The Bayswater Bolero, by Genniewren Designs, is a cute shrug with puffed sleeves that is ideal for spring, summer, or fall.
The bolero is knitted top down, all in one piece. It features delicate lacy eyelets for the raglan sleeve increases, and a pretty cable pattern on the cutaway front. The main feature is a textured eyelet stitch pattern to border the neckline, sleeve edges and the hem.
The Bayswater Bolero uses stockinette stitch, garter stitch, yarn overs, and cables. The only sewing is for the sleeve cuff seams and one button for the neck closure. A longer version of the bolero is also included in the pattern for variety.
This versatile shrug is sure to please your doll. It's a fun, modern-style fashion accessory that's perfect to wear on a trip to London.
Bayswater is a cosmopolitan area of London that includes the famous Kensington Gardens, home of the Princess Diana Memorial and the statue of Peter Pan. At the time of the Domesday Book (in the 11th Century), Bayswater was a completely rural area that belonged to Baynard, the Abbot of Westminster. The name Bayswater is said to come from Baynard's Watering Place. The water source, known as the West Bourne, is still celebrated today in the tube station and street names Westbourne Grove, and Westbourne Terrace.
After the creation of Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens in the early 1800s Bayswater quickly became extremely fashionable when London's businessmen started to commission large garden villas for their families.
Featuring broad streets lined with white stucco-fronted town houses, narrow, cobblestone mews terraces, green tree-lined squares and the famous Portobello Road Market, Bayswater is also home to some major religious buildings of interest including the first Synagogue in London built in 1879, and London's first Greek Orthodox Cathedral.
Bayswater has some interesting other "firsts" too: it was home to Britain's first ever department store in 1911, and also to our first ever coin-operated laundry which opened its doors in 1949!
Nowadays Bayswater is a thriving, multicultural district featuring many fashionable shops, hotels, tourist attractions and restaurants, all celebrating Britain's diverse history and culture, and featuring foods from all parts of the world. It's a fascinating place to explore on a visit to Old London Town.
This PDF knitting pattern is designed to fit 18" dolls such as American Girl®.
Recommended Fabrics: Suggested US Yarn Types: Fingering Yarn or Sock Yarn. Suggested UK/Australian/South African Yarn Types: 4 ply yarn, 3 ply yarn, sock yarn For US knitters, most yarns marked as yarn weight 1 (Super Fine) will work with this pattern depending on your gauge (tension).
- One circular US Size 2 (metric 2.75 mm) knitting needle, and a pair of straight needles if you prefer (or whatever size needle you need to use to make the gauge (tension) required).
- A cable needle the same size as, or finer than, your main knitting needles.
- Optional – one US Size 4 (metric 3.5 mm) knitting needle – needed only if you bind off tightly.
- Blunt ended yarn needle for darning in yarn ends and sewing on the button.
- One 3/8” (7-9 mm) button for front closure of the bolero.
- One 25g (1 oz) ball of yarn should be sufficient to knit either style of bolero.
Suggested US Yarn Types: Fingering Yarn or Sock Yarn. Suggested UK/Australian/South African Yarn Types: 4 ply yarn, 3 ply yarn, sock yarn
For US knitters, most yarns marked as yarn weight 1 (Super Fine) will work with this pattern depending on your gauge (tension).
Skill Level: Intermediate
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