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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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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…:-)

Crochet Pouf Cover

CROCHET POUF COVER

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Crochet Chronicles:

One upon there lived a lovely little pouf……she was a pretty lass…clad in rustic earthen hues and adorned in shells and wooden beads. Time passed and the glory of her rustic hues faded, the shells and beads unable to bear the ravages of time fell off leaving our glorious damsel jaded and a bit unsure of herself….No longer did visitors to the home ooh and ahhh over her. She felt that life had passed her by……and that there was no escaping the abyss of old age….at least that’s how she felt…

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Until….one day she discovered, that age or growing old had nothing to do with feeling good…….the thought which came to her out of the blue….changed her life….so she decided to love herself a little more, to  take care of herself a lot more….and just as a wild summer goes into a blazing  Autumn, dancing around in  hues of reds, browns, mustard, yellow, ochre, orange, brick and tan……..For Pouf too…..Life changed…..it became more meaningful, peaceful and divine….much, much better than it ever was…………

Oh……..Alrite….I had this pouf which had bust it’s seams and needed to be fixed…:-D!!!!

Method:

First you need to make the surface of the pouf….I  used a Mandala pattern. You may have seen that post…Here is the link to that post….do the mandala accordingly.

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https://crochetnmore.wordpress.com/2014/12/22/mandala/

Materials used for the side of this pouf cover :

Soft Feather , Nature – 250 gms,  Maroon

Cotton Sirdhar, Laura Knitting cotton – 50gms – Red approx

Bali Ochre and Brick….25 gms approx.

Hook size: 3.00 mm

Abbreviations Used:

Single Crochet – sc

Double Crochet – dc

Half Double Crochet – hdc

Chain – ch

Slip Stitch – ss

Once the Mandala is made,  you have to make the side of the pouf…..this is made like you would hook in a basket. I made most of the side in hdcs…..so working in the inner loop/ the back loop of the last row of the Mandala on the wrong side…

Row 1-3

Hook in one hdc per chain until end of round. SS.

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Row 4 – 7

Then, I began to reduce the stitches cos the shape of the pouf that I was working on was such…. I began with missing one hdc every 30 stitches for the next 4 rows.

Row 8

Hdc in every hdc until round is complete. ss

Row 9- 10

Next reduce it by one every 25 stitches for 3 rows,

Row 11

Hdc in every hdc until round is complete. ss

Row 12- 16

Then reduce by one every 20 stitches for 5 rows

Row 17 – 19

Reduce by one every 15 stitches for 3 rows

Row 20

hdc in every chain in the next row.

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Row 21- 26:

3 chain up, 2 dc in next 2 hdc; 3 chain skip 3 hdc; *3 dc in next 3 hdc; 3 chain, skip 3 hdc; 3 dc in next 3 hdc;* Repeat until end of row…ss into the 3ed chain of the starting 3 ch.  

Row 27 – 34:

Chain 2 chain up; 10 hdc in each hdc ; skip one hdc….continue by reducing one stitch every 10 hdc. End with a ss.

Row 35:

Slip stitch in every hdc. This gives the project a smooth, professional  finish. The piece now fits well over the pouf…but you need to cover the area where the Mandala is joined t the side to create a finished look. To do this I created a wave stitch around. You need to make a covering stitch in the row where the last stitch of the Mandala begins to work the side…that is the first hdc stitches. You work this covering stitch on the front loop of the last stitch of the Mandala.

How to work the Frill/ Covering row:

*sc, hdc, dc, trcr, dc, hdc, sc*; in the front loop. continue ** to the end.

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This Pouf is 25 inches by diameter and the height is 12 inches. But it’s shape isn’t even….it bulges in all kinds of places and hollows in at the oddest places……which is why the reducing of stitches is done the way it has been done…you will have to find your own way to work out the side….So this post can just, be used as a guide and I do apologise for that.

Isn’t she Lovely now?….I feel like Stevie Wonders…..Isn’t she Lovely, Isn’t she beautiful, isn’t she wonderful….la……la…la…..I know silly…..but there you are…..have always liked making up stories about inanimate things…..Chalo….See ya in my next post …it’s going to be a tutorial post…..how to make rectangles….Just need to make that photo tutorial and we are done…!!!!! Take Care and may the Crochet Goddesses be with you.

Mandala

MANDALA

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Crochet Chronicles

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…..:-)