Monthly Archives: April 2015

Crochet Hearts

How to Crochet Hearts 

 

We women love to make hearts…..the fact that the diagrammatic representation of the heart has no similarity to the original organ hasn’t fazed us at all. We have decided that this is what we would like the organ to look like. Crocheters from all walks of life have created such beautiful designs that I find it difficult to choose which and what patterns to include here…1800352_363662473771684_616634949_n

 Basic and simple Heart Pendant

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Method to Make this very simple Heart

Make a Magic Ring.

Then one chain, one sc, 1 hdc, 9 dcs, 1 trch (treble crochet), 9 dcs, 1 hdc, 1 sc each one chined into the ring.

ss into the base of the first chain.

Then pull on the tail of the magic ring to reduce the space of the loop…..Voila you have a lovely crochet heart…String it onto a satin or silk ribbon…and you have a lovely piece of jewellery…all made by yourself.

 

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Row 1:

Chain in 11 plus one  – Total 12 chains

Row 2:

Single Crochet into the next 11 chains, Turn

Row 3

1 ch up, sc in same loop, sc  into next 10 stitches.

Row 4 – Row 12

Repeat as in Row 3

After Row 12 . Cut thread and tuck in the tails.

Now you have the square base of the heart….The next step is to hook in the 2 arches that make the top portion of the Heart.

1.Join thread on the left side of the square at row 4 and chain in 5; ss in the 8th row.

2. Ch 5,  ss in the  first sc of row 12;

3. Double Treble Crochet: ( yo 3 times) into the half ring that you have created, Ch1;* Dtrch, 1ch*; Repeat ** 8 times…ss into the sc of the first row, after the last dtrch made.

4. Cut thread and tuck in.

To Make the arch of the heart on the other side…Join thread on the 12th row in the 4th sc, chain 5 then ss in the 8th sc of the same row.( counting from right to left)

The repeat steps 2, 3 and 4.

Voila a Beautiful Heart!!!

 

Different  Heart Patterns 

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 Hanging Hearts

 

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Heart Pattern worked in Single Crochet

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Heart Pattern Worked in Double Crochet            

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Heart Pattern Worked as in a GSq..

 

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Heart Edging 

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Heart Basket 

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 Heart Pouch

 

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Heart Thorans/Buntings

 

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Crochet Heart Doily

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Pattern for Heart Cushion

http://mossitabellacrochet.blogspot.com/2012/01/cojin-de-corazon-granny-crochet.html

 

Pattern For Heart Doily

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 Irish Crochet Heart(Pattern in Flicker)

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So see how easy it is to crochet a heart and how many types of crochet hearts are just waiting to be made by you…….As I always say…Have fun…enjoy the ride and keep that beautiful smile on…..The world needs intrepid and talented crafters like you!!!!

Spider Stitch Scarf

Moon Beam Scarf

 

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 Crochet Chronicles

Crocheted another scarf for my sis, who decided that after the black one….she wanted one in white….and a crochet pal of mine Rajeswari S Sekar shared this pattern, just then. Didn’t think much of it initially but then, it started showing possibilities…especially since I was to fly to Kochi soon and the only hook that I could take on board was a bamboo 2.00mm hook. And I just happened to have a cone of cotton yarn…Chinese ( not easy to hook with and not as good quality as the Indian cotton cone…but suited this project).

As I said, it slowly evolved into a very interesting  project…and this is how it was done…

 

Abbreviations

ch – chain

sc – single crochet

dc – double crochet

tr – treble crochet

sk – skip

Total Size of this Scarf :

Width – 30cms/ 1 ft

Length – 4 ft

 

 Diagram

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Method

1. Chain in the required amount of stitches, in multiples of 10 plus 2…

2. sc in 3rd chain from hook; 3 ch, sk 3 chs; dc in next chain, 2ch, dc in same chain as the first dc( creating a ‘V’ stitch); 3 ch, sk 3 chs;  scs in next 3 chains; 3 chs, sk 3 chs,; scs in next 2 chs.

3. 6 ch up; 5 dcs into 2 ch loop; 4 ch; sc in the 2nd sc of the 3 secs in the first row; 4 ch; 5 dcs in 2 ch loop; 4 chain; sc in last chain  of first row.

4. 6 ch up; 5 sc in each dc of 2nd row;  5 sc in ech of the dcs of previous row; 3 chs; tr crochet in 5th chain of previous row.

