Friday, May 17, 2019

Nasrin top - latest pattern

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I'm in love with this pretty pink top. There used to be a time long ago when I could never get myself to design anything larger than an adult sized hat. I didn't even venture into designing baby clothes for a long time. Now it's only clothing that interests me and I can't get back to designing hats. I haven't crocheted a hat in a very long time. 
The top was crocheted using light worsted/DK weight acrylic yarn and G/4.00 mm crochet hook so I could wear it only during winters. You can use cotton yarn to make a lovely summer top. The pattern is written for 3 sizes - chest circumference of 32 to 34 inches, 34 to 36 inches and 38 to 40 inches. 

The front, back and sleeves are crocheted as separate pieces and joined together at the end. The pattern includes photographs to describe how this should be done. The pattern is easy as only basic stitches are used and would be suitable for a beginner. The pattern is available in my webstore, Etsy as well as Ravelry. I hope you'll enjoy making this top as much as I did.

Have a lovely weekend!

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Crochet owl applique - free pattern

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Hi everybody, I'm excited to share with you all a free pattern for this cute and colorful owl applique which you could use to embellish your kids' clothes, blankets, pillows, anything!

You can purchase the PDF version of the pattern from here

Materials

  • Fingering weight yarn (16 wpi) a small amount in a main color, white and two complimenting colors
  • Crochet hook size G/4.00 mm
  • Black embroider skein
  • Needle

Abbreviations/stitches used 

ch - chain
sl st - slip stitch
sc - single crochet
hdc - half double crochet
dc - double crochet
sc2tog - single crochet worked together in 2 consecutive stitches (decrease)

Size

The finished owl measures approximately 2.75 x 3 inches

Note

The pattern is written in standard American terminology

Instruction

Work in continuous rounds without joining at the end of each round. Place a marker at the beginning of each round moving it up as you proceed.

Round 1: Using the main color ch 4, sc in 2nd and 3rd ch from hook, 3 sc in last ch, sc in next ch on the other side, 2 sc in next ch. (8 sc)
Round 2: 2 sc in next sc, sc in next sc, 2 sc in next 3 sc, sc in next sc, 2 sc in next 2 sc (14 sc)
Round 3: 2 sc in next sc, sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc, repeat [sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc]  2 times, sc in next 2 sc, repeat [2 sc in next sc, sc in next sc] 2 times (20 sc)
Round 4: 2 sc in next sc, sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc, repeat [sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc] 2 times, sc in next 3 sc, repeat [2 sc in next sc, sc in next 2 sc] 2 times (26 sc)
Round 5: 2 sc in next sc, sc in next 4 sc, 2 sc in next sc, repeat [sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc] 2 times, sc in next 4 sc, repeat [2 sc in next sc, sc in next 3 sc] 2 times (32 sc)
Round 6: Sc in each sc around (32 sc). Continue working the ears.

Right ear

Row 1: Sc in next 4 sc. Turn.
Row 2: Ch 1, sc2tog twice. Turn.
Row 3: Ch 1, sc2tog, ch 1, 3 sc along the side of the ear, sc in next 7 sc.

Left ear

Row 2: Ch 1, sc2tog twice. Turn.
Row 3: Ch 1, sc2tog, ch 1, 3 sc along the side of the ear, sl st in next sc and fasten off.


Left wing

Join a new color in the st next to where you fastened off, ch 1, 2 hdc in next st, dc in next st, 2 hdc in next st, sc in next st, sl st in next st and cut off yarn.

Right wing

Skip next 8 sts, join yarn in the next st, ch 1, sc in next st, 2 hdc in next st, dc in next st, 2 hdc in next st, sl st in next st and cut off yarn.



Cut a few short strands of yarn measuring approximately 2 to 3 inches. Fold the strands in half. Using a larger hook pull the center of the yarns through the corner of the ear to form a loop, using the hook pull the free ends of the yarns through the loop and tighten the loop. Repeat for the other ear. Trim the edges.

Feet

Skip 2 sts from each wing, join yarn, ch 3, sl st in same st and cut off yarn.

Eyes (make 2)

Work in continuous rounds without joining at the end of each round.
Round 1: Using white ch 2, 6 sc in 2nd ch (6 sc)
Round 2: 2 sc in each st around (12 sc)
Round 3: Sc in each st around (12 sc). Join with a sl st to the next st and fasten off.

Using black embroidery skein, embroider lashes on the eyes as shown.

Assembling

Weave in all the loose ends.
Sew the eyes.
Embroider beak and V on the body.
 Your applique is ready.
  


  

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Kyra sweater - new pattern

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Hi everybody, how are you'all? Summer is here and it's killing me. I hate summers. It's 7.30 in the evening and the temperature is 37 degree C. The heat always makes me so lethargic and even the routine housework makes me very tired.
 Crocheting is the only enjoyable work even in summer. This is a top down pullover pattern that is very easy if you know to work around the posts (fpdc). I have written the instruction for 3 adult sizes - bust size of 34 inches, 36 to 38 inches and 38 to 40 inches. I have used light worsted/DK weight yarn and size G/4.00 mm hook.


