This is my latest finished project. It’s called’Fanny’s Chemisette’ and it comes from the Fall 2012 edition of Jane Austen Knits magazine.
The pattern is designed by Deborah Adams and can be found on page 112:
I had some handspun (by me) alpaca/silk yarn, which I used to make up the back of the bolero. It is heavy and hangs really well, caught up by the tie at the bottom. I used a crochet tie not ribbon as stated in the pattern.
I didn’t have enough handspun alpaca/silk yarn to do the whole bolero and I think it would have made it too heavy so the front is worked in a purchased Sirdar yarn called Escape. I used the DK weight.
Here is the magazine with one of the fronts:
This is the back. I crocheted a picot edging around the sleeves because I felt it looked prettier and I stitched down the collar with large tacking stitches to stop it sticking up and being a nuisance.
The bolero is very comfortable to wear and gives that extra bit of warmth for the evenings.
I recommend this pattern to anyone who wants to make a bolero.
Remember this project? Well, it’s now finished and keeping me warm. Here’s another picture from the magazine:
The second picture shows the shoulder joining, which is tied with a pretty ribbon. However, I wasn’t too sure about that ribbon, so on my version, I plaited some of the yarn I had spun previously, like this:
I’m getting on with the capelet that I started recently. I wrote about it here. However, I didn’t think the lilac colour mohair wool, as shown in the pattern book, was a very good match so I’ve been hunting for something a bit more appropriate.
I think I’ve found it – Eureka! I love this. Perfect Autumn colour. What do you think?
I think it goes really well with the main colour:
but I’m not finished yet. I may extend the capelet to make it wider. First I’ll wash it and then decide…
I started my newest knitting project the other day. It is going to be a cape as shown in ‘Jane Austen Knits’. I think it looks really pretty and I knew I had just the yarn for the base of it.
Here is the pattern:
As you can see the base is a thick brown worsted yarn – just right for warmth and the overlay is a fluffy mohair in a gorgeous lacey pattern. The handspun yarn I made myself last October is just right for the base:
But I’m not sure about the colour of the lacey top layer. I think I may choose a light beige to do that. What do you think?