Monday, 9 November 2009

Modification Mondays: Cabled Bolero


 Original Pattern: Cabled Bolero

Knitter Extraordinaire: Una (Rav id)

Mods: Used fewer pentagrams and arranged them in a different configuration, as well used the collar edging  completely around the bolero, for a more finished look. More details on her mods, specifically a very handy diagram on how she put it all together, is on her project page.



What Makes This Awesome:  This is a popular but really challenging pattern, and many people have tried to modify it into a more wearable garment. I've even got this one sleeping away in my Ravelry projects page, too. But Una's take is easily the most sophisticated and wearable mod of the bolero I've seen- it's the kind of sweater that you wear out and absolutely everyone asks you wear you got it.And how perfect is the knitted button?! I love this sweater, it's utterly perfect. If I ever get around to finishing my bolero, I'll be using Una's mods, for sure. And looking at hers makes me want to dig mine out of the WIP pile, posthaste!

13 comments:

The Slop Queen said...

Wow! Thanks for spotlighting this one. I'm not much of a bolero girl, but that one is really lovely. I'll be heading over to Ravelry to find out details and leave a comment!

p.s. Hope the teeth aren't paining you too terribly much!

Allyson said...

I love this pattern! I've knit three of them, if you can believe it, because when I finished mine two of my girlfriends couldn't live without it.

These modifications are so cute! It's like a totally different sweater.

e said...

that think is amazing!

hope your teeth are okay!

Kara said...

Fabbity Fab!

weezalana said...

What a great take on this pattern!

Susan said...

I really love this version. I am in 100% agreement with your post. This has to be the most tailored version I've seen of this bolero so far. What a marvelous job she did and then to add the diagram on ravelry - she is now at angel status. lol.

alittlebitofscrap said...

I'm working on this right now too! Love it and it is nice to see others modifications. Thanks for sharing. It is lovely :)

Salihan said...

I love this! That's an incredible looking bolero. At first glance it looked like a quilted top. That Una is one talented knitter!

Michele said...

I just saw this on Ravelry a couple of days ago and thought it was so cute. I really love her mods. I feel like it makes so much more sense this way. She did a great job.

Hilary said...

That is beautiful! I've read about people's travails with that particular pattern, but Una seems to have figured out how to make it fit perfectly!

I hope your wisdom-tooth-extraction recovery is going well!

CanarySanctuary said...

Thank you many times for posting this. I number amongst those who have tried and failed spectacularly in the mod-this-pattern game. It's encouraging to see some who've succeeded!

funsize said...

That is so elegant!

Ilix said...

Totally in agreement with the first comment.. not something I would normaly go for, but this modification looks so useable and polished! Lovely! Thanks for sharing!