Lotus Bolero is available in ten sizes. For a more relaxed fit or to more completely overlap at the front, choose a larger size. These sizes are meant to be close-fitting for these actual body bust measurements: Girl sizes S(6)/24” [M(8-10)/26”, L(12-14)/28-30”]; Adult sizes XS/32” [S/34”, M/36-38”, L/40-42”, XL/44-46”, 2X/48-50”, 3XL/52-54”] There is a complete reference chart in the pattern for seeing all sizing details in one place.
Intermediate. Because this is a lace stitch pattern and requires simultaneous stitch shaping, the instructions are automatically rated Intermediate. However, the stitches themselves are not difficult and the shaping not that complex; anyone with solid basic crochet skills can do this. As long as you can “read” and keep track of your crochet (understand the parts of your stitches, identify and count stitch combinations and row ends) and are comfortable with written pattern instructions, then you’re good to go.
Yarn: Designing Vashti Lotus: 52% cotton, 48% rayon; approximately 3.5 oz (100g)/256 yd (235m) per skein; sportweight.
One ball of Lotus will make a girl bolero size 24/S (shown in Pearly Pearl) or 26/M (shown in Peachy Sheen). Two cakes will make a girl size 29/L (shown in White Blaze), or adult size 32/XS (shown in Satin Grey) or 35/S (shown in LaLa Yellow) or 38/M (shown in Bamboo Green). With three cakes you can cover the entire rest of the size range, up to 53/3XL!
Hook: US Size 7 (4.5mm) crochet hook, or size needed to obtain gauge; I designed and crocheted all of the bolero samples and tutorials with a 4.5mm Tulip Etimo cushion grip hook.
Welcome to my first indie pattern in support of DesigningVashti Lotus yarn. When Vashti Braha and I developed Lotus, we imbued it with all the attributes and qualities we wanted in a yarn for crochet. We couldn’t help but love it. Now we had to find ways to spread the love.
Lotus Bolero is my choice for introducing you to the wonders of this yarn. Requiring from one to three big skeins, it is a short, sweet sleeveless vest that works up quickly. This pattern includes sizing for girls and adults, to fit chest/bust measurements 24” through 54”, so most everyone can haz a Lotus Bolero. It’s lightweight, adaptable, attractive, packable, squish-proof; a layer you’ll reach for all year round. And may I suggest that Lotus Bolero can be the quintessential garment project to show off at the next crochet conference, perfect for potentially drafty exhibit halls and classrooms (hint-hint). AND it looks great over geeky fan-girl T-shirts, too!
I personally crocheted every size bolero and have filled this pattern file with images of them laid out flat, styled on a mannequin, and on myself. Sorry to say one sample, size 49/2XL, was absent on picture day. Since neither the dummy or I (the other dummy!) could fit in the girl sized samples, I sent them to a friend, Linda Dean, who photographed them on her adorable daughter. As I travel around with these bolero samples, I will be throwing them on all size bodies (hopefully bodies of friends, but perfect strangers will do!) and adding more images to the gallery.
Undying thanks to Karen Manthey (crochet graphic illustrator to the stars!) for her most excellent stitch diagrams.
Check my pattern shelf for more DJC Designs and Lotus patterns to come. Please feel free to contact me through this site with your comments and suggestions, and show me your finished objects. Enjoy!
Doris, 30 May 2014