Thursday, 16 October 2014

CUTE PINEAPPLE BOLERO


CUTE PINEAPPLE BOLERO

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This is not my original pattern  and it’s just one of those wonderful free floating freebies over the net.  I am, as usual, writing down my notes, and am sharing them with you.  J

Right ho then.. let’s see how the designer has thought this one through.  So this project starts in the center back and you then work four pineapples to complete the back.  The front has the similar pattern, but cut short to give a good curve for the front lapels.
A lovely border finishes it all off.

So with the yarn and hook I've used, I've got a Size 26” and I think that this one can easily be adjusted by increasing hook and yarn sizes.  Play with it and enjoy J

Materials used : Oswal Cashmilon, 4-ply baby fingering yarn,  ~ 140 gms , with a 3 mm crochet hook
Size made : Chest : 26”
Gauge : 1 “V”-st (across) x 2 “V”-st rows (high) = 1”

Stitches used :

Magic circle : To refresh your skill, please view this easy video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLuSVyKvoUg

Chainless dc start : Instead of the usual start with ch 2 or ch 3,I’d like to introduce a lovely way of starting a double crochet row.  Do take a look at this self explanatory super video
In case you are unhappy with this start, or do not like it, do continue with the usual ch-2 or ch-3 start.  However, all instructions will be given assuming that you are using this chainless dc start.

“V”-stitch : “V”-st : (2 dc , ch 2 , 2 dc) all in the same st or ch-sp

Abbreviations used :
lp(s) : Loop(s)                                                              sc : Single crochet
dc : Double crochet                                                     ch : Chain
sp : Space                                                                    sl-st : Slip stitch
st(s) : Stitch(es)                                                           hk : Hook
yo : Yarn Over 
                                                           
Instructions : (Using U.S terminology)

BACK

Round 1 : Start with a magic circle and 16 dc in that circle. Join with a sl-st to the 1st dc. J

Round 2 : 2 dc in the 1st  dc and each dc till end.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st dc.

Round 3 : 2 dc in the 1st  dc  ; *ch 2, sk next 2 dc , (2 dc in the next dc ); rep (to) once ; ch 3, sk next 2 dc , rep (to) 2 times* ;  rep *to* 2 times ; ch 2, sk next 2 dc , rep (to) 2 times ; ch 3, sk next 2 dc , rep (to) once.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st dc.

Round 4 : sl st into the 1st ch-2 sp of “V”-st ; “V”-st in the same “V”-st ; ch 1, sk next 4 dc , 10 dc in next ch-3 sp ; *ch 1, sk next 4 dc , “V”-st in next “V”-st ; ch 1, 10 dc in next ch-3 sp* ; rep *to* till end ; ch 1, sk next 4 dc , join with sl-st to the 1st dc.

Round 5 : sl st into the 1st ch-2 sp of “V”-st; “V”-st in the same “V”-st ; ch 2 , [(dc in next dc , ch 1) ; rep (to) 8 times , dc in next dc] ; *ch 2, “V”-st in next “V”-st ; rep [to] once* ; rep *to* till end ; ch 2,  join with sl-st to the 1st dc.


Round 6 : sl st into the 1st ch-2 sp of “V”-st ; {“V”-st in the same “V”-st; ch 2, 2 dc in same ch-2 sp} ; ch 2 , sk 1st dc, [(sc in next ch-1 sp , ch 3) ; rep (to) 7 times ; sc in next ch-1 sp] ; 
*ch 2, rep {to} once ; ch 2 , rep [to] once* ; rep *to* till end ; ch 2,  join with sl-st to the 1st dc.

Round 7 : sl st into the 1st ch-2 sp of “V”-st ; 
{“V”-st in the same “V”-st ; ch 2, “V”-st in the next “V”-st} ; 
ch 2 , sk next ch-2 sp, [(sc in next ch-3 sp , ch 3) ; rep (to) 6 times ; sc in next ch-3 sp ] ; 
*ch 2, sk next ch-2 sp , rep {to} once ;  ch 2, sk next ch-2 sp , rep [to] once* ; 
rep *to* till end ; ch 2,  join with sl-st to the 1st dc.

Round 8 : sl st into the 1st ch-2 sp of “V”-st; 
{“V”-st in the same “V”-st; ch 3, sc in nextch-2 sp, ch 3, “V”-st in the next “V”-st } ; ch 2 ,  
[(sc in next ch-3 sp , ch 3) ; rep (to) 5 times ; sc in next ch-3 sp ] ; 
*ch 2,  rep {to} once ;  ch 2,  rep [to] once* ; 
rep *to* till end ; ch 2,  join with sl-st to the 1st dc.


