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Crochet Baby Bolero

January 6th, 2022

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I know how popular baby clothing is here on Bella Coco, so when guest designer Amy Nicholls from Tiny Toes Baby Boutique submitted her design for a cute crochet baby bolero I knew you were going to love it. Also, how could I resist using my baby girl, Everleigh to model such a beautiful design? This cute crochet cardigan is a fun project to work on, so it makes a wonderful project. Whether or not you can bear to gift it when it’s finished is another story altogether!

You can Crochet with Bella Coco

As this is a guest post, Bella Coco Crochet is unable to answer any queries. If you have a question, please contact the designer directly and they will be happy to help you.

Why not put together a small gift parcel for any 2022 babies? I have a number of baby crochet designs including baby beanies, baby booties and cute crochet loveys. You can browse my entire collection here: Baby Archive.

Related Content: Baby Archives

MATERIALS & TOOLS NEEDED

  • Chenille yarn ( you can substitute this for a bulky weight yarn
  • Darning needle 
  • Scissors 
  • Crochet hook (see size options below)

SIZES AND HOOKS NEEDED

  • 1/2 years = 8mm hook
  • 2/3 years = 9mm hook
  • 3/4 years = 10mm hook

PATTERN NOTES

This bolero is crocheted in chenille yarn making it super soft to the touch, it has beautiful puff sleeve detailing and it’s cropped size is perfect for most seasons. This bolero is written in US terms.

This lucì bolero is worked in 5 separate pieces and then sewn together. Chain 1 at the beginning and end of the rows do NOT count as a stitch. A numbering front of the stitch means you work 2 stitches into that one stitch eg; 2hdc means you work 2 stitches into that stitch. Stitch count is at the end of each row in brackets. I’ve written this pattern so that the stitch count for all sizes are the exact same you simply need to change hook size eg; 8mm hook = 1/2 years, 9mm = 2/3 years.

CROCHET TERMS

Pattern is written in US terminology 

  • Sc = single crochet 
  • Hdc = half double crochet 
  • Sl St = slip stitch 
  • Yo = yarn over 
  • Dc2tog = double crochet 2 stitches together ( yo insert hook into stitch, yo pull through stitch 3 loops on the hook, yo insert hook Into next stitch, yo pull through stitch, 5 loops on hook,yo pull through 5 loops. 
  • Puff stitch = yarn over, insert Into stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop, yarn over and pull through 2 loops, repeat 5 times until you have 6 loops on your hook, then yarn over and pull through all 6 loops.

Unsure of the differences between UK and US terms? Need a refresher on how to do your stitches? In my ‘How to crochet: A handy reference guide’ EBook I help you with all of these terms and you can always have them to hand! You will also get exclusive access to free video instructions. You can find my EBook HERE.

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BABY BOLERO PATTERN

LET’S GET STARTED

FRONT PIECES MAKE TWO

Begin by chaining 12 stitches + 1 

Row 1: Hdc in the 2nd chain from the hook, 1 hdc in each stitch along until the end of row, chain 1 and turn ( 12 )

Row 2-3: Hdc in each stitch. Chain 1 and turn at the end of each row. ( 12 )

Row 4: Hdc2tog, hdc in each remaining stitches. Chain 1 and turn ( 11 )

Row 5: Hdc In the first stitch and in every stitch until you have 2 stitches left, hdc2tog

Over the last 2 stitches . ( 10 )

Row 6: Hdc2tog, hdc in each remaining stitch . Chain 1 and turn ( 9 )

Row 7: Hdc in each stitch across till you have 2 stitches left, hdc2tog Over the last 2 stitches. ( 8 )

For the next 3 rows ( Row 8, 9, 10 ) work one hdc into each stitch, chain 1 and turn at the end of each row. ( 8 )

See photo below

BACK PANEL

Now we will create the back panel of our crochet baby bolero, you just need to make one of these pieces. Chain 1 and turn at end of the row still doesn’t count as a stitch here. 

Let’s go….. 

Chain 24 plus 1 for turning (25)

Row 1: Hdc in the 2nd chain from the hook and in each stitch along. (24) 

Row 2 – Row 8: Hdc in each stitch, chain 1 and turn (24) 

Row 9: This will now create the shoulder pieces. Hdc In the first 8 stitches , chain 1 and turn leaving all other stitches uncorked.

Row 10 – Row 11: Hdc in each stitch (8) 

Fasten off. Reattach yarn to the other side of the piece and work the same 3 rows. 

SLEEVES 

We will start the sleeves from the bottom ie cuff and work up.

Begin by chaining 12 plus 1 for turning. SC in the 2nd chain fro  the hook and in each stitch along.  Chain  1 and turn. (12) 

REPEAT FOR 2 MORE ROWS  ( sc in each stitch 12 )

Row 4: Sc 1, puff stitch in the next, sc in the next 3, Puff in the next , sc In the next 3, Puff in the next, sc in the last 2. Chain 1 and turn.

Row 5: Hdc 2 In the first stitch 1 hdc in each stitch to the last stitch, 2hdc in the last stitch, Chain 1 and turn.

Row 6: Puff in the first, sc In the next 3, Puff stitch In the next, sc In the next 3, puff stitch in the next, sc in the next 3, puff stitch in the next, sc in the last. Chain 1 and turn.

Row 7: Hdc 2 in the first stitch, hdc in each stitch along until. The last stitch, 2hdc in the last stitch.

Row 8: Puff stitch in the first stitch, sc In the next 2, * Puff In the next stitch, sc In the next 3 *repeat from * to * you will have one stitch remaining puff stitch and sc In this last stitch.

Row 9:  Hdc 2 in the first stitch, hdc In each stitch along to the last stitch, 2hdc in the last stitch.

Row 10: Puff stitch in the first, sc In the next 2 stitches , puff stitch in the next, sc In the next 2, * puff stitch in the next, sc in the next 3 stitches* repeat from * to *until upu have 1 stitch left sc and puff stitch in the last stitch.

Row 11: Hdc in each stitch across chain 1 and turn.

Row 12: Sc In the first 2 stitches * Puff stitch In the next, sc in the next 3 stitches * repeat from * to * sc in the last 2 stitches.

Row 13: Hdc in each stitch along. Chain 1 and turn.

Row 14: Puff stitch in the first,* sc In the next 3 stitches, puff stitch In the next * repeat from *to* Puff stitch in the last stitch .

Row 15: Hdc in each stitch along. Chain 1 and turn.

Row 16: Sc In the first 2 stitches, * puff stitch in the next, sc in the next 3 stitches * repeat from  *to*. Sc in the last 2 stitches.

Row 17: Hdc in each stitch along. Chain 1 and turn.

Row 18: Puff stitch in the first stitch, * sc In the next 3 stitches, puff stitch in the next stitch* repeat from *to* Puff stitch in the last stitch.

Row 19 – Row 20: Hdc in each stitch along.

SEWING TOGETHER 

Sewing the bolero together is simple. 

Firstly sew the shoulders together, with the right sides together and using the whip stitch. Now with the correct sides facing sew the sleeve of the bolero to the side of the main  pieces . Then fold sleeves in half and use the whip stitch to complete . 

TIES 

Simply attach the yarn to the bottom corner of the bolero opening as if you were wearing it chain 50 and Fasten off repeat on the other side .

Thank you for making my bolero I hope you enjoyed it . Please do not copy or recreate this pattern. If you have an Instagram account please tag me I’d love to see your work. 

Attach sleeves along the dotted lines.

 
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