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Diane Soucy

for Knitting Pure and Simple

275 Children's Neckdown Bolero (ages 2 - 10)

"A cute topper for dresses or play clothes," says Soucy. "Knitted with worsted (Aran, if you're British or Canadian) weight yarn at a gauge of 18 sts to 4 inches. Sizes 2, 4, 6, 8 and 10. Yarn shown is Balance by Vermont Organic Yarn." This is an unusually attractive bolero, not frilly as much as confident in a very modern way. The contrast between knits and purls is highlighted by the extravagant collar and silhouette. This is an extremely dramatic, avant-garde piece for this designer, and she pulls it off with aplomb.

Pattern Detail

  • no charts
  • no schematics
  • no sewing
  • all season
  • top-down, no sewing
  • 5 sizes, to fit ages 2 - 10; see data page
  • digital PDF has 2 pages (letter size)
  • easy
    • 4 x 4 in
    • 5.0 mm
    • US 8
    • 18.0 st st
Click below for more images and yarn requirements
275_girls_bolero Knitting_pattern_275_1101_1_out.pdf-1data

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Diane Soucy

Saturday, November 19 2011, 14:15

The sizes in this pattern are not the age of the child, they correspond to sizes in commercial clothing.
Most children of 11 wear a larger size than childs size 10.
The finished measurements on the pattern are how big the sweater will be, so its a good idea to measure a garment that fits the way the child likes to decide which size to make. The finished measurement of the smallest adult size (pattern # 284) is 33 inches.
The cuff is meant to hang straight or flare a bit. You certainly could change that if you wanted.


Saturday, November 19 2011, 14:03

Has anyone made this shrug? If you have, please let me know if pattern/gauge runs true to size. I want to make one for an almost 3 y-o & an 11 y-o; wondering if I need to buy larger girl/adult version for her or if I'll be able to improvise w/this one.
I am thinking about using smaller needles for sleeve rib, as it looks 'stretched out' in picture.
Any comments or suggestions?

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