Tuesday, June 18, 2013

The ripple pattern, Haath Phool,



Materials needed:
  • yarn
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    • Worsted weight acrylic yarn in desired colors. About 12 ounces each of 3 different colors (36 ounces total) will make a 40 inch by 60 inch afghan (the ideal size for Project Linus). I made a 40 inch by 60 inch afghan using 10 three ounce skeins of variegated yarn.

    • or
    • Sport or baby sport yarn. I made a 42 inch by 39 inch afghan with about 21 ounces of baby sport yarn.
  • crochet hook
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    • Crochet hook size I for worsted weight yarn
    • Crochet hook size G for sport weight/3-ply yarn
(Increase or decrease your hook size if you crochet tightly or loosely.)
Gauge:
worsted wt. yarn
sport yarn
8 rows = 5 inches
8 rows = 4 inches
1 pattern repeat is 5 inches wide
1 pattern repeat is 3.75 inches wide
Special Stitches:
3 st dec: *yo, insert hook through next stitch, yo and pull loop through stitch, yo and pull through first 2 loops on hook; Repeat from * twice. Yo and pull through remaining 4 loops on hook.
2 st dec: *yo, insert hook through next stitch, yo and pull loop through stitch, yo and pull through first 2 loops on hook; Repeat from * once. Yo and pull through remaining 3 loops on hook.
Instructions:
Chain a multiple of 16 stitches plus 2 stitches.
For a 40 inch wide afghan in worsted weight yarn, chain 130.
For a 55 inch wide afghan in worsted weight yarn, chain 178.
For a 41 inch wide afghan in sport weight/3-ply yarn, chain 178.
Row 1: Dc in 3rd ch from hook; dc in next 6 ch, 3 dc in next ch, dc in next 6 ch; *work 3 st dec in next 3 ch, dc in next 6 ch, 3 dc in next ch, dc in next 6 ch; Repeat from * across. End by working 2 st dec in last 2 ch. Ch 2 and turn.
Note: The valleys will probably be shallower than the peaks at this point. Work another row or two and they should even up.
Row 2: Skip first stitch; dc in next 7 dc, 3 dc in next dc, dc in next 6 dc; *work 3 st dec in next 3 stitches, dc in next 6 dc, 3 dc in next dc, dc in next 6 dc; Repeat from * across. End by working 2 st dec in last 2 dc. Ch 2 and turn.
Repeat Row 2 until afghan is desired length changing, colors as desired. If you are using more than one color of yarn, I suggest changing colors every 2 rows.
Changing colors
At end of row, when working the 2 st dec, drop the current color of yarn when you have the last 3 loops left on your hook to finish the stitch. Yarn over with new color of yarn and pull through 3 loops on hook. Ch 2 and turn.
Leave 5 or 6 inch ends of each color of yarn to weave in.
Finishing
Weave all yarn ends in securely.
Variation 1 - Ribbed Ripple:
Begining with Row 2, work all stitches in the back loop only to create a ribbed effect.





daughter- in- law's hand with haath phool
Haath Phool which literally means "Hand flower", It consists of a center focal (usually in the shape of a flower) on the center of the palm. This is then connected to the bracelet and to one or more ornamental rings that would go on the fingers. For centuries this ornament has been worn by North Indian, Muslim and Pakistani Brides and is an important part of their 9 piece wedding jewelry set. Haath phools are were also worn by court dancers and courtesans in India. Some say that this was a Persian influence as a lot of these dancers or their predecessors came from the then Persia. Contrary to popular belief that most of these handpieces were made using the Kundan technique and Jadua setting (and was chiefly used in the Mughal period), Haath phools were predominantly made from plain silver in Haryana.  Here in this picture my daughter- in- law is wearing this piece of jewel.
xoxo

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