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‘OM’….C2C Graphghan

‘OM’….C2C Graphghan

(The Written Pattern Has Not Been Tested)

‘OM’ is the pranavamantram…..which means it is the primordial sound…the first sound ever heard in the universe. If you go into space…it isn’t silent….there is this sound like the wind blowing past nothingness ……the sound is OOOOOOMMMM……and this is why it is considered as the first sound ever heard.

In Hinduism, Om is one of the most important spiritual symbols (pratima). It refers to Atman (soul, self within) and Brahman (ultimate reality, entirety of the universe, truth, divine, supreme spirit, cosmic principles, knowledge). The syllable is often found at the beginning and the end of chapters in the Vedas, the Upanishads, and other Hindu texts.It is a sacred spiritual incantation made before and during the recitation of spiritual texts, during puja and private prayers, in ceremonies of rites of passages (sanskara) such as weddings, and sometimes during meditative and spiritual activities such as Yoga.

Om is part of the iconography found in present and ancient and medieval era manuscripts, temples, ashrams and spiritual retreats in Hinduism, and  religions that grew from Hinduism like Buddhism, and Jainism. The symbol has a spiritual meaning in all Indian dharmas, but the meaning and connotations of Om vary between the diverse schools within and across the various traditions.

The syllable is also referred to as omkara (ओंकार, oṃkāra), aumkara (औंकार, auṃkāra), and pranava (प्रणव, praṇava).

Abreviations:

ss – slip stitch

ch – chain

hdc – half double crochet

dc – double crochet

Size:

Using dc and Nature’s cotton yarn + 3:00mm hook  –  22″/20″

Gauge:

Using dc and Nature’s cotton yarn + 3:00mm hook – 2 blocks = 1″

Using hdc and Anchor #20 + 1.25mm – 4 blocks = 1″

Materials:

Nature’s Cotton from Soft Feather –  Beige – 300gms

Nature’s Cotton from Soft Feather – Red – 300gms

Anchor #20 in any two colours

Hook : 3:00mm/1:25mm

Laundry clips. 5 or 6

Things to Remember while doing a C2C

  1. Always keep count…that is very important….at every step make sure the number of steps tally to the counter of blcoks given in the pattern. Once you finish a row…recount the total number of blocks in each colour in that row and tally the total blocks. Proceed only when the tally is exact.
  2. Refrain from being distracted by watching TV, Internet etc.(just my suggestion, I learnt this the hard way..:-))
  3. Keep the graph and the written instructions in front of you at all times.
  4. I carry yarn only for upto 3 blocks….anything more than while using dc or hdc I find shows the carryign thread esp if it  is of a birght or  contrasting colour shows through.  In tapestry it is easy to carry the colours forward beocs the scs are short stitiches and does no tallow the carrying thread show.
  5. By making shuttles of each colour…I simply add  a new colour as and when the colour needs to be used after three blocks.  Below please go thorugh the link which wI use to keep the yarn’thread from tangling.

    How To Keep the Yarn/Thread from tangling…

    Check this link to see how to keep the yarn lines clean and tidy

http://https://crochetnmore.wordpress.com

 

Graph:

(From the Internet)

Written Pattern:

Row 1 (L to R): (Beige) x1, (1block)

 Row 2 (R to L): (Beige) x2, (2blocks)

Row 3 (L to R): (Beige) x3, (3blocks)

Row 4 (R to L): (Beige) x4, (4 blocks)

Row 5 (L to R): (Beige)x5, (5blocks)

Row 6 (R to L): (Beige) x6, (6 blocks)

Row 7 (L to R): (Beige) x7, (7 blocks)

Row 8 (R to L): (Beige) x8, (8 blocks)

Row 9 (L to R): (Beige) x9, (9 blocks)

Row 10 (R to L): (Beige) x10, (10 blocks)

Row 11 (L to R): (Beige) x11, (11 blocks)

Row 12 (R to L): (Beige) x5, (Red) x4, (Beige) x3, (12 blocks)

Row 13 (L to R): (Beige) x2, (Red) x7, (Beige) x4, (13 blocks)

Row 14 (R to L): (Beige) x4, (Red) x9, (Beige) x1, (14 blocks)

Row 15 (L to R): (Beige) x1, (Red) x9, (Beige) x5, (15 blocks)

Row 16 (R to L): (Beige) x5, (Red) x10, (Beige) x1, (16 blocks)

Row 17 (L to R): (Beige) x1, (Red) x11, (Beige) x5, (17 blocks)

Row 18 (R to L): (Beige) x6, (Red) x11, (Beige) x1, (18 blocks)