Sleeves can be left short or made long. The pattern is now available in my webstore, Etsy and Ravelry. 



Thursday, March 28, 2019

Pastel confetti scarf - 40% off

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My latest pattern is a beautiful scarf in a beautiful mixture of colors. I love variegated yarn but I always prefer solid colors for my projects due to some unpleasant results with the variegated yarns. These yarns look attractive as balls or hanks but when used in a project they had never produced the desired result for me. So lately I had stayed away from buying these yarns because they almost always end up being stashed away but this one I couldn't resist. 



I'm glad I bought this yarn. This scarf turned out exactly as I visualized and the pattern is also very easy and suitable for a beginner. I have listed the pattern in my Etsy, Ravelry and web store.  You can purchase the pattern at a discounted price until the end of this month.  No need for any coupon codes. 
Your 40% discount will be applied at the time of checkout. 




   

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Mallika - crochet doily free pattern

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Mallika means Jasmine flower in Indian languages. It also has different meanings in other languages. Ideally it is a pineapple doily but since I love to give names to my patterns I chose the name Mallika because the cluster stitches worked in the pineapples reminded me of jasmine buds. Of all the doilies or mandalas I have designed so far I consider this as my best. I had just one ball of this Anchor knitting cotton with me, so I wanted to make something small enough that wouldn't require me to buy anymore balls of thread. I designed the final few rounds keeping that in mind, otherwise I would have gone for a bigger doily. Anyway I feel this is perfect. It looks so elegant and I just can't stop admiring it.

If you want a PDF version of this pattern you can purchase it from here for a small price.

Materials

For making this doily I used:
Anchor mercerized knitting cotton 50 gm
Crochet hook size B/2 mm
Yarn needle

Size

The doily has a diameter of approximately 15.5 inches


Crochet Terms/Stitches Used

The pattern is written in standard American terminology

** - Repeat instructions between asterisks as many times as directed
[ ]/{} - Work instructions within parenthesis as a set as many times as directed
ch - chain
st/sts - stitch/stitches
sl st - slip stitch
sc - single crochet (UK - double crochet)
dc - double crochet (UK - treble)
dc2tog/dc3tog - double crochet worked together in 2/3 consecutive stitches (dc decrease)
cluster - double crochet 3 stitches worked together in the same stitch/space
picot - ch 3, sl st in the previous dc

