Monthly Archives: August 2014

Beaded Black Vest

Beaded Black Vest


Crochet Chronicles:

The sad part about crocheting in black is that it doesn’t photograph very well, unless you have professional lighting. When a dear Friend’s daughter was asked what colour she would like her vest to be in she replied…Black. And as this was my present to her….I wanted her to have what she liked.

I tried using an Anchor cotton#20….but found that it wouldn’t hold shape unless it was starched. But when I tried it in Red Rose Cotton….it worked very well…but I found the swatch dull as ditch water…..

This was clearly a case for those lovely black Japanese tube beads and  black crystal beads. So I called them in and they arrived full of zeal and a great sense of duty to enliven this pretty pineapple patterned vest……:-))!!

Material Used:

Red Rose cotton #10 – 100gms

Hook size 1.5mm

Beads: Japanese tube beads – 64 nos for each motif….to be threaded in before you start crocheting. So 1280 in all .

1 Black Crystal Beads for the centre of each motif. So 20 in all.



The measurements I used were to fit Shoulders – 36 centimetre; waist – 23 centimetre and the total length  – 50 centimetre.

I had downloaded this pattern a long time ago…..but now have lost the link…..I suggest that you try livenetinternet.

Here is the pattern.


I made 20 squares.

Decide on where you would like the beads to be. I like things to be understated….esp garments and accessories. So as I mentioned earlier, I used only 64 Japanese cylindrical beads for each square motif and one black crystal bead in the centre of the motif.

The order in which to thread in the beads

First thread in 64 tube beads and then 1 black crystal…so that when you make that first ring you can loop that crystal bead into the centre of the motif first.


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When you reach the last row of the second motif …hook in that row while joining it to the first motif. Thus if you need 3rows and 4 columns of motifs for the back…..Keep adding on newer motifs to the already hooked one by using the final row of the motif being worked on as the joining agent.


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After joining the motifs, crochet in a border of double crochets all around each of the front pieces and the back portion. This helps define ur work as well as to help it lie down without the edges curling up.


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The 2 pics below show the 2 front and 1 back portions of the vest.







Then join the pieces with either  whipping stitch or single crochet stitches.

Once the 3 pieces are joined…..crochet in a border on the free edges….comprising of the edge each of the 2 front pieces along with nape (back) and the bottom edge of all 3 pieces.

The Edging

After working in the dc border slip stitch and finish.

Then Chain 1 up and a sc in the same stitch; *15 chain skip 12 dcs, sc*( Repeat**  until a looped border is made )…Slip stitch.

Then , Chian 1 up, sc in same stitch, *sc into the 15 chain loop, 3 chain picot, sc*(repeat ** in the same loop 4 more times. Repeat this on all the loops. The below picture gives you an idea of how the border is to be done.



This is a lovely vest…especially if you add beads to it….Those lovely subtle Japanese beads  adds to the look of the vest….A nice finish …for a very special, night out .








Filet Crochet – How to and Patterns



Filet in French simply means ‘net or a mesh”. So filet crochet is Crochet patterns made in a net or a grid. It  uses just 3 basic stitches like the chain stitch, the double crochet and the single crochet.

Used in as many permutations and combinations as possible, this is reminiscent of cross stitch in that, you can use a graph to create your own designs and patterns.

Here are a few examples of Filet Crochet……..



Adding Colours to Filet Crochet adds a whole new dimension to your work.



Here are the symbols of the stitches used in Filet Crochet.


How to Filet Crochet

Pls note that in this video the demonstrator uses the term treble for double crochet….In UK ……dc is termed as treble….but the stitch used is dc.

This is how a filet crochet grid will look like…when you fill in the grid with dc’s….it is called a block.


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A Photo tutorial on how to create a multitude of patterns using the grid, block and filet bar….


How to crochet a Filet Bar


How to read a filet crochet chart

To do filet crochet effectively, you should know how to read a filet crochet chart…the link below has a very effective and detailed description. It also has a whole page full of filet crochet patterns especially for beginners.

Important Tips to keep in mind while doing Filet Crochet

1. Filet crochet is best done in mercerised cotton…for e.g…#3,#5, #20, #30,#40 to #100. The patterns made with this kind of crochet is seen better when you use thin thread. Thick yarn usually blurs the overall effect.

2. While  hooking a grid with blocks, remember that the dcs always sit on the dcs of the previous row in a block, but is  always hooked over the chain of the grid space. This gives your work a neat appearance because it covers the chain of the previous row.

3. How to Calculate…How many chains you will need for the foundation row.

Number of squares across the filet crochet chart multiplied by 3, to that add 3 chains more if you are starting with a block and add 5 chains more if you are starting with a space.

# of sqs in chart x 3 + 3 = If you are beginning the grid with a block

# of sqs in chart x 3 + 5 = If you are beginning the grid with a space.

How to create a graph for filet crochet

To create patterns of your own…you can use the link tutorial which can turn almost any photograph into a filet crochet grid for you.



The net has a vast number of filet crochet charts…I have just used a few here…check Pinterest for a feast of patterns.

