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Hans/Hamsam/Swan Motif

Hans/Hamsam/Swan Motif

So this week’s  wonderful challenge by Tulasi K Reddy  is a swan motif and what bird could be dearer to us after the peacock? It is a great pattern made out of a pinepple motif and I salute the brain that conjured this one up.

Swans have been eulogised in Indian Literature and Hinduism, for many thousands of years….Beautiful, graceful and almost celestial….they have inspired poets and artists all over the world.

In India, the Hamsa, or Hansa,  Arayanna, or heavenly hamsa (swans), are said to live in Manasasaras in the  Himalayas. They are mentioned in , the Ramayana. Hamsa, the swan, is part of the love story of Nala and Damayanthi in the Mahabharatha…where it carries the stories, historical information and messages between the two lovers.

In the West….the most famous contemporary story about the Swan is the fairy tale “The Ugly Duckling”. And what an adorable little tale it is……

The hamsa, or the swan, is often identified with the Supreme Spirit, Ultimate Reality or  Brahman in  Hinduism. The flight of the hamsa symbolizes moksha, the release from the cycle of samsara or life cycles on this earth.

The hamsa is also the vahana of  Saraswathi– the Goddess of knowledge and creative arts, and her husband, God Brahma.

And now on to making some crochet music with the Hamsa

Materials

Anchor #20 – white

Hook

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Abbreviations

ss – slip stitch

ch – chain

sc – single crochet

hdc – half double crochet

dc – double crochet

treble crochet – tc

ss – slip stitich

Pattern

Method

Make a slip stitich

                                     

Row 1:

3 ch up, 1 dc; 2chs; 2dcs; 2chs; 2dc into the magic ring

Pull in the short tail of the magic ring tightening the stitches into a continous row.

Row 2:

3 ch up, 1 dc in next dc; (2dcs 2ch 2dc) in 2ch loop, 3 ch; skip 2 dcs; 2 dcs in 2 ch loop; 2 chs; 3dc in same 2 ch loop do not complete the last dc …holding the last 2 loops on the hook…crochet in a dc in the last dc then pull then yarn over and pull it thru all the 3 loops on the hook. Thus creating an inverted ‘V’ Stitch which we sha call (‘IV’) form now on.

Row 3:

3ch up; skip 2 dc; 2 dc, 2ch, 2dc into the first 2 ch loop; 2 ch, dc, 3ch, dc into the 3 ch loop;  2ch; 2 dc, 2ch, 2dc into the first 2 ch loop; dc into dc; skip one dc; dc into next dc,keep two loops on the hook, dc in next dc and pull the yarn thru all the 3 loops on the hook.(IV)

Row 4:

3 ch up, dc  each in next 2 dcs; ch; 2 dc, 2ch, 2dc into the first 2 ch loop; 2 ch; Hook  (dc, ch,dc) 3 times  into the 3 chain loop( this is the base of your pineapple stitch); 2 ch; 2 dc, 2ch, 2dc into the next 2 ch loop; dc into last dc

Row 5:

5 ch up;  2 dc, 2ch, 2dc into the first 2 ch loop; 2ch; sc in first dc in 3 ch loop, 3 ch, sc into next dc, 3 ch, repeat until you cover all the dcs and get 4 (3ch) loops( This is the 2nd tier of your pineapple stitch.); 2ch; 2 dc, 2ch, 2dc into the next 2 ch loop.

You leave the rest of the stitches on the previous stitches vacant for now…This is where you will work the neck.

Row 6

5 ch up;  2 dc, 2ch, 2dc into the first 2 ch loop; 2ch; sc in first dc in 3 ch loop, 3 ch, sc into next dc, 3 ch, repeat until you cover all the dcs and get 3 (3ch) loops( This is the 3rd tier of your pineapple stitch.); 2ch; 2 dc, 2ch, 2dc into the next 2 ch loop.

Row 7:

5 ch up;  2 dc, 2ch, 2dc into the first 2 ch loop; 2ch; sc in first dc in 3 ch loop, 3 ch, sc into next dc, 3 ch, repeat until you cover all the dcs and get 2 (3ch) loops( This is the 4th tier of your pineapple stitch.); 2ch; 2 dc, 2ch, 2dc into the next 2 ch loop

Row 8:

5 ch up;  2 dc, 2ch, 2dc into the first 2 ch loop; 2ch; sc in first dc in 3 ch loop, 3 ch, sc into next dc, and get one (3ch) loop( This is the 5th tier of your pineapple stitch.); 2ch; 2 dc, 2ch, 2dc into the next 2 ch loop

Row 9:

5 ch up;  2 dc, 2ch, 2dc into the first 2 ch loop; 4ch; sc in 3 ch loop, 3 ch, ss into sc, 3ch, ss into sc; 4ch; 2 dc, 2ch, 2dc into the next 2 ch loop.

