Thursday, August 24, 2017

Free Pattern - Vintage 1953 “Party Girl” Bolero #133

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Vintage 1953 “Party Girl” Bolero  #133

Small, Medium, Large
Directions are for Small size. 
Changes for Medium & Large sizes are in brackets.

This bolero can be made with:
9 [10-11] oz of any of the following yarns:  Nylon; Sock & Sweater; Fingering; or Sport in blue or any other desired color
1 oz white or any contrasting color for all sizes
1 snap fastener
Knitting needles #6
Steel crochet hook #0

Width across back at underarm - 16” [17“, 18“]
Width across each front at underarm - 8 ½” [9“, 9 ½”]
Sleeve seam - 12“ [12“, 12 ½”]

9 st = 2“

Bolero is worked with a double strand of yarn through-out

With blue cast on 66 [72, 76] sts & work in patt as follows:.

1st row:  * K 1, p 1, rep from * across row.

2nd row:  * P 1, k 1, rep from * across row. 

Work even in patt for ¾”.

Next row:  Keep patt even, inc 1 st on each side, then inc 1 st on each side every ¾” twice, 72 [78, 82] sts.

Work even until back meas 4” [4 ½”, 4 ½”] from beg.

Cast on 5 sts at beg of next 20 rows for sleeves, then cast on 4 [4, 7] sts at beg of next 2 rows 180 [186, 196] sts. 

Work even for 4” [4 ½”, 5“].

Next 2 rows:  Bind off 1 [3, 8] sts at beg of each row.

Bind off 8 sts at the beg of next 20 rows, then bind off rem 18 [20, 20] sts for back of neck.

With blue, cast on 15 [18, 21] sts & work in patt across row, cast on 2 sts, place a marker in last cast on st for front edge.

Work even in patt cast on 2 sts at front edge every other row twice, then inc 1 st at front edge every other row 15 times, at the same time inc 1 st at side edge every ¾” 3 times, 39 [42, 45] sts. 

Work even in patt until front meas same as back to underarm. 

Keep front edge even cast on 5 sts at side edge every other row 10 times.

Next row:  Cast on 4 [4, 7] sts at side edge, 93 [96, 102] sts. 

Work even for 4 ½” [4 ½”, 5“] end at sleeve edge.

Next row:  Bind off 1 [3, 8] sts at beg of row, then bind off 8 sts at beg of every other row 10 times, at the same time when 4th bind off at sleeve edge is completed, bind off 9 sts at neck edge, then dec 1 st at neck edge every other row 3 [4, 5] times. 

Work even at neck edge until all sleeve bind offs are completed, cut yarn.

Work same as right front, reverse shaping.

Cast on 40m [40, 42] sts & work even in patt for 2”, then dec 1 st at each end every other row 3 times, bind off.

Cast on 62 [64, 66] sts & work same as cuffs.

Block each section. 

Sew side & sleeve seams. 

Sew top sleeve seams. 

Sew collar & cuffs in position, having opening of cuffs at upper sleeve seam.

With single strand of white ch 19, 5 dc in 4th st from hook, * 1 dc in each of the next 2 sts of ch, 2 dc in next st, rep from * twice, 1 dc in each of the next 2 sts of ch, 5 dc in next st, sk next 2 sts, sl st in last st, cut yarn.

Work 30 more scallops in same manner & sew in position down each front, around collar & cuffs as illustrated. 

If desired trim with pearl beads as illustrated. 

Sew snap fastener in position at neck line.