Wednesday, August 12, 2015

crochet triangles wall hanging - free pattern

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Right now I'm going through one of my crochet manic phases. I have plenty of ideas, way too many for me to concentrate on one single item. I still have patterns that I need to complete, yet I want to start new ones. I have to write a free pattern on the textured ripple afghan that I finished long ago but before that I'm working on other free ones. Above all I'm forced to slow down because of a right shoulder and neck pain :(

This is an ethnic and folk-inspired wall hanging which was in my mental to-do list for a quite a long time. This was just a few hours work and I was supposed to complete and post it on Monday but as I said I was jumping from one WIP to another. 

To make this you will need sport weight yarns and size E/3.5 mm hook.  As always I have written the pattern in American terms. 

Abbreviations

ch - chain
sts - stitch/stitches
sl st - slip stitch
sc - single crochet (UK - double crochet)
dc - double crochet (UK - treble)
tr- treble crochet (UK - double treble)
2-dc cluster - double crochet 2 stitches together in same stitch
3-dc cluster - double crochet 3 stitches together in same stitch

Instruction 

Triangles - make 3

Round 1: Using red make a magic ring (or) ch 6 and join to form a ring. Into the ring work [3dc-cluster, ch 3, 3dc-cluster, ch 5] 3 times. Break off yarn.
Round 2: Join green in any ch-5 space, **[3dc-cluster, ch 3] 3 times in ch-5 space, sc in next ch-3 space, ch 3** Repeat from ** to ** 2 more times. Join with a sl st to top of 1st cluster. Break off yarn.


Round 3: Join pink in the center cluster of the 3 cluster group, ch 7 (counts as tr + ch 3), 2dc-cluster in same space, **[ch 2, dc in next space] 4 times, ch 2, [2dc-cluster, ch 3, tr, ch 3, 2dc-cluster] in next cluster** Repeat from ** to ** one more time, [ch 2, dc in next space] 4 times, ch 2, 2dc-cluster in the same st where you made ch 7 at the beginning of round, ch 3, join with a sl st to the 4th ch. Break off yarn.


Round 4: Join blue in any tr, ch 5 (counts as dc + ch 2), 3dc-cluster in same st, **[ch 2, 3dc-cluster in next space] 7 times, ch 2, [3dc-cluster, ch 2, dc, ch 2, 3dc-cluster] in next tr** Repeat from ** to ** one more time, [ch 2, 3dc-cluster in next space] 7 times, ch 2, 3dc-cluster in the same st as ch 5 at the beginning of round, ch 2, join with a sl st to 3rd ch. Break off yarn.


Round 5: Join red in the same st, [sc, ch 3, sc] in same st, **[2 sc in next ch-2 space, sc in next cluster] 9 times, 2 sc in next space, [sc, ch 3, sc] in next dc** Repeat from ** to ** one more time, [2 sc in next ch-2 space, sc in next cluster] 9 times, 2 sc in next space, join with a sl st to 1st sc at the beginning of round. Break off yarn.


Joining the triangles

Join red in any ch-3 space, sc in same space, sc in each sc across, sc in last ch-3 space (33 sc), sc in ch-3 space of 2nd motif and work sc in all the sts and sc in last ch-3 space, similarly join the 3rd motif. In total you will be making 99 sc. Turn.

Band

Row 1: Ch 100, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across (99 sc). Turn.
Row 2: Ch 1, sc in each sc across (99 sc). Join blue in last st, ch 4, turn.


Row 3: Ch 1, skip next st, 2dc-cluster in the 3rd st, **[ch 1, skip next st, 2dc-cluster] in next st** Repeat from ** to ** across, ch 1, dc in last st. Join red, ch 1, turn.


Row 4: Sc in top of ch 3, **sc in next ch-1 space, sc in next cluster** Repeat from ** to ** across (99 sc). Turn.
Rows 5 and 6: Ch 1, sc in each sc across. Turn.
Row 7: Ch 6, skip next st, sc in next st, st in each st across until last 3 sts, ch 6, sc in last st. Break off yarn and weave in the loose ends.


Joining triangles to the band

Place the first row of the band and top of triangles together with the right side facing each other and crochet the edges together.

Finishing

Weave in all the loose ends. Embroider some designs on the band and decorate with beads and sequins as desired. Make tassels and attach them to the triangles. You can google the instructions for making tassels. There are plenty of them on the internet. 



I hope you'll enjoy making it. If I had overlooked any errors please let me know so that I can correct them.

If you want the pattern in PDF format you can download it from here.

Have a good day!

   
  



    


 


Friday, July 31, 2015

A bike trip to Kerala - Part III - Mushrooms and fungi

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Beautiful ones, not so beautiful ones
Tiny ones, large ones
Colourful ones, whites ones

I have never seen so many varieties of mushrooms. Mushrooms always fascinate me. My 10 fingers are more than enough to count the actual number of times I would have seen mushrooms in their natural environment. So you can imagine my excitement when I saw so many varieties on a single day on our short hurried walk to the river. My husband did not share my excitement and so I did not get a chance to hunt for more. I'm sure I would have seen more if we weren't in a hurry to get back home.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Frilly striped pillow cover - free stitch pattern

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Finally I managed to make a tutorial for the frilly stitch pattern. You can use this pattern to make a pillow cover as I did, or a beautiful lacy afghan or a bag or whatever you fancy. I made a cover for a pillow measuring 14 x 14 inches using sport weight yarn and size E/3.50 mm hook.