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More Filet Crochet Pattern Links

Filet Crochet Sayings:

Filet Crochet Blouse:

I will be adding the link to increase and decrease in filet crochet next week…so do check in here for an update.

As you can see Filet Crochet is as sweet and easy as Apple Pie is to the taste buds…..:-D!!!

 Take your time Learning and More importantly …Enjoy the journey….Loads of Love…..



How to change colour in crochet

Colours add a new and vibrant dimension to you crochet work. When you add a different colour to your work, the thing to keep in mind is that there are 2 ways to changing colours.

1. Adding colours with a basic knot:

This is easy for beginners because they don’t have to worry about pulling the base thread tight as they work to make those first chains. The down side ,is when you use this method with thick yarn…the knot will protrude a little and the work doesn’t look so smooth. This method is alright with very thin thread..for e.g. #20 onwards to #100.


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2. Adding colours without a knot:

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This gives your work a seamless quality………the yarn just sort of glides in and is good for all kinds of yarn and thread crochet work.

The knot on the cream yarn will be tucked in but you will feel it if the yarn is thicker.

Adding  another colour to a granny square:

The technique is the same. How ever many colours you add to each row….

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And that is it…Easy Peasy…..:-D!!

Indian Independence Day Patterns – Aug 15th



Crochet Chronicles

India celebrates her 68th year of freedom from 1,200 years of slavery, plunder, racism, genocide and religious apartheid on August 15th.

“Freedom Host Thy Banner,

Torn….Yet Flying….

In a Thunderstorm…

Against the Wind.”

I am not sure who wrote these lovely lines…but they certainly apply to my motherland ….India.

 It is one of those rare and unusual historical miracles, where a enslaved and plundered nation has managed to come through more than a millennium of such genocidal hell fire to forge a nation based on secular and democratic values. Such is the strength of our ancient heritage, scriptures, culture and inheritance. Our collective prayers for the Nation.

So what does a patriotic Indian crocheter do to celebrate 67 years of freedom…..Crochet of course…:-D!!!

But this time with the national colours…Saffron, White and Green with the Ashoka Chakra ‘s Navy Blue.

Here are a few patriotic pieces that I have done to celebrate this momentous occasion…….


Materials  Used


Anchor Cotton #20  in orange, Green, White and Navy Blue

Hook Size 1:25 mm

Beads (of your choice)

1 bangle in diameter size ur choice, I used bangle of 6 cms)

Flexible metal wire(jewellery)


Row 1

Make  a magic ring with 12 scs; ss.

Row 2

*5ch,  sk sc,  sc in next sc; *(4);  2 ch , 1dc into second chain of the starting 5 chain.

Row 3

3 chain, 2dc leaving the final loop on the hook each time, then pull the yarn thru all the 3 loops making a popcorn stitch, 7 ch; *popcorn in the next 5 chain loop, 7chain*(4) The final 7 chain should be 3 chain and 1dc.

Row 4

*1 sc on popcorn, 5 chain,1 sc in 7 ch loop 5ch 1 sc in popcorn*(5) ss in first sc.

You are now done making the centre of the motif. the second part is fixing the motif into the centre of the bangle and covering the bangle with scs. I have done a photo tutorial for this one cos I think that would be more easier to understand.

Row 5

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Row 6

I row of scs in white around the green sc covering the bangle. ss in first sc; 1ch up

Row 7

Hook 16 shells around the white sc border. 1sc in the first sc; *sk 3 scs; 5 dc in next sc; sk 3 ch; 1sc* repeat ** until round is  complete. ss in first sc.

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5ch, trcr in first chain, *ch 1 trcr in the first ch*(22), total 24 spokes.

How to  Connect the 3 bangle motifs into a Dangler

Using the  flexible wire,  make a loop…… thread in  the beads…..

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The Ashoka Chakra hooked in with #20  is very delicate so to take the weight of the bangles off it….I fortified the centre in the wrong side of the Chakra into a circle and wound the flexible wire around this fortified centre then continued beading adding Bangle motifs and Ashoka chakra as I went along.

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Thread in 2 big crystal beads in the middle shell of the 3rd bangle motif. And made a sc hook hanger attached to the first bangle motif.

To make the hook hanger…..I used 3 colours of thread, together….a variegated orange, variegated green and a white #20…used a 1.75 hook with this one and chain in as many stitches as you wish it to be. Then fold and attach both ends together with a  ss and  to the back of the first bangle motif.

Then hook in scs covering the chain completely. when done cut away the yarn and tuck in all excess.


And your first Freedom Project is done…..:-D!!!!

Vande Maataram – Swan Doily

Materials Used:

Anchor #20 thread and 1.00mm hook


Here is the link to the pattern for this 6 swan Doily…..

Some more patterns to Swan Doilies

The flower in the middle… can download the pattern of any 3 layer flower and give each layer the colour of the tricolour.

Tricolour Glass Covers

Materials used:

Anchor #20 thread and a 1.00mm hook

 This pattern is from the book “Crochet Lace” from Ondori and because of copyright restrictions I cannot share it here. I think the book is available at



Jai Hind Batwa

Materials used:

Anchor Knitting Cotton, Anchor #20 thread…Hook sizes….1.75mm and 1.25mm


 Here is the link to this lovely Drawstring Bag…..

