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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) x1, (Red) x7, (Beige) x2, (Red) x2, (Beige) x9,  (red) x2, (Beige) x2 (25 blocks)

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

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

Row 28(R to L): (Beige) x, (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) x2, (Red) x6, (Beige) x3, (Red) x3, (Beige) x11, (Red) x2, (Beige) x4,(31 blocks)

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

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

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

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

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

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

INCREASING ON ONE SIDE ONLY

Row 38(R to L):(Beige) x9, (Red) x7, (Beige) x3, (Red) x3, (Beige) x8,(Red) x3, (Beige) x5,  (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) x5, (Beige) x11, (Red) x2,(Beige) x8, (Red) x2, (Beige) x5, (38 blocks)

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

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

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

DECREASING

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

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

Row 46(R to L):  Beige) 9, (Red) x4, (Beige) x2, (Red) x9, (Beige) x7, (Red) x1,(Beige) x3 (35 Blocks)

Row 47(L to R): Beige) x2, (Red) x2, (Beige) x6, (Red) x4, (Beige) x3, (Red) x2,(Beige) x2, (Red) x4, (Beige) x9, (34 Blocks)

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

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

Row 50(R to L): (Beige) x4, (Red) x4, (Beige) x1, (Red) x2, (Beige) x1, (Red) x3,(Beige) x6, (Red) x1, (Beige) x6, (Red) x1, (Beige)x2, (31 Blocks)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Row 63(L to R): Beige) x5, (Red) x2, (Beige) x11, (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…..

 

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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.

Vintage Table Runner

Vintage Table Runner

Crochet Chronicles: 

My elderly Parents live with my sister or she lives with them….depending on how you wish to see it…:-) . Both of them are in their 80s and are active both mentally and physically. Though my Father suffers from Parkinsons ( He still hasn’t reached that stage where he needs help)…he is always positive and a wall of strength to all of us. My Mother holds our home together….and is such a superlative cook…that we look so forward to meal times. Now she has taught the lady who helps out at home, Vrindha all her culinary tricks so that even when she does become incapacitated…her darling grandsons will still get those scrumptious delights. Parents….What are we without them? Who will love us, care for us, worry about us and be there for us like them? As my Parents grow older and more feeble…..I feel this sense of fear and despair at facing a future without them.

But enough of such dark and despairing thoughts…The reason I wrote about my Parents is because, this particular runner was made at my Mother’s insistence. My sister bought a new dining table and a chest of drawers to go with it…and all my Mom’s old and beautiful collection of laces wouldn’t do for this. So My scrupulous Mom…who has exceedingly very high standards on what goes on her furniture rang me up and told me that she wanted me to make her a table runner.

I was so thrilled! I never thought that my work would ever be good enough for her….I know she loves pastels and white….so I made this one in shades of ice pink, peach, lolly pop pink and white, mint green, light yellow and white. Though the original pattern is all in white…I thought this made an interesting  picture. What do you think?

 

Materials Used:

Anchor cotton #20 in pastel shades and white. I used 5 balls of white and 10 gms and a little less of each of the other colors.

Hook 0.75mm I normally use 0.9mm to 1.25mm with #20 thread…but decided to experiment with a much smaller hook. I like the lacy effect, though hooking is hard on the hand.

Pattern:

Since this is a vintage pattern, there is no graph as such…but there is a written pattern at this link, below:

http://freevintagecrochet.com/doilies/7717-doily-pattern.html

And as Always…here is the photo tutorial….

Runner measures about 14 x 38½ inches.

Each motif measures about 3½ inches in diameter.

FIRST MOTIF

Starting at center, ch 6. Join with sl st to form ring.

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1st rnd: Ch 1, work 12 sc in ring. Join with sl st in 1st sc.

 

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2nd rnd: Ch 5 (to count as 1 dc and ch 2), * dc in next sc, ch 2. Repeat from * around, joining last ch-2 with sl st in 3rd st of starting ch-5 (12 sps).

 

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3rd rnd: Ch 3, 2 dc in same place as sl st, * ch 3, sc in next dc, ch 3, 3 dc in next dc. Repeat from * around. Join.

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4th rnd: Ch 3, dc in same place as sl st, * dc in next dc, 2 dc in next dc, ch 4, sc in next sc, ch 4, 2 dc in next dc. Repeat from * around. Join.

 

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5th rnd: Ch 3, dc in same place as 3 ch, *dc in next dc, 2dc in next dc,  ch 3, skip 3 ch, sc in next sc, ch 3, 2 dc  in next dc. Repeat from * around, ending with ch 3, tr in 1st sc.

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Here I have changed the pattern from the original a little…

6th rnd: sc in same stitch as ss, Ch 7,  sc in top of tr just made, * ch 10, 1 sc in center st of next ch-7. Repeat from * around. Join.

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7th rnd: Sl st in next 2 dc, * in next loop make (4 sc, ch 4) 3 times and 4 sc. Repeat from * around. Join and break off.

 

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SECOND MOTIF … Work same as for First Motif until 6th rnd is com­pleted.

