Happiness is snuggling under a blanket when its cold

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Why Do We Sleep Under Blankets, Even on the Hottest Nights? – undisputedly – there’s comfort in being covered . I am an avid outdoor person, trekker , mountaineer and skier layering up is always something i am fond off and even if not , i like to snuggle in a cozy blanket

Coming back to the point , a good nights sleep is my secret dose to start my day afresh .. sleeping outdoor without sleeping bags has been a pain.. especially those cold nights .. when the bugs are buzzing around your ears.. or when you want be covered up just enough to be comfortable on a long haul flight .. I was short of things really functional to buy in store and decided to make my own hooded capelet from Ganga Blankie Yarn . Do read my blog on blanket yarn review when you get time .. might help u in your next yarn haul

I liked the idea of my own functional hooded capelet soo much – that I thought its best to design one and write the pattern down and I proudly name it the Hodophile Hooded Capelet

BLM013 – The shade i chose to work with

Hodophile Hooded Capelet

Materials: ( I used )

  • 8mm crochet hook
  • Ganga Blankie Yarn :Chennile Yarn
  • Color – Blm013
  • Tapestry needle
  • Scissors
  • Stitch marker

Notes:

  • Beginning Chain 2 counts as DC
  • The cape is worked first and then the hood is attached to the cape in the end

Abbreviations:

  • DC – Double Crochet
  • CH – Chain
  • Inc DC – Increase Double Crochet – 2 DC in the same stitch
  • SS – Slip Stitch
  • SC – Single Crochet

Gauge

  • 8 double crochet stitches x 4 rows = approximately 2 inches 

Yardage

  • 250 Meters

Pattern

Cape:

(work in rounds )

ch 47

R1: dc into 3rd chain from hook, 45dc across, Turn

R2: ch 2, *DC into next 4 stiches , Inc DC* 9 times, Turn –> 36 DC , 9 Inc , Total 54 Stiches

R3: ch 2, *DC into next 5 stiches , Inc DC* 9 times, Turn –> 45 DC , 9 Inc , Total 63 Stiches

R4: ch 2, *DC into next 6 stiches , Inc DC* 9 times, Turn –> 54 DC , 9 Inc , Total 72 Stiches

R5: ch 2, *DC into next 7 stiches , Inc DC* 9 times, Turn –> 63 DC , 9 Inc , Total 81 Stiches

R6: ch 2, *DC into next 8 stiches , Inc DC* 9 times, Turn –> 72 DC , 9 Inc , Total 90 Stiches

R7: ch 2, *DC into next 9 stiches , Inc DC* 9 times, Turn –> 81 DC , 9 Inc , Total 99 Stiches

R8: ch 2, *DC into next 10 stiches , Inc DC* 9times, Turn –> 90 DC , 9 Inc , Total 108 Stiches

R9: ch 2, *DC into next 11 stiches , Inc DC* 9 times, Turn –> 99 DC , 9 Inc , Total 117 Stiches

R10: ch 2, *DC into next 12 stiches , Inc DC* 9 times, Turn –> 108 DC , 9 Inc , Total 126 Stiches

R11: ch 2, *DC into next 13 stiches , Inc DC* 9 times, Turn –> 117 DC , 9 Inc , Total 135 Stiches

R12: ch 2, *DC into next 14 stiches , Inc DC* 9 times –> 126 DC , 9 Inc , Total 144 Stiches

End of Cape

Hood Set Up

Work SC around the Neck of the cape skipping 6 stiches in the end, Turn – Total 39 Stitches

Hood

Hood: ( work in rows )

R1: Ch2, DC till the end of SC 39 times, Turn

R3 to R12: same as R1

Joining

Fold the hood in half and seam the top with sc or sl on the right side . Dont forget to weave in the ends

Blocking of chenille yarn is not really required , You can block it all right, but it’s 100% acrylic, it won’t do much effect

Wash and Care – Like any knitwear use gentle conditioner to wash; in gentle cycle in washing machine

And your hodophile hooded capelet is ready to wear

Don’t forget to tag @naughty_knotz and use #hoodedcapelet

You can buy all the Blankie on Amazon, Knitting Happiness , Yes Papa Handmade

Yarn Reviews | Yippiee For Yarn

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BLANKET YARN REVIEW

Just a little about the yarn – Chenille yarns – in India launched as recent as 2019 ( if i am not mistaken) Ganga Velvety, Vardhman Blanket Yarn, Nako Lili were first few and now we are spoilt with choices with Ice Yarns Cakes Chenille Baby , Pom Pom Yarns, etc and now addition to the list is the Ganga Blankie etc . I have worked with some of these yarns – and i thought of adding a series of all that i have learnt as a a review. I hope it helps folks who want to venture into these class of yarns.

