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‘OM’….C2C Graphghan

‘OM’….C2C Graphghan

(The Written Pattern Has Not Been Tested)

‘OM’ is the pranavamantram…..which means it is the primordial sound…the first sound ever heard in the universe. If you go into space…it isn’t silent….there is this sound like the wind blowing past nothingness ……the sound is OOOOOOMMMM……and this is why it is considered as the first sound ever heard.

In Hinduism, Om is one of the most important spiritual symbols (pratima). It refers to Atman (soul, self within) and Brahman (ultimate reality, entirety of the universe, truth, divine, supreme spirit, cosmic principles, knowledge). The syllable is often found at the beginning and the end of chapters in the Vedas, the Upanishads, and other Hindu texts.It is a sacred spiritual incantation made before and during the recitation of spiritual texts, during puja and private prayers, in ceremonies of rites of passages (sanskara) such as weddings, and sometimes during meditative and spiritual activities such as Yoga.

Om is part of the iconography found in present and ancient and medieval era manuscripts, temples, ashrams and spiritual retreats in Hinduism, and  religions that grew from Hinduism like Buddhism, and Jainism. The symbol has a spiritual meaning in all Indian dharmas, but the meaning and connotations of Om vary between the diverse schools within and across the various traditions.

The syllable is also referred to as omkara (ओंकार, oṃkāra), aumkara (औंकार, auṃkāra), and pranava (प्रणव, praṇava).

Abreviations:

ss – slip stitch

ch – chain

hdc – half double crochet

dc – double crochet

Size:

Using dc and Nature’s cotton yarn + 3:00mm hook  –  22″/20″

Gauge:

Using dc and Nature’s cotton yarn + 3:00mm hook – 2 blocks = 1″

Using hdc and Anchor #20 + 1.25mm – 4 blocks = 1″

Materials:

Nature’s Cotton from Soft Feather –  Beige – 300gms

Nature’s Cotton from Soft Feather – Red – 300gms

Anchor #20 in any two colours

Hook : 3:00mm/1:25mm

Laundry clips. 5 or 6

Things to Remember while doing a C2C

  1. Always keep count…that is very important….at every step make sure the number of steps tally to the counter of blcoks given in the pattern. Once you finish a row…recount the total number of blocks in each colour in that row and tally the total blocks. Proceed only when the tally is exact.
  2. Refrain from being distracted by watching TV, Internet etc.(just my suggestion, I learnt this the hard way..:-))
  3. Keep the graph and the written instructions in front of you at all times.
  4. I carry yarn only for upto 3 blocks….anything more than while using dc or hdc I find shows the carryign thread esp if it  is of a birght or  contrasting colour shows through.  In tapestry it is easy to carry the colours forward beocs the scs are short stitiches and does no tallow the carrying thread show.
  5. By making shuttles of each colour…I simply add  a new colour as and when the colour needs to be used after three blocks.  Below please go thorugh the link which wI use to keep the yarn’thread from tangling.

    How To Keep the Yarn/Thread from tangling…

    Check this link to see how to keep the yarn lines clean and tidy

http://https://crochetnmore.wordpress.com

 

Graph:

(From the Internet)

Written Pattern:

Row 1 (L to R): (Beige) x1, (1block)

 Row 2 (R to L): (Beige) x2, (2blocks)

Row 3 (L to R): (Beige) x3, (3blocks)

Row 4 (R to L): (Beige) x4, (4 blocks)

Row 5 (L to R): (Beige)x5, (5blocks)

Row 6 (R to L): (Beige) x6, (6 blocks)

Row 7 (L to R): (Beige) x7, (7 blocks)

Row 8 (R to L): (Beige) x8, (8 blocks)

Row 9 (L to R): (Beige) x9, (9 blocks)

Row 10 (R to L): (Beige) x10, (10 blocks)

Row 11 (L to R): (Beige) x11, (11 blocks)

Row 12 (R to L): (Beige) x5, (Red) x4, (Beige) x3, (12 blocks)

Row 13 (L to R): (Beige) x2, (Red) x7, (Beige) x4, (13 blocks)

Row 14 (R to L): (Beige) x4, (Red) x9, (Beige) x1, (14 blocks)

