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Confidette bolero knitting pattern

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Confidette is a smart, cropped bolero and the perfect vintage-inspired layering piece!

It features a shaded garter stitch border with mitered corners, a simple neckline that won’t compete with the neckline of your favorite dress or top, and three-quarter length sleeves.

It’s seamless and worked top down, so it’s easy to customize the length.

Plus it’s a relatively fast knit in DK weight yarn. It’ll be your new favorite wardrobe staple!

There’s lots of customization tips and design ideas in the pattern. Have fun dreaming up ways to personalize your own Confidette. It’s an easy and fun knit and will leave you wanting to knit more than one!

Sizing
Choose a size that is approx. 1 – 3” / 2.5 – 7.5cm larger than your full bust.

32 (36, 39, 42, 45) [48, 51, 54] (57, 60, 63)” / 81.5 (91.5, 99, 106.5, 114.5) [122, 129.5, 137] (145, 152.5, 160)cm

Shown in size 36” / 91.5cm, with 1” / 2.5cm positive ease at bust.

Full schematic of all garment measurements can be downloaded here.


Full yarn requirements
Main Color (MC):
615 (705, 725, 795, 845) [905, 995, 1065] (1135, 1215, 1275)yds / 565 (645, 665, 730, 775) [830, 910, 975] (1040, 1115, 1170)m

Contrast Color (CC):
110 (115, 120, 130, 135) [140, 145, 155] (160, 165, 170) / 105 (110, 110, 120, 125) [130, 135, 145] (150, 155, 160)m

For your CC, pick a color that is one or two shades lighter or darker than your MC.


Yarn requirements in recommended yarn
John Arbon Textiles Knit by Numbers DK (273yds / 250m per 3.5oz / 100g skein, or 68yds / 62m per .75oz mini skein)

MC:
3 (3, 3, 3, 3) [4, 4, 4] (4, 5, 5) skeins

CC, if using 25g mini skeins:
2 (2, 2, 2, 3) [3, 3, 3] (3, 3, 3) skeins

CC, if using 100g skeins:
All sizes: 1 skein


Yarn requirements in alternate recommended yarn
Rohrspatz & Wollmeise Merino DK (468yds / 428m per 7oz / 200g skein)

MC:
2 (2, 2, 2, 2) [3, 3, 3] (3, 3, 3) skeins

CC:
All sizes will use less than half a skein


Gauge
22 sts / 28 rnds = 4” / 10cm in stockinette st using 3.75mm (US 5) needles, or size needed to obtain gauge.


Supplies
-3.75mm (US 5) 32” / 81cm or longer circular needles (for body)
-3.75mm (US 5) 40” / 100cm or longer circular needles (for border around body)
-3.75mm (US 5) dpns or circular needles (for your preferred method of working a small circumference in the rnd for sleeves)
-optional: one size up dpns or circular needles (see note in Sleeve shaping section)
-Stitch markers, including locking st markers
-Scrap yarn, to place sts on hold

Techniques needed
cast on, Icelandic bind off (instructions provided), knit in the round and flat, short rows (instructions provided), knit, purl, basic increases and decreases, picking up stitches, changing colors.


Pattern has been professionally tech edited by Brambles and Bindweed.

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