Pattern: Free from Drops design here, size S
Yarn: Lion Brand Cotton Ease in Almond, 3 skeins
Needles: Size 7 and 8 US
Notes: The pattern was very clear and easy to follow. I did not have any trouble with the English version. My only regret is possibly the yarn choice. I like Cotton Ease, and this pattern knitted to the recommended tension on the ball, but I can’t help but think that this yarn would do better knitted on smaller needles. It has a distressing tendency towards unevenness in places, which I can only blame on the tension being too loose. I am not happy with one of my shoulder seams, but this is because I changed methods of shaping halfway through – the 2nd method (slipping stitches) was better. I can live with them. I do wonder if something other than mattress stitch might be nice for armholes, as I feel there is a quite bulky seam. I usually seam with the selvedge stitch, but in this case I went 1/2 stitch farther in for a nicer line. I don’t think I would do that again. The moss stitch has completely caused the buttonholes to disappear, but I’m happy with my solution of a pin. I also like this sweater without any fastening.
I wore this sweater to church tonight and received compliments from people who weren’t aware that I make my own clothes, so I am feeling better about it than I was at first. I think I will wear it often, and it isn’t bad for a week’s effort (I love short sweaters!)
And now, a gratuitous cute cat photo. Dionne lying on the bed this afternoon. I think she looks so pretty against those colors!
14 thoughts on “FO: Drops Design Bolero”
Looks great! I like it on you better than the pattern photo. And you’re right, Dionne looks so elegant with those colors surrounding her.
I too think that yours looks better than the pattern! Your cat is so regal on her throne too!
Wow, you made that in a week? That in itself is very impressive. Cute modeling poses, btw;)
I am interested in knowing what the exact difference was in the shoulder shaping. Did you get the idea from a book or a post online? Shoulder caps always bug me. I am always looking for something smoother.
What a very cute bolero this is – and I think your version looks much better than the original one! Congratulations!
And what a really, really beautiful kitty you have – she’s gorgeous!
Very nice – amazing that you made it in a week! Can you please share more info on the shoulder shaping?
Very cute sweater! Love the color!
It looks great on you and I think the color was a good choice too!
i like your bolero.
your kitty looks just like mine! maybe they are long-lost twins.
your bolero turned out great! that’s a very cool outfit you’re wearing. 🙂 while i’m a huge fan of CE, i know what you mean about using it for certain garments.
I hope mine looks as good as yours. 🙂 Your cat is so pretty.