Row 15 (L to R): (Beige) x1, (Red) x9, (Beige) x5, (15 blocks)

Row 16 (R to L): (Beige) x5, (Red) x10, (Beige) x1, (16 blocks)

Row 17 (L to R): (Beige) x1, (Red) x11, (Beige) x5, (17 blocks)

Row 18 (R to L): (Beige) x6, (Red) x11, (Beige) x1, (18 blocks)

Row 19 (L to R): (Beige) x1, (Red) x12, (Beige) x6, (19 blocks)

Row 20(R to L): (Beige) x7, (Red) x5, (Beige) x4, (Red) x3, (Beige) x1, (20 blocks)

Row 21 (L to R):(Beige) x1, (Red) x2, (Beige) x7, (Red) x4, (Beige) x7, (21 blocks)

Row 22(R to L): (Beige) x8, (Red) x3, (Beige) x8, (Red) x2, (Beige) x1, (22 blocks)

Row 23 (L to R):(Beige) x2, (Red) x1, (Beige) x9, (Red) x2, (Beige) x9, (23 blocks)

Row 24(R to L): (Beige) x2, (Red) x4, (Beige) x4, (Red) x2, (Beige) x8,  (Red) x2,(Beige) x2 (24 blocks)

Row 25 (L to R):(Beige) x2, (Red) x2, (Beige) x9, (Red) x2, (Beige) x2,  (red) x7, (Beige) x1 (25 blocks)

Row 26(R to L): (Beige) x1, (Red) x8, (Beige) x4, (Red) x2, (Beige) x9, (Red) x2,(Beige) x2 (26 blocks)

Row 27 (L to R):(Beige) x3, (Red) x1, (Beige) x10, (Red) x1, (Beige) x2, (red) x9, (Beige) x1 (27 blocks)

Row 28(R to L): (Beige) x3, (Red) x1, (Beige) x10, (Red) x1, (Beige) x2, (Red) x10,(Beige) x1 (28 blocks)

Row 29 (L to R):(Beige) x2, (Red) x10, (Beige) x2, (Red) x1, (Beige) x9, (Red) x2, (Beige) x3 (29 blocks)

Row 30(R to L): (Beige) x4, (Red) x1, (Beige) x12, (Red) x11, (Beige) x2, (30 blocks)

Row 31(L to R):(Beige) x4, (Red) x2, (Beige) x11, (Red) x3, (Beige) x3, (Red) x6, (Beige) x2,(31 blocks)

Row 32(R to L): (Beige) x3, (Red) x4, (Beige) x5, (Red) x3, (Beige) x2, (Red) x4, (Beige) x4, (Red) x2, (Beige) x5,(32 blocks)

Row 33(L to R): (Beige) x5, (Red) x3, (Beige) x2, (Red) x6, (Beige) x2,(Red) x2, (Beige) x6, (Red) x4, (Beige) x3,(33 blocks)

Row 34(R to L): (Beige) x3, (Red) x4, (Beige) x7, (Red) x2, (Beige) x1, (Red) x11, (Beige) x6,(34 blocks)

Row 35(L to R): (Beige) x6, (Red) x14, (Beige) x8, (Red) x3, (Beige) x4, (35 blocks)

Row 36(R to L): (Beige) x4, (Red) x3, (Beige) x8, (Red) x14, (Beige) x7, (36 blocks)

Row 37(L to R):(Beige) x8, (Red) x13, (Beige) x8, (Red) x3, (Beige) x5, (37  blocks)

INCREASING ON ONE SIDE ONLY

Row 38(R to L):(Beige) x5, (Red) x3, (Beige) x8, (Red) x3, (Beige) x3,(Red) x7, (Beige) x9,  (38 blocks)

Row 39 (L to R): (Beige) x5, (Red) x2, (Beige) x9, (Red) x2, (Beige) x4, (Red) x6, (Beige) x1, (Red) x4, (Beige) x5, (38 blocks)

Row 40(R to L): (Beige) x5, (Red) x2, (Beige) x9, (Red) x2,(Beige) x4, (Red) x6, (Beige) x1, (Red) x4, (Beige) x5, (38 blocks)