Round 9 : sl st into the 1st ch-2 sp of “V”-st ; “V”-st in the same “V”-st; ch 2, sk next ch-3 sp , 
(4 dc , ch 1, 4 dc) all in the next ch-5 sp ; ch 2, sk next ch-3 sp,  “V”-st in the next “V”-st ; 
ch 2,  [(sc in next ch-3 sp , ch 3) ; rep (to) 3 times ; sc in next ch-3 sp ] ;
*ch 2, “V”-st in the next “V”-st ; ch 2, sk next ch-3 sp , (4 dc , ch 1, 4 dc) all in the next ch-5 sp ; ch 2, sk next ch-3 sp, “V”-st in the next “V”-st; ch 2,  [(sc in next ch-3 sp , ch 3) ; rep (to) 4 times ; sc in next ch-3 sp ] ; rep *to* till end ; ch 2,  join with sl-st to the 1st dc.

Round 10 : sl st into the 1st ch-2 sp of “V”-st ; “V”-st in the same “V”-st ; 
ch 2, {“V”-st in the next dc ; ch 2, sk next 3 dc , (2 dc, ch 3, 2 dc) in next ch-1 sp ; 
ch 2 , sk next 3 dc , “V”-st in next dc} ; ch 2 , “V”-st in next “V”-st ; ch 2, [(sc in next ch-3 sp , ch 3) ; rep (to) 3 times ; sc in next ch-3 sp ] ; 
*ch 2 , “V”-st in next “V”-st ; ch 2, rep {to} once ; ch 2 , “V”-st in next “V”-st ; ch 2 , rep [to] once* ; rep *to* till end ; ch 2, join with sl-st to the 1st dc.

Round 11 : sl st into the 1st ch-2 sp of “V”-st ; “V”-st in the same “V”-st ; 
(ch 2, “V”-st in the next “V”-st) ; ch 2, {4 dc in next ch-3 sp ; ch 1, 4 dc in same ch-3 sp}  ; 
rep (to) twice ; ch 2 , [(sc in next ch-3 sp , ch 3) ; rep (to) once ; sc in next ch-3 sp ] ;
*rep (to) 2 times ; ch 2, rep {to} once ; rep (to) twice ; ch 2 , [(sc in next ch-3 sp , ch 3) ; 
rep (to) once ; sc in next ch-3 sp ] ; rep *to* till end ; ch 2, join with sl-st to the 1st dc.



Round 12 : sl st into the 1st ch-2 sp of “V”-st ; “V”-st in the same “V”-st ; 
(ch 2, “V”-st in the next “V”-st) ; rep (to) once ; [ch 2, “V”-st in the next dc ; ch 2, sk next 3 dc, “V”-st in the next ch-1 sp ; ch 2, sk next 3 dc ; “V”-st in the next dc] ; rep (to) 2 times,
*ch 2 , sc in the next sc, ch 3, sc in the next sc ; rep (to) 2 times ; rep [to] once ; rep (to) 2 times* ;
rep *to* till end ; ch 2, join with sl-st to the 1st dc.

Round 13 : sl st into the 1st ch-2 sp of “V”-st ; “V”-st in the same “V”-st ; 
(ch 2, “V”-st in the next “V”-st) ; rep (to) once ; [ch 2, 4 dc in next ch-3 sp ; ch 1, 4 dc in same ch-3 sp ] ; rep (to) 3 times,
*ch 2 , sc in the next sc ; ch 3 , rep (to) 3 times ; rep [to] once ; rep (to) 3 times* ;
rep *to* till end ; ch 2, join with sl-st to the 1st dc.

Now here’s the fun part.. figuring out how to make this square into the back of the vest !!
Now the designer has given two ‘explanatory’ charts, both of which don’t make much sense to me.. so looking at the lovely photograph also conveniently attached, I’m going to try and get this bit done.  I have, however, also attached the two charts, so in case you understand how that’s been used, do add it to the comments – or mail me, and I’ll update the blog pattern instructions.  Thanks J




To carry on, I’ve fastened off now and after weaving in edges, we’ll re-attach our yarn at the right hand side corner “V”- st,(which marks one arm hole). So leave that last “V”-st and re-attach in the centre of the 2nd “V”-st, with the right side of your work facing you.

So let’s take a look at what we’ve made.  We’ve got the ‘pineapple’ in the centre, and on either side we’ve got these’ “V”-sts going around.  We’re going to build up on the “V”-sts now.  So we have 5 “V”-sts on that 1st line (counting off right of the pineapple). We’ll leave the 1st pineapple, and take the other 4 “V”-sts up for the back.  Make sense??

For convenience, let’s re-number our rows again.

Row 1 : “V”-st in the 1st “V”-st ; (ch 2, “V”-st in the next “V”-st) ; rep (to) 2 times ; ch 2, dc in next dc ; rep (to) 4 times ; sk last “V”-st.  Turn.

