Category Archives: How to crochet in the round

How to fix a frame to a purse(one that does not have holes)

How to fix a ‘frame with no holes’ to a purse

 

The first thing that I would advise anyone who is going to buy purse frames is …Buy only ones that have perforations on them..They are the easiest to work with.  Buy the ones without holes only if you have no other option. But with online shopping you will find that you are really spoilt for choice.

Here are some of the frames available online

 

The First one is without any holes/perforations on the frame. So to fix your purse to this frame…one has to push the material inbetween the two wedges of the frame and use a plier to calmp on it.

The rest of the frames have holes..so you just sew your purse on to the frame using the holes to attach your crocheted purse to the frame with a tapestry needle and crochet thread or any strong thread of your choice.

When you have a frame with no holes…

Once you finish the crochet part of your purse…finish your lining….and then proceed to fixing the frame onto the purse.

I made a coin purse with a frame which as you can see had no holes. It was very diffiuclt getting the material to stay within the two metal wedges. So my Husband suggested that I attach a metal wire(a thick one ) at the mouth of the purse.

The wire below is usually used for floral arrangements so it is flexible but holds shape.

I then measured the mouth of the purse (which was two hexagons) and cut a strip of wire…to size

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Then…atttach your yarn to the purse…place this strip of wire at the mouth of the purse on one hexagon and begin to sc (single crochet) over it..covering it completely.

Do this on both sides of the mouth of the purse…

Now push the edges into the metal wedges of the frame….use a file or a thin knife or even your crochet hook to push the material…deep inbetween the wedges of the frame.

Use a plier and clamp down hard on the metal frame so that it fits snuggly over the wire in the mouth of the purse. Use a thick material over the frame and then clamp the plier over it….becos if you use the plier directly over the frame, it may get damaged. ( I have not shown this here…because I wanted to show you how the plier is used)

There you are a lovely coin purse…….

Hope you found this useful…..do comment below and let me know what you think of this post and tell me if you found this useful…..I would really appreciate your feedback…;-)

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.

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 COASTERS

HOW TO MAKE CROCHET COASTERS

 

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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 Crochet…..

Matkas (Indian Earthen Pots)

 

Continuing with the Krishna Series……

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Butter was supposed to be a favorite of Baby Krishna’s….5000 years ago ..and even now in rural homes butter is often stored in earthenware pots hung from the ceiling. these are known as Hundis. I made two pots or urns or as we call them matches, that are kept on the floor cos for last time’s Janmashtami I had made a hundi.

Material Used
Cotton Yarn : Nature’s from Soft feather

Colors  Used : Brown and ecru

Hook : 3.00mm

Abbreviations Used:

sc – Single Crochet

sc inc – single crochet increase

ss – slip stitich

hdc – Half double Crochet

Note: The numbers seen at the end of each round in brackets are the total number of stitches in each round. Make sure that you get the count right.

Pattern

 

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Magic Ring

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Round 1: Make 6 scs into the magic ring; ss (6)

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Round 2: chain one up; sc inc  in all stitches ( sc inc means you increase the single corrects by one in each of the scs of the previous row or 2 secs in each of the 6 scs); ss (12)

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Round 3: chain one up; sc in same stitch; sc inc in next stitch; *sc in next stitch; 2 sc or sc inc in next stitch* ; **until end of round; ss. (18)

Round 4: chain one up; 2 sc in same stitch; sc  in next stitch; *2 sc in next stitch; sc in next stitch*;  ** until end of round; ss.  (24)

Round 5: chain one up; sc in same stitch; sc in next two stitches; sc inc  in next stitch;( 3 sc in next 3 stitches; sc inc in next stitch)until you come to the end of the round; ss. (30)

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Round 6: chain one up;  sc inc in same stitch; *4 scs in next  4s titches; sc inc in next stitch*; ** until round is over; ss. (36)

