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Bolero with Petal (or Tulip) Sleeve - by Loulou Pirotte

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  Size: petite (Bust - waist - hips: 88 - 68 - 88 cm)

  Category: *

  Machine: Brother KH970, electronic standard gauge.


  Total amount used: 140 grs.

  Tension: with 2 strands, one strand of each yarn.

  Gauge: 10 x 10 cm:  

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  Stitch pattern:



  The  basic shape (back, fronts and sleeve) was  originally created in Standard Garment Styling and tweaked in   Original Pattern Drafting. Actually, I used the shape of another bolero (Bolero with Tie, also in the DesignaKnit   Gallery).

   Only the fronts and sleeve needed to be altered.
  The “casing” (knitted separately)   and the tie are not represented in the shape file.

  1. To draft the petal sleeve, I started from the piece called “sleeve tool”, in the shape file. I also duplicated  the finished ‘Sleeve Tool’ piece into “Sleeve Tool 2”, for subsequent manipulation purposes. See below.
    Note: You can practice the following manipulations on a paper pattern first. Print out the ‘Sleeve Tool’ piece in the Garment Outline format, draft the 2 curved lines and re-draft the pattern in 2 sections, following the instructions below.
  2. Place a marker at the centre of the cuff (point 12)  and 2 markers at the top of the sleeve cap, 0.6 cm in from the edges. (Points 2 & 4).
  3. Add 2 points to the bottom line of the cuff (points 11 & 13), each distant 11 cm from the centre of the piece.
  4. Place the Origin tool  so that the zero coincides with the top of the sleeve cap and make sure

you have 2 points (7 & 17) , on either edge of the sleeve cap, about 11 cm down from the cap top. This is where the curved lines will cross.

  1. Duplicate ‘Sleeve tool’ into ‘Sleeve Tool 2’.
  2. Work on ‘Sleeve Tool 2’: separate the piece diagonally between points 2 & 11 (Piece/Separate). Name the new piece ‘Tool’.
  3. Select the ‘Tool’ piece and make it  Transparent (View/Transparent)
  4. Superimpose ‘Tool’ onto ‘Sleeve  Tool‘.
  5. Using the Curve Tool, draw 1 curved line from  point 1 on the sleeve cap down to the opposite bottom edge of the cuff: point 10. (The curved lines need to cross three quarters of the way down to the centre line: points 7 & 17 you added earlier. See 4 above). The result can be seen in the piece called ‘Tool New’.
  6. You will need 2 identical   sections: duplicate (Piece/Duplicate) ‘Tool New’ and flip it (Alter/Flip). The 2 pieces are now called ‘Sleeve 1’ and ‘Sleeve 2’.
  7. Rotate Sleeve 1 and Sleeve 2 by 180°  so as to start your knitting from the straight section (i.e. top of the  sleeve cap).

By “knit manually”, I mean using Interactive Knitting *without the machine*, i.e. using the UP arrow tool.

  Knitting tips  and finishing

  1. Cast on the total number of needles required for the base of the front (i.e. LN53-RN36), and knit 12 circular rows (24 carriage passes).
    Next, transfer the stitches from the ribber to the main bed.
  2. Set carriage to hold and put all the needles into hold except LN53-LN39.
    Next, pick up (put back into working position)  x needles, every 2 rows, as instructed by DesignaKnit and go on knitting, shaping as instructed by DesignaKnit.
  1. This is knitted separately, in 2 parts. The length was determined by putting one front and half the back neckline on the linker ‘s needles: 190 stitches. Stocking stitch.  
  2. E-wrap cast on and knit 44 rows at tension 3.
  3. Remove on waste yarn.
  4. Knit second half of the casing in the same way.
  1. With the wrong side facing you, place  the e-wrap edge of the casing, waste knitting upwards,  on 190 linker needles.
  2. Place the front (centre) edge on those needles, right side facing, piece downwards.
  3. Fold the casing towards you  and place the open stitches on the same needles, waste knitting downwards.
  1. Pin the 2 sections of a sleeve onto a mannequin to determine which section you want on top.
    Make sure you do the 2 sleeves in the same. Way!
  2. Baste the 2 sections together making sure their top edges coincide.
  3. Fold the sleeve in half and mark the centre (near the top of the cap).
  4. Mattress stitch the sleeve to the armhole.
  5. Some additional finishing will be needed on the wrong side at the cap level: a few stitches to hold the 2 sections together at this point.