Monday, August 10, 2020

Crochet Garland Type 3



Fig 1
Hello friends,
This is the third type of garland I made for Ganeshji. It is said that Lord Ganeshji like red colour flowers hence I made this red flowers garland.
Pattern: 
{Ch 12, dc1 in 4th ch from hook, ch1-picot, ch3, join at 4th ch by sl st. One petal made. See fig 2.
[ch3, dc 1 in 4th ch (where first petal is made), ch1-picot, ch3, join at 4th ch by sl st.] 4 times.
Five petals made.
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Now take the working yarn in between two petals opposite to our last st and make sl st tightly so that the working yarn  is now on upper side of the flower}. Repeat { to } and make 6 flowers.
Make one more mala or line of 6 flowers. Join them and add middle flower.
Again make 2 such lines of six flowers and join them. One side of the garland is ready.
Similarly make one more side. Join them to make a garland as in fig 1.
The following video may help you.



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Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Crochet Garland type 2:

Crochet Garland type 2:
Fig 1
Hello friends,
I have already explained in my post of Garland type 1, that what is Ganeshotsav in Maharashtra (India).
https://alkaandart.blogspot.com/search?q=Garland+type+1
This is the second garland I made for Ganeshji. It looks like buds garland.
If you want you can make it for any frame in your family room. (Generally in family room of Indian houses there are photo frames of late grand father or great grand father). We can make it in round but I think it will be difficult for my subscribers, so to make it easy, I worked it in a straight line and then wrap in round.
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I used Vardhamaan 4 ply yarn and 2.5 mm crochet hook.
Pattern: Make chs of length 40".
R1: ch1, sc 1 in 3 chs, join white yarn. Fig 1.
Bud: ch3, dc 5 in st of third sc. Remove hook from the st, see fig 3, insert it in the third ch (out of ch3 initially made) then pass it through a st which is left, YO and pass a st through both sts. The bud will look from top as in fig 5.

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then ch 2 insert the hook at the base st, from back to front, as in fig 6, YO make a sl st and fix it.  Fig 7. Then get a green yarn through it, make sc 1 in 3 sts in next 3 chs, carrying the white yarn forward.
Again keep green yarn on back side and with white yarn make bud.

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Fig 7.

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Repeat this for all 200 chs. See fig 8.
Then thread green yarn and pass through the green sc part and bring the buds close in round as in fig 9.
Make two such pieces, join as in fig 10.
Lastly make chains chord with double strand and tie it as in fig 10.


I hope you like this project. If you make it you can send me photo.
Watch also the following video.





Fig 10

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Sunday, August 2, 2020

Crochet Bel / Bael Leaves
Fig 1
Hello friends,
In Hindu pujas and rituals, Bel / Bael leaves are of very importance. Especially it is used in worshiping lord Shiva. It is also called Bilva Patra. Fig 2.
Most of the plants and trees referred in Vedas for worshipping, also has its medicinal value. Medicinal importance of Bael leaves can be found here,
https://www.netmeds.com/health-library/post/bael-medicinal-uses-therapeutic-benefits-for-skin-diabetes-and-supplements

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On Mahashivratri, Haritalika  and also on every Monday of the Hindu calender month Shravan, lord Shiva is worshiped by offering 108 Bilva-patra.
In my post Crochet shiv-ling,
https://alkaandart.blogspot.com/search?q=crochet+shiv-ling
I have explaied about Shiv ling.
At that time making of crochet shivling is more important hence I made Bilva patr
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simply by [(ch9, dc 2 in forth ch from hook, ch1-picot, ch3, join at 4th ch), sl st 1 in 3 sts {out of starting 9 chs}, make two more leaves on left and right as per ( to ). It was just a symbolic. But then I made Bel / Bael leaves exactly as natural one which are shown in fig 1.
One Bel leaf consists of 3 leaves as in fig 2.