My Blankie Yarn Getting Set for my next project – A very “in the woods” Palette

Yarn Comparison

Ganga BlankieGanga VelvetyVardhman BlanketNako Lili
Yarn WeightBulkyBulkyWorstedWorsted
Material 100% Polyester 100% Polyester 100% Polyester100% Polyester
Hook size8-10mm8-10mm6-8 mm6-8 mm
Quantities Available100 grams Ball 100 grams Hank200 grams Ball 100 grams Balls
Lenght of Yarn50 meters 55 – 60 meters 224 meters 180meters
Price ₹ 125 ₹ 65-Rs100 ₹ 175.00 ₹290
Where to BuyKnitting happiness
Yes Papa
Pradhan Embroidery Store
Magic Needles
are the obvious choices
Yes Papa
Pradhan Embroidery Store
Magic Needles
are the obvious choices
Yes Papa
Pradhan Embroidery Store
Magic Needles
are the obvious choices
Pony Craft Store

Maker review

Ganga Blankie Ganga Velvety
Vardhman Blanket Nako Lili
What did I Make?Hooded Capelet AmigurumiBlanketBeanie
Yarn – Feel Excellent Excellent Good Good
Ease of working Easy Easy Easy Easy
Shedding of Yarn NIL NIL NIL High
Fluffiness Good GoodAveragepoor
Advantages Its fluffy and good to work with , has extreme soft texture, and non sheddingAvailable in solid colors and variegated , the fluffiness wants one to work more with the yarn and non shedding Its a good yarn – with solid and variegated yarnsAttractive pastel shades with a velvety shine to the yarn
DisdavantageCurrently variegated yarn onlyThe yarn is quiet bulky – so plan your project accordingly and decide the yardage to avoid a WIP hillChenille is flat – so the fluffiness is limited, also has lurex – which kind of makes it a little itchyNot a pleasant experience as the shedding of the fur was too high

Recommended Free Patterns

  1. SIMPLE C2C MOSS STITCH BABY BLANKET by Amanda
  2. Shearling Jacket – A cute toddler wear by Cathy Pipinich
  3. Lovely Poncho – from Yarnspiration
  4. Velvet Cardi for Little Kids – by Ashlea
  5. Velvetine Headband – by Ashley
  6. Chaos Emerald Scarf – by Knot Bad
  7. The Lucy Beanie – by Meghan Makes
  8. Rabbit Pillow – Desert Blossom Crafts
  9. The Evie Pullover – Evelyn and Peter
  10. Cygnet Amigurumi – by Spin a yarn

So if you were of the opinion that only blankets are made with these yarns – your are absolutely wrong, there are whole host of lovely things you could make out of the Chenille Yarns.

Leave a comment on if you like the post and what you think of Chenille yarns in India. Based on this i would love to cover the silk , cotton chenille yarns

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Honey – I shrunk my hooks!

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Stumbled on Micro Crocheting

Something invisible must have bit me to start my journey in micro crocheting , or may be I don’t want leave any stone unturned in my crochet endeavor to try all forms for crocheting. Nevertheless , I stumbled upon micro crocheting and the work from Steffi Glaves and Nancy Oops and was awestruck by their work. They both have micro crocheted the most unbelievable things. Do check – their work on for some amigurumi and crochet jewelry inspiration.

For me – i was inspired by a friend who always likes those teeny weeny stuff or kuti kuti (Small in Tamil for small 🙂 ) handmade stuff – she made a pair of earrings and my daughter jumped out of her seat to say i want it !! there starts my #micro crochet venture.

lets do some basics before i show you my work

What is micro crocheting ?

Microcrocheting is a growing trend in the crochet community. Those teeny-tiny crochet crafts have about the size of a fingertip and are commonly crocheted using sewing thread and a crochet hook of 0.4 and 0.6 mm. Mostly Micro-crocheting is not only about jewelry or amigurumi, their can be innumerable possibilities of what you can make out of these

How to Start Micro Crocheting?

