This crochet bolero is really quite simple. It would probably take about 3 days (3-4 hours per day) for an experienced crocheter, I think. Crochet for me is still a bit challenging. I think I tend to put too much pressure on my left thumb when I crochet, thus my left hand gets tired very easily. My right hand, although holding the hook, has no problems. I don't seem to get tired with knitting needles though. When I crochet, I have to take short breaks every few rows. It just slows the whole process down. That's one of the reasons why I don't crochet as much. But recently I have been tempted by all the beautiful crochet work in the blog world, I have added a few crochet boleros and shrugs to my wishlist. This bolero is from a Japanese pattern book I bought at San Jose's Kinokuniya. The content of the book is mostly small decorative items such as bags, doily, coasters, slippers, necklaces, ...etc., which usually are not my cup of tea. But when I saw this bolero, I just had to get the book. Let's hope my interests for the other designs in this book will grow with time.
The construction was simple, I did not have any problems. The cumbersome 3-chain picots along the edgings of the entire garment slowed me down though, just the 4-row edging took me 3 days. But it is still faster than to knit a lace bolero, I think!