Friday, December 14, 2018

 Superb Stole:
Hi friends,
When I saw the design namely "The traveling Leaves",  in a book at my daughter's home, I was tremendously impressed. The three dimensional effect of the design (see fig 3) was very beautiful. It is true that the design is difficult to knit, in the sense that the pattern is of 24 rows. So every time you have to see and then knit. But any way I wanted to use it some where. When I decided to knit a stole for my daughter in law, I remember this design.
Unfortunately I don't remember the name of the book and author. If any one knows it, he/she may please inform it to me so that I can say a big thanks for such a beautiful design to the author.

Material: Vardhaman knitting yarn 4 ply 300 gm, Knitting needles UK 6 no, Crochet hook 3 mm., Card board 10" length, Tapestry needle

Gauge: 20 stitches and 24 rows make 4"x 4"

Final size: 21' x 72"

Instructions: Using No 6 needle CO 100 sts. Work 10 rows of Garter st.
Fig 2
Fig 3


The pattern is of 22 stitches. Hence I CO 100 = 6+22+22+22+22+6
Work first and last 6 stitches of the stole always in garter stitches.
In order that there should not be any mistake in the pattern which is of 24 rows, I have placed markers after (6+22=)28 sts,  (28+22=)50 sts and (50+22)=72 sts. So that at last there will remain 28 sts (22 of pattern and 6 for border).
Knit this way according to pattern till the length is approximately 70 inches and the pattern is finished means 24 rows are worked out. 
Lastly work garter stitch for 10 rows and then bind off all stitches lightly.
Now make tassels with 10" card board. Wrap four strand as in fig 4. Remove the threads from card board. Make them double so that the length of those 8 strands is 5" as in fig 5. Use markers and fix the positions of tassels as in fig 6. By crochet hook knot the tassel as in fig 7.

Fig 4
Fig 5
Fig 6 
Fig 7

The crochet border is made by half double crochet. The videos of how to make half double crochet and the tassels are here though they are in my mother tongue but there are English subtitles.

Here is about Tassels.




ETC : Enjoy the Creativity.

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Crochet Baby Sweater
Fig 1

Hello friends,
This is my new creation last week. Full sleeves, round neck and front open crochet baby sweater. This is top down pattern. No doubt it is very simple to make and beginners can make it.Viewers on my You tube channel "Kalopasak" requested for that. 
For this sweater I used two contrast colours, 4 ply Vardhaman knitting yarn and 3 mm crochet hook. 




Fig 2
Pattern: 45 chains. See fig 1.
R 1: Sc 1 on each ch starting from second chain. (44 sts), fig 2.
R 2: Ch 3, turn dc1 in each of next 2 sts, 2 dc in next st, (dc1 in each of next 3 sts, 2 dc in next st) repeat till end.
R 3: Ch 3 turn, dc1 in each of next 3 sts, 2 dc in next st, (dc1 in each of next 4 sts, 2 dc in next st) repeat till end.

Fig 3
 R 4: Ch 3 turn, dc1 in each of next 4 sts, 2 dc in next st, (dc1 in each of next 5 sts, 2 dc in next st) repeat till end.
R 5: Ch 3 turn, dc1 in each of next 5 sts, 2 dc in next st, (dc1 in each of next 6 sts, 2 dc in next st) repeat till end.
R 6: Ch 3 turn, dc1 in each of next 6 sts, 2 dc in next st, (dc1 in each of next 7 sts, 2 dc in next st) repeat till end.

R 7: Ch 3 turn, dc1 in each of next 7 sts, 2 dc in next st, (dc1 in each of next 8 sts, 2 dc in next st) repeat till end.

Fig 4

 R 8: Ch 3 turn , dc1 in each of next 8 sts, 2 dc in next st, (dc1 in each   of next 9 sts, 2 dc in next st) repeat till end. See fig 3
R 9: Ch 3 turn, dc 1 in each of next 16 sts, ch 3, skip 26 sts, dc1 in next 35 sts, ch 3, skip 26 sts, dc1 in next 17 sts. See fig 4
R 10: Ch 3 turn, dc 1 in each st and on each under arm chains created in the previous row. (Total 75 sts)
R 11  to R 24: Ch 3 turn, dc 1 on each st.

Sleeves: Join yarn at the middle  chains of 3 underarm chs created in R 9.
R 1: Ch 3, dc 2 in 2 sts, dc 3 in previous row dc gap, then dc 1 on each of 26 sts left for the sleeves in row 9, then dc 3 in previous row dc gap, then dc 1 on each of 2 sts (Total sts 37). Join with the third ch of the starting 3 chains, by slip st.
Fig 5
R 2: Ch 3 turn, dc 1 on each st.
R 3 and R 4 as R 2.
R 5:  Ch 3 turn, 2dctog, dc1 in each st till last 2 st then 2dctog. (Total sts 35)
R 6 to R 9: Ch 3 turn, dc 1 on each st.
R 10: As R 5. (Total sts 33)
R 11 to R 16: As R 2.

