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Crochet Eve's Lacy Bolero Free Pattern

Hi! Today's free pattern is on The Crochet Eve's Lacy Bolero. With the weather heating up, we all need something breezy, loose and fun! In hindsight, I might have chosen a lighter weight yarn.

I used Loops & Threads Creme Cotton in Dusty Blue. By the time I was ready to post this pattern, I couldn't find this yarn anymore! I think I'd use Lion Brand's Comfy Cotton.

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The ad-free pattern comes with a chart for 16 sizes (5 more than the already 11 provided here!) Kids 4-10, Youth 12-16, and adults XS - 5X. Purchase the ad-free printable pdf here:

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GAUGE | in pattern

1” = 2 Stitches | 1.75 Shells

Favorite ergonomic hook: Tulip Etimo



ch – Chain

st(s) – Stitch(es)

hk - Hook

sl st – Slip Stitch

sc – Single Crochet

dc – Double Crochet

sp - Space

rep – Repeat

sk - Skip

Special Stitches

V-st – V Stitch: [1dc, ch3, 1dc] in same st

Shell – 7dc sts in the same st

SKILL LEVEL – Easy/Beginner

NOTES – Pattern is written in US terms.

Any weight yarn can be used with recommended hook size.

The pattern is written in 11 sizes for kids, youth, & adults. Follow the color-coded sizes or circle the size you’re making before you start. Other sizes are available in the ad-free pdf pattern. This pattern is easy to customize as you will measure as you go.


Instructions | Video Tutorial

Sizes Kids, Youth, & Adult

(See chart for additional sizes).

6 (8, 10, 12, 14, 16, XS, S, M, L, XL)

Row 1 (ws): ch 24 (28, 32, 36, 36, 36, 40, 40, 40, 40, 40) sts, V-st in 8th ch from hk, *ch1, sk4 ch, V-st in next. Rep from * to last 3ch. End ch1, sk2 ch, 1dc in last ch. Turn.

Customize: This is the back waist length. Adjust by chaining in multiples of 4. Add 4 more sts for turning chain.

Row 1: ch3 (counts as 1dc or use chainless double crochet method), shell in ch3 sp of next V-st. Rep from * across ending with, sk1 ch, 1dc in next ch (turning ch). Turn.

Row 2: ch4 (counts as 1dc & ch1), [V-st, ch1] in center st of each shell st. End with 1dc in turning ch. Turn.

Rep rows 1 & 2 until your first half measures approx. 10.5 (12.5, 14, 15, 15, 16.5, 16.5, 17, 17.25, 17.5, 17.75) inches or until you have 11 (12, 13, 14,15, 16, 15, 16, 16, 17, 17) shell rows. End on a shell row (row 2).

Customize: This is the sleeve length from neck to wrist (half of wrist-to-wrist measurement). See chart for additional sizes.

Second Half | Fasten on at the beginning tail (foundation row).

Setup Row: ch4 (dc + ch1), *[V-st, ch1] in the opposite side of the next V st. Rep

from * across. End with, sk2 chs, 1dc in next ch st. Turn.

Rep rows 1 & 2 until you have the same # of rows as the first half.


Fold edges in as shown in below image, ws out. Make sure to measure for the shoulder-to-shoulder measurement with it folded, approx. 10.25 (10.75, 11.25, 12, 12.25, 13, 14.5, 15, 16, 17, 17.5) inches. Using a tapestry needle or by slip stitching, join the edges together to create the sleeves.

FINISHING Fasten off leaving a long tail. Secure and weave in all ends. Block as desired.

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