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Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Hakuna Matata Mini Mandala


crochet mandala


Pattern Terms:  US


Yarn:  Raeesah Cotton Soft 
Hook:  4.00mm 
Size:   18cm (7 inches)

Skill Level:  Intermediate
 

crochet mandala

Foundation:  6ch, ss to first chain to form a circle

Row 1:  Into the circle,  3ch, 1dc, 2ch;  *2dc, 2ch* *to* x 5 (6 x 2dc groupings),  ss into top of 3ch to close.

crochet mandala

Row 2:  Join yarn in any 2ch sp;  5ch in same sp as join (counts as 1sc, 4ch);  *1sc, 4ch into next 2ch sp* *to * x 5;   ss into first of 5ch at start to close.

crochet mandala

Row 3:  Join yarn in any 4ch sp;  3ch, 5dc into same 4ch sp as join, 1ch;   *6dc into next 4ch sp, 1ch* 5x (6 x 6dc groupings), ss  into top of first cluster to close,  break off yarn

crochet mandala
  
Row 4:  Join yarn in 1st dc of any 6dc grouping;  3ch (counts as 1dc) in same dc as join, 1dc into each of next 5dc  1ch, 1dc, 1ch into 1ch sp between 6dc groupings;  *1dc into each of next 6dc in next 6dc grouping;  1ch, 1dc, 1ch into 1ch sp between 6dc groupings* *to* x 5;   ss into top of 3ch at start to close;

crochet mandala

Row 5:  Join yarn in 1st dc of any 6dc group;  3ch (counts as 1dc) in same dc as join;  1dc into each of next 5dc;  2dc into 1ch space,  2ch, 2dc into next 1ch sp;  *1dc into each of next 6dc;  2dc into 1ch space,  2ch, 2dc into next 1ch sp* *to* x 5;  ss into top of 3ch at start to close.

crochet mandala

Row 6:  Join yarn in same place as close ss on Row 5;  3ch in same space (counts as 1dc):  1dc into each of next 6dc (7 dc grouping);  3ch dc spike to the left of the dc in Row 4;  dc spike to the right of the dc in Row 4 (crossover spike made); 3ch;  *skip 2dc;  1dc into top of 3rd dc;  1dc into each of next 6dc (7dc grouping);   3ch dc spike to the left of the dc in Row 4;  dc spike to the right of the dc in Row 4 (crossover spike made);  3ch* *to* x5;   ss into top of 3ch at start to close.

crochet mandala


crochet mandala

Note - Rows 7 & 8:  a 5dc cluster is formed as follows - into the 3ch sp before the Crossover Spike yarn over hook, work the first part of the stitch leaving 2 loops on your hook, repeat this once more (three loops on hook);   into the space between the Crossover Spike yarn over hook, work the first part of the stitch leaving 2 loops on your hook (four loops on hook);  into the 3ch space after the Crossover Spike yarn over hook, work the first part of the stitch leaving 2 loops on your hook, repeat this once more (6 loops on hook) Yarn over hook and draw through the loops on the hook to form your cluster

crochet mandala

 crochet mandala

Row 7:  Join yarn in 1st dc of any 7dc grouping;   2ch (counts as 1hdc) in same dc as join; 1hdc into each of next 6dc (7 hdc grouping);  3ch, 5dc cluster (refer Note);  3ch;  *1hdc into each of next 7dc;   3ch, 5dc cluster (refer Note), 3ch* *to* x 5,  ss into top of  2ch at start to close.

crochet mandala

Row 8:  Join yarn in 1st hdc of any 7hdc grouping;  3ch (counts as 1dc), 1dc in same st as join;  (1dc into each of next 2 hdc, 2dc into next hdc) x 2 (10dc grouping);  3ch, 5dc cluster (refer Note - working the third dc of the cluster into the top of the cluster in Row 7), 3ch;  *2dc into 1st hdc on next 7hdc grouping;  (1dc into each of next 2 hdc, 2dc into next hdc) x 2 (10dc grouping);  3ch, 5dc cluster (refer Note - working the third dc of the cluster into the top of the cluster in Row 7) 3ch* *to* x 5, ss into top of 3ch at start to close.

crochet mandala

crochet mandala

crochet mandala

Edging

Join yarn with a ss into 1st dc of any 10dc grouping, ss into each of next 9dc
  1. 3ch, drop loop from hook, reinsert hook from front to back of work through 3ch space in Row 8, put the loop back on hook and draw through from the back to the front of work; 
  2. 3ch, drop loop from hook, reinsert hook from front to back of work through 3ch space in Row 8, put the loop back on hook and draw through from the back to the front of work;
  3. 3ch, drop loop from hook, reinsert hook from front to back of work through 1st dc of next 10dc grouping,  put the loop back on hook and draw through from the back to the front of work;
  4. ss into each of next 9dc
  5. Follow steps 1 - 4 five times;   and then steps 1 -3 once;  joining with a ss into the first ss at start to close.

