She’s small, but makes a big impression. Meet the new crochet design from my independent pattern line DJC Designs — DJC Lotus Bolero, a seamless, sleeveless vest for girls and adults.
Lotus Bolero was chosen to be the first of my crochet designs in support of DesigningVashti Lotus yarn (a previous post about Lotus here) because it is a perfect showcase for all the qualities of Lotus. The bolero itself isn’t particularly trendy or different. It’s a classic silhouette, boxy, with clean, uncluttered lines and conservative fit and coverage. What transforms this simple little layering piece into an absolute stunner is the Lotus fabric. No photography can adequately convey the experience. Although the stitches appear crisp, the fabric they make has a meltingly touchable texture and is supremely comfortable, so lightweight yet densely fluid, silky and smooth, with a luscious drape. Even in dim home lighting, Lotus is softly luminous, as if it is glowing from inside. Take it outdoors in sunlight and it blazes.
I kinda love how Lotus Bolero works well over grown-up clothes like camisoles and tank dresses (where it hides all the jiggly bits!), but also looks cool over my collection of fan-girl T-shirts! I could so wear a number of the sample sizes, because you can choose how you want your bolero to fit and whether you want to close the fronts or leave them nonchalantly loose. Also, I am amazed that it takes just one big cake of Lotus to make the two smallest girl sizes; two cakes for sizes girl 29/L through adult 38/M; three cakes for the rest of the range up to 53/3XL.
I have another motive for bringing out DJC Lotus Bolero at this time. Many of my crochet friends are already getting ready for the CGOA (Crochet Guild of America) conference in July. For us it’s now about what new stuff will we make in time to show off in Manchester. The crochet-for-conference phenomenon is similar to holiday crochet marathoning, except totally self-centered. The happiest outcome is to finish something for yourself that is a practical garment for conference wear. Ideally it is a lightweight layer that’s so gorgeous you’ll be the center of attention from across the crowded hotel lobby, is packable, airy enough for summer in New Hampshire, yet will provide some comfort in potentially drafty classrooms, can go dressy or casual, and since it is already the beginning of June, it has to fly off the hook in days. May I suggest Lotus Bolero?
Lotus yarn and the downloadable pattern are available exclusively at DesigningVashti.com, ready now for your inspection. Although I went with a palette of paler, spring-y and neutral colors for the current bolero samples, there are deeper hues of Lotus and even black if you want.
Hey, if you’re coming to the conference, look for me and Vashti to hold a geeky fitting lab, where we’ll have all the Lotus Bolero samples for you to try on. I can’t wait to show you how they fit real women of all sizes. And if you’ve crocheted one of your own, don’t be shy, get in my face and show me!