Category Archives: Bag/Pouches etc

How to keep your yarn from tangling while doing C2C graphghans

How to keep your yarn from tangling while doing C2C graphghans

How does one keep yarn from tangling when one is doing a C2C graphghan in crochet?

The first few pictures are of a 2 colour graphghan in the making.

The first thing I do when I think graphghan is roll out some shuttles depending on the requirement of each colour. There is nothing fancy about this. Weavers do this all the time…..They wind, small shuttles/bobbins full of the colour they need and keep them ready before they begin weaving. In India they usually use a small wooden peg. Here, since I don’t have a wooden peg and I think it may be unwieldy…I have used thick paper folded into shuttles that yarn or thread can be wound on.

For this 2 colour graphghan the  major colour is blue and the colour where the figure is coming in is silver white. So for the time begin I have wound up three shuttles, 2 with blue and one with white.

I am aware this will not be enough so…as I go by and am taking a break I will be  making some more shuttles. you can do this before you begin work too….

The next thing we will need is large washing pegs. These are somewhat middle sized….and since I can’t get large ones…I make sure that my shuttles are never too large. I have heard that Walmarts carry these giant washing pegs…so for those who live in the US or where you have a Walmarts can buy them from there.

Here, I worked the first 40 rows in just one colour working directly from the huge spool of yarn…..but once I had to change colours I began to use the shuttles.

Here is how I use the washing pegs…..only the shuttle that is currently being used is not pegged onto the work itself….the rest are secured. So as I finish the blue….I will move onto the white if necessary….And then I will peg in the blue and let free the white…and so  on. you can work in as many colours you like in this manner…..This is very useful especially when you reach the end of the row and have to flip your work over to begin the next row in C2C.

This is how I worked a C2C graphghan with many colours without getting it tangled…..

First 4 colours….

7 colours with the white repeating …so 8 shuttles…..

Crocheters use different methods….I find this most convenient.

Some use Hangers…They wind each colour directly onto the wash peg and clip the shuttles onto a clothes hanger….then when they reach the end of the row…they simply flip over the hanger along with the graphghan.

Others use boxes with holes in them. They bring out the working end of the yarn through the holes so that there is no chance of tangling……

I found some all of these pics on the internet…..

You must experiment and find which way you find the most handy to work with.

Vintage Flower Basket

Flower Basket

 

This Flower Basket is of a vintage patern with girly frills skirting both the top and the bottom of the basket.

I am pasting the original pattern here but will give you a photographic explaination on how to work ths very pretty and extremely easy pattern…It’s so easy that I finished this in just 4-5 hours.

It’s a great adn unusal pattern to use to give gifts of chocolate, flowers, scented soap bars, little aromatherapy oils and scents etc…….

Materials Needed are:

#10 Aunt Lydia’s thread….it comes in 100 gm balls…but you will need jsut 1/3rd of it.

Hook 1.75mm is what I used ..you can go utp to 2:00mm

16735400_692583600929018_1728613879_o

 

plastic wrap

A cardboard roll  or any hollow pipe cut to size to hold the shape of the basket

wood glue/quickfix/ a very strong starch spray

pins

To decorate the basket 

Ribbons/bows/satin flowers,buttons/stars etc

Pattern

Here there are 2 patterns…I am doing only the first one now. In this post since the pattern has been given in such detail, I am not going to write out each row…rather I have taken pics as I made this and have used them here to help you along.

16684309_690174354503276_1455415463340555184_n 16684133_690174557836589_6534422730975815833_n

Method:

Row 1:

3ch…then 23 dcs into a 5chain loop; ss.

16735692_692583677595677_509729778_o

Row 2:

3ch, dc in same space; dc; 2 dc in same space;,dc until end then ss.

16734934_692583757595669_1169060094_o

 

16709608_692583817595663_1959846583_o

Row 3:

Same as Row 2

16710303_692587134261998_1677407052_o

Row 4:

16732116_692587217595323_1109735256_o

16710542_692587180928660_1091504860_o

Row 5

16736653_692587254261986_602726464_n

Row 6: 

Once the required base is acquired….you need to get the basket to build upwards….so cut the thread and begin to hook in the back loop only.  The pic below is form the internet and not my own…but it will help illustrate what back loop and front loop is.