 

7th rnd: Sl st in next 2 dc, * in next loop make 4 sc, ch 4 and 4 sc; ch 2, sl st in corresponding ch-4 loop on First Motif, ch 2, in same loop on Second Motif make 4 sc, ch 4 and 4 sc. Repeat from * once more. Complete rnd with no more joinings.

 

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Make 4 x 11 motifs, joining them as First Motif was joined to Second Mo­tif and leaving one large loop free be­tween joinings.

 

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Unfortunately..I was travelling while the next part was being hooked and the pics just didn’t come out right…..However the written pattern below will def help..

FILL-IN-MOTIF … Attach thread in center ch-4 loop of any large loop between joinings.

1st rnd: Ch 3, 2 dc where thread was attached, * ch 5, 3 dc in center ch-4 loop of next large loop. Repeat from * 2 more times; ch 5, sl st in 3rd st of starting ch-3.

2nd rnd: In next ch-5 loop make 4 sc, ch 5 and 4 sc, * 4 sc in next loop, ch 2, sl st in last ch-5 loop, ch 2, 4 sc in same loop as last 4 sc. Repeat from * around. Join and break off. Press through damp cloth. Starch lightly and press.

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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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Crochet Rose

Crochet Rose

 

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Crochet Chronicles:

Aren’t roses beautiful? I have yet to meet a person who doesn’t love this glorious genre of flowers. And this is seen in the profusion of patterns created and posted by so many talented crocheters . So today I thought let me make a little rose to go with the hairband that I posted here last week.  This pattern is a very simple one and a very popular one as well….

Materials Used:

Red Rose Thread #10

Hook : 1.5 mm

Tapestry needle

Method:

Depending on how big and how many layers you want your rose to be…Hook in chains in multiples of 3….each 3 chains represents a petal. I am making a little rose to fit in with the hair band that I made.

Hook in 39 chains plus 3. Total 42 chains.

Row 1:

3 ch, skip 3 chains and dc in 4th chain; *3ch, skip 3chains and dc in 4th chain*….continue ** until the end. what you get is a pattern like a ladder…….with 3 chain loops.

 

Row 2:

Now we create the petal on top  of first row.

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Now, slowly roll the petals using the ladder part as the stem. Make sure that when you roll the petals around each other it forms not the shape of a rose. Use a tapestry needle to sew the stem and the inner petals in place so that it stays together.

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And voila…You have a lovely little rose…:-)

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Here are some graphs to make roses uses different combinations of stitches in almost the same way.

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Just to practice do try to make some of the other roses as well…..Enjoy yourselves..and above all ..Keep that smile on..Love and Hugs…:-)

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…..

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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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 Hearts

How to Crochet Hearts 

 

We women love to make hearts…..the fact that the diagrammatic representation of the heart has no similarity to the original organ hasn’t fazed us at all. We have decided that this is what we would like the organ to look like. Crocheters from all walks of life have created such beautiful designs that I find it difficult to choose which and what patterns to include here…1800352_363662473771684_616634949_n

 Basic and simple Heart Pendant

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Method to Make this very simple Heart

Make a Magic Ring.

Then one chain, one sc, 1 hdc, 9 dcs, 1 trch (treble crochet), 9 dcs, 1 hdc, 1 sc each one chined into the ring.

ss into the base of the first chain.

Then pull on the tail of the magic ring to reduce the space of the loop…..Voila you have a lovely crochet heart…String it onto a satin or silk ribbon…and you have a lovely piece of jewellery…all made by yourself.

 

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Row 1:

Chain in 11 plus one  – Total 12 chains

Row 2:

Single Crochet into the next 11 chains, Turn

Row 3

1 ch up, sc in same loop, sc  into next 10 stitches.

Row 4 – Row 12

Repeat as in Row 3

After Row 12 . Cut thread and tuck in the tails.

Now you have the square base of the heart….The next step is to hook in the 2 arches that make the top portion of the Heart.

1.Join thread on the left side of the square at row 4 and chain in 5; ss in the 8th row.

2. Ch 5,  ss in the  first sc of row 12;

3. Double Treble Crochet: ( yo 3 times) into the half ring that you have created, Ch1;* Dtrch, 1ch*; Repeat ** 8 times…ss into the sc of the first row, after the last dtrch made.

4. Cut thread and tuck in.

To Make the arch of the heart on the other side…Join thread on the 12th row in the 4th sc, chain 5 then ss in the 8th sc of the same row.( counting from right to left)

The repeat steps 2, 3 and 4.

Voila a Beautiful Heart!!!

 

Different  Heart Patterns 

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 Hanging Hearts

 

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Heart Pattern worked in Single Crochet

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Heart Pattern Worked in Double Crochet            

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Heart Pattern Worked as in a GSq..

 

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Heart Edging 

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Heart Basket 

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 Heart Pouch

 

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Heart Thorans/Buntings

 

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Crochet Heart Doily

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Pattern for Heart Cushion

http://mossitabellacrochet.blogspot.com/2012/01/cojin-de-corazon-granny-crochet.html

 

Pattern For Heart Doily

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 Irish Crochet Heart(Pattern in Flicker)

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So see how easy it is to crochet a heart and how many types of crochet hearts are just waiting to be made by you…….As I always say…Have fun…enjoy the ride and keep that beautiful smile on…..The world needs intrepid and talented crafters like you!!!!