Spiderman Themed Ripple Blanket

I have crocheted this Spiderman themed blanket for my 9 year old nephew.

All he wanted was a Spiderman costume.

Over the years, I have kept up a steady supply of costumes of various characters for him as he is ever fond of dressing up. Starting with a assortment of costumes of mythological characters- Hanuman, Shiv, Ram- we moved on to some  characters inspired by TV and movies like Harry Potter, Doremon and Chakravartin Samrat Ashok.  I have knit a Griffindor House scarf to go with the Harry Potter costume. One costume he was particularly fond of was Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose. Most of these costumes were procured from the famous Kinari Bazzar, Chandni Chowk. But now, as the demands become more and more specific, I moved on to Raj Fancy Dresses, Rani Bagh who supplied the customized dresses that I needed

Now coming around to present. For the last few months, he has taken a fancy of Spiderman. This costume was procured easily enough from Raj Fancy Dresses.

But this time I was thrilled because this particular demand gives me a chance to crochet a Spiderman themed Afghan to accompany his costume. Yayyy!!!😊😊😊

Recently, I had discovered that Balaji Wool House at Lajpatnagar stocks Super Bulky yarn. Spiderman blanket gave me the perfect opportunity to try out this yarn.Yayyy again!!!! ☺☺☺☺

So, off I went yarn shopping and one week later, this afghan was ready for dispatch to a very eager kid waiting expectantly for the costume. Yayyy once again!!! 😂😂😂

MATERIALS

YARN: Super Bulky yarn 6 wpi

Red-600 gms, Blue-900 gms, Black-900gms

HOOK: 10 mm

GAUGE: 6 stitches or 9 rows in 4 inches or 10 cm

FINISHED SIZE: 75 Inches across from peak to peak

ABBREVIATIONS

CH- Chain Stitch

DC- Double Crochet

SC- Single Crochet

st/ sts- stitch/ stitches

sl st: Slip stitch

PATTERN

SET UP ROUNDS

With RED  

CH 4. Join with Sl st to form a ring.

ROUND 1: CH3, 11DC in the round. Join with sl st to the top of beginning CH 3. (12 sts)

ROUND 2: CH3, 1DC in same stitch. 2DC in each st around. Join with sl st to the top of beginning CH 3. (24 sts)

JoinBLACK

ROUND 3: CH1 [ Skip next st, (1 SC, CH2, 1 SC) in next st] Repeat around. End with SC in the base of starting CH1, CH2, Join with sl st into the top of beginning CH1 (48 sts)

Join  BLUE

Join Blue in CH 2 sp.

ROUND 4: . (CH 3, 1 DC, CH2, 2 DC) in CH 2 sp. [(2DC, CH 2, 2 DC) in next CH 2 sp]. Repeat. Join with sl st to top of beginning CH 3. (72 sts)

ROUND 5: Sl st into next CH 2 sp. CH 3  [(2DC, CH2, 2DC) in CH 2 sp, 1 DC in next st. Skip next 2 st. 1 DC in next st.] Repeat. Join with sl st to top of beginning CH 3. (96 sts)

Join BLACK

ROUND 6: CH 2, 1 SC in next st, [(1 SC, CH 2, 1 SC) in next CH 2 sp. 1 SC in next 2 sts. Skip next 2 sts. 1 SC in next 2 sts.] Repeat. End with skip 2 sts.  Join with sl st into the top of beginning CH1 (96 sts)

Join BLUE

ROUND 7: CH 3, !DC in the next st. [(2 DC, CH 2, 2 DC) in next CH2 sp. 1 DC in next 2 sts. Skip 2 sts. 1 DC in next 3 sts. Repeat. Ending with skip 2 sts.  Join with sl st to top of beginning CH 3. (120 sts)

ROUND 8: Sl st into next st. CH 3, 1 DC into 2 sts. [(2 DC, CH2, 2 DC) 1 DC in next 3 sts. Skip 2 sts. 1 DC in next 4 sts. Repeat. Ending with skip 2 sts.  Join with sl st to top of beginning CH 3. (144 sts)

Continue in the above set up. The colour scheme that I followed was as follows:

Red-2 RoundsBlack-1 Round

Blue-2 Rounds, Black-1 Round, Blue-2 Round, Black-1 Round

Red-2 Rounds, Black-1 Round, Red-2 Round, Black-1 Round

Continue in this scheme of alternating red and blue bands until you get 3 bands of Blue. End with 3 rounds of Black to create a border.

