Saturday, 15 March 2014

Pink Sparkle Girl's Bolero

I recently found some very pretty yarn with a sparkle. It was so appealing that I couldn't resist buying several different colours!
The pink was so girly that I just had to make a bolero for a little girl.
 
Pink Sparkle Girl's Bolero
 
I made this one with long sleeves ~ but I have included a short sleeve option too.

 
 

Pink Sparkle Girl’s Bolero         For a girl of around 3years old
Use DK yarn (8ply)    ~   22sts = 4" (10cm).    I used two full 50g balls for the long sleeve version.

 
The Back

Using 4mm needles cast on 60sts

1st Row:  Knit

2nd Row:  Purl

Repeat these 2 rows until the back measures 5 ½ “ (14cm), ending after a 2nd row has been worked

Shape armholes

Cast off 3sts at beginning of next 2 rows                                                               (54sts)

Shape Raglan

1st Row:  K1, s1, k1, psso, knit to last 3sts, k2tog, k1

2nd Row:  Purl

3rd Row:  Knit

4th Row:  Purl

5th Row:  K1, s1, k1, psso, knit to last 3sts, k2tog, k1

6th Row:  Purl

Repeat the last two rows until there are 24sts  (finish after a purl row)

(Leave these 24 stitches on a spare needle, stitch holder or spare length of yarn)

 

The Left Front

Using 4mm needles cast on 12sts

Working in stocking stitch (1row knit, 1 row purl) throughout ~

1st Row:  Knit to end, cast on 2sts (front edge)                                                      (14sts)

2nd Row:  Inc in first st, purl to end                                                                           (15sts)

Repeat the last two rows once more                                                                       (18sts)

Work 13 rows inc 1 st at front edge in next & every foll alt row                       (25sts)

Work 12 rows inc 1 st at front edge in every foll 4th row                                     (28sts)

Continue without shaping until front measures 5 ½ “ (14cm), ending after a 2nd row has been worked

Shape armhole

1st Row:  Cast off 3sts, knit to end                                                                             (25sts)

2nd Row:  Purl to end

Shape Raglan

1st Row:  K1, s1, k1, psso, knit to end                                                                       (24sts)

2nd Row:  Purl

3rd Row:  Knit

4th Row:  Purl

5th Row:  K1, s1, k1, psso, knit to last2sts, k2tog                                                  (22sts)

6th Row:  Purl

Repeat the last two rows twice more                                                                     (18sts)

11th Row: K1, s1, k1, psso, knit to last 2sts, k2tog

12th Row:  Purl

13th Row:  K1, s1, k1, psso, knit to end

14th Row:  Purl

Repeat the last four rows 3 times more                                                                 (6sts)

Next Row:  K1, s1, k1, psso, knit to last2sts, k2tog                                               (4sts)

Next Row:  Purl

Next Row:  K1, s1, k1, psso, knit to end                                                                 (3sts)

Next Row:  Purl

Next Row:  K1, k2tog

Next Row:  P2tog

Fasten off

 

The Right Front

Using 4mm needles cast on 12sts

Working in stocking stitch (1row knit, 1 row purl) throughout ~

1st Row:  Inc in first st (front edge), knit to end                                                    (13sts)

2nd Row:  Purl to end, cast on 2sts                                                                          (15sts)

Repeat the last two rows once more                                                                     (18sts)

Work 13 rows inc 1 st at front edge in next & every foll alt row                      (25sts)

Work 12 rows inc 1 st at front edge in every foll 4th row                                   (28sts)

Continue without shaping until front measures 5 ½ “ (14cm), ending after a 1st row has been worked

Shape armhole

Cast off 3sts, purl to end                                                                                         (25sts)

Shape Raglan

1st Row:  Knit to last 3sts, k2tog, k1                                                                       (24sts)

2nd Row:  Purl

3rd Row:  Knit

4th Row:  Purl

5th Row:  K2tog, knit to last 3sts, k2tog, k1                                                            (22sts)

6th Row:  Purl

Repeat the last two rows twice more                                                                   (18sts)

11th Row:  K2tog, knit to last 3sts, k2tog, k1

12th Row:  Purl

13th Row:  Knit to last 3sts, k2tog, k1                                                                     (15sts)

14th Row:  Purl

Repeat the last four rows 3 times more                                                                 (6sts)

