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Tunisian Crochet

It has been ages since I tried Tunisian Crochet, so when I got the pattern from @stringtierey I immediately began crocheting this cute little purse. The pattern is easy to follow.

The pattern calls for 6.5 mm hook and I used a 7 mm hook, as I didn’t have a 6.5 mm hook. I didn’t like the fabric and went down to 5.5mm and u cannot say that I am satisfied with the fabric. The next time I make I would go down to 4.5mm hook.

Do check out her blog and make your very own Tunisian purse. It is a great technic to learn and increase your stitch repertoire.

Pinnal Headband

Pinnal, pronounced ‘Pin”Null’ is another word for braid in my native language Tamil. This is a five strand braid. It is a sequel to my previous pattern ‘Jadai” which is also a braid with three strands. It is a simple headband made using the basic crochet stitches.

The headband seen in the picture is made using Vardhman Cotone, Dk wt yarn. The headband measures 21″, but you can make it according to your preferred size by increasing or decreasing the number of dc rows.

Please find the pattern below. If you happen to make one do let me know.

Pattern

Materials

Sample has been made using Vardhman Cotone Dk wt yarn. Hook 3.75 mm
Gauge
Though gauge is not important, the gauge is 5dc=1”

Size

One size
Sample headband measures 21” Stitches and abbreviations used Ch- Chain
dc- Double crochet
Sl st- Slip stitch
Skp- Skip

Notes

If you want a larger size, increase the number of dc rows.
After braiding, pin all five strips and then crochet evenly on each strip. The size of the final product will differ if using different weights of yarn.

Five strand braid

Pattern
Row 1
: Ch 17, dc in 4th ch from hook, dc across till end of row. (15 dc) 

Row 2: ch3, dc across. (15dc)
Row 3-17: Repeat Row 2page1image57658176

Row 18: *(ch33, dc in 4th ch from hook, dc in each ch till end of row, skp next 2 st, sl st into next st) *. Repeat from * to * till end of this row four more times. (31 dc in each strip, 5 dc strips made) Fasten off.
Turn work 90 degrees.

Braid the strips and pin them, so that all strip ends are aligned. (check YouTube video to make braid)

Work dc in all strip ends evenly, 3dc in each of the strips. Turn. (15 dc)

Repeat Row 2 for 15 more rows, or according to length required. Join with sl st to the other end.
Fasten off. Weave in ends.

Enjoy your headband. Do not forget to message me if you happen to make one.

New year began with me going to the hills for a short vacation. The Pony craft store there had Nako Vals yarn which has lovely colour ways and I picked two skeins and also a lace weight yarn for future designs. As soon as I got back home I cast on for a knitted hat and gifted it to my cousin who was visiting. She loved wearing the handmade and immediately ordered some wool for me to make a scarf for her.

I had made up my mind not to hoard yarn and to buy only for specific projects. But the universe has conspired to send me yarn through different people. I have a few commissions now and hope that I can complete all of them on time.

I have also started knitting a cowl using the leftover yarn for her. Meanwhile she wanted a customised scarf of my new design and work on it has started in right earnest in the colour of her choice.

Keep an eye out for my new pattern at the end of the month.

So how has your New Year been?

Jadai Headband

We are getting so close to the end of 2019 and after several months of hibernation I decided to update the blog. It hasn’t been a bad year overall, except my computer crashed twice. Since I am not comfortable using my phone to update my blog, I waited to buy a new computer and here I am with my new machine.

While browsing Instagram I came across a lovely knitted braided headband and immediately I wished to make one in crochet. Thus the Jadai headband was born. “Jadai” in my native language Tamil means braid/plait. If you wish to make a headband for yourself do follow this link to the Jadai headband in ravelry.

It is a simple pattern made with minimal yarn that you can use from your stash. If you happen to make one do let me know or link it to my page on Ravelry. You can also tag me on Instagram : yadvi68

Tiny Daisy Coaster

In a bid to not completely forget the blog, I decided to update it with a new pattern for a coaster that I came up with couple of days ago. It is simple to make and that too with just five rounds. It can be made with small amounts of thread or any yarn you fancy. But be aware the size of hook and the yarn do determine the size of your final product. The small coaster made with Knit Picks Curio is about 5″ and the purple one made with 4 ply cotton is about 7 inches after blocking.

