Readers’ projects: the Cloud Bolero

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Publishing the wonderful patterns that come to Yarn Forward is always exciting, but the real magic begins when our readers pick up their needles and hooks and set to work. The range of ideas that individual knitters and crocheters can bring to a pattern is always inspiring: from choosing the yarn and the colour, to altering the shape of a garment to get that tailor-made look, Yarn Forward readers demonstrate that there’s so much more to a pattern than what’s printed on the page.

The Cloud Bolero illustrates this principle beautifully. The original design (by Ysolda Teague, available from our free patterns page) is a winsome feather-and-fan lace shrug. Worked in one piece from the top down, it features charming cap sleeves and a sweet picot edging. Here, three readers show how they took that original concept and made it into a garment of their own…

Black Cloud's Cloud Bolero

Sarah demonstrates how well her glorious red bolero goes with the glorious red of her hair. She altered the pattern slightly, eliminating the picot bind-off from the bottom hem after finding that it made the bolero flair out more than she wanted. The neat shape works well with the bold colour. Sarah used Lion Brand Cashmere blend. You can see more of her knitting on her blog, or find her on Ravelry as BlackCloud.

Kellygirl's Cloud Bolero

Kelly’s extra-long version is well suited to her body shape, and looks great over a long-sleeved t-shirt. “I cast on and knit until I ran out of yarn”, she says, and adds that the bolero “makes her feel a bit bohemian” – an effect enhanced by the variegated yarn she’s chosen (Sangria by Mister Joe, a discontinued bulky wool-mix). The long colour changes enhance the wavy lines of the lace. Find her on Ravelry as Kellygirl.

Liznen's Cloud Bolero

Like Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt, lace knitting and multi-coloured yarn are separately beautiful, yet often incompatible: Liz’s bolero shows that feather-and-fan is a lovely exception to that rule, with the strong horizontal lines of the pattern showing off the rich autumnal shades of the Manos del Uruguay wool. She also lengthened the sleeves because she finds cap sleeves unflattering – a simple alteration which works very well. Liz made it for a wedding, and says that she’ll be wearing it for special occasions in the future. Find her on Ravelry as Liznen.

Thanks to the knitters who generously allowed us to use their pictures here. If you have a Yarn Forward project that you’d like to share with other readers, email sarah[at]yarnforwardmagazine[dot]co[dot]uk with pictures and details.

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