Eureka! Circle Vest-ish Pattern Found

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The pattern is called Rachel's Bolero. Downsize it somewhat, lose the arms, and I believe we have a match at least for basic shape. You can buy it for $4.88 at You may thank the incomparable genius internet pattern sleuth heatherfeather for her brilliance.

**UPDATE**: You may also be interested to know her:


This vintage bolero pattern might be even closer to the mark*, and it's FREE from Yesterknits! Merci to the extra-fabulous Yahaira. See what we can accomplish when we cooperate? There really is no "I" in T-E-A-M!

* and yes, Heather, this vintage lady does have much better posture.

Posted by jess at July 25, 2005 8:10 PM


Posted by: yahaira at July 25, 2005 9:31 PM

Gah! I just found your blog via KnitFix & I adore your site, do you mind if I link to you? I'm also SO impressed that someone was able to find you that pattern, as soon as I got my catalogue I was daydreaming how on earth I could knit that! Very awesome and your tomato photos are great! Let me know if its ok to link you :D


Posted by: Amanda Woodward at July 25, 2005 10:44 PM

The similarity is amazing. I hope this isn't another case of a big house taking the design of a smaller designer. Ha! But you'll show them by knitting it yourself!

Posted by: Nicole at July 26, 2005 1:49 AM

actually, I just found a pattern that is almost exactly like the UO one and free! at

go to their free patterns, I believe it's sample 3, bolero. You wouldn't have to change so much in the pattern.

Posted by: yahaira at July 26, 2005 8:51 AM

maybe it's just her posture in the second picture that really bothers me...

Posted by: heatherfeather at July 26, 2005 9:56 AM

Great pattern and great tomatoes!

Posted by: chica at July 26, 2005 10:25 AM

Thanks! I'm so glad I bookmarked your site. I was looking for this pattern a few months back and ended up buying a long sleeve version on clearance. I want to knit this one up now! Thanks again for linking and sharing teh free pattern!!

Posted by: Ailoan at July 26, 2005 12:46 PM

why on earth would someone had thought that i just didn't like the pictures of the first one?


Posted by: heatherfeather at July 26, 2005 12:56 PM

did anyone else notice that both the U.O. girl and the vintage lady like to raise one eyebrow at us? The must feel really saucy in their vests...did I just say saucy?!

Posted by: yahaira at July 26, 2005 4:58 PM

ooh, i'm excited. i'm THIS close to finishing my clapotis. i think i'm going to do some numbers crunching and maybe shorten the length and the sleeves perhaps? Anyhoo, thanks so much so relaying all this info to us, jess. And thanks to Yahaira for finding that vintage pattern. nice detective work! :)

Posted by: Sandra at July 26, 2005 7:34 PM

I also found another pattern on suss design for $7
p.s., great website!

Posted by: Gwen at July 26, 2005 11:25 PM

Oh, that free pattern from yesterknit is cute, but i'm a bit cohfused my the pattern: 8 oz of wool?? how many skeins is that? and that's just the beginning of the pattern. i guess i am still too much of a newbie to attempt this. oh, and that suss design one is a lot closer in pattern to the one at just look at the sleeves - exactly the same fit. now, i need to justify buying that pattern over using this free one....

Posted by: Ailoan at July 27, 2005 2:57 AM

Am I the only one who thinks that the Suss pattern looks suspiciously like the Blue Alvarez one?

Posted by: Linda at July 27, 2005 1:07 PM

Can someone help me out here, I'd like to request that bolero pattern from Yesterknits, but I can't get my Outlook express to work, and I can't find an email address listed anywhere on that site. Thanks, I'll be forever grateful!

Posted by: rebekah at July 28, 2005 10:48 AM

Yeah, I must agree. The Suss design looks rather like the Hot Lava cardigan pattern from bluealvarez.

Posted by: Lesley at July 28, 2005 6:17 PM

Yeah, I must agree. The Suss design looks rather like the Hot Lava cardigan pattern from bluealvarez.

Posted by: Lesley at July 28, 2005 6:17 PM

The email at Yesterknits is
Request Free Knitting Sample 3 - Bolero/Wrap.

Posted by: Lisa at August 3, 2005 4:06 PM

Have you seen the Bolero and shrug from Debbie bliss's new booklet simply soft( They are very similar in design, just long sleeve. Which would be just perfect for you northern Hempisphere people!! Love your blog by the way, I hope you don't mind. I've added your link to my blog.

Posted by: Belinda at August 11, 2005 5:48 AM

Thanks for all the pattern recommendations. I am getting the free one from and the one on bluealvarez. I'll let you guys know how my projects are coming along.

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