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Saturday, 28 February 2015

SIMPLY SUPERB COWL

 
SIMPLY SUPERB COWL

This cowl is not a new one – it’s a freely shared one by Moogly and it’s one that you will surely make again and again.. and this blog is proof of that. 
I’d made this lovely cowl for my daughter and on her return to India, her friend loved it so much she requested for one.  The yarn I’d used originally is way too warm for India, so I thought I’d use one of our locally available yarns.

The reason I am writing this all out is that I’ve found we are unable (sometimes) to visualize what a particular project will look like with locally available  yarns.  In India, we do not get all the yarns that are suggested on the pattern sheet(s), but this one made with our locally available Vardhaman Millenium shows us that hey! We can make this one too J

Materials used : Today I’ve used our Indian Vardhaman Millenium ; holding one strand each of grey and firozi (azure – blue) together for the whole project, with a 6.5 mm crochet hook.

I’ve also made this with the multi-coloured self striped Lana Para Labores from Proezafavorita , which seems to be a medium bulky yarn (label does not specify anything about yarn ply sadly), with a 5.5 mm crochet hook, which I bought in Portugal.  

Size made : Length : 45”

Pattern :   I’ve used the Artfully Simple Infinity Scarf pattern by Tamara Kelly available at http://www.mooglyblog.com/artfully-simple-infinity-scarf/

However, I’d like to add a few of my notes to this.

As we’re using two skeins / strands of yarn through the pattern, its really simple to get nice large chains.  I have, however, made the chains even looser and larger (and tried to keep them even) so that the eventual finished product is really light and (as Tamara says in  her blog), the cowl loops , twists and turns really easily on its own.  Make this long enough to loop twice around the neck /  head of the recipient with a little spare .. and you're good to go. 

 ..long enough to loop twice around the neck..                and see how the cowl loops , twists and turns really easily on its own.  
It is however, important to keep the work flat and ensure that the chains do not tangle, when you decide to take a break and put your work down.  Untangling this lovely long chained hammock-like project .. umm, not what you’d want to be wasting your time doing.

Finally, as always, I like the Chainless dc start. Instead of the usual start with ch 2 or ch 3,I’d like to introduce a lovely way of starting a double crochet row.  Do take a look at this self explanatory super video
In case you are unhappy with this start, or do not like it, do continue with the usual ch-2 or ch-3 start.  However, all instructions will be given assuming that you are using this chainless dc start. So I have used this lovely start for all dc row starting stitches.

The designer has used a nice button tie at one end – but I have decided make a tie-up finish at one end (over which one can embellish and then bring that bit to the front , or as I suggested to the recipient, keep behind the neck so that there is no hair tangling).


So for this, after reaching the width needed, and fastening off, do not cut off yarn.  Just hold the end of the project together (i.e the start end where you will have some loose yarn that you can now neatly hide), and then pass the yarn ball over and around this start bit of cowl.  You’ll notice that it really scrunches up nicely – so depending on how tight you want this bit, increase tension – and continue wrapping till you have a rope-like finish.  Once done, cut off yarn , fasten off and then neatly pull the yarn through the centre of this rope bit.. so that you hide that end (so weave it into this rope like finish).. and c’est tout.. your project is done!

Right so off we go.

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Wednesday, 25 February 2015

STARRY PURSE

STARRY PURSE

A few days back, I posted a photograph of a lovely creation that was inspired by a doily (which obviously, I then titled Doiley-like purse – link below).  And as I’d said even on that blog, someone shared a new pattern .. whichwas similar and yet so different – the star like pointed edges just made this one look great – and as you can see, I couldn’t hold back! This one just had to get made too .. so here we go

I have some  beautiful and unusual bag / purse patterns already written .. so let me add a few links here for your easy reference.





Of course, I’ve then had my bag unusually lined as well to give it this finished end product.
(For finishing .. if you are in India, do contact Mr. Suresh via text message on +91 91675 76825 or find him on his Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Suresh-Novelty-Craft-n-Thread-Store/764751610239578?fref=ts)

I've been inspired by  one of the wonderful free floating freebies over the net.  Using the pattern as basic inspiration, I am, as usual, writing down my notes, and am sharing them with you. 

