For Part 2, we travel to Pakistan and meet Saleha Waseem from Crochet Karma Designs. Her beautiful and symbolic pattern, Amulet, is the second strip in our Geometric Theme and has a special meaning which you will read about in the pattern file. I am so impressed with Saleha’s work, as not only does she make mosaic designs, but she also designs regular crochet (although I would not say her work is “regular.” Far from it! Once you see all of her works, you will be enthralled as well.
Here is Saleha Waseem’s bio, in her own words:
My name is Saleha Waseem. I am 45 years old, a housewife and live in Multan, Pakistan. Multan is considered to be one of the oldest cities of the world, dating back to 5000 BC.
I have always loved to do almost every type of art and craft I could lay my hands on.
In the summer of 2014, I saw a cousin of mine making a beautiful crocheted Granny Square blanket, and fell in love with the craft. No looking back for me since then.
As crochet has been a household craft in our country for a long time, I was aware of making basic chain and double crochet stitches. My cousin taught me a simple granny square tissue box cover, and since then I have been obsessed with this magic wand, called a crochet hook. At first I searched the internet for patterns. Then in 2016, while searching on Facebook, I came across the word “CAL” and found this lovely group called “CAL- Crochet A Long. ” since then, I have made many Cals of renowned designers and enjoyed them thoroughly.
I am always attracted to big and intricate projects such as designer throws and blankets, but as our climate is so hot , we don’t need them very often. Therefore, I always try to convert these beauties into useable items, such as table runners and decorative pieces using thinner yarn.
I started designing in 2019 and in March 2020 had my first Cal held in Cal-Crochet along group, named and inspired after a Mughal princess “Jahanara “.
In 2021 you may have seen my collaborative Cal Virsa-The Heritage running in Cal – crochet along group. This was inspired by the rich handicrafts of my beloved country.
These mosaic strips are my first ever venture in to Mosaic Crochet. I did one to just test my skills of diving in to the unknown 😁, and ended up with 5 beautiful designs. Still can’t believe I have done this. Hope you will enjoy making these. ❤
You can find me here.
And here is my pattern support group.
I hope you will see, make and appreciate many more designs from me.
Happy crocheting. “
It was with Jahanara that I first met Saleha, a beautiful and gracious lady. I loved that pattern so much that I made two of the shawls, and thoroughly enjoyed the stories that came with each part of that CAL. It is still a FRER pattern and can be found in her Ravelry store. Now with this FATW6 CAL, Saleha came through with more patterns that are all stunning. Each one will be a joy to make.
As mentioned before, Amulet has a special meaning. You will read about it in the pattern file. All of our Makers have done this pattern justice and show it off beautifully in their preferred colors. You can also see how the Geometric blankets are working up. Even though the patterns are all unique, they work so well together.
Here is Saleha’s Ravelry link to file:
If you are just beginning, read about the CAL and find first strip pattern here:
If you are not a member of the Facebook Group CAL – Crochet A Long, you can request to join here and then join the event. You will be able to get to the Event if you are a member. Do continue to share your photos.
Link to the Event if you are already a member of CAL – Crochet A Long.
Enjoy your weekend, catch up as you like and see you again on Monday!