Row 2 : “V”-st in the 1st “V”-st ; (ch 2, “V”-st in the next “V”-st) ; rep (to) 2 times ; ch 2, dc in next dc ; rep (to) 4 times till end.  Turn.

Rows 3 – 7 : Rep Row 2

We’ll now split up for the 2 shoulder bits.

Rows 8 : “V”-st in the 1st “V”-st ; (ch 2, “V”-st in the next “V”-st) . Turn.

Rows 9 - 10 : Rep Row 8.

Fasten off.  Weave in ends.  This shoulder done.  Now re-attach yarn for the other shoulder and rep these rows to match the shoulder.  Fasten that side off too.. and you’re done with the back.. for now. J

FRONT : (Make two)

Round 1 : Start with a magic circle and 16 dc in that circle. Join with a sl-st to the 1st dc. J

Round 2 : 2 dc in the 1st  dc and each dc till end.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st dc.

Round 3 : 2 dc in the 1st  dc  ; *ch 2, sk next 2 dc , (2 dc in the next dc ); rep (to) once ; ch 3, sk next 2 dc , rep (to) 2 times* ;  rep *to* 2 times ; ch 2, sk next 2 dc , rep (to) 2 times ; ch 3, sk next 2 dc , rep (to) once.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st dc.

Round 4 : sl st into the 1st ch-2 sp of “V”-st ; “V”-st in the same “V”-st ; ch 1, sk next 4 dc , 10 dc in next ch-3 sp ; *ch 1, sk next 4 dc , “V”-st in next “V”-st ; ch 1, 10 dc in next ch-3 sp* ; rep *to* till end ; ch 1, sk next 4 dc , join with sl-st to the 1st dc.

Round 5 : sl st into the 1st ch-2 sp of “V”-st; “V”-st in the same “V”-st ; ch 2 , [(dc in next dc , ch 1) ; rep (to) 8 times , dc in next dc] ; *ch 2, “V”-st in next “V”-st ; rep [to] once* ; rep *to* till end ; ch 2,  join with sl-st to the 1st dc.


Round 6 : sl st into the 1st ch-2 sp of “V”-st ; {“V”-st in the same “V”-st; ch 2, 2 dc in same ch-2 sp} ; ch 2 , sk 1st dc, [(sc in next ch-1 sp , ch 3) ; rep (to) 7 times ; sc in next ch-1 sp] ; *ch 2, rep {to} once ; ch 2 , rep [to] once* ; rep *to* till end ; ch 2,  join with sl-st to the 1st dc.

Round 7 : sl st into the 1st ch-2 sp of “V”-st ; {“V”-st in the same “V”-st ; ch 2, “V”-st in the next “V”-st } ; ch 2 , sk next ch-2 sp, [(sc in next ch-3 sp , ch 3) ; rep (to) 6 times ; sc in next ch-3 sp ] ; *ch 2, sk next ch-2 sp , rep {to} once ;  ch 2, sk next ch-2 sp , rep [to] once* ; rep *to* till end ; ch 2,  join with sl-st to the 1st dc.

Round 8 : sl st into the 1st ch-2 sp of “V”-st ; {“V”-st in the same “V”-st; ch 3, sc in next ch-2 sp, ch 3, “V”-st in the next “V”-st } ; ch 2 ,  [(sc in next ch-3 sp , ch 3) ; rep (to) 5  times ; sc in next ch-3 sp ] ; *ch 2,  rep {to} once ;  ch 2,  rep [to] once* ; rep *to* till end ; ch 2,  join with sl-st to the 1st dc.


From this round on, the pattern changes from the back. The pineapple only reaches completion on the top bit, and the other three pineapples are finished here, and then we reach the width/length needed for our bolero with “V”-sts.

Round 9 : sl st into the 1st ch-2 sp of “V”-st ; (ch 2, “V”-st in next sc ; ch 2 , “V”-st in next “V”-st) ; [ch 2, sk next ch-3 sp , “V”-st in next ch-3 sp] ; rep [to] twice ; ch 2 , “V”-st in next “V”-st ;
* rep (to) once ; rep [to] 3 times ; ch 2 , “V”-st in next “V”-st* ; rep *to* once ;
Rep (to) once ; ch 2 ,  [(sc in next ch-3 sp , ch 3) ; rep (to) 4  times ; sc in next ch-3 sp ] ; ch 2,  join with sl-st to the 1st dc.

Ok another quick look at our work.  So we’ve now completed the two sides of our work – the top and bottom need to be extended.  On the top, we’ll complete the pineapple and then match up the shoulder strappy bits, and the bottom, we need a few more “V”-st rows to reach length of back. 
So , sl-st into the ch-2 sp of the corner “V”-st and we’ll complete this top pineapple and shoulders first, then we’ll come back for the bottom bit.

