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Winter Solace Bolero – Pattern and Instructions

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Description of the Project

A cool blend of turquiose and white hues that will remind you of the coming holiday  season. This practical project uses up a simple combination of double-crochet and chain stitches adorned with fluffy plush yarn.  I used just a 100g ball of Indonesian Cotton Thread. You could actually substitute any locally available crochet thread and just adjust the gauge. Luckily for us, the soft plush turquiose yarn used for the borders of the clothing is available locally. I got this one from Bodega sa Rosario, Pasig.

The bolero is made up of 5 parts, crocheted individually. 2 sleeves, 2 front parts and the back part. I sewed them together using left over crochet thread. Then I added the border. The border’s just plain dc. I used automatic locks to close the front part. And attached two medium sized white textured buttons in front to accentuate.

Finished product:

winter solace bolero

winter solace bolero

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August 18, 2009 at 3:50 pm 4 comments

First of the MTO’s (Made to Order)

Red and Black Top

Red and Black Top

A friend asked me to make her a crocheted blouse. In particular, this one:

Now the problem was the yarn used for this blouse was super thin. It actually took me months to finish this. Plus this one resulted to a failed attempt to follow a pattern.


I had another red yarn from baguio. This yarn’s a very soft two ply cotton yarn. I am not careful with the gauge and when i finished making 8 daisy squares and 4 stretchy squares. I got this:

Of course, I negotiated with my friend regarding the current progress of her request. I gave a price and she agreed. AS long I could really finish this.

in action on my back

Since the yarn used was bulkier than the previous yarn, I made a bigger size. Though worrying about the fit, i went on crocheting until I ran out of yarn. I was confident that I bought a similar yarn from Pasig, but when I checked, the yarns were different. The one I got from Pasig was a three ply acrylic yarn. Frustrated. I pulled out the stitches again and tried to figure a way out.

Even momoink and yakee were helping me  on studying the pattern of the  blouse.

Here’s what I got so far.

cris red

Now.. let’s just see what’s gonna happen in a day or two. 🙂

August 18, 2009 at 2:28 pm 1 comment

My winter solace yarns

The ‘ber’ months are coming. And it’s already cold outside. The weather’s sometimes a bit tricky.I find it bothersome to wear long sleeves or sweater because, even though it’s raining, the sun would still show up sometime in the afternoon or if I am inside crowded places like MRT or passenger jeepneys, a cardigan may still be too hot to wear. But once i stepped out I could feel the cold breeze around my shoulders.  It’d be nice to make another bolero. Just the right size to cover the bare shoulders. Something I could easily take off once the sun shows up or before entering a crowded train.

On my newly arrived yarns there’s  a very cool shade of turquoise.  The shade will remind you of the coming season.

ICT Variegated Turquoise

ICT Variegated Turquoise

The yarn is 100% mercerized cotton. It’s a locally produced yarn from Indonesia. One ball is 100 gram. Just enough for a small-sized bolero.  Hook-size to use would be 2.00 to 2.10 mm.  The threads kinda thick. Thicker than the locally available monaco thread. If you wishes to buy a similar yarn, this multiply user has this on her for sale list.  Or you could buy from

It’s a good thing too, that I have this soft plush yarn from Pasig.

Soft Plush Yarn - Color Blue Green

Soft Plush Yarn - Color Blue Green

I don’t actually know what’s the official name of this yarn (as all the yarns i bought there 🙂 ) But looking at the Berocco’s yarn list, their Soft Plush Yarn comes closest to the one I have.

If these two yarns are actually of the same kind, it’d be 100% Nylon. Hook size to use can be 3.0mm to 4.0 mm. I have a medium size ball (weight is unknown).

Berroco Plush™  100% Nylon

Berroco Plush™ 100% Nylon

Funny, coz i never found any use of the soft plush yarn from Pasig. Since it’s too thick to be made into any comfy clothing. Especially here in Philippines, even if it’s cold it’s not practical to crochet anything from this yarn.

Apparently these two yarns are great for each other. The colors are almost homogeneous and the textures are complementary. The plush yarn is soft to touch while (as all mercerized cotton threads are) the ICT is a bit rough and hard.

I am gonna use the cotton yarn for the body of the bolero and the plush yarn for the borders. Just to add accent.

Incidentally these two yarns are freebie for purchasing 2 kilograms of yarns from each store. Wow.. Great deal 🙂

August 18, 2009 at 4:25 am 1 comment

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