May 27, 2010
May 31, 2010


Project info
Minuet Vest by Vashti Braha
self (garment experiment)
Hooks & yarn
Universal Yarn Summer Linen
756 yards in stash
2 skeins = 252.0 yards (230.4 meters), 100 grams

I love the design more than the yarn. This yarn changes size while you wear it. Will have to remake this in another yarn.
ETA: the reason it changes as it’s worn, I think, is that the cotton content is unmercerized, so it shrinks and grows, like jeans or a dishcloth. Mercerized cotton would be better for a consistent fit at the shoulders, plus the mercerizing would make the yarn glossy. For me, a lustrous yarn would add to the look of this confection-like lace.

---(the real story, from CLF forum post)
Since Laurie totally turned my weekend around by giving a Hookalicious Award to, and blogging about Minuet, I think CLF’ers should know its story! (Also I will upload more photos of it.)

Just before the TNNA show (The National Needlearts Assoc.), I wanted to try a small experiment: a simple shape in quick filet where I then cut loose with a big-lace stitch pattern that I love and that hopefully works as an edging that seams itself.

TNNA is a factor in this design for two reasons, the 2nd of which concerns the CLF:
1) I try to use a current (not yet discontinued) yarn shop yarn because most TNNA attendees are yarn shop owners and yarn companies.
2) TNNA is very knitterly. When I first started attending TNNA about 5 yrs ago, it was not a crochet-friendly climate. It is improving slowly. CGOA founder crochetkween weathered the chilliest years before that with a CGOA booth!

So when I plan what to wear to TNNA, you betcha it will be crochet, but what kind? I’ve been doing a slew of Tunisian lately, which tends to be more fine-grained and is currently fascinating the TNNA crowd.

For this TNNA (for which there had also been some complaining about rogue designers walking the show floor “advertising”!!) I needed my last-minute crochet to be in-your-face: nice big graphic holes in a sharp lemon-lime color, worn over solid black, so that from any distance there was no mistaking the crochet :-)

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by Universal Yarn
50% Cotton, 50% Linen / Flax
126 yards / 50 grams

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  • Project created: June 26, 2010
  • Finished: June 26, 2010
  • Updated: March 26, 2015