You ever have one of those moments where you think you’ll never be able to do something? When I first started this blog, I never dreamed that I would be making clothes, let alone designing them. I went out on a limb though and made the Penelope Dress by Sewrella. As soon as I started working on that I knew that it was going to be taking me down a long road of garment making. Then I started thinking about what if I would actually try designing my own garments. By that point I had made a few, so I figured I knew enough about basic construction of pieces. Now here I am with my very first crochet garment design: the Faux real Bolero!
When this pattern first came out it was featured on The Hook Nook Life blog as a part of their Winter features. Maybe it was a little crazy to create my first garment design to be featured on their blog, but I thought why not and totally did it! Honestly, I can hardly believe that I get to share my first garment design, and this is one that I loved getting to create.
This pattern was designed with the absolute beginner in mind, so that anyone could make it! I know how intimidating garment making can be, but guess what? You totally can make this one! This bolero is made by making a square, sewing up the corners, and turning it into something you can wear. If you can crochet a square then you can most definitely make this bolero. By sewing up the corners you create the armholes/mini sleeves so that there is no extra crocheting needed. When it’s all done you can either dress it up with a cocktail dress or down with a cute top and jeans!
Let me just tell you about the yarn that I used for this pattern. I used Lion Brand’s Go For Faux yarn, and oh boy is this yarn amazingly soft! It feels like a cloud, and I almost cried the first time I touched it because it’s softness moved me that much. The yarn is 100% Acrylic, and has a base that feels almost like tape yarn with then the fluff of the faux fur attached to that. The base creates the color of the “pelt” with the fur on top. It can be hard to see the stitches because of how the faux fur looks, but I found that my hook easily found it’s way to the stitches as I worked on it. I loved watching it come together and when you crochet this whole piece it looks like you sewed a piece of faux fur together. It doesn’t look like crochet, but you know the secret that it is!
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Sizes: S, (M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL)
3 skeins for sizes S & M, 4 skeins for sizes L & XL, and 5 skeins for 2XL, 3XL of Lion Brand Go For Faux in Chinchilla. Or you can use 1 skein Lion Brand Homespun Thick & Quick for sizes S, M, L & 2 skeins for XL, 2XL, 3XL
9mm crochet hook
-R = Row
-Ch = Chain
-Dc = Double crochet
-( ) = stitch or row count for other sizes
-Gauge: 4” x 4” = 6 sts x 4 rows
-Ch 2 does not count as a stitch
-This pattern can be adjusted to any size that you want. Just measure the width from your shoulder to shoulder and chain 6 for every 4 inches needed.
R1: Ch 42 (46, 48, 48, 50, 52 ), starting in second ch from hook, dc 40 (44, 46, 46, 48, 50)
R2: Ch 2 *does not count as stitch*, turn, dc 40 (44, 46, 46, 48, 50)
Repeat Row 2 till row 19(21, 22, 23, 24, 25) or until piece measures 16 (17, 17 ½, 18, 18.5, 19) inches
A. Fold the piece in half hot dog style with the short edge corners being folded together as pictured.
B. Thread yarn needle with scrap yarn and prepare to sew. Sew 5 stitches of the corners together on each side, to secure the corners. This creates the armholes for the bolero, and finishes the piece.
Congrats, friend, you just made a garment! I hope you love your new bolero, and you are totally going to rock wearing it. Be sure to tag me on Instagram @eclairemakery, so that I can see what you’ve made and share it!