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Pattern: Chs 31.
R1: sl st 1 in each of 3 sts starting from second, sc 1 in each of next 2 sts, hdc 1 in next 2 sts, dc 1 in next 2 sts, dc 2 in next, dc 1 in next 2, hdc 1 in next 2, sc 1 in next 2 and sl st in next 3 sts, ch 1, now on other side make, sl st 1 in 3 sts, sc 1 in 2, hdc 1 in 2, dc 1 in 2 sts, dc2 in next, dc 1 in next 2 sts, hdc 1 in 2 sts, sc 1 in 2 sts and sl st 1 in 3 sts.Fig 4. At corner st make sc 1, ch1 picot, fig 4.
R2: same as R1 and 1 sl st extra at first corner st, fig 5, then similarly on other side of leaf and lastly in second corner sc 1, ch1-picot, fig 6
R3: sl st on each st of both sides. Fig 7.
Bind off.. Join the yarn at lowest edge corner of the leaf and make sl st 1 in each of the 5 sts, see fig 8, now we make second leaf.
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Small leaves: chs 12.
R1: (sl st 1 in 2 chs starting from second ch from hook, sc 1 in next, hdc 1 in next, dc1 in next, dc2 in next, dc 1 in next, hdc 1 in next, sc 1 in next, sl st 1 in next 2 chs), see fig 9.
Then on other sides work in same manner from ( to ).
At corner make sc 1, ch1-picot then row 2. See fig 10.
R2: sl st 1 in 2 sts, sc 1 in each st till last 2 sts, sl st in each of the last 2 sts. Sl st at corner st and bind off. Fig 11.
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Fig 12
Similarly make another leaf at the same place on other side as shown in fig 12.
Hide yarn ends.
I made 5 leaves like this (though in that photo the colour of yarn lokks very different. Actually it resembles very much with natural colour as in all other photos.
As this is lock down period in India, it becomes difficult to buy Bel leaves for worship of Lord Shiva, so this is the best solution to make yarn bel leaves as shown here and worship God. This is also usefull for those of my friends who live abroad, where it is impossiblt to get bel leaves for worshipping God Shiva.

The following video may help you in making Bel leaves.

Crochet Garland (Type 1) for Ganeshji:
Fig 1
Hello friends,
This August month is full of festivals in India. Shravan Monday, Mangala- Gaur, Id, Rakshabandhan, Rushipanchami then Haritalika, Ganesh Chaturthi and many more. In Maharashtra Ganesh chaturthi is celebrated both personally and socially.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ganesh_ChaturthiBut this year due to Corona problem Govt has not allowed Ganesh Pujan by community,  personally only you can celebrate this festival.
We bring Ganeshji's idol (Fig 3) at our home decorate nearby area (fig 2) and worship it. Some worship for 3 days, some for 5 or some for complete 10 days.
Fig 2 shows the decoration around the Ganapati at our home. See also the Garland on Ganesh idol. That is made of natural flowers.
So I made this crochet garland.
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Pattern:
Make ring of 16 chs with green.
Fig 4.
R1: ch 3, dc 1 in same st, [(YO, insert hook in the dc just made, get 2 long sts) 3 times.
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skip one st on a ring, insert hook in next st, YO and pass the st through all 7 sts on hook, ch 1 loosely to fix it. dc 1 in next st (on a ring) fig 5 ] repeat till all sts of the ring exaust. After last st join it with the first st of ring of 16 chs. Fig 6 and 7.
R2: same as R1 with red.
R3 and R4: same as R1 by
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white.
R5: as R1 by green
R6 to R9: with white.
R10: by green
R11: by red
R12: by yellow
R13: by red
R14: by green
R15 to R18: by white
R19: by red
R20: by green
Make two such pieces.
Join as shown in fig 1 with golden cord.
The following video may help you.






Monday, July 27, 2020

Rakshabandhan, Rakhi: Symbol of love and faith for brother
Fig 1
Friends,
Rakshabandhan is a festival in India, having a special importance to the relation between brother and sister. The word itself means Raksha + Bandhan, Raksha means protection and Bandhan means bond. In this festival, sister ties a silky decorated band (those who don't know may imagine as a friendship band) to the wrist of her brother and request him or reminds him that it is his responsibility to protect her, to take care of her. Every sister has faith that if she is in some problem her brother is the man who will help her without fail. Hence I said that tying rakhi is a symbol of love and faith toward her brother. Brother gives some gift to his sister. Fig 2.
Fig 2
This year I made 7 rakhis video for my channel "Kalopasak". All are crochet handmade rakhis. See fig 1. Three rakhis are made specially for kids. Doraemon Rakhi, Chhota Bheem rakhi are the favorite cartoon characters of kids hence I made them and one teddy bear rakhi for toddler brothers.
Fig 3 shows the rakhis I made last year. One more was there in fig 4.
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If you watch the following video, you can find links of all other videos in the description box of that video. So make the rakhi which ever you like or make them as a friendship band. I have already posted Doraemon Rakhi pattern in detail.



