A Busy Week

This week was all about sewing. Mommy needs some winter jumpers, so we went to our local fabric store to look for denim, and corduroy.

I tried to get Mommy to buy me some of this cotton fabric so I could have a new dress, but when she checked the price, she said, “No way!” It was $36 a metre!

We couldn’t find her any denim either. The only thing they had that they called denim (just because it was the colour “denim blue”) was a thin cotton fabric suitable for a summer dress, not a winter jumper. Mommy was really disappointed. She did manage to get some grey corduroy though.

Mommy said I could look through the fabrics in the sewing cupboard at home any time I want a new dress.

Grandpa liked stamps all his life, so we also went over to help Granny pack up some of his stamps. He liked to buy bags of stamps. He would go through the bags looking for a “gem” he didn’t have, and then bundle all the other stamps up, and put them away in boxes.

He gave a lot of stamps to his children and grandchildren over the years! He gave Michael some Batman stamps once, because he knew how much Michael likes superheroes.

Mommy finished a pink quilt she has been making for a long time. She sent Auntie S. a picture of her quilt, and then later, Auntie S. sent this picture of a quilt top she had just finished. (We like Auntie’s quilt better, but don’t tell Mommy – we don’t want to hurt her feelings.)

Mommy finally typed up the pattern for the boleros we wore with our sundresses in PEI. She decided to remake the bolero, because she was pretty sure the pattern had lots of mistakes, but we didn’t need another one, so she used a larger crochet hook and cotton thread to make one for Cissette instead.

We think Cissette looks beautiful!

Mommy corrected all the mistakes in the pattern – she hopes! She is putting the pattern below all our photos here, in case anyone in your home wants a bolero like ours.

Kruselings Shell Bolero with Cap Sleeves

Materials: 

1.00 mm (US – 12; UK – 6 1/2) steel crochet hook

 DMC Cebelia #30

(For a Cissette bolero, use a 1.50 mm [US – 8; UK – 4 1/2] steel crochet hook and Cotton Crochet thread size 10)

Tension: 

11 sc per 1”/2.5cm

Stitches and abbreviations used: 

Chain (ch)

Single crochet (sc)

Slip stitch (sl st)

Double crochet (dc)

Increase (inc)

Decrease (dec)

Reverse single crochet (rev sc): Work a sc in each stitch, but working backwards across row instead of forward, as would be usual.

Shell pattern: 

1) sc in first stitch, *skip 1 stitch, 3 dc in next stitch, skip 1 stitch, sc in next stitch,* repeat from star to star for first row.

2) Chain 3 (counts as first dc), work 1 more dc in first stitch, *skip next dc, sc in top of centre dc of shell below, in next sc work 3 dc shell,* ending with 2 dc in last stitch.  Repeat from star to star for second row. 

Repeat rows one and two for pattern.

Note: When working in single crochet, each row of sc begins with a chain one.  Turn at the end of each row unless otherwise indicated.

Bolero

Beginning at neck edge, chain 28.

  1. Beginning in second chain from hook: sc 5, inc in next stitch, sc 1, inc in next stitch, sc 11, inc in next stitch, sc 1, inc in next stitch, sc 5, ch 1, turn.
  1. Sc 1, skip next stitch, 3 dc shell in next stitch, skip 1, sc in next stitch, (3 dc shell in next stitch, sc in next stitch) three times, (skip 1, shell in next stitch, skip 1, sc 1) two times, skip 1, shell in next stitch, (sc in next stitch, shell in next stitch) two times, skip 1, sc 1, skip 1, shell in next stitch, skip 1, sc in last stitch, ch 3, turn.
  1. Dc in first stitch (half shell made), continue in shell pattern two times, *in next shell of previous row, sc in first stitch of shell, 3 dc shell in next stitch, sc in next stitch (inc made), shell in next stitch,* repeat from star to star one time, continue in shell pattern three times, repeat from star to star two times, continue in shell pattern one time, sc in centre of next shell, end row with 2 dc in last stitch (half shell made), ch 1, turn.
  1. Continue in shell pattern two times, inc over next shell as in row three, continue in shell pattern three times, inc over next shell, continue in shell pattern four times, inc over next shell, continue in shell pattern three times, inc over next shell, continue in shell pattern two times, sc in top of ch 3, ch 3, turn.
  1. Dc in first stitch, continue in shell pattern two times, inc over next shell, continue in shell pattern four times, inc over next shell, continue in shell pattern five times, inc over next shell, continue in shell pattern four times, inc over next shell, continue in shell pattern two times, sc in centre of next shell, end with 2 dc in last stitch, ch 1, turn.
  1. Work one row even in shell pattern (22 shells), ch 3, turn.
  1. Dc in first stitch, continue in shell pattern three times, inc over next shell, continue in shell pattern four times, inc over next shell, continue in shell pattern seven times, inc over next shell, continue in shell pattern four times, inc over next shell, continue in shell pattern three times, sc in centre of next shell, end with 2 dc in last stitch, ch 1, turn.
  1. Work one row even in shell pattern (26 shells), ch 3, turn.
  1. Dc in first stitch, continue in shell pattern three times, sc in centre of next shell, ch 4, skip next five shells, sc in centre of next shell, continue in shell pattern seven times, sc in centre of next shell, ch 4, skip next five shells, sc in centre of next shell, continue in shell pattern three times, sc in centre of next shell, end with 2 dc in last stitch, ch 1, turn.
  1. Work one row even in shell pattern across all shells, working one sc in each ch 4 space of previous row (16 shells), ch 3, turn.
  1. Work one row even in shell pattern, ch 1, turn.
  1. Work one row even in shell pattern, ch 1, but do not turn.
  1. Sc up right hand side of bolero, around neck edge, down left hand side and across lower hem edge.
  1. Work one row reverse sc.  End off.

Sleeve edgings: 

Right side facing, sc 29 around armhole edge.  Work one row reverse sc.  End off.

Sew in all loose ends of yarn.  Attach snaps to close bolero.  (I used clear, invisible snaps.)

Copyright 2020 Cynthia’s Designs

Please enjoy this pattern, but do not reprint without permission.  If selling items made from this pattern, please credit Cynthia’s Designs for the pattern.

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