Monthly Archives: August 2020

Crochet multi-colour Belt – Free Pattern

Hey fellow crocheters,

I recently bought some rather nice nylon crochet thread because I really liked the colours. Nylon is quite stiff and abrasive , so you have to be careful what you use it for. I  decided to make a belt. The pattern is quite straight forward – it’s mainly single crochet (US Terms). However, even though the nylon is stiff, I did a double layer as I felt that the belts should be pretty stiff. Here is the pattern :

I used a 1.4mm crochet hook for this project.

CH – chain stitch
SC – single crochet

YO – yarn over

Start with 11 CH

Row 1: skip first chain and 1 SC into remaining 10 CH, ch 1 and turn

Row 2: To create a double layer SC, put hook through the backloop only of the SC made on row 1 and also the loop left over from initial chain stitch (see marked image below).  Repeat till end of row, ch1 and turn.

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Row 3 :  From now on, the double layer sc will be easier to make.  Insert hook through the leftmost loop in the sc just made on last row, and in the remaining loop in the corresponding stitch in the previous row. Repeat till end of the row, ch1 and turn.

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Keep working this way till you reach the desired length.

For the buckle, I used 2 brass hoops, recycled from an old handbag . 

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Hope this has given you some ideas!

Happy crocheting!

Versatile Seaside wrap

Hey all!

I came across this really beautiful boho-inspired wrap – and here is my version. I used different yarn and hook size – which explains the difference in size from the one you see in the pattern – but I love it!

As you can see, it can be worn 2-ways:

1 – over shoulders,

2 – As a skirt-wrap – perfect for the beach.

Here is the original pattern if you want to try it out: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/seaside-wrap

Hope you get inspired by this! Enjoy!

The Virus Shawl

Hey everyone! Hope you are all enjoying summer and safe ! I might have mentioned once or twice, or a hundred times that I love winter – I am totally a winter person. I love being able to snuggle with soft, warm woolly things – so it is no surprise that I make a lot of winter projects.

Firstly, a little disclaimer about the title of this post and the name of this pattern i.e. “The Virus Shawl” – this name and pattern has been around for years and has nothing to do with COVID-19.

I have made a few shawls so far, but it’s always been a challenge to properly show-case these without a model. I have asked politely, then begged and even tried to bribe my lovely daughter into being my model – but with no luck . So, I now am a proud owner of a mannequin!

Here is one of the shawls that I made . There are several free patterns available online.  However, here is one you could refer to – it includes a written pattern in form of graph as well as YouTube videos for both right and left-handed crocheters. If you do try making this, I would love to see your creations! Please feel free to share in comments to this post : https://www.woolpedia.de/english/crochet-tutorials/shawl/

N.B. I used a variegated 4-ply yarn, and used a 4-mm hook.

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Label and Identity

Hey everyone! For sometime now, I’ve been thinking about what type of sew-on labels I want to use for my creations. It’s easy to get something ready printed and then just attach it, but I wanted something a bit more authentic and decided on hand-crafting these myself. While this takes time to do, I can boast that 100% of the creation is hand made by me. 

First decision was theme : I knew it had to include flowers because the name Manjri (which is my name) means “a bunch or cluster of flowers” in Hindi. My first prototypes were not very successful. It was my husband who came up with a brilliant idea to use as my inspiration: 

Poirot’s Lapel Pin

I am a great fan of Agatha Christie’s stories. I enjoy reading her books, and also enjoy watching TV/Film adaptations of the stories. I also run a facebook group dedicated to Agatha Christie (Agatha Christie Club Malta and Gozo) – so if you are interested , please do join! My favourite adaptation to date has to be the ITV series “Agatha Christie’s Poirot” starring Sir David Suchet as Hercule Poirot. For me, he is the definitive Poirot! But anyway, in this adaptation, Poirot often wears the above lapel pin/brooch, changing the flowers each time.

The below design, is a nod to Poirot and also includes reference to my name (the flower’s) . Below is a photo of my label – would love to hear your feedback!

Fruit Garden CAL – Complete

Hi all! I’m really pleased to share with you photos of the completed lap blankets. It was great fun and to be honest, I’ve been feeling a bit at a loose end now that these are over.

I will definitely use some parts of this pattern (by Janie Crow) for other projects, such as cushion covers, but more on that when I actually do make them!

While I do have some smaller projects on the go, however, I am now on the lookout for the next big one….if anyone has any suggestions, please feel free to message me!