Button Band: Join yarn at the lower corner of right front.
R 1: Pick up sts and make half double crochet
R 2: ch 2 turn hdc on each st
R 3: As R2.
Fig 6
Neck Band: Make 2 more hdc in the same st, then make 1 hdc on each st around the neck.
Button Hole Band: 2 more hdc on the corner st
R 1: Pick up sts from left side and make 1 hdc.
Place markers where you want to make button holes. Fig 6
R 2: Ch 2 turn, (hdc on each st till the marker, ch 2 skip 2 sts and hdc in the third st, ) repeat three more times.
Border: Again 2 hdc in corner st and hdc 1 on each st similarly 2hdc in corner st. Binf off.

If you want you can make hdc border for sleeves also. Finally it's ready as in fig 1.
ETC: Enjoy the Creativity.

Friday, November 30, 2018

Crochet Birds
Fig 1
Friends,
I knitted some bird with some modification in the original pattern. But now I design my own crochet bird and made some of them.


For close up see fig 1A and 1B.




Fig 1A

Fig 1B













With foundation ch of 24 
R 1: sc on each ch starting from second ch (23 sts). Ch 1 turn,
R2: sc 1 in first st, sc2 in next, sc 1 in next 7sts, 2sctog, sc1 (centre), 2sctog, sc 1 in next 7 sts,, 2 sc in next st, sc 1 in last st. (23 sts)
 See fig 2
Fig 2

Fig 3
Repeat R 1 and R 2 two more times. Fig 3

Fig 4
R 7 to R 9: sc 1 in each st. (23 sts).  ch 1 turn. See fig 4

R 10: sc 1 in each of next 9 sts, sc 2 in next, sc1 in each of next 3 sts, sc 2 in next, sc 1 in each of next 9 sts, ch 1 turn. (25 sts). Fig 5.
Fig 5

R11: sc 1 in each of next 10 sts, sc 2 in next, sc1 in each of next 3 sts, sc 2 in next, sc 1 in each of next 10 sts, ch 1 turn. (27 sts).




Fig 6
 R12: sc 1 in each of next 11 sts, sc 2 in next, sc1 in each of next 3 sts, sc 2 in next, sc 1 in each of next 11 sts, ch 1 turn. (29 sts).

R 13: Sc 1, (sc 1, 2sc tog) 3 times, sc2 in next st, sc 1 in each of next 3 sts, sc 2 in next st, (2sc tog, sc 1) 3 times, sc1 in last st.( 25 sts)

R 14: sc 1 in each of next 10 sts, 2 sc in next st, sc 1 in each of next 3 sts, 2 sc in next st, sc 1 in each of next 10 sts (27 sts)

R 15: Sc 1, (sc 1, 2sc tog) 3 times, sc 1 in each of next 7 sts, (2sc tog, sc 1) 3 times, sc 1 in last st. (21 sts)

Fig 7
R 16: Slip st in next 4 sts, ch 1, sc 1 in each of next 17 sts. (17 sts)

R 17: Sl St 4, ch 1, sc 1 in each of next 13 sts. ( 13 sts) Fig 6.

R 18: Sc 1 in each st

R 19: sc 1, 2sc tog 6 times. (7 sts)

Thread all 7 sts and pull the yarn. Fig 7

Sew the bottom part as shown in fig 8 and 9.
Fig 8

Fig 9
Fill nylon fibre as in fig 10. Now sew the remaining portion also, the bird will look as in fig 11.


Fig 10

Fig 11


Wing: Start with ch 4,
R 1: sc 1 on each st from second (3 sts), ch 1 turn AFTER EVERY ROW
R 2: 2 sc in first st, sc 1 in remaining (4 sts)
R 3:  sc 1 on each st from second (4 sts)
R 4: 2 sc in first st, sc 1 in remaining (5 sts)


R 5:  sc 1 on each st from second (5 sts), R 6: 2 sc in first st, sc 1 in remaining (6 sts)
R 7: sc 1 on each st from second (6 sts),  R8: 2sc tog, sc 1 on remaining 4 sts (5 sts)
R 9: sc 1 on each st from second (5 sts),  R10: 2sc tog, sc 1 on remaining 3 sts (4 sts)
R11:  sc 1 on each st from second (4 sts),  R12: 2sc tog, sc 1 on remaining 2 sts (3 sts)
R 13: sc 1 on each of 3 sts, R 14: 2sc tog, sc 1
R 15: 2sc tog. BO.
Make one more wing in the same manner.
Sew the wings as in fig 12
Fig 12

Fig 13
 Add beads as the eyes as shown in fig 13 and then work it's beak by wrapping the yarn around the needle 14 times. Then for lower part wrap 11 times. Fig 14
Fig 14

Fig 15
So the bird is ready to fly.....
(Fig 15)
Happy crocheting....

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Generation Next to Next....

Fig 1
Friends,
We all lovers of different arts have one responsibility and that is to pass our art( in what ever form we have it) to the next generation. I think I have done it but what about next to next generation? They might not be interested in picking it up when you want to give it to them but surely one day they will either realise it's importance or seeing your way of pursuing they will get inspire to take some interest in that.

