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Crochet Pouf Cover

CROCHET POUF COVER

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Crochet Chronicles:

One upon there lived a lovely little pouf……she was a pretty lass…clad in rustic earthen hues and adorned in shells and wooden beads. Time passed and the glory of her rustic hues faded, the shells and beads unable to bear the ravages of time fell off leaving our glorious damsel jaded and a bit unsure of herself….No longer did visitors to the home ooh and ahhh over her. She felt that life had passed her by……and that there was no escaping the abyss of old age….at least that’s how she felt…

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Until….one day she discovered, that age or growing old had nothing to do with feeling good…….the thought which came to her out of the blue….changed her life….so she decided to love herself a little more, to  take care of herself a lot more….and just as a wild summer goes into a blazing  Autumn, dancing around in  hues of reds, browns, mustard, yellow, ochre, orange, brick and tan……..For Pouf too…..Life changed…..it became more meaningful, peaceful and divine….much, much better than it ever was…………

Oh……..Alrite….I had this pouf which had bust it’s seams and needed to be fixed…:-D!!!!

Method:

First you need to make the surface of the pouf….I  used a Mandala pattern. You may have seen that post…Here is the link to that post….do the mandala accordingly.

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https://crochetnmore.wordpress.com/2014/12/22/mandala/

Materials used for the side of this pouf cover :

Soft Feather , Nature – 250 gms,  Maroon

Cotton Sirdhar, Laura Knitting cotton – 50gms – Red approx

Bali Ochre and Brick….25 gms approx.

Hook size: 3.00 mm

Abbreviations Used:

Single Crochet – sc

Double Crochet – dc

Half Double Crochet – hdc

Chain – ch

Slip Stitch – ss

Once the Mandala is made,  you have to make the side of the pouf…..this is made like you would hook in a basket. I made most of the side in hdcs…..so working in the inner loop/ the back loop of the last row of the Mandala on the wrong side…

Row 1-3

Hook in one hdc per chain until end of round. SS.

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Row 4 – 7

Then, I began to reduce the stitches cos the shape of the pouf that I was working on was such…. I began with missing one hdc every 30 stitches for the next 4 rows.

Row 8

Hdc in every hdc until round is complete. ss

Row 9- 10

Next reduce it by one every 25 stitches for 3 rows,

Row 11

Hdc in every hdc until round is complete. ss

Row 12- 16

Then reduce by one every 20 stitches for 5 rows

Row 17 – 19

Reduce by one every 15 stitches for 3 rows

Row 20

hdc in every chain in the next row.

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Row 21- 26:

3 chain up, 2 dc in next 2 hdc; 3 chain skip 3 hdc; *3 dc in next 3 hdc; 3 chain, skip 3 hdc; 3 dc in next 3 hdc;* Repeat until end of row…ss into the 3ed chain of the starting 3 ch.  

Row 27 – 34:

Chain 2 chain up; 10 hdc in each hdc ; skip one hdc….continue by reducing one stitch every 10 hdc. End with a ss.

Row 35:

Slip stitch in every hdc. This gives the project a smooth, professional  finish. The piece now fits well over the pouf…but you need to cover the area where the Mandala is joined t the side to create a finished look. To do this I created a wave stitch around. You need to make a covering stitch in the row where the last stitch of the Mandala begins to work the side…that is the first hdc stitches. You work this covering stitch on the front loop of the last stitch of the Mandala.

How to work the Frill/ Covering row:

*sc, hdc, dc, trcr, dc, hdc, sc*; in the front loop. continue ** to the end.

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This Pouf is 25 inches by diameter and the height is 12 inches. But it’s shape isn’t even….it bulges in all kinds of places and hollows in at the oddest places……which is why the reducing of stitches is done the way it has been done…you will have to find your own way to work out the side….So this post can just, be used as a guide and I do apologise for that.

Isn’t she Lovely now?….I feel like Stevie Wonders…..Isn’t she Lovely, Isn’t she beautiful, isn’t she wonderful….la……la…la…..I know silly…..but there you are…..have always liked making up stories about inanimate things…..Chalo….See ya in my next post …it’s going to be a tutorial post…..how to make rectangles….Just need to make that photo tutorial and we are done…!!!!! Take Care and may the Crochet Goddesses be with you.

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Evening Glory – A Beaded Scarf

Evening Glory – A Beaded Scarf

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Crochet Chronicles

I went shopping in Mangalore with my crochet buddy Viraja and bought this lovely mustard Kurti/Tunic top. It was pretty on it’s own but needed something to sass it up….thus began my voyage into another bout of pattern hunting…..then I came across a a post by another crochet buddy Meena Krishnamurthy who had used this variation of the ripple stitch to create a lovely Afghan…..And while she had done hers in different colours I wanted a black…a jazzed up black….so I used bronze shaded seed beads to create a totally different effect.

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Materials used:

DMC #30 – 100 gms( 2 balls)

Seed beads of your preference…( the amount depends on the amt of beads you wish to add) – Approx 150 gms

Hook – 0 .9mm

Abbreviations Used:

ss- slip stitich

sc – single crochet

sk – skip

dc – double crochet

ch – chain

tr – treble crochet

Crochet Chart: 

( courtesy the internet, and shared by Meena Krishnamurthy)

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Method

Think of how wide and long you wish the scarf to be. Then calculate the number of chains you will have to make for the required width plus 3 ch( the last part takes the work up to the next row.)

