Thursday, September 15, 2016

Learn a stitch pattern #2

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Hi, this post was due yesterday but there was no internet connection for the past one week. Also something is wrong with my computer. It's been acting weird recently. I am not able to access Pinterest and Pinterest alone. I don't have problem opening any other site but Pinterest just won't. Since this morning I have not been able to view images as thumbnail preview in any of my folders. If I have to view an image I should click and open it, only then I'll know what it is. At least my internet is working now, otherwise I would have gone mad.    

This is a simple V-stitch pattern which I have worked in differed colours and could be used to make scarves or blankets. Use any yarn and a suitable hook.

Start by making chains in multiples of 4 + 1.
Row 1:  dc in 5th ch from hook, skip next 3 ch, **(dc, ch 3, dc) in next ch, skip next 3 ch** Repeat from ** to ** across, (dc, ch 1, dc) in last ch. Turn.


Row 2: Ch 3, skip ch-1 space, **(dc, ch 3, dc) between next 2 dc, skip next ch-3 space** Repeat ** to ** until the end, dc in 3rd ch. Turn.


Row 3: Ch 4, dc in same space, **skip next ch-3 space, (dc, ch 3, dc) between next 2 dc** Repeat from ** to ** across, (dc, ch 1, dc) after the last dc. Turn.

Repeat rows 2 and 3. That's it.


Wednesday, September 7, 2016

In progress

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This is my work in progress, actually it's almost completed. In my last post I had mentioned that I would post a new stitch pattern every Wednesday. It is Wednesday already and obviously I don't have a tutorial. I feel one week is just not enough. There is plenty of work involved. First of all I should have a pattern, then I should work on it, photograph it, then edit it and post it which is too much to be done within a week for me. So I am going it make it alternate Wednesdays. So the next tutorial will be next Wednesday. In the meantime I hope you have lots of fun and enjoy your days.  

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Learn a stitch pattern #1 - Textured ripple stitch

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Long time ago I mentioned about a scrap yarn project here and that I would share the pattern with you but though I had completed the blanket long ago I just couldn't bring myself to write the pattern due to my laziness and due to other commitments that required my immediate attention.  
  

Now I want to start a new section here to share some interesting stitch patterns which you can use to make shawls, blankets, cushions or whatever and thought that starting with my long overdue textured ripple stitch pattern would be the appropriate thing to do. 

Stitch Pattern #1
Textured Ripple Stitch
I have used 2 colours for the tutorial. 
This pattern is not a beginner pattern. 
It involves working around the posts like fpdc and bpdc stitches. 
The pattern is written in standard US terms.
There are basically 3 rows that make up this pattern - a normal dc row, fpdc row and bpdc row. 

Abbreviations:
ch - chain
chsp - chain space
dc - double crochet
dc2tog (dc decrease) - double crochet 2 consecutive stitches worked together 
fpdc - front post double crochet
bpdc - back post double crochet
bpdc2tog - back post double crochet 2 consecutive stitches worked together 

Start with making chains in multiples of 16 + 1.

Row 1: Dc in 3rd ch from hook and in next 6 ch, ch 2, **dc in next 7 ch, skip 2 ch, dc in next 7 ch, ch 2** Repeat from ** to ** across. Towards the end you will have 8 ch left, dc in next 6 ch, dc2tog. Turn.


Row 2 (dc row): Ch 2, dc in next 6 dc (ch 2 and the first dc together will count as dc2tog), [dc, ch 2, dc] in next chsp, **dc in next 6 dc, skip next 2 dc, dc in next 6 sts, [dc, ch 2, dc] in next chsp. Repeat from ** to ** across until the last peak, dc in next 5 dc, dc2tog. 


I have worked the next row in a new colour. Always join a new colour at the end of a row and the next row would be either fpdc row or bpdc row depending on whether row is going to be the wrong or the right side of the work. The 3rd row will be the right side or the front side of the work, so it is going to be a bpdc row.
At the end of row 2 pull new colour through the loop and tighten the loop.


Row 3 (bpdc row): Ch 2, bpdc in next 6 dc, [dc, ch 2, dc] in next chsp, **bpdc in next 6 dc, skip next 2 dc, bpdc in next 6 dc, [dc, ch 2, dc] in next chsp** Repeat from ** to ** across until the last peak, bpdc in next 5 dc, bpdc2tog. Turn. (ch 2 and the first bpdc together will count as bpdc2tog) 


Rows 4 and 5: Repeat the dc row.


Since the next row is the wrong/back side of the work it would be fpdc row. Join new colour at the end of row 5.
Row 6 (fpdc row): Ch 2, fpdc in next 6 dc, [dc, ch 2, dc] in next chsp, **fpdc in next 6 dc, skip next 2 dc, fpdc in next 6 dc, [dc, ch 2, dc] in next chsp** Repeat from ** to ** across until the last peak, fpdc in next 5 dc, fpdc2tog. Turn   


Then you can work as many rows of dc as you want followed by fpdc or bpdc row. Thus by varying the number of rows you work using each colour you can bring variation to the ripple pattern. 


I hope the tutorial was clear enough. I am planning to post one every week on Wednesdays. So you can expect one next Wednesday. 

Have a nice day!   



Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Lace summer tunic

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I took a giant step forward. Yes, I went ahead and crocheted a tunic top. For a very long time I refused to come out of my comfort zone, I was satisfied with designing only hats, scarves and other accessories and stayed out of anything that involved mathematics and headaches. But then I slowly graduated to designing a few baby clothes and realized that once you get the basics right it's a smooth sail after all. 


So I took one more step forward with yarn and hook in hand and thoroughly enjoyed it. Can you believe, I'm already into my second project now and it involves cables. I'll let you have a glimpse of it in another post. I had a few hiccups initially, I was doubtful about the sizing but once I finished it and tried it on my dress form I knew I had done a good job.




The pattern can be purchased from here, here and here

Friday, July 22, 2016

Dreamcatcher

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A traditional Native American dreamcatcher is supposed to filter out your bad dreams but my son doesn't seem to agree. He said he had a bad dream last night and blames the dreamcatcher for it. I read that a dreamcatcher should be able to swing freely in the air so that it can let the good dreams pass through the holes and the bad dreams to get tangled in it. May be it didn't work because it is not authentic and traditional enough and it was hung on a wall not providing space for the good dreams to pass through. Whether it works or not it makes a beautiful wall decoration. 


If you too wish to make one here is the pattern for the mandala. For the hoop I used the rubber gasket of a pressure cooker. You can use an embroidery hoop. Mine measures about 9 inches in diameter. I used sport weight yarns in 7 colours and size 3.5 mm crochet hook. For decorations I used feathers, beads and ribbons.


Instruction for the mandala

As usual the pattern is written using standard American terms. 
While joining new colours at the beginning of each round join at the same stitch where you fastened off the previous colour.  

Stitches/abbreviations used:

ch - chain
sl st - slip stitch (UK - single crochet)
sc - single crochet (UK - double crochet)
dc - double crochet (UK - treble)
tr - treble (double treble)
puff stitch - dc 5 sts worked together in same stitch
dc3tog (dc decrease) - dc worked together in 3 consecutive stitches

Instruction:

Using colour A, ch 6, join the last ch to the first ch with a sl st to form a  ring.
Round 1:  Ch 5 (counts as 1st tr + ch 1), **treble into the ring, ch 1** Repeat from ** to ** 14 more times. Join with a sl st to the 4th ch (16 sts). Fasten off colour A.
Round 2: Join colour B and ch 3 (counts as 1st dc), 2 dc in next ch-1 space, ** dc in next tr, 2 dc in next space** Repeat from ** to ** around. Join with a sl st to the 3rd ch (48 sts). Fasten off yarn.
Round 3: Join colour C and ch 6, dc in same st, **skip 2 dc, (dc, ch 3, dc) in next dc** Repeat from ** to ** around. Join with a sl st to 3rd ch. Fasten off yarn.
Round 4: Join colour D in next ch-3 space, **puff stitch in ch-3 space, ch 4** Repeat from ** to ** around. Join to the top of 1st puff stitch. 
Round 5: Ch 3, **5 dc in next ch-4 space, dc in next puff stitch** Repeat from ** to ** around. Join with a sl st to the 3rd ch (96 sts). Fasten off yarn.
Round 6: Join colour E, ch 2, dc2tog (counts as 1st dc3tog), ch 3, **dc3tog, ch 3** Repeat from ** to ** around. Join with a sl st to the 1st dc3tog. Fasten off yarn.


Round 7: Join colour F in next ch-3 space, ch 1 and sc in same space, **ch 5, sc in next ch-3 space** Repeat from ** to ** around but instead of the last ch-5 make ch 2 and dc in the sc at the beginning of round.
Round 8: Ch 1, sc in same space, **ch 6, sc in next ch-5 space** Repeat from ** to ** around and instead of the last ch-6 make ch 3 and dc in the sc at the beginning of round.
Round 9: Ch 1, sc in same space, **ch 7, sc in next ch-6 space** Repeat from ** to ** around and instead of the last ch-7 make ch 4 and dc in the sc at the beginning of round.
Round 10: Join colour G in the same st, ch 1 and sc in same st, **9 dc in next ch-7 space, sc in next ch-7 space** Repeat from ** to ** around. Fasten off yarn and weave in all the loose ends.


Your mandala is now ready and if you are going to make the dreamcatcher get your hoop ready. Wrapping yarn around the hoop was the most annoying part for me. Sew the middle stitch of each shell to the hoop. Then tie all your decorative items to the bottom of the hoop. Also make a loop at the top for hanging your dreamcatcher. 
Ta-dah! 


Have a nice weekend!


    

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Colours...

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Something's being created, can you guess what?



Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Hi...

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A big HELLO to all of you! I am back from my vacation, actually I was back by the 1st of this month itself but it took me so long to manage a post because I am still finding it difficult to get back to my regular blogging mood. I feel so disconnected as if I don't belong here. Hopefully I'll get over it soon.

I don't have any crochet makes to show you but I purchased a set of colourful crochet hooks and some yarns online. Love the glossy colours of the hooks though I haven't had a chance to try any of them.


And a new mug to hold all my hooks...


That's it for now. I'll come back soon with something worthwhile to show. Have a great week! 
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