Row 41(L to R):(Beige) x6, (Red) x6, (Beige) x10, (Red) x2, (Beige) x8, (Red) x2 , (Beige) x4 (38blocks)

Row 42(R to L): (Beige) x4, (Red) x2, (Beige) x7, (Red) x3, (Beige) x9, (Red) x7, (Beige) x6, (38 blocks)

Row 43(L to R): (Beige) x7,  (Red) x7,  (Beige) x5,  (Red) x7,  (Beige) x7,  (Red) x1,       (Beige) x4, (38 blocks)

DECREASING

Row 44(R to L): (Beige) x3,  (Red) x2,  (Beige) x6,  (Red) x9,  (Beige) x3,  (Red) x8,(Beige) x6, (37Blocks)

Row 45(L to R): Beige) x9, (Red) x4, (Beige) x3, (Red) x9, (Beige) x6, (Red) x2,(Beige) x3, (36 Blocks)

Row 46(R to L):  Beige) x3, (Red) x1, (Beige) x7, (Red) x9, (Beige) x2, (Red) x4,(Beige) x9 (35 Blocks)

Row 47(L to R): Beige) x9, (Red) x4, (Beige) x2, (Red) x2, (Beige) x2, (Red) x4,(Beige) x6, (Red) x2, (Beige) x2, (34 Blocks)

Row 48(R to L): Beige) x2, (Red) x1, (Beige) x7, (Red) x3, (Beige) x4, (Red) x2,(Beige) x2, (Red) x3, (Beige) x9, (33 Blocks)

Row 49(L to R): Beige) x9, (Red) x3, (Beige) x1, (Red) x3, (Beige) x5, (Red) x1,(Beige) x7, (Red) x1, (Beige) x2, (32 Blocks)

Row 50(R to L): Beige) x9, (Red) x4, (Beige) x2, (Red) x2, (Beige) x2, (Red) x4,(Beige) x6, (Red) x2, (Beige) x2, (31 Blocks)

Row 51(L to R): Beige) x4, (Red) x3, (Beige) x2, (Red) x2, (Beige) x1, (Red) x3,(Beige) x12, (Red) x1, (Beige) x2, (30 Blocks)

Row 52(R to L): Beige) x1, (Red) x1, (Beige) x12, (Red) x4, (Beige) x1, (Red) x1,(Beige) x2, (Red) x1, (Beige) x3, (Beige) x2, (Red) x1, (29 Blocks)

Row 53(L to R): Beige) x3, (Red) x1, (Beige) x1, (Red) x1, (Beige) x2, (Red) x2,(Beige) x1, (Red) x4, (Beige) x11,  (Red) x1, (Beige) x1, (28 Blocks)

Row 54(R to L): Beige) x1, (Red) x1, (Beige) x9, (Red) x6, (Beige) x1, (Red) x1,(Beige) x2, (Red) x1, (Beige) x2, (Red) x1, (Beige) x2, (27 Blocks)

Row 55(L to R): Beige) x2, (Red) x3, (Beige) x2, (Red) x1, (Beige) x2, (Red) x7,(Beige) x7, (Red) x1, (Beige) x1,  (26 Blocks)

Row 56(R to L): Beige) x7, (Red) x8, (Beige) x2, (Red) x1, (Beige) x2, (Red) x4,(Beige) x1,  (25 Blocks)

Row 57(L to R): Beige) x6, (Red) x1, (Beige) x2, (Red) x8, (Beige) x7,  (24 Blocks)

Row 58(R to L):Beige) x7, (Red) x7, (Beige) x3, (Red) x1, (Beige) x5, (23 Blocks)

Row 59(L to R): Beige) x9, (Red) x7, (Beige) x6,  (22 Blocks)

Row 60(R to L): Beige) x6, (Red) x6, (Beige) x4, (Red) x1, (Beige) x4, (21 Blocks)

Row 61(L to R): Beige) x9, (Red) x5, (Beige) x6, (20 Blocks)

Row 62(R to L): Beige) x5, (Red) x4, (Beige) x10, (19 Blocks)

Row 63(L to R): Beige) x11, (Red) x2, (Beige) x5, (18 Blocks)

