The Sunday afternoon summer crochet bolero pattern is perfect for topping off your spaghetti dress or any of your favorite tank tops when you are ready to hit the town or even go for a party night.
Lately, I have been thinking about making something to match my little red dress for everyday wear. And this bolero shrug is just a perfect match to add a little more cover-up for my cold shoulder pretty well.
Easy & lightweight bolero pattern.
This bolero is not only easy to make from just one crochet rectangle but also breezy and lightweight that create from the open crochet stitch work throughout the body.
The Sunday afternoon bolero shrug is very quick to whip up in just two afternoons; however, If you are a quick crocheter like a ninja you could probably finish this up in one afternoon.
What is the Best yarn for crocheting a summer bolero?
Cotton yarn: cotton yarn is lightweight and gives a beautiful drape to the crochet garment, moreover they are soft and feel great on your skin. The good thing about cotton they don’t lock the heat so you will feel breezy and cool at the time when you wear them.
Baboo yarn: the bamboo yarn is ultra soft on your skin and stronger than cotton. They are great benefits similar to cotton yarn but if you have sensitive skin, the bamboo is good for you.
Plant fiber yarn: Overall any plant fiber content yarn is always a good choice for crocheted summer garments.
Acrylic yarn: I don’t recommend 100% polyester yarn for crocheting a summer bolero because they trap the heat in themself and you will feel uncomfortable when you wear them in the outing sun all day.
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Supplies & materials.
- I used Cotton DK-weight yarn. I am using about 2 -3 skeins around 600 yard fit size small.
- ( easy to adjust the size see pattern instructions below)
- 4.0 mm crochet hook
- Sewing yarn needle
Skill and abbreviations.
- (American crochet terms)
- You will need to know how to make
- sc, which means single crochet
- Tr, which means Triple crochet
- Hdc, which means half double crochet
- Sl st, which means slip stitch
- Blo, which means crochet in the back loop only
- ch, Chain
- slip knot
- criss cross triple crochet
Chain 3 (counts as double crochet), Turn, *skip first stitch, triple crochet into next, then go back to the stitch that we just skip and make triple crochet into this stitch *, this will create the criss-cross*, repeat* this to the end. Triple crochet into the last stitch.
Finished Size Approximately: small ( Easy to adjust by add more rows for bigger size by add more chains to foundation chain)
For me the model wearing this piece, I am 4’9 feet tall.
How to crochet summer bolero video tutorial.
- Of the rectangle.
- 12 inches wide
- 24 inches long
Gauge: 2 groups of criss cross triple crochet= 1 inch
For the width: If you need to make it wider simply add more rows at the end.
For the length: work in even numbers like 70, 80, 90 etc.
Sunday afternoon crochet bolero free pattern instruction.
Crochet a rectangle for bolero’s body.
Start off by making a slip knot Then make (a foundation chain in even numbers).
- small size 86 chains ) x 12 inch wide.
- medium 94 chains) x 14 inch wide.
- large 104 chains) x 15 inch wide.
- xl 112 chains) x 17 inch wide.
- 2xl 120 chains) x 20 inch wide.
Row1. sc in the next chain from hook, then sc in each chain across until the end of the row, turn.
Row2. ch3, make criss-cross triple crochet stitch in each st across until the end of the row, in the last st make 1 triple crochet, and ch1, turn.
Row3. sc in each space and across until the end of the row, turn.
Row4. ch3, make criss-cross triple crochet stitch in each st across until the end of the row; in the last st make 1 triple crochet, and ch1, turn.
Repeat row 3 and 4 until the piece measures approximately 12 inches wide or desired length, and Fasten off.
After you finished the rectangle now, it’s time to make the armhole.
Lay the piece of rectangle in flat and fold each corner inward until they meet, then use your yarn needle to seam the corner with your preferred method.
( I used whip stitch) and leaving holes in the arm. For the armholes, I leave my one about 5 inches or your preferred length.
Repeat for the other side.
Next, we will make the band.
By crocheting them separate from the body of the Bolero.
Pick up your 4.0 mm crochet hook and start with making a slip knot and 10 chains and crochet row by row the back loop only until you get the length that matches the length of the opening neck of the Bolero body.
Row1. crochet 1hdc in each of the next 9 chains from hook, ch1 turn
Row2. crochet 1hdc in each of the next 9 stitches from hook ( blo only), ch1 turn
Repeat round 2 until you get the length matching the opening neck!
After you get the length of the band that matches the length of the opening neck, now it is time to attach them.
I attach them by sc, or you can attach them with your favorite method ( whip stitch) or else.
Now enjoy your new Bolero! If you make one, I would love to see your creation. Tag me on Instagram! would love to see your creation.