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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

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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.

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Method:

Row 1:

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

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Row 2:

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

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Row 3:

Same as Row 2

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Row 4:

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Row 5

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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 Indian Vegetable(Karela/BitterGourd)

Crochet Indian Vegetable Motif(Karela/BitterGourd)

We Indians just love our veggies…….and have thousands and thousands of recipes for each vegetable. Our ancient and traditional meals are wholly balanced with proteins, carbs, vitamins,minerals etc taken into consideration….they r definetely not the over spiced oily version that seems to be passed off as Indian cooking commercially.

http://healthbenefitsofeating.com/fruit/15-health-benefits-karela/

One veggie that is a great favourite and is full of nutrients is Karela or Pavakka(bitter gourd). Since there aren’t any crochet Karela to be found…I have just created a motif pattern for this wonderful all Indian veggie.

Materials used

Anchor #20 green

Hook #1.25mm

Abbreviations Used

ch – chain

sc – single crochet

dc – double crochet

ss – slip stitch

Pattern

Row 1

chain 4; 3dc into the first chain (4 stitches)

Row 2

3ch up, 1dc in same stitch(increase); 1 dc in the next 2 stitches; 2 dc into the last stitch(increase) (6 stitches)

Row 3

3ch up, 1dc in same stitch(increase); 1 dc in the next 4 stitches; 2 dc into the last stitch(increase) (8 stitches)

Row 4

3 ch up; dc in each of the following stitches (8 stitches)

Row 5

3 ch up;  decrease by one in the next 2 stitches; dc in dc; decrease by one in the next 2 stitches; dc in dc; dc in dc (6 stitches)

Row 6

3 ch up;decrease by one in the next 2 stitches;decrease by one in the next 2 stitches; dc in dc (4 stitches)

Cut the thread.

Now you need to make the ridges on the Karela..

Make a ss and join to the tip of the motif. We will be working on the top of the motif…working in a vertical line across the surface of the motif.

we will be making 3 ridge lines along the motif.

the pattern for the ridge line is….

ss, sc; hdc,hdc, sc, ss;

Repeat this until the end of the line…u don’t have to cut the thread…just make another ss and return along the next line to the other end and then one more time.

Now ss around the motif and when you reach the narrowest tip 2 chs; ss in the first ch (this creates a very thin and narrow tip) and continue ss until the rest of the motif.

Recipes for Karela

https://www.tarladalal.com/recipes-using-bitter-gourd-214

Damaru ( An Indian drum)

DAMARU(Shiva’s celestial drum)

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The damaru is very common throughout the Indian subcontinent. The damaru is known as a power drum, and when played, it is believed to generate spiritual energy. It is associated with the Hindu deity Shiva. It is believed that Sanskrit language was recognized by the drumbeats of the damaru (see Shiva Sutra for the sounds), and his performance of the cosmic dance of tandava. The damaru is used by itinerant musicians of all stripes, due to its small portable size.

For more information on the Damaru….Pls check out this blog post.

http:/http://www.hinduwebsite.com/hinduism/concepts/damaru.asp

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Materials Required

#20 Anchor thread in – Off white, light beige and brown

Hook #1.25mm

2 plastic cirlces or rounds cut out of a palstic mat(can use old table mats)

Polyfibre for stuffing

Two med sized beads…of any texture or colour

Pattern

Make the base of the Damaru

Begin with the off white thread

Magic knot

First Round

sc into the magic knot ; ss

(total stitches 6)

When you hook in the scs remember to hook into both the loops of each sc.

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Second Round

2 sc into each continue until end; ss

(total stitches 12)

Third Round

2 sc in first sc; 1sc in next; continue  end; ss

(total stitches 18)

Fourth Round

2 sc, 1 sc in each of the next 2 scs; continue until end; ss

(total stitches 24)

Fifth Round

2 sc, 1 sc in each of the next 3 scs; continue until end ; ss

(total stitches 30)

Cut the thread…and tuck it in.

We Now Begin the rim of the drum

 Add the light beige

 6th Round

2 sc, 1 sc in each of the next 4 scs; continue until end; ss

(total stitches 36)

7th Round

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 Hook only in the front loop….until the end of the body of the damaru

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1sc in each sc; until end; ss

(total stitches 36)

Cut the thread…and tuck it in.