These thought came in my mind when I saw these beautiful hand made "Rakhis" (Fig 1) sent by my little grand daughter (actually grand daughter of my sister) for my grand son. She got interest in crochet and she made it and sent with my sister from Pune to Amravati. What a love for the little brother!! and what a creativity!!! If some people who are reading this blog, don't know, what is Rakhi? then see fig 2, it is beautiful hand band that sister send to her brother or tie it to the wrist of her brother as a token of love and expecting same love from him. 
So instead of purchasing ready made Rakhi, she made such a amazing rakhi by hands, so cute! This is love towards her brother, love towards art and this is; what we pass to next generation indirectly.
Fig 2

My previous experience in the same direction is also very memorable. 
In those days I was in USA at my daughter's place and as usual I made sweater for my grand daughter. Moreover when ever I got time I use to knit or crochet. She saw it. One day she said to me," Aaji, I made sweater for you" (Aaji means grand maa). She was just 3 years at that time so I wondered and asked her to show and see what she showed me? (Fig 3). These were the left overs or last cut yarns from my work 😙. I could not stop my tears. So sweet! First thing was, she felt that she should also give some thing or particularly sweater to me( As I always use to give her) and second thing was that she just acted as if to knit and gave it to me. This is culture, what we have to pass to next generation.

Fig 3
The third experience was just on last Saturday when I was in video chat with my grand daughter (same in USA). She asked me," what I like to do when I have time?". I told her (as I was retired now), "I always knit or crochet when ever I have time". On that she replied, "yes I can also knit". (Again I thought that, as by now she was 6 years, she might have learnt knitting from her mother). She quickly understood that I was not relying, she said, "OK I will show you". Then she brought some pieces of yarn, make one knot then second, third, forth and five. I asked, "what is this?". Her reply with confidence," this is the way I knit" 😜. Then I asked, " what is this?". Her reply, "you have to recognise". (Again problem) It looks like earrings, my reply. See fig 4. She quickly made another one and said YES!!
 Oh!! What a confidence! and What a creativity!

Fig 4
I loved these kids so much and I salute them.

ETC : Enjoy the creativity

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Crochet Earrings
Fig 1


Hello friends,
In this week I made these crochet earrings. I just loved the original pattern for bracelet,
and I decided to use it. Now a days there is a fashion of wearing long earrings in India, so I made such long earrings.

Here I used Crochet thread "Hobby India Crochet Tread". Shade No 12.

Pattern: Make ch 4 and tr in first ch. This is our foundation, we have to work on both sides of this foundation.
ch 2 and turn,




Fig 2
Fig 3
 Work 2 incomplete dc, 2 incomplete tr and 3 incomplete double tr, it will be as in Fig 3
Then YO pass through 1 st, then pass through 2 sts six times. Two sts will remain as in fig 4. Turn, it will look like Fig 5
Fig 4

Fig 5

Fig 6


Fig 7









Repeat all that is worked in the first part of foundation, then the work will look like Fig 6 and 7. Now three sts are there on the hook.

Work 3 ch tog.





One bead then repeat the whole pattern. Lastly ring of ch 5 and attach to the hook. Make one more.

Fig 8











With the same pattern I made bracelet and earrings set.
Fig 9
Hope that, this video may help you. It is in Marathi but English subtitles are there.

ETC - Enjoy the creativity.




Monday, November 5, 2018

Baby Booties with Puff Border
Fig 1

Hi,
Friends I have posted Jacket with Puff border and Cap in that set in my posts on 6 Oct 2018,

https://alkaandart.blogspot.com/search?q=crochet+baby+cap

These baby booties in this set I made in this week. See fig 2.


The yarn used is Oswal winter special.



The sole is made with 12 chains then 7 dc at both ends and 1 dc on each of the middle ch from both sides. See fig 3 Here we have 34 sts)
Fig 2
Fig 3
Fig 4










Fig 5











Sole is completed in three rounds and the stitches here are 58. Then one round of Back post single crochet (bpsc) in each st, which makes a beautiful corner to the sole. You can see back post double crochet in this video. It is with English subtitles.

After round 4, it will look as in fig 6 with particularly border as in fig 7.
Fig 6

Fig 7

 Then the upper part of the booties was made.
Fig 8
Fig 9
Markers are placed in the front part so that we can reduce the sts easily and get the required shape. Fig 8.
After round 10 the booty will look as in fig 9.

Then for belt we first place two markers on the hill side of the booty on 11th sts on both sides.
Make  15 chs attach it at one of the marker then sc on each st between two markers. Make again 15 chains + 5 chs and dc on each st on the 15 chs belt. Continue dc on each st on hill side. Then dc on each of the 15 chs, Same 5chs button hole on other side. The belt will look as in fig 10.
Fig 10
Fig 11
Then attach contrast coloured yarn and make puff of 3 loose incomplete dc and join by sl st in the third st. As in fig 11.
After completing this row it will look as in fig 12. Then if you want to get the puffs vertical in stead of horizontal puffs then you can sew each puff as in fig 13.
Fig 13


Happy crocheting.
      
Fig 12

  Superb Stole: Hi friends, When I saw the design namely "The traveling Leaves",  in a book at my daughter's home, I was...