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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Tropical Waves Bolero | Free Crochet Pattern with Tutorial | My Hobby is Crochet

This cute crochet bolero for little girls was designed to match the Tropical Waves Lacy Chevron Top. They can be worn together as a pretty set or separately.

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Finished dimensions: chest width: 30 cm from side to side
                                     length: 20 cm

Size: 3 - 4 year old little girls

Gauge: 19 sc = 10 cm
chevron pattern repeat: 7 cm

Note: The bolero is crocheted sideways, all in one piece, starting with the left sleeve to right sleeve. After finishing the chevron part, you will crochet the waist band directly across the left front side, then back and right front side.

Materials used:
- Cotton Fair yarn from Premier Yarns, colorway White, Green Leaf and Cotton Fair Multi Cloud Gazing. (Yarn weight: Fine (no. 2). I have used the leftovers from the matching Tank Top. With 3 balls of yarn I have made a tank top and a bolero and I still have yarn left from all 3 balls.
- 4 mm crochet hook
- 3.5 mm crochet hook
- yarn needle
- scissors
- 2 stitch marker.

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Stitches, Terms (US) and abbreviations used:
ch: chain
sc: single crochet
fsc: foundation single crochet
hdc: half double crochet
dc: double crochet
dc2 tog: double crochet 2 together = 1 stitch decrease: [Yarn over, insert hook in next stitch, yarn over and pull up loop , yarn over, draw through 2 loops] 2 times, yarn over, draw through all loops on hook.

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

dc5tog = double crochet 3 together = 4 stitches decrease: [Yarn over, insert hook in next stitch, yarn over and pull up loop, yarn over, draw through 2 loops] 5 times (6 loops on hook), yarn over, draw through all loops on hook.
shell: 5 dc in same st

sk: skip

tw sc: twisted single crochet, see my Tutorial with step by step pictures.. Video Tutorial on Youtube (not mine): here.

Chevron Bolero Pattern:
The lacy chevron pattern is a multiple of 16 sts + 1. For 65 sts total you will have 4 chevron repeats. The pattern is made of 2 rows repeats.
Each stripe will be made of 2 rows. Alternate 3 colors after each 2 rows.

How to change colors: At the end of odd rows (on the wrong side) change color at the last yo of the dc3tog: when having 4 loops on hook, attach new color and finish the st with the new color.
Don’t cut yarn when changing colors, carry the yarns not in use from row to row. Be careful at the tension to not shrink the sides.

With A and a 4 mm crochet hook start with 65 fsc. 

Begin Chevron Pattern: 
Row 1 (right side): ch 3, sk first sc, dc2tog over next 2 sc, (ch 1, sk 1 sc, 1 dc in next st) x 2 times, ch 1, sk 1 sc, [shell in next sc, (ch 1, sk 1 sc, 1 dc in next sc) x 2 times, ch1, sk 1 sc, dc5tog over next 5 sc, (ch 1, sk 1 sc, 1 dc in next sc) x 2 times, ch1, sk 1 sc] × 3 times, shell in next sc, (ch 1, sk 1 sc,1 dc in next sc) × 2 times, ch 1, sk 1 sc, end with dc3tog over last 3, but, before finishing the dc3tog stitch, having 4 loops on hook, pick yarn color B and finish the dc3tog with new color.

Row 2
(wrong side): With B ch 1, 1 sc in first st and 1 sc in each st and ch 1 space across. (65 sc)

Note: Do not work into ch3 at end of row here and throughout the chevron pattern.

Repeat as rows 1-2, alternating the 3 colors after each 2 rows until you have 11 stripes. 
 
Now you’ll begin Shaping the Neck, working the next sc row the same as row 2, but only till you have 33 sts total. You should have the last sc worked into top of the dc5tog in the middle of previous row. See the picture below!

Next row: ch3, sk first sc, dc2tog over next 2 sc, (ch 1, sk 1 sc, 1 dc in next sc) x 2 times, ch 1, sk 1 sc, shell in next sc, (ch 1, sk 1 sc, 1 dc in nxt sc) x 2 times, ch 1, sk 1 sc, dc5tog over next 5 sc, (ch 1, sk 1 sc, 1 dc in nxt sc) x 2 times, ch 1, sk 1 sc, shell in next sc, (ch 1, sk 1 sc, 1 dc in next sc) x 2 times, ch 1, sk 1 sc, dc3tog over last 3 sc. (Don’t forget to change color!) 

Repeat these 2 rows of 33 sts total until you have 5 stripes total. These will form the back at the neck. 

Continue with the Right Front Side:
Next row will be a sc row. Repeat as row 2, after you have 33 sts DO NOT TURN! Change to hook size 3.5 mm and continue the row by working 32 fsc. You’ll have again 65 sts at the end of the row. Change back to hook size 4 mm, then repeat rows 1 and 2 as for the left side. See the photo collage below!
 Alternate the 3 colors until you have 11 stripes. Cut yarns leaving a tail. Fasten off. 


After 11 stripes your piece should look like this:


Fold piece in half lengthwise . Holding the piece with the front facing you, count 4 stripes for each sleeve and place a st marker through front and back after 4 stripes. See picture below.
Turn piece inside out and sew front to back of sleeves till the stitch markers. 



Waist Band:
Turn piece on right side.
Row 1: With a standing sc join yarn (same color as the stripe at the edges of the front sides; in my case white); working around the yarn pieces from color changes,  sc  evenly places across the bottom of the piece, for a total of 101 sts (standing sc inclusive).

Row 2: ch 4 ( count as a dc and ch 1), sk next st, 1 dc in next sc, * ch 1, sk 1 sc, 1 dc in next sc *, repeat from * to * across.

Row 3: ch 1, work 1 sc in each st and in each ch 1 space; at the end of the row work 1 sc around the ch 4 at beg of row and 1 sc into 3rd ch from beg of ch 4. (101 sc total) Count your stitches!

Row 4: ch 1, 1 sc in each sc across ( 101 sts)

Row 5 (on right side): ch 2, sk first sc, 2 hdc in next sc, * sk next sc, 2 hdc in next sc *, repeat from * to * till last sc, 1 hdc in last sc. 
(You can see the chart for the stitch pattern in this blog post: Easy Crochet Dishcloth.)

Row 6 (on wrong side): ch 1, 1 sc in each st across (101 sc)

Row 7- 10: Repeat as rows 5 and 6.

Row 11
(on right side): ch 1, 1 tw sc in first st, * ch 1, sk 1 sc, 1 tw sc in next sc *, repeat from * to * across. Don’t cut yarn.

Continue with the Tie:
Chain 68. Turn and work 1 sl st into 2nc ch from hook and sl st in each ch made, sl st back into edge of waist band. Cut yarn. Fasten off.

Work another tie on the other front side of the waistband: join yarn and ch 68; work the same as for the first tie. 
I hope you enjoy this pattern! 
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Written Instructions and pictures Copyright 2015 Kinga Erdem. 
This pattern is free for you to use, you can sell the products of your work, a link back to my blog would be appreciated. 
Please don't repost the pattern itself to any other sites, but please share the link to the pattern if you want to share the pattern with your friends. You may not give away copies of this pattern. 
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