 

Rows 7  to 15:

 

 

 

 

 

Row 16:

Now from here on up to the 23rd row the top of the basket widens like a funnel…Follow the stick count carefully…

Row 17 to 23: Pls refer to the pattern above

 

 

Top Ruffle

Row 24 to 27: Please check the  pattern above…

 

Bottom Ruffle

Please check the pattern above…

Handle

Please check the pattern above…

 

Blocking

Use a mixture of  Fabric gum and quick fix….and paint it over the basket allowing the mixture to soak into the thread.

Folllow the instructions as above to shape the basket.

Add some pretty bows, buttons and flowers….fix the handle and You have a very pretty basket.

Crochet Rose

Crochet Rose

 

13228100_557531977767515_1112957910_n

Crochet Chronicles:

Aren’t roses beautiful? I have yet to meet a person who doesn’t love this glorious genre of flowers. And this is seen in the profusion of patterns created and posted by so many talented crocheters . So today I thought let me make a little rose to go with the hairband that I posted here last week.  This pattern is a very simple one and a very popular one as well….

Materials Used:

Red Rose Thread #10

Hook : 1.5 mm

Tapestry needle

Method:

Depending on how big and how many layers you want your rose to be…Hook in chains in multiples of 3….each 3 chains represents a petal. I am making a little rose to fit in with the hair band that I made.

Hook in 39 chains plus 3. Total 42 chains.

Row 1:

3 ch, skip 3 chains and dc in 4th chain; *3ch, skip 3chains and dc in 4th chain*….continue ** until the end. what you get is a pattern like a ladder…….with 3 chain loops.

 

Row 2:

Now we create the petal on top  of first row.

chain up, sc,hdc, 6 dcs, hdc,sc in the first 3 chain loop created.  hook in *sc,hdc, 6 dcs, hdc,sc*  in the next 3 chain loop and continue until the end.13187647_557521214435258_794491675_n

13219972_557520837768629_240610930_n

Now, slowly roll the petals using the ladder part as the stem. Make sure that when you roll the petals around each other it forms not the shape of a rose. Use a tapestry needle to sew the stem and the inner petals in place so that it stays together.

13162127_557520844435295_704699376_n

And voila…You have a lovely little rose…:-)

13228100_557531977767515_1112957910_n

Here are some graphs to make roses uses different combinations of stitches in almost the same way.

crochet flower 46 crochet-flower-patterns-diagrams-craft-craft-6tsvetyi-kryuchkom-6-288x30073eeac1379aba76768baa0da84259d9a-2

Just to practice do try to make some of the other roses as well…..Enjoy yourselves..and above all ..Keep that smile on..Love and Hugs…:-)

Crochet Diamonds

How to Crochet  A Diamond Shape

DSC_9814

Crocheting the diamond shape is not challenging….you just need to understand the increase/decrease concept….but joining them to make a coherent and beautiful project is challenging. I have often thought that, you can’t do much with this shape in crochet until I saw Jellina’s crochet in geometric patterns. To say that she is a genius would be an understatement.

I have shown you 2 ways to do the diamond motif

Diamond Motif 1: Where you hook in a diamond using single crochet(scs)..this is the Jellina way

Diamond Motif 2: The Diamond is worked using double crochets(dcs)

Abbreviations:

Chain – ch
Single Crochet – sc
Stitch – st
Skip – sk
Yarn Over – yo
Double Crochet – dc

Diamond Motif 1

DSC_9767 (1)

Our first pattern for the diamond motif is made with single crochet stitches.

This pattern is from  the blog little Woolie….I have shared her link at the end of the page. I suggest that you go through her blog…She specialises in crochet diamonds and her work is Beautiful.

BASIC DIAMOND PATTERN

Begin With:

Ch 2

DSC_9754

Row 1: 2 sc into 2nd ch from hook, turn.

DSC_9759

Row 2:  Ch1(turning chain) 1sc into first st, 2sc into 2nd st, turn.

DSC_9760

Row 3: Ch1, 1sc into 1st st, 1sc into 2nd st, 2sc into last st, turn.

DSC_9761

Row 4: Ch1, 1sc into 1st st, 1sc into each st across until last st, 2sc into last st, turn.

DSC_9762

Repeat row 4 until you have  as many stitches as you like, more stitches means a bigger diamond . For this tutorial I have stopped with Row 4.

Start decreasing.
The decrease pattern is as follows:

Ch1, sk 1st st, sc into next st and each st across, turn. (reduces by 1 st in each row)

DSC_9764
Continue doing this to each row until you have 1 st left and fasten off.

DSC_9767 (1)

Here are some patterns using the sc.