5. 3 ch up, dc in treble of previous row; 3 ch; sc into next 5 dcs; 7 ch;  scs in each of the next 5 dcs; 3 chs; 1 tr in 5th chain of previous row.

6. 3 ch up 1 dc into the tr of previous row; 3 ch; sk first sc; secs into next 3 scs; sk next sc; 3ch; dc into  4th ch, 2 ch,  dc in 4th chain( creating another ‘V’);  3 ch;sk first sc; secs into next 3 scs; sk next sc; 3 ch; 2 dc into 4th chain of previous row.

7. 3 ch up; 2 dc into first dc of previous row; 4 ch;  sk first sc; sc into next sc; sk next sc; 4 ch; 5 dcs into 2 ch loop; 4 ch; sk  first sc; sc in next sc; sk next sc; 4 ch; 3 dc into first ch of first 3 ch up.

8. 2 ch up, sc in next 2 dc; 7 ch sc in next 5 dcs; 7 ch; 3 scs  in next 3 stitches.

Repeat from Row 2 to Row 8, until yo get required length.

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Crochet Ovals

 

Crochet Ovals

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I never quiet realised how much one can do with crochet ovals. To me the extent to which you can use this shape began and ended with doilies and table runners. Then Pinterest happened and it opened up a whole new world. There are crochet oval rugs, placemats, coasters,Bag bases, baskets, the oval shape required for eyes for an amigurumi project etc….

Here we will learn how to crochet  a basic oval pattern, This is a closed pattern where in there aren’t much space in between the stitches…so this is a great pattern to use when you are thinking of a bag base.

 

Abbreviations Used:

ch – chain

dc – double crochet

ss – slip stitich

 

To Begin With:

Hook in 16 chains.

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Round 1:

Hook in 16 chains.

3ch up, 5 dc in same chain(turning stitch); Then one dc in each of the following chains until you reach the last chain; 6 dc in the last chain, slip stitch in the 3rd chain of the 3 chain up at the beginning of the row.

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Round 2:

3 ch up: 2dc in each of the next dcs of the previous round;  1 dc in next dc. (Turning stitch)

1 dc in each of the next 14 dcs; Next stitch is dc on dc of previous round; Then 2 dc in each of the next 4 dcs; dc in dc; 1 dc in each of the next 14 stitches; ss in the 3rd ch of the 3 chain in the beginning of  round 2.

 

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Round 3:

3 chain up. 2 dc in each of the next 10 dcs. 1 dc in the next 14 dcs.2 dc in each of the next 10 dcs.1 dc in the next 14 dcs.ss in the 3rd ch of the 3 chain in the beginning of round 3.

 

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How to crochet oval eyes for ur Amigurumi projects

Bread Basket

http://todays232.rssing.com/browser.php?indx=6172672&item=104

Oval basket

http://www.antiquecrochetpatterns.com/easy-crochet-basket- pattern.html

Link to oval doilies

http://crochet.about.com/od/oval-shape/tp/oval-pattern.htm

Link to oval placemat

http://www.redheart.com/free-patterns/oval-placemat-coaster

 

Pattern For an Oval Basket

 

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Pattern For Baby Booties

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Spiral Oval

 

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Pattern For An Oval Table Runner

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http://chabepatterns.files.wordpress.com/2013/11/oval_base2.pdf

 

So there you are……Crochet Ovals……a lovely and elegant shape that lends a kind of dignity to your work.  Did you find it easy to work on? Do let me know ….Sayonara for now….Next Post How to crochet the diamond shape.

Crochet Rectangles

 

How to Crochet A Rectangle

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Crochet rectangles are so useful! Bag bases, scarfs, pillow covers,punches, purses, clutches,  door mats…etc….all these can be made by using a basic rectangle pattern. And when you make a fabric collage of rectangles you can make garments, Afghans, baby blankets curtains, bedspreads…well almost anything…..as you well know crochet is flexible, adaptable and totally craft friendly….:-)

 

How to Hook a Crochet Rectangle

There are many patterns to make a crochet rectangle . Here I have shown three patterns

1. The Closed Pattern…very useful to make the base of a bag or if you want to make an afghan which is closely stitched.

2. Open Pattern: This is done in the 3 dc together stitch and is less time consuming than the closed pattern.

3. Granny Square: A much more open pattern and very easy to do….

 

Abbreviations Used:

ch – chain

dc – double crochet

ss – slip stitch

 

1. Closed Pattern 

 

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To Begin With:

 

Hook in 14 chains plus 3( for the next row)

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Round 1: 

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2 dcs in 4th chain; 2 ch; 2 dc in same chain as before; chain in 12 dc into each of the next chains ; chain 2, 3 dc in the 13th chain,  2 ch, 2dc in the same chain;

Now you have turned on to the opposite side of the chain link. Hook in 12dc into the next 12  chains; chain 2, 2dc; ss into 3rd chain of 3 chain .

