Crochet Pattern: Classic Bolero – 9 Sizes

By Rachel Choi – 20 Comments

New in the Crochet Spot Store, the Classic Bolero pattern is crocheted in one piece (no sewing required), working from the top down. Top down construction allows you to try on the item while crocheting, so that you can easily adjust the bolero size if needed. This pattern also allows you to adjust the length of the bolero so you can make it as long or short as you desire. Feel free to customize your Classic Bolero with buttons or a unique edging!

Click here to see pattern details!

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20 Comments

  1. Mary says:

    Oh wow! Looks like a great pattern!! I can’t wait to try it :) I just downloaded it, but now have to go out and get some yarn. I’ll let you know how it goes.

  2. Katelyn says:

    This is cute! This is how I always start my sweaters/cardigans!

  3. Danette says:

    this is just what i’ve been looking for…but couldn’t find…until now…will gladly purchase this pattern soon…my question is what yarn is used in the picture?…i not getting a clear idea of lightweight yarns…any suggestion for brands? thanks…

    • Rachel says:

      Hi Danette, I used Patons yarn for the bolero in the picture, but you can use any yarn with the light weight yarn symbol on it. Here’s a link to a chart that shows you different yarn weights: Types of Yarn

  4. Monique says:

    Hi Rachel,

    Very cute pattern! I have soooo much lightweight yarn in my stash I think this could be perfect! But I have a question. You say it’s easy to lengthen, but what about the sleeves? Is it easy to lengthen them? The whole point of a cardy for me is to cover my arms so I would want the sleeves at least to my elbows.

    • Rachel says:

      Hi Monique, yes you can lengthen the sleeves by adding a few extra rows to the end of each of them. If you end up needing some help with it while crocheting, just let me know and I’ll help you out!

  5. Caitlin says:

    Would you mind telling me how much yarn (in yardage) I would need for this project? I bought a bunch of a nice yarn at a sale and was planning to try and make a bolero out of it but I don’t know if I have enough for this pattern specifically. I would hate to run out and then have no way to finish since I can’t buy more of it.

    • Rachel says:

      Hi Caitlin, if you click on the link above that says “Click here to see pattern details” you’ll be taken to the page with the materials list, etc. Let me know the bust size you’re interested in making and I can give you a better approximation.

  6. Delecia says:

    I had been looking for a little jacket to go with a dress I made. This was perfect. And soooooo easy. I finished it in 4 evenings. For yarn I used Bernat Satin and it worked up great. I think for my next one I want to try one of the fun furry yarns. Thanks Rachel. I’m really enjoying your patterns. And what’s really great is that I can download them to my iPhone and take them with me on the plane when traveling.

  7. Monique says:

    Delecia may I suggest you try a beanie or scarf or something really simple with only one ball of that fun furry yarn before you go buying enough to make this bolero. It would look fabulous in the furry yarn, but it’s so hard to crochet with! You can’t see where your loops are so you end up just guessing where to put the next stitch. I started on a beanie in some of that stuff, and when it was about 4 inches in diameter I gave up and searched for a knitted beanie pattern! It’s much easier to knit with!

    And Rachel, thanks for your reply to my earlier question. We’re just moving into winter here, and it’s my first one living out in the country instead of in the city and boy is it cold! So I need to work on something a bit warmer for now, but I will remember that this is here when it’s time for me to make a spring/summer lightweight cardy :)

  8. Janie says:

    This is the first pattern I purchased from the crochet spot, and so far so good! It’s working up really fast, and the instructions are great. Thanks for this one, it’s just what I was looking for!

  9. Marcia says:

    I just can’t find a light weight yarn that I like. Most of them are baby yarns and baby colors! Can I use a medium weight? Or will that throw the whole pattern off.

    • Rachel says:

      Hi Marcia, it would throw the pattern off, but you can work around it using a medium weight yarn. You’ll probably end up making a size or so smaller than what the instructions say for your size is, since your yarn is thicker. Since the pattern is worked from the top down, you can try on the bolero as you work. That way you’ll know when the bolero gets to the proper size for you. Let me know if you need more help with it while you’re crocheting!

  10. Marcia says:

    I used the Bernat Satin, worked nicely. Had to make extra small though to fit me. Did some ripping out! Did you use the Patons Silk Bamboo Yarn? Thanks, Marcia

  11. robin cunnagin says:

    Love this pattern! is this made all in one piece or are the sleeves added?

  12. robin cunnagin says:

    i have been making the X-small bolero and i am not coming up with the same amount of DC at the end of the rows that you are. What am i doing wrong?

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