Bolero with Crochet Edging

This bolero was knitted with about 11 ozs. of Red Heart Super Sport yarn, 3-ply. They do not carry this at our local Walmart but I found the yarn at . I used USM keyplate 2.5 with a gauge of 4" = 17 sts and 25 rows. Although I knitted a large swatch in the eyelet stitch pattern, my pieces ended up being about 1/2" wider and longer than they were supposed to be but it didn't seem to make any difference once it was all put together. I knitted another one using Red Heart Soft yarn and was able to get nearly the same gauge. If you would like to use another yarn with a different gauge, drop me an email and I can input your gauge into the shapes.

Finished Measurements:

This is a modified drop shoulder pattern which takes out a little of the excess fabric under the arms for a better fit. The sleeve is inserted as below:

You will be able to get larger charts if you save the images on the linked pages below to your computer and then print them to fit the page. I tried that on mine and it seemed to work ok.

While I haven't tried it, I think it would be fairly easy to make this larger by adding either one half or one whole motif (about 1" or 2"worth of stitches) to each side edge while leaving the front and back neck opening as it is. One could widen the shoulder seam but leave the cut out portion for the sleeve as it is except it may have to be lowered a little for a wider sleeve. One could also make the bolero longer by adding an extra motif (and as many rows as needed) along the front edges.

Charts for Front

Charts for Back Piece

Charts for Sleeve

Crocheted Motifs and Assembly of Edging

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