Bolero – Free Vintage Crochet Pattern

Women’s Buttonless Top
1950s Design

Sizes: S, M and L

Description

Vintage Crochet Top

Sizes: S (M, L)

Vintage Free Crochet Pattern

An irresistible textured jacket with 2/3 sleeves is worked in 2 identical pieces. 

YARN
~ If using a single strand of yarn:
Worsted weight yarn, 15 (16, 17) ozs

~ If using double strand of yarn:
Fingering or sock yarn,  12 (12, 14) ozs

HOOK
Plastic crochet hook No. 8

MEASUREMENTS
Width across back at underarm:  16″ (17″, 18″)
Width across each front at underarm:  8½” (9″, 10″)
Sleeve Seam: 10″ (11″, 12″)

GAUGE
9 pattern sts/7 rows = 2″

RIGHT HALF:
Starting at sleeve edge ch 50 (50, 58), work in pattern as follows:
1st Row. Sl st in 2nd st from hook, 1 sl st in each remaining st of ch working all sl sts loosely, ch 1, turn.
2nd Row. Working in back loop of sts, * sl st in next st, s c in next st, s d c in next st (s d c: yarn over hook, insert in st, pull through, yarn over and work off all loops at one time), 1 d c in each of next 3 sts, s d c in next st, s c in next st (pattern), repeat from * across row ending with a sl st in last st, ch 1, turn, 6 (6, 7) complete patterns in row.
3rd Row. Sl st in upper loop of 1st sl st of previous sl st row (the stitch is picked up in back of work), * working in back loop of sts work 1 sl st in next s c, 1 sl st in next s d c, 1 sl st in each of the next 3 d c, 1 sl st in next s d c, 1 sl st in next s c, sl st in upper loop of next sl st of previous sl st row picking up st from back of work, skip the sl st in back of st just made, repeat from * across row, turn.
4th Row. Ch 3 (counts as 1 d c), working in back loop of each sl st, skip 1st sl st, * d c in next st, s d c in next st, s c in next st, sl st in next st, s c in next st, s d c in next st, 1 d c in each of next 2 sts, repeat from * across row, ch 1, turn.
5th Row. Sl st in back loop of each st, skipping each sl st and working a sl st in previous sl st row in same manner as on 3rd row, ending with a sl st in 3rd st of ch 3, ch 1, turn.
Repeat from 2nd through 5th row for pattern.
Work even in pattern until work measures 2 inches from beginning.
Next Row. Keeping pattern even increase 1 st on each side, then increase 1 st on each side every other pattern row until there are 8 (8, 9) complete patterns across row. Work even in pattern until work measures 10 (11, 12) inches from the beginning ending with 2nd row of pattern, ch 29 (29, 37) for back, turn, drop yarn.
Next Row. Attach a separate strand of yarn and ch 28 (28, 36) for front, cut yarn.
Pick up dropped yarn, sl st in 2nd st from hook, 1 sl st in each st of ch, sl st across sleeve, 1 sl st in each st of other ch, ch 1, turn. Work even in pattern until back measures 8 (8½, 9½) inches from ch, ending with a sl st row, cut yarn.

LEFT HALF:
Work same as right half. Block each section. Sew sleeve and side seams and sew center back seam.

EDGING:
Starting at lower edge of back seam and working loosely, work a row of sl sts all around working 3 sl sts in each corner at front, ch 1, turn.
2nd Row. Working in back loop of sts, work 1 sl st in each st working 2 sl sts in each of the 3 corner sts at lower front, ch 1, turn.
3rd and 4th Rows. Working in back loop of sts, work 1 sl st in each sl st, ch 1, turn.
5th Row. Same as 2nd row. Work even in sl sts until band measures 1½ inches. Sew band together.

CUFFS:
Attach yarn at lower edge of sleeve and work even in sl sts working in same manner as edge, turning each row until cuffs measure 3½ inches, cut yarn. Sew seams and turn cuffs back as illustrated.

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