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Malhar

I love doodling. On paper, with a pen, pencil, crayon, sketch pen, anything that is within reach. This doodling is a habit from childhood that I have never tried to shake off, as I grew older. And this habit of mine has now led to a designing streak that makes me pick up yarns at random and make up projects taking the idea from what I have drawn. Recently, when there was a call for a design submission, I just emailed the editor asking if she would be interested in the pattern. “I would,” came the reply and I was thrilled. Though it was for a different season, the editor told me it would fit in well in the spring issue and TADA! here it is in the spring issue of Knotions. Check it out.!

Here is the picture of the shawl.

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Concentricity

I have numerous unfinished projects that I even refuse to look at them leave alone finding out how many I have in different stages of completion. So when friends suggest completing finished objects or even starting new projects, I am scared to commit. However, doilies are a one of a kind object that draws me in. Even then I didn’t want to rise to the bait and when 100 doilies in a year was suggested I balked. Though in a corner of my mind I already began planning, which doilies can I pull out to try, whether from my magic or decorative crochet or leisure arts or Pinterest. As I sat down to watch television, I spotted an untidy ball of thread peaking out of a workbasket. I absently toyed with it and rummaged into the workbasket to find a crochet hook. When I began doodling with the thread I suddenly remembered an image I had saved on the desktop. So I hurried to my desk to take a printout, but unfortunately there was no ink. So I memorized a few rows and went back to the television. In between work, housework and reading books, I managed to complete this doily in two days. Ah! The joy of completing a project is satisfying. Once blocked and displayed you feel a sense of pride and achievement. However, I am yet to learn the art of photography. I hope I learn to take better photographs this year.

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This is the doily I chose from Pinterest. It is very easy to make even though the concentric rings inside look complicated. The doily had a Russian name that I couldn’t translate, hence concentricity. So that is the story of my first doily of the year.

Do you have loads of unfinished projects that you turn your back on and start a new project? Do let me know, I would love to hear about it.

Colour Splash

I love making doilies and so my pile of tiny balls of thread keep accumulating. At the end of 2016 I doodled a lot with thread and that too with bright colours, which is new to me. Almost always I use white or ecru for doilies. I made three colourful doilies and here is a pattern to the second one.The pattern has not been tested by my friends in ravelry. So if you happen to make this and find any errors do leave me a comment or link the pattern to the blog.img_4062

Colour splash is a small mandala using only basic crochet stitches and is a beginner project. It can be made with small balls of thread or just with one colour.

Materials

Coats India Anchor Mercerised Knitting Cotton

Hook: 2mm

Abbreviations

Sc-Single crochet

dc- Double crochet

tr- treble

dccl- double crochet cluster

Notes:

Ch 3 counts as dc throughout

Method

Make 24 SC into magic circle. Join.

Row 1: *Ch5, SC in 2nd chain from hook, SC across, SC in next Ch, Ch5 * Rep from * to * around. (12 petals)

Row 2: Join new colour to top of any petal. Ch 5, SC on top of next petal. Repeat around. Join to beg Ch. (12 Ch 5 loops)

Row 3: Sl St into 5ch loop, ch 3, 4 DC in same loop, ch 2, *5 DC in next loop, ch3 * Repeat from * to * around. Join to beg ch3.

Row 4: Sl st, into next st, ch 3, dc in next 2 st, ch 3, sc in ch3 sp, ch3, skp next dc, dc in next 3 st, skp next dc, *(ch3, skp next dc, DC in next 3 ST, ch 3, SC in next ch 3 SP, ch3) * Rep from * to * around. Join to beg ch.

Row 5: sl st in next st, ch 9, sc in next sc, ch 5, skp next dc, tr in next dc, *(ch5, sc in next sc, ch 5, skp next dc, tr in next dc, skp next dc, ch 5 sc in next sc) * rep from * to * around. Join to 4th ch of beg ch.

Row 6: ch 1, 3sc next loop, ch 5, 3sc in next loop, ch3, 3sc in next loop, *( ch 5, 3sc in next loop, ch3, 3sc in next loop) * rep from * to * around. Join to beg sc. Fasten off.

