New pattern : Dancing poppies (baby) bolero

Filed under: chezPlum Patterns,Crochet — April 21, 2013 @ 11:30 am

Nearly 2 years ago now, I read about the new book “101 crochet one skein wonders” submissions, and decided to have a go at it. I sent 3 items, but this little number was the one I liked best.. and it was actually the only one I had the time to design especially for this book.

Dancing poppies baby bolero, by Sylvie Damey,

The shape is my go-to top down seamless yoke cardigan, with added poppies as in my Dancing poppies scarflette. Ever since I made that scarflette, I had plans for matching accessories and garments… but somehow it never worked out: the mitts I made didn’t work, and I had too many other garment designs planned for this one to fit in.

Yet that submission deadline was short, and suddenly this was the right time to make it into a baby cardigan. It worked perfectly and the first rasberry bolero was made during my vacations in the south. Photos were taken on the spot (light is always good there!!) and samples were sent.
101 one skein crochet projects, with Dancing poppies bolero by Sylvie Damey, 101 one skein crochet projects, with Dancing poppies bolero by Sylvie Damey,
The long wait started… but finally the book is available ! I couldn’t wait till I received my contributor’s copy and ordered it online : Surprise, my pattern is actually featured on the (back) cover !!! :-D

Dancing poppies baby bolero, Sylvie Damey,, from book "101 one skein crochet projects"
In the book, the bolero is available in one size, for babies approx 3/6 months. It can probably fit babies longer than this because of the open front and short sleeves though… I’ll be waiting eagerly for feedback on that.

AND. I’m planning to publish that same pattern with more sizes here (ETA: now available in 4 baby sizes here). With maybe an adult version (ETA: now available here), as suggested on FB : I’m already thinking of some Noro Kureyon which might work very well for this. Plus. It would make a fantastic project to keep my hands busy this week, as I FINALLY can take a week off with the girls to the same spot where the baby version was born. Could it be a sign ? Making the ladie’s version at the same place, nearly 2 years later, would def. be cool. :-)

Finally : YES the book is just as cool as I expected, being part of that “101 one skein” series !! Many neat projects, including a fantastic butterfly necklace (I only saw afterwards that it was designed by Myrna Wood, not wonder!), cool hats, nice selection of amigurumi toys, and one great pair of baby booties. So glad to be part of this book :-D


  1. Nic:

    Congratulations on the great pattern and the cool book ;-)

  2. EL:

    Congratulations! Pretty pattern! Um… how many yards (or meters) was your one skein? ;-)

  3. Administrator:

    Thanks EL, I used Cascade 220, so there’s about 220 yards / 200 m per skein. I need to weigh the bolero to see how much exactly I used. Thanks for reminding me ! :-)

  4. Administrator:

    Merci Nic ! :-)

  5. Susan Dempster:

    I have recently purchased Crochet One-Skein Wonders. I would like to crochet this bolero for a little girl that is 5 years old and a size 5. Do you have instructions available for the Dancing Poppies Mine Bolero in that size? Thank you,

  6. Administrator:

    Hi, sorry for the delay in my reply, for some reason I am not receiving comments any more :-/
    Yes I’m planning on publishing this pattern in larger sizes, I’ll keep you posted as soon as I do !

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