Ocean Sunset Lace Bolero
Free knitting patterns that don't look knit are hard to find. This Ocean Sunset Lace Bolero could have come straight out of a store. The stunning coloration and delicate lace look too beautiful to be made by hand. This shrug will look lovely paired with just about anything, but it will shine the brightest at a formal event, worn over a nice blouse or a classy dress in complementing colors. Learn how to knit a bolero you'll never want to put away wearing with this pattern. Please note this pattern is only available in size small.
Knitting Needle Size4 or 3.5 mm, Circular Knitting Needles
Yarn Weight(0) Lace (33-40 stitches to 4 inches). Includes crochet thread.
Gauge1 stitches, 2 rows, 3 inches. stockinette stitch
- Schachenmayr Tahiti, 200 g in #07680
- 1 circular needle size US 4 (3.5 mm) each 24 and 47“/60 and 120 cm long
- Stitch markers
- Blunt sewing needle
Gauge: 26 stitches and 32 rows = 4 x 4“/10 x 10 cm, in Lace Pattern following Chart 2
Follow Charts 1 and 2 working back and forth in rows.
Only the RS (odd-numbered) rows are shown.
Work the WS (even-numbered) rows as purl all sts, including yo‘s.
Follow Chart 3 working in rounds. Only the odd-numbered rnds are shown.
Work the even-numbered rnds as knit all sts, including yo‘s.
Stockinette Stitch (St st): Knit on RS rows, purl on WS rows.
Note: The bolero is worked from the top down. There are 14 stitches increased on every RS row. After the armholes have been worked, the Back and Front are worked in one piece and at the same time, the stitches for the sleeves are placed on a holder.
Back and Front:
Cast on 3 stitches. Beginning with a knit row on RS work in St st for 80 rows.
Next row (RS): Knit 3, pick up 59 stitches along left edge of strip, then pick up 3 stitches along cast-on edge = 65 stitches.
Divide work as follows:
Next row (WS): Purl 3 (front border), place a stitch marker, purl 4 (left front), place marker, purl 4 (left sleeve), place marker, purl 20 (left back), place marker, purl 4 (center back), place marker, purl 20 (right back), place marker, purl 4 (right sleeve), place marker, purl 4 (right front), place marker, purl 2 (front border).
Note: Slip markers every row.
Next row (RS): Knit 2, work 4-stitch repeat of Chart 1 twice, 20 stitches of Chart 2, 4 stitches of Chart 1, 20 stitches of Chart 2, 4-stitch repeat of Chart 1 twice, knit 3. Work rows 1 - 14 of Charts 1 and 2, keeping the outer 2 or 3 stitches of border in St st.
Then work rows 1 - 14 of Chart 2 three times over all stitches, keeping the border sts in St st.
Then work rows 1 - 11 of Chart 2 once more = 597 stitches.
Next row (WS): Purl to left sleeve, place next 79 sleeve stitches on a stitch holder (armhole opening), cast on 15 stitches, purl to right sleeve, place next 79 sleeve stitches on a stitch holder (armhole opening), cast on 15 stitches, purl to end = 469 stitches.
On the next RS row, work row 13 of Chart 2 = 481 stitches.
Then work row 1 - 14 of Chart 2 three times = 613 stitches. Bind off all stitches.
Place the sts from one sleeve holder to needle and pick up 17 stitches along bound-off armhole sts = 96 stitches.
Join and work in the round following Chart 3, working the 16-st repeat 6 times. Work rounds 1 - 28 twice. Bind off sts loosely knitwise. Work other sleeve in same way.
Sew in all ends. Block bolero lightly.