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Star Burst Bauble/Hot Pad/Pendant

Star Burst

This is an extremely easy, fun project. We had this as part of a Weekly  challenge by my young,dynamic and talented pal, Tulasi K Reddy,  in our group and I just leapt at the chance…..mainly becos this was part of my to do list for the longest of time. It looks complicated to a novice but is really so easy and is an apt project for a beginner.


You can use any thread you wish just adjust the hook size accordingly.

I used:

Soft Feather Nature’s cotton in Turquoise green and cobalt blue

Hook Size: 3:00mm. This is my favourtie size for Nature’s cotton yarn.

Abbreviations Used:

sc – single crochet

dc – double crochet

ss – slip stitch


Make a Magic Circle

Round 1: Chain 3 up, 3dc, 4 chain; 4dc, 4 chain; 4dc, 4 chain; 4dc, 4 chain; ss.


Round 2: ss into the next dc; chain up and sc in same dc.

Now into the 3 chain loop –  sc,hdc,8 dc,hdc

sc in the second dc of previous round then repeat sc, hdc,8dc,hdc  in next loop….

Repeat until all 4 loops are covered.

Make 5 such squares


Joining the squares and forming another row around the squares:

Join the cobalt blue by an ss to the sc in between the 2 petals. then scs in every hdc and dc.

Continue until  you cover 2 petals or are mid way.


Now join the 2nd motif to the first using a sc.



Continue joining all the motifs one by one unitl you have a straight line.

Then continue the sc row on the lower part of every motif.

The pics I took of the joining part didn’t come out right….balancing the camera with one hand and trying to hold the petals open with another just didn’t work… am using this pic that I found in the net… show you how to join the motifs.

You need to take one half one petal of 2 motifs that lie adjecent to each other and join them with an sc…then move on to the next two petals. You will then get 5 petals.


Depending on the size you wish you can use yarn or thread.

Cotton Yarn gives a a size that cna be used as a coaster….Alternatively you can make this is 3  colours too….Using birght colours to use in a child’s room or jsut above the crib for your baby.

A talented crochet buddy, Dipti Mallapur, made this as a pendant in #40 thread and it looked glorious!

This is a great little piece to hook in when you just want to have fun and take it easy….I hope you do…

Have Fun!



Vintage Table Runner

Vintage Table Runner

Crochet Chronicles: 

My elderly Parents live with my sister or she lives with them….depending on how you wish to see it…:-) . Both of them are in their 80s and are active both mentally and physically. Though my Father suffers from Parkinsons ( He still hasn’t reached that stage where he needs help)…he is always positive and a wall of strength to all of us. My Mother holds our home together….and is such a superlative cook…that we look so forward to meal times. Now she has taught the lady who helps out at home, Vrindha all her culinary tricks so that even when she does become incapacitated…her darling grandsons will still get those scrumptious delights. Parents….What are we without them? Who will love us, care for us, worry about us and be there for us like them? As my Parents grow older and more feeble…..I feel this sense of fear and despair at facing a future without them.

But enough of such dark and despairing thoughts…The reason I wrote about my Parents is because, this particular runner was made at my Mother’s insistence. My sister bought a new dining table and a chest of drawers to go with it…and all my Mom’s old and beautiful collection of laces wouldn’t do for this. So My scrupulous Mom…who has exceedingly very high standards on what goes on her furniture rang me up and told me that she wanted me to make her a table runner.

I was so thrilled! I never thought that my work would ever be good enough for her….I know she loves pastels and white….so I made this one in shades of ice pink, peach, lolly pop pink and white, mint green, light yellow and white. Though the original pattern is all in white…I thought this made an interesting  picture. What do you think?


Materials Used:

Anchor cotton #20 in pastel shades and white. I used 5 balls of white and 10 gms and a little less of each of the other colors.

Hook 0.75mm I normally use 0.9mm to 1.25mm with #20 thread…but decided to experiment with a much smaller hook. I like the lacy effect, though hooking is hard on the hand.


Since this is a vintage pattern, there is no graph as such…but there is a written pattern at this link, below:

And as Always…here is the photo tutorial….

Runner measures about 14 x 38½ inches.

Each motif measures about 3½ inches in diameter.


Starting at center, ch 6. Join with sl st to form ring.




1st rnd: Ch 1, work 12 sc in ring. Join with sl st in 1st sc.




2nd rnd: Ch 5 (to count as 1 dc and ch 2), * dc in next sc, ch 2. Repeat from * around, joining last ch-2 with sl st in 3rd st of starting ch-5 (12 sps).


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3rd rnd: Ch 3, 2 dc in same place as sl st, * ch 3, sc in next dc, ch 3, 3 dc in next dc. Repeat from * around. Join.



4th rnd: Ch 3, dc in same place as sl st, * dc in next dc, 2 dc in next dc, ch 4, sc in next sc, ch 4, 2 dc in next dc. Repeat from * around. Join.



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5th rnd: Ch 3, dc in same place as 3 ch, *dc in next dc, 2dc in next dc,  ch 3, skip 3 ch, sc in next sc, ch 3, 2 dc  in next dc. Repeat from * around, ending with ch 3, tr in 1st sc.





