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Knit and Crochet Baby Bolero

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Use your knitting and crochet skills together to make this adorable knit and crochet baby bolero from Leanna Booth. These free knit and crochet patterns are great for the dual needle crafter who loves to make handmade baby gifts.

Knit and Crochet Baby Bolero

Knit and Crochet Baby Bolero

Materials:

  • 4ply 100% cotton, 50g balls (I used a tad over 1 ball)
    For weeny size (Preemie) (165 metres) No 8 Crochet cotton 100g
  • 2.75 & 3.25 Knitting Needles (US 2 & 3, UK 12 & 10)
  • 2.25 & 2.75 Knitting needles (US 1 & 2, UK 12 & 13)
  • 2.00 Crochet Hook (US 0, UK 14) 1.5 Crochet Hook (US ?, UK 15)

Instructions:

This makes a small Bolero approximately size 00 (6 months)
By changing the needles/yarn you could make it bigger or smaller
 

Note: Cast off is to Bind off


Back

With 2.75 Knitting Needles cast on 58 sts
Ist Row: K2,P2 to end
2nd Row: P2, K2 to end
Repeat rows 1 & 2 until 9 rows have been worked
Change to 3.25 Needles and Knit 1 row, Purl 1 row. Continue until work measures 10cm (4 inches) (7½cm for smaller size) ending with a purl row.

Shape Armholes

Cast off 3 sts at beg of next 2 rows (52 sts)
Dec 1 st at each end of next row, then in foll alt row until 46 sts
Continue without shaping until back measures 20 cms (8 inches) (16cm for smaller size) from beginning

Shape Neck

K 15, cast off 16 sts, K to end
Continue on these 15 sts, Dec 1st at neck edge in next & alt rows until 12 sts rem - Cast off (Dec in every row at neck edge until 9sts remain - for smaller size)
Re-join yarn on wrong side, P 2tog, purl to end
Dec on following alt rows until 12 sts rem - Cast off (Bind off)

US Equivalent Stitches

  • For 1dc READ 1sc (single crochet)
  • For 1htr READ 1hdc (half double crochet)
  • For 1tr READ 1dc (double crochet)
  • For ss READ the same


Fronts ( Both alike - I made them both the same and just used one on the wrong side - I swear you couldn't really tell the difference. Saved me writing instructions for the second front in reverse)
With 2.00 crochet hook make 29 chain

1: 1tr into 4th ch from hook, (5ch,miss 4ch, 1dc in next st) to end, turn
2: 10ch, 1dc into 1st dc, 3 ch, 1dc into ch sp,(5ch, dc in sp) 4 times, 3ch, 1tr into top of tr, tr in turn ch, turn
3: 3ch, 1tr into 2nd tr, 2ch, 1dc in sp, 5 ch, dc in next sp, 1 ch, 5 tr into centre ch of next sp (shell),1ch,dc in sp, (5ch, 1dc in sp) to end, turn
4: 10ch, 1dc into 1st dc, 3 ch, 1 dc into sp, (5ch, 1dc in sp) twice, 2ch, 1dc in 1st tr of shell, 5 tr in centre tr of shell, 1dc in last tr of shell, 2ch, 1dc in next sp, 3ch, 1tr into tr, 1 tr in turning ch, turn
5: 3ch, 1tr into 2nd tr,2ch,1dc in sp, 4ch, 1dc in 1st tr of shell, 4 ch,1dc in top of shell, 4ch, 1dc in last tr of shell, 4ch, 1dc in next 5ch sp, (5ch, 1dc in sp) to end, turn
6: 10ch, 1dc in 1st dc, 3ch, 1dc into next sp, (5ch, 1dc in sp )7 times, 3ch, 1tr in top of tr, 1tr in turning ch, turn
7: 3ch, 1tr in 2nd tr, miss 1 sp (5ch, 1dc in sp) to end, turn
8: 8ch, 1dc in 1st dc, miss 1 sp, (5ch, 1dc in sp) to last sp, 3ch, 1tr in tr, 1tr in turning ch, turn
9: as 7th row
10: 8ch, 1dc in 1st dc, 5ch, miss space, 1dc in next sp, 5ch, 1dc in next sp, 1ch, 5tr in centre st of next sp, 1ch, 1dc in next sp, (5ch, 1dc in sp) to last sp, 3ch, 1tr in tr, 1tr in turning ch, turn
11: 3ch, 1tr in 2nd tr, 5ch, miss sp, 1dc in next sp, (5ch, 1dc in sp) 3 times, 2ch, 1dc in 1st tr of shell, 5tr in centre tr of shell, 1dc in last tr of shell, 2ch, 1dc in next sp, (5ch, 1dc in sp) to end, turn
12: 8ch, 1dc in 1st ch sp, 5ch, 1dc in sp, 4ch,1dc in 1st tr of shell, 4ch, 1dc in top of shell, 4ch, 1dc in last tr of shell, 4ch, 1dc in next 5ch sp, (5ch, 1dc in sp) to last sp, 3ch, 1tr in tr, 1tr in turning ch.
13: 3ch, 1tr in 2nd tr, 5ch miss sp, 1dc in next sp, (5ch, 1dc in sp) to end
14: 7ch, 1dc in 1st dc, (5ch, 1dc in sp) to last sp, 3ch, 1tr in tr, 1tr in turning ch