Row 64(R to L): Beige) x17,  (17 Blocks)

Row 65(L to R): Beige) x16, (16 Blocks)

Row 66(R to L): Beige) x15, (15 Blocks)

Row 67(L to R): Beige) x14, (14 Blocks)

Row 68(R to L):Beige) x13, (13 Blocks)

Row 69(L to R): Beige) x12, (12 Blocks)

Row 70(R to L): Beige) x11, (11 Blocks)

Row 71(L to R): Beige) x10, (10 Blocks)

Row 72(R to L): Beige) x9, (9 Blocks)

Row 73(L to R): Beige) x8, (8 Blocks)

Row 74(R to L): Beige) x7, (7 Blocks)

Row 75(L to R): Beige) x6, (6 Blocks)

Row 76(R to L): Beige) x5, (5 Blocks)

Row 77(L to R): Beige) x4, (4 Blocks)

Row 78(R to L): Beige) x3, (3 Blocks)

Row 79(L to R): Beige) x2, (2 Blocks)

Row 80(R to L): Beige) x1, (1 Block)


To make a wall Hanging….

  1. Frame this
  2. Give this C2C a backing with a thick cloth, and fix a thin cord on the backing to hang it
  3.  Create a crochet edging on the top and bottom, broad enough to wrap around a 1 mm curtain rod/steel/wood/ aluminium rod-pipe etc (cut to size). Then use any edging pattern on the top and the bottom….fold it ….join the top of the edging to the top edge of the C2C on both ends. stick in the rods…if you hace you can enhace the edge of the rods with curtain stoppers…or make your own crochet curtain stoppers. tie a medium thick decorative string on two ends of the top rod and VOILA…you have a lovely wall hanging.

 

And there you are …A Beautiful Omkaaram.…You can use it as a wall hanging in your Pooja Room. Or can roll it and keep it safely and use it just for festive occassions and Sathsangs. Imagine how you can enhance the devotional aura of your home when having a pooja, yagna, Sathsang etc by hanging these sacred symbols on the walls in the room you are holding such sacred functions…..

 

Suvastika Pattern in C2C

Suvastika

Suvastika is an ancient religious symbol originating from India.  It is one of the most sacred and auspicious symbols in Hinduism and dates back at least 11,000 years.

The name Suvastika comes from the Sanskrit (Devanagari: स्वस्तिक). Suvastika in Sanskrit means any lucky or auspicious object, and in particular a mark made on persons and things to denote auspiciousness, or any piece of luck or well-being.

The Hindus represent it as the Universe in our own spiral galaxy in the fore finger of Lord Vishnu. This carries most significance in establishing the creation of the Universe and the arms as ‘Kaal or time, a calendar that is seen to be more advanced than the lunar calendar where the seasons drift from calendar year to calendar year.

The Suvastika symbol is seen in, the Indus Valley civilization, which is now proven to be more than 8000 years old.

It is also an auspicious symbol in the two religions which arose from Hinduism – Buddhism and Jainism. The Suvastika was used in Tibet and China, And was also introduced to Indonesia by Hindu kings. Since Hindu civilization was widespread…..It was also used in  Vietnam, Cambodia ,the Mayan and Aztecs civilizations etc in the ancient world. 

Materials:

Nature’s cotton fromm Soft Feather yarn

white : 300gms

Orange : 300 gms

Hook: 3:00mm

Size:

22 inches by 17 inches (22″/17″)

Abbreviations:

ch – chain

ss – slip stitich

hdc – half double crochet

(dc – double crochet – if you wish to make a bigger piece use dcs in your C2C instead of half dcs….

Or

You can use a much thinner thread or yarn with a smaller hook)

C2C

1.Chain 5,

hdc in the 3rd chain from hook,

then one hdc in each of the next two chains

This is one block or cluster.