Instruction 

Round 1: Make a magic ring. Ch 4, dc into ring, ch 1, repeat [dc into ring, ch 1] 14 more times. Join with a sl st to the 3rd ch at the beginning of round. (You will have 16 ch-1 spaces.
Round 2: Sl st in next ch-1 space, repeat [ch 3, sc in next ch-1 space] around.
Round 3: Sl st in ch-3 space, ch 6, sl st in the 4th ch (forms a picot), dc in same space, **ch 3, [dc, picot, dc] in next ch-3 space, ** Repeat from ** to ** around. Instead of the last ch 3, work a dc into the 3rd ch at the beginning of round to join.
Round 4: Ch 3 (counts as dc), dc, picot, dc in same space, ch 5, [2 dc, picot, dc] in next ch-3 space ** Repeat from ** to ** around finishing the round with ch 2, dc in the 3rd ch at the beginning of round.
Round 5: **Ch 7, [sc, ch 3, sc] in next ch-5 space** Repeat from ** to ** around.
Round 6: Sl st in next 3 ch, ch 1, [sc, ch 3, sc] in same space, ch 7, **[sc, ch 3, sc] in next ch-7 space, ch 7** Repeat from ** to ** around. Join with a sl st to the 1st sc.
Round 7: Sl st in ch-3 space, ch 1, sc in same space, ch 2, 7 dc in next ch-7 space, ch 2, **sc in ch-3 space, ch 2, 7 dc in next ch-7 space, ch 2** Repeat from ** to ** around. Join with a sl st to 1st sc.
Round 8: Sl st in 2 ch, sl st in 1st dc, ch 2, dc in next st (counts as dc2tog), dc in next 3 dc, dc2tog, ch 3, sc in ch-2 space, ch 1, sc in next ch-2 space, ch 3, **dc2tog, dc in next 3 sts, dc2tog, ch 3, sc in ch-2 space, ch 1, sc in next ch-2 space, ch 3** Repeat from ** to ** around. Join with a sl st to dc2tog at the beginning of round.
Round 9: Ch 2, dc in next st (counts as dc2tog), dc in next dc, dc2tog, ch 3, [dc, ch 2, dc] in ch-1 space, ch 3, **dc2tog, dc in next dc, dc2tog, ch 3, [dc, ch 2, dc] in next ch-1 space, ch 3** Repeat from ** to ** around. Join with a sl st to dc2tog at the beginning of round.
Round 10: Ch 2, dc2tog (counts as dc3tog), ch 3, 6 dc in ch-2 space, ch 3, **dc3tog, ch 3, 6 dc in ch-2 space, ch 3** Repeat from ** to ** around. Join with a sl st to dc3tog.
Round 11: Ch 1, **[sc, ch 3, sc] in dc3tog, ch 3, [dc in next dc, ch 1] 5 times, dc in next dc, ch 3** Repeat from ** to ** around. Join with a sl st to sc at the beginning of round.
Round 12: Sl st in ch-3 space, ch 5 (counts as dc + ch 2), dc in same space, ch 1, skip next ch-3 space, cluster in ch-1 space, [ch 3, cluster in next ch-1 space] 4 times, ch 1, skip next ch-3 space, **[dc, ch 2, dc] in ch-3 space at the top of dc3tog, ch 1, skip next ch-3 space, cluster in next ch-1 space, [ch 3, cluster in ch-1 space,] 4 times, ch 1** Repeat from ** to ** around. Join with a sl st to the 3rd st.
Round 13: Sl st in ch-2 space, ch 6 (counts as dc + ch 3), dc in same space, ch 2, cluster in next ch-3 space, [ch 3, cluster in ch-3 space] 3 times, ch 2 **[dc, ch 3, dc] in ch-2 space, ch 2, cluster in next ch-3 space, [ch 3, cluster in ch-3 space] 3 times, ch 2** Repeat from ** to ** around. Join with a sl st to the 3rd st.
Round 14: Sl st in ch-3 space, ch 3 (counts as dc), 4 dc in ch-3 space, ch 3, cluster in next ch-3 space, [ch 3, cluster in ch-3 space] 2 times, ch 3, **5 dc in next ch-3 space, ch 3, cluster in next ch-3 space, [ch 3, cluster in ch-3 space] 2 times, ch 3** Repeat from ** to ** around. Join with a sl st to the 3rd st.
Round 15: Ch 4 (counts as dc + ch 1), [dc in next dc, ch 1] 3 times, dc in next dc, ch 3, [cluster in ch-3 space after cluster, ch 3] 2 times, **[dc in next dc, ch 1] 4 times, dc in next dc, ch 3, [cluster in ch-3 space after cluster, ch 3] 2 times** Repeat from ** to ** around. Join with a sl st to the 3rd st.
Round 16: Ch 6 (counts as dc + ch 3), [dc in next dc, ch 3] 3 times, dc in next dc, ch 3, cluster in ch-3 space after cluster, ch 3, **[dc in next dc, ch 3] 4 times, dc in next dc, ch 3, cluster in ch-3 space after cluster, ch 3** Repeat from ** to ** around. Join with a sl st to the 3rd st.
Round 17: Sl st in ch-3 space, ch 1, [sc, picot,sc] in same space, {ch 3, [sc, picot, sc] in next ch-3 space} 3 times, ch 5, [sc, ch 3, sc] in cluster, ch 5, **[sc, picot, sc] in ch-3 space after dc, {ch 3, [sc, picot, sc] in next ch-3 space} 3 times, ch 5, [sc, picot, sc] in cluster, ch 5** Repeat from ** to ** around. Fasten off and weave in the ends.

The doily needs blocking.

I hope you enjoyed this pattern.




Monday, March 11, 2019

Jaylin is the name!

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Thank you for your responses here, on facebook as well as on Instagram. Of the total 34 responses received 10 of you got it right. The majority of you had chosen Jayden. Congratulations Kaikelasa and Yvonne Dunmore for getting the answers right. If you provide me your email address I can send you the pattern. 


I have designed a pattern after a gap of almost 7 months. The last time I released a pattern was in August last year. Moving to a new house had changed my routine and I was forced to put off designing any new item. I was also distracted by my newfound obsession for dollhouses which I somehow managed to pull myself away from. No, I haven't entirely given up on dollhouses. I'm making one from scratch but the process is very time consuming and needs a lot of patience. I have to wait for some materials to arrive, wait for somethings to dry, just wait, wait and wait. During these waiting times I did manage to crochet a couple of garments for myself, not my own designs, but unfortunately they did not turn out as expected and so I had to frog them both. The cardigan turned into a pullover which I wore a lot during this winter and a pullover is becoming a cardigan which needs the sleeves to be completed. 


The Jaylin baby blanket is an easy pattern, suitable for a beginner. You don't need to refer to the pattern for each and every row, it can easily be remembered. I have also included instruction to customize the blanket. This blanket measures approximately 32 x 34 inches using DK weight yarn and a size G/4 mm hook. You can purchase the blanket from here, here or here.


The tatty bear that you see above can be purchased from here or here. My next pattern is going to be a free one and is getting ready. Have a great week ahead!

Friday, March 8, 2019

Guess the name and win the pattern!

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My latest pattern is this lovely baby blanket which is ready and will be available in my shops on Monday but before that I want to play a small game. I have already given a name for this blanket and all I want you to do is guess what it is. You have to choose from the options given below and if your answer is correct you will get the pattern for free. The options are:
a. Jaylin
b. Jayden
c. Jayson

You have the whole weekend to choose and the name will be announced on Monday.
You can leave a comment here or on my facebook page or Instagram
Have a great weekend!
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