Materials used : Polyester silk purse yarn in cones  ~one cone , with a 4 mm crochet hook for

Stitches used :
Magic circle : To refresh your skill, please view this easy video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLuSVyKvoUg

Chainless dc start : Instead of the usual start with ch 2 or ch 3,I’d like to introduce a lovely way of starting a double crochet row.  Do take a look at this self explanatory super video
In case you are unhappy with this start, or do not like it, do continue with the usual ch-2 or ch-3 start.  However, all instructions will be given assuming that you are using this chainless dc start.

dc 4-tog : Double crochet 4-tog : [yo, insert hk in st or ch-sp, yo and pull up a lp ; yo and draw through 2 lps] 4 times (5 lps on hk) ; yo, draw through all lps on hk.  One dc 4-tog made.

dc 2-tog : Double crochet 2-tog : [yo, insert hk in st or ch-sp, yo and pull up a lp ; yo and draw through 2 lps] 2 times (3 lps on hk) ; yo, draw through all lps on hk.  One dc 2-tog made. In this pattern we’re using our dc 2-tog as a decrease stitch.

Abbreviations used :
lp(s) : Loop(s)                                                               sc : Single crochet
dc : Double crochet                                                   sp : Space                                           
sl-st : Slip stitch                                                             fsc : Foundation Single Crochet
st(s) : Stitch(es)                                                            hk : Hook
yo : Yarn Over                                                             ch : Chain
dc 4-tog : Double Crochet 4-together

Instructions : (Using U.S terminology)

We will be using a shell stitch here which will be [3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc].

Start Round 1 : with a magic circle and 20 dc in that magic circle

To get a good finish and have your hook just where you want it at the last st, we will be using the ch 1 (or ch 2) and then hdc join.  However, if you like you can do the ch 3, and sl-st in the 1st st ending as well.
Round 2 : trc the 1st dc ; *ch 3, trc in the next dc* ; rep *to* till end ; ch 1, hdc in the 1st dc. (You are now, right in the centre of that last ch-3 sp)

Round 3 : sc in the 1st ch-3 sp ;
*ch 5, sc in the next ch-3 sp * ; rep *to* till last ch-3 sp ; ch 2, dc in the 1st trc. (You are now, right in the centre of that last ch-5 sp)

Round 4 : 3 dc in the 1st ch-5 sp ; *sc in the next ch-5 sp ; shell stitch in the next ch-5 sp* ; rep *to* till last ch-5 sp ;  3 dc in that last ch-5 sp ; ch 1, hdc in the last st.

Round 5 : 3 dc in the 1st ch-3 sp ; dc in the next dc ; *ch 2 , sk next sc , sk next 2 dc, dc in the next dc ; shell stitch in the next ch-3 sp ; dc in the next dc * ; rep *to* till end ;  sk next 2 dc, dc in the next dc ; 3 dc in the last ch-3 sp ; ch 1, hdc in the last st.

Round 6 : 3 dc in the 1st ch-3 sp ; dc in the next 2 dc ; *ch 3 , sk next 2 dc, dc in the next 2 dc ; shell stitch in the next ch-3 sp ; dc in the next 2 dc* ; rep *to* till end ;  sk next 2 dc, dc in the next 2 dc ; 3 dc in the last ch-3 sp ; ch 1, hdc in the last st.

Round 7 : 3 dc in the 1st ch-3 sp ; dc in the next 3 dc ; *ch 3 , sk next 2 dc, dc in the next 3 dc ; shell stitch in the next ch-3 sp ; dc in the next 3 dc* ; rep *to* till end ;  sk next 2 dc, dc in the next 3 dc ; 3 dc in the last ch-3 sp ; ch 1, hdc in the last st.

Round 8 : 3 dc in the 1st ch-3 sp ; dc in the next 4 dc ; *ch 4 , sk next 2 dc, dc in the next 4 dc ; shell stitch in the next ch-3 sp ; dc in the next 4 dc* ; rep *to* till end ;  sk next 2 dc, dc in the next 4 dc ; 3 dc in the last ch-3 sp ; ch 1, hdc in the last st.

Round 9 : 3 dc in the 1st ch-3 sp ; dc in the next 5 dc ; *ch 5 , sk next 2 dc, dc in the next 5 dc ; shell stitch in the next ch-3 sp ; dc in the next 5 dc* ; rep *to* till end ;  sk next 2 dc, dc in the next 5 dc ; 3 dc in the last ch-3 sp ; ch 1, hdc in the last st.

Round 10 : 3 dc in the 1st ch-3 sp ; dc in the next 6 dc ; *ch 5 , sk next 2 dc, dc in the next 6 dc ; shell stitch in the next ch-3 sp ; dc in the next 6 dc* ; rep *to* till end ;  sk next 2 dc, dc in the next 6 dc ; 3 dc in the last ch-3 sp ; ch 1, hdc in the last st.

Round 11 : 3 dc in the 1st ch-3 sp ; dc in the next 7 dc ; *ch 6 , sk next 2 dc, dc in the next 7 dc ; shell stitch in the next ch-3 sp ; dc in the next 7 dc* ; rep *to* till end ;  sk next 2 dc, dc in the next 7 dc ; 3 dc in the last ch-3 sp ; ch 1, hdc in the last st.

