Finally finished my crochet bolero! It took just over 2 weeks to finish (I still have to limit any activity involving my hands....so nearly everything...to 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,