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Mountain Bloom Doily

Most of the crafters I know, know about my addiction to doilies. Whether it is a charted pattern or written during ancient times, I just have to try it. I am also known to start multiple projects and forget about them conveniently by starting a new one. One such project was a doily which i had just started and had relinquished it to the deep recesses of my work-in-progress bin. In the process I lost the chart for the doily and I was left with no pattern to continue.

I picked it up and made my own doily and I was pretty happy with it. I asked for a few testers to test it and only a couple of them completed it. I lost interest and then one fine day as I was looking at the doily that I had displayed on my dressing table, I decided that the final rows had to be reworked to give it better shape. So I ended up reworking the doily and here it is all tested.

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The pattern can be bought from Ravelry. Do link to my pattern if you happen to make it.

Pinnate Square Runner

It has been a long time since I posted on the blog. Well, I have been busy with designing and completing unfinished projects. One of the designs that I made in May, was a small square that can be joined into a table cloth or runner. I of course, turned it into a runner as it is easier than making a large table cloth that I would end up not using. I did like my runner though cos it just fits my center table in the living room and adds some overall charm to the room on the whole.IMG_4541IMG_4540

If you are looking to make one, you can find the pattern here.   

If you want to commission this runner in any other color do email me at yadvii@gmail.com.

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.