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Krishna Ashtami – Krishna Pendant

Peacock Feather & Flute Pendant


How to make the Peacock Feather


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


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.



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.



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.


And That’s that….a lovely locket to wear for a special occasion!!!

For other Ashtami patterns do check these links….



How to make a Beaded Bracelet using ch stitch.

How to crochet a beaded bracelet using ch, ss and basic knot

1. Thread the required number of beads…I used 8 large wooden beads here….and then made a basic knot.

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2. Chain 5 stitches and then pull the bead in..yarn over(yo) pull through the loop and you have the first bead  fixed.


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3. Chain 5 stitches and pull in the bead and repeat as before..

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4. Continue until you get the required length.

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5. Then keeping the last loop on the hook…..push ur hook through the first chain and do a slip stitch.

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6. You now have a bracelet ring and now you need to cut the excess yarn and tuck the rest in securely.

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7. Voila…..You have your first crochet project and also learned how to crochet with beads in a very basic way….

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Beginner’s Basic Crochet Stitches – Tr and dtr

Basic Crochet Stitches

Treble/Triple(tr) crochet and Double Treble(dtr)


Here we are going  learn how to crochet  a treble stitch and the double treble stitch.

How to hook a Treble Crochet:

1. Chain  the number of stitches that you wish to hook plus 4 more chain stitches.  Yarn over 2 times.

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2. Push  the hook in to the 5th chain from the hook.


3.  You now have 4 loops on the hook. Yarn over. Pull the  yarn through 2 loops.  you have 3 loops left.


4. Yarn over. Pull the yarn through  the next 2 loops and you have 2 loops left on the hook. Yarn over.  Pull the yarn through the 2 loops and then you have just one loop left.

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5.  Your treble stitch is done.


Here is the video tutorial for the treble/ triple crochet stitch

How to Hook a Double Treble Crochet

1.  Basic Knot. Chain in the req number of stitches plus 5. Yarn over 3 times.

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2.  Push the hook into the 6th chain from the hook. Yarn over.

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3. Pull the yarn through the chain and you have 5 loops on the hooks.

4. Yarn over again and pull through  2 loops leaving 4 loops on the hook.

5. Yarn Over.

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6. Yarn Over. Pull through 2 loops. Leaving 3 loops on the hook. Yarn over.  Pull through  2 loops leaving just 2 loops on the hook.

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7.  Yarn Over. Pull the yarn through the last two loops.

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8.  And You have your double treble all done!!!

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How to crochet in a double Treble Stitch – Video Turorial:

The difference between the Treble stitch and the Double Treble Stitch.


Basic Crochet Lessons- 2 – sc,hdc,dc

Basic Crochet Lessons – 2

Single Crochet(sc); Half Double Crochet(hdc); Double Crochet(dc)

In my last post,  we did the first three stitches that is the Basic Knot, Chain and slip stitch.

Here is the link to our first lesson,


So now we move on to the next three stitches…..Single Crochet(sc); Half Double Crochet(hdc); Double Crochet(dc)

How to make a Single Crochet(sc):


1. Hook a string of chain stitches. This is your foundation row. It is on this you will crochet ur single crochet stitches(sc).


2. Push the hook into the second chain from the hook.  You now have 2 loops on the hook

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3. Yarn Over(yo)

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4. Pull the yarn through both the loops…to get just one loop on the hook.

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How to make a single crochet video tutorial

 Voila…Single Crochet(sc)

And to practice your single crochet, check out this link…..patterns using sc.


How to Make a Half Double Crochet(hdc):


1. Make a string of chain stitches as you did for the sc.

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2.Yarn Over(yo)

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3. Push the hook into the 3rd chain from hook.

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4.Yarn Over(yo)


5. Pull the Yarn through all the 3 loops.

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6. There you have it half double crochet.


Patterns using Half Double Crochet…..

A Wash Cloth


A Draw String Bag


A Beanie


How to Make Double Crochet(dc):


1. Make a string of chain stitches to form a foundation row. Yarn Over(yo).

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2. Now you have 2 loops on the hook. Push the hook into the 4th chain from hook.Now you have 3 loops on the hook. 

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5. Pull the yarn through 2 loops….Again….now you  have 2 loops on the hook.

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6. Yarn Over(yo)


7. Pull the yarn through both the loops and u r now left with just one loop on the hook.


Abracadabra!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Your Double Crochet is all done.

Practice Patterns for Double Crochet

A Scarf

Dish Cloth




There we are….three more stitches done. Hope you enjoyed the ride as much as I did….See all of you when I come back with the 3rd schedule of the series Basic Crochet Lessons.

