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Bolero for Girl

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With a pretty picot edge, this bolero is cute as can be for a girl 2-10 years. Use this bolero crochet pattern from Patons to make a light and dressy sweater for any little girl.

Crochet Bolero for Girl

Materials:

  • Yarn: Patons Astra (50 g/1.75 oz) Sizes: 2 (4-6-8-10) yrs (Lilac) 3 (3-4-4-4) balls
  • Crochet Hooks: Sizes 4 mm (U.S. G or 6) and 5 mm (U.S. H or 8) crochet hooks or size needed to obtain tension.

Sizes:
To fit chest measurement
2 yrs 21 ins [53.5 cm]
4 yrs 23 ins [58.5 cm]
6 yrs 25 ins [63.5 cm]
8 yrs 261/2 ins [67.5 cm]
10 yrs 28 ins [71 cm]

Gauge: 131/2 hdc and 10 rows = 4 ins [10 cm] with larger crochet hook.

Abbreviations:
Alt = Alternate.
Beg = Beginning.
Ch = Chain.
Dc = Double crochet.
Hdc = Half double crochet.
Rem = Remaining.
Rep = Repeat.
RS = Right side.
Sl st = Slip stitch.
St(s) = Stitch(es).
WS = Wrong side.
Yoh = Yarn over hook.

Instructions:

The instructions are written for smallest size. If changes are necessary for larger size(s) the instructions will be written thus ( ). Numbers for each size are shown in the same color throughout the pattern. When only one number is given in black, it applies to all sizes.

Note: Bolero is worked in one piece to armholes. Ch 2 at beg of row does not count as stitch.

With larger crochet hook, ch 52 (56-58- 60-64).
1st row: (RS). 1 hdc in 3rd ch from hook. 1 hdc in each ch to end of row. Turn. 50 (54-56-58-62) hdc.
2nd row: Ch 2. 2 hdc in first hdc. 1 hdc in each hdc to last hdc. 2 hdc in last hdc. Turn.
Rep last row 5 (7-8-9-9) times more. 62 (70-74-78-82) hdc.
Work 0 (0-1-0-0) row even.
Divide for armholes: 1st row: (RS). Ch 2. Yoh and draw up a loop in each of first 2 hdc. Yoh and draw through all loops on hook – Hdc2tog made.
1 hdc in each of next 6 (8-9-9-10) hdc. Hdc2tog over next 2 hdc. Turn. Leave rem sts unworked. Work on these 8 (10- 11-11-12) sts for Left Front.
**2nd to 4th rows: Ch 2. 1 hdc in each st to end of row. Turn.
5th row: Ch 2. Hdc2tog over first 2 sts. 1 hdc in each hdc to last 2 sts. Hdc2tog over last 2 sts. Turn.
Rep last 4 rows 1 (2-2-2-3) time(s) more. 4 (4-5-5-4) sts.

Sizes 2 and 8 only: Next 2 rows: Ch 2. 1 hdc in each st to end of row. Turn.

All sizes: Next row: (WS). Ch 2. Hdc2tog over next 2 sts. (1 hdc in next hdc) 0 (0- 1-1-0) time. Hdc2tog over next 2 sts. Turn. 2 (2-3-3-2) sts.

Sizes 2, 4 and 10 only: Next row: Ch 2. Hdc2tog over next 2 sts. Fasten off.

Sizes 6 and 8 only: Next row: Ch 2. Yoh and draw up a loop in each of first 3 hdc. Yoh and draw through all loops on hook – Hdc3tog made. Fasten off.**

All sizes: With RS of work facing, miss next 4 (4-4-6-6) sts of Body. Join yarn with sl st to next st. Ch 2. Hdc2tog over same hdc as last sl st and next hdc.
1 hdc in each of next 30 (34-36-36-38) hdc. Hdc2tog over next 2 hdc. Turn.
Leave rem sts unworked. Work on these 32 (36-38-38-40) sts for Back.
Next row: (WS). Ch 2. 1 hdc in each st to end of row. Turn.
Next row: Ch 2. Hdc2tog over first 2 hdc. 1 hdc in each hdc to last 2 hdc. Hdc2tog over last 2 hdc. Turn.
Rep last 2 rows 1 (2-2-5-7) time(s) more. 28 (30-32-26-24) sts.
Next row: Ch 2. Hdc2tog over first 2 hdc. 1 hdc in each hdc to last 2 hdc. Hdc2tog over last 2 hdc. Turn.
Rep last row 6 (6-6-2-0) times more. 14 (16-18-20-22) sts.
With RS of work facing, miss next 4 (4-4- 6-6) sts of Body. Join yarn with sl st to next st. Ch 2. Hdc2tog over same hdc as last sl st and next hdc. 1 hdc in each of next 6 (8-9-9-10) hdc. Hdc2tog over next 2 hdc. Turn.
Work on these 8 (10-11-11-12) sts for Right Front.
Work from ** to ** as given for Left Front.