Round 7: chain one up; sc inc  in same stitch; * 5 scs in next  5 stitches; sc inc in next stitch*; ** until end of round; ss. (42)

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Round 8: chain one up;  sc in same stitch; 5 scs in next 6 stitches; *sc inc in next stitch; 6 scs in next 6 stitches*; ** until end of round; ss. (48)

Round 9: chain one up; sc in each stitch until end of round. (48)

Now we will create a design on the pot

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(Suggestion..Do watch any Youtube tutorials on Tapestry crochet to get an idea on how to work the color changes)

Round 10: chain one up; change colour but do not cut away the brown yarn. work scs right around the circle.(48)

Round 11:  Now using the brown yarn ( but do not cut the ecru yarn)hook in 6 scs in the next 6 stitches. add in the ecru yarn and hook inn one sc. Again pull in the brown yarn and hook in 6 stitches. then hook in a sc using ecru. Continue until end.(48)

Round 12: Cut away the ecru -Using only brown form now on – chain one up; sc in each stitch until end of round. (48)

Now you need to decrease the pattern in order to get the narrow mouth of the matka.

Round 13: chain up ; sc in same stitch; 5 sc in next 5 stitches; *skip one stitch; 6 stitches in next  6 stitches*; ** until end ; ss.

Round 14: chain up ; sc in same stitch; scs in next 4 stitches; *skip one stitch; 5 stitches in next 5 stitches*; ** until end ; ss.

Round 15: chain up ; sc in same stitch; 3 scs in next 3 stitches; *skip one stitch; 4 stitches in next 4 stitches*; ** until end ; ss.

Round 16: chain up ; sc in same stitch; 2 scs in next 2 stitches; *skip one stitch; 3 stitches in next 3 stitches*; ** until end ; ss.

The next two rounds will make the rim of the mouth of the pot….

Round 17: chain up; sc in each stitch all around; ss.

 

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Round 18: 2 chain up; hdc in each stitch all around;  ss.

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Fold the hdc round outwards and either ss to the neck of the matka from the inside or use a needle and thread and sew it in that manner.

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Stuff the matka with poly fibre.. And there you go….a beautiful matka all ready to decorate your home for Krishnaashtami…

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Mandala

MANDALA

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I was in Kerala undergoing Ayurvedic treatment( the Indian science of medicine) when I saw this post by my Bubbly and chirpy young friend, Mousumi Rao on a Mandala CAL. I couldn’t take part in it then and so I had a Mandala CAL for my group of crocheters…but my health, which is quirky to say the least..decided not to be amenable and I couldn’t take part that time too…then the sun came up, the birds went chippy, chirp and that rainbow rose and bowed right over me…..everything came together and my fingers went hook,  hook, hook…..and Lo Behold! I did it ……….A Mandala!

You must be thinking why is this so important to me…well……….. it’s culture, heritage, history and it’s also the love for all things Indian, I grow more and more home bound as the years pass along. Mandala is an Indian concept…..tied in very deeply to the Hindu religion.

Mandala (Sanskrit: मण्डल Maṇḍala, ‘circle’) is a spiritual and ritual symbol in Hinduism, representing the Universe. The basic form of most mandalas is a square with four gates containing a circle with a centre point. The first mention of the Mandala is seen in the Rig Veda. It represents,  balance and  harmony between the material and the non material things and aspects of the Universe.

It was later on adopted by  Buddhism, and  now  you see a wide acceptance of this concept by Westerners  as well.

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Abbreviations

ch – chain

ss – slip stitch

sc – single crochet

dc – double crochet

Materials Used:

Cotton Yarn – 4 ply ; Hook 3 mm

As I used a little of many colours and types of yarn…I would say I used around 200 gms of yarn approx.

I have used Soft Feather’s Nature, Bali Cotton , Laura Knitting Cotton

Method:

Pls Note that the written pattern hasn’t yet been tested.

Make a Magic Ring.

