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BOLERO TOP

This pattern is copyright Yarn Forward Inc and may not be sold, used for commercial purposes, or futher distributed without the written consent of Yarn Forward Inc.

This is a bolero with long sleeves knitted in an easy lace pattern. The edges are finished in rib.

SIZES

To fit bust 32[34:36:38]in, 81[86:91:97]cm
Actual size 34[36:38:40]in, 88[92:97:103]cm
Length 13[13¼:13½:14]in, 33[34:35:36]cm
Sleeve 19[19:19½:19½]in, 48[48:49:49]cm
Figures in brackets [ ] refer to larger sizes.

MATERIALS
950 metres or 1000 yards of a DK weight cotton.
One pair each of 3¼mm (US3) and 4mm (US6) knitting needles.
3¼mm (US3) circular needle, 80 cm (32 inch) long.

TENSION

22 sts and 30 rows to 10cm (4 inches) over pattern.

ABBREVIATIONS

alt = alternate
beg = begin[ning]
cm = centimetres
cont = continue[ing]
dec = decrease[ing]
foll = follow[ing]
inc = increase[ing]
K= knit
P = purl
patt= pattern
rem = remain[ing]
rep = repeat
sl = slip
st[s] = stitch[es]
tog = together
yfwd = yarn forward
RS = right side
WS = wrong side

BACK

Using smaller needles cast on 97[103:109:115] sts.
lst Row [RS]K1,*P1,K1,rep from * to end.
2nd row P1, * K1, P1, rep from * to end.
Rep these 2 rows for 4cm (1½ in), ending with a 2nd row. Change to larger needles and work in patt as foll:
lst row K.
2nd row P.
3rd and 4th rows As 1st and 2nd rows.
5th row K8[3:6:1], * yfwd, K2tog, K6, rep from * to last 9[4:7:2] sts, yfwd, K2tog K7[2:5:0].
6th row P.
7th to 12th rows Rep 1st and 2nd rows 3 times.
13th row K4[7:2:5], * yfwd, K2tog,K6, rep from * to last 5[8:3:6] sts, yfwd, K2tog, K3[6:1 :4].
14th row P.
15th and 16th rows As 1st and 2nd rows.
These 16 rows form the patt.
Rep 1st to 14th rows.
Shape armholes. Keeping patt correct, dec one st each end of next 11 rows. 75[81:87:93] sts.
Cont without shaping until back measures 30 [31:32:33]cm, (11¾[12¼:12½:13] in) ending with WS row.
Shape neck. Next row. Patt 26[28:30:32], turn and leave rem sts on a spare needle. Dec one st at neck edge on every row until 20[22:24:26] sts rem. Cont without shaping until back measures
33[34:35:36]cm,(13[13½:13¾:14] in) ending at armhole edge.
Shape shoulder. Cast off 10[11:12:13] sts at beg of next and foll alt row. Return to rem sts on spare needle. With RS facing, sl first 23[25:27:29] sts on to a holder, join yarn to next st and patt to end of row. Complete to match other side.

LEFT FRONT
Using larger needles cast on 21[24:27:30] sts and work in patt shaping as follows:
1st row K.
2nd row P.
3rd and 4th rows As 1st and 2nd rows.
5th row K8[3:6 1]. *yfwd, K2tog, K6; rep from * to last 5 sts, yfwd, K2tog, K3.
6th row P.
7th row K to last st, inc in last st.
8th row Inc in first st, P to end.
9th to 12th rows Rep 7th and 8th rows twice.
13th row K4[7:2:5], * yfwd, K2tog, K6; rep from * to last 7 sts, yfwd, K2tog, K4, inc in last St.
14th row As 8th row.
15th and 16th rows As 7th and 8th rows.
Cont to keep patt correct, inc and work into patt one st at shaped edge on every row until there are 45[48:51:54] sts. End with WS row.
Shape armhole. Keeping patt correct, dec one st at armhole edge on next 11 rows ending with a RS row 34[37:40:43] sts.
Shape neck. Dec one at beg of next and at this same edge on every 3rd row until 20[22:24:26] sts rem. Cont without shaping until front measures approx 29[30:31:32]cm (11½[11¾:12¼:12½] in) from beg (and at the same patt row as back to shoulder).
Shape shoulder. Cast off 10[11:12:13] sts at beg of next and foll alt row.

RIGHT FRONT
Using larger needles cast on 21 [24:27:30] sts and work in patt as foll:
1st row K.
2nd row P.
3rd and 4th rows As 1st and 2nd rows.
5th row K4, * yfwd, K2tog, K6, rep from * to last 9[4:7:2] sts, yfwd, K2tog, K7[2:5:0].
6th row P.
7th row Inc in first st, K to end.
8th row P to last st, inc in last St.
9th to 12th rows Rep 7th and 8th rows twice.
13th row Inc in first st, K5, * yfwd, K2tog, K6, rep from * to last 5[8:3:6] sts, yfwd, K2tog, K3[6:1:4].
14th row As 8th row.
15th and 16th rows As 7th and 8th rows. Cont in patt inc and working into patt 1 St at shaped edge on every row until there are 45[48:51:54] sts, ending with a WS row. Complete to match left front, reversing all shapings.

SLEEVES
Using smaller needles cast on 45[49:53:57] sts and work 4cm (1½ in) in rib as given for back, ending with a 2nd row. Change to larger needles and work in patt as foll:
1st row K.
2nd row P.
3rd and 4th rows As 1st and 2nd rows.
5th row Inc in first st, K5[7:1 :3], * yfwd, K2tog, K6, rep from * to last 7[9:3:5] sts, yfwd, K2tog, K4[6:0:2], inc in last St.
6th row P.
7th to 10th rows Rep lst and 2nd rows twice.
11th row. Inc in first st K to last st. Inc in last st.
12th row P.
13th row K4[6:8:2], * yfwd, K2tog, K6, rep from*tolasts [7:9:3]sts, yfwd, K2tog, K3[5:7:1].
14th row P.
15th and 16th rows As 1st and 2nd rows.
Cont in patt as set, inc and work into patt 1 St at each end of every foll 6th row from previous inc, until there are 85[89:93:97] sts. Cont without shaping until sleeve measures 48[48:49:49]cm (18¾[18¾:19¼:19¼] in) from beg, ending with RS row.
Shape top. Dec one st at each end of next 11 rows. Cast off loosely.

FRONT BORDER
Join shoulder seams. With RS facing and circular needle, pick up and knit 119[125:131:137] sts evenly all round front from beg of cast on edge to shoulder, 10 sts down right back neck, K sts from holder at back neck, pick up and knit 10 sts up left back neck, 119[125:131:137] sts down left front and round cast on edge.
281 [295:309:323] sts. Working backwards and forwards in rows, work 4cm (1½ in) in rib as given for back. Cast off in rib.

TO MAKE UP
Sew in sleeves, then join side and sleeve seams. Fold all ribbed borders in half to WS. Slip stitch evenly in place.