Row 19 (L to R): (Beige) x1, (Red) x12, (Beige) x6, (19 blocks)

Row 20(R to L): (Beige) x7, (Red) x5, (Beige) x4, (Red) x3, (Beige) x1, (20 blocks)

Row 21 (L to R):(Beige) x1, (Red) x2, (Beige) x7, (Red) x4, (Beige) x7, (21 blocks)

Row 22(R to L): (Beige) x8, (Red) x3, (Beige) x8, (Red) x2, (Beige) x1, (22 blocks)

Row 23 (L to R):(Beige) x2, (Red) x1, (Beige) x9, (Red) x2, (Beige) x9, (23 blocks)

Row 24(R to L): (Beige) x2, (Red) x4, (Beige) x4, (Red) x2, (Beige) x8,  (Red) x2,(Beige) x2 (24 blocks)

Row 25 (L to R):(Beige) x2, (Red) x2, (Beige) x9, (Red) x2, (Beige) x2,  (red) x7, (Beige) x1 (25 blocks)

Row 26(R to L): (Beige) x1, (Red) x8, (Beige) x4, (Red) x2, (Beige) x9, (Red) x2,(Beige) x2 (26 blocks)

Row 27 (L to R):(Beige) x3, (Red) x1, (Beige) x10, (Red) x1, (Beige) x2, (red) x9, (Beige) x1 (27 blocks)

Row 28(R to L): (Beige) x3, (Red) x1, (Beige) x10, (Red) x1, (Beige) x2, (Red) x10,(Beige) x1 (28 blocks)

Row 29 (L to R):(Beige) x2, (Red) x10, (Beige) x2, (Red) x1, (Beige) x9, (Red) x2, (Beige) x3 (29 blocks)

Row 30(R to L): (Beige) x4, (Red) x1, (Beige) x12, (Red) x11, (Beige) x2, (30 blocks)

Row 31(L to R):(Beige) x4, (Red) x2, (Beige) x11, (Red) x3, (Beige) x3, (Red) x6, (Beige) x2,(31 blocks)

Row 32(R to L): (Beige) x3, (Red) x4, (Beige) x5, (Red) x3, (Beige) x2, (Red) x4, (Beige) x4, (Red) x2, (Beige) x5,(32 blocks)

Row 33(L to R): (Beige) x5, (Red) x3, (Beige) x2, (Red) x6, (Beige) x2,(Red) x2, (Beige) x6, (Red) x4, (Beige) x3,(33 blocks)

Row 34(R to L): (Beige) x3, (Red) x4, (Beige) x7, (Red) x2, (Beige) x1, (Red) x11, (Beige) x6,(34 blocks)

Row 35(L to R): (Beige) x6, (Red) x14, (Beige) x8, (Red) x3, (Beige) x4, (35 blocks)

Row 36(R to L): (Beige) x4, (Red) x3, (Beige) x8, (Red) x14, (Beige) x7, (36 blocks)

Row 37(L to R):(Beige) x8, (Red) x13, (Beige) x8, (Red) x3, (Beige) x5, (37  blocks)

INCREASING ON ONE SIDE ONLY

Row 38(R to L):(Beige) x5, (Red) x3, (Beige) x8, (Red) x3, (Beige) x3,(Red) x7, (Beige) x9,  (38 blocks)

Row 39 (L to R): (Beige) x5, (Red) x2, (Beige) x9, (Red) x2, (Beige) x4, (Red) x6, (Beige) x1, (Red) x4, (Beige) x5, (38 blocks)

Row 40(R to L): (Beige) x5, (Red) x2, (Beige) x9, (Red) x2,(Beige) x4, (Red) x6, (Beige) x1, (Red) x4, (Beige) x5, (38 blocks)

Row 41(L to R):(Beige) x6, (Red) x6, (Beige) x10, (Red) x2, (Beige) x8, (Red) x2 , (Beige) x4 (38blocks)

Row 42(R to L): (Beige) x4, (Red) x2, (Beige) x7, (Red) x3, (Beige) x9, (Red) x7, (Beige) x6, (38 blocks)

Row 43(L to R): (Beige) x7,  (Red) x7,  (Beige) x5,  (Red) x7,  (Beige) x7,  (Red) x1,       (Beige) x4, (38 blocks)

DECREASING

Row 44(R to L): (Beige) x3,  (Red) x2,  (Beige) x6,  (Red) x9,  (Beige) x3,  (Red) x8,(Beige) x6, (37Blocks)

Row 45(L to R): Beige) x9, (Red) x4, (Beige) x3, (Red) x9, (Beige) x6, (Red) x2,(Beige) x3, (36 Blocks)

