Lotus Yarn – Things We Love Giveaway

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This review appears in issue 5 of Knit Edge magazine. Designing Vashti provided the yarn for review and for this giveaway.

Vashti Braha and Doris Chan, the dream team behind Designing Vashti, have created a dream yarn: Lotus. If you read Vashti’s newsletter and blog, you know she puts a lot of thought into how a yarn works with a particular stitch and in a particular project. Lotus is a machine-washable, z-twisted sport weight blend of cotton and rayon, currently available in 14 colors (neutrals, strong pastels, and deep jewel tones). The rayon strands lend a shiny gleam to the matte cotton, for a rich color effect best seen in person.

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When I saw the photos and read Vashti’s explanation of how the yarn had been designed, my fingers were already twitching with eagerness to start crocheting with it immediately. Vashti sent me three balls of yarn so there would be enough to do a giveaway with, and when I opened the box, I’ll admit that I briefly considered keeping two balls and giving away only one. You’ll be happy to know that I managed to keep my hands off the giveaway yarn, and you can enter for a chance to win right here! Leave a comment on this post, saying what you think you would make with this yarn, and a winner will be chosen with a random number generator on March 31, 2014. This is open to international readers too! [NOTE: Giveaway is now closed – thank you to all who entered!]

The one concern I had while looking at it was that the plies looked loose enough to be splitty while crocheting, and I kept that in mind when I selected hooks to swatch with (aluminum Boye, aluminum Bates, and wood/bamboo hooks in the recommended hook sizes F/3.75mm and G/4.5mm). The verdict? This just may be the yarn you didn’t know you were looking for, especially if you make garments. It’s a pleasure to crochet with, sliding smoothly over your hands and hook, and is wonderful for making next-to-the-skin soft projects. It has just enough body to hold lace stitches clearly while being soft enough to drape beautifully. For crocheted scarves, shawls, tunics, and skirts, this is a winner. Aluminum hooks worked just fine for my swatching, but the yarn is on the slippery side, so you may prefer the grip of a wood or bamboo hook, as long as the inside of the hook is very smoothly sanded (I had a minor problem with a handmade wooden hook that caught and snagged a bit, fixed by sanding it with a nail file). Although Lotus is a yarn designed by a crocheter for crocheters, you can of course knit and weave with this too. On US 6 birch needles, Lotus moved smoothly and produced a stockinette fabric with nice stitch definition.

You can buy Lotus online on the Designing Vashti website, and they are offering a color sample pack (all 14 colors, 45” of each) and a color sample kit (includes a pattern set to make small jewelry charms) in addition to pre-wound balls of Lotus Yarn and patterns that work well with it.

For more information, you can read the Designing Vashti newsletter about Lotus Yarn, and visit the Designing Vashti Pinterest Board for Lotus Yarn for lots of photos and links to projects.

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50 thoughts on “Lotus Yarn – Things We Love Giveaway

  1. I think I would make some flowers! I need some flowers about now!

  2. Irene says:

    Interesting! I would knit a swatch first, just to get a good feel of the yarn. Then probably a light cardigan since I love the colors!

  3. Jane Reiter says:

    Oh I would love to crochet a lacy/openwork scarf—a floral pattern or a sugar skull/Day of the Dead pattern. THe colors are luscious! Thanks for the fun contest!!

  4. Deenna says:

    I would knit a lace scarf (and hat if there is enough) for my mother, who prefers cotton over wool

  5. Jen says:

    I’d like to make a sparkly chemo cap or some fingerless mitts with the beautiful yarn. The colors are delish! I would love to work with this yarn either in crochet or knitting. :)

  6. jen best says:

    I’d make a shawl for summer with a Dorset button brooch to fasten it.

  7. Michelle says:

    I would knit a lace scarf for spring or fall.

  8. Melissa says:

    I’d make a sleeveless summer shell. The colors look divine!

  9. Pamela says:

    I think it would make a beautiful spring, early summer cowl

  10. Shelly D. says:

    Definitely a hat. Bright colors are perfect for a summer chapeau!

  11. Terri says:

    I envision a cool sleeveless summer shell with a little lace accent, maybe a butterfly.

