Thursday, 16 April 2015


free crochet bolero patternfree crochet bolero pattern


This is a really easy pattern.. We basically make a long rectangle, and then fold it for sleeves, and the rest of it comprises the back ... sound annoyingly easy? Well, it is.

This has been requested by a friend who has a red sleeveless polo necked top, and needed something “just for her arms” – and this pattern gives you just that.. arms!

The original pattern has a really cute set of embroidered lines around the sleeves, and I’d initially thought I’d do that here in red (to match her top), but then thought that this would mean she can only wear it with that one top, or any other that matched red.. so have decided against that.  There is a charm and sexiness to just black – so …

Now this is a free pattern and all written up – but I’ve done a little tweak, and I’m just writing out my notes.. in case someone else too wants to similarly tweak.

Materials used : Today I’ve used about 120 gm of the lovely Vardhaman Millenium DK-ply acrylic yarn,  with a 4  mm crochet hook
General yarn info : This yarn is a 4-ply /DK-ply acrylic yarn, but one can make this bolero with any yarn and suitable hook, and it can be made to any size.

Abbreviations used :
fdc : Foundation double crochet                                dc : Double crochet
ch : chain                                                                         ch-sp : chain space
sp : space                                                                          rep : Repeat
hdc : Half double crochet                                       sc : Single crochet

Stitches used :
fdc : Foundation Double Crochet : This is a unique way of starting a project directly with a row of double crochet stitches.  This makes your whole project neat and even.. in a way that you need to do once, to agree!  If you are familiar with fsc, you’ll wonder why you never used this start before !

Chainless dc start : Instead of the usual start with ch 2 or ch 3, I’d like to introduce this lovely new way of starting a dc 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 the chainless dc start.

Picot : (sc, ch 3, sl-st in same sc) all in the same st or ch-sp. 
Pl view instructions at for a refresher of what a 3-ch picot is.

Instructions : Using U.S terminology
As mentioned earlier, I've been inspired by the pattern at I tweaked this pattern a bit, these are my notes.  

Quick analysis of what we’re going to do here today.   So we’re going to make one large rectangle, that equals the length from one wrist to the other, measuring across the back – i.e you measure from wrist to armhole, then across back, and armhole to the other wrist.   

So this means that the round upper arm looseness will decide the length of the back.  This is because we are working just one large rectangle - got it?

Now I found that if I wanted a back that was long(ish), I’d end up with really loose sleeves, and I did want a longish back.  So here’s what I tweaked with the pattern.

First off, I started with fdc instead of ch, as I really prefer the evenness of this start.  
Then though the pattern says sc, dc and trc rows, I did only sc, hdc and dc rows (not trc rows as I found it too open with the yarn I was using) and followed the  pattern till I had a rectangle that fit loosely and comfortably around the upper arm (remember that the wrist and lower arms are usually a smaller size than the elbow and upper arm) , and at that point I inserted a marker (for both sides of garment.. marking off both arm bits).  I am then left with this space between markers that denotes the back part of my bolero.  
Starting with a 2-tog st in that 1st set of sts (after marker) and ending with a 2-tog at the end to get a neat and soft curve, I worked on the centre portion for a few rows till I was happy with the length for back.

Joining was the  same as suggested – join the two halves of rectangle to make sleeves and we’re done with our lovely bolero.  

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 So this is what it looks almost done, and then with the sleeve bit stitched up

Just for a difference, I did a lovely picot edging stitch around the top and bottom of the bolero (neckline edge and then the base edges, I mean).

See, just in reading through this blog, you too will be compelled to try this one out.  So go on to that pattern link and create something a wee bit different too.  Have a lovely day. J

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