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Wednesday, 27 August 2014

ONE PIECE EASY BOLERO (child & adult sizes)






ONE PIECE EASY BOLERO (child & adult sizes)

 This bolero is a quick project – and it can be made in several sizes.  I’ve made it first for a little girl (Size 26”) and then again for an adult (Size 33”). 
Neither pattern are originally mine.. these are just my notes for my creations.  As many a times, we find that the yarns used in the original pattern do not match our Indian available yarns, here are my notes with those inclusions.


GIRL’S BOLERO / SHRUG



This is NOT my pattern and for the original pattern, please visit the link below http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/girls-bolero-shrug

Materials used : Vardhaman millennium, DK ply ; about 70 – 80 gms ; with a 4.5 mm crochet hook
Size made : Chest size 26”
Skill level : Intermediate, advanced beginner

Notes : The little girl’s bolero and the ‘big girl’ bolero are basically the same idea.. the main difference is that in the lil girl’s bolero, the designer has not used a pattern for the square back piece.  So if you want the patterned back, please read the first few lines of the ladies bolero.
So how does one figure out how big a back needed ?? Well, as you will see from diagram below, the square back portion should cover all of back – so if you get an approx across back in that square, your creation will fit the young ‘un you wish to make this for J

There is a small difference in the back portions for kid and adult bolero :
For the adult bolero, back is larger, so you will only use part of this back portion for the armhole.
For the child bolero, you will go along the top edge, then chains for one armhole till bottom edge, again work along the bottom edge and make chains for the other armhole, attaching at the top edge where you’ve started. 
So a quick diagram to re-iterate what I’ve explained.



Finally, I used only one colour for my kid bolero (original pattern uses two colours), and followed the pattern with our Vardhaman yarn, and it’s worked out well for me J.  Hope you have fun making it as well.


LADIES BOLERO / SHRUG



This is NOT my pattern and for the original pattern, just my notes on making this pattern.  


I found that I am not too happy with the way the square for back eventually turned out.. as it puckers at the edges.. so may I suggest the following..
Instead of starting with the final number of stitches you actually need, start with FOUR LESS.. and then over the next 2 rows, increase one st each end.  Similarly at the end of the last 2 rows, decrease one st each end.. Yes, this does mean a small recalculation.. but most ‘end’ stitches are sk (n number of) sts and then sc, dc or trc in last st.. so you just need to ignore the number of sts you are skipping and add or decrease a stitch there J

Finally, you may notice a ‘bold’ line at the top n bottom of my finished photos of project.. that is as I’ve started with a row of dc and ended with dc too (where as designer has started and ended with single crochet, so this pattern has been written accordingly).

After photographing, I find that I need a row of dc around armhole to complement the dc around square, so will finish that now. 

Materials used : Baby 4-ply by Stylecraft ; about 90 gms ; with a 4.5 mm crochet hook
Stylecraft is not an Indian yarn, however, I find that this yarn is similar to our regular unbranded or Oswal 4 ply acrylic yarn, Vardhaman baby soft yarn, or Oswal Cashmilon yarn.
Size made : Chest size 32” (I’ve done the square = 35 cm x 35 cm)
Skill level : Intermediate, advanced beginner

Stitches used :
fsc : Foundation Single crochet : To refresh your knowledge of the fsc, do visit the superb video by Tamara Kelly at this link -    http://www.mooglyblog.com/foundation-single-crochet-fsc/   J

Chainless dc start : Instead of the usual start with the ch 2 or ch 3, I’d like to introduce this lovely enw way of starting a dc row.   Do take a look at this self explanatory video
In case you are unhappy with this start, do continue to use your ch-2 or ch-3 start. However, please note that all instructions will be given assuming that you are using this chainless dc start.

Small shell : (dc, ch 1, dc) all in the same st or ch-sp
Large shell : (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) all in the same st or ch-sp

Abbreviations used :
fsc : Foundation single crochet                                     dc : Double crochet
ch : Chain                                                                     sl-st : Slip stitch

We make this cute bolero, as we do for the small child’s one – by first making the square at the back, then working in a round to make the bolero.

So before we rush off to make this, I’d like to give you a diagrammatic idea of what we’re going to do.


Now the original pattern chart shows 3 sizes for this back portion of 35 cm, 37 cm and 39 cm for a Small, Medium and Large size.  The pattern for the back is in multiples of 5, so make the first row to equal the S,M or L size you wish accordingly.
Per my calculations, the S is a 32-33”, just for information. J

Row 1 : Start with fsc in multiples of five. Turn.

Row 2 : sc in 1st fsc, ch 5, sk next 4 dc, sc in next fsc ; *ch 5, sk next 4 fsc, sc in next fsc* ; rep from *to* till 2nd last fsc, sc in last fsc. Turn.



