Earlier in the month, I posted about really liking the 10 foot high lace bolero. Well I’ve finished it, and I’m quite pleased – aside from the obvious mistake right across the back!
I was surprised at how quickly I could knit this up, even allowing for the miscounting leading to the few rows of fun in the middle. I really should learn my lesson about not knitting lace when watching CSI.
I found the instructions for the custom sizing slightly tricky, so in case you want to make one, and happen to be the same size as me, here are the measurements I used and the stitches cast on. Adapted from http://kellymaher.wordpress.com/2007/07/04/ribbed-lace-bolero/, my measurements are in pink.
The first step is to measure your shoulder-span. Mine is about 20 inches. Then you add 4 inches for each sleeve (8 inches) and add that to your shoulder measurement. I got 28 inches from that, so 28 inches will be the width of my bolero. My ribbing gauge is 4 stitches per inch, so I multiply 28 by 4 to get 112. I take that number, 112, and round it down to the next number that is a multiple of 4 +2. The next number down is 110, and that will be my cast-on number. To determine the length of my bolero, I measure the width of my upper arm, right under the armpit. Mine measures 14, and I will add 6.5 inches to that (3.25 inches on either side which I will seam together) to get my length of 20.5 inches.
If you are a Raveler, you can see the project here.