Next Row:  K2tog, knit to last 3sts, k2tog, k1                                                        (4sts)

Next Row:  Purl

Next Row:  K1, k2tog, k1

Next row:  K2tog, k1

Next row:  P2tog

Fasten off

 

 

Make either long or short sleeves

 

Long Sleeves (Both Alike)

Using 4mm needles cast on 36sts

1st Row:  S1, *k2, p2, repeat from * to last 3sts, k3

2nd Row:  S1, *p2, k2, repeat from * to last 3sts, p2, k1

Repeat the last two rows 3 times more

9th Row:  Knit

10th Row:  Purl

Working in stocking stitch (1row knit, 1 row purl) throughout ~

Increase 1 stitch at each end of next and every following 8th row until there are 44sts

Continue without shaping until sleeve measures 8” (20cm), ending after a purl row

Shape Armhole

Cast off 3 stitches at beginning of next two rows                                               (38sts)

Shape Raglan

1st  Row:  K1, s1, k1, psso, knit to last 3sts, k2tog, k1                                         (36sts)

2nd Row:  Purl

3rd Row:  Knit

4th Row:  Purl

Repeat the last 4 rows 3 times more                                                                     (30sts)

17th Row:  K1, s1, k1, psso, knit to last 3sts, k2tog, k1                                       (28sts)

18th Row:  Purl

Repeat the last two rows 7 times more                                                               (14sts)

(Leave these 14 stitches on a spare needle, stitch holder or spare length of yarn)

 

Short Sleeves (Both Alike)

Using 4mm needles cast on 44sts

1st Row:  S1, *k2, p2, repeat from * to last 3sts, k3

2nd Row:  S1, *p2, k2, repeat from * to last 3sts, p2, k1

Repeat the last two rows 3 times more

9th Row:  Knit

10th Row:  Purl

Shape Raglan

Cast off 3stitches at beginning of next two rows                                                (38sts)

3rd Row:  K1, s1, k1, psso, knit to last 3sts, k2tog, k1                                         (36sts)

4th Row:  Purl

5th Row:  Knit

6th Row:  Purl

Repeat the last 4 rows 3 times more                                                                    (30sts)

19th Row:  K1, s1, k1, psso, knit to last 3sts, k2tog, k1                                       (28sts)

20th Row:  Purl

Repeat the last two rows 7 times more                                                              (14sts)

(Leave these 14 stitches on a spare needle, stitch holder or spare length of yarn)

 

 

Lower Back Border

With right side facing, and using 4mm needles pick up and knit 60sts evenly along the cast on edge of the lower back.

1st Row:  S1, *p2, k2, repeat from * to last 3sts, p2, k1

2nd Row:  S1, *k2, p2, repeat from * to last 3sts, k3

Repeat the last two rows twice more

Cast off in rib.

 

Front Border

Join raglan seams

With right side facing, and using 4mm needles pick up and knit 86sts along the front edge, knit across 14sts from the first sleeve, 24sts from the back, 14sts from the second sleeve and then pick up and knit 86sts along the front edge.   (224sts)

1st Row:  S1, *p2, k2, repeat from * to last 3sts, p2, k1

2nd Row:  S1, *k2, p2, repeat from * to last 3sts, k3

Repeat the last two rows twice more

Cast off in rib.

 

To Finish

Join sleeve seams

Darn away ends
 
 


 


 
 
 
 

30 comments :

  1. You have done it again Marianna it's gorgeous, how I wish I had a little granddaughter to try out all these lovely little patterns on I love the little dress too. :)

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  2. This is lovely. I wish I had knitted more for my daughter when she was small. She would have looked lovely in this.

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  3. This is the cutest little bolero, and it looks perfect with the colorful dress :-)

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  4. WoW, do you possibly have a bigger size, my grand daughter is 4 but quite tall, i simply love it

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  5. I'd love this with directions for a smaller size if you have it, My dd is only 14 months and is quite petite so this would be way too big... Do you have instructions for smaller sizes at all??

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  6. Just darling and the size is great. By the time I find the yarn and make it, the 18 month and 21 month olds will fit into it. For those wanting bigger or smaller, consider the growing into it factor or go up or down a needle size. It's freely given, so why keep asking for more? Thank you so much for the great patterns you provide so generously.