Turn over.

chain 5,

Repeat 1

then, ss in the 2 chain space of the first block,

2 ch; 3  hdc in the same chain space,

you have your second block….Turn over

Repeat as above

Things to Remember while doing a C2C

  1. Always keep count…that is very important….at every step make sure the number of steps tally to the counter of blcoks given in the pattern. Once you finish a row…recount the total number of blocks in each colour in that row and tally the total blocks. Proceed only when the tally is exact.
  2. Refrain from being distracted by watching TV, Internet etc.(just my suggestion, I learnt this the hard way..:-))
  3. Keep the graph and the written instructions in front of you at all times.
  4. I carry yarn only for upto 3 blocks….anything more than while using dc or hdc I find shows the carryign thread esp if it  is of a birght or  contrasting colour shows through.  In tapestry it is easy to carry the colours forward beocs the scs are short stitiches and does no tallow the carrying thread show.
  5. By making shuttles of each colour…I simply add  a new colour as and when the colour needs to be used after three blocks.  Below please go thorugh the link which wI use to keep the yarn’thread from tangling.

    How To Keep The Yarn from Tangling

http://https://crochetnmore.wordpress.com

GRAPH:

As you can see in this graph, the picture has some pixels in the wrong places though I used Stitch-board to do this one. The dots haven’t come out right at all and the lower leg of the right had side of the Suvastika had a few pixels out of place. So use the graph only   to help you visualise the final project.

I graphed this one by hand….

Begin from the bottom right side corner……

Increasing Rows

Row 1 (L to R): (Grey) x1, (1 Block)

Row 2 (R to L): (Grey) x2, (2 Blocks)

Row 3 (L to R): (Grey) x3, (3 Blocks)

Row 4 (R to L): (Grey) x4, (4 Blocks)

Row 5 (L to R): (Grey x5), (5 Blocks)

Row 6 (R to L): (Grey) x6, (6 Blocks)

Row 7 (L to R): (Grey) x7, (7 Blocks)

Row 8 (R to L): (Grey) x8, (8 Blocks)

Row 9 (L to R): (Grey) x9, (9 Blocks)

Row 10 (R to L): (Grey) x3,  (Orange) x1, (Grey) x6, (10 Blocks)

Row 11 (L to R): (Grey) x7,  (Orange) x1, (Grey)  x3, (11 Blocks)

Row 12 (R to L): (Grey) x3, (Orange) x2,( Grey) x7), (12 Blocks)

Row 13 (L to R): (Grey) x8, (Orange) x1, (Grey) x4, (13 Blocks)

Row 14 (R to L): (Grey) x4, (Orange) x2, (Grey) x8, (14 Blocks)

Row 15(R to L): (Grey) x8, (Orange) x2, (Grey) x5, (15 Blocks)

Row 16 (R to L): (Grey) x5, (Orange) x2, (Grey) x9, (16 Blocks)

Row 17 (L to R): (Grey) x9, (Orange) x3, (Grey) x5, (17 Blocks)

Row 18 (R to L): (Grey) x6, (Orange) x3, (Grey) x9, (18 Blocks)

Row 19 (L to R): (Grey) x9, (Orange) x4, (Grey) x6, (19 Blocks)

Row 20 (R to L): (Grey) x7, (Orange) x4, (Grey) x9, (20 Blocks)

Row 21 (L to R): (Grey) x9, (Orange) x5, (Grey) x7, (21 Blocks)

Row 22 (R to L): (Grey) x8, (Orange) x5, (Grey) x9, (22 Blocks)

Row 23 (L to R): (Grey) x9, (Orange) x5, (Grey) x9, (23 Blocks)

Row 24 (R to L): (Grey) x9, (Orange) x6, (Grey) x9, (24 Blocks)

Row 25 (L to R): (Grey) x10, (Orange) x6, (Grey) x9, (25 Blocks)

Row 26 (R to L): (Grey) x11, (Orange) x6, (Grey) x9, (26 Blocks)

Row 27 (L to R): (Grey) x11, (Orange) x7, (Grey) x9, (27 Blocks)

Row 28 (R to L): (Grey) x12, (Orange) x7, (Grey) x9, (28 Blocks)

Row 29 (L to R): (Grey) x9, (Orange) x7, (Grey) x13, (29 Blocks)

Row 30 (R to L): (Grey) x14, (Orange) x7, (Grey) x9, (30 Blocks)

Row 31 (L to R): (Grey) x9, (Orange) x7, (Grey) x15, (31 Blocks)

