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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.

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Letter/Paper Organizer

There was recently a CAL (crochet-along) in Facebook. However, I was unsure about completing this due to several reasons. The item to be made was a wall hanging, using basket weave stitch embellished with five different types of flowers. Now, I have never done a wall hanging.

Last week the kids brought home a couple of circulars. Since both of them are in the same school, I get the same circulars twice. After our reading the circulars, the girls took it away. Later during bedtime I found that they were strewn about in their room. That was when it struck me that if I could make them something colourful, it could be hung in their room and the papers would be better organised.

This thought led me to making this wall hanging. It is very simple to make and most can make it just by looking at the picture.
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Materials

Worsted weight yarn (Red Heart)

Color A Sky Blue      One  50 gm ball

Color B Red Orange  One 50 gm ball

Hook size 4.50mm

Stitches used

Dc, Basket weave stitch,fpdc, bpdc (Front and back post stitches

(you can either use Basket weave stitch or make two panels with any other stitch of your preference or continue with dc. For those who do not know how to make basket weave stitch, youtube has great videos)

Hope you like and enjoy making this pattern. Do let me know

This is not exactly written like a pattern, as I feel even a beginner can make this just by looking at the photo. However, I have written the pattern for how I went about it. You can customize it according to your preferred sizes.

Directions

With color A, Ch, 28. Dc in second chain from hook and across. Ch 2 turn. Ch 2 is counted as one dc throughout. (26 dc)

Continue working dc in every row, till desired length is reached. I worked 30 rows of dc. Fasten off.

Join Color B in one of the corners with a sl stitch. Slip stitch around. Ch 1 turn. Sc in each stitch around. At the corners sc ch1 sc in the same stitch. When you get to the top right hand corner, sc ch 1 sc, in the same stitch, sc in the next 11 stitches, ch 3, skp three stitches, sc in the next 11 stitches. Sc, ch 1, sc in the next stitch. Fasten off.

Panels (Make two)

Ch 22. Dc in second chain from hk. fpdc in the next three stitches. Bpdc in next four stitches. Fpdc in next four st, bpdc in the next four stitches. End with dc in the last stitch. Continue this way till u get to the desired length, Fasten off.

Sew both panels on to the back panel using whip stitch. Take care that the stitches are not seen in the back.

Sew flowers and leaves to embellish the wall hanging.

Your organizer is ready.

In spirals

I had a sudden urge to create something on my own after a really long time. As I was playing with the chains, they curled up, thus giving me the idea of making these cute earrings.
It is super simple to make.
Take any thread or knitting cotton of your choice. Make 8 chains. Sc in first chain. 4 dc in each chain till the end. Join the last chain of the last dc made with a hook. Weave in all ends. The ear ring is ready.

Testing a new yarn

It is not always that I find good yarn in my neck of the woods. So when I chanced upon paper yarn I went berserk. It was a tad pricey for such a wee amount of yarn. But what the heck! I wanted to try out this new material at any cost. 😉
When asked to show me the yarn, the shop guy looked amused because I asked for that “yarn”.
“That is decorative paper madam,” he explained.
Though a wee bit annoyed that he thought that I couldn’t differentiate between decorative paper and yarn, I curiously fingered the yarn(?) and took three skeins….just to test the waters before getting a whole pack. Very doubtful that the yarn could break or tear, I spent the whole evening just touching and feeling it till members of the household threw me irritatingly amusing glances. 🙂
The next morning I spent at least half hour just thinking of which hook to use. When I finally selected the H hook and decided that I would make granny squares as a testing project.
Paper yarn skeins
After making the granny squares and I found that it was satisfactory, I decided that I would join it to make a pen holder.
Pen Holder
Initially I was reluctant to slip stitch the squares for fear of breaking the yarn. But surprisingly I could easily slip stich. Finally, I glued the slip stitched squares to the base instead of slip stitching them.
Now, I had one skein and a few yards of the other skeins on hand. So I decided that I would test another pattern.
This was to be a flower basket. When my father comes home to visit, he takes a plate outside to the garden to pluck flowers for puja (morning prayers). So I thought this time I would give him a trendy basket to collect his flowers.
Jasmine Basket
So with that in mind and armed with my H hook, I made this basket, the pattern for which can be found below. If you spot any errors please let me know.

Flower Basket

Ch 6. Join.
1. Make 10 sc in the ring formed. Join with sl st in the first st. turn.
2. Ch 1, sc in the next st. 2 sc in the next st, repeat around. Join with Sl st in the first st. (15 sc)
3. Ch1, sc in next st, 2 sc in the next st, repeat around. Join with sl st in the first st. (22 sc)
4. Ch 1, sc in the next st, 2sc in the next st, repeat around. Join with sl st in the first st. (32)
5. Ch 2, hdc around (32 hdc)
6. Ch 2, hdc in the next st, 2 hdc in the next st. repeat around. Join.
7. Ch 2, hdc in the next st, 2 hdc in the next st. repeat around. Join.
8. Ch 5, skip next st, sc in next st. Ch 2, skip next st, repeat around. Join.
9. Sl st to the center of next st, ch3 sc in next loop, repeat around. Join.
10. Ch 4, dc in next loop, ch 1 dc in next loop, repeat around. Join.
11. Ch 3, dc in next dc, dc in ch 1 space, dc in next dc, repeat around. Join.

