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Friday, December 22, 2017

Mithai!

The best think about Indian Festivals is the food and specially the sweets (Mithai). The best sweets are always home made and I still fondly remember the gujiya's my Grandma made in holi or the besan laddoos my Mom made. I do not have the skills to make Indian Sweets in reality but I wanted to try to do them in Amigurumi. So I made a Motichoor Laddoo, a couple of Besan Laddoos, Kaju Katli, Kaju Roll and a Doodh Peda.

  The Motichoor Laddoo has Silver Vark on top, Besan Laddoos with Pistachios stuck on top, Silver coated Kaju Katli, Silver coated Pistachio stuffed Kaju Roll and sweet and simple Milk Peda.



I will be adding free patterns for these cuties soon so you can have a go at them yourself.


#crochet #amigurumi #crochetlove


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Potli Purse







Potli literally means a small sack and was traditionally used to carry all kinds of things, gold coins, grains and even clothes. In modern times, the potli purse is a great accessory. It is basically a drawstring bag. I made up this pattern as I went along using cotton yarn that I got from a great yarn store in Paris. I love the beautiful sage green, violet and indigo blue combination and this was a quick and easy make.
I used a knitting doll to make the chord using the indigo yarn and it turned out really well.

I have been using this purse a lot since I made it and it seems to be the perfect size to carry a wallet and phone and a few essentials. Since its made of granny stripes, there are holes so I could line it up but I enjoy the look of things peeping through the holes so for now I am going to leave it like it is.
The pattern is pretty simple, started it off as the usual amigurumi spiral increase and when the base was big enough just started granny striping it. After I got the desired length I just did a few rows of decreases by dc2tog and added a scalloped edge to make it look prettier.

The bright colors in this one really cheer me up!


#crochet #crochetbag #crochetgrannysquare #crochetaccessory
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Capelet for the Best Mom in the World!

I wanted to make a smart shawl/cape/poncho for my Mom as a Birthday gift. After trawling the world wide web, I found this absolutely stunning Spring Capelet Pattern on Ravelry by Merri Purdy. 
What I particularly loved about this pattern was that it looked really smart and as my Mom is a professor I thought it would really suit her. In addition, it used the Caron Cake yarn which I had been meaning to try for a while.

I used two yarns for this pattern Cygnet Aran in Cream and Caron Cakes in Red Velvet.

It was great fun making this pattern. Although I have to say Caron Cakes was not as soft as I had expected. I guess its just because it has wool in it. But if I had to reuse Caron Cakes I would probably use the Caron Baby Cakes which I hear is much softer.

It was a fairly straight forward and fast pattern to crochet. I loved how it turned out. I have posted it to my Mom for her Birthday I hope she has a great year ahead!

Love you Mom!



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Saturday, December 16, 2017

Indian Amigurumi Series : Malini the Bharatnatyam Dancer


 I have been meaning to get back to amigurumi for a while as I have been busy doing some clothing and accessories for the past few months. I am continuing my Indian Amigurumi Series with this doll inspired by Bharatnatyam dancers. Bharatnatyam is a beautiful Indian dance form and it has really intricate costume and jewellery which perfectly compliments the graceful dance movements.
For people who are not familiar with Bharatnatyam, here is an image from wikipedia on what the costume looks like:
 
 

 
I cannot hope to ever match the details on a real Bharatnatyam costume so this is my interpretation simplifying it considerably. Despite this, there are many separate sections of this pattern and it did take me a long time to get it to look right. I do not think anyone would want to recreate this as it is fairly complicated but I still wanted to write the pattern down for my own record and to keep it as reference for future patterns. I do love how it all turned out.