Now we begin the body of the drum

Add the brown

8th Round

 Same as Round 7

(total stitches 36)

9th Round

 Same as Round 7

(total stitches 36)

Begin Decreasing

 10th Round

Reduce one sc every 4 stitches

(total stitches 30)

11th Round

Reduce 1 sc every 3 stitches

(total stitches 24)

12th Round

Reduce 1 sc every 2 stitches

(total stitches 18)

13th Round

 Reduce 1sc every 1sc

(total stitches 12)

14th Round

1 sc in each sc

(total stitches 12)

Now Begin the Increase

15th Round

  2sc in first sc; 1sc in next; continue until end ss

(total stitches 18)

16th Round

2 sc, 1 sc in each of the next 2 scs; continue until end; ss

(total stitches 24)

17th Round

 2 sc, 1 sc in each of the next 3 scs; continue until end; ss

(total stitches 30)

18th Round

 2 sc, 1 sc in each of the next 4 scs; continue until end; ss (total stitches 36)

19th & 20th Rounds

1 sc in each of the following sc

(total stitches 36)

Cut the brown thread…and tuck it in.

 We Now Begin the rim of the drum

 Add the light beige thread

21st Round

Same as round 20th

(total stitches 36)

Cut thread and finish off.

Cut two pastic  rounds slightly smaller than the bases you have made from the old plastic table mat .

Push one of these into the bottom of the damaru so that it stays firm and acts as a sturdy base.

Use enough Polyfibre to give the damaru some shape.

Make a second base and using a needle sew this base to the open portion of the damaru.

Now fix the second base onto the top of the opening of the damaru using a needle to sew it on.

Cut thread and tuck it in.

Now you have to make the thread of the damaru.

Using a needle create a zig zag stitch from one base of the damru to the other…..then turn the damru upside down and make another zig zag stitch the same way.

Fix two medium sized beads to a string and tie it in the middle of the damru..

Lo Behold…Bhagwan Shiva’s Damru is done….

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Japanese Flower Motif Coasters

Japanese Flower Motif Coasters

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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…….

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This Graph is slightly different…in the last row.

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Here is a Russian blog with a pic tutorial……

http://olavas.blogspot.ae/2011/04/oppskrift-pa-japansk-blomst.html

Another Blog with a tutorial…

http://wouldyoulikeyarnwiththat.blogspot.ae/2012/05/japanese-flower-motif-free-pattern.html?m=1

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

Crochet Diamonds

How to Crochet  A Diamond Shape

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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

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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.

BASIC DIAMOND PATTERN

Begin With:

Ch 2

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

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

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

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

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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)

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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

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)

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

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Begin with 4 chains

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Row 1:

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

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Row 2:

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

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Row 3:

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

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Row 4:

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

Row 5:

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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:

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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

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Row 5:

4 stitches

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Row 6:

2 stitches…and you are done..!!!

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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 COASTERS

HOW TO MAKE CROCHET COASTERS

 

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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

https://crochetnmore.wordpress.com/2014/11/25/how-to-make-a-crochet-round/

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

https://crochetnmore.wordpress.com/2014/11/04/how-to-crochet-a-hexagon-african-hexagon-flower-patterns/

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

 

Krishna Ashtami – Krishna Pendant

Peacock Feather & Flute Pendant

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How to make the Peacock Feather

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Materials Used:

Thread: Red Rose #8 in 3 colors and Red Rose Metallic Gold

Hook: .09mm and .075 mm

I used this link to make the peacock feather appliqué used in this pendant

http://livingthecraftlife.blogspot.ae/2014/02/peacock-feather-applique-free-pattern.html

In the last round I used a very thin golden machine embroidery thread. First I threaded in matt gold seed beads…..Use  hook #.075mm or less for this row.

chain one up , sc in same stitch; sc while adding the seed bead to that sc; sc; sc with bead…continue until you finish the last round.

At the crown of the peacock Appliqué …add a stone.

Flute:

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For the Flute you need to create wha tis called an cord in crochet. It is also known as tubular crochet where you crochet in the same manner but use beads as well…This is a very beautiful form of crochet. How ever, here, I have just used a plain gold thread to make the flute. And because of the minuteness of the work, I used a match stick to help me. It made crocheting a tube in such fine thread much easier.

Hint: Make sure that you put in a marker to show your starting point at the beginning of each round.

The link below will help in showing you how an cord is worked.

http://perchica.ru/post340632462/?upd

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The above is the same method used for the flute….made below…..

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 I started the tube with 5 chains in the first round; then 5 scs in every consecutive round until I reached the edge of the match stick.

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When you reach the edge of the flute slowly reduce the number of stitches in the round. In a flute …the end form where you blow is flat. To create this sc dec (single crochet decrease) is done.

Single crochet Decrease

Begin the round with 4 scs……then skip the next  sc; ss.

chain up; sc into next  4 stitches…that is repeat the previous round here.

Chain up; 3 scs inot next 3 stitches; skip the fourth stitch;ss

Repeat the previous round again.

