Pretty bolero to do yourself, with a granny in the back side!

bolero-crochet-pattern

SIZES: XS/S (M, L/1X)

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS
Chest 34.5 (38.5, 43)''/87.5 (98, 109)cm, buttoned
Length 17 (19, 21.5)''/43(48.5, 54.5)cm

YARN: RED HEART Soft Yarn, 5oz/141 g balls, each approx 256yd/234m (100% acrylic)
3 (4, 5) balls #9440 Light Grey Heather

CROCHET HOOK: Size J/10 (6mm) crochet hook or any size to obtain correct gauge

NOTIONS
1 button, 1 1/2"/38mm diameter
Stitch markers
Yarn needle

GAUGE
Rounds 1-5 of Center Back Motif measure about 5 1/4''/13.5cm square.
20 sts = 6''/15cm and 7 rows/ rounds = 4''/10cm over double crochet.
Remember to check gauge for best results!

SPECIAL ABBREVIATIONS
beg-2-dc Cl (beginning cluster) Ch 3, dc in indicated stitch.

2- dc Cl (3 double crochet cluster) Yarn over, insert hook in indicated stitch, yarn over and draw up a loop, yarn over and draw through 2 loops on hook; yarn over, insert hook in same stitch, yarn over and draw up a loop, yarn over and draw through 2 loops on hook, yarn over and draw through all 3 loops on hook.

beg-3-dc Cl (beginning cluster) Ch 3, yarn over, insert hook in indicated stitch, yarn over and draw up a loop, yarn over and draw through 2 loops on hook; yarn over, insert hook in same stitch, yarn over and draw up a loop, yarn over and draw through 2 loops on hook, yarn over and draw through all 3 loops on hook.

3-dc Cl (3 double crochet cluster) Yarn over, insert hook in indicated stitch, yarn over and draw up a loop, yarn over and draw through 2 loops on hook; [yarn over, insert hook in same stitch, yarn over and draw up a loop, yarn over and draw through 2 loops on hook] twice, yarn over and draw through all 4 loops on hook.

dc2tog (double crochet 2 stitches together) [Yarn over, insert hook in next stitch, yarn over and draw up a loop, yarn over and draw through 2 loops on hook] twice, yarn over and draw through all 3 loops on hook.

dc3tog (double crochet 3 stitches together) [Yarn over, insert hook in next stitch, yarn over and draw up a loop, yarn over and draw through 2 loops on hook] 3 times, yarn over and draw through all 4 loops on hook.

NOTES


1 Center Back Motif is worked first. Then two Sides are worked, each beginning across one side edge of the Center Back Motif.

2 Upper Strip is worked across top edge of Back/Sides piece. The top edge of the Back/Sides piece is the longest straight edge (see schematic).

3 Sleeves are formed by working in rounds over the shaped edge of each Side piece.

4 After Sleeves are formed, trim is worked across the lower edge of the piece.

5 Front Bands and Collar are worked in one piece around the front and back neck edges of the piece (across the Upper Strip).


BACK

Center Back Motif
Ch 3, join with si st in first ch to form ring.
Round 1 (RS) Ch 1, 8 sc in ring; join with sl st in first sc—8 sc.

Round 2 Beg-3-dc Cl in first sc, [ch 3, 3-dc Cl in next sc] 7 times, ch 3; join with sl st in top of beg- Cl—8 clusters and 8 ch-3 sps.

Round 3 Beg-2-dc Cl in first cluster, [sk next ch-3 sp, (2-dc Cl, ch 5,2-dc Cl) in next cluster] 7 times, 2-dc Cl in same cluster as beg-Cl, ch 5; join with sl st in top of beg-Cl—16 clusters and 8 ch-5 sps.

Round 4 Sl st in next Cl, ch 7 (counts as dc, ch 4), [sc in next ch-5 sp, ch 4, sk next Cl, dc in next Cl, ch 4] 7 times, sc in next ch-5 sp, ch 4; join with si st in 3rd ch of beginning ch—8 dc, 8 sc, and 16 ch-4 sps.

Round 5 Ch 1, sc in same ch as joining, [ch 4, sk next ch-4 sp, (tr, ch 4, tr) in next sc (comer made), ch 4, sk next ch-4 sp, sc in next dc, ch 4, sk next ch-4 sp, hdc in next sc, ch 4, sk next ch-4 sp, sc in next dc] 3 times, ch 4, sk next ch-4 sp, (tr, ch 4, tr) in next sc, ch 4, sk next ch-4 sp, sc in next dc, ch 4, sk next ch-4 sp, hdc in next sc, ch 4, sk last ch-4 sp; join with si st in first sc—8 tr, 4 hdc, 8 sc, and 20 ch-4 sps.