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Thursday, July 23, 2020

Square Table-Mat with Two Layers and Floweral Border:
Fig 1
Hi friends,
This doily I made for the festival Ganeshotsav.
Those who don't know about the Ganeshotsav and how it is celebrated in Maharashtra (state in India), may read this,
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ganesh_Chaturthi
This doily in fig 1, is having two layers and the outer smaller square is not yet attached to the bigger one. Because on bigger square, I have made a Swastik, which is supposed to be the symbol of prosperity in Hindus.
Though I have to face many problems and answer many questions regarding that symbol when I shared  a Mangal Kalasham having this symbol on Coconut, on crochet group "Free crochet patterns" on facebook. Fig 2 will show the two parts separately.
Those who have no special importance about
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this swastik symbol, may skip this and work in the same manner as in pattern but with white yarn only. As I have given in fig 3, those shaded puffs are made in red and others white, but if you don't want that swastik you may work all puffs by white yarn.
I used Vardhamaan 4 ply yarn and 3.5 mm crochet hook.
Each puff is made by long stitch, (YO insert in to base st, YO and get two long sts) 3 times, YO and pass through all 7 sts, ch 1 and fix the puff. We call this complete puff.
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Row 1: Start with red yarn, ch3 with third st long and make one puff in second ch, ch1, long st, make puff1, join white yarn, similarly make two puffs with white yarn,
Row 2: one more complete red puff. Now make two incomplete white puffs together as,
Make ch 1 long st, (YO insert in to base st, YO and get two long sts) 3 times, (7 sts on hook), (YO insert in the gap between 3rd and 4th puffs made, YO get 2 long sts) 3 times. Now there are 13 sts on hook, YO and pass through all of them, ch1and fix them.
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Then make 2 incomplete puffs together, one white and second red, in next st (st means gap between two puffs).
Then (2 white incomplete puffs together) 2 times, fig 4.
Row 3: one complete white puff, turn, 1red, 1 white together, 2red together, 1red, 1 white together and lastly 2 red together. Fig 5.
Row 4: One white complete puff, (2 white incomplete together in next st, 1white, 1 red together in next) twice, fig 6.
Row 5: One complete red puff, 2white incomplete together, 1white, 1 red together, (1red, 1 white together) twice. fig 7. Central swastik completed. Those who don't want to make swastik can work in the same manner but only with white yarn.
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Here after we shall work around all the four sides of this 4 x 4 square formed and only with the white yarn.
Round 6: Go on working according to for 8, means  1complete puff, (2 incomplete together in next st) 5 times, here is the corner, at each corner make one complete puff and 2 in complete puffs together,
then repeat doing 2 incomplete puffs together till the corner
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comes then repeat again.
Fig 8 and 9.
Work in this way till the required size of the table mat. Here I made it upto 10".
Then make last round similarly only with green yarn. Fig 10.
Lastly the roses:
Join red yarn at corner, ch 2, make (complete puff, ch 1) 3 times, join with the first puff by sl st, ch3, insert the hook at base st from back side and make a sl st, bind off.
(Skip two puffs in a last row and again join red yarn and make a rose) repeat till all sides done.
Now make another small square with white 4x4 as shown in fig 2, then green border to this small piece and rose border as above.
Once the Ganeshotsav over, you can sew it to the bigger piece at the centre.
It looks beautiful as in fig 1.
The following video may help you.
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Crochet Garland Type 3

Fig 1 Hello friends, This is the third type of garland I made for Ganeshji. It is said that Lord Ganeshji like red colour flowers henc...