Friday, July 22, 2016

Dreamcatcher

Pin It

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...

Pin It

Something's being created, can you guess what?



Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Hi...

Pin It

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! 

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Vacation and huge discounts

Pin It


These are two new additions to my security blanket patterns. They are available in my Etsy, Craftsy and Ravelry stores.  

Also I am taking a break from blogging and crocheting till the end of June. I am leaving tomorrow to visit my parents and relatives and will be back by the end of next month. So far I haven't planned on taking any crochet stuff along but tomorrow at the last moment I might pack something because I am not sure if I could survive 40 whole days without crocheting. 

Now moving on to the best part, when I'm gone you'll be able to enjoy 50% discount on all my patterns purchased from my Etsy and Ravelry shops. You have to use the coupon code OFF50 at the time of check out and your price will be automatically reduced to 50% of the original price. 

When you are buying on Etsy, add the pattern you wish to purchase to the cart. If you are purchasing more than one pattern, add them all to the cart. 


Then click "Apply shop coupon code" and type OFF50 in the box and click Apply. Your total price will be reduced by 50%. 

If you are purchasing from Ravelry add the pattern/patterns to your cart 


Then click "Use a coupon code"


Type out the coupon OFF50 in the box and click apply. Then when you checkout your price will be reduced. As mentioned earlier these discounts will be available till June 30. 

I hope I have explained everything in detail and you won't face any trouble since I won't be available to answer your questions for at least the next couple of weeks.

Also please not that the discount offer is available in The Lazy Hobbyhopper etsy shop and not in the Whimsical Little Fox shop. So if you want to purchase amigurumi patterns you can do so from my Ravelry shop.

In my Whimsical Little Fox shop I have a different form of discount which you can view by clicking on the link. 

Now off I'm going to enjoy my vacation. I hope you all have fun too. 

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Security blankets - new patterns

Pin It

I have been having problems with my internet connection for the past couple of days and I'm now working from a borrowed data card. So this is going to be a very short post. These are the new security blanket patterns available only in my Whimsical Little Fox Etsy shop for now. They will soon be available in my other shops too.

Have a great day! 

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Zigzag wrap - free pattern

Pin It

Here is the pattern for the wrap that I mentioned in my previous post. It is called the Zigzag wrap. I used light worsted weight/DK yarn and size G/4.00 mm crochet hook. This wrap needs careful blocking. I didn't do it properly. I wanted to photograph it before the natural light went out and so removed the pins even before it was completely dry. 


Zigzag Wrap
Materials required 
DK/light worsted weight yarns approximately 575 yards
Crochet hook size G/4.00 mm
(or)
any yarn and a suitable hook.

Size 
The wrap measures 60 inches long and 16 inches wide after blocking. 

I have written the pattern using standard American terms.

Stitches/abbreviations used
** - repeat instructions between asterisks as many times as directed
ch - chain
 dc - double crochet (UK - treble)

