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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/

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Diamond Lattice Scarf

DIAMOND LATTICE SCARF

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Crochet Chronicles:

My sister, who rarely ask me for anything, was going through my FB page Crochet & More and fell in love with the Irish crochet scarf that I had done.. She wanted one of those…..but I had just finished hooking up 3 of them and was a little bored with doing the same thing. So I hooked her this scarf……and guess what?…. she loved it!!!!

This is a very gentle and innocent stitch pretending to be glamorous and sophisticated….and if you are wondering what I mean by that is……though the stitch looks complicated it is very simple to do and is addictive.

Materials used:

Pearl cottton #5 from Soft Feather 150 gms

Omega cotton Thread from Coats #10 – 100 gms.

Anchor cotton #20  – 20 gms for the tassels

Abbreviations used:

Slip stich – ss

Single Crochet – sc

Double Crochet – dc

Skip – sk

This is the chart that I worked from: This pattern is from the internet. I did do my own thing, in that, I hooked in a mesh stitch on either side of the scarf.

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Written Pattern:

As mentioned before, I have used 3 kinds of thread…pearl #5, #10 and #20……it adds to the texture of the finished product…

I first worked with #5…which is a very light thread, building in the middle portion of the scarf…..then I worked #10 on both sides…#10 is not as soft as #5…so it weighs a little on both sides and then when you add the #20 as tassels…the whole project holds the length and shape…There is no need to starch this scarf.

Row1:  For this scarf I hooked in 16×6 = 96 + 8 +8 chains. then 3 chain up

Row 2: 3 dc in same chain as the 3ch up ;* skip 7 ch; 3dc in next  ch; 3ch; 3dc in same ch;* continue with ** until you reach the last  8 chs…. then skip 7 chs  and  4dc in  the last chain

Row 3:  3ch up, 3dc in the same chain; *5 chain, 3dc in  the 3ch loop created by the two 3dc cluster in the first row.; 3chain; 3dc in the same loop*. continue  ** until end of row.

Row 4:  3ch up , 3dc in same chain; *3chain; 1 sc is made gathering the 7 ch of the first and second rows: then 3ch; 3dc in the previous row’s loop 3ch 3dc* continue until end of row.

Now you have created your first diamond Lattice.

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I made 34 rows of diamond Lattice in Pearl #5 then switched to #10 for 10 rows. Cut the yarn, and attached it to the other end of the scarf where I had first begun. So now you are hooking into #5 thread with #10 thread. What you get is a thicker and softer middle portion (the part that goes around your neck.)..and both the ends of the scarf are daintier becos you have hooked it with a #10. I also wanted the zigzag design as the border….I thought it looked more interesting.

I made 54 rows of Diamond Lattices.

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You don’t have to use 3 different types of yarn ….you can make it with the same yarn all over…I just like to play around with textures…:-)

To give the  2 long sides of the scarf a lacy feel I crocheted a mesh stitch along the sides using  Omega from Coats #10 thread.

For the mesh stitch….dc 3ch  dc

Tassels:

I made the tassels with Anchor #20……just t wanted it to look more daintier and delicate…..Here is a very good link that shows you how to make tassels….

http://hubpages.com/hub/Knitting-Hints-How-to-Make-and-Attach-Fringe-Tassels-to-a-Scarf-Shawl-or-Sweater

Well…here we are at and that’s how simple this scarf was to make……Enjoy…and Keep that beautiful smile on always….

How to Read A Crochet Pattern -1

How to read a Crochet Pattern – 1

(Diagram & Written)

One of the most important tools to learning crochet after learning the stitches is to know the symbols and abbreviations representing each stitch.  In lesson 1, where we learnt, the chain stitch…..I had given you a chart showing the symbol of each stitch that we learnt, and in every lesson following, I have shown you the abbreviation of each stitch…I am sharing that here again.

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Crochet Abbreviations:  These are used in written patterns. Almost all vintage patterns are written and it is impt to know these abbreviations if you wish to do some beautiful heritage work. Here is a table of abbreviations:

 

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Annie’s catalog has a very detailed description of how to read a written pattern….here is the link:

http://www.anniescatalog.com/crochet/learntoread.html

How to work this pattern out: This is the diagramtic pattern for a granny square:

 

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As you can see the stitches used here are:

Chain(ch) Double crochet (dc) and slip stitch(ss)

This is how you work this pattern out.

I suggest that  you take a print of the symbol  and abbreviation chart. Holding these charts just next to the diagram…..recognise the symbols shown in the diagram, so reading this particular diagram would be as follows…..

Row 1: Basic knot; chain 4 ; Slip stitch in first stitch a ring is created.(lesson 1)

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Row 2: Chain 3, 2dc into the ring;  *2ch 3dc*(3); 2ch; ss. (*2ch, 3dc*(2)………this means you make 2 chains  and 3dc 2 more times, that is 3 times in all)

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Row 3: Hook in 3 more ss.  3 chains in first chain after dc of previous row. 2dc in 2 chain,loop; 2ch; 3dc in 2ch loop.

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1 ch.; *3dc in 2 ch loop 2 ch 3dc in same 2ch loop 1ch* (2); ss   Hook in 3 more ss in the next 2dc and first ch of the previous row.

Chain 3 from the ss in the first ch of the previous row. 2dc in 2 chain loop; 2ch; 3dc in the same chain loop; 1ch; 3dc in 1ch loop. *3dc in 2ch loop; 2 ch; 3dc in the same chain loop;  1ch; 3dc in 1ch loop* (2).  

 

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There……. now, your Granny square is ready.

Use the abbreviation chart to understand the abbr. that I have used here.

Keep searching through  the internet for patterns with diagrams and written patterns and practice them with the skills you have gained here…..soon you will be able to read crochet with ease….and then who dares to stop you?…:-D!!!!

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

BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO CROCHET BASICS – 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.

 

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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 .

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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. . .

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There you are ….the Basic Knot.

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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…… .

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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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yarn over

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

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

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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….