Cabled Bolero - FINALLY!

Hi guys,
I have finally finished my most ambitious project to date. It's Norah Gaughan's Cabled Bolero from the Winter 2006/2007 issue of Vogue Knitting and I made it for my very dear friend Joanne. It's made up of 11 individually made pentagons, each joined in by picking up stitches along 1 or more sides of a previous pentagon. The sleeves are variations of the pentagon pattern, and the collar is knit separately and sewn on at the end. I made it using Lana Grossa Bingo (100% Merino) on size 7 (US) needles.

It was an interesting project - in a good way. As I got farther along, it seemed a little awkward in spots. At some point, Joanne and I realized that it would fit her better upside down (i.e. with the "neckline" toward the waist and "waistline" toward the neck.) The first picture shows it on her as specified in the pattern, and it seems to draw a bit tightly across the lower back. The second picture shows it turned over. Fortunately, we discovered this before attaching the collar. But flipping it left a couple of pentagons looking odd at the lower front (right and left sides). Well, one of the beauties of this pattern is its modular nature. It was no big deal to pull out the offending pentagons and re-do them as 2/5 of a pentagon. (Each pentagon is made by knitting 5 triangles side-by-side, so I just re-knit 2 of the 5 triangles and got the shape I wanted.)

I don't have pics yet of Jo modeling it after I attached the collar, but I couldn't wait any longer to post. According to my ravelry notebook, I've been working on this since freakin' JANUARY!!! Anyway, it's done. And I survived.


Tom Hart's picture

That is completely out of this world. It's what they call a masterpiece. Really, really stunningly and beautifully done. Looking forward to a picture of Joanne wearing it with the collar.

Thinman's picture

Great job! Your friend Joanne must be very pleased. It's ingenious how you got it to fit!

Craig's picture

Totally love it , the texture is amazing. I could see this as a huge throw blanket.
Great job.

Have been knitting for years. I knit continually then will try another craft, but will return to the needles.

RickeScott's picture

I had the same thought several years ago. Here's what I came up with: Norah Gaughan inspired cable afghan

rc_in_sd's picture

Thanks for the comments! Rick, I really like the way you've modified the pattern to make an afghan.

RickeScott's picture

Congrats! It looks great.

Stan Stansbury's picture

Amazing cables. Great job.

ronhuber's picture

Very impressive. The texture is wonderful.

Kerry's picture

What an amzing garment.

Iacobvs's picture

Fantastic pattern and work, Ray. It is so amazing, I am afraid I look pay more attention to the work than the woman wearing it! Course, I would never tell anyone that. I'd just let people think I was looking at their chest and not at what is covering it!

PhilNmtl's picture

Recommendations for Amsterdam?

My partner and I wil be in Amsterdam for a few days at the end of this week before continuing on to Italy. Does anyone know of must-visit yarn shops in Amsterdam? Thanks - Phil

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Norah Gaughan's designs rely a lot on modular units. That is what makes them so versatile. [And challenging.] Great job adapting her design to what worked best for your friend. That is the beauty of knitting. Lucky Joanne, getting such a gorgeous gift. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

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TheKnittingMill's picture

That's BEAUTIFUL Ray! Great work! I love all the texture.

mrossnyc's picture

Congratulations! It's a great design.

rc_in_sd's picture

Thanks lots, guys!