Instruction:
Row 1: Ch 95, skip 10 ch and **dc in next 3 ch, [ch 3, skip 3 ch, dc in next 3 ch] twice, ch 9, skip 9 ch** Repeat from ** to ** 2 more times, dc in next 3 ch, ch 3, skip 3 ch, dc in next 3 ch, ch 3, skip next 3 ch, dc in last ch. Ch 3, turn.
Row 2: [3 dc in ch-3 space, ch 3] twice, **3 dc in ch-9 space, ch 9, [3 dc in ch-3 space, ch 3] twice** Repeat from ** to ** 2 more times, 4 dc in last space. Ch 6, turn.
Row 3: 3 dc in next ch-3 space, ch 3, 3 dc in next ch-3 space, **ch 9, 3 dc in ch-9 space, [ch 3, 3 dc in next ch-3 space] twice** Repeat from ** to ** 2 more times, ch 3, dc in last st which is the 3rd ch of the starting ch 3 of previous row. Ch 9, turn.
Row 4: Skip the 1st ch-3 space, **[3 dc in next ch-3 space, ch 3] twice, 3 dc in ch-9 space, ch 9** Repeat from ** to ** 2 more times, 3 dc in next ch-3 space, ch 3, 4 dc in last space. Ch 6, turn.  
Row 5: 3 dc in ch-3 space, **ch 9, 3 dc in ch-9 space, [ch 3, 3 dc in next ch-3 space] twice** Repeat from ** to ** 2 more times, ch 9, skip 6 ch and dc in next ch.  Ch 3, turn.
Row 6: 3 dc in ch-9 space, **ch 9, [3 dc in next ch-3 space, ch 3] twice, 3 dc in ch-9 space** Repeat from ** to ** two more times, ch 9, 4 dc in last space. Ch 12, turn.
Row 7: **3 dc in ch-9 space, [ch 3, 3 dc in next ch-3 space] twice, ch 9** Repeat from ** to ** two more times, 3 dc in ch-9 space, ch 3, dc in last st. Ch 3, turn.
Row 8: 3 dc in ch-3 space, ch 3, **3 dc in ch-9 space, ch 9, [3 dc in next ch-3 space, ch 3] twice** Repeat from ** to ** 2 more times, 3 dc in last space, ch 6, dc in the 3rd ch of starting 12 ch of previous row. Ch 6, turn.
Row 9: 3 dc in ch-6 space, **[ch 3, 3 dc in next ch-3 space] twice, ch 9, 3 dc in ch-9 space** Repeat from ** to ** 2 more times, ch 3, 3 dc in next ch-3 space, ch 3, dc in last st. Ch 3, turn.
Row 10: [3 dc in ch-3 space, ch 3] twice, **3 dc in ch-9 space, ch 9, [3 dc in ch-3 space, ch 3] twice** Repeat from ** to ** 2 more times, 4 dc in last space. Ch 6, turn.
Row 11: [3 dc in next ch-3 space, ch 3] twice, **3 dc in ch-9 space, ch 9, [3 dc in ch-3 space, ch 3] twice** Repeat from ** to ** 2 more times, dc in last st. Ch 3, turn.
Row 12: 3 dc in ch-3 space, ch 3, 3 dc in next ch-3 space, **ch 9, 3 dc in ch-9 space, [ch 3, 3 dc in next ch-3 space] twice** Repeat from ** to ** 2 more times, ch 6, skip 3 ch and dc in next ch. Ch 12, turn.
Row 13: **[3 dc in next ch-3 space, ch 3] twice, 3 dc in next ch-9 space, ch 9** Repeat from ** to ** 2 more times, 3 dc in next ch-3 space, ch 3, dc in last st. Ch 3, turn.
Row 14: 3 dc in ch-3 space, ch 9, **3 dc in ch-9 space, [ch 3, 3 dc in next ch-3 space] twice, ch 9** Repeat from ** to ** 2 more times, 4 dc in ch-12 space. Ch 6, turn.
Row 15: 3 dc in next ch-9 space, **ch 9, [3 dc in next ch-3 space, ch 3] twice, 3 dc in ch-9 space** Repeat from ** to ** 2 more times, ch 9, dc in last st. Ch 9, turn.
Row 16: 3 dc in ch-9 space, **[ch 3, 3 dc in next ch-3 space] twice, ch 9, 3 dc in ch-9 space** Repeat from ** to ** 2 more times, ch 3, 4 dc in last space. Ch 6, turn.
Row 17: 3 dc in next ch-3 space, ch 3, **3 dc in ch-9 space, ch 9, [3 dc in next ch-3 space, ch 3] twice** Repeat from ** to ** twice, 3 dc in last ch-6 space, ch 3, dc in 3rd ch of starting ch 9 of previous row.  Ch 3, turn.
Row 18: 3 dc in ch-3 space, **[ch 3, 3 dc in next ch-3 space] twice, ch 9, 3 dc in ch-9 space** Repeat from ** to ** 2 more times, ch 3, 3 dc in next ch-3 space, ch 3, 4 dc in last space. Ch 6, turn.
Row 19: [3 dc in next ch-3 space, ch 3] twice, **3 dc in ch-9 space, ch 9, [3 dc in next ch-3 space, ch 3] twice** Repeat from ** to ** 2 more times, dc in last st.  Ch 3, turn.

Repeat rows 2 to 19 six more times or until you reach the desired length.

Here is the chart for the pattern

If you prefer working from the chart you can follow the written instruction for the first couple of rows and then you can follow the chart easily. You will be repeating rows 2 to 19 until you reach the desired length.



Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Betsy hat and a peek into my next free pattern

Pin It

Betsy is my latest hat pattern. I have written the pattern for adult size. It is worked using a heavier worsted weight yarn and size J/6.00 mm hook. The pattern can be purchased from my Etsy, Craftsy and Ravelry shops.

Now moving on to other stuff, I have a free pattern for you which I will hopefully publish in my next post. But before you can get a glimpse of that I want to show you some pictures of flowers and tomatoes from my terrace garden (not actually a garden, we just have a few potted plants)




This is going to be my next free pattern...


Like it?



Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...