Round 12 : 3 dc in the 1st ch-3 sp ; dc in the next 8 dc ; *ch 6 , sk next 2 dc, dc in the next 8 dc ; shell stitch in the next ch-3 sp ; dc in the next 8 dc* ; rep *to* till end ;  sk next 2 dc, dc in the next 8 dc ; 3 dc in the last ch-3 sp ; ch 1, hdc in the last st.

Round 13 : 3 dc in the 1st ch-3 sp ; *ch 1, sk next dc , dc in the next dc ; [ch 1 , sk next dc, dc in the next dc] ; rep [to]  2 times ; dc in next dc ; ch 3, sc in next ch-6 sp ; ch 3, sk next 2 dc, dc in next 2 dc ; rep [to] 3 times ; ch 1, sk next dc , shell stitch in the next ch-3 sp* ; rep *to* till end ;  ( but in last shell, you’ll only do 3 dc and then ch 1, hdc in the last st.

Round 12 : 3 dc in the 1st ch-3 sp ; * [dc in the next ch-1 sp ; dc in the next dc] ; rep [to] 2 times, dc in the next ch-1 sp  ; ch 8 , sk next 2 dc, dc in the next ch-1 sp ; rep [to] 3 times ; dc in the next 3 dc ; shell stitch in the next ch-3 sp ; dc in the next 8 dc* ; rep *to* till end ;  sk next 2 dc, dc in the next 8 dc ; 3 dc in the last ch-3 sp ; ch 1, hdc in the last st.


Fasten off then and weave in the ends

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Monday, 23 February 2015

MERTOLA DIAMOND COWL



MERTOLA DIAMOND COWL

Now if you’ve been following my blogs you’ll know that as soon as I’ve been traveling around Portugal and with each new town or tourist spot I visit, I’m hoping to give you a bird’s eye view of the place and a pattern as well. I started out in Aveiro, and made my first mobius cowl for my daughter.  If you missed that blog, then it’s my Double Crossed Mobius Cowl at http://shyamanivas.blogspot.pt/2014/12/double-crossed-mobius-cowl.html

So today we’re in the lovely town of Mertola that boasts of a lovely national park as well as a peaceful waterfall.  Yet again a nice homely, easy-going town, Mertola has a lovely castle with a lot of history as well -  but then we’ve seen that all places in Portugal have loads of history.  For the more adventurous visitor, you can rent a kayak and go for a quick work out down the river and for the not as adventurous, the up and down roads will offer you a good cardio and work-out .. well, for the cardio you’d probably have to run, but you’ll figure that out.J

Our lovely hotel Beira Rio (Hotel Museu) is on this cobbled road (yes, cobbled seems synonymous with most roads we’ve been on in Portugal.. but I am still in love with it) – and its on a gradient.. (so a good place for me to start on my work out .. but I’m on vacation.. haha)

Just off our road are the winding steps that lead to the beautiful castle – with more history.. and a set of lovely cafes down these really cute, quaint, winding roads.  





The castle garden still holds perfectly maintained relics in stone.




The city centre also has this really well made tableau for Christmas and what caught my attention the most is the R-R-R angle (Re-use, Re-cycle, Refuse!) Ingenious, right?  






and another genius idea ... and ooh, what would you do if you saw a doorway like this ?? I drooled






The Pulo de Lobo waterfall is about a 20kms drive away from our resort.  The roads are pretty good till the last maybe 5 kms, when without a warning, the asphalt road becomes a dirt road.. and then slowly becomes a pretty rough stony road.  We were worried our rented (Avis car rented from Holidaycars.com) car would not make it, so we found a convenient lay-by (or so we hoped, and yup our car was still there when we returned! ) and left our car there.. and made our way up to the waterfall point.. it was a pretty uphill climb and rough.. but well, I did try to avoid the work out earlier didn’t I ?  At the waterfall point, we saw that there was another road coming in to the waterfall from the north end.. hmmm.. wonder if that was the road that the helpful receptionist at the resort mentioned? However the easy to follow Google maps guided us via the shortest route, we assume.. of course, Google was not aware of how rough that road was!  J

Right so now that Mertola has picqued your interest, here’s the cowl I made with yarn I bought locally.
I have several other cowls patterns written, so do mosey over to see them at links below 

Materials used : Today I’ve used a multi- coloured self striped Lana Para Labores from Proezafavorita , which seems to be a medium bulky yarn (label does not specify anything about yarn ply sadly), with a 5.5 mm crochet hook.  