This one is calculated by multiples of 10 plus 1. because at every 11th stitch the ripple effect is created in the 2nd row

First decide where you want the beads to be in the pattern. Then calculate the amt of beads that you will need. String in the beads. Sometimes you may find it difficult to string in all the beads in one go and that is alright. String in as much as you can and then when you have done in the beads on the thread and but still need to add a few more, just cut the thread and stitch it in. String in all the beads that you need and then ss and continue.

Written Pattern

Row 1:

Chain in 131 plus 1…altogether 132; then sc in 131 chains.

Row 2:

^(Chain 3, *skip 1 sc, dc in next sc, 1 ch*,repeat ** 4 times; 2 chain, dc in same sc as previous dc( making a ‘V’ shape); Since a ripple effect in crochet s caused by peaks and dips……This causes the pattern to lift to  peak…..and the next set of stitches will cause the dip.

*sk sc, 1 ch,  dc in next sc*, repeat ** 3 times, sk 3 chs, dc in next sc)^

Repeat ^^ until the end of the row…….end with a dc.

I crocheted in the beads, here as I did this row…2 beads per stitch.

Row 3:

3 ch up, sk one ch, a dc  each in next the  8 stitches, 3 ch, dc in the same stitch as previous dc…..making a ‘V’….A peak

*7 dcs in each of the next 7 stitches, sk 1 ch, 2dc and 1ch; dc in each of the next 7 stitches;…….a dip……..3 ch, dc in the same stitch as previous dc…..making a ‘V’*.

Repeat ** until the end of the row….end with a dc.

Row 4:

3 ch up, sk 2 dcs; (dc in the next dc, ch 1) x 3; *sk one chain, one dc in the next chain, 3 ch one dc in the same chain as previous dc…A peak

sk one ch, ch 1, (dc in next dc,ch 1) x 3; sk 4 dc; dc in next dc, ………Dip………(skip one ch, 1 ch) x 3; *

Repeat **until the end of the row end with dc

Row 5:

Chain up 4, sk one ch, ch 1, treble in next dc; ch 1, sk 1 ch, treble in next stitch; ch 1 , sk 1 dc, dc in dc, sk 1 ch , ch 1, dc in dc;

Repeat Rows 1 to 5 until you get the required length.

Edging

Here’s a pic tutorial on how to make a curly tassel.

http://www.crochetspot.com/how-to-crochet-curly-fringe/

And here’s the video tutorial….

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Crochet Triangles

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The first time I saw a crochet triangle I was so amazed… I know, sounds idiotic…..but I really thought that it was pretty cool…and though I  was dying for the pattern, I was a little embarrassed to ask patterns from a person , I barely knew. Fortunately, for me, another crochet pal asked her the pattern which she very readily shared and thus began a great fascination for moi.

I found this pattern on the internet…..whoever the designer …she/he is awesome…..such a simple pattern and yet so many possibilities…..

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The tutorial below is based on this closed pattern for a triangle.

Here is the written pattern,

Round 1:

Make a basic knot or a Magic Ring.

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Chain 3, 2 dc into the basic knot; 4 chain; 3dc into basic knot; 4 ch; 3dc into basic knot; 4 ch; ss into first ch of 3 ch.

Round 2:

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3 ch up, 2 dc in next 2 dc ;3 dc in 4 ch ,4 ch, 3 dc in 4ch; 3 dc in next 3 dc; 3 dc in 4 ch, 4ch, 3 dc in  4ch; 3 dc in 3 dc;  3 dc in 4 ch, 4 ch, 3 dc in 4 ch, ss in first ch of 3 ch.

Round 3:

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3 ch up, 5 dc in next 5 dc; 4 dc in 4 ch, 4 ch, 4dc in 4 ch; 9 dc in next 9 dc; 4 dc in 4 ch, 4 ch, 4dc in 4 ch; 9 dc in next 9 dc; 4 dc in 4 ch, 4 ch, 4dc in 4 ch; ss in first ch of 3 ch.

Triangle Charts from the internet

These Triangle charts are very useful if you are thinking of making something unique. Granny squares though much loved and frequently over done…may not be every crocheter’s special project…..but even a Beginner can whip up some thing special with triangles.

The trick here is to know how to place and join them. Triangle Motifs when used intelligently are very versatile and can change an average crocheter’s work into designer ware. Choose the pattern and yarn/thread that you want to use carefully and work the pattern in. I have collated a few triangle charts and also the ways in which various brilliant designers have put them together.

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Links to Patterns using Triangles

I am sharing a few links to projects using in triangle motif here…Hope you will try them out. Most of them are from Pinterest. Do Google search for triangle patterns and have a look around there is so much to see and learn.

Triangle Scarf:

http://zootyowlcards.blogspot.com/2014/06/road-trip-scarves-pattern.html

Cushion Cover

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Triangular Motif Tunic Top

http://uncinettodoro.blogspot.com/2011/10/maglietta-motivi.html#more

Triangular Motif Afghan

http://kru4ok.ru/vyazanye-kryuchkom-pledy-raboty-alii-sagyndykovojj/

Triangular Coasters

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And so that is it for our Triangle Crochet Motif. Wasn’t that Easy? learn all the shapes that I post here and once we are done with all the shapes I will start posting tutorials on what we can make with each of these shapes.

Enjoy Life….it’s so short….Laugh out Loud…and Don’t Worry about What  Other people are thinking or saying…You are Special, Beautiful and Worthy of All things Bright and Beautiful ….Take Care.