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!!!!

Spider Stitch Scarf

Moon Beam Scarf

 

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 Crochet Chronicles

Crocheted another scarf for my sis, who decided that after the black one….she wanted one in white….and a crochet pal of mine Rajeswari S Sekar shared this pattern, just then. Didn’t think much of it initially but then, it started showing possibilities…especially since I was to fly to Kochi soon and the only hook that I could take on board was a bamboo 2.00mm hook. And I just happened to have a cone of cotton yarn…Chinese ( not easy to hook with and not as good quality as the Indian cotton cone…but suited this project).

As I said, it slowly evolved into a very interesting  project…and this is how it was done…

 

Abbreviations

ch – chain

sc – single crochet

dc – double crochet

tr – treble crochet

sk – skip

Total Size of this Scarf :

Width – 30cms/ 1 ft

Length – 4 ft

 

 Diagram

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Method

1. Chain in the required amount of stitches, in multiples of 10 plus 2…

2. sc in 3rd chain from hook; 3 ch, sk 3 chs; dc in next chain, 2ch, dc in same chain as the first dc( creating a ‘V’ stitch); 3 ch, sk 3 chs;  scs in next 3 chains; 3 chs, sk 3 chs,; scs in next 2 chs.

3. 6 ch up; 5 dcs into 2 ch loop; 4 ch; sc in the 2nd sc of the 3 secs in the first row; 4 ch; 5 dcs in 2 ch loop; 4 chain; sc in last chain  of first row.

4. 6 ch up; 5 sc in each dc of 2nd row;  5 sc in ech of the dcs of previous row; 3 chs; tr crochet in 5th chain of previous row.

5. 3 ch up, dc in treble of previous row; 3 ch; sc into next 5 dcs; 7 ch;  scs in each of the next 5 dcs; 3 chs; 1 tr in 5th chain of previous row.

6. 3 ch up 1 dc into the tr of previous row; 3 ch; sk first sc; secs into next 3 scs; sk next sc; 3ch; dc into  4th ch, 2 ch,  dc in 4th chain( creating another ‘V’);  3 ch;sk first sc; secs into next 3 scs; sk next sc; 3 ch; 2 dc into 4th chain of previous row.

7. 3 ch up; 2 dc into first dc of previous row; 4 ch;  sk first sc; sc into next sc; sk next sc; 4 ch; 5 dcs into 2 ch loop; 4 ch; sk  first sc; sc in next sc; sk next sc; 4 ch; 3 dc into first ch of first 3 ch up.

8. 2 ch up, sc in next 2 dc; 7 ch sc in next 5 dcs; 7 ch; 3 scs  in next 3 stitches.

Repeat from Row 2 to Row 8, until yo get required length.

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Crochet Ovals

 

Crochet Ovals

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I never quiet realised how much one can do with crochet ovals. To me the extent to which you can use this shape began and ended with doilies and table runners. Then Pinterest happened and it opened up a whole new world. There are crochet oval rugs, placemats, coasters,Bag bases, baskets, the oval shape required for eyes for an amigurumi project etc….

Here we will learn how to crochet  a basic oval pattern, This is a closed pattern where in there aren’t much space in between the stitches…so this is a great pattern to use when you are thinking of a bag base.

 

Abbreviations Used:

ch – chain

dc – double crochet

ss – slip stitich

 

To Begin With:

Hook in 16 chains.

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Round 1:

Hook in 16 chains.

3ch up, 5 dc in same chain(turning stitch); Then one dc in each of the following chains until you reach the last chain; 6 dc in the last chain, slip stitch in the 3rd chain of the 3 chain up at the beginning of the row.

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Round 2:

3 ch up: 2dc in each of the next dcs of the previous round;  1 dc in next dc. (Turning stitch)

1 dc in each of the next 14 dcs; Next stitch is dc on dc of previous round; Then 2 dc in each of the next 4 dcs; dc in dc; 1 dc in each of the next 14 stitches; ss in the 3rd ch of the 3 chain in the beginning of  round 2.

 

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Round 3:

3 chain up. 2 dc in each of the next 10 dcs. 1 dc in the next 14 dcs.2 dc in each of the next 10 dcs.1 dc in the next 14 dcs.ss in the 3rd ch of the 3 chain in the beginning of round 3.