Round 1:

Make 3 ch up; Crochet 23 dcs into the Magic Ring. ss into the 3rd chain of the 3 ch in the beginning.

Round 2:

Crochet 4 ch up;* 1dc in dc ;1ch*; ** until end; ss.

Round 3:

ss in dc;  3 ch up in  the  1st 2 ch loop of the previous row, dc 2ch 2dc in the same loop; *2dc, 2ch, 2dc in the next 2 ch loop* Repeat ** until you get a  total 12  such stitches then ss in the 3rd ch of 3 chain in the beginning.

Round  4:

ss in dc; 3 ch up in the 1st 2 ch loop of the previous row, dc ,2ch ,2dc in the same loop; 3ch;

*2dc ,2ch ,2dc in the same loop; 3ch* – Repeat ** until you get a total of 12 such stitches. then ss in the 3rd ch of 3 chain in the beginning.

Round  5:

ss in dc; 3 ch up in the 1st 2 ch loop of the previous row, dc ,2ch ,2dc in the same loop; 3ch, sc in three ch loop, 3ch;  2dc ,2ch ,2dc in the next 2ch  loop; 3ch sc in three ch loop; 3ch *. Repeat ** until end of round..then ss in the 3rd ch of 3 chain in the beginning.

Round  6:

ss in dc; 3 ch up in the 1st 2 ch loop of the previous row, dc ,2ch ,2dc in the same loop; 3ch, sc in sc of previous row ; 2dc ,2ch ,2dc in the next 2ch loop; 3ch sc in sc of previous row; 3ch in 3ch loop*. Repeat ** until end of round..then ss in the 3rd ch of 3 chain in the beginning. Total – 12 petals

Round  7:

ch up; sc in the same stitch; sc in each dc and 3chs and 2dc; sc in sc; *8 sc in each stitch in the petal and one sc in sc.*….Total 8 sc per petal…and as you have seen there are 12 petals.

Repeat ** until end of round..then ss in the first chain in the beginning. Total – 12 petals.

Round  8:

ss in next  2 sc; *sc in next sc, hdc in the next sc, dc in each of the next 3 dcs, treble in next stitch, dc in each of the next 3 dcs, hdc in the next sc*,sc in next sc;

Repeat ** until end of round..then ss in the 3rd ch of 3 chain in the beginning. Total – 12 petals.

Round  9:

3 ch up; 2 dc in the next 2 dcs; 2dc in each of the next 3 dcs; one dc in each of the next 3 dcs; skip sc; *3 dc in the next 2 dcs; 2dc in each of the next 3 dcs; one dc in each of the next 3 dcs; skip sc;*

Repeat ** until end of round..then ss in the 3rd ch of 3 chain in the beginning. Total – 12 petals.

Round  10:

3 ch, one ch , sk dc, *one dc in dc; one ch , sk dc, one dc in dc;*

Repeat ** until end of round..then ss in the 3rd ch of 3 chain in the beginning.

Round  11:

3 ch up , *3ch skip dc , 5 dc in each of the next 5 stitches*

Repeat ** until end of round..then ss in the 3rd ch of 3 chain in the beginning.

Round  12:

ss in dc; 3 ch up in the 1st 3 ch loop of the previous row, dc ,2ch ,2dc in the same loop; 3 ch; *2dc ,2ch ,2dc in the next 2ch loop;  3ch* .

Repeat ** until end of round..then ss in the 3rd ch of 3 chain in the beginning.

Round  13:

ss in dc; 3 ch up in the 1st 2 ch loop of the previous row, dc ,2ch ,2dc in the same loop; 3ch, sc in three ch loop, 3ch; 2dc ,2ch ,2dc in the next 2ch loop; 3ch sc in three ch loop; 3ch *.

Repeat ** until end of round..then ss in the 3rd ch of 3 chain in the beginning.

Round  14, 15 & 16:

Repeat row 13.

Round  17:

ch up; sc in next 9 stitches; skip ch, *sc, ch; sc in each of the next 9 stitches*.