Here I have changed the pattern from the original a little…

6th rnd: sc in same stitch as ss, Ch 7,  sc in top of tr just made, * ch 10, 1 sc in center st of next ch-7. Repeat from * around. Join.




7th rnd: Sl st in next 2 dc, * in next loop make (4 sc, ch 4) 3 times and 4 sc. Repeat from * around. Join and break off.




SECOND MOTIF … Work same as for First Motif until 6th rnd is com­pleted.


7th rnd: Sl st in next 2 dc, * in next loop make 4 sc, ch 4 and 4 sc; ch 2, sl st in corresponding ch-4 loop on First Motif, ch 2, in same loop on Second Motif make 4 sc, ch 4 and 4 sc. Repeat from * once more. Complete rnd with no more joinings.



Make 4 x 11 motifs, joining them as First Motif was joined to Second Mo­tif and leaving one large loop free be­tween joinings.







Unfortunately..I was travelling while the next part was being hooked and the pics just didn’t come out right…..However the written pattern below will def help..

FILL-IN-MOTIF … Attach thread in center ch-4 loop of any large loop between joinings.

1st rnd: Ch 3, 2 dc where thread was attached, * ch 5, 3 dc in center ch-4 loop of next large loop. Repeat from * 2 more times; ch 5, sl st in 3rd st of starting ch-3.

2nd rnd: In next ch-5 loop make 4 sc, ch 5 and 4 sc, * 4 sc in next loop, ch 2, sl st in last ch-5 loop, ch 2, 4 sc in same loop as last 4 sc. Repeat from * around. Join and break off. Press through damp cloth. Starch lightly and press.


Japanese Flower Motif Coasters

Japanese Flower Motif Coasters



These Motifs were just waiting to be made……And I went for it when A Dear Friend and talented crocheted Amanpreet Sokhi created a CAL for it.


Here is a graph of the Japanese Flower Motif…….





This Graph is slightly different…in the last row.



Here is a Russian blog with a pic tutorial……

Another Blog with a tutorial…


HAve fun doing this one..:-D!!

Crochet Diamonds

How to Crochet  A Diamond Shape


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)


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

Diamond Motif 1

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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.


Begin With:

Ch 2


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


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


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


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


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)

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

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Here are some patterns using the sc.

How to crochet a diamond

How to crochet a diamond Afghan

How to crochet a diamond

Diamond Motif 2

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


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


Begin with 4 chains


Row 1:

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


Row 2:

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


Row 3:

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


Row 4:

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

Row 5:


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:


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:

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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


Row 5:

4 stitches


Row 6:

2 stitches…and you are done..!!!


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 Continue reading Crochet Diamonds






Crochet Chronicles

I got carried away with the yarn I had just bought and decided to play around with these gorgeous colours. so I made a few single crochet rounds and a few African hexagons. Using lovely reds, yellows, purples, mustards and oranges along with some luscious variegated yarn from Laura Kitting cotton.

Then …I thought ….how does one use these….the first thing that came into mind was …a bag esp with the hexagons…….and then I looked around and realised that I didn’t have  a decent set  of coasters so……that ‘s what I did with them.

Material Used:

Laura Yarn (Available at Pradhan Mumbai)

Hook # 3:00mm

For the pattern for the crochet round and hexagon motifs used here, Pls scroll down to the links at the bottom of the page.

To convert yarn based motifs into coasters…….First make sure you give the coasters a thick back so that the heat from  a cup  will not travel down onto the surface that you are trying to protect. I used an old plastic table mat for the backing. This idea was from a crochet pal of mine Sajjini Durairaj….and I must say that it is a stupendous one. In one shot you recycle plastic, protect your furniture and make something useful, gorgeous and economically viable….What more can you ask for?

Mark out your coasters on the table mat…I used an old bottle cover to draw out the circle and then cut it off. Then I cut out  2 pieces of fabric  in a size  1″ larger than the plastic circles…… I then placed the right sides of the fabric facing each other.  Marked out the edges and then sewed them together leaving enough gap to push the plastic circle in

Push in the plastic circle, then sew up the gap and hand sew the whole thing onto the back of the crocheted motif……..



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How to make a solid round in scs for this coaster, Check out this link

How to make a Hexagon for this coaster, check out this link:

There you are simple. pretty and practical……crochet coasters..:-)


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


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 



 Hanging Hearts


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Heart Pattern worked in Single Crochet



Heart Pattern Worked in Double Crochet            



Heart Pattern Worked as in a GSq..





Heart Edging 



Heart Basket 



 Heart Pouch




Heart Thorans/Buntings


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Crochet Heart Doily

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Pattern for Heart Cushion


Pattern For Heart Doily



 Irish Crochet Heart(Pattern in Flicker)


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


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.


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 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

Oval basket pattern.html

Link to oval doilies

Link to oval placemat


Pattern For an Oval Basket




Pattern For Baby Booties



Spiral Oval




Pattern For An Oval Table Runner



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.

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….




Spiral done in one colour




 Spirals done in 2 Colours 





Link to Spiral Place Mat


Spiral done in 3 colours



Spiral Done in 4 colours



5 colours

Link to a spiral ear ring tutorial in 5 colours




 Enjoy…….The Ride….All…:-D!!!