Round 2: 

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Round 3:

3 chain up,  3 dc into 3 dc of previous stitch; *2dc in 2ch loop of previous row, 2 ch, 2dc as before*( This is your turning stitch).

 

Then 16 dc into the next 16 dc; Repeat **; 3 dc into 3 dc of previous stitch; Repeat **; Then 16 dc into the next 16 dc; Repeat **; ss into 3 ch of beginning 3 ch.

I am not doing the 3rd row as it is just  a repetition of the 2nd row but in each row the dcs will increase…..so keep the count.

2. 3 dc together  Pattern:

This is another pattern for the rectangle..it is a more open pattern.

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3. Granny Square Pattern:

Granny Square pattern is very popular, and as you can see very easy to work out.

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Here are some pics that I got from the net …just showing you how well this shape adapts to different projects.

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Different Kinds of Crochet rectangle patterns

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Rectangle base for bag

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Tunic Top worked in a rectangle 

https://crochetnmore.wordpress.com/2014/12/02/how-to-crochet-a-tunic-top/

Patchwork Car Coat…Pattern form Lionbrand yarns 

http://www.lionbrand.com/patterns/L32204.html

How to make a cushion cover using crochet rectangles

http://www.stonehouseworkshop.com/crochet-rectangle-granny-square/

How to make a Granny rectangle from the crochet crowd.

And there you are……So Easy……..since I learnt it form the net and books….I never knew the significance of knowing to hook shapes….but 14 years on….I know now that crochet like any other art is best learnt step by step…first the stitches, then shapes and then onto projects incorporating these stitches and shapes. Once you get the basics in like this, you have the tools to create your own designs…and that’s where I want to take you…It took me ages to figure out all these things for myself…simplifying the process of learning is what I am trying to do for all who are interested.

Hope You will try this out and let me know how you found this lesson.

Vintage Coin Purse or Miser’s Purse

Vintage Coin Purse or Miser’s Purse

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Crochet Chronicles:

Suja Mohan one of my Besties shared a picture of a vintage coin purse that belonged to her Grandmother, in our crochet group, a while ago.

The purse was in 2 pieces joined by many chains….you pulled open the mouth of the sides to open the purse and pulled on the chains to close it. This isn’t a purse that you carry around in your hand or over your shoulder, You tuck one of the sides into your waist, while the other hangs out. You can use both the sides to store your money..for e.g….you can put coins on one side ad notes on the other…..or you can use one side( if you make it big enough) to store your mobile.

The purse fascinated all of us….but we couldn’t figure out how it was hooked, until Me and my Mom met up for lunch with  the dynamic, talented and multifaceted Viraja at…..

https://www.facebook.com/KnottyNest?fref=ts

Do take a look at her page….to see the wonderful work she has done……. Viraja gifted my Mom with a lovely pastel pink Miser’s purse and suggested that we have a group CAL for this purse……she promised to mentor the CAL……and that is how I learnt to make this purse….

The  pattern below has been written by her …….

Materials used:

For this Purse I used Omega #10 cotton thread – 30gms Red Rose Gold Metallic Thread – 5 gms Hook # 1.25mm

Abbreviations used: ch : chain Hdc/hdc : Half double crochet dc : double crochet sc : single crochet

Step 1

Hook in 150 chains using a marker at every 50 chain interval. You can use a piece of yarn or a safety pin as a marker too. Note that you need to put in only 2 markers for this 150 chain. 11063236_371142039739844_1449282969_n

Step 2

Chain up by one and then hook in 50 hdcs…….now chain in 50 chains then…..hook in 50 hdcs in the foundation chain….. Now you have the beginning of the two pouches connected by two 50 chains…as is seen in the picture below… 11040319_371142016406513_457118007_n

Step 3

Repeat step 2  until both pouches become 3” in width. ( this is how Viraja’s pattern goes) I got a little bored after 4 rows of hdcs so I changed the thread using a gold metallic one and instead of hdcs I chained up 3 when making the turn…then made a popcorn stitch in the next hdc and a dc in the next….popcorn  and dc until the end of that hdc row….chained in 50 with the gold thread and repeated the popcorn dc stitch until the end of that row.