How to crochet a diamond

http://www.jellina-creations.nl/blog/patroontje-ruit

http://www.ehow.com/how_8302223_crochet-diamond-section.html

How to crochet a diamond Afghan

http://www.jellina-creations.nl/blog/patroontje-ruit

How to crochet a diamond

Diamond Motif 2

Here, we hook in the diamond shape with double crochet stitches(dcs)

DSC_9814

These graphs are off the internet and I thought that they are very well illustrated.

10354626_955119107844314_534971897881269231_n

Begin with 4 chains

DSC_9771

Row 1:

dc into 4th chain from hook. Turn (2)

DSC_9772

Row 2:

3 Chain up, dc in same stitch; 2 dc in next stitch (4). Turn

DSC_9773

Row 3:

3 Chain up, dc in same stitch;  one dc in next 2 stitches; 2 dc in last stitch; (6). Turn

DSC_9779

Row 4:

3 Chain up, dc in same stitch; one dc in next 4 stitches; 2 dc in last stitch; (8). Turn

Row 5:

DSC_9780

3 Chain up, dc in same stitch; one dc in next 6 stitches; 2 dc in last stitch; (10). Turn

Depending on how big you want your diamond to be keep increasing the dcs in the beginning and end of each row. In the graph above the designer has gone up to 9 rows. I have stopped at Row 5.

What you have now is a triangle, in order to get a diamond shape and taper that end…we have to begin decreasing the dcs. Since we increased the dcs by 2 in each row to get this triangle…..we now have to reduce the dcs by 2 each row to get that diamond.

Decreasing the Stitches

Please Note…that from now on, you chain up by 2 at the beginning of each row

Row 1:

DSC_9781

2 chain up, dc in same stitch; dc in each of the next 8 stitches; 2 dc in the last stitch;(12). Turn.

Note that though I have mentioned decrease…in this row we have actually increased the stitches by 2….it’s just part of the pattern to get a smooth decrease.

Row 2:

DSC_9783 DSC_9787 DSC_9788 DSC_9789 DSC_9794 DSC_9793 DSC_9791 DSC_9790

2 chain up; dc in next stitch {( This works out like a dc 2 together and is a decreasing stitch), cos though you have put in 2 stitches…the effect is only one stitch…Just count the chains to confirm this};

dcs in the next 8 stitches;

dc in the 9th stitch…but do not complete the stitch …leave 2 loops on the hook and yarn over(yo), push your hook into the last stitch of the previous row, You have 4 loops on the hook, yo, reduce by 2, now you have 3 loops on the hook, yo and pull through all 2 loops.

Count your stitches and you will find that you have reduced the total count by 2……that is you have only 10 stitches now.

Row 3:

Continue as in Row 3…and you reduce the stitches by 2 getting 8 stitches.

Row 4:

Reduced by 2….6 stitches

DSC_9799

Row 5:

4 stitches

DSC_9800

Row 6:

2 stitches…and you are done..!!!

DSC_9807

Personally I prefer the dc method…it has more finesse…..but then each to her/his own.

Examples of Work using diamonds from the net:

A Diamond Baby Blanket

Made by http://solgrim.blogspot.ae/2015/02/harlequin-blanket.html?spref=piage Continue reading Crochet Diamonds

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

4847ac8edc0b5f199252dc55e28a1058

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.

 

DSC_9525 DSC_9528 DSC_9529 DSC_9530 DSC_9532 DSC_9533 DSC_9534

 

Simple Heart Pattern with Tutorial( no Photo Tutorial here)d9668f314db645a3f5d46ff0b475e54c

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 

468d1d12c0ebe74f923e01fe65cf0432

 

 Hanging Hearts

 

569fad76eb270131bb54c6e7ceffa3d3 crochet-valentine-heart-by-bautawitch 8674fb63a8aab5bcbef46040d81290b0

 

Heart Pattern worked in Single Crochet

8262a5163332b642623f9395d2051681

 

Heart Pattern Worked in Double Crochet            

a0033fd5788fc4ccd9cd4349a21ccf1f

 

Heart Pattern Worked as in a GSq..