Shape Armhole

15: ss over tr, into 2 ch of sp & 1st dc. 6ch, 1dc in sp, (5ch, 1dc in sp) to end, turn
16: 7ch, 1dc in 1st ch sp, (5ch, 1dc in sp) 8 times, turn
17: ss into centre of sp, 1ch, 5tr in centre st of next sp, 1ch, 1dc in next sp, (5ch, 1dc in sp) 3 times, 1ch, 5tr in centre st of next sp, 1ch, 1dc in next sp, 5ch, 1dc in sp, turn
18: 7ch, 1dc in sp, 2ch, 1dc in 1st tr of shell, 5tr in centre tr of shell, 1dc in last tr of shell, 2ch, 1dc in next sp, (5ch, 1dc in sp)twice, 2ch, 1dc in 1st tr of shell, 5tr in centre tr of shell, 1dc in last tr of shell, 2ch, 1dc in 1st ss, turn
19: 7ch, *1dc in 1st tr of shell, 4ch, 1dc in centre tr of shell, 4ch, 1dc in last tr of shell,* 1dc in next 5ch sp, (5ch, 1dc in sp) 4ch. Repeat from * to * 4ch, 1dc in last sp, turn
20: 7ch, 1dc in 1st sp, (5ch, 1dc in sp) to end, turn
21-24: As row 20
25: 7ch, 1dc in 1st sp, (5ch, 1dc in sp) twice, 1ch, 5tr in centre st of next ch sp, 1ch, 1dc in next sp, (5ch, 1dc in sp) to end, turn
26: 7ch, 1dc in 1st sp, (5ch, 1dc in sp) twice, 2ch, 1dc in 1st tr of shell, 5tr in centre st of shell, 1dc in last tr of shell, 2ch, 1dc in next sp, (5ch, 1dc in sp) to end, turn
27: 7ch, 1dc in 1st sp, 5ch, 1dc in next sp, 4ch, 1dc in 1st tr of shell, 4ch, 1dc in centre tr of shell, 4ch, 1dc in last tr of shell, 5ch, 1dc in next 5ch sp, turn
28: ss into centre st of sp, (5ch, 1dc in sp) to end, turn
29: 7 ch, 1dc in sp, (5ch, 1dc in sp) 3 times, turn
30: As row 28
31: 7ch, 1dc in sp, (5ch, 1dc in sp) twice, turn
32: (5ch, 1dc in sp) 3 times, turn
33: 7ch, 1dc in sp, (5ch, 1dc in sp) to end, turn
34: (5ch, 1dc in sp) to end
35: As row 33. FASTEN OFF


Sleeves (Make 2 alike)
Make 48 chain. 1dc in 2nd ch from hook, 1dc in each ch to end, Turn (46dc)

1: 3ch, 1tr in each dc to end, turn
2: 1ch, miss 1tr, 1dc in next tr, 1htr in next tr, tr to last 4 sts, (39tr) htr in next tr, dc in next tr, miss 1tr, ss in top of turning ch, turn
3: ss over dc, htr & 3tr 1dc in next tr, 1htr in next tr, tr28, 1htr in next tr, 1dc in next tr, 1ss in next st, turn
4: ss into 1st st, 1dc in next st, 1htr in next st, tr27, htr in next st, dc in next st, ss in last st, turn
5: ss into 1st 5 sts, 3dc, htr in next st, tr12, htr in next st, 3dc, ss in last st, turn
6: ss into 1st st, 18dc, ss in last st. FASTEN OFF

Fronts & Neck Edgings
Join shoulder seam (I just overlapped the front over the back and stitched it down).

With wrong side facing, join yarn to side, bottom edge of left front, 5dc in each ch sp, 5dc into corner, 5dc into next sp, 1dc into next 2 spaces, 3dc in next sp, continue with 5 dc into each space to space before shoulder. 3dc into sp before shoulder, 1dc into every 2nd st along neck edge. 3dc into 1st sp. 5dc in next 4 spaces, 3dc in next sp, 1dc in next 2 spaces, 5dc in each sp to end, turn.

1ch, miss 2dc, 5tr (shell) in next dc, (miss 2dc, 1dc in next dc,1shell in next dc)9 times, miss 2dc, 1dc in next dc,( miss 2 dc, shell in next st, 1ch, miss 3dc, shell in next st, miss 2dc, dc in next st)3 times.

Continue as before to the end of the row.
Before making last dc, loop hook through end of the ribbing of the back and make 1dc. Continue joining side seam with dc by bringing both right sides together. Finish at armhole edge and FASTEN OFF.

Join the yarn to the other side and complete to match.

Attach sleeves either with dc or normal seam.
With wrong side facing, join yarn where sleeve attaches, dc around underarm opening to other side where sleeve joins, turn. (If armhole seems loose or too big, adjust the number of dc around underarm)
1ch, 4dc, 3ch, 1dc in same dc as last dc (Picot) repeat around armhole and sleeve.
 

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