Thursday, April 24, 2014

Free Crochet Mandala Pattern

Whenever I finish a large project, I like to follow it up with a few smaller ones. The instant gratification that comes with smaller crochet projects is always a nice change of pace after waiting for weeks or months to finish the large project I'm working on.

Recently, I finished three crochet designs for my latest pattern eBook, A Bonnet, a Blanket & a Bag. A lot of work goes into designing patterns and the technical writing of them, so I was ready to whip up a few quick projects after that.

I set to work creating a car seat toy and free crochet bird pattern. Then I had leftover crochet motifs, so I turned those into star coasters and a birdie bookmark.And yesterday I finally got on the bandwagon with everyone else and crocheted a mandala and talked a little bit about what a mandala is and it's significance.

Today, I went back to my mandala pattern with some bright-colored yarn and did a little fine-tuning. Here is the result...

Crochet Mandala by Go Crochet Crazy

Free pattern on the blog for Crochet Mandala by Go Crochet Crazy

And it's predecessor from yesterday...

Crochet Mandala by Go Crochet Crazy -- Free Pattern on the blog





As you can see, my mandalas will be serving as potholders. If you'd like to try out my mandala design, you can use the free pattern below. Create a mandala and coaster set for yourself or as a gift by using my free "Think Spring" Cotton Crochet Coaster pattern to go with your mandala.

Go Crochet Crazy Mandala Pattern

Level: Easy/Beginner

Supplies:
H hook (5mm)
Cotton yarn (great stashbuster project)
Scissors
Large needle

Stitches Used: Slipstich, chain, SC, HDC and DC

Finished Size: 7.5 in across (19 cm)

Directions:

Ch 4 and connect with slipstitch or start with Magic Ring.

Round 1: Ch 2 (counts as first HDC). 7 HDC into ring, for a total of 8 stitches. Connect to top of first stitch with a slipstitch.

Round 2: Ch 3 (counts as first HDC and first Ch 1). *HDC into next stitch then Ch 1*. Repeat from * to * all the way around. Slipstitch into top of first stitch. Fasten off if you wish to change colors.

Round 3: Puff Stitch Round. Into each Ch 1 space, make one puff stitch by doing:

Step 1: DC, pull through 2 loops
Step 2: DC, pull through 2 loops
Step 3: DC, pull through 2 loops
Step 4: DC, pull thru 2 loops
Step 5: Yarn over, Pull through all loops
Step 6: Ch 2
Slipstitch into the top of the first stitch to complete the round.

Round 4: SC 2 times into the stitch at the top a cluster. SC 4 times into each Ch 2 space. Repeat this pattern all the way around. Join at the end of the round with a slipstitch.

Round 5: Ch 3 (counts as first DC). DC 2 more times in the same space. *Ch 1, skip two stitches. 3 DC into the next stitch*. Repeat from * to * all the way around. End with a Ch 1, and join the round with a slipstitch.

Round 6: Slipstitch to nearest Ch 2 space. Ch 2 (counts as first HDC). HDC 3 more times into the same space. 4 HDC into the next Ch 2 space. Repeat this all the way around and join with a slipstitch.

Round 7: Ch 1 (counts as first SC). *Ch 4, SC into the next space between 4HDC clusters*. Repeat from * to * all the way around. Join the last Ch 4 with the second stitch at the beginning.

Round 8: Ch 3 (counts as first DC). 5 more DC into Ch 4 space. SC into next stitch in between Ch 4 spaces. *6 DC into next Ch 4 space, followed by a SC in the next stitch*. Repeat from * to * all the way around. Join with a slipstitch into the first stitch of the Ch 3 and fasten off. 

At the end, you'll have something like this...


If you decide to try this or any of my other free patterns, I sure would love to hear about them or...better yet...see pictures! What little projects have you been working on lately? Be sure to stop by tomorrow or over the weekend to link them up to this week's "Finally Friday Link-a-Long"!

11 comments:

  1. This is beautiful. This just got added to my never ending 'to crochet' list. Thank you for the pattern.

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    1. You're welcome! When you make some, please send me pictures or share on Google+. I love to see the results from my designs. :)

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  2. Will be pinning to make later. I haven't crocheted a lot lately and really need to start another project. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. You're welcome, Bobbie! I would love to see your results from my pattern. :)

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  3. This is so sweet, I love it! I'm a "crochet novice," but I'm having so much fun practicing. I don't know what a HDC is, but I will look it up; otherwise, this sounds like a very doable pattern for me! Thanks so much for sharing.

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    1. Carol, you can absolutely do a half-double crochet (HDC) and this pattern, even as a beginner. Depending on what country you live in the HDC might also be referred to as a DC (double crochet). There are plenty of great YouTube tutorials that will help you. Let me know how it goes!

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  4. Thanks for sharing Mary. :)

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  5. I love this! Adding it to my Pinterest board and to my to do list. I hear ya about instant gratification! I could use some of that right about now. Following from Say G'Day linky party!

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    1. Savannah, thank you for visiting from Natasha's link party! I'd love to see a picture of your finished project. :) Thanknyou for visiting the Go Crochet Crazy blog.

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  6. Hi Mary. Thank you for sharing this lovely mini mandala pattern. I added this to my free crochet mandala pattern link list http://crochetforyou.weebly.com/blog/link-list-2-10-free-crochet-mandala-patterns.

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