Fabulously feminine and delicate, this lace bolero crochet pattern is perfect for a special occasion.
The stunning lace pattern is deceptively simple, and even meditative once you have worked a few repeats.
The construction is uncomplicated too, with minimal seaming; this pattern is sure to become a firm favourite in your summer crochet collection!
The pattern is written for 4 sizes: XS/S, M/L, XL/2X and 3X/4X/5X, and is designed for a comfortable fit.
Studio Crochet | Issue 2
This pattern is featured in Issue 2 of Studio Crochet magazine!
This magazine is a beautiful collaboration between Hannah from HanJan Crochet, RaeLynn from Itchin’ for some Stitchin’ and myself.
The theme of our second issue is lace, and is a celebration of lightweight yarns, open stitch patterns, and crochet lace with a modern flair.
The magazine is not only filled with premium crochet patterns, but also helpful articles, tips and tricks, as well as offering a little “behind the scenes” look into each of our lives.
You can also purchase the individual pattern as an easy-to-read, print-friendly PDF here:
How to crochet this bolero
The construction of this bolero is so simple – it is almost seamless.
First you will work the bottom section – this is a simple rectangle. Next, you will extend the width of the rectangle for the sleeves. Finally, you will work the top section, and this is the exact same width as the bottom section.
Next comes the seaming (just a little bit!) – fold each corner inwards, and seam the edges to create the sleeves.
The final step is to add a simple camel stitch trim to the body and sleeves (using a few rounds of half double crochet in the third loop).
The PDF contains step-by-step photos, as well as a detailed stitch chart to help you every step of the way.
Crochet Shrug Sizing
The shrug is designed for a comfortable (but not oversized) fit, and is based on the following bust sizes:
- XS/S: 28 – 34″ / 81 – 86cm
- M/L: 36 – 42″ / 101.5 – 106.5cm
- XL/2X: 44 – 50″ / 122 – 127cm
- 3X/4X/5X: 52 – 58″ / 142 – 147cm
The sizes in this pattern are based on the body measurements as laid out by the Craft Yarn Council. Before you start, it is a good idea to go through the pattern and highlight/mark the stitch and row counts that correspond to the size you are making (this will make your life much easier!).
For my bolero, I used Hobbii Metallico Fine, which is a feather-light combo of merino wool, nylon and acrylic.
Other great alternatives include:
- WeCrochet Capretta Superwash (80% Fine Superwash Merino Wool, 10% Cashmere, 10% Nylon)
- WeCrochet Hawthorne Fingering (80% Fine Superwash Highland Wool, 20% Nylon)
- Rico Essentials Super Kid Mohair Loves Silk (70% Mohair 30% Silk)
- Lang Yarns Cashmere Dreams (65% Cashmere 35% Silk)
The approximate yarn amounts you will need for each size are as follows:
|XS/S||700 yds / 640m|
|M/L||1000 yds / 914m|
|XL/2X||1150 yds / 1052m|
|3X/4X/5X||1350 yds / 1234m|
I used a 4mm (G-6) hook for my bolero and I found that it worked great with the lace stitch pattern.
The Hobbii Metallico yarn has a lovely halo but is quite thin at the core, so I think using a smaller hook might have made my stitches a little too tight. You can choose whichever hook enable you to meet the gauge listed in the pattern.
If you have more stitches than stated for the gauge swatch, you can try a smaller hook size. And if you have less stitches than the gauge in the pattern, you can try a larger hook size.
You will also need a yarn needle to weave in those ends, and 2 stitch markers to mark off the top section.
The PDF features a full stitch chart for the lace pattern, which (in my opinion) is the easiest way to work with lace!
If you haven’t used stitch charts before, I urge you to give it a try with this pattern. To help with understanding it, you can switch back and forth between the written instructions and the chart – I promise it is not as difficult as it may look at first!
Adina Lace Bolero
There are few ways to get this pattern!
Option 1: You can purchase the individual pattern as an easy-to-read, print-friendly PDF in the following places:
Option 2: You can get this pattern in Studio Crochet Issue 2: Lace.
This 60-page magazine is beautifully formatted, features a total of 7 premium crochet patterns, as well as crochet tutorials, articles and much more!
I hope you have enjoyed this pattern, if you have questions at all, please don't hesitate to contact me. And be sure to tag your finished project on Instagram or Facebook using @nedandmimi or #nedandmimi!