PLEASE NOTE

For all Black Rounds: (1 SC, CH 2, 1 SC) in CH 2 sp.

For all Red and Blue Rounds: (2DC, CH 2, 2 DC) in CH 2 sp.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hufflepuff Scarf – in the round

 

Last year, I had hatched a plan to use  my daughter’s Pottermania to lure my daughter into knitting.

I started a scarf simple enough for a beginner which was basically just a tube knit in rounds entirely  in stockinette stitch. In the end, it so turned out that I ended up knitting up about 80% of the scarf with Shreeya contributing a few rows as and when she could.

But it was a fun altogether and both of us enjoyed the process. On hindsight, I have to acknowledge that knitting this scarf was so much fun for ME that I ended up knitting more than I intended to.

Mea Culpa.

In my own excitement, I did not give my daughter sufficient opportunity to knit the scarf. 😉

So, I offer the pattern of this scarf here. If not my daughter, then this pattern might prove useful to some other beginner. Or maybe like me, some other experienced knitter in need for  a pattern for some mindless knitting might make use of these notes.

Only thing a bit tricky in this pattern is knitting stripes. To get jogless stripes while knitting in the round, followed the trick of slipping the first stitch of the color change round. I found this trick here. And I suggest that you too, should practice this technique before starting this scarf to get a truly  seamless finish.

 Materials

Yarn : Fingering weight or 4ply yarn.  

I have used Ganga Acro Baby Pearls (8 balls 25 gm each)

Main color (MC):       Yellow 150 grams  6 balls Shade #63

Contrast color (CC):  Black  50 gms  2 balls Shade #29

 Needles:3.25 mm 16 inches circular

 Hook :to add fringe

 Finished size:

72 inches by 8 inches +4  inches fringe

Pattern 

Cast on 80 stitches in MC

Knit in rounds. Follow the color scheme given below to create the Trapped band pattern.

 MC 42 rows

CC 6 rows

MC 8 rows

CC 6 rows

Repeat these 62 rows as per your preference of the length of the scarf

Knit MC 42 rows to end.

Cast off and add fringe to the scarf to finish off.

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Today, I want to share with you two Mandala coloring pages. Click on the link below the images to download the PDF files of these images. Feel free to print and colour them

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Download Mandala #1

 

 

 

Download Mandala #2
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Mandala Colouring Pages on My Etsy Shop

Whenever I have wanted to create Art, I find myself drawn to mandalas. Pun intended 🙂

So it was no surprise that during #Inktober2017 , I found myself drawing mandalas once again. I was required to post a piece of art everyday.  And since I cannot devote more than a couple of hours per day to Art, I decided to create a Mandala Coloring Page every day instead of completed Mandalas.

A Few of these Coloring Pages are listed now at my Etsy shop

Do check out if you are interested and share feed back.

Some free patterns are also available right here on this blog.

 

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GRYFFINDOR HOUSE SCARF PATTERN


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If you can knit a rectangle in rib and change colors, you can easily show off your Harry Potter Fandom with pride!

I knit as  many as three Harry Potter scarves this year. They make me very very happy, because not only do they knit up real quick , but they also make wonderful gifts, not only for teens and kids, but to all Harry Potter nerds of any age. And my universe seems to have a plentiful supply of the same.

In case your universe,  too, is composed of a generous supply of the same, you would wish to knit one of these. I have knit here a Gryffindor house scarf. But, I would love to knit the other house scarves as well in the future.

But, at present, here is the pattern for Gryffindor Scarf. Remember, you can easily adapt this pattern by using the appropriate House colours


Materials

Yarn : Fingering weight or 4ply yarn.  I have used J.Sagar Bri Acro (10 balls 25 gm each)

Main color (MC):       Deep red 200 grams  8 balls Shade #29 

Contrast color (CC):  Gold  50 gms  2 balls Shade #36

 Needles:3.25 mm 16 inches circular

 Hook :to add fringe

 Finished size:72 inches by 8 inches +4  inches fringe

Pattern 

Cast on 72 stitches in MC

knit in 1×1 rib.

Follow the color scheme given below to create the Trapped band pattern.

 MC 42 rows

CC 6 rows

MC 8 rows

CC 6 rows

Repeat these 62 rows as per your preference of the length of the scarf

Knit MC 42 rows to end.

Cast off and add fringe to the scarf to finish off.

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A severe case of Start-itis

 

I was in remarkably high spirits at the time I posted my last blog.

