US sizs 6 needles
Even after reading all the problems knitters were having with the Cabled Bolero, I still went for it. I even decided to use a different gauge yarn that had more drape. I also used a smaller needle size because of the yarn change. It was a total recipe for disaster. I was intrigued by Norah Gaughan's design (she is a genius). The sweater is made seamless except for the collar. You knit a cabled pentagon, and then you keep adding pentagons to make a shrug. I don't know how she thinks of these creative designs, but I'm glad she does. I never would have attempted this pattern a year ago, or even six months ago, but Wisteria really boosted my knitting confidence and I wanted to try something challenging. I followed Hisknits modifications (Ravelry Link), and used Classic Elite Wool Bam Boo. What I ended up with was more of a lace shawl type shrug with sleeves. I really like how it turned out. This shrug benefits from blocking, because the pentagons tends to make some funky pointed shapes, but the blocking takes care of that problem. It was fun knitting the pentagons, but the whole time I was knitting, I was thinking to myself, "I'm never going to wear this thing." Luckily, I was wrong.