 

b231e7818902236fc440fe5bd43a4095

 

 

Heart Edging 

fb9ce80c39734abcb0563537aa76848d

 

Heart Basket 

b5e822ca420f21a91b130b9355778a76

 

 Heart Pouch

 

404ae82c89a9dbe30c97143527a12e23

 

Heart Thorans/Buntings

 

db54b18ca49ffddc734923fb54c46a9c               5dd5df86d733dfb5da347496939fe267

Crochet Heart Doily

katreirenk_1276771923 katreirenk_1276771934

 

 

Pattern for Heart Cushion

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

 

Pattern For Heart Doily

2f615ed5cf15aff091ac437fe2895d51

 

 Irish Crochet Heart(Pattern in Flicker)

1560677_362928887178376_1625204176_n

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!!!!

Crochet Ovals

 

Crochet Ovals

DSC_9524

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.

4cfacb8e2ebcef031f96b03cd334495e

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.

DSC_9502 DSC_9504

 

DSC_9505 DSC_9506

 

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.

 

DSC_9516 DSC_9517

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.

 

DSC_9519 DSC_9520

 

DSC_9521 DSC_9523

 

 

DSC_9524

 

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

 

10645242_1522619784643790_9166515057964343060_n

 

Pattern For Baby Booties

1978881_10152878506907250_4457436093266038470_n

 

Spiral Oval

 

10289975_1526873477551754_1701952373143054662_n

 

Pattern For An Oval Table Runner

939d35b6aaa25b2844fb542e4a79fadf

 

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

DSC_9497

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 

 

images

To Begin With:

 

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

DSC_9465

Round 1: 

DSC_9469 DSC_9470

DSC_9472 DSC_9474 DSC_9479

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: 

DSC_9488 DSC_9493 DSC_9495

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.

11076261_1585149481724153_1025687319625859145_n

3. Granny Square Pattern:

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

images

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

9676b0739de8ec58e4609997beae2755 23985ff9739504c147e1c4de05d9092d images-59f54dde74fd5b53eef6c95b47a8fc6e329c77dedcd3d3b1f4119a0e86403705270fe10ead88a1afa4ad82e7b65e4c28d

Different Kinds of Crochet rectangle patterns

images-2

Rectangle base for bag

images-6

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

DSC_9452

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.

Pls Note……when you make that 50 chain in the middle, make sure that hdc that  you anchor it in is on the right side …Be sure to keep both sides up while connecting the chains to the other side else you will get them all tangled. 11072577_371141999739848_733622530_n

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……..

11068811_371142003073181_9475896_n

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….

11082907_371141323073249_1794493242_n

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…..

961671_371151706405544_1048295399_n

11063018_371151743072207_1344351611_n 10867151_371151736405541_1530986209_n 10622137_371151786405536_1141456276_n 11063070_371151766405538_172935021_n 11063128_371151789738869_1157613621_n  11079804_371151753072206_1513786462_n   

 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..

. 11081822_371151636405551_1419862699_n 11080141_371151613072220_1498297930_n

 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.

DSC_9442

DSC_9445

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

Step 6 

DSC_9453 Now to work the other side….Hook in 50 chains and anchor it  on the other side say ‘B’. Repeat Steps 4 and 5 again and cut off the thread when done.

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…:-)

11063330_371141409739907_2093459410_n

Crochet Triangles

DSC_9155

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…..

HOW TO CROCHET A TRIANGLE10393956_660874990692591_6330096144280436233_n

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.

DSC_9146DSC_9147

DSC_9149

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:

DSC_9150 DSC_9152

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:

DSC_9155 DSC_9153

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.

6df2e327241704c6a24ea32f7403aaa1 9dfbae7f50a71a02502368a7e9dfb4c1  88bb7fc1ae83cd03755a4ff2c3378616 472c2e906af5909e3444e519b17d093b 44761fc7cb2485ed59c4aa572166e35c

 2[3] 15_thumb[1]1_thumb[1] 24[3]

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

c70156b53a77f8561fcc43557f59d03c

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

606e794633844628b0f4c616649e5c37

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.

How to Crochet A Square

HOW TO CROCHET A SQUARE

DSC_8887

Granny Squares …….one of crochet’s most loved and much worked on motif. There are zillions of patterns out there. The happy part about a GSq ( granny square) is that you can make it as easy or as complicated as you like. If you are in the mood for a challenge…..there are patterns that will give you a run for your money. On the other hand, if it’s comfort hooking that you are looking for….there are such naive and innocent patterns as the one below.

Versatility….thy name is GSq….or so the legend goes……:-) Jokes apart…you can make almost anything with GSqs. Garments – jackets, sweaters, boleros, vests, baby dresses,shorts, pants anything really. You can make accessories like belts, shoes, bags, jewellery, etc.. You can yarn bomb your home with GSqs in the form of Rugs, bedspreads, Afghans, Blankets, lamp shades, baskets, boxes table covers, Runners, anything and everything……the list of the things you can make with this motif is endless.