But, soon afterwards, I became afflicted with a severe case of Start-itis. This malady affects knitters. The symptom is casting on one project after another in a fit on excitement with no thought what so ever on how and when one is going to finish them

So, as a result of coming down with Start-itis, instead of continuing to work on the TARDIS blanket, I started two shawls and a scarf within the space of 15-20 days. Now, there was a very valid logic behind starting each one of these projects.

This garter stitch shawl was started because it was, well, a garter stitch shawl;)
I spend a lot of time in commutes and meetings, which can be, at times,  quite tiring, monotonous and frustrating . So, to maintain my sanity, I have to have a simple knitting project which I can just grab and go when ever I step out. This need was fulfilled by the TARDIS blanket for a while but soon it became too cumbersome to carry around. That was when I started this Garter Ripple shawl.

Few days later, I started this shawl.

 

This was  intended to be gift and was, therefore, required to be completed by a certain date. So, cast on I did and started work on it at my leisure hours at home.

So far so good.

Now, one fine day in November, my nerd of a daughter, Shreeya, demanded that I knit a Hufflepuff scarf for her.So, off I went yarn shopping and bought yarn for not only the Hufflepuff scarf but Grifindor scarf as well. In this process, quite a few more balls of yarn found there way into my shopping bag 😉 and I came home as happy as an addict after her fix. I also, bought a set 40cm Circular BAMBOO KNITTING NEEDLES specially for this scarf.

At that time, I was  making negligible progress on a blanket and 2 shawls already working on. But it was difficult to resist this project, afflicted as I already was with Start-itis 😉 This happens to be a simple enough scarf for a beginner knit as a tube entirely  in stockinette stitch. My plan was to cast this on and then hand it over to Shreeya to knit it herself as I presumed that  her desire to have this scarf would motivate her to keep knitting. But sadly this was not to be. This kept languishing in the corner for weeks, much to my consternation, this turned out to be a rather daunting task for her. I caved in to her pleadings to complete it “quickly” because she “really really really want to wear this scarf to school” By this time, I had completed my Garter Ripple Shawl. So this scarf filled in my need for the on-the-go project.

 

After this, I went on a strict yarn diet and successfully quelled my desire to shop for more yarn and start new projects before I have finished these . One by one, each one of these got completed and I must say, the satisfaction of completing a project far surpasses the excitement of starting new ones. It is totally worth its while to stick to a project and bring it to fruition.

So things are under comtrol now. Only the TARDIS blanket is crying for attention from that sad corner where was dumped 3 months ago. I will now go and pick it up once again….soon sfter I have completed the Hermione hearts Ron cap…. and the green socks…..and the mary jane socks…and the Griffindor scarf…and the teal socks and the pink socks……

These are real quick projects, you see…..

I’ll finish them up in no time at all…. Promise!

And then I will be able to focus entirely on the blanket. This way I will not only get more knitting done but I will get more knitting done more quickly.

Right?

Right.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Full Circle: Endings and New Beginnings

After many false starts and much frogging, I managed to recreate the Luna Lovegood scarf reasonably close to the actual scarf worn in the movie.

My daughter, Shreeya,  who had ‘commissioned’ this scarf ,  is pleasantly satisfied with the final product. 🙂  🙂  🙂

And it is a truth universally acknowledged that a happy customer makes a happy and enthused crocheter 🙂

Thus enthused and motivated, I have plunged right into as many as three projects simultaneously, and one of them is my first ever crochet blanket.

I would have crocheted a blanket years ago, if only I could pick up that one pattern from  so many gorgeous patterns on the net.  I have tried but failed miserably to narrow down my choice to one blanket! I wished to crochet so many of them!!! I still do and surely, some years into the future, I  will have crocheted as many blankets as my heart desires. But to reach that Eldorado, the first step  should be taken right now DSC08182

So, the first ever blanket is under way 🙂

This, too, is commissioned by my Fan-girl geeky daughter.

She wanted me to crochet something like this from Big Bang Theory. I was still toying with this idea, figuring out the pattern, selecting the yarn and calculating the amount of yarn required in various colours when I saw this on Ravelry . As Shreeya’s latest craze is Doctor Who, this appealed to her immensely and thus was decided the pattern for my first blanket ever.

This blanket is done in tapestry crochet and unfortunately, I was not confident enough about this technique as my earlier attempt at this though successful, ha
d been quite time consuming. Instead, I plan to crochet the blanket in single crochet and then embroider the black vertical lines over it. I will still have to use tapestry crochet technique for the white windows, but I guess that should be manageable.

So lets see now, where this crocheted T.A.R.D.I.S. of mine will take me. 🙂

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