crochet mandala

crochet mandala

crochet mandala

crochet mandala

Sunny Flower Mini Mandala


crochet mandala


Pattern Terms:  US 



Yarn:  Raeesah Cotton Soft DK (100% cotton) 
Hook:  4.00mm 
Size:  18cm (7 inches)

Skill Level: 
Novice



crochet mandala

Foundation:  4ch,  sl st into 1st ch to form circle 

Row 1:  3ch (counts as 1dc);  11 dc into circle;  sl st into 3rd ch at start to close (12dc)


crochet mandala

Row 2:  Join yarn into any sp between dc,  3ch (counts as 1dc) 1dc in same space as join (2dc grouping);  *2dc into each sp between dc  (2dc grouping)* *to* to end;   sl st into top of 3ch at start to close (24dc)


crochet mandala

Row 3:  Join yarn in space between any 2dc groups;  3ch (counts as 1st trc),  2trc into next space as follows - work the first and second parts of the stitch leaving last loop on your hook, into next space work the first and second part of 1 trc leaving the last loop on your hook (four loops on hook).   Yarn over hook and draw through all the loops on your hook to form your cluster;  4ch;  (into same space as last trc, work 1st trc of 4trc cluster;  into next space work 2nd & 3rd tr of 4trc cluster;  into next space work the last st of 4trc cluster, 4ch) x 11 (12 x 4trc clusters made);   sl st into top of first cluster to close.   Break off yarn.


crochet mandala


crochet mandala

Row 4:    Join yarn in 4 ch space between clusters;  3ch (counts as 1dc), 4dc (5dc grouping), 1ch into same space as join;  *5dc (5dc grouping), 1ch into next 4ch space* *to* 11 x (12 x groupings);  sl st into top of 3ch at start to close.


crochet mandala

Row 5:  Join yarn in 1st dc of any 5dc grouping;   2ch (counts as 1hdc);  1hdc into each of next 4dc; 1hdc into 1ch sp:  *1hdc into each of next 5dc, 1hdc into 1ch sp* x 5;   sl st into top op 2ch at start to close.


crochet mandala

Row 6:  Join yarn in any sp between 2 hdc;  4ch in same sp as join (counts as 1sc, 3ch);  *skip 2sp between hdc;   1sc, 3ch into next sp between hdc* *to* to end sl st into 1st of 4ch at start to close.


crochet mandala

Row 7:  Join yarn in an 3ch sp;  3ch (counts as 1dc), 3dc in same sp as join (4dc grouping);  *4dc in next 3ch space (4dc grouping)* *to* to end;  sl st into top of 3ch at start to close.


crochet mandala

Row 8:  Join yarn in any sp between 4dc groupings;  5ch in same sp as join (counts as 1sc, 4ch);  *1sc, 4ch in next space between 4dc groupings* *to* to end sl st into 1st of 4ch at start to close.


crochet mandala

Row 9:  Join yarn in any 4ch sp, 1ch(counts as 1sc); 4sc into same sp as join;   *5sc into next 4ch sp* *to* to end;   sl st into 1ch at start to close.


crochet mandala



Saturday, 26 April 2014

I Love Autum Mandala

I have an unbelievably bad case of Manda-litis.    I thought I would  be over it by now - but the fever has me firmly in its grip (hooks?)!

This morning (while waiting for the breakfast scones to bake) I was sitting at the breakfast nook with my colour pens and pencils doodling the time away:


mandala drawing

Are my doodles starting to look like Mandalas - or are my Mandalas starting to look like doodles??

Well, of course, I had to see what would happen if I tried to turn the doodle into a doily!

crochet mandala

I crocheted quite quickly while catching up on the latest episodes of series I follow (paying more attention to the screen than the crochet).    The stitch count is a little off on one of the "petals" - and there are a few adjustments I want to make - but It didn't turn out too bad!

crochet mandala

 I used Raeesah Cotton Soft (100% Cotton) DK with a 5.00mm hook.

The 5.00mm is the recommended hook size for this yarn - but I think it looks a bit untidy (my previous projects were done with a 4.00mm hook).

I will be writing up a pattern for this which I will share with you as soon as it is done1

Have an awesome crafty weekend!

Friday, 25 April 2014

Rainbow Vermicelli Mandala: Pattern

The Rainbow Vermicelli Mandala was designed for a few ladies new to the art of crochet, who wanted to join in the Mandala fun.

