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Hans/Hamsam/Swan Motif

Hans/Hamsam/Swan Motif

So this week’s  wonderful challenge by Tulasi K Reddy  is a swan motif and what bird could be dearer to us after the peacock? It is a great pattern made out of a pinepple motif and I salute the brain that conjured this one up.

Swans have been eulogised in Indian Literature and Hinduism, for many thousands of years….Beautiful, graceful and almost celestial….they have inspired poets and artists all over the world.

In India, the Hamsa, or Hansa,  Arayanna, or heavenly hamsa (swans), are said to live in Manasasaras in the  Himalayas. They are mentioned in , the Ramayana. Hamsa, the swan, is part of the love story of Nala and Damayanthi in the Mahabharatha…where it carries the stories, historical information and messages between the two lovers.

In the West….the most famous contemporary story about the Swan is the fairy tale “The Ugly Duckling”. And what an adorable little tale it is……

The hamsa, or the swan, is often identified with the Supreme Spirit, Ultimate Reality or  Brahman in  Hinduism. The flight of the hamsa symbolizes moksha, the release from the cycle of samsara or life cycles on this earth.

The hamsa is also the vahana of  Saraswathi– the Goddess of knowledge and creative arts, and her husband, God Brahma.

And now on to making some crochet music with the Hamsa

Materials

Anchor #20 – white

Hook

#1:00mm

Abbreviations

ss – slip stitch

ch – chain

sc – single crochet

hdc – half double crochet

dc – double crochet

treble crochet – tc

ss – slip stitich

Pattern

Method

Make a slip stitich

                                     

Row 1:

3 ch up, 1 dc; 2chs; 2dcs; 2chs; 2dc into the magic ring

Pull in the short tail of the magic ring tightening the stitches into a continous row.

Row 2:

3 ch up, 1 dc in next dc; (2dcs 2ch 2dc) in 2ch loop, 3 ch; skip 2 dcs; 2 dcs in 2 ch loop; 2 chs; 3dc in same 2 ch loop do not complete the last dc …holding the last 2 loops on the hook…crochet in a dc in the last dc then pull then yarn over and pull it thru all the 3 loops on the hook. Thus creating an inverted ‘V’ Stitch which we sha call (‘IV’) form now on.

Row 3:

3ch up; skip 2 dc; 2 dc, 2ch, 2dc into the first 2 ch loop; 2 ch, dc, 3ch, dc into the 3 ch loop;  2ch; 2 dc, 2ch, 2dc into the first 2 ch loop; dc into dc; skip one dc; dc into next dc,keep two loops on the hook, dc in next dc and pull the yarn thru all the 3 loops on the hook.(IV)

Row 4:

3 ch up, dc  each in next 2 dcs; ch; 2 dc, 2ch, 2dc into the first 2 ch loop; 2 ch; Hook  (dc, ch,dc) 3 times  into the 3 chain loop( this is the base of your pineapple stitch); 2 ch; 2 dc, 2ch, 2dc into the next 2 ch loop; dc into last dc

Row 5:

5 ch up;  2 dc, 2ch, 2dc into the first 2 ch loop; 2ch; sc in first dc in 3 ch loop, 3 ch, sc into next dc, 3 ch, repeat until you cover all the dcs and get 4 (3ch) loops( This is the 2nd tier of your pineapple stitch.); 2ch; 2 dc, 2ch, 2dc into the next 2 ch loop.

You leave the rest of the stitches on the previous stitches vacant for now…This is where you will work the neck.

Row 6

5 ch up;  2 dc, 2ch, 2dc into the first 2 ch loop; 2ch; sc in first dc in 3 ch loop, 3 ch, sc into next dc, 3 ch, repeat until you cover all the dcs and get 3 (3ch) loops( This is the 3rd tier of your pineapple stitch.); 2ch; 2 dc, 2ch, 2dc into the next 2 ch loop.

Row 7:

5 ch up;  2 dc, 2ch, 2dc into the first 2 ch loop; 2ch; sc in first dc in 3 ch loop, 3 ch, sc into next dc, 3 ch, repeat until you cover all the dcs and get 2 (3ch) loops( This is the 4th tier of your pineapple stitch.); 2ch; 2 dc, 2ch, 2dc into the next 2 ch loop

Row 8:

5 ch up;  2 dc, 2ch, 2dc into the first 2 ch loop; 2ch; sc in first dc in 3 ch loop, 3 ch, sc into next dc, and get one (3ch) loop( This is the 5th tier of your pineapple stitch.); 2ch; 2 dc, 2ch, 2dc into the next 2 ch loop

Row 9:

5 ch up;  2 dc, 2ch, 2dc into the first 2 ch loop; 4ch; sc in 3 ch loop, 3 ch, ss into sc, 3ch, ss into sc; 4ch; 2 dc, 2ch, 2dc into the next 2 ch loop.

Row 10:

5 ch up;  2 dc, 2ch, 2dc into the first 2 ch loop; 5ch;  2 dc, 2ch, 2dc into the first 2 ch loop

Row 11:

3 ch up; double treble(keeping the last 2 loops on the hook) another double treble and keep all 3 loops on the hook and yarn over and pull through all 3 loops. A petal is formed

3 ch, 1 picot, 3ch; hook in a second petal as above.

Repeat until there are 3 picot loops and 4 petals.( this is the tail of the swan)

Cut the thread and tuck the loose ends in… You are done with the body of the swan.

Now for the Neck and Head…

Row 1:

Join the thread to fifth stitch(double crochet) from your left, of the fourth(4th) row.