Row 32 (R to L): (Grey) x13,(Orange) x1, (Grey) x2,(Orange) x7, (Grey) x9, (32 Blocks)

Row 33 (L to R): (Grey) x10, (Orange) x6, (Grey) x17, (33 Blocks)

Row 34 (R to L): (Grey) x14, (Orange) x1, (Grey) x3,(Orange) x6, (Grey) x10, (34 Blocks)

Row 35 (L to R): (Grey) x11, (Orange) x5, (Grey) x3, (Orange) x2, (Grey) x14, (35 Blocks)

Row 36(R to L): (Grey) x7, ( Orange) x3, (Grey) x3, (Orange) x4, (Grey) x3, (Orange) x5, (Grey) x11 – (36 Blocks)

Row 37(L to R): (Grey) x11, ( Orange) x6, (Grey) x3, (Orange) x3, (Grey) x3, (Orange) x5, (Grey) x6 – (37 Blocks)

Row 38(R to L): (Grey) x6, ( Orange) x6, (Grey) x3, (Orange) x2, (Grey) x3, (Orange) x6, (Grey) x12 – (38 Blocks)

Row 39(L to R): (Grey) x13, ( Orange) x6, (Grey) x3, (Orange) x1, (Grey) x3, (Orange) x7, (Grey) x6 – (39 Blocks)

Row 40(R to L): (Grey) x6, ( Orange) x8, (Grey) x6, (Orange) x6, (Grey) x14,  (40 Blocks)

Row  41(L to R): (Grey) x15, ( Orange) x6, (Grey) x5, (Orange) x9, (Grey) x6,   – (41 Blocks)

Row 42(R to L): (Grey) x6, ( Orange) x10, (Grey) x4, (Orange) x6, (Grey) x16,  (42 Blocks)

Row  43(L to R): (Grey) x17, ( Orange) x6, (Grey) x3, (Orange) x11, (Grey) x6,   – (43 Blocks)

Row 44(R to L): (Grey) x6, ( Orange) x12, (Grey) x2, (Orange) x6, (Grey) x18,  (44 Blocks)

Row  45(L to R): (Grey) x19, ( Orange) x6, (Grey) x1, (Orange) x13, (Grey) x6,   – (45 Blocks)

Row 46(R to L): (Grey) x6, ( Orange) x5, (Grey) x1, (Orange) x14, (Grey) x20,  (46 Blocks)

Row  47(L to R): (Grey) x21, ( Orange) x13, (Grey) x2, (Orange) x5, (Grey) x6,   – (47 Blocks)

Row 48(R to L): (Grey) x6, ( Orange) x5, (Grey) x3, (Orange) x12, (Grey) x3, (Orange) x1, (Grey) x18 – (48 Blocks)

DECREASE ON ONE SIDE ONLY

Row 49(L to R): (Grey) x4, ( Orange) x6, (Grey) x7, (Orange) x2, (Grey) x3, (Orange) x11, (Grey) x4, (Orange)x5, (Grey)x6 – (48 Blocks)

Row 50(R to L): (Grey) x6, ( Orange) x5, (Grey) x5, (Orange) x10, (Grey) x3, (Orange) x3, (Grey) x6, (Orange) x6, (Grey) x4 – (48 Blocks)

Row 51(L to R): (Grey) x4, ( Orange) x7, (Grey) x4, (Orange) x4, (Grey) x3, (Orange) x9, (Grey) x3, (Orange) x1, (Grey) x2, (Orange) x5, (Grey) x6 – (48 Blocks)

Row 52(R to L): (Grey) x6, ( Orange) x5, (Grey) x2, (Orange) x2, (Grey) x3, (Orange) x8, (Grey) x3, (Orange) x4, (Grey) x4,(Orange) x6, (Grey) x5- (48 Blocks)

Row 53(L to R): (Grey) x5, ( Orange) x6, (Grey) x4, (Orange) x3, (Grey) x3, (Orange) x8, (Grey) x3, (Orange) x3, (Grey) x2, (Orange) x5, (Grey) x6 – (48 Blocks)

Row 54(R to L): (Grey) x6, ( Orange) x5, (Grey) x2, (Orange) x4, (Grey) x3, (Orange) x8, (Grey) x3, (Orange) x2, (Grey) x4,(Orange) x5, (Grey) x6- (48 Blocks)