Row 7: Join new colour in any ch 5 sp. *(sc, hdc, dc, tr, ch 2, tr, dc, hdc, sc in ch 5sp, ch 3, dc, ch 3 dc in next ch 3 sp, ch 3 ) * Rep from * to * around. Join to beg. sc and fasten off.

Row 8: Join new colour in any ch 2 sp, *(ch 3, dc, ch 1, ( 5 times) dc, ch 3, sc in next ch2 sp, ch 3) * rep from * to * around. Join to beg ch. Fasten off.

Row 9: Join with new colour to any ch 5 sp. Ch 4, dc in next ch 1 sp, * (dc, ch1, 6 times, dc in next ch 5 sp, ch2 dc in next ch 5 sp,) * Repeat from * to * around. Join to beg ch. Fasten off.

Row 10: Join new colour in any ch 2 space, ch 5, *(skp two ch spaces, 3 dc cl in next sp, ch 3, 3 dc cl in next sp, picot, ch 3, 3 dc cl next sp, ch 5) * Rep from * to * around. Fasten off. Block.

Incandescence

Little unused balls of yarn bother me time and again. I am unable to give it away and it just sits in my stash forever. So when a friend announced a crochet along in Ravelry for making Mandalas my mind began thinking, why not try something with these threads. I love making doilies but am not too fond of changing colours every other row.

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But while watching television I began doodling with the threads. One round led me to another and before I could say Jack Robinson, the doily was complete, all under an hour’s time. Surprised to see me using such  bold colours, a first for me, she named it Incandescence.I showed the doily to my friends and they liked it. They even offered to test it for me and used such lovely colours, that I love their versions more than mine. Do check it out on ravelry.

Let me know what you do with little unused balls of thread that you hoard in your stash like me. Would love to hear from you.

Mathilde

I chanced upon a doily in Ravelry that called out to me to be made. Generally I am lazy to switch threads while making a doily, but people had made the same doily in beautiful colours that I decided to use some colours too. This is the result of the coloured doily. It is minimally textured and easy to make. You can find the pattern here. This can be called a Mandala too as it is the right size for a colourful mandala. Meanwhile,many of my friends have mounted doilies as wall art, using canvas and embroidery frames. So I got a canvas,painted it and modpodged it to the canvas. Voila! the doily on canvas is ready.

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Do try fixing a doily on canvas. It makes for a good living room decor. Let me know how it went.

Gladioli – Another Pinterest Find

Sometimes certain patterns call out to you. As I made a doily for the doily-along in Ravelry last week, I thought I should stop, but whenever I browsed in Pinterest there would be someone who would have pinned the very same doily and I would linger over it, looking at the sheer beauty of the doily. This went on for some days and then I couldn’t resist and I immediately printed out a copy.

Once I began working on it, I realised this was more challenging than the doilies that I am used to making. This doily worked in spirals without joining and ending in each row.

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I had planned to make it in three colours and had started with beige. I even took it with me during my travel but unfortunately I had messed up the count and it didn’t look good at all. So another two days were wasted as I ripped and decided on a colour.

However, this time I enlarged the picture and printed a better pattern and began in earnest with a Baroque thread in sea green. But all was not well. The thread, which I thought would be sufficient, was not enough, so I decided to do only the center flowers in green and give a white border. This doily is also a thread guzzler. I have almost finished the 50 gm ball of white. The center of the doily is done using regular treble on one side of the flower and post stitches on the other half, which gives a raised look and beautiful texture.

This doily needed more focus than the other doilies I have made. The end result is fantastic. It is a huge doily of 25 inches diameter and it has been well worth the time and effort.

A Pinterest find

Doilies are so addictive. Any free time or if a little bit of thread peeks from my stash while hunting for something else, finds me making a new doily. It was one such moment in Ravelry when my friends kept posting beautiful doilies in a doily-along and the moderator kept showing patterns that made me get out the thread from my stash. In just a day and a half I could make this doily from a chart posted on Pinterest that had caught my fancy some days ago. This doily didn’t have a name. It looks like artichokes, chrysanthemums and lotuses in bloom. So you could call it any name you want and it will look beautiful. Like they say a rose by any other name would still be as beautiful.

IMG_3788.jpg Have you made any such beauties on a whim while browsing the Internet or Pinterest? Do let me know in the comments. I would love to hear from you.