Pattern Freebie: Lacy Bolero

Today’s freebie pattern comes from the Bestway leaflet No. 856 – which was ‘donated’ to me by the lovely Anne.  While there is no publication date on the leaflet, the interweb sources seem to think this is from the late 1930’s.

Click on the following link to download the free pdf: Bestway’s Lacy Bolero Pattern.

Click the following link to add this pattern to your Ravelry Queue/Favorites.

I’m not sure about you guys, but I love the delicate and feminine lounge wear ladies used to wear back in the day, mostly those flowy pajamas and bathrobe sets.  Even though this Bolero is made for going out, I think it would be wonderful in long sleeves for around the house lounging.

Pattern Details:

This bolero is constructed for a 35″ bust.  But since there is minimal NO shaping from the waist to the armhole shaping, you could easily add the additional stitches you need to make the width fit comfortably (taking note of the lace pattern stitch count).

This bolero is knit using US No. 1’s and US No. 2’s (or 3’s – depending on your source) and the gauge is 7 sts to an inch and 11 rows to an inch with a light fingering weight yarn.  Normally I’d say that the gauge is done using stockinette – but I can’t say that’s the case here.  Since there are 7 sts to an inch using light fingering yarn with US 2’s (or US 3’s) I’m assuming this is based on the lacy pattern.

I hope you love this pattern & as always – let me know if you’d like to see something specific and I can hunt in my pattern stash for you guys.

Have a great weekend!

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Comments (6)

  1. Erin B December 6, 2013 — 5:50 PM

    Thanks for another pretty pattern. I do so enjoy all of your vintage patterns. I think its fantastic that you post them for everyone to enjoy and keep them alive long beyond the life of the paper they’re printed on.

  2. Kelly December 7, 2013 — 10:29 AM

    Oh, such a sweet pattern! I love it, and would love to see someone make it up. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Mina September 29, 2017 — 8:01 AM

    Thank you for sharing these lovely vintage patterns! Just a note: the link in this post does not go to the correct Ravelry entry, it goes to lacy-bolero-5 and should go to lacy-bolero-4.

    1. Liz September 29, 2017 — 9:23 AM

      Thanks so much Mina, got it all fixed now! :)

  4. Denise August 20, 2018 — 6:14 PM

    Thank you so much for this [pattern. I have been looking for a 30’s bolero pattern. I plan to knit if plain but in a leopard print.

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