Anyone who knows crochet basics can start micro-crocheting, its all about going steep down on hook size and yarn weight. However , i suggest that you work downwards gradually to get the right texture , form and finish

Things Required

Hooks – Size .5 mm to 1 mm

Yarn – Embroidery Floss , Anchor pearl cotton thread , any lace weight thread , Silk Thread , i also tried with red rose

Others – Glue , sugar beads, DIY jewelry kit ( for micro crochet jewelry) small safety eyes or bead (for amigurumi), Mod Podge

My Go to tools for Micro Crocheting

Getting StartedTips and Tricks

I went by the words of wisdom from Steffi Glaves

  • Work under good lighting conditions – Choose an area of the house / place with ample lighting as you will be working on small spaces and joints
  • Start Simple – I started working on small crochet flowers – however the same flower i started about 1 cm and came down to 0.3 mm , this will help you get used to smaller hook sizes and gradually go down both on yarn weight and hook size, Try Simple designs like hearts , butterflies , small granny squares – most of these patterns are freely avialable
  • Do Many – Practice , time and patience are the key ingredients to beautiful pieces – the reason say this is even more important is , its easy to loose form of the object even if one stich is misplaced – so make many and it hardly takes any time .
  • Give a break – Dont be in a rush , while some micro crocheting objects can be finished fast , its a real workout to your eyes , hands and wrist so take frequent breaks – remember we are in this for the long run
  • Finishing to perfection – Unlike normal crochet – sewing is really difficult in micro crochet – so its important how you weave the ends , i prefer to carefully weave in the wrong side and give a coat of mod podge so the finish is stiff and ends also stay in place
Micro- Crochet – @copyright Naughtyknotz.com

Did I stop with the flower – not at all ! I did sooo many and trust me it’s an addiction in itself – don’t forget to check my Instagram post to see all my work in micro crochet and don’t forget to share some love 🙂

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Dimensions Shawlette

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About the pattern

Dimensions shawlette Inspired by the handloom crafts of India , the shawlette is an opportunity to revive the beautiful forms of art and textile in the country via Crochet. This shawl can be slipped around your neck for any occasion casual or formal. The shawlette uses corner to corner crochet stitch in continuation to the KONA Series with simple variations to the stitch and a simple intarsia colorwork technique.

The Dimensions Shawlette is a perfect snug for winters, this geometric colorwork shawlette can be easily paired with any dress to keep you warm and comfortable all day, I made 2 shawlettes in black and pick color schemes ! so be sure to leave a comment on which version you like better !

Yarn

I used Vardhman Dropill Low Pill Knitting Yarn this yarn is a new addition to vardhman’s collection of yarns – i like the texture, feel and overall appeal of the yarn and certainly one of the good quality acrylic yarns in my list

Vardhman Dropill   Black DRH021

Vardhman Dropill   Yellow DRH011

Vardhman Dropill   White DRH005

Find it here and my go to place to buy the dropill yarn is Yes Papa Handmade

Technique

The pattern is a part of the Kona C2C series – so the main stitch used in the pattern is C2C ( 2 variations) however the geometric prints on shawlette is achieved by using the C2C colorwork / intarsia technique which involves working 2 or more colors of yarn within a single row, when those colors appear in big blocks of color. Typically, you work each color section with a different ball of yarn attached to each section.

I made 2 versions of the Dimensions Shawlette pink and black, i am still unable to decide which one i like better.. do let me know what you think and drop a comment below

Pattern Testers

I had a privilege of working with some wonderful pattern testers who all used amazing colors of yarn and look gorgeous flaunting it ! A huge thanks to all the lovely ladies – isnt our crochet communitu joyous 🙂

Srujana , Anusha , Niyati , Charita , Richa , Ashlesha , Archana , Vinaya , Shiva , Dina , Pavitra, Nidhi

Pattern Availability

The Pattern is available for free on Joy of Motion Blog page and an ad free pdf is available on my ravelry and payhip store.

I really hope you liked the Dimensions Shawlette! and share with me the colors you choose for your make !

However, if you really like it, make sure to share the FREE pattern & share pictures of you’re Dimensions Shawlette that you’ve made with me Tag me on Instagram with @naughty_knotz and take a picture of your project, use #joyofmotioncrochet and #dimensionsshawlette

I can’t wait to see your pictures!

Not ready to crochet it yet?

  1. Share this FREE pattern on Facebook.
  2. Share this FREE pattern on Pinterest & save it to make later

Leave a comment below and let me know which version of the shawlette you like better Black or Pink and what colors would you choose for the dimensions shawlette

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HOW TO CROCHET WITH MOHAIR YARN

Mohair yarn – is something i learnt about in one of my trips abroad , it was a that love at first sight kinda feeling .. I have been a hoarder of mohair yarns of different brands and always had a feeling of why Indians are deprived of good yarn in India ! dont you get that feeling ?

Well now the wait is over and we are privileged to have our own Indian Manufacturer Ganga Acrowools produce the yarn.

A little About mohair yarn

Mohair is an animal fibre, made from angora goats. These must be the softest goats ever! 100% mohair yarn is so soft, fluffy and knotty that it would be impossible to work with. That’s why you’ll hardly ever encounter yarns that are made from 100% mohair. Most maufacturers combine mohair with another fibre. The most used are a silk thread or something synthetic, like micro or polyester. After plying mohair and the other fibre, a yarn is created that is much easier to knit or crochet with.

