New: Watch Ellen Gormley’s short Lotus “yarn unboxing” video!
Lotus is “hook ready” because the starting yarn end of its center-pull ball is waiting for you: it’s attached to the yarn label. (No more “yarn barf.”)
Machine wash and dry Lotus gently with like colors, although as with most fashion fabrics, hand washing and air drying will extend its life.
Patterns for Lotus
See all of our Lotus patterns in one place. Designers Doris Chan and Vashti Braha carefully chose the Z-twisted plying and fiber blending of Lotus to optimize the crochet experience. It interacts beautifully with crochet stitches. Of course knitters and weavers love working with it too.
To find out when we add new patterns for Lotus, subscribe to the free Crochet Inspirations newsletter. Need advice about substituting Lotus for a specific crochet pattern? Visit our helpful forums in Ravelry: Doris Chan Crochet, Vashti’s Crochet Lounge.
For more inspiration, view a self-updating gallery of Lotus patterns by all designers in Ravelry.
How to Substitute Lotus Yarn with Your Favorite Patterns: If the crochet hook called for in the pattern is a US F-5 (3.75 mm), G-6 (4.00 mm), or G-7 (4.50 mm), then look next at the type of yarn listed. If it’s primarily cotton or rayon (a.k.a. viscose, bamboo, tencel) and looks smooth, chances are great that Lotus will give you the results you’re looking for. (As for any pattern, swatch and damp block it. You’ll see its lovely drape too!)
Especially with lacy projects, Lotus may also work great with a pattern calling for a US H-8 (5.00 mm) crochet hook. Doris Chan crocheted a lovely Jolimar Skirt with Lotus and a US H-8 hook. (It was originally designed with the discontinued Naturallycaron Spa and a US I-9/6mm hook.)
Especially with jewelry, bags, belts, and kitchen projects, Lotus Yarn works great in a tighter gauge, such as a US E-4 (3.50 mm) crochet hook. For example, Vashti successfully substituted Lotus colors for her Aran Rozsanas Wristcuff pattern.