I bought the pattern, Cozy Bolero, to use with my ArtFibers yarn, Zoftig. It just did not look right. This pattern calls for size US 19 needles so it made the knitted fabric look very holey. Not the look I was going for. I tried another yarn in my stash and it still didn't work. Finally, I broke down and just bought the yarn called for in the pattern. Luckily, it was on sale when I went to Michaels. The Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick is very soft and creates a very warm sweater.
I had lots of doubts while knitting this pattern. First of all, the raglan increases are not mirrored on the left and right sides and using those broom stick sized needles still produced a very loose fabric. It was so awkward using such huge needles and the plastic cable between the needles is hard to maneuver.
I followed the exact instructions for the size 32-34 inch bust, but I think that I could have done one size smaller. It's slightly roomy around the underarms and bust area, but I don't mind. I am thinking of adding a extra button so it can be pulled in tighter at the chest.
If you compare my pictures to the pattern and other people's finished boleros on Ravelry, you will notice that mine did not turn out to be a bolero at all. Mine turned into a cardigan. I am short (under 5 ft tall), but I was still surprised at how long it turned out. It's a top down construction so I was able to try it on the whole time I was knitting it. The bottom hem hit my waist perfectly when I tried it, but my needles were too short to try it on when I was knitting the rib border. When I bound off and tried it on, it bunched up unattractively right at my hips. I may be short, but I am hippy in that area! I blocked the heck out of that area and now it lays flat. Phew! I was so worried I would have to rip back.Overall, I am satisfied with how it turned out. This is my First Official Adult Knitted Garment and it's for myself! It was fast, only took a few days of knitting, and it uses so little yarn. And I learned a new technique while knitting this cardigan. My knitting pal, Penelope, taught me to knit the sleeves in the round, 2 at the same time using magic loop. A very neat technique! This pattern could use a little tweaking if I make it again.
Pattern: Cozy Bolero by Jane Richmond, Ravelry Store Link
Needles: US 19 / 15.0 mm
Yarn: 2.5 skeins of Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick in color: Charcoal #149
Size made: 32-34