  12. Anne says:

    I’ve been wanting to try this yarn. I started as a crocheter and then learned to knit. To use a yarn made by crocheters for crocheters would be wonderful!

  13. Vicki says:

    A lacy spring wrap. And a matching little one for my little one :)

  14. lindaran says:

    This looks like lovely yarn! I think it would be beautiful in a colorwork shawl – bright and colorful after a long bleak winter.

  15. Andy says:

    I would make a lovely summer tee in peachy keen. What fantastic colors!

  16. Linda says:

    I’d knit a “Drizzle” hat. Very pretty colors!
    Lmecoll on Ravelry

  17. Carmen N says:

    I would love to make a lacy shawlette with that beautiful yarn.

  18. Analiese says:

    Love to try new yarns! Looks good to use for a pretty summer hat

  19. Denise m says:

    I am thinking it would make a nice lacy tank to wear during the summer

  20. Laura says:

    Gorgeous yarn! I’d love to make a lace scarf with it.

  21. Rose Glad says:

    Looks like great yarn for knitting bikinis!

  22. I would make a nice infinity scarf for a vegan friend.

  23. […]  Knit Edge Mag – 2 skeins of Lotus.  Winner chosen March 31. […]

  24. Kimberly V. says:

    I would probably crochet a lacy scarf for spring. I love trying new yarns.

  25. Cindy says:

    Looks really lovely. As a knitter in Florida I am always looking for lightweight cottons/linens to make tank tops with. This looks really lovely – love the jewel tones!

  26. Ellen Gaynor says:

    I would knit a lacy top.

  27. Lorinda says:

    I think I would make a beautiful purse from this great looking yarn! Or maybe two great scarfs, hard to decide!

  28. *Nicole Sender says:

    I would make a scarf for my sister!

  29. Carine says:

    I would definitely turn that into a cute colorful amigurumi for my nephew ;)
    Thanks for the giveaway !

  30. sofia m says:

    perhaps a lace top for summer!

  31. Christine says:

    Something lacy and airy, perhaps a summer scarf or shawl.

  32. Kianna V. says:

    I always do a swatch from every yarn that I buy or receive. Then I think I’d more than likely use this yarn to make it part of a baby blanket I’m currently working on. It involves many textures of yarn, so it’d be nice to win a giveaway for once in my life.

  33. beth j says:

    I think a nice knit lace scarf for spring

  34. Lynn C says:

    I wonder how it would work for a bikini. I might try making just the top, and if it doesn’t seem too swimworthy, use it as a beautiful bra under sheer, open or lacy tops.

  35. Cathy Amdall says:

    I would make wine bottle covers for house warming presents.

  36. Patrice says:

    I’m always looking for yarns appropriate for summer wear since I live in a warm weather climate (Hawaii). So I’d love to use this yarn to make a lightweight crocheted top in a lacy stitch pattern.

  37. Susan says:

    Definitely would knit a light bolero for cool summer evenings. This yarn looks lovely!

  38. Karen says:

    I would make a scarf if I am lucky enough to win. That would be gorgeous!

  39. Janeen Manatt says:

    I would knit a nice lacy scarf!

  40. Amy C says:

    A scarf, or wait, a sweater for my granddaughter! Or flowers – yes, beautiful, but then what about a little shawl. On the other hand…what delicious indecision and fun contemplating the possibilities!

  41. Karen S says:

    I would crochet a bag and rock the street ’cause these colors are just *popping out*!

  42. MaryG says:

    I think I’d have to knit-swatch with it to design a gorgeous shawlette for spring/summer … it sounds so very sensual!

  43. Kelli says:

    A tank or shell for the summer!

  44. Loel Kim says:

    Maybe use with a gradient to crochet a Butterfly Pattern Cowl, or turn it into a scarf for the spring and summer.

  45. Melanie says:

    I would knit a hat, but my daughter, who is a crocheter, would likely make a scarf or cowl

  46. susan says:

    I’d love to make a summer tank or tee with this yarn. Thanks for the giveaway and chance to win!

  47. Vicki says:

    I love the colors. I would make a lacy shawlette.

  48. MK says:

    Thank you to everyone who has entered! The winner will be notified today via email.

  49. Trina says:

    I love making scarves!!

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