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.
Yarn used: Laura Knitting Cotton.
Hook Used: 3.00 mm
sc – Single Crochet
hdc – Half Double Crochet
dc – Double Crochet
ss – slip stitch
Step 1: chain in 9 stitches
Step 2: 3 scs into the 2nd chain from hook.
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.
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.
That is the main part of the foot done.
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.
Then ss into the slip knot and pull tight. Then tuck the tails in neatly and cut off the extra lengths.
The Fourth Toe or Ring Toe:
Make a slip knot, chain 2 and make a sc into the first chain
Then ss into the slip knot…
Tuck and cut away the extra tail…
There is your fourth toe…
Third Toe/Middle Toe:
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.
Long Toe/Second Toe:
Ditto as Third toe…except hook in 4 scs into magic ring.
Fifth Toe/Big Toe:
Ditto as Third toe except hook in 5 scs into magic ring.
I made three more baby feet to show Baby Krishna walking towards pots of butter…:-)
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..:-)
The sad part about crocheting in black is that it doesn’t photograph very well, unless you have professional lighting. When a dear Friend’s daughter was asked what colour she would like her vest to be in she replied…Black. And as this was my present to her….I wanted her to have what she liked.
I tried using an Anchor cotton#20….but found that it wouldn’t hold shape unless it was starched. But when I tried it in Red Rose Cotton….it worked very well…but I found the swatch dull as ditch water…..
This was clearly a case for those lovely black Japanese tube beads and black crystal beads. So I called them in and they arrived full of zeal and a great sense of duty to enliven this pretty pineapple patterned vest……:-))!!
Red Rose cotton #10 – 100gms
Hook size 1.5mm
Beads: Japanese tube beads – 64 nosfor each motif….to be threaded in before you start crocheting. So 1280 in all .
1 Black Crystal Beads for the centre of each motif. So 20 in all.
The measurements I used were to fit Shoulders – 36 centimetre; waist – 23 centimetre and the total length – 50 centimetre.
I had downloaded this pattern a long time ago…..but now have lost the link…..I suggest that you try livenetinternet.
Here is the pattern.
I made 20 squares.
Decide on where you would like the beads to be. I like things to be understated….esp garments and accessories. So as I mentioned earlier, I used only 64 Japanese cylindrical beads for each square motif and one black crystal bead in the centre of the motif.
The order in which to thread in the beads
First thread in 64 tube beads and then 1 black crystal…so that when you make that first ring you can loop that crystal bead into the centre of the motif first.
When you reach the last row of the second motif …hook in that row while joining it to the first motif. Thus if you need 3rows and 4 columns of motifs for the back…..Keep adding on newer motifs to the already hooked one by using the final row of the motif being worked on as the joining agent.
After joining the motifs, crochet in a border of double crochets all around each of the front pieces and the back portion. This helps define ur work as well as to help it lie down without the edges curling up.
The 2 pics below show the 2 front and 1 back portions of the vest.
Then join the pieces with either whipping stitch or single crochet stitches.
Once the 3 pieces are joined…..crochet in a border on the free edges….comprising of the edge each of the 2 front pieces along with nape (back) and the bottom edge of all 3 pieces.
After working in the dc border slip stitch and finish.
Then Chain 1 up and a sc in the same stitch; *15 chain skip 12 dcs, sc*( Repeat** until a looped border is made )…Slip stitch.
Then , Chian 1 up, sc in same stitch, *sc into the 15 chain loop, 3 chain picot, sc*(repeat ** in the same loop 4 more times. Repeat this on all the loops. The below picture gives you an idea of how the border is to be done.
This is a lovely vest…especially if you add beads to it….Those lovely subtle Japanese beads adds to the look of the vest….A nice finish …for a very special, night out .
Remember, last time I told you about my Dad being ill…Well…his sister my Aunt, came down and spent the time with us…you know being with the family, support, love …that vital support system that makes life easier. So when it was time for her to leave …I wanted to make her something that she would love and something that was practical as well..
Thrashed around for a few ideas…with no avail….this always makes me hungry so off I trotted into my Mom’s well stocked kitchen and was about to hit the cookie jar…when I noticed that our maid was changing the towel that my Mom keeps wrapped around the handle of the refrigerator.
There it was …that ‘Eureka’ moment….this was what I was looking for….Moi….is going to hook a refrigerator handle with a lot of sass.