One of the simplest GSqs to make is the pattern below. I call it the ‘ Abracadabra Square’ and  made the tutorial to help interested ppl, read a simple crochet chart…..

Here is a photo tutorial link to make this Granny Square:

http:/https://crochetnmore.wordpress.com/2014/08/11/how-to-read-a-crochet-pattern-1/

DSC_8264

Here are a few things you can make with this simple pattern….All the charts and patterns are from the internet

10425126_10202848817913759_6367759349687018313_n

Some Ideas on how to use GSqs…

cf31c840bb928870caf28f194dc9801f ffd798dce7f7c12c40a14f9bfc6d0c23 e73c6b1ec6529147f953f4e42c09bdd9 699eac13fc84b4fc59e29d0f9a68f147 79d02cb35281f29d0572ce8cffe4e41f 3b8237be21ecc5b40daf2a1d4b859f3f aea807d46fa2549ed37615401267589c 68a53b15ab446b77c7c2af1f3f910516 3e0043baa021af26e40259dc0fa6a79f1e526b339f918f9e4eae6d81db9717d9 19af3978e5704d173e2380de7a9d989d 550dcdf2b2a0484cbabfb5bd18779abeb5e5cf4a623089ffc2babc40da37add0

HOW TO JOIN GRANNY SQUARES

http://www.knotyournanascrochet.com/2013/04/10-different-ways-to-join-granny-squares.html

This is a Granny Square Vest I did….For the tutorial just follow the link below:

DSC_8172

https://crochetnmore.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=904&action=edit

This GSq..is a closed pattern …very useful for Afghans and blankets….anything that you want to make which will keep the heat in.

10291060_1529057230666712_3943228637030649147_n

Some more patterns from the Internet:

 BAGS :

1979564_1535965373309231_3776473828841805207_n

10462561_10202848819713804_3114270291370458434_n

 

GSq Afghans:

 

7dbc04bebedc95823138e1501849c212                 a8be7003c96637e86e1fbcf7f20025455cbea04f97e9e4854deaef86244a5816

 

A Granny Square Scarf

10672423_1532257590346676_2709225902476145725_n

Some Motif Patterns:

7a11c7badd05a6eae743a786ee0a154c                      efcfd849ec9016a4c8294a51207f861a4cfd2ae3d0ba6dc390ef5d76515d72b8560215_1532254410346994_4855094413932978197_n

 

 

Links to GSq Pattterns:

Pattern for a Rose Afghan/Blanket/Bedspread:

http://cypresstextiles.net/2014/06/03/rose-granny-square-free-pattern/

Mini Basket:

http://www.thislittlestreet.com/blog/2014/06/19/diy-mini-granny-square-crochet-baskets-guest-post-by-victoria-from-vika-moka/#_a5y_p=1857907

Cushion Covers:

The link below does not give you the pattern but this blogger has worked up a beautiful sunburst GSq into a cushion cover….I just love her use of colours. The link to the GSq is given in the second link…use the 2nd link to make a lovely cushion cover made in the first link….does that sound complicated…:-(

http://dada4you.blogspot.ae/2013/12/daisy-granny-square-pillow.html

The link to the Granny Square..Sun Burst…..

http://purplechaircrochet.blogspot.ae/2012/08/sunburst-granny-square-free.html

The below link is in German…but the motif is the same as for the cushion above….so not so hard to work it out….

http://petitefee-kinderaccessoires.blogspot.nl/2013/01/haakpatroon-granny-square.html

GSq Shoe:

http://www.favecrafts.com/Crochet/Multi-Color-Granny-Slippers-from-Bernat

http://ortsov.com/granny-square-crochet-slippers/

Owl Baby Blanket:

http://www.repeatcrafterme.com/2012/11/owl-granny-square-crochet-pattern.html

 

This is a GSq BedSpread that I did around 4 years ago…it starts out as a circle and then you work in the corners to abracadabra it into a square…..Magical!!!! Unfortunately…copyright restrictions prevent me form sharing the pattern with you here…

 17608_221557437982189_1863180834_n

So There You Are……Feeling Energised…….The magic in You already??? Of course it is…..don’t waste a minute …..get that yarn out and let’s go Bibbetty Bobbetty Boo….Swinging that Magical Hook All The Way…..:-D!!!