Sep 5, 2011

Ganesha–A Free crochet Pattern

The other day, I sent a good good friend of mine a link to a pattern of Lord Ganesh (The Indian Elephant God).  I thought that it would be a sac religious thing to make a deity as a toy.  However, having lived in India, my friend convinced me that that was absolutely not the case. She assured me that the little crocheted Ganesh would actually be a great gift for Indian children during Diwali – the festival of lights.  So, needless to say, if someone tells me to make something challenging, I do it right away.  But unfortunately once I started the pattern that was posted, I found out that there were a lot of mistakes in it.  So, I decided to tweak it and make it work.  And boy did it ever work!  The little baby Ganesh turned out beautifully. 

First however, before we start, I wanted to share a bit about the deity Lord Ganesh.

Also, I would like to thank http://myskillsguide.blogspot.com/2010/09/crochet-ganesha-amigurumi-doll.html) for posting the great amigurumi pattern and giving me this fabulous idea – Thank you!

Lord Ganesh is thought to be the The Lord of Success and destroyer of evils and obstacles. He is also worshipped as the god of education, knowledge, wisdom and wealth.

Significance of the Ganesha Form.

Ganesh’s elephant head symbolizes the soul (atman) which is the supreme reality of human existence whereas his human body signifies the earthly existence (Maya) of human beings.  The trunk represents om the sound symbol of the cosmic reality.  The ladoo (sweet) indicates the importance of one discovering the sweetness of the atman. His fan-like ears convey that he is all ears- i.e listens to all  our petition.

“Ganesha, the Destroyer of Pride
Ganesha is also the destroyer of vanity, selfishness and pride. He is the personification of material universe in all its various magnificent manifestations. "All Hindus worship Ganesha regardless of their sectarian belief," says D N Singh in A Study of Hinduism. "He is both the beginning of the religion and the meeting ground for all Hindus." “(about.com)

So, I have decided to share the pattern with all of you great crocheters out there.  If you want to order this great little guy for your kids for Diwali, please let me know and I can make it for you.

Here goes.

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Head of Ganesh – with orange

You will work from top to bottom
Round1. Make magic ring and 6sc in ring (6)

 
Round2. 2sc in each st around (12)


Round3. *Sc in next st, 2sc in next st* and repeat from * around (18)

Round4. *Sc in next 2 st,2sc in next st* and repeat from * around (24)


Round5. *Sc in next 3 st,2sc in next st* and repeat from * around (30)

Round6. *Sc in next 4 st,2sc in next st* and repeat from * around (36)


Round7. *Sc in next 5 st,2sc in next st* and repeat from * around (42)

Round8-10. Sc in each st around (42)


Round11. *sc in each of next 5 st,dec 1* and repeat from * around (36)


Round12. *sc in each of next 4 st,dec 1* and repeat from * around (30)

Round13. *sc in each of next 3 st,dec 1* and repeat from * around (24)


Round14. *sc in each of next 2 st,dec 1* and repeat from * around (18)


Round15. *sc in next st,dec 1* and repeat from * around (12), then finish off and leave long tail for sewing. And stuffing polyester firmly.

Body of Ganesh – with orange

You will work from top to bottom
Round1. Make magic ring and 6sc in ring (6)


Round2. 2sc in each st around (12)

Round 3 – repeat round 2

Round4. *Sc in next st, 2sc in next st* and repeat from * around (18)


Round5. Repeat round  4

Round 6 *Sc in next 2 st,2sc in next st* and repeat from * around (24)
Round7. Repeat round 6

Round 8  *Sc in next 3 st,2sc in next st* and repeat from * around (30)
Round9. Repeat round 8

Round 10 *Sc in next 4 st,2sc in next st* and repeat from * around (36)


Round11. *Sc in next 5 st,2sc in next st* and repeat from * around (42)


Round 12 repeat round 11 in back loops only

Change to white yarn for the linen pant look – otherwise known as a “Dhoti”

Round 13 -*Sc in next 5 st,2sc in next st* and repeat from * around (42)

Round14. *sc in each of next 5 st,dec 1* and repeat from * around (36)


Round15. *sc in each of next 4 st,dec 1* and repeat from * around (30)


Round16. *sc in each of next 3 st,dec 1* and repeat from * around (24)


Round17. *sc in each of next 2 st,dec 1* and repeat from * around (18)

Round18. *sc in next st,dec 1* and repeat from * around (12), then finish off and leave long tail for sewing. And stuffing polyester firmly.

