The release of this design package had to wait until I could address a serious issue. As visitors to my CGOA Conference fitting labs can tell you, there is so much to be learned from seeing garment samples on different bodies. Last month in Charleston I threw the shrug (Carbonite grey) and jacket (Emerald Deep green) versions of this design on as many victims… uh, volunteers… as walked past the DesigningVashti exhibitor booth and decided there should be a larger, roomier version (Dark Roast brown). Done.
DJC: Lotus Curacao Jacket in three versions is now ready for your perusal in the pattern shop at DesigningVashti.com.
In preparation for that July 2016 conference, in keeping with the event theme of crochet pineapples, I considered my relationship with the stitch (see previous post) and cast my thoughts back to the one pineapple design deserving a reboot. This is the original Blue Curacao Shawl as published in Amazing Crochet Lace (Potter Craft, 2006), my first book now out of reach.
See how the winged shape of the shawl drapes over the shoulders in such a way that the sides want to form sleeves? Already resembles a jacket, huh? So why not just do it that way? To create a season-spanning garment, I swapped out the original DK weight fluffy wool blend yarn to now use DesigningVashti Lotus, a sleek, luminous sportweight blend of cotton and rayon. To make the armholes, there are very simple and totally optional attachments at the underarms, made while crocheting the final row of trim. Although each of the three versions is only one size, each garment can accommodate a range of bodies in different ways, so most everyone can have a Curacao Jacket that fits and flatters.
Updated with a few design tweaks, revised instructions, detailed photography and fresh diagrams, this pattern set also includes instructions for making the original shawl bigger and longer, something not offered in the book design but often requested by readers. Requiring from two to five balls of Lotus, and otherwise perfectly doable with any yarn or combination of yarns that gives you the fabric and dimensions you desire, DJC: Lotus Curacao Jacket just might be the pretty little layer you should crochet for yourself this season.
Please visit DesigningVashti.com for the latest products. Vashti has a staggering array of Tulip brand crochet hooks, including Etimo cushion grip hooks in sets and individually, plus Chiaogoo bamboo Tunisian hooks, straight and circular, in hard-to-find sizes and lengths. Oh, and that strange Jelly Yarn, too.
All 4 of you shawls are beautiful can’t wait to make some.
Hi Doris- I have made several garments from your patterns and am always happy with the results. I just purchased this pattern expecting a download- but did not get a link. Do you know how I will get this pattern. ~seeking immediate gratification- I want to start the shawl now~ lol!
What a wonderful pattern, as usual 🙂
I love how you call your volunteers “victims”…Cute!
The jacket looks awesome! The designs you and Vashti do are great! Keep it up!
I’ve made this curacao shawl more times than I can recall. So seeing that there is a shrug/jacket pattern is amazing.
But when I click on the links it get a message that the webpage doesn’t exist. Maybe its just down but of not, where are we find the pattern!?
Is it on ravelry.com? I’m on my cell phone now so I can check ravelry when I get home to my laptop.
My bad. Vashti has revamped the DesigningVashti website and store, where my pattern line is offered. The new link to Curacao Jacket/Shrug is https://designingvashti.com/product/djc-lotus-curacao-jacket/
Thanks for your request. Soon I will bite the bullet and fix all the pattern links contained in this blog. My New Year’s Resolution, no doubt. 🙂