Well I am LONG overdue for some blog updates, so here we go! Prepare for a slew of new posts today 🙂
I got the pattern for this Polka Dot Bolero from Up, Down, All-Around Stitch Dictionary, one of my first knitting book purchases. I bought it as a new knitter to help me learn some new stitches, but I was head over heels in love with this bolero as soon as I saw it. But it was way too advanced for me at that point, so I waited for just the right time. After I made my first sweater over the holidays, I decided to give this one a go 🙂
This was such a joy to make! I loved the top-down construction and I used the suggested Blue Sky Fibers Melange and loved that also. It was my first time working with Sport Weight yarn and it took a bit of practice, but really enjoyed it once I got the hang of it. It’s so soft! I’m totally a sucker for baby alpaca wool <3
I had to size up in needles as I’ve learned that I’m a tight knitter, so I do that with just about every pattern now.
The only trouble I really had was a misread of the directions that ended up making the wrap way shorter than it was supposed to have been. I think it was a part in the pattern that called for an increase on every other right side row and I thought at first it mean to increase on every right side row, as is typical, but it also sounded like not every right side row, but every other. I tried looking at the finished length of the garment and it looked like the shorter version was the way to go. But…I was wrong. So I finished the whole thing and everything and even wore it to work and it kept riding up on me. I was in denial for a little bit but it just didn’t feel right. So I took off the waist tie, undid the cast off edge, and added about 2 more inches to it and felt MUCH more comfortable with the length.
Then of course, I had to add to the finishing of the front edge and at the moment when I just HAD to get it done I didn’t have the smaller needle size with me, so there’s a teeny portion on the front edge that’s slightly bigger stitching than the rest. *Sigh*
Still love this though and wear it so often and get so many compliments when I do 🙂 It’s also a great beginning sweater project since it’s so short.