For the gold belt, make a row of double crochet in the back loops of row 12

Trunk – with orange

Round1. Make magic ring and 6sc in ring (6)


Round2. 2sc in each st around (12)

Round3. *Sc in next st, 2sc in next st* and repeat from * around (18)

Round4. Repeat round 3 in back loops only

Rounds 5- 8 repeat round 2

Round 9 10 *sc in 4 st, dec 1* repeat 2X )

Fasten and stuff truing to curve the trunk slightly.

Legs – make 2 in orange then change to white when indicated

Round1. Make magic ring and 6sc in ring (6)


Round2. 2sc in each st around (12)

Round3 *Sc in next st, 2sc in next st* and repeat from * around (18)


Round4. – 7 Repeat round 3 (The last row row 7, work in back loops only)

Round8 – 10 .* 2sc in each st , dec 1 *around (12)

Change to white

Round 11-14 – 2 sc in each sc (24)

Round 15. *sc in each of next 2 st,dec 1* and repeat from * around (18)

Round16. *sc in next st,dec 1* and repeat from * around (12), then finish off and leave long tail for sewing. And stuffing polyester firmly.

For the anklets make a row of double crochet on the back loops of row 7

Arms – make 2 – in orange

Round1. Make magic ring and 6sc in ring (6)


Round2. 2sc in each st around (12)

Round3 –6 repeat row 2

Round 7 -*Sc in next st, 2sc in next st* and repeat from * around (18)

Round 8  Repeat round 7 work in back loops only

Round 9-17 - *sc in next st,dec 1* and repeat from * around (12)

For the bracelets, in gold make a row of double crochet on the back loops of row 8

Crown – Make it in Gold

Round 1 –in magic ring ch. 6

Round 2- *sc, 2sc* around (9)

Round 3 – *sc in the next 2 sts., 2sc in next sc* around

Round 4- * 3sc, 2sc* around (20)

Round 5- * 4sc, 2sc* around (24)

Round 6- * 5sc, 2sc* around (28)

Round 7- * 6sc, 2sc* around (32)

Round 8- 9 – sc in all (32)

Round 10 *sc in the next 2 sts., 2sc in next sc* around (44)

Round 11 - * 3sc, 2sc* around (55)

Round 12 – * sc – dec sc* around (42)

Round 13 – *dec 2X- sc* around (26)

stuff the crown lightly and attach it to the head slightly tilting backwards

Ears – make 2 – in orange

Row 1 : 2 chain (2)

Row 2 : 3 sc in second chain from hook (3)

Row 3 : [Inc.]x2, 5sc in last stitch, chain (7)

Row 4 : sc, sc, ink, sc, inc, 3 sc in next stitch, 4 sc in last stitch (14)

Row 5 : [inc, sc]x2, 3sc in stitch, 9 sc rest 9 stitch, chain (18)

Row 6 : [sc] in all (18)

Row 7 : [sc] in around.  fasten

(The ear pattern was borrowed from http://myskillsguide.blogspot.com/2010/09/crochet-ganesha-amigurumi-doll.html)

This is a challenging pattern to make.  So, if crochetting is not your thing or you do not wish to take upon this task and yet you yearn for the beautifully crafted deity, feel free to visit my store on etsy.com

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2 comments:

  1. Wow! I've been struggling with that pattern too. My crown was turning into a sombrero! I knew I was in trouble, so I started making changes to the pattern as well. I've done all but the legs and arms, and really appreciate your contribution here!
    Thanks,
    Janaka

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  2. I think for the legs that round 4-7 should read
    "sc in each stitch around" (18) - NOT repeat round 3, otherwise you would end up with 90 stiches at the end of row 7.

    The question is: what was your intent for rounds 4-10 to get to (12) stiches at the end of round 10? from 18 stitches at the end of round 3?
    Janaka

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