 

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How to crochet oval eyes for ur Amigurumi projects

Bread Basket

http://todays232.rssing.com/browser.php?indx=6172672&item=104

Oval basket

http://www.antiquecrochetpatterns.com/easy-crochet-basket- pattern.html

Link to oval doilies

http://crochet.about.com/od/oval-shape/tp/oval-pattern.htm

Link to oval placemat

http://www.redheart.com/free-patterns/oval-placemat-coaster

 

Pattern For an Oval Basket

 

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Pattern For Baby Booties

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Spiral Oval

 

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Pattern For An Oval Table Runner

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http://chabepatterns.files.wordpress.com/2013/11/oval_base2.pdf

 

So there you are……Crochet Ovals……a lovely and elegant shape that lends a kind of dignity to your work.  Did you find it easy to work on? Do let me know ….Sayonara for now….Next Post How to crochet the diamond shape.

Crochet Rectangles

 

How to Crochet A Rectangle

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Crochet rectangles are so useful! Bag bases, scarfs, pillow covers,punches, purses, clutches,  door mats…etc….all these can be made by using a basic rectangle pattern. And when you make a fabric collage of rectangles you can make garments, Afghans, baby blankets curtains, bedspreads…well almost anything…..as you well know crochet is flexible, adaptable and totally craft friendly….:-)

 

How to Hook a Crochet Rectangle

There are many patterns to make a crochet rectangle . Here I have shown three patterns

1. The Closed Pattern…very useful to make the base of a bag or if you want to make an afghan which is closely stitched.

2. Open Pattern: This is done in the 3 dc together stitch and is less time consuming than the closed pattern.

3. Granny Square: A much more open pattern and very easy to do….

 

Abbreviations Used:

ch – chain

dc – double crochet

ss – slip stitch

 

1. Closed Pattern 

 

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To Begin With:

 

Hook in 14 chains plus 3( for the next row)

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Round 1: 

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2 dcs in 4th chain; 2 ch; 2 dc in same chain as before; chain in 12 dc into each of the next chains ; chain 2, 3 dc in the 13th chain,  2 ch, 2dc in the same chain;

Now you have turned on to the opposite side of the chain link. Hook in 12dc into the next 12  chains; chain 2, 2dc; ss into 3rd chain of 3 chain .

Round 2: 

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Round 3:

3 chain up,  3 dc into 3 dc of previous stitch; *2dc in 2ch loop of previous row, 2 ch, 2dc as before*( This is your turning stitch).

 

Then 16 dc into the next 16 dc; Repeat **; 3 dc into 3 dc of previous stitch; Repeat **; Then 16 dc into the next 16 dc; Repeat **; ss into 3 ch of beginning 3 ch.

I am not doing the 3rd row as it is just  a repetition of the 2nd row but in each row the dcs will increase…..so keep the count.

2. 3 dc together  Pattern:

This is another pattern for the rectangle..it is a more open pattern.

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3. Granny Square Pattern:

Granny Square pattern is very popular, and as you can see very easy to work out.

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Here are some pics that I got from the net …just showing you how well this shape adapts to different projects.

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Different Kinds of Crochet rectangle patterns

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Rectangle base for bag

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Tunic Top worked in a rectangle 

https://crochetnmore.wordpress.com/2014/12/02/how-to-crochet-a-tunic-top/

Patchwork Car Coat…Pattern form Lionbrand yarns 

http://www.lionbrand.com/patterns/L32204.html

How to make a cushion cover using crochet rectangles

http://www.stonehouseworkshop.com/crochet-rectangle-granny-square/

How to make a Granny rectangle from the crochet crowd.

And there you are……So Easy……..since I learnt it form the net and books….I never knew the significance of knowing to hook shapes….but 14 years on….I know now that crochet like any other art is best learnt step by step…first the stitches, then shapes and then onto projects incorporating these stitches and shapes. Once you get the basics in like this, you have the tools to create your own designs…and that’s where I want to take you…It took me ages to figure out all these things for myself…simplifying the process of learning is what I am trying to do for all who are interested.

Hope You will try this out and let me know how you found this lesson.

Vintage Coin Purse or Miser’s Purse

Vintage Coin Purse or Miser’s Purse

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Crochet Chronicles:

Suja Mohan one of my Besties shared a picture of a vintage coin purse that belonged to her Grandmother, in our crochet group, a while ago.

The purse was in 2 pieces joined by many chains….you pulled open the mouth of the sides to open the purse and pulled on the chains to close it. This isn’t a purse that you carry around in your hand or over your shoulder, You tuck one of the sides into your waist, while the other hangs out. You can use both the sides to store your money..for e.g….you can put coins on one side ad notes on the other…..or you can use one side( if you make it big enough) to store your mobile.

