Thursday, October 16, 2014

Crochet Christmas Tree - free pattern

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Hi everybody, thanks for visiting and thanks for all the lovely comments that you leave here. I hope you are all having a great week. I guess most of you will be busy with your Halloween preparations and enjoying the beautiful colors of the season. I have been sketching a lot lately and crocheting less. Except for these Christmas trees, I haven't done anything much. 


If you are a regular reader of my blog you might remember the Christmas tree that I made few years ago here. It was a free pattern that I found on net but the link doesn't work anymore. I searched but couldn't find the pattern anywhere else on the internet. I don't even have that tree now to figure out how it was made. So this year I decided to create one myself. I didn't have much difficulty in coming up with the pattern. I used the technique that we use to create ruffles by working into one loop only. I think anyone with a little knowledge of basic crochet stitches would be able to do it. 

A small ball of yarn is enough to make a tree. I used size G/4.00 mm crochet hook and DK/light worsted weight yarns which will make a tree that is about 3.5 inches high. There are no fancy stitches. I have used only single crochet (sc) stitch (American) which is known as double crochet (dc) in British terminology. 

Christmas Tree Pattern
Size: 
Approximately 3.5 inches high

Materials Needed:
DK/light worsted weight yarn
Size G/4.00 mm crochet hook
Stitch marker
Bead and sequins for decoration (optional)

Instruction
(Work in continuous rounds without joining at the end of each round. You may use a stitch marker to identify the beginning of a round)

Round 1: Start by making ch 2, 4 sc in 2nd ch from hook  (4 sc)
Round 2: Sc in each sc (4 sc)
Round 3: [2 sc in next sc, sc in next sc] 2 times (6 sc)


Look at the image below. The loop that is closer to you is the front loop and the loop that is farther away from you is the back loop. Starting from round 4 every other round which is the increasing round will be worked into back loops only.   


Round 4 (only back loops): [2 sc in next sc, sc in next 2 sc] 2 times (8 sc)

In the above image you can see the free front loops.

Round 5: (You will work this round into both the loops as you normally do). Sc in each sc (8 sc)
Round 6 (only back loops): [2 sc in next sc, sc in next 3 sc] 2 times (10 sc)
Round 7 (both loops): Sc in each sc (10 sc)
Round 8 (only back loops): [2 sc in next sc, sc in next 4 sc] 2 times (12 sc)
Round 9: Sc in each sc (12 sc)
Round 10 (only back loops): [2 sc in next sc, sc in next 5 sc] 2 times (14 sc)
Round 11: Sc in each sc (14 sc)
Round 12 (only back loops): [2 sc in next sc, sc in next 6 sc] 2 times (16 sc)
Round 13: Sc in each sc (16 sc)
Round 14 (only back loops): [2 sc in next sc, sc in next 7 sc] 2 times (18 sc)
Round 15: Sc in each sc (18 sc)
Round 16 (only back loops): [2 sc in next sc, sc in next 8 sc] 2 times (20 sc)
Round 17: Sc in each sc (20 sc)
Round 18 (only back loops): [2 sc in next sc, sc in next 9 sc] 2 times (22 sc)
Round 19: Sc in each sc (22 sc). Join with a slip stitch to next sc. Do not break the yarn but continue working the branches of the tree.

This is how your tree will look at this stage.

Ch 3, join this with a slip stitch to the front loop of 1st st in round 18.


In the front loop of each of the 22 stitches you will be making [sc, ch 6, sc]. When you have completed the round join with a slip stitch to the 1st stitch of the round. 


Again ch 3 and join with a slip stitch to the front loop of 1st stitch of the previous back loop round which is round 16.


Repeat what you did in round 18. Similarly when round 16 is complete go to round 14. 

In rounds 14 and 12 you will make the loops with 5 chains, i.e., [sc, ch 5, sc] in the front loops of each stitch.

In rounds 10 and 8, make loops with 4 chains.

In round 6 make 3 chain loops and in round 4 make loops with 2 chains. 