Weave in ends. Turn bowl inside out.

Projects completed, and on the anvil…

Whenever I go to Kolkata, I drool over the embroidered  saris and I make up my mind to do the Kantha work myself. The first time I went to Kolkata I got two Tussar saris and had the design transfered, one for my mom and the other to be embroidered by me. My mom finished the embroidery in a matter of six months and  I had done only a few flowers. It was then time for my mom to visit my sister in the U.S. And so I packed her off with my sari which she completed in the next six months.

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My contribution to the sari was to work a few inches of borders and a few flowers. That I don’t have the time to complete a mega project never occurs to me…:) as I went to buy a sari in a different fabric this time. Similarly I completed a few flowers and it languished in the cupboard, while my mom completed her embroidery and has worn her sari too.  As usual she came to my rescue and completed the sari.:)

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This is just a percentage of what I have incomplete. When I took an inventory of my craft cupboard, I went into a dizzy spell. I have cross stitch unfinished, a painting unfinished, two knitted scarves, one shawl…..:(

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Last but not the least, I have a couple of people waiting to get the stuff I promised to make  for them.  I have just started to make a knitted purse today….need I say more.:)

Back after a break

I am back. It has been quite a long break, but then as I have mentioned in an earlier post, having too many hobbies can also be tiring at times. Especially with several projects on hooks and a couple on needles, writing two blogs….well!  I am not complaining.:)

So what have I been doing? Crochet-wise I have been doing things which I haven’t done before. That is, I tested a hairband for someone and it was pretty cool. I also tested a top for a designer and it turned out super cool. Also, it is the first time I am making a wearable for my own daughter. In  Lucy Locket pict2184French country hat 

all these years of crocheting, I have never made a hat, which somebody told was the project beginners chose. Somehow it never occurred to me to make one, though I had several patterns to choose from. I guess it could be because I never wore one.:) While the above took me just a few hours of my time, knitting seem to take ages. I made a couple of dishcloths. I just took three days to complete one, believe it or not. For a beginner, I think this time frame might be acceptable, but then I do get frustrated.Knitted dishcloths It was during one of my knitting spree my m.i.l visited. She was looking at me knitting with an amused expression on her face. She looked at me battling with the cables and generously offered to teach. But the cables though a little out of shape were ok and I have to admit that it was tiring to hold three needles and managing to pull and not slip any stitches. But I left people in stitches. My binding off technics had people rolling on the floor laughing. I am glad nobody took a picture of that. I am ridiculously funny when I bind off my work. I twist and turn along with the stitches, pursing my lips at times, gritting my teeth and breathing a huge sigh of relief as I bind off one stitch in say five minutes at least. I really hope I quicken up my pace, otherwise I might end up giving up on knitting and losing out on a wonderful hobby.

Anyways I would like to end on a happy note. A friend of mine who went to Singapore gave me a very thoughtful gift. She brought me a ball of paper  Paper silk  silk yarn. I am still touching it and admiring it, unable to make up mind as to which pattern to make from it.

First steps

The joy of making something and admiring it from a distance can be quite euphoric. Especially if it is something you made for the first time and it turned out better than your own expectations….

There is a standing joke in the family about the wearable I promised I would make for my sister. Since my sister is very finicky about what she wears, the color, the fit etc, I decided to make something for myself (by way of practicing on a wearable) before embarking on a project for her.

I had some multi-colored yarn (red, yellow and green) which seemed sober when I bought it. I made a sleeveless vest using that yarn. The finish was ok (I thought so). I followed instructions for large in the pattern and when I wore it it was larger. 🙂 And the yarn looked way too loud after taking shape, especially after I wore it and when it invited uncontrolled spasms of laughter from the dear husband. So I decided not to make any wearable and definitely never in bright colors. My sister got me some cotton yarn during a trip abroad and reminded me about the vest I promised, but the yarn turned into something else. To this day I haven’t made any wearable for her.   I have frogged the bright colored vest now to make something else.

Recently, when I was going to through my stash I found this light colored yarn and a book I had for frocks for little girls. I have never made anything except afghans for babies so I decided to try the frock. I have to say I was thrilled after finishing it.

Baby dress 3

The small purse to go with it also turned out cute. I only hope my sister’s baby for whom I made this fits into it. 🙂

The first doll I made also turned out well. So it seems from the look of this raggedy Ann which has seen better days when the children weren’t around to play with her.

Raggedy Ann ‘

Since I am quite satisfied with my wearable and doll I have begun collecting patterns for both and have quite a few favorites to make now. Just waiting with bated breath for the yarn I have ordered.:)