Summer Bolero / Shrug

This cool summer bolero/shrug is perfect for your spagetti strap tops or even strapless dress.  This bolero/shrug adds sophistication to any summer out fit.  The instructions are very simple and, depending on your crochet skills, you can make this in an evening or two.  Check out the instructions below.  If you are like me you need a VISUAL, you can check out the detail video below.


  • I used a cotton variegated yarn
  • size H hook (this is determined by the size of your project)
Stitches used:
  • ch - chain stitch
  • dc - double crochet
  • cx st - cross stitch
  • sc - single crochet
  • sk - skip
  • sl st- slip stitch
  • repeat from * to *
  • once your measurement is determined, crochet the chains needed to establish your guage (based on the size of crochet hook that you use)

Once you find the width of your back (or the width you want the back of your bolero/shrug to be) crochet enough ch stitches to equal this distance in multiples of two.

For my measurement of 15", I chained 42 to begin. This becomes your foundation chain of 42

Row 1
 ch 2, dc in 4th chain from hook, dc backwards in the 3rd chain from the hook (cx stitch formed) *sk next ch, dc in next ch, dc backwards in previous ch*

This is what your work should look like on the first row.  Continue this process until you reach the end of your chain.

This is what your chain should look like once you reach the end.  dc in the last chain, ch 2 and turn.

Row 2
Sk the first 2 dc, dc in 3rd stitch, double back, dc in 2nd stitch (this completes a cx stitch). repeat this till the end of the row. 

Row 3 - 13
Repeat row 2 until your work reaches the width that you would like for your back.

Making The Armholes

Row 14

Measure your armhole.  You will chain the distance of the measurement that you take. In my case, I chained 30 (I'm a med/large) sl st in the first chain of the first row. Cut your yarn and repeat the same armhole measurement for the other side.

You now have two sets of 30 chains for each of the armholes.

Row 15
Now you are ready to work the pattern into the armholes and around the bodice.  Ch 2, dc in 3rd chain, double back and dc in the 2nd chain, *sk next stitch, dc in next stitch, double back and dc in previous stitch* repeat this pattern all around the armholes as well as the base until you have the with of base and armhole that you would like

Now that you have finished row 15 and you now meet back at the beginning of the armhole base, you will sl st in the top of the chain 1 space.

Row 16  -

ch 2, sk next 2 stitches, dc in next stitch double back, dc in previous stitch. *sk next stitch,  dc in next stitch, double back, dc in previous stitch*. continue until desire width. (my pattern is for 9 rows all around.
Here, I have completed 9 rows of cx stitches.

Row 17

sc in each sp all around the entire bolero/shrug.  This will give you a good base in which to attach your shell stich.

Row 18

cx st the entire width of the bolero/shrug.

Row 19 (shell stitch)

ch 1, sk next ch, 5 dc in next ch. *sk next st,  sl st in next stitch, sk next stitch,, 5 dc in next stitch* repeat through out entire project until you reach the desired width of your bolero/shrug.

Shell stitch is taking shape. Complete this shell stitch all around the entire jacket.

Scallop edge is complete around the entire bolero/shrug. sl st to join the scallops

Sc all around the armhole in order to attach the scallop edge.

Repeat armhole scallop on both sides.
Once your done...

Your summer bolero/shrug is complete.

For a more detailed instructional video of the entire bolero/shrug, click on video below.


  1. Thank you!! Very lovely

    1. Thank you so much for checking out my blog. It's a work in progress, but my goal is to update it as often as I can. Check out my online store here in my blog and share it with others... Happy Sewing & Crocheting!!!!

  2. how much wool / cotton did you need? length of threads


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