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.
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…