I have always loved a bolero and always struggle to find the ones I like in a store.  I even struggled to find a pattern for one online!  I finally came across this pattern with guidance on ravelry.  And it’s free!  I used a different square to the one included though as I wanted a different finished look, but it was great as it gave a sizing guide which is what I needed more.

So I thought I would share the love too and provide instructions for how I made my version.


Yarn & Tools

I already had the yarn I wanted to use – this Wys Exquisite.

And I used a 3.0mm hook.

The Square


I just needed a pattern of a square to use.  I scrolled the internet and found this square to use!  It was written for a worsted weight and was designed to be quite big.  So I tested it out with my finer yarn with the 3mm hook and determined it was the right size for me 🙂

The only other changes I made (by accident) were in rounds 8-11 where instead of skipping 2 stitches I skipped 1.

Each of my squares ended up being approx 14cm each side once blocked.

I made 10 as the bolero patter called for.



I used the diagram below as the guide for joining the squares together.


I joined the squares with right sides facing and with a single crochet (double crochet for UK) in each stitch, working across the rows in number order, first from 1 to 3 then squares 4 to 6.  Then joined the rows together until I had them joined as above.

Once the squares were all joined together I then continued with the same joining method and right sides together to join square 1 to 9 and 3 to 10 along the green sides as per the diagram below.  I recommend pinning them together with stitch markers or clips to make sure you are joining in the right places & don’t accidently stitch up the arm holes!


Then came the fun part!  I wove in all the ends before I did the edging as I knew that I would want to wear it as soon as possible after finishing!

Once joined, the edge between squares 4 & 7 and 6 & 8 are the shoulder seams and the sides of those squares form the arm holes.

The edging – the main part

To create an edge around the main part of the body I started at the back – I recommend starting somewhere near the edge on square 1 or 3 so it is more out of sight.  I have worked this as a scalloped edge, but I think would work well to also just do two rounds of single crochet (double crochet for UK) like the arms if you want a plain edgeing.

Round 1 I attached in a stitch away from one of the joins, chained 1 and worked 1 single crochet (double crochet in UK) into each stitch.  This gave it a clean line.  I then slip stitched to join the end of the round and chained 3 to start the next round.

Round 2 In the 1st stitch I worked 6 double crochet (treble in UK) (counts as 7 with the ch3.  I then skipped a stitch and worked a single crochet (double crochet in UK) into the next stitch.  Then skipped the next stitch and worked 7 double crochet into the second stitch.  Then I repeated all the way around with 7dc (tr), skip1, 1sc (dc), skip1.  At the end I had 2 stitches left before the first group of 7.  I then slip stitched the top of the first ch3 to the second last stitch.

The edging – the arms

To edge the arms I simply joined near the underarm seam, chained 1 and worked a single crochet into each stitch for two rounds.

So what do you think?

Surprisingly simple and totally adaptable!  And it has sparked lots of pattern ideas in my head too…



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