I do hope you find these patterns easy to do….The first pattern the Wall Dangler is mine and it hasn’t been tested so in case you are doing this one and find a mistake or that I have left off explaining some point do leave ur comment here …Thanks…:-D!!!!!


How to Read A Crochet Pattern -1

How to read a Crochet Pattern – 1

(Diagram & Written)

One of the most important tools to learning crochet after learning the stitches is to know the symbols and abbreviations representing each stitch.  In lesson 1, where we learnt, the chain stitch…..I had given you a chart showing the symbol of each stitch that we learnt, and in every lesson following, I have shown you the abbreviation of each stitch…I am sharing that here again.




Crochet Abbreviations:  These are used in written patterns. Almost all vintage patterns are written and it is impt to know these abbreviations if you wish to do some beautiful heritage work. Here is a table of abbreviations:





Annie’s catalog has a very detailed description of how to read a written pattern….here is the link:

How to work this pattern out: This is the diagramtic pattern for a granny square:




As you can see the stitches used here are:

Chain(ch) Double crochet (dc) and slip stitch(ss)

This is how you work this pattern out.

I suggest that  you take a print of the symbol  and abbreviation chart. Holding these charts just next to the diagram…..recognise the symbols shown in the diagram, so reading this particular diagram would be as follows…..

Row 1: Basic knot; chain 4 ; Slip stitch in first stitch a ring is created.(lesson 1)

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Row 2: Chain 3, 2dc into the ring;  *2ch 3dc*(3); 2ch; ss. (*2ch, 3dc*(2)………this means you make 2 chains  and 3dc 2 more times, that is 3 times in all)

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Row 3: Hook in 3 more ss.  3 chains in first chain after dc of previous row. 2dc in 2 chain,loop; 2ch; 3dc in 2ch loop.

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1 ch.; *3dc in 2 ch loop 2 ch 3dc in same 2ch loop 1ch* (2); ss   Hook in 3 more ss in the next 2dc and first ch of the previous row.

Chain 3 from the ss in the first ch of the previous row. 2dc in 2 chain loop; 2ch; 3dc in the same chain loop; 1ch; 3dc in 1ch loop. *3dc in 2ch loop; 2 ch; 3dc in the same chain loop;  1ch; 3dc in 1ch loop* (2).  




There……. now, your Granny square is ready.

Use the abbreviation chart to understand the abbr. that I have used here.

Keep searching through  the internet for patterns with diagrams and written patterns and practice them with the skills you have gained here…..soon you will be able to read crochet with ease….and then who dares to stop you?…:-D!!!!

Raksha Bandhan Rakhee Ideas and Patterns

Rakhee Patterns




We Indians celebrate almost everything……..we have celebrations for spring, summer, harvesting, the monsoons, for full moon nights, for moonless nights, for love, for growing old, birth, weddings, birthdays, and the list goes on and on.

Since the Hindu religion allows us to see God in anything….we have a multitude of Gods as well….though the Vedas(the Holiest of all our sacred texts stipulate that they are all one)…and all these Gods have gazillions of epics written about them….so we celebrate days that they triumphed over evil, their earthly births and other note worthy incidents.

Raksha Bandhan is the festival where brothers and sisters celebrate their love for each other.  Sisters are required to tie an ornate band around their brother’s wrists…something like a friendship band……and in India we call them Rakhis.

These are the Rakhees, that were made by me last year….and I followed the pattern in the link below to make the motif. The motif can be found on page 49 and 50.

 For the tie up ..I simply got gold, green and red yarn and braided it together, tying knots at each end to hold the braid in.  I also crocheted a square base so that you can see the red peeping thru the gaps in the motif and started the first circle with matt coloured beads.

used Anchor #20 thread in 3 colours….red and green. Hook#1.25



Here again the pattern is of a 3 layered rose…taken from page #61, from the link above.  I sewed in the beads here and made the tie on exactly as I did above.

Used DMC#8 and a .90mm hook.


Here, the centre piece was crocheted according to the pattern found in this blog….


Used variegated Anchor cotton#20 and a 1.25 hook.





Well….Have an Awesum Raksha Bandhan Day…….Brothers Rock!!!!….let’s keep them loved and close to us….:-))

How to make a Beaded Bracelet using ch stitch.

How to crochet a beaded bracelet using ch, ss and basic knot

1. Thread the required number of beads…I used 8 large wooden beads here….and then made a basic knot.

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2. Chain 5 stitches and then pull the bead in..yarn over(yo) pull through the loop and you have the first bead  fixed.


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3. Chain 5 stitches and pull in the bead and repeat as before..

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4. Continue until you get the required length.

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5. Then keeping the last loop on the hook…..push ur hook through the first chain and do a slip stitch.

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6. You now have a bracelet ring and now you need to cut the excess yarn and tuck the rest in securely.

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7. Voila…..You have your first crochet project and also learned how to crochet with beads in a very basic way….

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