Let Peace and Love Prevail….but that does’t mean you have to roll over and let others trample all over you….;-))

Beginner’s Guide To Basic Knot, ch and ss – 1


Basic Knot; Chain(ch);slip stitch(ss)

Crochet is not difficult…in fact it is one of the most easiest of crafts to learn and one of the most comforting. A great stress buster and unlike many other crafts doesn’t need much equipment….one hook and a ball of yarn ….and  you are all set to go!

Crochet is very flexible and forgiving in that, one or 2 stitches missed or added doesn’t really matter in most patterns. You can do crochet almost anywhere and should you make a mistake it isn’t difficult to rip it off and start all over again…..

Crochet stitches aren’t complicated….once you learn the basic chain and double crochet ….you just build on that… Here we will, be learning the eight basic stitches on which most of crochet is based on.

We will be learning the,

1. The Basic Knot

2. The Chain Stitch – ch(Abbreviation)

3.Slip Stitch – ss((Abbreviation)

4.Single Crochet – sc(Abbreviation)

5. Half double Crochet – hdc(Abbreviation)

6. Double Crochet – dc(Abbreviation)

7.Treble Crochet  or Triple Crochet – tr(Abbreviation)

8. Double Treble –  dtr(Abbreviation)

Crochet Symbols and Abbreviations :

Each stitch with the exception of the basic knot is represented by a symbol. You should know these symbols and abbreviations by heart since these are your building tools in reading crochet patterns.



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How to hold a crochet hook while crocheting:

Hold your Crochet hook between ur fore finger, middle finger and thumb gripping the hook at it’s flattest surface. Do not hold the hook too tight or too loose….just firm enough for it to work for you. The main thing is to be relaxed.




How to hold the yarn while crocheting:

There are many ways to hold yarn while crocheting. This is the way I hold yarn while making the basic knot and it works for me.

Google as many ways as you can find and choose the way you think works for you. Hold the open end of your palm in front of you facing you.   Place the tail end of the yarn over the palm and wrap that end over ur fore finger.


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Then bring the tail end of the yarn over the other three fingers and grip the tail end between your ring finger, little finger and thumb. Hold it firmly….not too tight or too loose. This is where you get the yarn tension right.

What is Yarn Tension?

Yarn tension is how tight or how loose you crochet and it differs from person to person. It is better to hold your yarn just right so that all your stitches are even. Don’t worry if you can’t do it right the first few times…this comes with practice. Stick to it and you will master it soon enough.

Don’t compare your pace with anybody else’s. Each person is different and mastering a crochet stitch fast or slow doesn’t make or break you…You are, and will always be that special edition that God created with love.


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1. Basic knot: The basic knot is the first knot you make to build that foundation chain. It is easy to do…..but needs a bit of practice. Push your hook under the yarn which is held between your fore finger and your middle finger.

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Lift the hook up so that it brings the yarn over(yo) it up as well. Yarn over is an important tern used in crochet. It amply means to wrap the yarn over the hook. And the abbreviation used is (yo).

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Now twist the hook around along with the yarn to 360 degree circle so that a loop is formed.

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Then yarn over and hook in the yarn through the loop .


A knot is formed at the base of the loop. You can increase or decrease the size of the loop by pulling the main end of the yarn. . .


There you are ….the Basic Knot.


How to make a Chain Stitch:

Chain stitch forms the foundation to most crochet projects.  Again hold your yarn taut….but not too tight or loose. Push the hook under the yarn ..Yarn over. Hook the yarn.

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Pull the yarn with the hook thru the basic knot….

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And your first chain is formed.

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Push, yarn over, Pull thru the previous chain…..

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A string of chains…… .


How to make a Slip Stitch(ss) :

Slip Stitches are used to join pieces of crochet together, to end a project, to make the rim of a bag, basket etc, to shape a neckline, arm hole, or any thing really. It is a very versatile tool to have in your crochet kitty.

Slip Stitch is done by increasing the loops on your hook by two and then pulling the yarn through both the loops thus decreasing loop on the hook back to one.

Leaving one loop on the hook, push the hook into the first chain of the foundation chain


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Pull the yarn through both the loops ….now you have just one loop on the hook


That’s it slip stitch…..and you now have a crochet ring.


This is a video tutorial that I made…it’s a very rough version…cos it’s the first time I have done anything like this….I need to edit this….but  have yet to learn that….I will be doing so once I climb that mountain.

This can also be used as a base to make a crochet  circle. That’s your 3 stitches for now….Practice these well…until you get a string of even chains.

My next post will be on 3 other stitches…..Single Crochet, Half double crochet and Double Crochet .

Adios…Amigos….:-D!!! For now….