Friday, 17 January 2014


By Shyama Nivas

As kids, we used to look forward to all the festivals, as each one brought with it a different cuisine, activity and sometimes, new clothes J

These days, sadly, even though all the festivals are still celebrated in every home, they've seem to have lost the "romance"  L

Yes, we still have the different cuisine, but its sometimes ‘bought’ or ‘made-to-order’ by some professional.. the activity is hmmm, sometimes a ‘one-up-on-the-Joneses’, and the clothing, well, it’s not like we need a ‘festival’ to give us a chance to purchase new clothes – every visit to the mall gets you that..not to mention the tantalizing word “sale sale” or the more frequent “buy one get…free” .. the ‘free’ being the extremely irresistible and tantalizing word..often in red – a colour that activates the ‘buy’ button in humans ;)

While all the above sounds critical, I should add that I too have fallen prey to the ‘bought-from-store’ category – of course my justification here is 
(a) that they are professionals, know what they’re doing, 
(b)have done it so many times that they’re bound to get it right.. whereas I will suffer through the pain and tension and probably have to throw it all out at the end,
(c)and of course, the even better justification is that all of us are now so careful with our diet(s) that it is not even cost effective making that quarter kilo ;)

The kaju katli sweetmeat is my all time favourite – I have never tried to make it at home, from scratch or otherwise – it’s way simpler and tastier to get this from the local store(s) J
This super Indian delicacy (once bought especially during Diwali, our festival of lights, that comes around Oct-Nov each year), is made from cashew nuts (kaju, in Hindi).  The original diamond shaped (topped with slivers of pure silver paper) has also gone through several changes, in shape and ingredients (as you have a Kaju-Pista ‘roll’, Kaju and almond .. etc).

Now this ain’t a blog about the great kaju katli sweetmeat, but it is this lovely delicacy that was the inspiration for my crochet creation.

My kaju katli scarf (Pronunciation : ‘ka-joo  cut-lee), is worked sideways, and after the first few lines, the pattern goes diagonally.  The increases are evenly worked on both sides, till you reach your desired width.

The gauge is not critical as both width and length of the scarf are variable, but the designer achieved a gauge of approx 4 diamond st x 2 rows in pattern = 2”.
This pattern is fairly easy, but has been marked an Advanced beginner or Intermediate Skill Level.
The scarf is worked sideways, and after the first few lines, the pattern moves diagonally.
This project has been testing using : 
1.    3-ply acrylic yarn from Oswal Mills, 100g / 570 yds, with a 4 mm crochet hook ;
2.   Drops Fabel, about 40 g (only half a scarf - width : 20 cm), with 4 mm crochet hook ; Pattern rated : Easy/Medium ;
3.   Noro Silk Garden Lite , 3.5 skeins 175 g / 476 yds / 435 m ; 4.5 mm crochet hook, Comment : Took approx 10 hrs ; Skill level : Fairly easy.
4.   Bebito by Filati Deluxe 250m /50g ; 4.5 mm crochet hook, Comments : Clear instructions, took about 6-7 hrs but depends on how wide and long you want it to be ; Skill level : Intermediate