Wednesday, 9 May 2012

1940's Crochet Bolero Project

Finally finished my crochet bolero! It took just over 2 weeks to finish (I still have to limit any activity involving my nearly under an hour an evening, stupid hands). I made the silly silly mistake of getting carried away and not actually measuring the piece like the pattern told me, repeatedly, to do. So after following the pattern, but using a larger hook, I ended up with a finished piece about 8" too big. So it will now be a slouchy cardi, still serves its purpose :) next time it will be more accurate! heh I have learnt my lesson now!
This is what it should have looked like:

If you want to have a go at this, and create a more fitted version, with pom-pom's, head over to Kinsie Wool Shop on Etsy. I've purchased a handful of these patterns from them, and can't wait to work my way through them. Thoroughly recommend for you fellow crocheters!

I found the pattern really straight forward, and once you'd finished the first 2 rows, it was just a pattern of repeating the same stitches. Definitely a good one for either beginners or someone wanting a project to get back into crocheting without too much thought ;)
And this is how mine turned out, sans pom-poms:

This is my first piece of crochet clothing I've completed since I was about 14, but now have the confidence to start trying to make more complicated pieces, as long as I have a supply of tape measures, chocolate, and a very patient boyfriend who doesn't mind becoming a 'widower' while I'm antisocial and counting away at my crochet.

Much love from Brighton,



  1. LOVE the colour and, do you know what, it doesn't really notice that it's a little bigger than you wanted :)

  2. I love it!! I have a bolero with a collar just like that and have been looking everywhere for a similar pattern. I'll have to try that out. The color is beautiful too!! x

  3. Thank you both! I'm already working on the next one now, it's not taking so long this time either (seeing as it's hopefully the right size now!). I'd definitely recommend her for knitting and crochet patterns, there are so many on my wish list with some simple ones to get you started first.

    Also working on some crochet handbags at the mo, let's see how those turn out! heh



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