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October 18, 2017

Crochet Mini Swirl Flower Mat © -Alluring Crochet - Free Pattern


Welcome to the 3rd episode of " © -Alluring Crochet"!!!

Hope you had a good start today.  As promised, here I am with the pattern for the post i made couple of days back. I am very glad to share a developed pattern by me with you.  A mini Crochet Swirl Flower Mat.

This is was developed following a design on the web. I have shared the video for you to understand the stitches to make the swirl pattern in the centre of the mini mat.

Giving the pattern below.

Happy Crocheting!


Yarn used : Anchor Mercerised Knitting Cotton [Pink, Green and Cream colors]
Hook size : 3.25 mm
Finished size : 5.5" in diameter
Stitches used : American dc, tr, dtr and reverse sc

Abbreiviations used : tr (Treble), dc (Double crochet), rev sc (Reverse Single Crochet), st (stitch), yo (Yarn over)

tr : yo 2 times on hook (3 loops on hook), insert hook and yo, pull through first loop on hook, yo and pull thru the second loop and then again yo and pull through the 3rd loop.

picot :  3ch and slst into the starting chain.

reverse sc : (normally we crochet towards left but here we will be crocheting towards right) -  insert hook into a stitch on the right side, yo,  pull loop through, yo, pull loop through both the loops.. continue crocheting towards your right.

sc in back loop only :- please google for the same in case if you don't know how to crochet in back loop.


Guiding video : Thanks to Tejidos Milagros Ena,


I am sharing the one I followed for the finished product.

Start : With Pink Yarn, 5 ch, slst to form a circle.

  • R-1 :  4 ch (considered as 1 tr), 20 tr inside the circle [21 tr]
  • R-2 : Sc around..... [21 SC]
  • R-3 : *4ch, tr in same st, 3ch (considered as first tr), 7 tr in the 2nd tr stitch...sc in next st [i.e. in the tr of previous row]** , repeat * to ** till the end of the row [This forms the swirl pattern in the centre]. 
  • R- 4: 2 ch, sc on top of the first tr of the previous row, continue this till end.....  Fasten off.

  • R-5 : With Green color, we will make the leaf.. for which  turn the pattern to wrong side and you will see a round chain formation on the back of the swirl flower. Now turn the piece to the right side and Join the yarn in any one of that starting point of that chain you see on the back of the flower.  Leaf Pattern, into each 2ch space... we will be taking two 2ch spaces to make one leaf... that is, on the first 2ch space, we make first half of the leaf and continue into the next 2ch space to make the 2nd part of the leaf] ---------------- *[sc, hdc, dc, dc, tr, tr, dtr, 3ch picot] in the first 2ch space, then into the next 2 ch space continue the second part of the leaf with [dtr, tr, tr, dc, dc, hdc, sc]**  Continue from * to ** till the end. [10 leaves]. Fasten off.

  • R-6 : With Cream color, join the yarn on any one of the picot, *3 ch, tr, 2ch, tr, 3ch, sc into the picot on the next leaf** .... continue from * to ** till the end. [10 tr]
  • R-7:  slst into each chain of the previous round... around... join
  • R-8 : sc in back loop only , all around till end of the round.
  • R-9 : rev sc into each st of the previous round... till end. Fasten off.
Your Crochet Mini Swirl Flower Mat is ready!!!

In the above pattern, in case if you don't understand anything in particular, do let me know in your comments.

Thanks for your time :-)

Happy Crocheting!!

Disclaimer :- The above video was a free video available in youtube and owned by Tejidos Milagros Ena, the rest of the pattern is made by me. No one can sell the pattern. you may follow the pattern, crochet the product and sell the finished product only.

October 17, 2017

Welcoming Festival of Lights 2017

I went for an evening walk today, after a long time. Thankfully the world outside has not changed much  ha.ha.ha....

I had a feast for my eyes!! Not just that the trees were looking green and fresh after the recent showers but also because our area was geared up with festive look.

Illumination lights of different designs are hung ready across the road on both sides to get lighten up from diwali eve and they stay for few more days till the celebrations come to an end.

