>Perhaps you thought I’d never get to the pay-off promised for this series of posts. You’d be correct. I totally intended to spill all I could offer about small sizing. But the more I tried to put the answers into a set of blog posts, the more I came to accept that it’s not gonna happen in this blog-o-sphere.
What has happened since I started down that road a couple of months ago is that I’ve had a brain blast. I decided to create small size designs and publish them as individual patterns. Since there is no proven market for girl/tween/teen sized crocheted garment patterns, generally big girl sizes 6 through 16, I have been unable to find a traditional publishing venue eager enough to help me go there. So I am planning to self-publish the lot.
I know. I KNOW! I have said here that I am a crocheter, not a publisher. Never say never. Put the blame squarely on my friend and now my boss, Vashti Braha. Vashti has just rolled out the welcome mat for her new website, www.DesigningVashti.com, the ultimate crochet destination, pattern boutique and crochet information treasure trove. Using her uncanny powers of persuasion and threatening me with bodily harm if I didn’t cave in, Vashti talked me into testing the self-publishing waters by inviting me to contribute designs for her beautiful site. She offered me a comfy cyber-home for my new pattern line, DJC Designs, no deadlines, no hassles, and complete creative freedom. But she needed a couple of patterns in time for the shopping cart going live this week. YIKES!
What to do… what to do… WHAT TO DO?
I did not want to rush into the girl designs just yet. But I did have two pet projects that would take to download land really well. Both designs are more like sets of patterns, encompassing multiple samples and requiring a crap ton of pages to spit out. Think of these as fat patterns. Bloated patterns. Patterns with booklet tendencies.
The first DJC Designs pattern now available is DJC: Triangular Shawl and Variations.
|Sample in Tahki Torino with beading|
|DJC: Triangular Shawl and Variations|
Thanks to the designers’ options with Interweave, I retained rights for this little beaded wrap, originally published in the premier special issue of Interweave Crochet, 2004. Now featuring new stitch diagrams, six fresh shawl samples in various yarns, instructions and suggestions for many gauges and sizes, this deluxe version of the Triangular Shawl will become your go-to pattern for gorgeous, stash-busting stuff for yourself and for gift-giving.
Next up will be DJC: PlayPlaid, a collection of four projects in a clever 3-color plaid stitch. This is the pattern that includes the pieces I showed in the CGOA 2010 Chain Link Fashion Show last month in Manchester, NH.
|Photo credit Alex Iannelli, used by permission|
And, if I stop blogging and start seriously crocheting, in the coming season you will see the debut of DJC Designs, Too!, a series of designs including tops, cardigans, skirts, dresses and whatever comes into my head, in girl sizes 6 to 16. Keep checking www.DesigningVashti.com for the latest DJC Designs patterns, or subscribe to the DesigningVashti newsletter for the heads-up.