Here is the pattern for it.

Or if you are a Ravelry member you can download the pattern here

Materials
Knit Picks Curio size 10 Hook 1.3 mm
Gauge: Not important
Stitches used: Sc, hdc, dc, fpdc2tog, fptr2tog, picot
Ch 3picot : Ch 3, slst into 3rd ch from hook.

Notes:
Small amount of any thread or yarn of your choice. Depending on the size of thread or yarn and the hook used, the size of the coaster will vary.
Use single or multiple colours.
(If you do not want to use magic loop, you may make ch 5, join to beg ch, ch7, skp one st and sc in the next, hdc in next st, dc in next 4st, sl st into loop,

Round 1: Into magic loop, (ch 7, skp first ch from hook and sc in the next, hdc in next st, dc in next 4st, sl st into loop), make 5 more petals, sl stitch into loop and tighten it. (6 petals)

Round 2: Sl st to the top of petal, ch 1, sc into same sp,*(ch 3, tr 2tog between fifth st on both petals of previous row, ch 3)* repeat around. Join to beg sc. (6 tr petals, 12- ch3 spaces)

Round 3: (Change color if preferred) fpslst around any petal, Ch2, dc, together over front post of petal in previous row,* (5 dc in next ch sp, ch1, fpdc2tog over next petal, ch1, 5 dc in next sp,)* repeat from * to * around. Join to beg st. (60 dc, 12 dc2tog)

Round 4: fpslst around fpdc3tog over fpdc2tog of previous row, ch 5, sc in the middle dc of 5dc group, ch 5, fpdc 3tog, *(ch5, fpdc3tog, ch5, sc in center of 5dc group, ch 5, fpdc3tog) * rep from * to * around. Join to beg st. (12-fpdc3tog, 24- ch 5 loops)

Round 5: *(Sl st into ch 5 loop, ch 1, sc, hdc, 2dc, tr, ch 3 picot, in same sp, tr, 2dc,hdc, sc in next ch 5 sp, ch 3picot on top of next fpdc3tog,)* repeat from * to * around. Join to beg st. Weave in ends. Starch and block.

Hope you guys like it. If you try it do let me know in the comments.

New projects, crafts and experiments

It is that time of the year, when I usually think I should update my blog every week or every month at least. This year I don’t want to do that. I am just going to update as and when I feel I should update. 2018 just whizzed past with a lot of stuff happening in the home front, illness, changing homes etc. The craft scenario was pretty good too with me trying out new things. I picked up my long lost embroidery after several years, when a friend picked up hers and churned out impressive wall hanging hoops. Inspired by her I too made a few hoops and then I discovered embroidering on handmade paper and canvas, when I chanced upon a few in Instagram. This year I would love to complete all my unfinished projects like half finished paintings, crochet designs, knitting et. al, from the past and also continue writing which is my other hobby. Would also love to take up commissioned work.
Here are some of my projects from 2018, a few of them have found new homes.

 


The small tree on hand made paper and the christmas tree, were the most toughest projects as I worked on thick handmade paper for the first time. The experiment turned out well, so the projects are awaiting their frame. The girl on the swing is my last work of 2018 and is worked on painted black canvas. I discovered that I love working with canvas and hope to churn out more embroidery. If you want one, do message me for prices.
Until my next project…..see you!

Sterling Runner

Blogging doesn’t take up much of your time. But there are times when you prefer reading other peoples blogs and wonder at their penmanship and their lovely photos, so much so that you don’t even comment on how nice you thought their blog was. I have become that kind of person recently and I hope to change that. In my defense, I have been doodling with thread like crazy and have been writing and rewriting patterns, interacting with testers who give their valuable inputs by correcting my patterns.My latest pattern is the Sterling Runner in Knit Picks Curio. I am really in love with this thread and it was a pleasure working with it for this runner.

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This is also the first time I am displaying a runner on my table. However, I am still paranoid that some visiting child or adult might spill a glass of juice or ketchup on it. 🙂 If you wish to make one for your table, you can get the Sterling Runner here. Let me know if you display doilies or runners on your table or chicken out like me.

Until next time….ciao!