Grades of Mohair Yarn

Mohair material is of various different grade from normal mohair, kid mohair and super kid mohair. Even they are all mohair , the difference in thickness and length make the final products different in quality

The finest quality of mohair, is that obtained from the first shearing. It is called superkid or superfine, and is that shorn from only the youngest kids, usually those five or six months old.

The fineness of mohair, the determining factor of its quality , is measured in microns. Superkid that qualify for the name “baby” is from 24 to 26 microns thick.

The second shearing , performed after six months, produces kid of 27 to 28 microns of extremely fine quality, but not as soft as the first shearing.

The third and fourth shearings, given the name Young goats or Yearlings, produce a relatively fine fibre, 30 to 33 microns thick, that can be used for medium fine years, for fabric and for fine needlework.

From the fourth shearing on the fibre becomes adult mohair, from 30 to 40 microns, which although still an excellent fibre, can be used for needle work of medium quality, for bedspreads, shawls, etc.

Kid Silk mohair are mostly used for yarncrafts and largely commercially avialable.

Crochet or knit with mohair yarn

While the final product after working with mohair can be very rewarding – Utmost care must be taken while working with mohair and it definitely isn’t a yarn for mindless crocheting.

The yarn is fluffly in naturally , knitting or crocheting using mohair yarn can prove to be quite the challenge. When working with mohair yarn the material ‘sticks’ cos of friction or ‘knots’ easily. And making a mistake in a mohair piece can prove to be very upsetting, as untangling mohair is very hard, if not impossible.

Some Tips to cope with mohair yarn

Everyone have different experience working with mohair, i worked with soo many and i love it. here are some of my tips and tricks to work with mohair.

  • Practice –> Practice the pattern with another yarn, like cotton. Once you’re used to the pattern and which stitches you’ll be doing, you can start your mohair project
  • Keep it Simple and Sweet : If you just start working with mohair yarn, keep to easy and plain stitches, like single crochets or double crochets and keep away from advanced stitches, like bobble stitches or popcorns for a bit. Cluster stitches are ‘knotty’ enough with normal yarn, let alone mohair yarn.
  • For First time users : Use needles at least one size larger than advised on the yarn wrapper. This will make it less fidgety to work with mohair yarn and you’ll be clearly seeing the stitches you’re making
  • Club: Club it with another yarn of choice – acrylic, wool , et.al can make it slightly easy but you will need to be watchful
  • Not for Mindless crochet projects: Watch your work closely. Yes, that means no Netflix binge-watching when working with mohair yarn! Unravelling mohair yarn is just horrible, if not impossible. So if you’ll be making mistakes, you better leave them and cover them up somehow. It’s, therefore, better not to make mistakes

Blocking Mohair Yarn Projects

Hand washing and then placing the finished project on a flat surface (on a mat or towel) is all you need to do in most cases – and it could actually be considered ‘blocking’ in the broadest sense of the term.

Wet-blocking mohair yarns: After washing and pressing out the excess water with a towel, place the garment on a dry towel or mesh sweater dryer and place it in its final shape, stretching any lace or other openwork designs to showcase them

Heartbeatsyarn from Ganga Acrowools

Heartbeats Yarn have now launched the new yarn in Kid Silk – this yarn is a ticket to yarn heaven

Do you love the lush and luxurious looks of mohair yarn? The softness? The gorgeous colors mohair .. the feel the texture then check the beautiful range of colors that have been launched and be sure the team at heartbeatsyarn will continue to surprise us.

All Set to Take A Chill Pill ?

The Chill pill Top

Delusion or a reality – this is my first wearable and i am humbled by all the love and support that this wonderful crafter community has showered on me continually. Always wanted to design a crochet wearable and here is my first attempt and milestone achieved. Chill pill came up as a natural idea resonating to the word comfort and style- I worked soo much on C2C and this gave me an opportunity to step – up and try my hands at it.

About the Pattern

The Chill Pill Top is a wrap style crochet top constructed using the C2C technique to create beautiful diagonal patterns. It is a top designed for style with comfort to beat the heat this summer!

