As an apology we are going to be pumping out tonnes of free and easy patterns over the next few days! We are also going to start uploading more tutorials of different stitches and techniques to help some of the beginners out there :)
As of right now this blog has received an incredible 50,000 views!
As a thank you to the amazing response we have received from starting up a blog to post our patterns on we wanted to come up with something a little special to post
Both my mum and I have wanted to make some other clothing items besides hats, slippers etc. but whenever we have a look at patterns which we are interested in, they make utterly no sense to us XD especially when you bring in templates and all that jazz!
That's when we came up with the idea for this little beauty
The idea came from adapting the lace we have done for our headbands, scarves and 2 hour slouchy beanie to create a block of fabric that could be used, also with the weather painfully slowly warming up here in the UK, this may come in handy for keeping your arms covered without having to wear a bulky jumper or hoodie or if you're like me and HATE showing your arms off!
This project can also be easily achieved within a day as it comes together really quickly.
so without further ado, we present our Easy Lace Bolero!
This whole project uses only 1 ball of wool! so don't worry about running out of one colour!
We used a 4mm hook and 1 280 metre ball of 8ply (DK) wool.
This pattern fits both my mum and myself who range from a UK size 12 to 16, however if you find that it is not wide enough or is too long feel free to take or add chains to make it fit you :)
This pattern is worked in sets of 4 - if you alter the number of starting chains please check to make sure your end number is a multiple of 4 otherwise it will not work
Row 1: sl st into 4th ch from hook, *ch 4, skip 3 chains and sl st into the 4th chain*, Repeat to the end of the row, ch 4 and turn
You should now have 30 loops
Row 2: sl st into first ch 4 space (The first loop), *ch 4 and sl st into the next loop* continue to the last loop, ch 4 and turn.
Row 3-72: Repeat row 2
Note: The number of rows is only a rough guide, you can do as many as you are comfortable with, the correct length should join up loosely underneath your arms.
Finish off and weave in ends
You should now have a large rectangle
Fold the rectangle in half length ways
Taking a tapestry needle and the same coloured wool, sew along the length of both pieces till you reach the 3rd or 4th loop, finish off and weave in ends
Repeat on the other side (this creates the arm holes)
And there you have it :) one bolero/cardigan thingy perfect for spring and summer!
There is so much room for customisation in this project to really make it your own, try using vibrant colours of wool maybe?
you could even add some cute appliques or broaches such as a crochet rose or bow perhaps?
Please as always drop us a comment :) we always love to hear back from you and we love to see how you customise yours :)