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After one row of gold ..repeat the Magenta color thread and hdcs for a few rows( you can make it as wide or as narrow as you

please……..

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Then added the gold thread and worked it as before….after that works a couple of rows of magenta again…..This is how it will

look when you are done….

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Step 4

Now fold one side of the purse say ‘A’, into half. Cut the thread and join it at the folded portion of the purse on one side. Now join the edge using single crochet.  I have showed it below using a cream coloured thread…so that you can see how I worked it. Join one side using scs….when you come to the top of the purse or the mouth of the purse hook in scs….without joining that portion…scs on the rim where there are no chains and then go down the other side joining the two flaps there using scs.

Here is the procedure in pictures…..

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 Step 5

Now you need to make the lock for this side  ‘A’. The ’50 chain lot’ is used to connect both the sides as well as to lock the pouches. To make the lock…….Fold the ’50 chain lot’ over side ‘A’ like in the first pic below…….leaving the chains falling over

the mouth of ‘A” as in the second pic below..

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 Carefully observe the picture below….

Here I made 50 scs along the rim of  ‘A’ carrying the ’50 chain lot’.  The way you make the scs is  by making your first sc on the first hdc. Move the first chain of 50  from the ’50 chain  lot’ over the sc that you have just done and make an sc in the next hdc….continue this way until you lock in all the chains between 2 scs each…… See pic below…… 11077890_371346533052728_185875820_n

When you are done this is how the mouth of the purse will look like( check pic below)………when you pull it apart…the chains will act as a lock which you can pull to close the mouth of the purse.

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If u want the opening wide, then u can hook in hdcs or dcs . I made scs.

Step 6 

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Step 7….To finish with….

Make chain between 25 or 30. Place to around the ’50 chain lot’ & join with slip stitch.Work secs or dcs in 2 or 3 rows so that you get a ring around the chain lot. cut thread and finish. DSC_9457 This helps to hold all the ’50 chain lot’ into one  holder & helps when u use ur coin purse.

Points to Note

1. U can make a beautiful edging to both sides of the purse in a contrasting color!

2. You don’t have to work the purses in hdc or sc or dcs…you can work it in any stitch you like…..If the stitch you have chosen has spaces in between make sure you add a lining to the purses before you do step 4 and 5.

3. Add beads, flowers, and other adornments to accessorise your purse…and make it your own.

This  is an ideal purse for Temple goers….mainly because many Hindu Temples do not allow leather bags inside…aside from that it leaves your hands free to pray, plus you can carry a little bit of money, your credit card and your mobile phone without having the nuisance of carrying a bag…. I hope this post has been lucid enough…..and was enough for you to want to try it out….

Take Care and Keep that beautiful smile on….you never know you is looking…:-)

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Spiral Pot Holders

SPIRAL POT HOLDERS

 

I haven’t made a tutorial for this post, cos this one was a learning curve for me. What I have done here is ….I have collated all the links that I looked at and went through to learn to make spirals.

You can make spirals with a single colour or can go up to 8 colours or more if you r dextrous enough. Do take a look at the link to spiral earrings here….it’s lovely!

I made spirals in single colour and then had chains hooked on the rim of the spiral, in 2 colours and 4 colours….but have posted links for 3 colours and 5 colours as well….

 

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Spiral done in one colour

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http://made-in-k-town.blogspot.de/2012/06/spiral-coasterpotholder-pattern.html

 

 

 Spirals done in 2 Colours 

 

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http://themercerie.net/crochet-spirals-and-mandalas/

 

 

Link to Spiral Place Mat

 

Spiral done in 3 colours

 

 

Spiral Done in 4 colours

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http://craftside.typepad.com/craftside/2009/12/how-to-crochet-a-4-color-spiral-from-the-new-book-the-complete-photo-guide-to-crochet-by-margaret-hu.html

 

5 colours

Link to a spiral ear ring tutorial in 5 colours

 

 

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 Enjoy…….The Ride….All…:-D!!!