Added Apr 28, 2011
London, United K...
I knitted this bolero up for a little girl of four or five from a 1950s pattern amongst the stash her father gave me for Christmas – since she loves to wear pretty dresses even on cold days, she is one of the few modern children I know who could actually do with one!
As you can see from the pattern cover, the original bolero was in stocking stitch with a cable edge, but I find stocking stitch too boring (also, my knitting isn’t regular enough to make it look good!), so I picked one of the recommended ‘all over’ patterns for children’s garments from the “Ringing the Changes” section of my invaluable contemporary Practical Knitting Illustrated and knitted the garment in ‘All-over No 6’, the basket drop stitch: see the close-up for detail. I’m not entirely convinced that this was a good choice, as the pattern is rather square for such a non-rectangular garment, but it looks quite impressive and wasn’t hard to do (I even managed to work this while watching the BBC’s late-night ‘Mad Men’ series repeat – my first-ever attempt at knitting and watching television! I’ve since progressed to being able to knit and read at the same time, within limits…)
Apologies for the much-loved state of the model here in all his furry glory; the bolero is a little big for him.
About five ounces of lightweight double knitting wool; No 9 (4mm) needles.
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