It has to be bright, chirpy, fun and practical….I had just ordered and received a huge bundle of lovely cotton yarn form Bali. And the base mat was going to be Indonesian.
So how does one sass up a work of art that has been proclaimed as sassy before it was even created? Ummm…….definitely a question for a nuclear physicist…..but yours truly doesn’t give in…….. I ponder on this ponderous Q…….munching on arrowroot biscuits( My Mom is diabetic and so stores only biscuits that she can eat)…and then it hits me…………..Amigurumi vegetables and fruits….Of course!!!!
I decide on Mango, Jackfruit, pineapple, Chilli(red pepper), pumpkin and brinjal(Eggplant)…all what I proclaim as Indian veges…..Not only is my aunt going to get a bright, chirpy and practical Handle cover…it’s going to echo on every Indian woman’s culinary identity.
That’s when google lets me down…totally! Is there an amigurumi pattern for Mango…NOPE…Jackfruit….NOPE..! Pineapple….NOPE..! Am I capable of designing a mango /jackfruit/pineapple amigurumi…..U gotta be kidding!!!
Any way to cut the long tragic circumstance short I decided to hook up a slice of lemon, along with pear and pineapple motifs…and let the Indian woman’s culinary identity go West…a bit……….besides, the net did have patterns on red pepper and egg plant ….So there…
And now for the pattern:
Writing a blog is new to me…so I haven’t yet evolved a style of writing….My pals and well wishers have been giving me wonderful advice and when, my crochet pal Raijo Mathew… tells me that it is an easier read when you have all the material used in one go and in one place…and not as I usually write…..I bow down to sage advice…..here goes…
Pear, Aubergine and pineapple
Bali yarn 10ply, one 100gms cake/ball..colour Ecru
For the red border……nature’s cotton from Soft Feather…15gms
Beads big enough to be a button or you can use buttons as well.
Hook Size: 3.5mm
Amigurumi Veges….in various colours…..each vege/fruit material is given in each pattern along with the hook size.
Pattern for the Base:
Thread 6 beads into the Bali thread(colour Ecru) and then begin hooking the pattern.
Row 1: Crochet chain 40 stitches( you can adjust this according to the size of ur fridge handle)
Row 2: chain 3 and double crochets(dc) in the next chain….continue with dc’s along the chain….until the end.
Row 3:Change colour to Red(can use colour of ur choice)….continue with dc’s as in previous row until the end.
Row 4:Change colour back to Ecru…..chain 3, dc in next dc and crochet dc’s to the end of this row.
Row 5:Change colour to red……chain 3, dc in next dc and crochet dc’s to the end of this row.
Row 6: Change colour back to Ecru…..chain 3, dc in next dc and crochet dc’s to the end of this row.
Row 7 – Row 30:Same as row 6
Row 31 – Row 34:Same as Row 3 to Row 6
Placement of beads and loops
Row 35: Scs right through, until the end of the row. In the last sc, make one sc hook in the bead and lock it in with another sc into the same sc as the first sc.
Measuring the base mat, into 6 equal parts….hook scs along hooks in the bead at equal intervals along the side of the base mat.
Row 36: Scs right along the top most row and one sc in the last sc(the corner of the base mat) Chain 5, then sc into the same sc as before.
Hook scs along the side of the base mat, at equal intervals just opposite to the bead….hook 6 chain, ss into the first chain, you formed a loop …….continue scs until you reach the second equally divided part.
Pattern for Red Pepper:
Material used: Anchor thread #20 – 1 ball, in chilly red and bright green – a little; Hook size 1:25mm
I used this pattern but when I reached the tip of the pepper I hooked in 2 more rows……….each row with one decrease in dc….to taper off the tip. The nice thing about this pattern is that you can make it as big or as small as you like.
After making the motifs and amigurumi….stick a piece of velcro behind each motif. Measure the base mat and divide it into 3 parts …fixing a double sided velcro on to the middle one of each part
Now just velcro the motif/amigurumi on to the base mat. Thus you can make any number of food or ‘anything you really fancy motifs’ on your refrigerator. And interchanging them whenever you feel like…is almost good as having many handle holders..:-))
Alternatively, you can sew on the Motifs/amigurmi…..but that means you can’t change the look of ur refrigerator handle cover ever so often…:-((
So that’s it for now….I hope you have enjoyed the ride..and I do hope you liked this one and will try it out….If you do…share your pics in the comments, if that is possible and we can all admire ur work.
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