The pattern is worked with a different variations of the C2C stitch, the use of variegated and solid colors creates a watercolor effect

Materials Required for the Pattern

Yarn – DK weight , 2 colors – i have used cotton and cotton blend yarn

Hook – 4 – 5 mm to achieve the gauge

Scissors, Stitch Marker, Blocking Pins

Pattern Testers

Here are the beautiful testers of the chill pill top and i cant thank them enuff towards this 🙂

Starting from (LtoR) Dawn, Rosy, Dr. Anusha, Anvitha, Dafne, Srujana, Geetha , Erin , Priyanka, Meenakshi

Pattern is available for sale on Ravelry

I would love to see your version of the chill pill tag me @naughty_knotz or use #chillpilltop and share ur version

Tell me what you think ! leave comment below

MESSING WITH YARN : NATURAL DYEING EXPERIMENTS – 2

Sights , sounds, shapes, colors of nature have truly inspired me in my yarn crafts and a beyond. As I started the messing with yarn series and my natural dyeing experiments, i dont miss an opportunity to observe , read and learn about plant life. While on this endeavor, I was delighted with one particular encounter with nature during my morning runs, i saw this beautiful white flower which was distinct ( to my eyes) as i went closer to see the flower , this shrub was dense and had some lovely berries, my “yarny” brain clicked and i touched the berries and it had a dark blue ink like color, i immediately picked some berries and came home to study the plant and its details. Thanks to Leaf Snap this plant identification app is soo good that all details of the plant is just a click away , . I identified this plant as Cestrum diurnum , din ka raja as popularly called in Hindi and day blooming jasmine.

I went every day to collect these berries and stored them in my freezer for a week and finally i knew i had enough to dye a few hanks !! was waiting to experiment dyeing with these berries. I am posting the dye recipe in detail below ,but before we get there if you haven’t read my post on Natural Dyeing Experiments – DO check the post Dyeing Hard and all things required for Dyeing Experiments at home

Materials Required

Materials for Dyeing Experiment

Isn’t the colorway magical ? i loved the outcome and fade look adds to the beauty of the yarn !

Here is the details of process I used for the Natural Dye

I personally was thrilled to achieve these colors and its one of my priced possession in my stash . I hope this blog helps all the yarn dyers and enthusiast to take a leap into this world.

Drop a comment if you if this attempt of natural dyeing experiment is a success or failure !

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DIY Bookmark CORNER – A Free Pattern

Bibliophile – dedicating this post to some people in the community i know love to read Ananya , Jessica to name a few ! the most common trait that we tend to have to name a few are

  1. We are self involved – getting bored is not our thing
  2. Nothing called perfect time, perfect weather etc – anytime is a good time to read
  3. Cant wait for folks at home to go out for that undiluted time.
  4. Lost track of am / pm coz we had to finish that damn book
  5. Bestsellers are at our finger tips
  6. hoard books .. always wish there was more time and space
  7. Can get pissed when movies modify the facts
  8. Soooo hard to pick a Fav book – nothing like it
  9. Feel of paper overtakes a touch pad
  10. Bookmarks – is still a thing in our lives

If you do a lot of reading, you probably like using bookmarks to keep track of your place! Whether you are a student, a parent, a child,  a teacher, or someone who just loves to read, these simple bookmarks will add some fun and some convenience to your reading experience. The front of these bookmarks can be designed in any way you choose. Here, I have created a 2 versions a plain version and a fun character , you cloud even try to customize these bookmarks. These handmade bookmarks make great little gift ideas, or use the scrap yarns from your projects to something useful. I have gifted these bookmark corners to my friends – feedback from many readers that they are functional and hence tot of writing up a pattern post . I hope you like them and make them too 🙂

Lets get started on the things we need for the book mark!

Materials Required

  1. Lace Weight Yarn – I used Hobby India Yarn
  2. Hook between 1.75 mm to 2.00 mm
  3. Tapestry Needle
  4. Scissors
  5. Any embellishments that you would want to add (optional)

Pattern Notes

The Pattern uses a simple C2C Stich, however any diagonal stitch can be used to make the bookmark i have used this stitch to add color work and some fun elements to the bookmark corner

Stitch Diagram

C2C Stitch

Pattern – Start

  • ROW 1:Color – 1
    Step 1: Chain 6
    Step 2: Double crochet into the fourth chain from the hook
    Step 3: Double crochet in the next two chain ( 5th and 6th Chain
  • ROW 2:Color – 1
    Step 4: Chain 6
    Step 5: Double crochet in fourth chain from the hook and next two chains
    Step 6: Slip stitch into the ch-3 turning chain from the previous row
    Step 7: Chain 3
    Step 8: Double crochet 3 in ch-3 of row 1
  • ROW 3  – 7 : Repeat row 2 and increase to form a triangle

Make 2 of the same triangles

Join them with a tapestry needle or crochet hook

And your book mark corners are ready to use. If you like to play around by adding tassels, googly eyes etc to make it a little more lively , multi colors , etc can be easily worked

Now you have a cute crochet bookmark corner to give anyone who loves to read, or go ahead and keep one for yourself. one is never enough

Leave your comment to tell me what you think of this cute bookmark !