Now you have a cute little Christmas tree. Decorate it as you wish. 


They don't need any stuffing but you may do so if you wish. Cut out a small circle of felt to fit the base of the tree and after stuffing you can sew the circle to the base but this is optional, I didn't do it. 

I hope you enjoy making this Christmas tree. If you come across any errors (I don't think there will be any), please do let me know so that I can correct them.


Won't they make lovely Christmas gifts?

Monday, October 13, 2014

Autumn scarf and some sketches...

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A new scarf pattern is now available in my shops. This is an easy pattern and I have added an interesting element to it in the form of leaf tassels and swirls in autumn colors. The pattern will be available in my Etsy, Ravelry and Craftsy stores.


I have been sketching a lot (I should say learning to sketch) recently. I handmade some sketch pads in different sizes. I use color pencils but I would love to learn water color. 






My favourite is this tiny handmade notebook.


Withered or not, a rose is always beautiful!



My next post will be the Christmas tree pattern. Have an exciting week!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Coming soon!

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How about a free pattern?

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Crochet and books

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One of my most favourite places in Delhi is the Darya Ganj Sunday Book Market. Darya Ganj is a part of old Delhi and is near the Red Fort. It's a weekly market held only on Sundays on the street pavements. You can find all sorts of books here, both old and new, at unbelievably low prices as low as Rupees 10 which is roughly 25 cents. 

I love books though nowadays I don't read as much as I used to. Crochet is taking up most of my time. Still we go there now and then when the weather is agreeable. I buy books only from here as I don't prefer spending too much on new ones. Since the books don't come with a fixed price you need good bargaining skills. Some sellers even offer discount sales like pick any for rupees 10, 20, or 50. If you are lucky you'll find some really good books in very good condition at these sales. 


Last Sunday my husband and I went there. When we started from home the weather was pleasant but when we reached there it became very hot. I wasn't able to stay there for more than half an hour. It was becoming unbearably hot and I was forced to turn back midway. Still I was able to lay my hands on 3 classics each for Rupees 50 (less than a dollar), a couple of books on flowers and nature, also for Rupees 50 each. One is Field Guide to Wild Flowers of Britain by Readers Digest and the other one is Nature Diary by Janet Marsh. I bought these two books just for their beautiful illustrations. For my car crazy son I bought a book on cars. Altogether for 6 books I paid Rupees 300 which is less than 5 dollars. 




The above two are from Wild Flowers of Britain by Readers Digest and the ones you see below are from Janet Marsh's Nature Diary.




Lot of crocheting also happened last week. I am working on a scarf right now. 

The textured ripple blanket is progressing very well.





Wish you all a very happy weekend!

Friday, September 26, 2014

More colorful snowflakes

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I couldn't help making more of these pretty little snowflakes. Here is the free pattern.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Snowflakes in neon - free pattern

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Snowflakes in September? 
A little too early? 
I have been seeing a lot of Christmas projects lately in the internet which inspired me to create these snowflakes
These are not your usual white snowflakes.
They are neon snowflakes!


It's a very easy pattern. Go ahead and make some in nice bright colors or just plain white if you don't want your snowflakes in any other colors. 


I have used the standard American terms, which means sc (single crochet) here is dc (double crochet) and dc (double crochet) here is tr (treble) in British terms.



String them through a piece of yarn to make a lovely garland.



Have a great week!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Leg warmer - latest pattern

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Thanks for your comments on the scarp yarn rug. It's going to be of great use in winter.  

I don't know what inspired me to come up with the leg warmer pattern all of a sudden. I have a few patterns for kids but not for adults. I just felt like making one, so picked up my hooks and made a pair. I didn't have much trouble choosing the colors too. I have written the pattern for 5 sizes, child to adult, but of course you can customize it to suit any size. The pattern is available in my Etsy, Craftsy and Ravelry stores.


My second project with the scrap yarns is progressing well but I am not that sure about the colors. There is absolutely no coordination of colors, but I'm only expecting to get rid of the scraps. I hope it will look interesting at the end.

Have a nice weekend!

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