Row 55(L to R): (Grey) x6, ( Orange) x5, (Grey) x4, (Orange) x1, (Grey) x3, (Orange) x9, (Grey) x3, (Orange) x4, (Grey) x2, (Orange) x6, (Grey) x5 – (48 Blocks)

Row 56(R to L): (Grey) x4, ( Orange) x6, (Grey) x4, (Orange) x3, (Grey) x3, (Orange) x10, (Grey) x7, (Orange) x5, (Grey) x6,( (48 Blocks)

Row 57(L to R): (Grey) x6, ( Orange) x5, (Grey) x6, (Orange) x11, (Grey) x3, (Orange) x2, (Grey) x5, (Orange) x6, (Grey) x4, – (48 Blocks)

Row 58(R to L): (Grey) x5, ( Orange) x4, (Grey) x7, (Orange) x1, (Grey) x3, (Orange) x12, (Grey) x5, (Orange) x5, (Grey) x6,( (48 Blocks)

Row 59(L to R): (Grey) x6, ( Orange) x5, (Grey) x4, (Orange) x13, (Grey) x20,   – (48 Blocks)

Row 60(R to L): (Grey) x20, ( Orange) x14, (Grey) x3, (Orange) x5, (Grey) x6,   – (48 Blocks)

DECREASING ON BOTH SIDES:

Row 61(L to R): (Grey) x6, ( Orange) x5, (Grey) x2, (Orange) x8, (Grey)x1; (Orange)x6; (Grey) x19,   – (47 Blocks)

Row 62(R to L): (Grey) x18, ( Orange) x6, (Grey) x2, (Orange) x7, (Grey) x1, (Orange)x5; (Grey) x6, – (46 Blocks)

Row 63(L to R): (Grey) x6, ( Orange) x13, (Grey) x3, (Orange) x6, (Grey) x17,   – (45 Blocks)

Row 64(R to L): (Grey) x16, ( Orange) x6, (Grey) x4, (Orange) x12, (Grey) x6,   – (44 Blocks)

Row 65(L to R): (Grey) x6, ( Orange) x11, (Grey) x5, (Orange) x6, (Grey) x15,   – (43 Blocks)

Row 66(R to L): (Grey) x14, ( Orange) x6, (Grey) x6, (Orange) x10, (Grey) x6,   – (42 Blocks)

Row 67(L to R): Grey) x6, ( Orange) x9, (Grey) x3, (Orange) x1, (Grey) x3, (Orange)x5; (Grey) x14, – (41 Blocks)

Row 68(R to L): (Grey) x13, ( Orange) x5, (Grey) x3, (Orange) x2, (Grey) x3, (Orange)x8; (Grey) x6, – (40 Blocks)

Row 69(L to R): (Grey) x6, ( Orange) x7, (Grey) x3, (Orange) x3, (Grey)x3; (Orange)x5; (Grey) x12,   – (39 Blocks)

Row 70(R to L): (Grey) x12, ( Orange) x4, (Grey) x3, (Orange) x4, (Grey) x4, (Orange)x5; (Grey) x6, – (38 Blocks)

Row 71(L to R): (Grey) x6, ( Orange) x5, (Grey) x4, (Orange) x4, (Grey)x3; (Orange)x 4; (Grey) x11,   – (37 Blocks)

Row 72(R to L): (Grey) x10, ( Orange) x4, (Grey) x3, (Orange) x3, (Grey) x6, (Orange)x2; (Grey) x6, – (36 Blocks)

Row 73(L to R): (Grey) x15, ( Orange) x2, (Grey) x3, (Orange) x5, (Grey)x10; – (35 Blocks)

Row 74(R to L): (Grey) x10, ( Orange) x5, (Grey) x3, (Orange) x1, (Grey) x15,  – (34 Blocks)

Row 75(L to R): (Grey) x18, ( Orange) x5, (Grey) x10  –  (33 Blocks)

Row 76(R to L): (Grey) x10, ( Orange) x5, (Grey) x17,   –  (32 Blocks)

