I bought this Japanese pattern book thinking that it would make a nice addition to my library, full of beautiful lace work to look at, though not intending to actually make any of them since they are all so delicate (i.e. lots of work!) Especially if I didn't want to use crochet thread to make garments, I was pretty much out of options as the materials used in the book are all fine cotton threads. That changed when I picked up Panda Silk in a LYS. The image of this bolero jumped into my mind. This would be the perfect yarn for it!
This bolero has a very simple construction, you basically make a long rectangle, fold it in half, then add on sleeve edgings and a band that forms the collar and the edging for the rest of the body. The pattern was simple too, just endless repetitions of chain stitches and clusters. But the process got pretty boring and I was running out of patience toward the end. There were just too many chain stitches. Endless.
Blocking this piece is also a lot of work. I chose to pin it down and then spray it with water and let it dry. But, did you notice all those little scallops (chain stitches) along the edge of the entire bolero? Yes, I stretched and pinned each and every one of them down! I did fold it in half to do it, but, still, it was a lot of work!
Although I got a bit testy toward the end of finishing this bolero, I must say, I love the end result! It came out just exactly as I expected. I enjoyed crocheting with Panda Silk. The generous yardage (204 yards per ball) means I only needed 4 balls for the bolero, so the entire piece is light weight and easy to wear. I will be going back to the store to get more of this stuff, I just wish it comes in more colors in deeper tones. Maybe I will try some variegated colors next time.