Granny Crochet Table Cover

Mixing different colors of yarn has always been my style of crocheting. To me, Crochet is all about colors and that too vibrant Spring kind of colors, which really brighten up any room for any occasion.

For my next crochet project, I decided to make a Granny Crochet Table Cover.  I thought of using up some of the yarn I’d purchased at one of the shops in Salzburg (Oh! A review of our visit to Salzburg is due, next week maybe?). “Bravo Originals” is the name of the brand and they cost me just Eur 1.00 per 50 g! I bought balls of yarn in pink, blue (light and dark), green, red and yellow colors.

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 I used a crochet needle of size 3.5mm for this project and followed this pattern.

It took me almost a month to finish this project! (You really don`t need that much time, but I had some lazy days in between!)

Once I completed the squares, I placed them in the order I wanted before joining them. I hand-stitched the squares together.

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I felt too lazy to give it a border as shown in the website. And my sister suggested making pom poms all around the edges. Now what in the world is a Pom Pom in crocheting?? I have no idea!

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So I decided to keep it as it is for now. I LOVE it! I hope you do too… 🙂

Love,

Madhurya.

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Mandala – A Crochet Project

One of my recent Crochet projects is a  “Mandala”. I followed this pattern from a great blog called Red Agape.  This website has many patterns for Crocheting and a lot of other Diys too. Do check it out.

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I had never heard of the term “Mandala” in Crocheting before. I was too surprised to come across this Indian word when I was looking for something new to try. It was a breeze to crochet this pattern and now I’m hooked! I’ll be making many many more of these Mandalas, and using them in tablecloths,as coasters and giving some away as gifts too. 🙂

You can make it using a single colored yarn or you can mix and match different colors and textures to make the final piece even more interesting.

I used the same wool I’d used for making the valance. And I used my 3.5 mm Crochet needle.

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Here are the steps in pictures-

There’s a good pattern for a mandala on this website too. Do try it and let me know if you need any help.

Set of 3 Mandalas

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PS- I made this Crochet tablecloth for my sister-

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  PPS- And she totally loved it! 🙂

Here’s to more “Doing” and more “Giving”…

Cheers,

Madhurya.

Tablecloth – a Crochet Project

You probably know that I love crocheting! (If you don’t, just go ahead and read this or this).  So it’s no surprise that when my mom asked me if I could make a tablecloth for her, I gladly agreed. She wanted a rectangular one with a smaller width, like a table-runner. It had to be 30 by 150 cm in size.
I had some difficulty finding a pattern, but I finally found one on this website.
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For this project, I used 3 balls of 50 g cotton yarn in pink and a 3.25 mm crochet hook. The pattern is a bit complicated and it took me some time and a lot of googling to understand critical patterns like cluster, 3-treble crochet cluster, 4-treble crochet cluster, picot and triple picot. But once I understood the pattern, it got easier. You can mix different colors of yarn as well. Maybe I will try doing that next time.
Once you make this tablecloth, just iron it by placing another cloth over it. This makes the crochet cotton stiffer. It took me about 3 weeks to complete this (an hour of crocheting everyday, not more, to avoid physical pain). It was a total stress-buster! And I enjoyed working on it on our long boat-rides.
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Do try making it and if you have any questions or doubts, feel free to ask me.
Happy making!
-Madhurya

Crocheting- Project Valance

After crocheting a few simple items like caps and table-tops, I decided to make a Valance for our balcony window. A valance is similar to a curtain, but it only covers the uppermost part of the window and is hung alone or paired with blinds or curtains. I got the idea to make one after seeing them in many Swiss homes; My mother-in-law too has crocheted such valances and they are so beautiful!

The first step was to find a simple pattern. After a lot of browsing, I found one on this website and instantly fell in love with the pretty colors used by the blogger. I knew I wanted something similar for my window.

The measurement of my valance would be 2m L x 35cm H (around 1/5th of the total height of the window).

I had a lot of yarn in my stock- Cotton, wool, acrylic (of Sizes ranging from 20 to 3). But they didn’t look or feel right for our window. I needed bright colors like yellow, pink and orange. One day, while Mike and I were walking along the streets of Konstanz, a Fabric store caught Mike`s eye, and he pointed out big bundles of crochet yarn displayed at its front. I could not stop myself. I ran inside and bought balls of yarn in white, yellow, red, pink and orange.

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In order to make the Valance, I used a 3mm crochet needle. I followed the instructions in the blog to make individual flowers using contrasting colors like pink and green, white and red, red and blue.
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But I chose to arrange the flowers my own way. My design is inspired by the pattern of door-hangings used in India.

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It took me about a month to finish the project. (I was on vacation for a week and some days I felt too lazy to do much of anything!).

But I’m happy with the end result.
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This can also be used as a sofa cover.

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image So, why don’t YOU try ‘making’ something today?

Cheers,
Madhurya

P.S- Crocheting over longer stretches of time might lead to severe hand-muscle pain. So take it easy and enjoy the process!

Crochet Project- Granny Square Table Cloth

Crocheting is a simple art. My mother inspired me to try it. I remember her holding a ball of yarn in one hand and a needle in the other, walking around the house, crocheting. Till date, she has produced a number of table cloths and they are all still in good condition.

She taught me how to do a slip knot (basic knot) with her threads, which were mostly white, size 3 or 10, with a hook/ needle size of 1 mm; And from that to make a chain. This is the easiest way to learn crocheting. I practiced everyday by making long chains which helped me to get a good grip over the needle. Once you get that grip, it is easy to make any kind of stitches. Then I learnt single crochet and double crochet stitches.

Using these basic stitches, I made simple table-cloth patterns copying my mom`s old patterns. I bought a few Crochet books and learnt the tougher and trickier patterns like triple, treble, cluster, double treble crochet etc. I also checked online for good patterns. I don’t follow any particular website but “Red Heart” has free patterns with instructions which can be easily understood by beginners.

One of the things I have made so far and which (in my opinion) is one of my best works is a Granny-Square patterned table-cloth.

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A granny square is a piece of square fabric produced in crochet by working in rounds from the center outward. Although there is no theoretical limit to the maximum size of a granny square, crocheters usually create multiple small squares (called “motifs”) and assemble the pieces to make clothing, purses, Afghan blankets, and other household textiles. (Source: Wikipedia)

While browsing for different patterns, I came across this blog, which gave me an idea to make a table cloth by creating small granny-square motifs and stitching them together. However, instead of making the same square patterns, I decided to make different kinds with an assortment of colors to bring a twist to the design. I found a lot of ideas here.

I used balls of yarn from a brand called Loops & Threads Soft & Shiny, which I had purchased in the US from a shop called Michaels. To make the table-cloth more vibrant, I used colors like landscape, Blue lagoon, circus and jewels. I also used a 2.5mm crochet hook for this project.

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You can use any type of yarn with colors of your choice to make this wonderful table cloth.  This can be used as a table cloth or a mat or to add a pop of color to a chair or a couch by laying it on the headrest.

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My passion for crocheting increased with the birth of my niece, Medha. I started making sweaters, booties, and scarves for her. So far I have made things like tops, shrugs, skirts and many more. My upcoming projects are a table cloth for my mother, curtain tops for our home and more dresses for my nieces and sweaters for my nephew. I will continue to update you all with my progress.

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Love,

Madhurya.