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Messing with Yarn : Natural Dyeing Experiments – 1

What happens when your forced to take a break from crocheting !! you have to pick a new skill that’s relevant to crocheting and all things yarn ! So I did have a phase where I developed wrist pain and had to apply speed break on my crocheting . One thing we concur – is that we “Dye for Yarn” and this helped me indulge into a new therapy which is dyeing yarn and I acknowledge of being a Dye-Hard Fan. I have some thumb rules governing my Dyeing experiments to make this a more sustainable and be conscious – you can read all about this in my Blog Dye Hard Fans

Ok ! so a lot said above on my love for dyeing , now time to get real. Lets start with a simple dyeing experiment with things at home ! Make sure you read my blog on all things you need for a basic home set up for dyeing on my blog – Guide to Home Yarn Dyeing

A skein of undyed yarn and Onion Peels to create magic

Follow my IGTV Video for step by Step Instructions

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Here are the step by step Instructions to achieve this beautiful yarn

Here is the final outcome of my Messing with A skein and Onion peel

Here is the final look of the yarn ! I had a hangover with this experiment and final color ! i am waiting to start crocheting with this yarn. leave a message if you have any question and i will most definitely get back to you.

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A – Handmade Yoga Mat Strap – Free Pattern

Handmade Yoga Mat Strap – simple way to transport your yoga mat strap from home to studio, mountains and beaches. This handmade crochet yoga mat strap is a sturdy, comfortable and hip way to carry your yoga mat or beach blanket to and from studio or the beach. Simply insert the ends of your mat into the loops and pull to tighten. The strap can be thrown in your travel bag and can really come in handy on your lovely beach vacation.

My motivation to really pull this off was my old Rexine / Polyster – Strap wore off, just a trigger and i thought what better way to crochet a thing for yourself! and Voila i made my first Yoga mat Strap . I hope the not buying decision added to my crochet carbon credits and one step towards to my conscious crochet efforts .. every miniscule of effort matters 🙂

Lets get started on the on the pattern –> This is a One size fits all pattern be it for a yoga / pilates mat or a beach towel.

Materials and Measurements

Yarn – Cotton Thread

Hook – 3.5 MM

Rings – 1 inch wodden rings 2 Nos (which is easily available online) as an alternate you use some old sturdy bangles small or medium size

Measurements – 1.5″ inches in width and about XXX inches in Length

Start of the pattern

Step – 1 Start working with the wodden ring and make single crochet — 13 SC, turn the work

Step – 2 *Chain 3 or Chainless DC , DC – 1 , Skip 5, Make 3 DC, Chain 2 and 3 DC, Skip 5, DC- 2* Total Stitch Count of 13

Repeat the Step 2 from * to * till you achieve about 75 Inches”

Step – 3 To Finish the work by working with the wodden ring by making 13 SC

Securely Fasten off and sew the ends

Your yoga mat strap is ready 🙂 you can also work on adjusting the length of the strap

I hope you enjoyed making the yoga mat strap as much as i did using them 🙂 Are there any DIY projects that add crochet to your life ? I am quiet eager to know … drop a comment in the comment section !

Pl. rate the pattern and article and i take all feedback constructively

Rating: 5 out of 5.
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My Quest to Link Store and Payment Gateway

Why is it that big a deal ? Does it really require a blog post on this topic ? Well in my excitement to launch my first pattern all excited – started working with a plan, i had the testers working on the pattern i had configured my ravelry store and i just had one step to complete – linking my paypal account on to my ravelry pro account!!!!

This one step derailed my launch plan by 3 weeks – for someone who detest randomness and chaos this was a dismay. I called, messaged several people and everyone had one or the other concern which caused a roadblock for linking their store and payment gateway but somehow managed to do it and didnt know how this happened. This quest for answer was getting more real to me and i spent days and nights on quora , reddit and u name it all the sites, including memorizing the FAQ’s of Pay pal and Community answers on ravelry. I even got my Techie husband to spend his Diwali vacation on finding a fix !

This message got me an answer which said – verify your ravelry accout . Thats it .. i was fast paced to do that , i went on to verify everything my paypal account , raverly and still unable to link my account

As expected i spent long hours messaging paypal customer care and tolerating the Chatbot ( unnerving isnt it ?). I called Divya from Stringtierey as my last resort also knew her kith and kin worked in Paypal. Divya kindly suggested some steps which I followed , she even followed up to understand if I found resolutions. Nothing .. i mean nothing worked !!! i even messaged her that ” i will dump ravelry and launch a store on my own website” and thats it !