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  7. I made this one for my granddaughter it's so easy to do and looks great on my granddaughter
    Thank you x

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    1. Would you mind posting a pic? i am a beginner knitter - would this be easy enough to do?

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  8. I made this one for my granddaughter it's so easy to do and looks great on my granddaughter
    Thank you x

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  10. Hi Marianna, I have a question for you about the pattern... I am a beginner knitter so perhaps this is a silly question... Under the "Left Front" part of the pattern you say:

    Work 13 rows inc 1 st at front edge in next & every foll alt row (25sts)

    Work 12 rows inc 1 st at front edge in every foll 4th row (28sts)

    After the 13th row (which is a knit row) should I first do a purl row before I start the next 12 rows increasing every 4th row?

    thanks
    Melanie

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    1. Right after the cast on it says "Working in stocking stitch (1row knit, 1 row purl) throughout "

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    2. Right after the cast on it says "Working in stocking stitch (1row knit, 1 row purl) throughout "

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  11. I love this Bolero! It is explained row by row and so easy to read. Can I make it to bigger size for my 9 year old daughter?

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    1. Hi Sue, were you able to get the pattern for a 9 year old? Actually, mine's only 6.

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  12. do you have directions for doing this on a circular needle?
    It is so cute and I need the directions for a 6 year old also
    Thanks

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  13. Hi - I have all the pieces knit and have picked up stitches on the lower back and knitted the bottom band or edge. However, the edge sticks off. Is the only solution for that steaming/ironing?
    Thanks

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  14. Please, you didn't mention the name of the yarn so I can't check for yardage and all yarn grams do not measure alike in yardage.

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  15. Does anyone have any measurements for lengths & widths of the various pieces? I'd especially like to know what the length is from neck to bottom of the back. Thank you!

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  16. Hi
    I have a question concerning The Left Front directions.
    It says to work 13 rows inc 1 St at front edge on next & every following alt row.
    I thought I understood this but because my armhole came out on the wrong end I obviously did something wrong. Do you start the increase on the first knit row or the next purl row???
    Thanks

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  17. Hi! I have been looking all over the internet for the same pattern. My daughter is 8 and I am a beginner so if you can help me out a little bit to make this pattern a little bigger. I would really appreciate any help you could give. Thanks.

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  18. I love your gorgeous pattern, it's super cute! I would love to make it for my 6-yr old, so if there's any chance you could help with the sizing that would be awesome :-)

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    1. i did it for my 5 yr old and its a bit big, but she is skinny.
      i added 6 more stitches at cast on edge for the back, and worked in pattern ending with 6 extra stitches at the neck band.
      the fronts i cast on an extra 3 stitches each side and worked pattern to end.
      the arms i did the same as i dont like wide arms.
      i also used 6mm needles and arran type wool.
      but i think it would fit better just with the 4mm needles, dk wool, and the stitch increases.
      just make sure (as i didnt) that when knitting the front round band that you pick up more than the 86 stitches and cast off really loosely, otherwise the bad will curl inwards.

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  19. Thank you Marianna. It's a pretty bolero. I made it smaller for my 2 year old daughter. I did decease the stitches and improvised a little here and there, But it turned out perfect. I will post a picture a little later. Thank you for the pattern.:-)

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  20. CATH 11 JANUARY 2017
    HAVE TRIED MAKING THIS BOLERO, MY PROBLEM IS THAT HAVING MADE THE LEFT AND RIGHT FRONT THEY TURNED OUT EXACTLY THE SAME. SO I UNPICKED ONE OF THE FRONTS MATCHED THE OTHER TO THE BACK AND STARTED TO RE-KNITT THE OTHER WITH THE SAME RESULT. I CANNOT WORK OUT WHERE I AM GOING WRONG. HELP!!!

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  21. I love this.I don't suppose you have it larger sizes. My granddaughters are size 10/12. Thank you.

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  22. I think i have made a mistake--i used 4 x 50gm balls for my bolero. It was 8ply and 95 metres per ball.

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  23. daft question i'm new to knitting so how do you
    1st Row: Knit to end, cast on 2sts (front edge) (14sts)

    2nd Row: Inc in first st, purl to end
    many thanks x

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  24. I made this and it turned out beautiful. Do you have the pattern to fit a 4 year old?

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