Size made : Width : 7.25" x Length : 26"

Now this is not my pattern.  I’ve used the Diamond cowl pattern by Tamara Kelly available at http://www.mooglyblog.com/free-pattern-diamond-crochet-cowl/

However, I’d like to add a few of my notes to this.

The pattern is in multiples of 4 – so depending on the length (around neck) you want, start with that number of fsc.  I say this because with the varying plys of yarn, it is difficult sometimes to get the gauge required and then we avoid certain patterns.. and this one is an absolute beauty, and must be tried.

Right, the next thing I’d like to point out is a small typo (I think) in Round 3 (not Row 3, as we’re working in rounds) is that you do the fptrc (Front Post Triple Crochet) into the dc of Round 2 (not sc)

Finally, as always, I like the Chainless dc start. Instead of the usual start with ch 2 or ch 3,I’d like to introduce a lovely way of starting a double crochet row.  Do take a look at this self explanatory super video
In case you are unhappy with this start, or do not like it, do continue with the usual ch-2 or ch-3 start.  However, all instructions will be given assuming that you are using this chainless dc start. So I have used this lovely start for all dc row starting stitches.

And off we go.

Enjoyed this ?? I sure did.. come back right here for more freebie patterns.   J

If you're visiting me here for the first time, and have liked the experience, do add me to your mailing list (for your convenience) , and all my future free patterns will come straight to your mail box.  


Have a great day and see you soon. J

Edited to add : The cowl was made in January - its just taken really long to be written up about 

Saturday, 21 February 2015

CUTE KID GRANNY SQUARES



CUTE KID SQUARES FOR PROJECT CHEMO

I’ve been slowly building up my granny square collection for donation to the lovely project for cancer patients http://www.projectchemocrochet.com/.

So I after my initial set of 24 squares (http://shyamanivas.blogspot.com/2015/01/jus-granny-squares.html), and my flower granny squares,  (http://shyamanivas.blogspot.in/2015/02/flower-power-granny-squares.html), here’s my first collection of absolutely fantastic kiddie squares.  Listed below are the links / patterns that inspired my creations.

Some of the patterns used did not reach the required dimensions of 9” x 9” – so once I’d completed the square as per the original design, I just added a few more rounds following pattern of the last round (or last 2 rounds) till I got to our desired size specifications.

Materials used : A combination of our local Indian acrylic yarns (3-ply, 4-ply as well as Vardhaman Millenium DK ply)




Small note here – obvious, but let me add it anyway .. The pattern doesn’t say that the palm leaves and tree base need to be stitched down .. so rather than have them flap away, I’d say let’s stitch them down.


So this is a really really cute little square – much too small for the one we need here – so obviously I just used a different color (just so the little owl would stand out on its own) and finished off till we got our 9 x 9” square.  I now think I could’ve used a darker pink.. or maybe a lighter yellow to show off the owl?? Hmmm








 4. MOUSE GRANNY SQUARE : http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/granny-square-mouse. There is a video link (in 3 parts), which is not in English, but wonderfully self explanatory.. and what a cute end result.. you’ll love it J




There is a video link (in 3 parts), which is not in English, but wonderfully self explanatory.. and what a cute end result.. you’ll love it J





In this pattern, just for a twist, I tweaked a bit, and started with a dc round (instead of hdc) and then on Round 4 (where it says hdc in each st without increase.. the 32 st round), I once again used dcs – so as there was no increase, the first 3 rounds already made ‘stood up’ and my monster has a cute 3D finish.  Of course that said, the green makes my cute fella look flowery and not monster-y at all.. hahaha !!








There is a video link (in 3 parts), which is not in English, but wonderfully self explanatory.. and what a cute end result.. you’ll love it J
For the purpose of our Project Chemo, this one does not fit our specifications, so as usual, continue with increasing rows till we get our 9” x 9” square.





9. PEACE SIGN GRANNY SQUARE
With the yarn I’ve used, this pattern works pretty well size-wise – just a small tweak (one round) and we’ve got the size needed.. so yaay J








S0 this pattern is for a 7” x 7” square – so just a few rows after the last row in all dc with (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) for the corners, and we’ve got our 9” x 9” square!




  
12. PIRATE GRANNY SQUARE
In this last pattern sheet, you can get a pattern for a cute pirate (patch and all), a pirate ship, a parrot as well as skull n cross bones J Yaay to repeatcrafterme !

Enjoyed this ?? I sure did.. come back right here for more freebie patterns.  I have a few more granny squares lined up - I *hope* to make a minimum of 100 squares for Project Chemo.. and then there are other lovely projects in the pipeline (or hook) as well. J

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