Instruction

The pattern is written using American terms.
The pattern is worked top down.

Abbreviations:

ch - chain  
sc - single crochet (UK -double crochet)
dc - double crochet (UK - treble)
tr- treble crochet (UK - double treble)
st - stitch


To make a cover for a pillow measuring 14 x 14 inches use sport weight yarns of various colours and size E/3.50 mm hook. 

Start with making 80 chains. If you are making something else using the stitch pattern you will need to make chains in multiples of 13 and add 2 more chains to it. So it's multiples of 13+2. 

Row 1: For the pillow cover using colour A I made ch 80, sc in 2nd ch from hook, ch 3, skip 3 ch, sc in next ch, ch 5, skip 4 ch, sc in next ch, **[ch 3, skip 3 ch, sc in next ch] 2 times, ch 5, skip 4 ch, sc in next ch** Repeat from ** to ** 4 more times, ch 3, skip 3 ch and sc in last ch. Turn. 


Row 2: Ch 4, dc in same st, ch 1, skip the next ch-3 space, and **(2-dc cluster, picot, ch 1) 5 times in next ch-5 space, skip next ch-3 space, (dc, ch 1, dc - called V) in next sc, ch 1** Repeat from ** to ** across finishing the row with V worked in the last sc. Turn.

Note: 
  • 2-dc cluster is dc 2 stitches worked together in same space.
  • To make a picot, ch 3 and sc in dc cluster worked prior to ch 3, this will form a loop at the top of the cluster.

Row 3: Ch 4, dc in same st, ch 2, **dc in ch-1 space next to the 1st cluster, ch 5, dc in the ch-1 space before the 5th cluster, ch 2, V in next V, ch 2** Repeat from ** to ** across finishing with V worked in last V. Turn.


Row 4: Ch 4, dc in same st, ch 1, **(2-dc cluster, picot, ch 1) 5 times in next ch-5 space, ch 1, V in next V, ch 1** Repeat from ** to ** across finishing with a V worked into last V.


You will be changing to new colour at the end of row 4. For that, pull the new colour through the loop, tighten the loop and start working with the new colour. 

Row 5: Repeat row 3 using new colour.


Repeat rows 4 and 3 until you reach the desired length and finish with row 4. Change colour after every 4 rows.


You are not going to make a separate piece for the back part of the pillow cover, instead you will make one long piece, fold it into half and sew the sides. The back part consists of just treble stitches. Three rows of treble were equal to 4 rows of frilly pattern at the front. 

So when you have reached the length of pillow stop working the frilly pattern. Stop at row 4 repeat and continue the next row in the same colour that you are working with currently. My last colour was brown, so I continued with brown.

Row 1 (back): Ch 4 (counts as 1st treble), 3 tr in next space, **tr in next dc, 4 tr in next ch-5 space, tr in next dc, 2 tr in next ch-2 space, tr in next dc, tr in ch-1 space, tr in dc, 2 tr in next ch-2 space** Repeat from ** to ** across finishing with 3 tr worked into the last space and 1 tr in the turning ch of previous row (79 sts)

Row 2: Ch 4 (counts as 1st tr), tr in each tr across. Turn (79 sts).

Repeat row 2 changing colours after every 3 rows but this time you will be reversing the order of colours used in the front part. 


Weave in all the ends and fold it into half. Bring the wrong side out and sew/crochet the sides together. If you do not want the stitches to be visible through the sides of the lacy pillow use threads/yarns of similar colours which means you will have to change your thread colour every 4 rows. Sew buttons.



Please do let me know if there are any corrections to be made. 

Have a nice day! 

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Tropical blooms baby blanket

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Do you remember this blanket that I showed you before I left for my vacation? I had started it just then. I took it along with me when I visited my parents and finished it there and I gave it to my mom. 


The bright tropical colors make it so cheerful, don't you think? The flowers are joined as you go and it was a breeze to work this. 


I am listing it in all my shops but if you buy it from my ArtFire shop it is going to be half price.  As I mentioned before you don't have to be registered with ArtFire to buy patterns from there. 


The free tutorial for the frilly striped pillow cover is not yet ready, I'll try to finish it soon.

Have a nice day! 


Thursday, July 16, 2015

A bike trip to Kerala - Part II - Rubber plantation

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More photos from our trip and these were taken at a rubber plantation. You can see part 1 here

We stayed there for a couple of days and I saw rubber trees for the first time. A slanting incision is made on the trees and small vessels are tied below to collect the dripping latex. 

There was a stream running through the plantation and there was also a small one right in front of the house where we were staying. Imagine how nice it would be to enjoy your early morning coffee by the stream! There were plenty of leeches too. 

The last part would be on mushrooms, plenty of them. 

Have a great day!
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