The purse fascinated all of us….but we couldn’t figure out how it was hooked, until Me and my Mom met up for lunch with  the dynamic, talented and multifaceted Viraja at…..

https://www.facebook.com/KnottyNest?fref=ts

Do take a look at her page….to see the wonderful work she has done……. Viraja gifted my Mom with a lovely pastel pink Miser’s purse and suggested that we have a group CAL for this purse……she promised to mentor the CAL……and that is how I learnt to make this purse….

The  pattern below has been written by her …….

Materials used:

For this Purse I used Omega #10 cotton thread – 30gms Red Rose Gold Metallic Thread – 5 gms Hook # 1.25mm

Abbreviations used: ch : chain Hdc/hdc : Half double crochet dc : double crochet sc : single crochet

Step 1

Hook in 150 chains using a marker at every 50 chain interval. You can use a piece of yarn or a safety pin as a marker too. Note that you need to put in only 2 markers for this 150 chain. 11063236_371142039739844_1449282969_n

Step 2

Chain up by one and then hook in 50 hdcs…….now chain in 50 chains then…..hook in 50 hdcs in the foundation chain….. Now you have the beginning of the two pouches connected by two 50 chains…as is seen in the picture below… 11040319_371142016406513_457118007_n

Step 3

Repeat step 2  until both pouches become 3” in width. ( this is how Viraja’s pattern goes) I got a little bored after 4 rows of hdcs so I changed the thread using a gold metallic one and instead of hdcs I chained up 3 when making the turn…then made a popcorn stitch in the next hdc and a dc in the next….popcorn  and dc until the end of that hdc row….chained in 50 with the gold thread and repeated the popcorn dc stitch until the end of that row.

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After one row of gold ..repeat the Magenta color thread and hdcs for a few rows( you can make it as wide or as narrow as you

please……..

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Then added the gold thread and worked it as before….after that works a couple of rows of magenta again…..This is how it will

look when you are done….

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Step 4

Now fold one side of the purse say ‘A’, into half. Cut the thread and join it at the folded portion of the purse on one side. Now join the edge using single crochet.  I have showed it below using a cream coloured thread…so that you can see how I worked it. Join one side using scs….when you come to the top of the purse or the mouth of the purse hook in scs….without joining that portion…scs on the rim where there are no chains and then go down the other side joining the two flaps there using scs.

Here is the procedure in pictures…..

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 Step 5

Now you need to make the lock for this side  ‘A’. The ’50 chain lot’ is used to connect both the sides as well as to lock the pouches. To make the lock…….Fold the ’50 chain lot’ over side ‘A’ like in the first pic below…….leaving the chains falling over

the mouth of ‘A” as in the second pic below..

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 Carefully observe the picture below….

Here I made 50 scs along the rim of  ‘A’ carrying the ’50 chain lot’.  The way you make the scs is  by making your first sc on the first hdc. Move the first chain of 50  from the ’50 chain  lot’ over the sc that you have just done and make an sc in the next hdc….continue this way until you lock in all the chains between 2 scs each…… See pic below…… 11077890_371346533052728_185875820_n

When you are done this is how the mouth of the purse will look like( check pic below)………when you pull it apart…the chains will act as a lock which you can pull to close the mouth of the purse.

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If u want the opening wide, then u can hook in hdcs or dcs . I made scs.

Step 6 

DSC_9453 Now to work the other side….Hook in 50 chains and anchor it  on the other side say ‘B’. Repeat Steps 4 and 5 again and cut off the thread when done.

Step 7….To finish with….

Make chain between 25 or 30. Place to around the ’50 chain lot’ & join with slip stitch.Work secs or dcs in 2 or 3 rows so that you get a ring around the chain lot. cut thread and finish. DSC_9457 This helps to hold all the ’50 chain lot’ into one  holder & helps when u use ur coin purse.

Points to Note

1. U can make a beautiful edging to both sides of the purse in a contrasting color!

2. You don’t have to work the purses in hdc or sc or dcs…you can work it in any stitch you like…..If the stitch you have chosen has spaces in between make sure you add a lining to the purses before you do step 4 and 5.

3. Add beads, flowers, and other adornments to accessorise your purse…and make it your own.

This  is an ideal purse for Temple goers….mainly because many Hindu Temples do not allow leather bags inside…aside from that it leaves your hands free to pray, plus you can carry a little bit of money, your credit card and your mobile phone without having the nuisance of carrying a bag…. I hope this post has been lucid enough…..and was enough for you to want to try it out….

Take Care and Keep that beautiful smile on….you never know you is looking…:-)

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Spiral Pot Holders

SPIRAL POT HOLDERS

 

I haven’t made a tutorial for this post, cos this one was a learning curve for me. What I have done here is ….I have collated all the links that I looked at and went through to learn to make spirals.

