Namaskaram - salutations

Namaskaram - salutations I dedicate my blog to the enormous art lovers across the globe I love knitting so much that I have started a blog for knitting.Knitting is a job that I will like to go on.Through knitting I breathe life into many people's life. It is knitting time. When I want to relax I do it with knitting. I am a knitting buff.I love to do knitting on various topics. There is no way that you can stop me doing knitting.I am born with a flare for knitting.My face brightens once I touch the knitting needs.The electronic media has helped knitting to travel across the world.Every stitch made will talk about how knitting has influenced people.I have done some and would like to share it with you. Some patterns have been taken from free knitting sites. Some designs have been created by me. Many a times I have modified the patterns to suite my requirements. Finally I can say that I breathe knitting, I talk knitting, I walk knitting - a total knitaholic

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Saturday, January 29, 2011

How to convert a crochet patten into a knitting pattern

Converting a pattern from Crochet to a pattern in knitting

It is always very important to measure the gauge before doing any pattern. This rule applies to this conversion technique also.Ensure that you are able to get the correct size or shape when you convert a crochet pattern to a knitting pattern.

How would you convert a crochet pattern into a knitting patter?
Remember that the rows in crochet are broder [ height] while in knitting the rows are thinner[height]. Hence 2 rows of knitting will be sufficient to replace 1 row in crochet.

Here are few simple steps that will help you to make necessary changes in the pattern.

1.Try to use similar size[type] of knitting needles to get the correct gauge.

2.With the help of a knitting needles create a sample piece of gauge to get the correct size.

3. Substitutions for a crochet row to a knitting row are done by using knit stitch, purl stitch or garter stitch.

4.The best way to achieve the size of a gauge required for a pattern is to change the size of knitting needles.

5. Always make a copy of the pattern that you want to make a change. It is advisable so that the original crochet pattern does not have too many pencil marks or corrections.

6.Use a pencil to write the stitches above the crochet stitches.

7. Instead of begining with a chain in crochet, you will have to cast on stitches with yarn onto the knitting needles. Here the gauge - will help you to match the number of stitches accordingly.

8. A row of single crochet is converted to knitting as a Stocking stitch [1 row knit, 1 row purl] or two rows of garter stitch [every row knit stitch]

9. One row of half-double crochet is replaced by three rows in knitting[knit 1 row, purl 1 row, knit 1 row] or either stocking stitch or garter stitches. You require 3 rows in knitting.

10.One row of double crochet is substituted as 4 rows in knitting i.e. knit 1 row, purl 1 row, knit 1 row, purl 1 row. Even a garter stitch or stocking stitch can be done,ensure that you cover 4 rows.

11.A row of treble crochet is changed into six rows of stocking stitch[knit 1 row, purl 1 row, knit 1 row, purl 1 row, knit 1 row, purl 1 row] in knitting. A garter stitch of six rows can also be used.

12.Always keep track of the gauge to ensure that the measurements are correct.

****. Please keep in mind that the creator has worked hard to create a beautiful piece. If we were to change it to a different type[mode] the new creation will not have the same effect/impression of the original. Hence it is always to keep the original pattern as is whether it is crochet or knitting.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

La Missiles - rockets

Today my country India is celebrating its 61 st Republic day. Agni missile is one of our cherished indigenous defence weapon system that my country is proud of. My salutation to our Republic Day. Hence posting my version in a knitted toy format

This pattern was taken from the net and I follwed as per instructions. Substituted yarn colors as per my wish.
The rocket is about 8 cm in height when made in 8 ply yarn on 3.25 mm [10] needle

Any small amounts of 3-4 colors of different yarns. I used Yardley yarns
a set of 3.25mm double pointed needles
Darning needle for sewing together
Polyster fibrefill for stuffing

Followed instructions as per pattern. rocket consisted of  body- single cone chaped barrel and 3 fins.I positioned the three fins evenly around the rocket. I used fabric painting to write the word 'Agni' as it is one of  Indias military arsenal.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Vethallai - betel leaves

Vethallai or betal leaves. this is also called as pann in india. This is considered to contain calcium, hence many people in all parts of India chew it as raw. Many types of masalas are added and a beeda is prepared. Vethallai and pakku are considered to be as husband and wife as per our hindu mythology. Hence people will offer vethallai and pakku together, and not give one item . It is treated as bad omen. Many house do keep stock at their house as this is used as give aways.

Thengai - coconuts

This pattern was created by me. I used 3 double pointed needles to create the base and the body. Did 2 variants for the kudumi [ hair/husk]. One I decreased and finished a pointed tip. For the other I did I-cord with 3 stitches.

Thambulam - thanks giving

This is very must in our Indian socisty. whichever part one may reside ,this is offered to guests who pay a visit to our house. This is a must during all sort of celebrations especially Hindu weddings. This thambulam consista of betal leaves, betal nuts, kungumam, manjal, pazam ,pakku ,thengai and poo. I had made two varities in this.

Poo - snow drop flower

This was inspired from the pattern of Honey Dew . This flower looks like Rajanigandha flower. This is a multi functional flower. It can be used as a brooch or a hair pin.

Pazam - banana fruits

Banana fruits are must in all Indian houses. Many a times these are given to visitors who visit our house. It is also treated as sallad in our traditional wedddings or any other clebrations. This is one of the ingrediants which go in to make the famous Panchamirtam . This is done in all temples in India and this is the famous prasad [ offering] from all Subramaniaya [Kartik Swamy ] Temples spread across the globe.

