
You’ll see it’s very simple! As I explained in the bolero inspiration post, I started off knitting this with two strands of DK-weight yarn to achieve bulky weight and used a moss stitch pattern, but close to the end I decided it was going to be too big. And thus re-started, nixed the moss stitch and kept it a single strand of yarn.
Very un-fussy, just plain stockinette except for the ribbing. The ribbing all around the opening was picked up after and knit on. It’s easiest to see how the ribbing wraps around the bolero when it’s laying flat. (This was taken before blocking.)
There’s really not much to say about this knit, other than it’s a great basic! Originally I was thinking about adding some felt appliqué, and then later just ordered a brooch to wear with it, but it didn’t arrive in time so I went without any adornment. It’s colorful enough, I think that suits it just fine!
The set-in sleeves were knit from the top down, and the body was knit in the round to the armholes. The scooped shaping on the front was achieved by casting on the number of stitches I wanted for the back plus much less for each front, and gradually increasing up to the full number of stitches I wanted for the bust to have a few inches of negative ease (since this is obviously not meant to close). There was no side shaping. I didn’t write a pattern but I have notes on most of what I did on my Ravelry project page.
I’m so glad I frogged the first almost-finished version of this and knit it again. I don’t do that a lot, but when I really want something to be just right, it’s worth it. Why invest so many hours knitting something, only to have it live in the back of the closet?
To keep it 1940s, I paired it with a Nudeedudee vintage-style blouse in original feedsack (it has puffed sleeves, explaining why it kind of looks like I’m wearing shoulder pads), a me-made 40s skirt and a head scarf. (I’m about to get a pretty drastic haircut this weekend so I haven’t bothered to do a thing with my hair lately.)
I think it’s the perfect outfit to show off this snappy little bolero!
Boleros are perfect when you just need a light knit or want to cover up a little bit. Sure, I won’t actually get to wear this for a few more months due to winter, but a girl can dream, right??
I sure think of this as a victory. I might need another one or two in different colors, too!