Row 77(L to R): (Grey) x16, ( Orange) x6, (Grey) x9  –  (31 Blocks)

Row 78(R to L): (Grey) x9, ( Orange) x6, (Grey) x15,   –  (30 Blocks)

Row 79(L to R): (Grey) x14, ( Orange) x6, (Grey) x9  –  (29 Blocks)

Row 80(R to L): (Grey) x9, ( Orange) x6, (Grey) x13,   –  (28 Blocks)

Row 81(L to R): (Grey) x12, ( Orange) x6, (Grey) x9  –  (27 Blocks)

Row 82(R to L): (Grey) x9, ( Orange) x6, (Grey) x11,   –  (26 Blocks)

Row 83(L to R): (Grey) x10, ( Orange) x6, (Grey) x9  –  (25 Blocks)

Row 84(R to L): (Grey) x9, ( Orange) x5, (Grey) x10,   –  (24 Blocks)

Row 85(L to R): (Grey) x9, ( Orange) x5, (Grey) x9  –  (23 Blocks)

Row 86(R to L): (Grey) x9, ( Orange) x5, (Grey) x8,   –  (22 Blocks)

Row 87(L to R): (Grey) x8, ( Orange) x4, (Grey) x9  –  (21 Blocks)

Row 88(R to L): (Grey) x9, ( Orange) x4, (Grey) x7,   –  (20 Blocks)

Row 89(L to R): (Grey) x7, ( Orange) x3, (Grey) x9  –  (19 Blocks)

Row 90(R to L): (Grey) x9, ( Orange) x3, (Grey) x6,   –  (18 Blocks)

Row 91(L to R): (Grey) x6, ( Orange) x3, (Grey) x8  –  (17 Blocks)

Row 92(R to L): (Grey) x8, ( Orange) x3, (Grey) x5,   –  (16 Blocks)

Row 93(L to R): (Grey) x5, ( Orange) x2, (Grey) x8  –  (15 Blocks)

Row 94(R to L): (Grey) x8, ( Orange) x1, (Grey) x5,   –  (14 Blocks)

Row 95(L to R): (Grey) x4, ( Orange) x2, (Grey) x7  –  (13 Blocks)

Row 96(R to L): (Grey) x7, ( Orange) x1, (Grey) x4,   –  (12 Blocks)

Row 97(L to R): (Grey) x6, ( Orange) x1, (Grey) x4  –  (11 Blocks)

Row 98(R to L): (Grey) x3, ( Orange) x1, (Grey) x4,   –  (10 Blocks)

Row 99(L to R): (Grey) x9  –  (9 Blocks)

Row 100(R to L): (Grey) x8  –  (8 Blocks)

Row 101(L to R):(Grey) x7  –  (7 Blocks)

Row 102(R to L): (Grey) x6   –  (6 Blocks)

Row 103(L to R):(Grey) x5  –  (5 Blocks)

Row 104(R to L): (Grey) x4  –  (4 Blocks)

Row 105(L to R):(Grey) x3  –  (3 Blocks)

Row 106(R to L): (Grey) x2  –  (2 Blocks)

Row 107(L to R):(Grey) x1  –  (1 Blocks)

That is it….All Done!

To make a wall Hanging….
  1. Frame this
  2. Give this C2C a backing with a thick cloth, and fix a thin cord on the backing to hang it
  3.  Create a crochet edging on the top and bottom, broad enough to wrap around a 1 mm curtain rod/steel/wood/ aluminium rod-pipe etc (cut to size). Then use any edging pattern on the top and the bottom….fold it ….join the top of the edging to the top edge of the C2C on both ends. stick in the rods…if you hace you can enhace the edge of the rods with curtain stoppers…or make your own crochet curtain stoppers. tie a medium thick decorative string on two ends of the top rod and VOILA…you have a lovely wall hanging.

And there you are …A Beautiful Suvastika.…You can use it as a wall hanging in your Pooja Room. Or can roll it and keep it safely and use it just for festive occassions and Sathsangs. Imagine how you can enhance the devotional aura of your home when having a pooja, yagna, Sathsang etc by hanging these sacred symbols on the walls in the room you are holding such sacred functions…..

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

#1:00mm

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.

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/