Round 6 Sl st in first ch-4 sp, ch 2 (counts as first hdc here and throughout), 2 hdc in same ch-4 sp, (2 hdc, ch 3, 2 hdc) in next corner ch-4 sp, [3 hdc in each ch-4 sp to next corner ch-4 sp, (2 hdc, ch 3, 2 hdc) in corner ch-4 sp] 3 times, 3 hdc in each ch-4 sp around; join with si st in top of beginning ch—64 hdc (16 dc across each side) and 4 corner ch-4 sps.

Round 7 Ch 3 (counts as dc here and throughout), [dc in each hdc to next corner ch-4 sp, (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in corner ch-4 sp] 4 times, dc in each hdc around; join with si st in top of beginning ch—80 dc (20 dc across each side) and 4 corner ch-1 sps. Fasten off.

Round 8 With RS facing, rejoin yarn with sl st in st before any corner ch-1 sp, ch 2, (hdc, ch 3, hdc) in corner ch-1 sp, *[ch 4, sk next 3 sts, hdc in next st] 5 times, (hdc, ch 3, hdc) in next corner ch-1 sp; repeat from * 2 more times, [ch 4, sk next 3 sts, hdc in next st] 4 times, ch 4, sk last 3 sts ; join with si st in top of beginning ch—28 hdc, 20 ch-4 sps, and 4 corner ch-3 sps.

Round 9 Ch 3, sk next hdc, (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in first corner ch-3 sp, [4 dc in next 5 ch-4 sps, sk next hdc, dc in next hdc, sk next hdc, (2 dc, ch 1,2 dc) in next corner ch-3 sp] 3 times, 4 dc in next 5 ch-4 sps; join with sl st in top of beginning ch—100 dc (25 dc across each side) and 4 corner ch-1 sps.

Note In Round 10 the corners are asymmetric, they consist of one dc and ch-1 space and then 2 dc.

Round 10 Ch 3, dc in next 2 dc, (dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in next corner ch-1 sp, [dc in next 25 dc, (dc, ch 1,2 dc) in next corner ch-1 sp] 3 times, dc in each dc around; join with sl st in top of beginning ch—112 (28 dc across each side) and 4 corner ch-1 sps.

Round 11 Ch 1, sl st in next 3 dc, ch 2 (counts as first hdc), (hdc, ch 3, hdc) in corner ch-1 sp, *[ch 4, sk next 3 sts, hdc in next st] 7 times, (hdc, ch 3, hdc) in next corner ch-1 sp; repeat from * 2 more times, [ch 4, sk next 3 sts, hdc in next st] 6 times, ch 4; join with sl st in top of beginning ch—36 hdc, 28 ch-4 sps, and 4 corner ch-3 sps.

Round 12 Ch 3, dc in next st, (2 dc, ch 3,2 dc) in next corner ch-3 sp, [4 dc in next 7 ch-4 sps, dc in next 2 hdc, (2 dc, ch 3, 2 dc) in next corner ch-3 sp] 3 times, 4 dc in next 7 ch-4 sps; join with sl st in top of beginning ch—136 dc (34 dc across each side) and 4 corner ch-3 sps.

Round 13 Ch 3, [dc in each dc to next corner ch-3 sp, (2 dc, ch 3, 2 dc) in corner ch-3 sp] 4 times, dc in each dc around; join with si st in top of beginning ch—152 dc (38 dc across each side) and 4 corner ch-3 sps. Repeat last round 1 (3, 5) more times—42 (50, 58) dc. Fasten off. Back should measures about 14 (16, 18.5)''/35.5 (40.5, 47)cm square.



FIRST SIDE

Row 1 (RS) With RS facing, draw up a loop of yarn in any corner ch-3 sp, dc in same corner ch-3 sp, dc in each dc across to next corner ch-3 sp, 2 dc in corner ch-3 sp; leave remaining sts unworked—46 (54, 62) sts.

Row 2 Ch 3, turn; dc in each dc across. Place a marker at the beginning of this row.

Row 3 (decrease row) Ch 3, turn; dc in each st to last 3 sts, dc2tog, dc in last st—45 (53, 61) sts.

Row 4 (decrease row) Ch 3, turn; dc in next st, dc2tog, dc in each st across—44 (52, 60) sts.

Row 5 (decrease row) Ch 3, turn; dc in each st to last 4 sts, dc3tog, dc in last st—42 (50, 58) sts.