Moments later i remembered the first advise from my dear friend – Vimala from Vivacrochet , “Dina was the last I know created the store and she had some trouble too eventually sorted it out .. call her !! ” I Messaged Dina Mam from Aara from dina late at night, she immediately called me back and suggested a step and guess what ….. it worked … it worked … !!!! i literally screamed with joy it worked even messaged divya, vimala, tester team whomever i could tell that it worked 🙂

For all of you who are guessing what let me pen it down step by step on what you need and what you dont need to link your account

  1. Creation of your Account on Pay Pal – You dont need a business account , and you can link with your personal account there are pros and cons for both these steps i have listed below
ProsCons
Business AccountSeveral types of business account and individual account doesnt require a GST submission
Lower Transaction fee for both business individual account and micro account
Business account on pay pal requires you to submit documents and get it verified by paypal team which can take upto 2 days if all the documents are verified at one go, else the cycle continues
Personal AccountHigher Transaction fee Doesn’t require any document submission and only mandatory step is to verify your email

2. Here is the magical step that is required to link the account ! which i overlooked for obvious reasons and i understand that most of them miss this and resolution is not documented ! Here is a screen shot of where you need to click .. 🙂 my destination was a click of a button away and it took me 3 weeks ! Now who on earth will click on return to ravelry when there is a message flashing ” you’re almost done” “complete the set up”

Landing page when linked with paypal and ravelry

Just to quench my quest i created a payhip account and linked with pay pal ! i was delighthed to have it done seamlessly – and see the landing page , atleast someone has it right ! It says ” Go Back to Payhip”

Landing page when linked with Payhip and paypal

The landing page is definitely misleading and i am not sure if its an issues with pay pal or ravelry .. but someones got to fix this mess !!

I can only thank this wonderful crochet community for extending their helping hand unconditionally !!!

What are the other issues and fixes you found ? Lets create a log for those who want to venture into pattern writing .. leave a comment below

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Tensor Beanie

Tensor – Beanie Pattern uses C2C technique and comes in 2 versions

  1. Comfy Version – A Beginner friendly version literally made in 60 mins with use of one color yarn
  2. Explorer version –  Intermediate crocheter’s and advance crocheter using intarsia colorwork technique working with 2 or more colors by creating numerous patterns and a personalized touch

Have a look at what my testers had in store while making the beanies – arent they gorgeous

Apart from the designing and pattern writing skills that are required – I realised how important personalization of FO would mean , ofcourse as makers we all choose the colors we like but writing somethings on the FO – took it to another dimension. Preferences ranging pet name, family name, a symbol, zodiac sign and more coming on my insta post

Tell me how would you customise the beanie !

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MY FIRST PATTERN

Things we do first always hold a special place in our heart and minds , and so does this tensor beanie to me. Did writing the pattern happen all of a
sudden, out of the blue ? Actually – it was planned move as earlier in the year i had an opportunity to test so many projects, understand concepts, interact
with loads and loads of people ( thanks to insta and lockdown) and I took soo much inspiration from the global crochet community . I realized that designers
had other roles to play in their professional and personal lives , this was a huge myth buster to me as I always assumed that this was their full time job –
pattern writing is not limited to professionals with a degree from college anyone can indulge in pattern writing if the required experience, technique and
concepts are clear. Hence my research started. I was conscious of the fact that pattern writing is something I wanted to attempt – i was also clear on not taking the easy route. I employed a professional who works as a pattern designer in the main stream industry for a big brand – to mentor me on the nitty gritty. This gave me clarity of thoughts, good idea and understand the important elements of pattern writing. Most important ones being – Clarity , Clarity , Clarity .. ( easier said than done).

Here  is  a list of things i went about doing  and what i learnt

  1. Thinking of a design , pen it down – the single most important step else you will keep piling the WIP mountain, as a recommendation – start with a stitch or an FO that you have used the most or worked on the most. this will allow you use your skill mastery bank reserve

  2. Write down my pattern ( helps to make along as you write ) – so this helps you in detailing the pattern better

  3. Proof Read like a hundred times or hire a tech editor – there are many tech editors avialable check yarnpond too 

  4. Test , Test and Test –> Its an impetus as a designer to test all variations yourself if its using different weight of yarn or sizes and not completely rely on testers, this is an impetus if you are designing wearables ( now you know why small projects are best as a starter -I made at least 3 beanies myself)

  5. Create a Test Team – ( your besties are the best to have around, do check my post on tensor Beanie to see their amazing version)

  6. Complete the project – take loads of pictures (like you were to be casted in the next blockbuster)

  7. Create a Ravelry store , a payhip store , lovecrafts, etsy etc to sell and promote digital download (for Indian customers you can create ur your own shopping cart on blog page via instamojo or razorpay et.al to purchase in INR)