Crochet Pattern:
Material:
DK Yarn Blue Color 50 grams
DK Yarn Green Color 50 grams
DK Yarn Beige Color 50 grams
DK Yarn Orange Color 50 grams
DK Yarn White Color 50 grams
Fingering Weight Yarn Bronze Color 50 grams
Embroidery Thread Red,Black
30 small silver beads for the anklets
Two 4mm Safety Eyes
4mm and 3.25 mm Crochet Hook
Yarn needle and scissors
Sewing needle and white thread
stitch marker

This is a fairly advanced pattern for me and I had some trouble getting the proportions just right. I did this differently because I stuffed and combined the pieces as I went along. This way I could get the look right in an easier way. This was just my personal preference though. If you would like to remake this doll you might need to adjust things a little bit to make things fit just right. Or even make all the pieces separately and then combine it all together at the end.

Anyway, here goes:


Pattern:

Head:

Using Beige and 4mm hook
Round 1:Make a magic ring and 6 dc into the ring (6sts)
Round 2:2 dc in each st. (12sts)
Round 3:(dc,2dc) repeat in the round (18sts)
Round 4:(dc,dc,2dc) repeat in the round (24sts)
Round 5:(dc,dc,dc,2dc) repeat in the round (30sts)
Round 6:(dc,dc,dc,dc,2dc) repeat in the round (36sts)
Round 7:(dc,dc,dc,dc,dc,2dc) repeat in the round (42sts)
Round 8:(dc,dc,dc,dc,dc,dc,2dc) repeat in the round (48sts)
Round 9: dc in each st
Round 8: dc in each st
Round 10: dc in each st


Insert Safety Eyes


Round 11: dc in each st
Round 12:(dc,dc,dc,dc,dc,dc,dc2tog) repeat in the round (42sts)
Round 13:(dc,dc,dc,dc,dc,dc2tog) repeat in the round (36sts)
Round 14:(dc,dc,dc,dc,dc2tog) repeat in the round (30sts)
Round 15:(dc,dc,dc,dc2tog) repeat in the round (24sts)
Round 16:(dc,dc,dc2tog) repeat in the round (18sts)
 Round 17:(dc,dc2tog) repeat in the round (12sts)


Stuff firmly

 Round 18:dc2tog repeat in the round (6sts)

 

Legs and Torso: This was made bottom up. So I started with two separate leg sections, joining them midway and then continued it by decreasing into the waist and working the torso.

Using Blue and 4mm hook

Make Two
Round 1:Make a magic ring and 6 dc into the ring (6sts)
Round 2:2 dc in each st. (12sts)
Round 3-8: dc in each st
Round 4:For the next round, dc 10 sts around one leg and then place the other leg and crochet 10 dc on the other leg, then dc 2 times joining the middle bit together where the two pieces meet. (20 sts)
Round 5-8:dc in each st
Round 9: dc2tog (10 sts)
Round 10:(dc,dc,dc2tog) 2 times then dc,dc (8 sts)

Stuff Firmly

Continue using Beige and 4mm hook 
Round 11-12: dc in each st

Continue using Green and 4mm hook
Round 13-15: dc in each st

Stuff Firmly

Round 16:dc2tog in the round (4 sts)

Continue using Beige and 4mm hook
Round 17:dc in round


Join the Head and Torso sections together.

Arms:
Make two using Beige yarn and 4 mm hook
Chain 10
dc,dc,dc,dc2tog,dc,dc,dc

Join arms to torso, and using green yarn, wrap around the arms at the point of the shoulders to create the sleeves of the blouse. The arms will automatically have a pose of arms bent at elbows, so join the other end of the arm at the waist.

Pallu(front section on sari)
Using blue and 4mm hook
Chain 8
Row 1: dc in each st (8sts)
Row 2:dc2tog, dc in each st (7sts)
Row 3:dc in 5 sts, dc2tog (6sts)
Row 4:dc2tog, dc in each st (5sts)
Row 5:dc in 4 sts, dc2tog (4sts)
Row 6:dc2tog twice (2sts)
Row 7-12:dc in each st
Using green and 4mm hook, slip stitch along the decreasing edge.
Attach the pallu on the front section with the widest part on the waist line, and the row 6 on the shoulder. The pallu can then be secured at the back.