Row 3 : dc in 1st sc, 5 dc in ch-5 sp ; *ch 2, sc in next ch-5 sp ; ch 2, 5 dc in next ch-5 sp* ; rep from *to* till end, dc in last sc. Turn.



Row 4 : sc in the 1st st ; *ch 5, sk next 4 dc, sc in the next dc ; ch 5, sk both ch-2 sps and sc, sc in next dc* ; rep from *to* till end.  Turn.



Row 5 : dc in 1st sc ; ch 2, sc in the 1st ch-5 sp ; ch 2, 5 dc in the next ch-5 sp ;
*ch 2, sc in next ch-5 sp ; ch 2, 5 dc in next ch-5 sp* ; rep from *to* till last ch-5 sp, dc in last sc. Turn.



Row 6 : sc in the 1st st ; *ch 5, sk next 4 dc, sc in the next dc ; ch 5, sk both ch-2 sps and sc, sc in next dc* ; rep from *to* till end.  Turn.



Rep Rows 3 - 6 till your project is nearly a square (i.e width and height are the same).
In the last row, work sc’s in such a way that you get the original number of sts you started with in the first fsc row. 

Right so we’ve made the back piece, now we will work in rounds and get the sleeves and front ‘vest’ bits in.  So once more a quick explanation of what we’re going to do – The top bit of your back square along with the chains you will now make will be your armhole. The designer has given instructions of leaving 17.5 cm from the top (of back square) for armhole. 

Body of Bolero
Note : As we’re using the original chart for guidance, and the first row of chain has not been numbered, I am calling this first row as a start round.

Start Round : sc in 1st st ; *ch 5, sk 4 sts, sc in next st* ; rep from *to* till end of this row ; then make a long ch in multiples of five (that equals half your round arm) , sc in st about 18 cm from top (or the length from top that equals to half your round arm) ; rep from *to* till you reach the opposite side of your square where your armhole is needed, and leaving the space for your armhole with the chains. Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.
Pl note  (A) that the ch shown for armhole is diagrammatic representation and not actual st count
(B) For reference : My calculations : Round armhole = 14” ; ch number made = 35 ; attached onto top of the 5th set of 5 dc (the 5 dc in the 5 ch-sp we’ve done on back)
(C) Ensure that you keep this chain flat before attaching.
(D) Silly but practical – when you’ve finished your armhole opening, slip on to check that it fits comfortably – else now’s the time to make the changes needed J


Round 1 : small shell in the 1st sc , ch 3, sc in the next ch-5 sp ; *ch 3, large shell in next ch-5 sp ; ch 3, sc in the next ch-5 sp ; ch 3, small shell in the next ch-5 sp ; ch 3, sc in the next ch-5 sp* ; rep from *to* till end.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.



Round 2 : *small shell in small shell ; ch 3, large shell in large shell ; ch 3* ; rep from *to* till end.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

Round 3 : *large shell in small shell ; ch 3, large shell in large shell ; ch 3* ; rep from *to* till end.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

Round 4 : *large shell in small shell ; ch 4 * ; rep from *to* till end.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

Round 5 : Rep Round 4

Round 6 : *large shell in small shell ; ch 5 * ; rep from *to* till end.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

Round 7 : *large shell in large shell ; ch 3, 2 dc in ch-5 sp ; ch 3* rep from *to* till end. Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

Round 8 : *large shell in large shell ; ch 3, small shell in ch-5 sp ; ch 3* rep from *to* till end. Join with a sl-st to the 1st st. 

Round 9 : Rep Round 7

Round 10 : *large shell in large shell ; ch 3, (dc, ch 2, dc) all in ch-5 sp ; ch 3* rep from *to* till end. Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.


Rep Round 10 till you have a bolero of the size desired.

The designer seems to have done 20 (20, 22) lines in total for S (M , L) I think .. however and I have done a total of 19 lines for my bolero. (which as I mentioned before, has been made for Size 32-33”)
After photographing, I find that I need a row of dc around armhole to complement the dc around square, so will finish that now. 

So may I suggest that after you complete your creation, pl run one line of sc or reverse sc (crab stitch, which will also give a super finish) around your armhole. 

Crab stitch / Reverse single crochet : (Reverse sc) : This is your regular single crochet st, but done in reverse.  So instead of moving ‘clockwise’ as we regularly work, you move anti-clockwise or counter clockwise, and you’ll achieve a slightly ‘bumpy’ single crochet, which is your reverse sc. 

Hope you've enjoyed this pattern write up too as much as I have had in making it, and I wish you all the best in your project.  Do add /follow me so you can get all my future ideas and patterns direct to your inbox.

Have a super day ! J