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

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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!


    

17 comments:

  1. Wonderful! ♥ The beads and ribbons are a nice decoration. Thanks for sharing this beautiful pattern! Happy weekend, Nata

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  2. I love it! I'm fond of dreamcatcher too - never came round making one though... This one looks very appealing!
    Have a creative weekend,
    Marjan

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  3. It's very beautiful and creative :)

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  4. It's lovely, thank you for the pattern and for sharing it with the stash party. :) x

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  5. wow this is stunningly beautiful creation !

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  6. The dream catcher is so very beautiful Pradeepa. I've been searching for some good crocheted dream catcher pattern. Adding this to my To-do list. Thanks for sharing this wonderful pattern:)

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  7. I love your colors! Thank you for sharing! I will be making these as gifts <3

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  8. This is perfect for my fiance who's Apache.. I love to crochet, and he loves his dream catchers....He used to have one, so I think a handmade one would be pretty cool to have. ...So glad I found this pattern.. Thank you! :)

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  9. I'll do one quickly for my son !
    Thank you so much

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  10. I like it, looks beautiful!:)

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  11. Can't wait to try this one!

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  12. Your dreamcatcher needs to be blessed. It is very beautiful. I love the colors. What bird did the feathers come from?

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  13. i love this idea - anyway that i can download the pattern?

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  14. Thank you for sharing this pattern. I have actually made one today and it's very beautiful!

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