Needles: 3.75 mm [no. 9]
Smalls balls of cream, yello, pale pink and green
Polyester poly frill for stuffing

Using cream/ pale pink
Cast on 5 sts and k 1 row
Next row: inc in each st [ 10 sts]
K 18 rows
Thread yarn through rem sts, draw up, ans secure

Banana Skin [ make 3]
Using green and yellow
cast on 3 sts and k 1 row
Next row:inc 1 st at each end [ 5 sts]
K 20 rows
Dec 1 st at each end of next row
K 1 row
K3tog, fasten off

Make up
Stitch side seam of banana and fill.
Stitch sides of skin tog for approx half the length
Secure skin to banana

Pakku - betal nuts

Pakku in Tamil means bettle nuts. This is an very essential items when we give thambulam to people, during all types of occassions

Manjal - termeric

This is my variance to manjal/haldi sticks normally used by South Indian ladies

Kungumam - vermillion

This is my very own creation. As Indian hindus we do have a practise to give mangal/kungumam [ haldi kunkum] to all the ladies who visit our house.

Popsee feeder bottle

I was inspired to do this . Made some alterations in the pattern taken from the net.

Corsage flower

This is pattern picked from free patterns from the net I Love knitting. Did some changes so that it will have a malli poo effect

Christmas Pickle

This design I picked up from free patterns from knitpicks.Came to know that this pickle ornament is cherised among many people who celebrate christmas

Christmas Tree

Created for the festival season.Had picked the pattern from the net. Made some alterations. I have included the beads,this was not there in the pattern


Cute little vegetable basket.Got the pattern from the net. Very simple to do. It is basically garter stitch all round.Dis a small piece as base. Then knitted a band and stitched as sides. Knitted another band and stitched at the sides,which will act as handle. Have included some cherries

Ditto - my sweet alien

This was created as a gift to my sweet DN[nephew] .Pattern was sourced from the net. Have used double pointed needles to make the legs ,body and head. With acrylic paint drew the eyes, nose, mouth,on the body and legs. Hope this alien does not friegten you. Do become a friend and I am sure he will share his soft moments with you

Tolle -the Octopus

Tolly sitting relaxed

Tolle with a water pot

 Tolle doing his home work
 Tolle having a car ride
 Tolle in school
 Tolle on a train ride
 Tolle preparing rotis
 Tolle riding a bike
 Tolle stuck atthe level crossing
Tolle waiting for the train to pass

This was a bath Mitt pattern and I converted it into a toy.

Size 8 or 4 mm needles
4 ply yarns of any color
Blunt tapestry needles used for knitting

Cast on 44 stitches
Knit 36 rows
Row 37 : k2tog,K4- repeat to end
Row 38: purl
Row 39: k2tog,k4 reapeat to end
Row 40 - purl
Row 41: k2tog,k3 repeat to end
Row 42: purl
Row 43: k2tog,l2 repeat to end
Row 44: purl
Row 45: k2tog across row
Bind off with purl stitch
Leave a long tail for sweing body

Tentacles [ make 6]
Cast on 70 sts
Row 1 knit
Row 2: k2tog across row
Bind of with a knit st.
Leave a long tail of yarn to sew into body

Octopus: base
using same color cast on 10 sts and work 2 rows
Cont in and inc 1 st at each end of next row and fol 4 alt rows [20 sts]
Work 7 rows beg with p row
Dec1 st at each end of next row and fol 4 alt rows [10 sts]
P 1 row
Cast off

With blunt tapestry needle stitch the seams of the body.
Fill it with polyfrill
While stitching the base to the body ensure to stitch the tentencles
with the base
WOW your Octopus is ready

Dhristi pushanikai [ white pumpkins]

I slightly modified the pumpkin pattern [which I saw in the net] and created this sweet pumpkins. With acrylic paint painted the eyes and mouth .

Materials any left over yarns of your choice
Needles : 3.75 mm or 10 size needles
Poly frill for filling
Contrast fabric acrylic paint

Cast on 35 stitches
Row 1 : k4p1 across sts
Row 2 : purl
Repeat the above rows 12 times more
Do not bind off - cut yarn 10 inches .
Thread  yarn through stitches and cinch with  the help of tapestry needle.
Stitch the side seams.
Now stuff the pumpkin with poly frill
Thread yarn through cast on stitches and cinch closed
Pick up 3 stitch from one end
Make a small i-cord of 1 inch and bind off
Now with the help of the acrylic paint draw face, mouth as per your desire

Your pumpkin is ready


I had created these soft purses and gifted to my sisters so that they could use for Navrathri for filling navadhanya [ 9 grains].This was inspired from the pattern of  Molly Goddard from her book of Knitted Toys


Materials - any left over yarns - colours your choice
Needles : 3.75 mm or 10 size needles

Cast on 28 sts and knit 54 rows
Next row: K1, k2tog, k to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1
Next row: K to end
Rep last 2 rows 8 times more [4 sts]
Next row: k2tog twice
Next row: K2tog – fasten off

Stitch side seams. Sew a press stud to flap

Add embellishments as desired

You can also paint with fabric acrylic paints


I dedicated this crown to my Aruna - for her birthday
This can be easily made

Left over yarns - color your choice
3.75 mm or size 10 needles

Cast on 120 stitches and  work on garter stitch for 10 rows. Bind off
[The height or width of the band can be adjested to your requirements]
Fold in the center and pick up stitches - 20 sts
Word 2 rows in garter sts
Next row inc i st at the begining and end of each row[22 sts]
Next row knit
Repeat the above two rows for 3 more times [ 28 sts]
Next row dec 1 st at the begining and end of rows [26 sts]
Next row knit
Repeat the above 2 rows for 8 more time [ 10 sts]
Bind off

You can add embellishments as per your choice to make it more rich and attractive.
I did embroidery with yarn.

Your crown is ready


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