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My First Crochet Bolero

Good Day!

Welcome to another Wednesday update. I have several projects to share with you guys but I will begin this week with my first crochet Bolero. I do not have a pattern for this bolero. I simply took inspiration from others I have seen in this style.

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Basically you make a dc back then continue with a long chain for the first arm hole, single crochet along the bottom make a second chain for the second armhole then continue around the top in sc. This will create a circle for you to work in rounds.

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You will use shell stitches around beginning with 2 dc ch 2 2 dc and simply increasing after a few rows to 3 dc ch 2 3 dc. And you will continue in this manner until the Bolero is as large as you want it to be.

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I made mine a tad bit too full and it became a little ruffly. I still like the look of it. But if I want it to lay flatter that means that next time I will have to space my shell stitches 1 or more stitches farther apart on my first shell stitch row.

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I used a thin thread for this project. My beautiful hand-spun gradient yarn which I received as a present for Christmas. It called for a 3mm hook. So the stitches are delicate and small. I love how the colors change. It is going to be great for autumn.

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I have not sewn in an attach yet. But I plan on putting a button or toggle to pin it in the center. I used a safety-pin here just so you can see the effect.

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My model was very wiggly. I managed to get a clear shot between the jumping on the bed and giggling.

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I gave her the yarn to hold because I had yet to fasten off. I may as well have given the yarn to a kitten lol it was so balled up. Luckily there was only a little left.

This project truly was fun. I love seeing an idea grow into a real piece of clothing in my hands. I hope this inspires you to make your own Bolero. If so please share your creations with me I would love to see them!

Until next time! Happy Crocheting

 

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Crochet Lace Hat

So I have come down with the crochet hat bug. My hands might fall off! I have been super busy making hats. I just can’t stop. Not that I want to. I really love making hats thanks to bobwilson123 on youtube. Her tutorials are great. Which brings me to one of my latest hat creations.

I received some wool sock yarn (Patons kroy sock yarn) from my mother-in-law not too long ago but really wasn’t in the mood to learn to make socks(but its on my list) so I searched and searched for a pattern for this type of yarn. I came across a really cute free crochet pattern from Red Heart.  It’s called a lace hat.

crochet hat with flower in multicolor wool yarn

crochet lace hat

I added a flower and a button and I left out the edging because my hat was already long enough. I really like the way that the colors change! A very good hat for autumn.

Note: I added an extra round on my flower to make it bigger. I just did the same increasing as on the other rounds. I think it turned out nice.

crochet lace hat with flower detail made with wool sock yarn

crochet lace hat

Click here for link to free crochet pattern!

Click here for link to flower tutorial!

Tell me whatcha think. I would really like to see your version on this pattern! Until then happy crocheting!

Cricket

 


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Inspired by nature: Autumn in Quebec

Gonna miss autumn when the snow comes…Autumn is definitely my favorite season with all the beautifully colored leaves. I was able to get a couple of nice shots while taking a walk with my hubby and 3 month old baby boy. It’s so inspiring to get out of the house and into nature!

Autumn Colors of Quebec

I love this cute little guy! It’s so hard to catch a chipmunk this close up.

Chipmunk Breakfast

I love to take nature walks in our town. We have to take advantage of the times when the weather is nice up here in Quebec. And as much as I love to crochet sometimes we have to lay down our hooks and get out there and get inspired by life!

Cricket