You can make spirals with a single colour or can go up to 8 colours or more if you r dextrous enough. Do take a look at the link to spiral earrings here….it’s lovely!

I made spirals in single colour and then had chains hooked on the rim of the spiral, in 2 colours and 4 colours….but have posted links for 3 colours and 5 colours as well….

 

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Spiral done in one colour

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http://made-in-k-town.blogspot.de/2012/06/spiral-coasterpotholder-pattern.html

 

 

 Spirals done in 2 Colours 

 

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http://themercerie.net/crochet-spirals-and-mandalas/

 

 

Link to Spiral Place Mat

 

Spiral done in 3 colours

 

 

Spiral Done in 4 colours

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http://craftside.typepad.com/craftside/2009/12/how-to-crochet-a-4-color-spiral-from-the-new-book-the-complete-photo-guide-to-crochet-by-margaret-hu.html

 

5 colours

Link to a spiral ear ring tutorial in 5 colours

 

 

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 Enjoy…….The Ride….All…:-D!!!

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.

Evening Glory – A Beaded Scarf

Evening Glory – A Beaded Scarf

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Crochet Chronicles

I went shopping in Mangalore with my crochet buddy Viraja and bought this lovely mustard Kurti/Tunic top. It was pretty on it’s own but needed something to sass it up….thus began my voyage into another bout of pattern hunting…..then I came across a a post by another crochet buddy Meena Krishnamurthy who had used this variation of the ripple stitch to create a lovely Afghan…..And while she had done hers in different colours I wanted a black…a jazzed up black….so I used bronze shaded seed beads to create a totally different effect.

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Materials used:

DMC #30 – 100 gms( 2 balls)

Seed beads of your preference…( the amount depends on the amt of beads you wish to add) – Approx 150 gms

Hook – 0 .9mm

Abbreviations Used:

ss- slip stitich

sc – single crochet

sk – skip

dc – double crochet

ch – chain

tr – treble crochet

Crochet Chart: 

( courtesy the internet, and shared by Meena Krishnamurthy)

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Method

Think of how wide and long you wish the scarf to be. Then calculate the number of chains you will have to make for the required width plus 3 ch( the last part takes the work up to the next row.)

This one is calculated by multiples of 10 plus 1. because at every 11th stitch the ripple effect is created in the 2nd row

First decide where you want the beads to be in the pattern. Then calculate the amt of beads that you will need. String in the beads. Sometimes you may find it difficult to string in all the beads in one go and that is alright. String in as much as you can and then when you have done in the beads on the thread and but still need to add a few more, just cut the thread and stitch it in. String in all the beads that you need and then ss and continue.

Written Pattern

Row 1:

Chain in 131 plus 1…altogether 132; then sc in 131 chains.

Row 2:

^(Chain 3, *skip 1 sc, dc in next sc, 1 ch*,repeat ** 4 times; 2 chain, dc in same sc as previous dc( making a ‘V’ shape); Since a ripple effect in crochet s caused by peaks and dips……This causes the pattern to lift to  peak…..and the next set of stitches will cause the dip.

*sk sc, 1 ch,  dc in next sc*, repeat ** 3 times, sk 3 chs, dc in next sc)^

Repeat ^^ until the end of the row…….end with a dc.

I crocheted in the beads, here as I did this row…2 beads per stitch.

Row 3:

3 ch up, sk one ch, a dc  each in next the  8 stitches, 3 ch, dc in the same stitch as previous dc…..making a ‘V’….A peak

*7 dcs in each of the next 7 stitches, sk 1 ch, 2dc and 1ch; dc in each of the next 7 stitches;…….a dip……..3 ch, dc in the same stitch as previous dc…..making a ‘V’*.

Repeat ** until the end of the row….end with a dc.

Row 4:

3 ch up, sk 2 dcs; (dc in the next dc, ch 1) x 3; *sk one chain, one dc in the next chain, 3 ch one dc in the same chain as previous dc…A peak

sk one ch, ch 1, (dc in next dc,ch 1) x 3; sk 4 dc; dc in next dc, ………Dip………(skip one ch, 1 ch) x 3; *

Repeat **until the end of the row end with dc

Row 5:

Chain up 4, sk one ch, ch 1, treble in next dc; ch 1, sk 1 ch, treble in next stitch; ch 1 , sk 1 dc, dc in dc, sk 1 ch , ch 1, dc in dc;

Repeat Rows 1 to 5 until you get the required length.

Edging

Here’s a pic tutorial on how to make a curly tassel.

http://www.crochetspot.com/how-to-crochet-curly-fringe/

And here’s the video tutorial….

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