Row 46(R to L):  Beige) x3, (Red) x1, (Beige) x7, (Red) x9, (Beige) x2, (Red) x4,(Beige) x9 (35 Blocks)

Row 47(L to R): Beige) x9, (Red) x4, (Beige) x2, (Red) x2, (Beige) x2, (Red) x4,(Beige) x6, (Red) x2, (Beige) x2, (34 Blocks)

Row 48(R to L): Beige) x2, (Red) x1, (Beige) x7, (Red) x3, (Beige) x4, (Red) x2,(Beige) x2, (Red) x3, (Beige) x9, (33 Blocks)

Row 49(L to R): Beige) x9, (Red) x3, (Beige) x1, (Red) x3, (Beige) x5, (Red) x1,(Beige) x7, (Red) x1, (Beige) x2, (32 Blocks)

Row 50(R to L): Beige) x9, (Red) x4, (Beige) x2, (Red) x2, (Beige) x2, (Red) x4,(Beige) x6, (Red) x2, (Beige) x2, (31 Blocks)

Row 51(L to R): Beige) x4, (Red) x3, (Beige) x2, (Red) x2, (Beige) x1, (Red) x3,(Beige) x12, (Red) x1, (Beige) x2, (30 Blocks)

Row 52(R to L): Beige) x1, (Red) x1, (Beige) x12, (Red) x4, (Beige) x1, (Red) x1,(Beige) x2, (Red) x1, (Beige) x3, (Beige) x2, (Red) x1, (29 Blocks)

Row 53(L to R): Beige) x3, (Red) x1, (Beige) x1, (Red) x1, (Beige) x2, (Red) x2,(Beige) x1, (Red) x4, (Beige) x11,  (Red) x1, (Beige) x1, (28 Blocks)

Row 54(R to L): Beige) x1, (Red) x1, (Beige) x9, (Red) x6, (Beige) x1, (Red) x1,(Beige) x2, (Red) x1, (Beige) x2, (Red) x1, (Beige) x2, (27 Blocks)

Row 55(L to R): Beige) x2, (Red) x3, (Beige) x2, (Red) x1, (Beige) x2, (Red) x7,(Beige) x7, (Red) x1, (Beige) x1,  (26 Blocks)

Row 56(R to L): Beige) x7, (Red) x8, (Beige) x2, (Red) x1, (Beige) x2, (Red) x4,(Beige) x1,  (25 Blocks)

Row 57(L to R): Beige) x6, (Red) x1, (Beige) x2, (Red) x8, (Beige) x7,  (24 Blocks)

Row 58(R to L):Beige) x7, (Red) x7, (Beige) x3, (Red) x1, (Beige) x5, (23 Blocks)

Row 59(L to R): Beige) x9, (Red) x7, (Beige) x6,  (22 Blocks)

Row 60(R to L): Beige) x6, (Red) x6, (Beige) x4, (Red) x1, (Beige) x4, (21 Blocks)

Row 61(L to R): Beige) x9, (Red) x5, (Beige) x6, (20 Blocks)

Row 62(R to L): Beige) x5, (Red) x4, (Beige) x10, (19 Blocks)

Row 63(L to R): Beige) x11, (Red) x2, (Beige) x5, (18 Blocks)

Row 64(R to L): Beige) x17,  (17 Blocks)

Row 65(L to R): Beige) x16, (16 Blocks)

Row 66(R to L): Beige) x15, (15 Blocks)

Row 67(L to R): Beige) x14, (14 Blocks)

Row 68(R to L):Beige) x13, (13 Blocks)

Row 69(L to R): Beige) x12, (12 Blocks)

Row 70(R to L): Beige) x11, (11 Blocks)

Row 71(L to R): Beige) x10, (10 Blocks)

Row 72(R to L): Beige) x9, (9 Blocks)

Row 73(L to R): Beige) x8, (8 Blocks)

Row 74(R to L): Beige) x7, (7 Blocks)

Row 75(L to R): Beige) x6, (6 Blocks)

Row 76(R to L): Beige) x5, (5 Blocks)

Row 77(L to R): Beige) x4, (4 Blocks)

Row 78(R to L): Beige) x3, (3 Blocks)

Row 79(L to R): Beige) x2, (2 Blocks)

Row 80(R to L): Beige) x1, (1 Block)


To make a wall Hanging….

