and miles to go before I rest

You probably think I’ve gone bag happy and haven’t been knitting at all, right? Well, wrong! I HAVE been knitting, and I am near completion on the bolero thing from the summer Vogue Knitting, but I fear this is going to be one of those neverending projects. Why? Take a look:

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See the edging band on the bottom? I have to knit a million miles of this, enough to go around the entire bottom, the front openings, and the neck. It is a 4-row, 7-stitch pattern repeat. Oh, and Vogue Knitting provides helpful instructions, such as “attach as you go along.” Yeah, THANKS. Aiyaaaaa!

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16 Responses to and miles to go before I rest

  1. Jan says:

    Cute little sweater! The edging band? Let us know how that works out. ;-)

  2. Alexa says:

    Even with miles away to knit, it’s super cute right now.

  3. Jessica says:

    I saw that when the magazine came out. Knit an edging then sew it on? No thanks.
    Good luck with it. It’s looking awfully cute so far.

  4. Krista says:

    Anmiryam just finished a version of this bolero. Totally different color choice, but it shows you the edging is not eternal. She apparently found some way of attaching it, too, so there’s hope! Go take a look, it may motivate you to keep truckin’.

  5. stinkerbell says:

    that instruction is the fair-weathered cousin to “reverse shaping” for the other side.
    Any designer who writes that ought to get a good needle whack across the head for it!
    But it will look adorable on you you know :)

  6. carolyn says:

    maybe it’s meant to say “attach as you go, so as to spread the blood sweat and tears out all over the project” :)

  7. Mira says:

    But you know it’s going to look super adorable when it’s done. Actually it already looks adorable. I love the color, so summery and bright.

  8. Kathy says:

    Oh – I just started one, and haven’t been working on it very much because sewing the edging on after scared the bejesus out of me. But yours looks so very nice! Do keep us posted on the edging – I’d love to know what I’m in for. ;)

  9. hannah says:

    golly, that is a tiny edging band! the sweater is super cute though!

  10. Susanne says:

    I would suggest that you knit the edging for the total length you need and then sew it on. If you try to attach as you knit, the edging might appear “loose” on the bolero. If you do attach as you knit you need to pick up every 2nd stitch along the bottom of the bolero.

  11. Eva says:

    It looks great! I am a little worried about the edging too, so you’ll have to post your experiences with the edging.

  12. Eva says:

    It looks great! I am a little worried about the edging too, which is one of the reasons I haven’t started, so you’ll have to post your experiences with the edging.

  13. annamiko says:

    applied icord. simple, elegant, easy to do. let the sleeves have the edging glory.

  14. Christie says:

    It will go super fast, don’t worry. I made a super long lenght of edging then sewed it on so I could gauge how much more I neeed to do. Honestly, it wasn’t that bad.

  15. anmiryam says:

    Hi, I just finished this bolero and I attached the edging using mattress stitch. I alternated knitting the edging and sewing it on, trying to break up the monotony of it all. It also helped to make sure I only knit the right amount of edging!
    On the bottom edges I sewed each stitch of the body to each row of the edging worked, if I skipped every fourth row of the edging. For the front band section it worked row-to-row. That’s probably as clear as mud, but I hope it helps.
    Your’s looks great. Love the color!

  16. susan says:

    it looks so good! are you liking the knitpicks shine? i wanted to make something like this too, it’s nice for me to look at yours first… also, i wanted to compliment your use of aiyaaaa… i’ve been feeling a bit deprived since back in the states…

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