Chain up; 2 scs into the next 2 stitches; skip the third stitch; ss

Repeat the previous round twice.

Now you have a tapered and flat end on one side of the flute.

Once the work on the flute is over…. use a thin flexible crochet wire or any jewellery metallic wire to add embellishments. You can also sew on beads and other decorations depending on your artistic taste..;-)

I used the thin wire behind the peacock feather and threaded it in and out of the 5th row to give the feather a stiffness and I twisted the same wire without cutting it to create a loop at the top. I, then crocheted scs over the wire to cover it. This created a loop through which I can run a chain to hang the pendant from.

The flute was sewn on after work on the feather was completed. For added firmness I used another piece of the  wire from behind the pendant  to secure the flute on.

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And That’s that….a lovely locket to wear for a special occasion!!!

For other Ashtami patterns do check these links….

https://crochetnmore.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=2206&action=edit&postpost=v2

https://crochetnmore.wordpress.com/2015/09/03/krishna-ashtami-crochetbaby-feet-motif/

Krishna Ashtami Crochet/Baby Feet Motif

Krishna Paadha(Krishna’s Feet)

Krishna Series….

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Crochet Chronicles

I have been asked by many who read my blog to make a Krishna doll and post the pattern..I am still working on that one….so for the time being I made a few other things that one can crochet for Krishnaashtami.

The Lotus Feet of Lord Krishna is part of the bhakthi (worship) of Krishna. It is said that the path that as he walked he left a footprint of fragrant red foot prints….it is also said that he loved butter and would often raid the kitchen where this was stored.

Being but a child, he would leave a mess behind and that his mother Yeshodamayi would catch ihm following the trail of butter stained foot prints that he left behind…:-)

On Lord Krishna’s Birthday which we call Janmaashtami……All Hindu households celebrate and one of the ways to decorate the house is to draw baby footprints(with rice flour) from your entrance door or compound gate to your pooja room (place where you pray, Hindu households usually have a separate room for this…here the altar is decorated with flowers, fruits and we make all kinds of delicacies which Krishna loved). This is to show that Krishna on his birthday has visited your home and blessed it. It is a wonderful idea and as  children, while my Mother and Aunts drew the baby feet…we lit earthen lamps along the footprint path….

This is what I have tried to recreate using crochet as my mode of expression.

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Material Used

Yarn used: Laura Knitting Cotton.

Hook Used: 3.00 mm

Abbreviations Used

sc – Single Crochet

hdc – Half Double Crochet

dc – Double Crochet

ss – slip stitch

Pattern

Feet 

Round 1

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Step 1: chain in 9 stitches

Step 2: 3 scs into the 2nd chain from hook.

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Step 3 : scs in each of the next 6 chains.

Step 4: 3 scs in the last chain

Step 5: scs in the next 6 chains on the other side.

Step 6: ss.

Round 2:

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Step 1: 3 chain up, 1 dc in same stitch; 3 dc in next stitch; 2dc in next stitch;

Step 2: hdc in next stitch

Step 3: sc in the next 14 stitches…i.e; sc in all stitches around the first round until the last but one stitch.

Step 4: ss.

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That is the main part of the foot done.

Toes

The first toe, also known as the hallux (“big toe” or “great toe”), the innermost toe
The second toe, or “long toe”
The third toe, or “middle toe”
The fourth toe, or “ring toe”
The fifth toe, “little toe”, “pinky toe”, or “baby toe”, the outermost toe.


We will start working from the little toe to the Big toe..

Little Toe or the Baby Toe or the Pinky Toe:

When you make the slip knot….make it loose…giving enough space in there to allow way for your hook.

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Then ss into the slip knot and pull tight. Then tuck the tails in neatly and cut off the extra lengths.

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The Fourth Toe or Ring Toe:

Make a slip knot, chain 2 and make a sc into the first chain

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Then ss into the slip knot…

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Tuck and cut away the extra tail…

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There is your fourth toe…

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Third Toe/Middle Toe:

Magic Ring.

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Hook in 3 scs into the the magic ring…make a ss into first chain the first sc….Pull tight, then tuck in the extra tail.

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Long Toe/Second Toe: 

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Ditto as Third toe…except hook in 4 scs into magic ring.

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Fifth Toe/Big Toe:

Ditto as Third toe except hook in 5 scs into magic ring.

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I made three more baby feet to show Baby Krishna walking towards pots of butter…:-)

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And there you go…..It’s so easy to make….I hope you do try this for next Janmashtami. Take Care until my next post..:-)

To make the Matkas/pot/urns….Pls check my other post here….at…https://crochetnmore.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=2206&action=edit&postpost=v2

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.