Friday, October 12, 2018

                             T2P2R1 Crochet Baby Sweater
Hi friends,
You must be thinking about this strange title of my post. Does it look like a chemical formula of some compound? just like H2O for water or C12H22O11 for suger or you may be thinking that; this ex-mathematics professor might be in a dream of some mathematics problem and she mixed it with sweater. 
Sorry friends but this is not the case. Last week I saw one You tube published on 27th Sep 2018, namely SAL YELEK YAPIMI with address,
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dx3SXujhAyk&t=5s
I didn't understand the language but it was a knitted baby dress which I liked very much. When I saw it, I came to know only one thing that the pattern was started from three stitches then by increasing the sts properly a right angled triangle was formed then a parallelogram over it, then a rectangle again parallelogram and lastly triangle. Wow!! I responded spontaneously, what a geometrical design!! Initially I thought that I should knit that sweater, but then crochet sweater in my hand (which I made last week) whisper that No.. no.. don't knit, you should try your own crochet design of this type and YES! I tried...

This is half part if you unfold it then it will be clear, that why the name is T2P2R1. See fig 2,3 and 4.
Fig 2

Fig 3

Fig 4








Once I understood the pattern type, I started with,
R 1:  ch 2 and  sc 3 in the first ch. ch 1, turn, (3 sts)
R 2: sc 1 in the same st, sc 1 in the next st, sc 2 in the last st, ch 1 turn, ( 5 sts)
R 3: sc 1 in the same st, 1 sc in each of the remaining sts till the last st, sc 2 in the last st, ch 1 turn, (7 sts)
R 4: As R 3 (9 sts)
See fig 5

When I went on increasing 2 sts in each row, after 5-6 rows I saw that  the triangle was going to be obtuse and not right angles triangle. In a simple language the corner edges were  not perfect perpendicular. So I decided to make one row of only dc ( without increasing) after 4 rows every time.
Repeated this till the lengths of two perpendicular sides were 6". Fig 6. Counted the sts they were 39.

Fig 5
Fig 6

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Now I have to make parallelogram on this triangle, so I increase 1 st from one side (by working 2 sc in a same st) and decrease 1 st from other side ( by 2 sc tog) continuously in each row and got the expected shape. See fig 7. Repeated this till  the length of smaller side was 7" and that of larger side was 13".
Here I had to wait, because the design in that knitted pattern was bubble st type, first I tried for puff st but it didn't work. Then I tried bubble st, with bubbles one over other but I was not pleased with that also. Then I tried this with one row of sc with bubbles and other row of dc and bubbles not one over other but one in between the two of previous row. See it in fig 8. You may try your different designs here. I worked this rectangle 6" x 8" that means 8" height.
Fig 8

Then again made parallelogram but remember the direction and first decide that on which side sts should be decreased and on which side sts should be decreased.

Lastly worked  triangle with those 39 sts, decreasing 2 in each row for 4 rows that is 39 - 37 - 35- 33 after that one row of sc only (no decrease or increase) then again 31-29-27-25, one row or all sc and so on.till one st. remain. Bind off.


This will look as in fig 2.
Second part is yet to make. Hope that it would be completed soon.
Happy crocheting ....         




Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Beautiful Baby Jacket
Fig 1
Hi friends,

After making a crochet cap, I thought about a jacket and as there was time limit, again I decided to make a simple design.

I tried to make the design so simple that even beginners can make it. I can say that the technique of crochet boot making, inspired me. See my post,
https://alkaandart.blogspot.com/search?q=cute+crochet+booties

This jacket was started from bottom.


Sweater Pattern: Make 95 chains.
R 1: dc on each chain starting from 4th ch from the hook. Thus 92 dcs. Ch 3 turn,
R 2: Make dc on each of 91 sts ( 91 dcs + 1dc of starting 3 chs. Total 92 sts).
Repeat these two rows till the length is 6.5". Thus we get the rectangular shaped, see fig 2.
Fig 2
Fig 3
Then fold the rectangle as shown in fig 3. Thus total 92 sts are divided in three parts
92= 23 for right front + 46 for back + 23 for left front.
See fig 3, 4 and 5.


Fig 4

Fig 5


For armhole 6 sts are left unworked 3 -3 from front and  3 from back of that rectangle in fig 3..




