the Openwork Bolero

This pattern was inspired by the Openwork Infinty Scarf.
While flipping through a fashion mag I saw an image of a fur bolero and loved the shape so when I was playing around with openwork patterns and draping the swatches on my dress form this shape was fresh in my mind.

I took the laced version to my trunk show, it was great to see it on so many bodies and it looked fantastic on each and every one of them. It's one of those pieces that really does! I think that was one of the best things about the show was being able to see the finished pieces come to life on bodies other than my own.

Like the Openwork Kimono I loved seeing it every time someone put it on (pattern coming soon).

One piece I wasn't sure about bringing because it needed (and still needs!) a few finishing details was this new coat design. I was happy I did though because it got a great response. It's top down with set in sleeves and when I complete this pattern it's going to be very detailed about this type of construction.

Currently, of the 3 the only pattern ready is the Openwork Bolero.
One size fits most using one skein of Magnum and #17 & #19 needles, straight or circulars since the piece is worked flat.

The opening of the bolero is left of center and while laced is a bit restrictive if you feel the need to have your arms above your head, though the button version is quite open.

I would rate this as an easy pattern for an intermediate knitter and a bit of a challenge for a beginning knitter. I've manipulated this particular openwork pattern a bit to where I think it might throw off a knitter not solid in their skills. It is a quick knit though, a couple of nights work tops.

Pattern is available as a PDF download. $6.50

My girls are really into their baby dolls and wanted beds for them for Christmas. Everything I saw was plastic and I'm so tired of that. I found an old crochet pattern for a small Moses basket and improvised using my Magnum leftovers to make bigger ones; with having to make two they had to work up quickly. A couple of nights later I was very pleased with the results, hopefully their babies will be too!

Happy Holidays everyone!


  1. I actually don't know which version of your fabulous bolero I like most because I like both closures equally and they both look great. (than you .) The kimono is also a fab design but I'm easily swayed by kimonos, I love them.
    Your girls are going to love those moses baskets they are truly adorable ! SO cute !.. so much better than plastic.
    I too love the Stella McCartney tree, she does some great stuff.

    Karen may you and your family have a fabulous christmas and I shall look forward to seeing what your up to in 2012 - happy creating ! :) xoxo

  2. I'm looking forward to your pattern for the beautiful red coat. SIMPLY STUNNING!!! Looks like my summer knitting project is now spoken for....I'll be patiently waiting! :)


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