Friday, April 21, 2006

Free Pattern - Baby Beluga Bolero

Hi to the people having trouble with this pattern! Between moving house and tending the baby, I cannot support this pattern right now. At some point, I will revisit it and figure out what the problem is, but there's just no time right now. If you figure it out yourself, please post and I will edit the pattern. Otherwise, I doubt I'll be able to fix it for a month or so. Thank you for understanding!

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Baby Beluga Bolero
Revised 4/25/06

Materials: Rowan Cashsoft 4-Ply in cream, 2 balls

Size 3 straight or circular needles

Notions:

Tapestry needle
Button or length of ribbon for closure

Gauge: 7 stitches and 9 rows per inch.

Size: 21 1/2” chest
Note: I’m calling this 6-12 months. I designed it for a six-month-old with an across-back measurement of 9 inches. It has quite a bit of ease. It’s meant to be cropped (7 1/2” instead of 10”). The sleeves are about 8 1/2” long, which is a little longer than average--you may wish to shorten them.

Construction: The back, sleeves, and two halves of the front are knit separately and then seamed together. The collar extension at the back is joined at the sides to the slight collar extension of the two fronts.

Back:

Cast on 76 stitches. Knit three rows.
Row 4: k2, [k2tog, yo] to last 2 stitches, k2
Beginning with a knit row, proceed in stockinette stitch for 28 rows (length is about 3 1/2 inches).

Shape armholes: Bind off 4 stitches at the beginning of next two rows. Decrease one stitch at each end of the next and every right-side row a total of four times (60 stitches). Work even until back measures 7 1/4 inches from cast-on row.

Shape shoulders: Bind off 15 stitches at the beginning of next two rows. Knit three rows on remaining 30 stitches. Repeat Row 4. Bind off all stitches.

Left Front (Read all instructions before you begin!):

Cast on 22 stitches. Knit three rows.
Row 4: k2, [k2tog, yo] to last 2, k2
Beginning with a knit row, work in stockinette stitch with garter-eyelet edge:
RS: Knit to last 3 stitches, yo, k3
WS: Purl to last 3 stitches, m1, k3
Work these two rows 7 more times (38 stitches)
Decrease for neckline:
RS: Knit to last 6 stitches, k2tog, yo, k2tog, k2
WS: Purl to last 4 stitches, k2tog, k2
Work these two rows until 18 stitches remain and length is equal to length of back.
Shoulder shaping: Bind off 15 stitches. Work to end of row. Bind off last 3 stitches.

At the same time:
After 27 stockinette rows (3 1/2 inches), shape armholes:
At the beginning of the next wrong side row, bind off 4 stitches.
Decrease 1 stitch at armhole edge on next 4 right side rows.

Right front:

Cast on 22 stitches. Knit three rows.
Row 4: k2, [k2tog, yo] to last 2, k2
Beginning with a knit row, work in stockinette stitch with garter-eyelet edge:
RS: K3, yo, k to end
WS: K3, purl to end
Work these two rows 8 more times (40 stitches - after armhole decreases)
Decrease for neckline:
RS: k2, k2tog, yo, k2tog, knit to end
WS: k2, k2tog, purl to end.
Work these two rows until 18 stitches remain and length is equal to length of back.
Shoulder shaping: Bind off 15 stitches. Work to end of row. Bind off 3 edging stitches.

At the same time:
After 28 stockinette rows (3 1/2 inches), shape armholes:
At the beginning of the next right side row, bind off 4 stitches.
Decrease 1 stitch at armhole edge on next 4 right side rows.

Sleeves (Make 2):

Cast on 28 stitches. Knit three rows.

Row 4: k1, [k2tog, yo] to last stitch, k1.
Beginning with a knit row, proceed in stockinette stitch. Increase one stitch at either side of 3rd stockinette row, then every fourth row to 7 1/2 inches (60 stitches).

Sleeve cap: Bind off 4 stitches at the beginning of next two rows. Decrease one stitch at each end of the next 8 rows (36 stitches). Bind off all stitches.

Assembly:

Using a length of working yarn and a tapestry needle, join shoulder seams and sides of edging. Set in sleeve and sew seam, easing to fit (I recommend pinning into place). Sew sleeve and side seams. Weave in all ends. Lightly block with warm iron with steam. Cut a length of ribbon (8-12” long). Thread through eyelets at points and tie a bow. Trim ends (do not trim too short or you won’t be able to re-tie!). Alternately, sew a button onto one of the points; use the eyelet hole opposite as a buttonhole.

Baby Beluga Bolero Pattern Copyright 2006, Allison Campbell. Please feel free to knit this pattern for the babies in your life, and to share it with friends. If you would like permission to reproduce this pattern for commercial use, contact me. Feel free to link to this page, but DO NOT copy and paste this pattern, or upload any photos, to your own, or any other, website or other media without prior permission. Please contact me if you notice any errors. Enjoy!

4 comments:

Areli said...

Thank you for sharing such a darling pattern.

Anonymous said...

The bolero is so lovely but I am having trouble following your pattern. I can't figure out where to get the length in the front pieces to match the back and your right front directions don't have the M1 step that your left front has? I did switch the order to get 1 garter stitch edge but I'm confused about the rest. Any help would be much appreciated!

Chantal Morin said...

I'm having the same trouble. I can't seem to get the length in the front 2 pieces to match the back. They end up being way too short! I'd love for my daughter to wear it while she still fits in it. Could you give me a hand?

Sherrey said...

Allison, this pattern is darling and just what I've been looking for -- a new great-granddaughter is due soon. I printed out the pattern last night, but was concerned by the obvious problems others had encountered. Is what I've printed correct? It was labeled "revised" in April 2006.

Thanks, Sherrey
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