Row 10:

5 ch up;  2 dc, 2ch, 2dc into the first 2 ch loop; 5ch;  2 dc, 2ch, 2dc into the first 2 ch loop

Row 11:

3 ch up; double treble(keeping the last 2 loops on the hook) another double treble and keep all 3 loops on the hook and yarn over and pull through all 3 loops. A petal is formed

3 ch, 1 picot, 3ch; hook in a second petal as above.

Repeat until there are 3 picot loops and 4 petals.( this is the tail of the swan)

Cut the thread and tuck the loose ends in… You are done with the body of the swan.

Now for the Neck and Head…

Row 1:

Join the thread to fifth stitch(double crochet) from your left, of the fourth(4th) row.

3 ch up; dc in one ch loop; dc in next dc, leave the last two loops on the hook, dc in next dc…now pull thru all 3 loops. (IV)

Row 2:

2 ch up;  dc in next dc ;2 dcs in next dc

Row 3:

3ch up, dc in same dc; dc in next dc; (IV)

Row 4:

2 ch up; dc in next dc; 2 dcs in next dc

Row 5:

5 ch up; double treble in same stitch; hdc in next dc; sc in next stitch

Row 6:

one chain up; sc in next stitch; dc in next stitch, double treble in same stitch

Row 7:

5 ch up, double treble in same stitch; dc in next stitch; hdc  in next stitch

Row 8:

2 ch up; hdc in next dc; dc in next stitch; 2 dc in the last stitch

Row 9:

3 ch up; dc in next dc; dc in next dc, (IV)

Beak

( I made a little change to the pattern here….I wanted the beak to be a little authentic…so I used a #40 Anchor cotton in black and did 3 scs in a row after row 9

Then cut the thread tucked it in and added a #8 Pearl red DMC(also available in Anchor)

( If you don’t have #40 just use one thread of a 6 skein Hank of embroidery floss for the black portion and 2 threads of embroidery thread in red for the beak)

Now Using the red

If you don’t wish to change the thread continue with the same thread and finish off.

Row 10:

2 ch up; dc in same stitch

There you go…..a perfect Swan.

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Filet Crochet – Increase/Decrease

Filet Crochet – Increase & Decrease

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In our first Lesson on Filet Crochet ..we learnt how to make a filet correct mesh, how to read filet charts, how to make  filet charts and design your own patterns. Here is the link to the first lesson ….in case you missed it..

https://crochetnmore.wordpress.com/2014/08/23/filet-crochet-how-to-and-patterns/

In the next and last lesson on Filet crochet we learn to shape our  work..For Eg: to give a table cloth a zigzag edging or to give to doily a diamond shape etc….

To shape filet crochet work..we use a technique known as increase or decrease. That means you will increase/decrease by blocks or spaces at the end of a row or at the beginning of a row.

The two pictures above (both from the net) are examples of how you can shape your filet crochet work.

Below is a chart showing you how to increase or decrease filet crochet 

(Both charts have been downloaded from the net)

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How to Increase at the beginning of the row/ Increase at the end of the row (spaces and blocks)

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Increasing A Block At The End Of A Row

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Work in a treble into….

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The stitch at the base of the last stitch…as shown in the picture…

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Work in another treble into the base of the first treble that you have just done….and another treble into the just done treble(second)…..And you now have a increase…block at the end of the row.

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 Increasing  A Block At The Beginning Of A Row

Hook in 5 chains. Turn your work.

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Double Crochet into 4th chain from hook.

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Make a second double crochet(dc)  into the next chain and a third dc into the last dc of the previous row.

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Increasing A Space At The Beginning Of A Row

Hook in 7 chains. Turn your work.

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Hook in a dc into the last dc of the previous row.

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Increasing A Space At the End Of A Row

Work in 2 chains..

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Yarn over 3 times…We are going to make a double treble. Push the hook into the last dc from the front to the back.