  1. Frame this
  2. Give this C2C a backing with a thick cloth, and fix a thin cord on the backing to hang it
  3.  Create a crochet edging on the top and bottom, broad enough to wrap around a 1 mm curtain rod/steel/wood/ aluminium rod-pipe etc (cut to size). Then use any edging pattern on the top and the bottom….fold it ….join the top of the edging to the top edge of the C2C on both ends. stick in the rods…if you hace you can enhace the edge of the rods with curtain stoppers…or make your own crochet curtain stoppers. tie a medium thick decorative string on two ends of the top rod and VOILA…you have a lovely wall hanging.

 

And there you are …A Beautiful Omkaaram.…You can use it as a wall hanging in your Pooja Room. Or can roll it and keep it safely and use it just for festive occassions and Sathsangs. Imagine how you can enhance the devotional aura of your home when having a pooja, yagna, Sathsang etc by hanging these sacred symbols on the walls in the room you are holding such sacred functions…..

 

Damaru ( An Indian drum)

DAMARU(Shiva’s celestial drum)

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The damaru is very common throughout the Indian subcontinent. The damaru is known as a power drum, and when played, it is believed to generate spiritual energy. It is associated with the Hindu deity Shiva. It is believed that Sanskrit language was recognized by the drumbeats of the damaru (see Shiva Sutra for the sounds), and his performance of the cosmic dance of tandava. The damaru is used by itinerant musicians of all stripes, due to its small portable size.

For more information on the Damaru….Pls check out this blog post.

http:/http://www.hinduwebsite.com/hinduism/concepts/damaru.asp

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Materials Required

#20 Anchor thread in – Off white, light beige and brown

Hook #1.25mm

2 plastic cirlces or rounds cut out of a palstic mat(can use old table mats)

Polyfibre for stuffing

Two med sized beads…of any texture or colour

Pattern

Make the base of the Damaru

Begin with the off white thread

Magic knot

First Round

sc into the magic knot ; ss

(total stitches 6)

When you hook in the scs remember to hook into both the loops of each sc.

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Second Round

2 sc into each continue until end; ss

(total stitches 12)

Third Round

2 sc in first sc; 1sc in next; continue  end; ss

(total stitches 18)

Fourth Round

2 sc, 1 sc in each of the next 2 scs; continue until end; ss

(total stitches 24)

Fifth Round

2 sc, 1 sc in each of the next 3 scs; continue until end ; ss

(total stitches 30)

Cut the thread…and tuck it in.

We Now Begin the rim of the drum

 Add the light beige

 6th Round

2 sc, 1 sc in each of the next 4 scs; continue until end; ss

(total stitches 36)

7th Round

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 Hook only in the front loop….until the end of the body of the damaru

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1sc in each sc; until end; ss

(total stitches 36)

Cut the thread…and tuck it in.

Now we begin the body of the drum

Add the brown

8th Round

 Same as Round 7

(total stitches 36)

9th Round

 Same as Round 7

(total stitches 36)

Begin Decreasing

 10th Round

Reduce one sc every 4 stitches

(total stitches 30)

11th Round

Reduce 1 sc every 3 stitches

(total stitches 24)

12th Round

Reduce 1 sc every 2 stitches

(total stitches 18)

13th Round

 Reduce 1sc every 1sc

(total stitches 12)

14th Round

1 sc in each sc

(total stitches 12)

Now Begin the Increase

15th Round

  2sc in first sc; 1sc in next; continue until end ss

(total stitches 18)

16th Round

2 sc, 1 sc in each of the next 2 scs; continue until end; ss

(total stitches 24)

17th Round

 2 sc, 1 sc in each of the next 3 scs; continue until end; ss

(total stitches 30)

18th Round

 2 sc, 1 sc in each of the next 4 scs; continue until end; ss (total stitches 36)

19th & 20th Rounds

1 sc in each of the following sc

(total stitches 36)

Cut the brown thread…and tuck it in.

 We Now Begin the rim of the drum

 Add the light beige thread

21st Round

Same as round 20th

(total stitches 36)

Cut thread and finish off.

Cut two pastic  rounds slightly smaller than the bases you have made from the old plastic table mat .

Push one of these into the bottom of the damaru so that it stays firm and acts as a sturdy base.

Use enough Polyfibre to give the damaru some shape.

Make a second base and using a needle sew this base to the open portion of the damaru.

Now fix the second base onto the top of the opening of the damaru using a needle to sew it on.

Cut thread and tuck it in.

Now you have to make the thread of the damaru.

Using a needle create a zig zag stitch from one base of the damru to the other…..then turn the damru upside down and make another zig zag stitch the same way.

Fix two medium sized beads to a string and tie it in the middle of the damru..

Lo Behold…Bhagwan Shiva’s Damru is done….

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