Every year I eagerly look forward to the evening times just to see the various colors of  lampshades (kandhil) and illumination lights that decorates the window of every home. I stand by my window and look at the warmth they throw at me from distance.  Some vanish and reappears ; Some dance to the tune of breeze and some stay still, entertains and gives me company as a silent friend.

I was engrossed in my thoughts as I approached the pavement on the other side, the sudden call of the shop keeper to the passers by inviting them to his shop, distracted me from my thoughts. 

The vendors display the festoons, different variety of diyas, the colorful and vibrant lamp shades called "Khandil" and a variety of lights for illumination outside their commercial premises to get the attention of the onlookers and passers by.

Sharing with you some charming things that captured my eyes.... The pictures may not be very clear (I miss my goold old digital pal) but i tried my level best to share it with you....

What a variety of Diyas!!!

Earthern Lamps have their own charm!

With these distractions I felt that my pace has slowed down but the soul & spirit is lifted high! With the festive feast for eyes filling my heart I walked back towards home increasing my pace..... hearing a slight thundering and occasional lightening... It is going to rain! (you can guess what my next post is going to be!) ;-)

Signing off for today!

Wishing you a very Happy Diwali. 🎉🎊🎆🔅🔯🔅

May this festival of lights brings you prosperity , happiness n good health.

Have a great day!

October 16, 2017

Crochet Mini Swirl Flower Mat


You know from my first post on Crochet Diya that I am again hooked to crochet... Here I am with my second small crochet project a "Swirl Flower Mat"

I developed this from a swirl flower pattern. Will be sharing the free pattern with you all soon. So stay tuned!

Used Anchor knitting cotton thread.

October 15, 2017

Ash Gourd Soup / Elavan soup / vellai poosani soup

Glad to meet you all so soon. Since my resting days are over, now I am trying to get myself engaged completely like before and that made me make and share this wonderful soup of today the 'Ash gourd Soup'

Ash gourd or Winter Melon (English) /  Safed Bhopla (Marathi) / Elavan (Malayalam) / Vellai Poosani (Tamizh) /

This vegetable is low in calorie and fats. More of watery type. Hence when cooked adding salt, they tend to leave water. They have Carbs, Protein, Fiber, Calcium, Iron, Phosphorous, Thiamin, Vitamin C etc.  The vegetable also help in weightloss.

They are used in cooking as a vegetable and also used in making a sweet called Petha  (Agra Petha).

The soup can be spiced up using green chilli or Black Pepper corn as per your preference.

To make the soup, you need:- [Serves : 2 ]

  • Ash Gourd - 1/4 kg
  • Green Chilli - 1 No. (or  few black peppercorn as per your preference)
  • Curry Leaves - 3 Nos.
  • Sugar - less than 1/4 tsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Water

For Garnishing :-

  • Coconut oil - less than 1/4 tsp
  • Milk - 1 tbsp

  • In a pressure cooker put the diced the Ash gourd along with other ingredients and pressure cook for 3 whistles. 
  • Once the pressure settles down, let it cool and then blend in a mixer
  • Heat it
  • Mix in the garnishing ingredients and then serve hot.

A simple and Humble soup to satisfy the soul!

Important to note :-

  1. Those who have lactose intolerance, can avoid milk and can supplement it with coconut milk (which is also good for stomach). 
  2. Coconut oil adds a nice flavour to the soup. (do not add any other cooking oil. If you don't like flavour of coconut oil, just omit it from the ingredients list while you make).
  3. If you are adding black peppercorn, add it while serving.
  4. Diabetics can avoid adding sugar and Milk and enjoy the soup with rest of the ingredients.

October 14, 2017

Crochet Diya / Agal Vilaku


It has been a pretty LONG time since I blogged....

Was facing some health issues due to which i was away from my hobbies, including blogging and I am trying to get myself back into action. So you can expect some frequent posts here may be not with such a long break ;-)

A Good Start with a small project to welcome the festival of Lights!

For the upcoming festival of Diwali, i joined a CAL (Crochet Along) and crocheted this Diya / Vilaku.  It is not my own pattern. Followed a pattern by a fellow Crocheter.

Made the Jyoti (Flame) using cotton and acrylic color and attached to the diya.

See you soon with my next post.

Till then, Bye !

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