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Finish the double treble…( I have a link to tutorial for double treble at the end of this tutorial)

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Work in the needed turing chains, Turn your work and continue as the pattern dictates.

 

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How to hook in a Double Treble……

https://crochetnmore.wordpress.com/2014/07/26/beginners-basic-crochet-stitches-tr-and-dtr/

 

Decreasing A Space At the Beginning Of A Row

Work one chain

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Slip Stitch into next 3 dcs….

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Work 5 chains….skip 2 chains/dcs……and dc  into the 3rd dc…

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Decreasing A Space/Block At the End Of A Row

Work in turning chains….5 chains in this case……Turn your work.

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Then skip 2 dc and 1dc into the 3rd dc if you wish to make a space…..or 3 dc into each of the next 3 dcs.

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Decreasing A Block At the Beginning Of A Row

Hook one chain up. Turn your work.

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Slip Stich(ss)  in 2nd, 3rd and 4th double crochet(dc)…….3 chain up, then work the block

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2 dc into the 2 chain space and 1 dc into the first dc of the previous row….

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Some Patterns for Filet Crochet Shaping or Increase and Decrease

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And A Link to some more Patterns

http://www.hassdesign.com/FiletCrochetDesigns/IP/FiletDoily/

  There it is….Filet Crochet Increase/Decrease…..Bete Noire to most crocheters….DEMOLISHED!!!!!

Easy Wasn’t it???? The only way to own any Art is to practice….so don’t waste time….Get those hooks out…and let’s beat the black beast…:-)

Filet Crochet – How to and Patterns

FILET CROCHET

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Filet in French simply means ‘net or a mesh”. So filet crochet is Crochet patterns made in a net or a grid. It  uses just 3 basic stitches like the chain stitch, the double crochet and the single crochet.

Used in as many permutations and combinations as possible, this is reminiscent of cross stitch in that, you can use a graph to create your own designs and patterns.

Here are a few examples of Filet Crochet……..

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Adding Colours to Filet Crochet adds a whole new dimension to your work.

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Here are the symbols of the stitches used in Filet Crochet.

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How to Filet Crochet

Pls note that in this video the demonstrator uses the term treble for double crochet….In UK ……dc is termed as treble….but the stitch used is dc.

This is how a filet crochet grid will look like…when you fill in the grid with dc’s….it is called a block.

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A Photo tutorial on how to create a multitude of patterns using the grid, block and filet bar….

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How to crochet a Filet Bar

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How to read a filet crochet chart

To do filet crochet effectively, you should know how to read a filet crochet chart…the link below has a very effective and detailed description. It also has a whole page full of filet crochet patterns especially for beginners.

http://stylish-crochet.blogspot.com/2009/02/how-to-read-filet-crochet-chart.html

Important Tips to keep in mind while doing Filet Crochet

1. Filet crochet is best done in mercerised cotton…for e.g…#3,#5, #20, #30,#40 to #100. The patterns made with this kind of crochet is seen better when you use thin thread. Thick yarn usually blurs the overall effect.

2. While  hooking a grid with blocks, remember that the dcs always sit on the dcs of the previous row in a block, but is  always hooked over the chain of the grid space. This gives your work a neat appearance because it covers the chain of the previous row.

3. How to Calculate…How many chains you will need for the foundation row.

Number of squares across the filet crochet chart multiplied by 3, to that add 3 chains more if you are starting with a block and add 5 chains more if you are starting with a space.

# of sqs in chart x 3 + 3 = If you are beginning the grid with a block

# of sqs in chart x 3 + 5 = If you are beginning the grid with a space.

How to create a graph for filet crochet

To create patterns of your own…you can use the link tutorial which can turn almost any photograph into a filet crochet grid for you.

http://theindigophial.blogspot.com/2010/10/how-to-create-filet-crochet-pattern.html

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FILET CROCHET GRAPHS for Beginners

The net has a vast number of filet crochet charts…I have just used a few here…check Pinterest for a feast of patterns.

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TrebleClef                   NoteEighth                NoteDouble

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More Filet Crochet Pattern Links

Filet Crochet Sayings:

http://www.yarnyokel.com/free_filet_crochet_patterns.html

Filet Crochet Blouse:

I will be adding the link to increase and decrease in filet crochet next week…so do check in here for an update.

As you can see Filet Crochet is as sweet and easy as Apple Pie is to the taste buds…..:-D!!!

 Take your time Learning and More importantly …Enjoy the journey….Loads of Love…..

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