Row 10 : “V”-st into the same “V” st ; (ch 2, “V”-st in next “V”’ st) ; ch 2 ,  [(sc in next ch-3 sp , ch 3) ; rep (to) 3  times ; sc in next ch-3 sp ] ;   rep (to) twice ; ch 2 , 2 dc in same last “V”-st. Turn.

Row 11 : “V”-st into the 1st “V” st ; (ch 2, “V”-st in next “V”’ st) ; rep (to) once ; ch 2 ,  [(sc in next ch-3 sp , ch 3) ; rep (to) 2  times ; sc in next ch-3 sp ] ;   rep (to) once ; ch 2, dc in next ch-2 sp.  Turn.

Row 12 : dc in the 1st dc ; “V”-st in next “V”’ st ; ch 2 ,  [(sc in next ch-3 sp , ch 3) ; rep (to) once ; sc in next ch-3 sp ] ;   (ch 2, “V”-st in next “V”’ st)  ; rep (to) 2 times.  Turn.

Row 13 : “V”-st into the 1st “V” st ; (ch 2, “V”-st in next “V”’ st) ; rep (to) once ; ch 2 ,  sc in next ch-3 sp ; ch 3 , sc in next ch-3 sp  ;   rep (to) once ;  dc in last dc.  Turn.

Row 14 : dc in the 1st dc ; “V”-st in next “V”’ st ; ch 2 ,  sc in next ch-3 sp ; (ch 2, “V”-st in next “V”’ st) ;  rep (to) 2 times .  Turn.

Row 15 : “V”-st into the 1st “V” st ; (ch 2, “V”-st in next “V”’ st) ; rep (to) once ; sk both ch-2 sps and sc , “V”-st in next “V”-st ;  dc in last dc.  Turn.

Row 16 : dc in the 1st dc ; ch 2, 2 dc in next ch-2 sp (between “V”-st) ; (ch 2, “V”-st in next “V”’ st);  rep (to) 2 times .  Turn.

Row 17 : “V”-st into the 1st “V” st ; (ch 2, “V”-st in next “V”’ st) ; rep (to) once ; sk next 2 dc, dc in last dc.  Turn.

Row 18 : dc in the 1st dc ; sk next 2 dc, 2 dc in next ch-2 sp (between “V”-st) ; (ch 2, “V”-st in next “V”’ st);  rep (to) once.  Turn.

Row 19 : “V”-st into the 1st “V” st ; (ch 2, “V”-st in next “V”’ st) ; sk next 2 dc, dc in last dc.  Turn.

Row 20 : dc in the 1st dc ; (ch 2, “V”-st in next “V”’ st);  rep (to) once.  Turn.

Row 21 : “V”-st into the 1st “V” st ; (ch 2, “V”-st in next “V”’ st).  Turn.

Row 22 - 24 : Rep Row 21.

Fasten off and leave a tail for sewing your shoulder.
We've finished the top half of one side of your front.. Yaay !

To complete the bottom bit, turn your work around and with the front side facing, reattach your yarn in the ch-2 sp of the corner “V”-st.

Bottom Row 1 : 2 dc in the 1st “V”-st ; (ch 2, “V”-st in the next “V”-st) ; rep (to) 4 times ; sk next 2 dc [part of the “V’-st just used], dc in next dc  Turn.

Bottom Row 2 : dc in the 1st dc ; “V”-st in the next “V”-st  ; (ch 2, “V”-st in the next “V”-st) ; rep (to) 4 times, ch 2 , dc in next dc  Turn.

Bottom Row 3 : dc in the 1st dc ; (ch 2, “V”-st in the next “V”-st) ; rep (to) 5 times ; sk next 2 dc [part of the “V’-st just used], dc in next dc  Turn.

Last Row : Rep Bottom Row 2 once.

And that’s one front side done !! Make a mirror image for the other side, and then all we’ve got left is the joining and the border.  Great going !!  J

Now that you’re done with both the fronts and one back, go ahead and attach the shoulders and the sides.  Let’s now do the lovely border and finish our bolero up.

Border : Keeping the right side of your work facing you, attach your yarn in the ch-2 sp of the “V”-st on one side of your front lapel.  We’re making the first line of ‘base’ sts on which we will run a row of little ‘shells’ – so as long as your first base line is evenly spaced, it doesn’t matter whether you’re working in a ch-sp or st.

Make this border all around your armhole openings as well.

sc in that same ch-2 sp and then ch 3, sc in the next sp /st ; *ch 3, sc in the next sp/st* all the way around till you reach this first sc again.  Join with a sl-st to this sc.

Border shells : 6 dc in 1st ch-3 sp, sc in next ch-3 sp ; *6 dc in next ch-3 sp , sc in next ch-3 sp* ; rep *to* all around till end.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st st. 


Fasten off then and weave in the ends.. and go ahead, slip on your cool bolero on and show off.. you deserve to J

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