Fan part of sari:
Using blue and 4 mm hook
Chain 4
Row 1:dc in each st (4sts)
Row 2:2dc,dc,dc,2dc (6sts)
Row 3:dc in each st
Row 4:2d,dc,dc,dc,dc,2dc(8sts)
Row 5:dc in each st
Row 6:Using green yarn, dc in each st
Attach the fan with the shorter end at the waist. Secure the wide bottom edge to the  front of the legs.

Feet:
Using Beige yarn and 4 mm hook
Make 2
chain 6
Row 1:dc in each st
Row 2:dc in each st
Row 3:dc in each st
Fold and secure in place at base of leg
Hair :
 
The hair is made in 4 sections,
Two circles overlapped to do the scalp hair with a front parting, a bun for top of head, a 3 strand plait.

Scalp:
Using black yarn and 4mm hook
Make 2:
Round 1:Make a magic ring and 6 dc into the ring (6sts)
Round 2:2 dc in each st. (12sts)
Round 3:(dc,2dc) repeat in the round (18sts)
Round 4:(dc,dc,2dc) repeat in the round (24sts)
Round 5:(dc,dc,dc,2dc) repeat in the round (30sts)
Round 6:(dc,dc,dc,dc,2dc) repeat in the round (36sts)
Round 7:(dc,dc,dc,dc,dc,2dc) repeat in the round (42sts)
Place on the side of the head overlapping on top of scalp and sew in place to get a good front shape which looks like hair combed with a middle parting.

Bun:
Round 1:Make a magic ring and 6 dc into the ring (6sts)
Round 2:2 dc in each st. (12sts)
Round 3:(dc,2dc) repeat in the round (18sts)
Round 4-6: dc in each st
Secure on top of the head leaving a small gap and stuff firmly. Close the gap.

Plait:
Make 3
Chain 50.
Row 1-3: dc in each st.

Secure the three sections of the plait,placed next to each other at the base of the scalp.
Make a 3 strand braid.
Use orange yarn to tie the braid in place.

Flowers for Hair:
Using orange and 4mm hook
Chain 30
Row 1: (chain 4 , dc in next stitch) till end

Using white and 4mm hook
Make 3
Chain 18
Row 1: (chain 4 , dc in next stitch) till end

Wrap the orange section around the bun and sew in place.At the base of orange, layer the white sections one section at a time and sew in place.

I wanted a specific look, so secured the braid in place by posing it draped over her shoulder. This could be left loose too.

Jewellery:

Earrings:
Make two
Using copper yarn and 3.25mm hook
Round 1:Make a magic ring and 6 dc into the ring (6sts)
Round 2:2 dc in each st. (12sts)
Round 3:dc in each st
Pull it to get a half sphere shape (jhumki)

Secure in place at side of head.

Maang Tika : forehead jewellery:
Divided into 3 sections:
Section 1
Round 1:Make a magic ring and 6 dc into the ring (6sts)
Round 2:2 dc in each st. (12sts)

Section 2
Chain 6 and attach to top of Section 1.

Section 3
Make two  chains of 18 chain each
Attach to sides of Section 1.

Secure the tika (circular part) at the middle of the hair parting. Sew the 6chain piece to top of head, the sides chain lengths are to be secured along the hair line on either side.

Anklets:
Thread 15 beads on a needle and sew around each leg.

To finish, embroider a red Bindi in the middle of the forehead also add eyelashes to the side of the eyes.
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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Rainbow Sweater!

 My First Knitted Sweater! It was such a pleasure to knit this. I got the pattern from a baby knits magazine and it was great to use lots of color. I hate the fact that most of the clothing for newborns is pale pastel colors.I love bright hues and when a really close friend was having a baby I was so excited to start on this project. It went really quick and I got it done in less than a week! I am a much slower knitter compared to when I crochet but there is something about the knit weave which works so well for baby wear.

I have sent the sweater to my friend in Canada and hopefully the baby can get to wear this soon!

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