Right front:
Row 1: Ch 3, dc on each of next 19 sts ( including first dc as 3 chains total sts 20). ch 3 turn,
Row 2: dc on each st.till last 2 sts, 2 dc tog. (Neck decrease).  Ch 3 turn,
Row 3: dc on each stitch till last 2 sts, 2 dc tog. (Here arm hole decrease is complete 3 sts left unworked +1 decreased just now =4) Ch 3 turn,
Row 4: dc on each st.till last 2 sts, 2 dc tog. (Neck decrease). Ch 3 turn,
Row 5: dc on each st.
Repeat rows 4 and 5 till 13 sts remain for shoulder.
Repeat row 5 till the total length is 12" / 13".
Count 20 sts for left front and place marker. See fig 6
Fig 6
Now going in the same direction as if you are working the first row after the rectangle, join yarn skipping 6 sts for armhole. Keep the direction same so that the design made by the rows of double crochet is not disturbed.
Back: Work ch 3 (this is our first dc) then dc in each of next 37 sts., on the last 2 sts work 2dc tog, (arm hole decrease) (Total 39 dc). Ch 3 turn.
Next row: dc on each of next 36 sts, on the last 2 sts 2dctog. (armhole decrease of other side. ( now total 38 sts)
Now work double crochet on each st till the height is 12"/ 13". Note that first dc will be always  ch 3.
Bind off.
Left front: 
Skipping 6 sts from the back join the yarn where the marker is placed.
R 1: Ch 3 then 1 dc on each of the 19 sts. Ch 3, turn
R 2:  17 dc on next 17 sts, 2dc tog in the last 2 sts. (Armhole 4 decrease completed). 19 sts. Ch 3 turn,
R 3: 1 dc on each of the next 16 sts. next 2 dc tog. (1 decrease of neck line). Ch 3 turn,
R 4: dc on each st. Ch 3 turn
Repeat rows 3 and 4 till 13 sts remain for the shoulder.
Repeat row 4 till the height is 12" / 13". Bind off.
Fig 7
Fig 8
Now by tapestry needle sew the shoulders loosely. Now it gets the form as in fig 8.






Here we want to make puff border as we have done for the cap in my previous post,
https://alkaandart.blogspot.com/search?q=crochet+baby+cap
 So join the contrast coloured yarn on some back side stitch and work puff stitch and join each puff in the third st, by skipping 2 sts. It will look some thing like fig 9.

Fig 9
Fig 10
After completing the border, it will look like fig 10.
Now it remains to make 2 pom-pom with both colours and join by 25 chains as in fig 1.

 Finally my set was looking as in fig 11.
Fig 11

Happy crocheting.


Saturday, October 6, 2018

Crochet Baby Cap
Fig 1

Hello friends,
Next week I have to go to my friend's home for the name ceremony( we call this ceremony as Baras) of her grand son. I decide to make a quick jacket and cap as winter will be arriving in a month.

For the cap I chose traditional design with only puff stitch border and a mix colour pom-pom at the top.

So on the last Saturday, I started it. I used here Oswal Winter Special yarn. It was little bit thick so helps to save the time.




Fig 2
R 1: Magic loop of 8 dcs.
R 2: (2 dc in each st) repeat
R 3: (2 dc in one st, 1 dc in next st) repeat
R 4: (2 dc in one st, 2 dc in next st) repeat

The work was just shaping as a cap. (Fig 3)
R 5: (2 dc in one st, 3 dc in next st) repeat
R 6: (2 dc in one st, 4 dc in next st) repeat
R 7: (2 dc in one st, 5 dc in next st) repeat
R 8: (2 dc in one st, 6 dc in next st) repeat


Once I checked that circumference was 16" then I made R 9 to R 16 as dc on each st. (Fig 4)

Fig 3
Fig 4
Fig 5
 Once again check the size. Circumference 16" and height 7". See fig 5 and 6.

Fig 6









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Fig 8
Finally the contrast colour yarn was joint and puffs were made and connected to the st, skipping 2 stitches, by slip st.
See fig 7 and 8.

I know that this is not a new pattern, rather it is old and traditional pattern but I like it's shape and hence I made it. Only it's border is new and I am going to make one simple and cute jacket matching this cap. That also I have to finish quickly because naming ceremony is waiting for me. Probably that will be my next post.

Happy crocheting.

Monday, October 1, 2018



Fig 1
Flower Fever

Hello Friends,

Once the roses are made (my previous post), I think, I have Flower fever.

Since so many days, rather 5-6 years, this frame is with me. Now I take it out to put a photo of my grandson and grand daughter in this. Broadness of the frame invites me to decorate it some how. Of course I know that once their photo is fixed, no need to decorate it 👧👦. First I think that tatting lace will be good, but it will take time (I will make it later on, I have one more frame like this). Then I remember these Puff flowers, they are so cute and they are in my wish-list. As I said about my Flower fever, it works and I decided to make them.


Bella Coco's flowers I saw again, the link is here,
I have thin yarn so I used 3mm hook, some flowers I made with 5 long and loose stitches instead of 4. First I made red flowers with corresponding changes.
Fig 2

Fig 3
But finishing was not up to the mark, first time making was easily seen. Fig 2. So I thought that they were not suitable for frame. Then I attached them with hair clip, thought that small baby might not understand my bad finishing 😅. (Fig 3)






Fig 4
Then made some more flowers carefully and they looked so cute.  I also made Puff leaves and wow! I liked this arrangement.(Fig 4)
Still my original intention of decorating that frame was not fulfilled, so I made different arrangements of these flowers on the frame. Please help me that how I should glue them? As in fig 1, 2, 5 or 6?

