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When casting on sts for the right body, stitches are cast on, then the existing sleeve stitches are knit. You'll want to have your stitches on a circular needle or dpns here because next you pick up and knit stitches along the previously cast-on stitches, beginning at the underarm (where the cast-on sts meet the sleeve), and picking up to the edge.
I DO have charts of the entire bodice for each of the sizes. They're huge, and it would have been impossible to include them in the book. However, I'm willing to e-mail them to anyone who is stuck on shaping the lace portions of the sleeves and bodice. Simply e-mail me to request them. Please specify which size you are knitting: knitt AT kristentendyke DOT com (there are 2 T's in knit)
As far as I know, there are no errata for the Light Bolero pattern. Any errata that may be missing from what is included here may be found on my website: http://www.kristentendyke.com/FFK.php
I have been working on Light Bolero too, The errors I am finding are in numbers of increases and decreases. I have been keeping track for myself in the margins for what I have done at each step so can reverse as I get to the other side.
I too had trouble understading the body add on stitches, but practiced on scrap yarn, then blindly followed what the directions said. Then lo and behold the instructions worked, but I had to sleep on it and mull it over to get it to line up. I would like to see pictures of the tricky construction parts like this under arm side seam. Have progressed and now making the Left front to be joined to the existant back. Am anticipating have to do a practice swatch run through and blindly follow to get it to work. I did have to restart the left front a couple of times because it just did not make sense due to I am making a size that has two purls stitches together for part of the pattern. Not sure I like how it looks, but don't want to rip it out either. I may reknit it to see if I can more closely match the purls two part so it does not look so different from the right front point.
I have a question about the light bolero on page 114 for size 351/2. I am wondering if the line "ending with row 6 of chart" shouldn't be with the line "work 1ws row even - 123sts" (to me this is row 6) Because coming off the size 35 1/2 instructions on page 113 I am on row 3 of pattern. Work I WS row even (row4) and the inc row is row 5. Taking the instructions from the end and working backwards, this seems to be the only way I can get the row count to work out.
I have been working on this pattern since April 2013 and today have decided to rip it all out and save my yarn for something that will work. I have never been so frustrated with a pattern in all of my knitting experiences! Even the teacher at my local yarn store (she is a Master Knitter) is frustrated with it. Just some clarification at crucial places would have gone such a long way. Too bad. I feel like throwing this book into the trash.
i have just started the light bolero and halfway into the sleeve i'm struggling with the instructions.
as you increase the number of sleeve stitches it is not clear how you are to incorporate those extra stitches into the lace pattern repeat . at some point you have stitches which are not enough to complete another repeat. do you just add partial lace repeat stitches?
sometimes it says to work even in pattern and sometimes it just says to work even. very inconsistent.
sure wish complete lace charts had been drawn up to show the progression of increases.
lots of pretty pictures but way short on instructions.
I am knitting the light bolero pattern that is featured on pages 108 to 114 of the Finish-Free Knits book. I finished the right sleeve but cannot understand the instructions for the body on page 110. It says to CO 30 stitches (for the 35 1/2" size) then pattern across the sleeve then pick up 30 stitches along the CO edge. Huh?? That doesn't seem right. I would think you would CO 30, pattern over the sleeve stitches and then cast on 30 more stitches. That would give you the 119 stitches. Is there anyone else out there that is stumped at his point of the pattern?