3 ch up; dc in one ch loop; dc in next dc, leave the last two loops on the hook, dc in next dc…now pull thru all 3 loops. (IV)

Row 2:

2 ch up;  dc in next dc ;2 dcs in next dc

Row 3:

3ch up, dc in same dc; dc in next dc; (IV)

Row 4:

2 ch up; dc in next dc; 2 dcs in next dc

Row 5:

5 ch up; double treble in same stitch; hdc in next dc; sc in next stitch

Row 6:

one chain up; sc in next stitch; dc in next stitch, double treble in same stitch

Row 7:

5 ch up, double treble in same stitch; dc in next stitch; hdc  in next stitch

Row 8:

2 ch up; hdc in next dc; dc in next stitch; 2 dc in the last stitch

Row 9:

3 ch up; dc in next dc; dc in next dc, (IV)

Beak

( I made a little change to the pattern here….I wanted the beak to be a little authentic…so I used a #40 Anchor cotton in black and did 3 scs in a row after row 9

Then cut the thread tucked it in and added a #8 Pearl red DMC(also available in Anchor)

( If you don’t have #40 just use one thread of a 6 skein Hank of embroidery floss for the black portion and 2 threads of embroidery thread in red for the beak)

Now Using the red

If you don’t wish to change the thread continue with the same thread and finish off.

Row 10:

2 ch up; dc in same stitch

There you go…..a perfect Swan.

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Star Burst Bauble/Hot Pad/Pendant

Star Burst

This is an extremely easy, fun project. We had this as part of a Weekly  challenge by my young,dynamic and talented pal, Tulasi K Reddy,  in our group and I just leapt at the chance…..mainly becos this was part of my to do list for the longest of time. It looks complicated to a novice but is really so easy and is an apt project for a beginner.

Material

You can use any thread you wish just adjust the hook size accordingly.

I used:

Soft Feather Nature’s cotton in Turquoise green and cobalt blue

Hook Size: 3:00mm. This is my favourtie size for Nature’s cotton yarn.

Abbreviations Used:

sc – single crochet

dc – double crochet

ss – slip stitch

Pattern

Make a Magic Circle

Round 1: Chain 3 up, 3dc, 4 chain; 4dc, 4 chain; 4dc, 4 chain; 4dc, 4 chain; ss.

 

Round 2: ss into the next dc; chain up and sc in same dc.

Now into the 3 chain loop –  sc,hdc,8 dc,hdc

sc in the second dc of previous round then repeat sc, hdc,8dc,hdc  in next loop….

Repeat until all 4 loops are covered.

Make 5 such squares

 

Joining the squares and forming another row around the squares:

Join the cobalt blue by an ss to the sc in between the 2 petals. then scs in every hdc and dc.

Continue until  you cover 2 petals or are mid way.

 

Now join the 2nd motif to the first using a sc.

 

 

Continue joining all the motifs one by one unitl you have a straight line.

Then continue the sc row on the lower part of every motif.

The pics I took of the joining part didn’t come out right….balancing the camera with one hand and trying to hold the petals open with another just didn’t work…..so am using this pic that I found in the net…..to show you how to join the motifs.

You need to take one half one petal of 2 motifs that lie adjecent to each other and join them with an sc…then move on to the next two petals. You will then get 5 petals.

 

Depending on the size you wish you can use yarn or thread.

Cotton Yarn gives a a size that cna be used as a coaster….Alternatively you can make this is 3  colours too….Using birght colours to use in a child’s room or jsut above the crib for your baby.

A talented crochet buddy, Dipti Mallapur, made this as a pendant in #40 thread and it looked glorious!

This is a great little piece to hook in when you just want to have fun and take it easy….I hope you do…

Have Fun!

 

Crochet Indian Vegetable(Karela/BitterGourd)

Crochet Indian Vegetable Motif(Karela/BitterGourd)

We Indians just love our veggies…….and have thousands and thousands of recipes for each vegetable. Our ancient and traditional meals are wholly balanced with proteins, carbs, vitamins,minerals etc taken into consideration….they r definetely not the over spiced oily version that seems to be passed off as Indian cooking commercially.

http://healthbenefitsofeating.com/fruit/15-health-benefits-karela/

One veggie that is a great favourite and is full of nutrients is Karela or Pavakka(bitter gourd). Since there aren’t any crochet Karela to be found…I have just created a motif pattern for this wonderful all Indian veggie.

Materials used

Anchor #20 green

Hook #1.25mm

Abbreviations Used

ch – chain

sc – single crochet

dc – double crochet

ss – slip stitch

Pattern

Row 1

chain 4; 3dc into the first chain (4 stitches)

Row 2

3ch up, 1dc in same stitch(increase); 1 dc in the next 2 stitches; 2 dc into the last stitch(increase) (6 stitches)

Row 3

3ch up, 1dc in same stitch(increase); 1 dc in the next 4 stitches; 2 dc into the last stitch(increase) (8 stitches)

Row 4

3 ch up; dc in each of the following stitches (8 stitches)

Row 5

3 ch up;  decrease by one in the next 2 stitches; dc in dc; decrease by one in the next 2 stitches; dc in dc; dc in dc (6 stitches)

Row 6

3 ch up;decrease by one in the next 2 stitches;decrease by one in the next 2 stitches; dc in dc (4 stitches)

Cut the thread.

Now you need to make the ridges on the Karela..

Make a ss and join to the tip of the motif. We will be working on the top of the motif…working in a vertical line across the surface of the motif.

we will be making 3 ridge lines along the motif.

the pattern for the ridge line is….

ss, sc; hdc,hdc, sc, ss;

Repeat this until the end of the line…u don’t have to cut the thread…just make another ss and return along the next line to the other end and then one more time.

Now ss around the motif and when you reach the narrowest tip 2 chs; ss in the first ch (this creates a very thin and narrow tip) and continue ss until the rest of the motif.

Recipes for Karela

https://www.tarladalal.com/recipes-using-bitter-gourd-214

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/