  8. Link with Pay Pal for sales on ravelry, lovecrafts, payhip (and here started the trouble, the project derailed by 3 weeks cos of a stupid problem, check the blog post on linking your paypal to ravelry store)

  9. Link projects , configure store and you are all set

  10. Set up a link.tr for your insta bio for easy navigation 

  11. Flaunt and enjoy the vibes 🙂

The love from the crochet community is beyond measures ! Every step in the process was such a wonderful learning even if I don’t sell a million copies – this learning is going to stay with me for ever

For anyone who is procrastinating to take the leap of faith – its not scary if you come with a simple expectation to enjoy every process and learn and rest will follow

Remember Designing is just an art of creating in a structured format !

Do you have a first pattern writing story to share ? do leave your comments on and let me know what was your first pattern like ?

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All Things for Yarn Dyeing

My experiment started in a minimalist way of picking what i had at home and trying to dye with what was available, but before i set myself to dyeing , i acknowledge that the my thumb rules were quiet firm in my mind.

I must place the caveat while we can start Yarn Dyeing as an attempt/ experimenting with yarn and natural colors this can lead into a quick addiction, so much so that everything you see around, where ever you go you will find nothing but ideas for attempting to dye. So lets get messy !

I had to experiment quiet a bit and learn – not too many resources which talk about all things that would be required to start your chemistry experiment at home.

Here is a quick list of things that would need to start your yarn dyeing journey !

I am sure all of you have access to these things at home, in addition to this having access to good heating source and shade drying source can only add zing to your the yarn you dye.

Have you experimented yarn dyeing ? Do let me know your experience and leave a comment below

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Aren’t we all Dye Hard Fans !

Lock down or no lock down – i believe me and we yarn artists are all fans of yarn and icing would be if we are all able to get the colors we have in mind as yarns to work on ! Dye Hard is a chronicle and series of experiments that I have conducted with natural dyeing. Wait here is the twist in the story ..!
I set myself some thumb rules for my dyeing experimentation

  1. No edible source for dyeing – i would rather feed the hungry
  2. No Potable water consumption
  3. Use of Rain water harvested
  4. Least amount of water to be consumed while dyeing
  5. No harsh chemicals
  6. Recycle the water used for dyeing
  7. Only and Only Sun drying for dyed yarns

Now if you are wondering why these thumb rules ?

  1. Textile Dyeing industry is one among the most polluting industry in the world
  2. Textile / Yarn dyeing industry uses substantial amount of water in its manufacturing processes used mainly in the dyeing and finishing operations of the plants, the constraints of water availability is having a huge impact on this industry
  3. Dyeing process involves a lot of effluents, unfortunately, most of these dyes escape conventional wastewater treatment processes and persist in the environment like, detergents, chemicals, soap , bleach etc.
  4.  15% of the population in India is under nourished
  5. C02 emissions and global warming is a subject all of us are most aware off

My ambition by this process is to eventually transition towards end to end “sustainable crocheting” and i will learn, document every aspect of my leanings

I set myself up for a journey that’s an uphill task , but believe me this really added colors to my lock down 1.0 , 2.0 and eternity…

My love yarn dyeing has only be taken to the next level. Are you excited to learn and join me in this journey ? Do leave your comments on what you thing of “sustainable crocheting”

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Kona Series

Kona in hindi means corner and i decided to start all things possible. “Kona” series is dedicated to all that i have learnt and experimented with C2C crochet till date, i hope i will have soo much to add here to the series

C2C stitch is something I tend to lean on, for any project that has to be worked quickly and which requires a fast turnaround time. I have dozens of examples of handmade gifts with this technique worked up overnight or in a days time and the outcome has always been great.

In this blogpost – i dont intend to get into how to do a C2C stitch, as there are lots of resources that are available for you to pick up on the net and videos on youtube. I am pointing you to one video resource which teaches the right technique of the stitch

C2C is a versatile stitch which can be used for various projects like Afghans / Blankets, Beanies, Scarfs, Accessories, home decors and various other wearables. The advantage the stitch brings are many

  1. Regardless of the yarn weight you use this stitch is soo adaptable and can be made to fit.
  2. Definition is mostly flat and often same
  3. Geometrical designs can be worked up easily
  4. C2C stitch is a great way to start color work technique
  5. One can make simple graph and replicate the work with C2C stitch
  6. Customization is often very easy and simple with this stitch

So here are some of my projects that i have picked to write about in the upcoming series and help get you started

The patterns are sequenced from beginner, intermediate and advanced level to make a gradually

So do let me know if you would like to embark on the journey of exploring C2C technique with me and leave your comments below

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