Repeat ** until end of round..then ss in the first chain in the beginning.

Round  18:

3 ch up, dc in next 3 scs; sk sc; *dc in next 4 scs; sk 1 sc; dc in next 4scs*.

Repeat ** until end of round..then ss in the 3rd ch of 3 chain in the beginning.

Round  19:

scs all around.

Round  20:

3 ch up, dc in same stitch as the 3 ch: dc in each of the next 6 stitches; 2 dc in next stitch;

2dc each in next 2 stitches,dc in each of the next 6 stitches; 2 dc in next stitch;

Repeat ** until end of round..then ss in the 3rd ch of 3 chain in the beginning.

Round  21:

4 ch up, sk one dc, dc in dc, ch; dc in dc, ch, sk 1 dc, dc in dc, 2 ch, sk dc, ;

dc in dc, ch;  sk dc, dc in dc, ch, sk 1 dc, dc in dc, ch, sk 1 dc, dc in dc, 2 ch, sk dc, dc in dc;

ss in the 3rd ch of 3 chain in the beginning.

Round  22:

3 ch up; dc in every stitch all around.

Repeat ** until end of round..then ss in the 3rd ch of 3 chain in the beginning.

Round  23:

One chain up; sc in every stitch all around;

ss in the first chain in the beginning.

Round 24:

3 ch up; 3 dc in next 3 scs; *3 ch 4 dc in next 4 scs*.

Repeat ** until end of round..then ss in the 3rd ch of 3 chain in the beginning.

Round 25:

ss in next 3 dcs; 3 ch up in the 3 ch loop, 3 dc in the same loop, *3 ch , 4 dc in  3 ch loop;*

Repeat ** until end of round..then ss in the 3rd ch of 3 chain in the beginning.

Round 26:

One chain up; sc in every stitch all around;

ss in the first ch  in the beginning.

Round 27:

5 ch up, sk 2 ch, 5 dc  in the next 5 stitches; * 2 ch, sk 2 ch, 5 dc in the next 5 stitches*;

Repeat ** until end of round..then ss in the 3rd ch of 3 chain in the beginning.

Round 28:

One chain up; sc in every stitch all around;

ss in the first ch in the beginning.

Round 29: 

one chain up; *sc in the next 12 stitches; 2 sc in the next sc *; Repeat ** until the end of the round.

Round 30:

One chain up; sc in every stitch all around;

ss in the first ch in the beginning.

Round 31:

one chain up; *sc in the next 16 stitches; 2 sc in the next sc *; Repeat ** until the end of the round.

Round 32:

3 chain up; dc in each sc all around.

FINITO

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As you can see the chart finishes at round 28….I have extended to round 32 cos I have a secret agenda…. follow this blog  to see what happens next….:-)

Here is the chart from which I did this Mandala. But I have tweaked this pattern in many places.

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Enjoy doing the piece of sunshine…and as I said…I have plans for this Mandala…………WATCH OUT…..:-)

How to Make A Crochet Round

HOW TO MAKE A CROCHET ROUND

Crocheting a round is easy…..but you need to be concentrate on counting the stitches. I have a graph, downloaded from Pinterest, which also has a written pattern on it. basically you increase the stitches each round by 6. But this is not a hard and fast rule. Work it out, practice and make your own formula. Crochet rounds are good for coasters, appliqué work, bag and basket bases….etc.

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The diagram below which is uploaded form the internet….is worked in multiples of 6. You start with a magic loop and chain in 6 single crochet(sc) into it. So this kind of circle is done in multiples of 6 scs.

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The chart below is single crochets in multiples of 12

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The diagram above… is again uploaded from the internet…..shows how to make a circle using double crochet sttiches(dcs)  and chain stitches, exclusively.

Here are some other crochet circle motifs and patterns that is from the internet

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And that’s it…. very simple patterns for a very useful crochet shape.