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Vintage 1939 Crocheted Bolero #375
This is an stylish variation on the bolero theme in a delightful raised shell stitch design. Its classic lines make it attractive & suitable for many occasions. Smart & slenderizing, you’ll want to make this in several colors to match your different outfits….& it can be made up very quickly.
Directions are for size 16.
Larger sizes can be achieved by increasing the size of the crochet hook used, and/or changing to a heavier weight yarn.
J & P Coats Knit-Cro-Sheen, 7 balls white, or 8 balls of any color
#9 Steel Crochet Hook
Hook & Eye Fastener
Shoulder Padding, if desired
Width at underarm: 35”
Length from top of shoulder: 13”
Length of sleeve, underarm seam: 2 ½”
2 raised shells = 1 ½”
1ST ROW: Starting at bottom make a ch 20” long [9 ch sts = 1”.
Hereafter work must be done tightly.] In 5th ch from hook make 3 tr, ch 1, 4 tr; * sk 1 ch, sl st in next ch, sk 1 ch; in next ch make 4 tr, ch 1, 4 tr [2 shells made]; rep from * until 19 shells in all are made; sk 1 ch, sl st in next ch, in next ch make 4 tr [½ shell]; cut of rem ch; ch 1, turn.
2ND ROW: * In back loop of next sl st make shell, sl st in ch-1 of next shell; rep from * across, end with 4 tr in last tr of last shell; ch 1, turn.
3RD ROW: Work as for 2nd row, but inc ½ shell at end of row by end with compl shell [instead of 4 tr] in last tr of last shell; turn.
4TH ROW: Ch 4 [to count as tr], 3 tr at base of ch-4, sl st in next ch-1; cont across in patt, end with compl shell in last tr of last shell [½ shell inc]; turn.
5TH ROW: Ch 4, 3 tr at base of ch-4, sl st in next ch-1 & work in patt across, end with 4 tr; ch 1, turn.
6TH ROW: Rep 2nd row.
7TH, 8TH & 9TH ROWS: Rep 3rd, 4th & 5th rows [in all, 1 shell inc at each edge].
Now work as for 2nd row until piece measures 5”.
TO SHAPE ARMHOLES:
Sl st in each st to 3rd sl st; ch 4 & compl shell in sl st; work across, end with 4 tr in 2nd sl st from end of row; ch 1, turn.
NEXT ROW: Shell in next sl st; make 17 more shells, 4 tr in turning ch of first shell of prev row.
FOLLOWING ROW: Sl st to 2nd sl st; ch 4 & compl shell in sl st, work across, end with 4 tr in last sl st; ch 1, turn.
NEXT ROW: Shell in next sl st; make 15 more shells, 4 tr in turn ch of first shell of prev row.
Now work as for 2nd row [16 shells & 4 tr] until piece measures 7” from first row of armhole shaping.
To shape shoulders rep first row of armhole shaping 3 times [4 shells & 4 tr rem]. Fasten off.
1ST ROW: Make ch 8” long; work as for first row of back until 7 shells & 4 tr are made; cut off rem ch, turn.
Work in patt, inc ½ shell at one edge [center front] every other row until 4 shells in all are inc [11 shells & 4 tr in row].
Then work without inc until piece measures 5”.
TO SHAPE ARMHOLE:
Dec at armhole edge to corres exactly with armhole shaping of Back; then dec an additional ½ shell at same edge.
Work without dec until measurement is 5 ½” from first row of armhole shaping.
Then, starting at front edge, sl st across 1 ½ shells [thus starting neck shaping].
Dec ½ shell at same edge every other row twice but, when piece measures 7” from first row of armhole shaping, shape shoulder to corres with Back. Fasten off.
Work to corres with Right Front, reverse shapings.
1ST ROW: Starting at bottom, make ch 15” long; work until 14 shells & 4 tr are made.
Work 2 more rows in patt, without inc or dec.
Then, inc ½ shell at end of each of next 8 rows [4 shells inc].
NEXT ROW: Dec ½ shell at both ends of row.
Work without inc or dec until piece measurers 7 ½”.
Now, dec ½ shell at both ends of each row until 4 shells are dec at each edge. Fasten off.
1ST ROW: Starting at neck edge, make ch 15” long [10 ch sts = 1”]. Work 20 shells & 4 tr on ch.
Work in patt for 2”, dec ½ shell at both ends of last row. Fasten off.
Sew up underarm & shoulder seams.
Sew up sleeve seams & sew sleeves in, easing in extra fullness across 5” at top.
Sew collar in place. Fasten at neck with hook & eye.
Sew ornament at neck edge, under collar.
If desired, sew shoulder padding in place.
* repeat the instructions following the single asterisk as directed
* * repeat instructions between asterisks as many times as directed or repeat from a given set of instructions
Bl back loop(s)
Bp back post
Bpdc back post double crochet
Bpsc back post single crochet
Bptr back post treble/triple crochet
Ca color A
Cb color B
Cc contrasting color
Ch chain stitch
Ch refers to chain or space previously
made: e.g ch-1 space
ch-sp chain space
Dc double crochet
Dc2tog double crochet 2 stitches together
Dtr/Dtrc double treble/triple crochet
fl front loop(s)
Fp front post
Fpdc front post double crochet
Fpsc front post single crochet
Fptr front post treble/triple crochet
Hdc half double crochet
Mc main color
O over (yarn over)
P picot or purl
Pat(s) or patt pattern(s)
Pc st or Pc popcorn stitch
Pm place marker
PSSO pass slip stitch over
Rs right side
Sc single crochet
Sc2tog single crochet 2 stitches together
Sdc short double crochet (half double crochet)
Sl st slip stitch
Tch or t-ch turning chain
Tbl through back loop
Tr or Trc treble/triple crochet
Trtrc or T Trc triple treble/triple crochet
Ws wrong side
YB yarn back
YF yarn forward
Yo yarn over
Yoh yarn over hook