SLEEVES
With larger crochet hook, ch 20 (22-23- 25-26).
1st row: (RS). 1 hdc in 3rd ch from hook. 1 hdc in each ch to end of ch. Turn. 18 (20-21-23-24) hdc.
2nd and 3rd rows: Ch 2. 1 hdc in each hdc to end of row. Turn.
4th row: (Increase row). Ch 2. 2 hdc in first hdc. 1 hdc in each hdc to last hdc. 2 hdc in last hdc. Turn.
5th row: As 2nd row.
Rep last 2 rows 5 (5-7-8-9) times more. 30 (32-37-41-44) hdc.
Cont even until work from beg measures 51/2 (61/2-7-81/2-10) ins [14 (16.5-18- 21.5-25.5) cm], ending with RS facing for next row.
Shape raglans: 1st row: Sl st in each of first 4 (5-5-5-6) hdc. Hdc2tog over same sp as last sl st and next st. 1 hdc in each hdc to last 5 (6-6-6-7) hdc. Hdc2tog over next 2 sts. Turn. Leave rem sts unworked.
2nd row: Ch 2. 1 hdc in each st to end of row. Turn.
3rd row: Ch 2. Hdc2tog over first 2 sts. 1 hdc in each st to last 2 sts. Hdc2tog over last 2 sts. Turn.
Rep 2nd and 3rd rows 2 (4-2-2-4) times more, then 3rd row 5 (3-7-9-7) times more. 6 (6-7-7-8) sts. Fasten off.

FINISHING: Pin garment pieces to measurements. Cover with a damp cloth, leaving cloth to dry.
Body edging: Sew raglan seams.
***With smaller hook, ch 4.
1st row: (RS). (2 dc. Ch 2. 3 dc) in 4th ch from hook. Turn.
2nd row: Ch 6. Sl st in 3rd ch from hook – Picot made. Ch 2. (3 dc. Ch 2. 3 dc) in ch-2 sp. Turn.
3rd row: Ch 3. (3 dc. Ch 2. 3 dc) in ch-2 sp. Turn.***
Rep 2nd and 3rd rows until work measures length to fit entire outer edge around body of Bolero.
Beg at center bottom of back, sew edging around outer edge of Bolero as you work.
Sleeve edging: Work from *** to *** as given for Body edging. Rep 2nd and 3rd rows until work measures length to fit bottom edge of Sleeve. Sew edging to bottom of Sleeve.
Sew Sleeve seams.

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I am attempting to make this bolero. I am at the part where the pattern says to "miss next 4 (4-4-6-6) sts of body. Join yarn with sl st to next st. Ch 2. Hdc2tog over same hdc as last sl st and next hdc." What does this mean "miss next 4 stitches??????? Is anyone able to explain this step to me. I am pretty accomplished but this is a new type of instruction.

Hi grandmare--Thanks for your comment. This means you're going to skip the next 4 stitches and continue with the pattern in the 5th stitch of the previous row. The (4,4,6,6) after miss next 4 refers to the size...so, for example, if you're making the largest size, you would skip the next 6 stitches rather than 4. Hope that helps! --FaveCrafts Editor

I look forward to making this for my neighbour's little girl ... she is 2years old

I like this one better, its cute

Your pattern is so cute! It's the perfect thing to dress up or down and can be worn for any occasion.

This is a great pattern, so much more useful than a poncho because it can be worn inside as well as outside and not prevent the child from easily moving her arms.

I think this one is more practical for a young child.

This one looks more comfortable for a little girl to wear.

I think this would be the better of the two pieces. The bolero style leaves more room for freedom of movement. The caplet restricts the arms and would bunch up at the neckline.

I think I will make this for my grandbaby. Tooo Cute!

When choosing between this bolero and a poncho, I would choose this design mostly because I have seen more little girls wear a bolero than a poncho.

