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.
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.
Anchor #20 green
ch – chain
sc – single crochet
dc – double crochet
ss – slip stitch
chain 4; 3dc into the first chain (4 stitches)
3ch up, 1dc in same stitch(increase); 1 dc in the next 2 stitches; 2 dc into the last stitch(increase) (6 stitches)
3ch up, 1dc in same stitch(increase); 1 dc in the next 4 stitches; 2 dc into the last stitch(increase) (8 stitches)
3 ch up; dc in each of the following stitches (8 stitches)
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)
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