This was made for my lovely niece Lala. I used baby yarn and size 8 needles.
The bolero is made up of 3 pieces. The first piece is an ordinary rectangle.
Cast on 42 and k 45 rows in stockinette stitch.
The second and third pieces are knit as reflections of one another.
Cast on 40 and k 17 rows of stockinette stitch.
On the 18th row ktog 10 and then k 30.
k 12 more rows
Then start decreasing 1 st from each end in each row meaning ktog in the beginning and end of each row and continue knitting until you have 1 st left. Bind off.
Now you have a somewhat triangular shape.
Next, cast on 16 and k in stockinette stitch for 3 rows, bind off, and attach it to the end of the triangular shape.
After knitting the third piece (which would be a reflection of the first triangle meaning you'd have to do the first 10 decreases on the opposite side i.e. at the end of the 18th row) you have a rectangle and two triangular shapes. Now, knit the pieces together (the rectangle being the back and the two triangles the front) as shown in the pic, leaving about 4" on the top sides where the arms will go through.
To finish off I went around the border of the whole thing with some furry yarn.
I sort of made this up as I went along and I'm not too good with tutorials or patterns so I hope the instructions were ok. You'll be able to tell as you knit along. I'd be happy to answer any questions and comments are welcome