Fig 5

Fig 6














I will make two more white flowers for hair clips as I, myself don't like red clips. Fig 7.
Fig 7

One more use of these flowers, if you remember I posted about the  tradition of drawing RANGOLI around the lunch plate for special invitees, see my posts,
https://alkaandart.blogspot.com/search?q=beaded+rangoli
So how the rangoli made by these puff flowers will look? See fig 8.
Fig 8
Following is the video in Marathi but with English subtitles for Puff flower decoration,

Happy knitting.

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Realistic Red Roses
Fig 1
Hi friends,
As said in my last post, these are the roses which gave me satisfaction to some extend because they caught the beauty of real roses to some extend. 

After completing them when I try to catch them in camera, it was night time and don't know why but the colour of the roses changes surprisingly. Totally they looked pink 😵. See fig 1 in day light and 2 in the night. 

Fig 2

I enjoyed both pictures.

These beautiful roses are made by following  She's Crafty in, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2f2COLKPVY4&t=456s

I am very much thankful for such a beautiful pattern.

There are three types of Roses explained in 7 wonderful videos. First I started with petals. Three different sizes of petals were given. For bud three small petals are needed, for middle size flower 3 small and 3 middle size petals and for the big flower 3 small, 3 middle size and 3 big petals were needed. I made all necessary petals but OMG; I didn't have that stem recommended in the video. I saw it on Amazon but prizes in Dollar? ( So I understood that they were not for me!😢). I thought of wrapping green paper strips to iron wire that was available here and I used them when I made duplex paper flowers long back. But I could imagine that those stems would not work here as these flowers were quite heavy. They would need more sturdy stem to hold them. Temporarily I wrapped green yarn over the straw which we used for drinking cocnut water. Width wise it matches the flower but again the question came of balancing it! See fig 3.
After some days when I went to Pune, I saw stems in one shop (Samrat near Tulashi Bag) and I purchased them (Fig 4). In my next flower project they can be used.

Then made sepals for all of them as per the guidance in the video. Then leaves were made (Fig 5)
Fig 3
Fig 4
Fig 5














When I completed it,  it's really preciously beautiful!!! I was very much pleased. See fig 6, 7 and 8.
Fig 6

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Fig 8
The idea of warming each petal in the flame of candle is wonderful!

Then first of all I tied up rose bud. Look the cute rose bud.

When all of them were tied it was night, I could not wait for the morning light, I took the snap and Oh! they were pink flowers but really very pleasant.

Then photo session went on for some days fig 9. I took one of the snap from which I made Diwali Greeting also (Fig 10).



Fig 9
Fig 10




















Happy crocheting!!

Monday, September 17, 2018

 Roses

Fig 1
Hi friends,
Flowers are undivided part of our life. They make us feel happy, they spread pleasure around them moreover they express our feelings. If you offer flower to your beloved it conveys "your love". If we offer flower to a patient it conveys "Get well soon" and make him / her happy. Not only this but the heeling property of flower has been proved now by scientists.  In any function, we welcome guests by offering them bouquet of flowers to express gratitude and respect about them. 

In India we call Rose as a King of flowers and yes! it's true. It's beauty, it's smell, variety in it's colours naturally makes it a King. Every one has deep attraction about rose. Every form of art has expressed it's images.


I used to draw Rose in my childhood and every time disappointed as it never looked as beautiful as real. Where as my younger brother Sunil is master in that. No one will believe that rose in Fig 2 was a pencil sketch by him. He is a wonderful artist we all sisters are proud of him.
Fig 2

Then I learnt to make rose when I was in 2nd class. In those days, we used to put two ribbons to our two braids. If any one ribbon went lose in school then one of my friends used to make rose from that. She used to fold it with uneven lengths and put one part over other as in fig 3, 4, 5 and 6.
Fig 3

Fig 4

Fig 5

Fig 6






















After folding full length ribbon as in fig 7, the smaller end was pushed and we got a beautiful rose as in fig 8. I loved that method in those days.
Fig 7
Fig 8


Today also I used that childhood method when I make roses for gift packing. I made them with narrow ribbon as in Fig 9. One more way of folding ribbon, I learnt and made new type of rose as in Fig 10.


Fig 9

Fig 10











Later on when I learnt crochet, I tried to make roses with different methods.
Rose in fig 1 is very simple to work and the link for that is,
http://www.diyhowto.org/crochet-3d-rose-flowers-free-patterns/
Of course it looks beautiful and moreover it is very simple to do.

Then one more type of rose I made which I have posted on Sep 2017. I made small bags of those two roses. The bag in fig 11, was made by nylon wire and that in fig 12 was made of wool.
Fig 11

Fig 12





















Though I made such number of roses in different style with different medium but the real satisfaction of Rose creation, I experienced was the crochet roses which I will post in my next post.

Happy creativity.

                             T2P2R1 Crochet Baby Sweater Hi friends, You must be thinking about this strange title of my post. Does it ...