Wild Primrose Bolero – Knit Pattern
When I started to work on this design I wanted to create something special for the hotter months. Something to give a twist to a linen dress or something different to wear with a tank top. Wild Primrose is a bolero made with soft baby yak lace used double.
It’s cut pretty short being a bolero, but you can decide to keep working the body motif until you arrive at your desired length. It’s designed to be worn open in the front, but it can easily close with a nice brooch or with wooden buttons.
Wild Primrose is worked from the top down using circular needles and raglan increases. The sleeves are put on hold while you work the body. When you pick up the stitches to make the sleeves you can decide to leave them wide (like a kimono sleeve) or to make them puffy (this means making some decrease).
The stitches used in this pattern are quite simple: knit, purl and a bit of very simple lace using yarn overs.
↟ Finished product (after blocking):
Sizing: This bolero is designed to be worn oversized and with a wide positive ease. It can be worn from a size XS to a size XL, but the pattern can be easily adjusted to your needs and there are instructions to adjust some tricky parts, like the width of the sleeves.
Chest width 22 cm/ 8.6 inches each side
Chest Long (from the underarm) 20 cm/ 7.8 inches
Arms Circumference before decreases 50 cm/ 19.6 inches
Puffy sleeves circumference before ribbing 28 cm / 11 inches
After ribbing 26 cm / 10.2 inches
Arms Long (from the underarm) 20 cm / 7.8 inches ; 30 cm / 11.8 inches
Back long 44 cm/ 17.3 inches
width 62 cm/ 24.4 inches at the largest point
100% Baby yak lace from MYak used double (in the colour dusty pink)
170 g, 1200 m [190 g, 1400 m]
↟ Circular Needles:
3 mm/ US 3 / UK 11 with a cord long at least 60 cm
10 stitch markers, scrap yarn
↟ Gauge in stockinette (double yarn + 3.00 mm needles):
4 x 4 inches / 10 x 10 cm = 24 st x 34 rows
↟ What you need to know:
Make 1 left, make 1 right
Sl sl k/p decreases
Knit 2 together