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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….



Diamond Lattice Scarf



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.


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.


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.


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


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….


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

Filet Crochet – Increase/Decrease

Filet Crochet – Increase & Decrease


In our first Lesson on Filet Crochet ..we learnt how to make a filet correct mesh, how to read filet charts, how to make  filet charts and design your own patterns. Here is the link to the first lesson ….in case you missed it..


In the next and last lesson on Filet crochet we learn to shape our  work..For Eg: to give a table cloth a zigzag edging or to give to doily a diamond shape etc….

To shape filet crochet work..we use a technique known as increase or decrease. That means you will increase/decrease by blocks or spaces at the end of a row or at the beginning of a row.

The two pictures above (both from the net) are examples of how you can shape your filet crochet work.

Below is a chart showing you how to increase or decrease filet crochet 

(Both charts have been downloaded from the net)



How to Increase at the beginning of the row/ Increase at the end of the row (spaces and blocks)


Increasing A Block At The End Of A Row


Work in a treble into….


The stitch at the base of the last stitch…as shown in the picture…


Work in another treble into the base of the first treble that you have just done….and another treble into the just done treble(second)…..And you now have a increase…block at the end of the row.


 Increasing  A Block At The Beginning Of A Row

Hook in 5 chains. Turn your work.


Double Crochet into 4th chain from hook.


Make a second double crochet(dc)  into the next chain and a third dc into the last dc of the previous row.


Increasing A Space At The Beginning Of A Row

Hook in 7 chains. Turn your work.


Hook in a dc into the last dc of the previous row.




Increasing A Space At the End Of A Row

Work in 2 chains..


Yarn over 3 times…We are going to make a double treble. Push the hook into the last dc from the front to the back.


Finish the double treble…( I have a link to tutorial for double treble at the end of this tutorial)


Work in the needed turing chains, Turn your work and continue as the pattern dictates.



How to hook in a Double Treble……



Decreasing A Space At the Beginning Of A Row

Work one chain


Slip Stitch into next 3 dcs….


Work 5 chains….skip 2 chains/dcs……and dc  into the 3rd dc…

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Decreasing A Space/Block At the End Of A Row

Work in turning chains….5 chains in this case……Turn your work.


Then skip 2 dc and 1dc into the 3rd dc if you wish to make a space…..or 3 dc into each of the next 3 dcs.


Decreasing A Block At the Beginning Of A Row

Hook one chain up. Turn your work.


Slip Stich(ss)  in 2nd, 3rd and 4th double crochet(dc)…….3 chain up, then work the block


2 dc into the 2 chain space and 1 dc into the first dc of the previous row….



Some Patterns for Filet Crochet Shaping or Increase and Decrease


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And A Link to some more Patterns


  There it is….Filet Crochet Increase/Decrease…..Bete Noire to most crocheters….DEMOLISHED!!!!!

Easy Wasn’t it???? The only way to own any Art is to practice….so don’t waste time….Get those hooks out…and let’s beat the black beast…:-)