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FO: Drops Design Bolero

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

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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!

  4. 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.

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