Very cute. Maybe I can enlarge it for a teenager!

This what i've been looking for but like in adult size

I truly love this! Love the color and the fact that it can be dressy!

I love this, it is so cute and danty! Little girls need to look like little girls not little boys. LOVE IT!!

Simple, yet very cute!

I haven't made this yet, but think it would add a touch of old-fashioned elegance to a little girl's wardrobe. I can picture a little one wearing this when going to tea with her mom and grandmother. How special!

I love this one. It is so pretty, especially since it is my favorite color! The other one looks too heavy for a little girl. May look better on an adult.

This is so cute! I may have to make a few.... :0)

This is my favorite.

This is my favourite of the 2 designs and I plan to do it for my grand-daughter.

This is my favorite one. The other is not very attractive. Looks like an afghan wrapped around the kid.

this is my fave... it is just adorable!

very cute

I like the bolero style better. The capelet is very nice but I can't see a little girl being able to move too freely in it.

Very cute.

This is adorable. I love it.

Love this bolero. Will be making it for my granddaughters.

delightful little cardigan/bolero lots of little girls I know will be getting this :o) xx

I like them both, but a couple of my great-nieces would sure look cute in this bolero! Of course, the third one would look just as cute in the capelet, but it's two votes to one. :)

Even if it wasn't done in purple (my fave!) I would still like it! I bet my grandaughters would be very cute in them!!

Very cute! My niece might like this!

Very pretty!

Adorable, can't wait to start one. So feminine. Thank you.

I'm new to crocheting garments (I usually crochet afghans or shawls). What does this part of the above pattern mean: "Work 0 (0-1-0-0) row even"? Thanks for any help you can provide

The numbers in ( ) refer to the sizing reference for small, med, large, or xl sizes you work the number of stitches/rows based on the size garment you are making.

How beautiful-cant wait to make this-thanks

Can anyone tell me what "work 0 (0-1-0-0) row even" means?

Sleeves: Start: 23 ch Row 1-3: 21 sts---2 ch were not used, so there are 2 less sts Row 4: 23 sts---2 sts added Row 5: 23 sts Row 6: 25 sts---2 more sts added Row 7: 25 sts Row 8: 27 sts---2 more sts added By the time you have reached Row 13, you will have added 14 sts 23 + 14 = 37 sts Work on those stitches until the piece is 6-1/2 inches from beginning. You have to follow the pattern exactly. Judyaten, did U make a swatch? If your gauge is not exact, get the horizontal gauge right and work less or more rows. You may have to fudge the inc's a bit.

Do you have a diagram how to put this together?

Try logging into LionBrandYarn.com. They have a Childs Bolero pattern which is much easier to understand and it works out the same as this one. Also if there is something which you don't understand, they have qualified instructors which will help you with any problems. I made an Adult Bolero from their patterns which is just about the same as this one and it turned out perfect. I had to email them for help and they were wonderful. Try it...you will like it.

I made this for my granddaughter and had a horrible time with the instructions. I could not figure out the picot edging so I used a similar one I found online. If you sign onto Patons yarn website you can free patterns and this bolero sweater pattern is there with the pattern layout. Good luck. I made the size 6 one and it is really adorable

are there picture or written instructions to put this together?

I need better, clearer , instructions.

Instructions were really bad. e.g. the sleeves for size 6: if you follow these instructions you do not end with 37 stitches and after adding the 7th row the measurements already equal 7". Really disgusted with this pattern and was hoping to have it completed for Easter

Can you show me how to put this sweater together? Can you send me a diagram of the pieces and how the pieces get connected.

Hi, I put together this sweater as follows Crochet all 3 pieces as printer. Crochet a length of trim to fit each sleeve and attach to sleeve edge. Stitch underarm seam of sleeve. Pin underarm sleeve seam to center of underarm opening on body of sweater. Stitch the sleeves into place from the armpit to neck. THIS IS A RAGLAN SLEEVE SWEATER. THE EDGE OF THE SLEEVE IS PART OF THE NECK OPENING. After stitching sleeves into place, crochet a length of trim as stated in the directions and stitch in place around the sweater. Any questions, contact me at lorrievan@hotmail.com

I've worked many hours trying to put these pieces together. Is a part of the pattern missing?? Someone help me please.

There are no instructions on how to assemble this sweater

Can anyone help me put this together?

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