Row 6 (decrease row) Repeat Row 4 (decrease)—41 (49, 57) sts. Repeat last 4 rows 4 (5, 6) times—21 (24, 27) sts.

Next 2 Rows Repeat Rows 3 and 4—19 (22, 25) sts. Fasten off. Place a marker at the beginning of the last WS row.

SECOND SIDE

Row 1 (RS) With RS facing, draw up a loop of yarn in corner ch-3 sp at beginning of side of Center Back Motif opposite the First Side, dc in same corner ch-3 sp, dc in each dc across to next corner ch-3 sp, 2 dc in corner ch-3 sp; leave remaining sts unworked—46 (54, 62) sts.

Row 2 Ch 3, turn; dc in each dc across. Place a marker at the end of this row.

Row 3 (decrease row) Ch 3, turn; dc in next st, dc2tog, dc in each st across—45 (53, 61) sts.

Row 4 (decrease row) Ch 3, turn; dc in each st to last 3 sts, dc2tog, dc in last st—44 (52, 60) sts.

Row 5 (decrease row) Ch 3, turn; dc in next st, dc3tog, dc in each st across—42 (50, 58) sts.

Row 6 (decrease row) Repeat Row 4 (decrease)—41 (49, 57) sts. Repeat last 4 rows 4 (5, 6) times—21 (24, 27) sts.

Next 2 Rows Repeat Rows 3 and 4— 19 (22, 25) sts. Fasten off. Place a marker at the end of the last WS row.

UPPER STRIP

Note The Upper Strip is worked across the top edge (longest straight edge) of Back/Sides piece.

Row 1 (RS) With RS facing, draw up a loop of yarn in top corner of Back/Sides piece, ch 2 (does not count as st), working in ends of rows across top edge of Side, hdc in end of first row, [ch 4, sk next row, hdc in next row] 11 (13, 15) times, sk end of last row; working across top edge of Back, ch 4, sk first corner ch-sp, sk next hdc, hdc in next st, [ch 4, sk next 3 sts, hdc in next st] 10 (12, 14) times, sk last corner ch-sp; working in ends of rows across top edge of other Side, [ch 4, sk next row, hdc in next row] 12 (14, 16) times—34 (40, 46) ch-4 sps.

Row 2 Ch 3 (counts as dc here and throughout), turn; 3 dc in first ch-4 sp, 4 dc in each ch-4 sp to last ch-4 sp, 3 dc in last ch-4 sp, dc in last hdc—136 (160, 184) sts.

Row 3 Ch 3, turn; dc in each st across. Fasten off.

FORM SLEEVES

Round 1 (RS) With RS facing, join yarn with sc in first marked row - end on shaped edge of First Side, work 43 (51, 59) more sc evenly spaced across shaped edge to 2nd marker; join with si st in first sc to begin working in the round—44 (52, 60) sc.

Rounds 2-5 Ch 1, sc BL in each sc around; join with si st in first sc. Fasten off. Repeat on Second Side.

LOWER TRIM

Row 1 (RS) With RS facing, join yarn with sc in end of first row of Upper Strip (after sleeves are formed this is at the lower edge of front of Shrug), work 4 more sc across side edge of Upper Strip, sc evenly around lower edge, working 5 sc evenly across side edge of Upper Strip at other end of lower edge.

Row 2 Ch 1, turn; sc FL in each st across.

Row 3 Ch 1, turn; sc BL in each st across. Repeat last 2 rows until Lower Edging measures about 3"/7.5cm; end with a RS row.

Next Row (WS) Ch 1, turn, si st in each st across. Fasten off.

FRONT BANDS AND COLLAR

Row 1 (RS) With RS facing, draw up a loop of yarn in lower front corner to work up front edge, ch 3 (counts as dc), work 8 more dc evenly across edge of Lower Trim, work dc in each st up front edge, across back neck, and down other front edge, work 9 dc evenly across edge of Lower Trim.

Rows 2-9 Ch 3, turn; dc in each st across.

Note Try on Shrug before working Row 10, to determine appropriate placement for button loop.

Row 10 (WS) Ch 3, turn; dc in each st to appropriate location on left edge for button loop placement (about even with outer top edge of sleeves), ch 10, sl st in each ch across, insert hook through beginning of the ch-10 and into the front edge at base of ch and complete a si st to form and secure a button loop, dc in each dc across. Fasten off.

FINISHING

Note Designer recommends trying on Shrug before sewing on button, to determine appropriate placement. Weave in ends. Sew button to right front edge, opposite button loop.
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