The pattern is extremely easy!    No fancy stitchwork and lots of repeats (so it does not require too much concentration)

 crochet mandala

The design is very simple too - making it perfect for almost any type or colour of yarn


crochet mandala


RAINBOW VERMICELLI MANDALA

Pattern Terms:  US 
Yarn:  Raeesah Cotton Soft DK (100% cotton) 
Hook:  4.00mm 
Size:  Diameter 40cm

Foundation:  5ch, ss into first ch to form circle

Row 1:  3ch (counts as 1dc), 1dc, 2ch into circle;  *2dc, 2ch into circle* *to* x 5 ss into top of 3ch to close

Row 2:  Join yarn in any 2ch space;  3ch (counts as 1dc), 2dc into same space as join, 2ch:  *3dc, 2ch into next 2ch space* *to* x 5, ss into top of 3ch to close (6 x 3dc, 2ch groups)

Row 3:  Join yarn in any 2ch space;  3ch (counts as 1 dc), 5dc into same space as join (6dc group), 1ch;  *6dc, 1ch into next 2ch space (6dc group)* *to* x 5;   ss into top of 3ch to close (6 x 6dc, 1ch groups)

Row 4:  Join yarn in 1st dc of any 6dc group;  3ch (counts as 1dc), 1dc into same place as join, 1dc into each of next 4dc, 2dc into last dc on 6dc group (8dc group);  *2dc into first dc on next 6dc group, 1 dc into each of next 4dc, 2dc into last dc on 6dc group (8dc group)* *to* all around;  ss into top of 3ch to close (6 x 8dc groups = 48 dc)

Row 5: Join yarn in space before start of any 8dc group;   6ch (counts as 1sc, 5ch), 1sc into space between 4th and 5th dc;   *5ch, 1sc into space before start of next 8dc group;  5ch 1sc into space between 4th and 5th dc* repeat *to* x 5;   5ch ss into first ch of 6ch at start of row

Row 6:   Join yarn in any 5ch space;  3ch, 5dc in same space as join (6dc group);  *6dc into next 5ch space (6dc group) *to* x 11 (12 x 6dc groups)

Row 7:  Repeat row 4 (12 x 8dc groups = 96dc)

Row 8:  Join yarn in any dc;  2ch in same space as join;  1hdc into each dc to end;  ss into top of 2ch at start to close.

Row 9:  Join yarn in space between hdc (in line with sc on Row 5);   6ch (counts as 1sc, 5ch) in same space;  *skip 3 spaces between hdc, 1sc into 4th space between dc, 5ch* *to* all around,  ss into 1st ch of 6ch at start to close

Row 10:   Join yarn in any 5ch space;  7ch (counts as 1sc, 6ch);  *sc into next 5ch space, 6ch* *to* all around, ss into 1st ch of 7ch at start to close;

Row 11:  Repeat Row 10

Row 12:  Repeat Row 6

Row 13:   Repeat Row 4

Row 14:  Repeat Row 8

Row 15:  Join yarn in space between any 2 hdc,  5ch (counts as 1sc, 4ch) in same space as join;  *skip 2 spaces, 1sc in third space between hdc;  4ch* *to* to end, ss into 1st ch of start 5ch to close. 

Row 16:  Join yarn in any 4ch space,  5ch (counts ad 1sc, 4ch) in same space as join;  *1sc, 4ch in next 4ch space* *to* to end, ss into 1st of start 5ch to close

Row 17:  Repeat Row 16

Row 18:  Join yarn in any 4ch space,  3ch (counts as 1dc), 2dc in same space as join (3dc group) ;  *3dc into next 4ch space (3dc group)  *to* to end, ss into top of 3ch at start to close.

Row 19:  Join yarn in space between any two 3dc groups;   5ch (counts as sc, 4ch) in same space as join;  *1sc, 4ch in next space between 3dc groups* *to* to end, ss into 1st of start 5ch to close

Row 20:  Repeat Row 18

Row 21:  ss into any dc;  *1ch, 1ss into top of  next dc*  *to* to end 1ch, ss into ss at start of edging.

My mandalas did not really need "blocking",  but I did give them a nice puff of steam with the iron (cotton is not quite as well behaved as the acrylics I am used to working with)!

The pattern for the matching Coasters can be found HERE
 
crochet coasters

Thursday, 24 April 2014

Rainbow Vermicelli Coasters: Pattern

Last week Thursday (pre holidays, and pre Starflower Mandala Fever - which you can read about HERE, HERE and HERE) I ordered a stash of lovely Raeesah Cotton Soft (100% Cotton) and a few balls of a pretty variegated Courtelle I wanted to try out. 

First thing Tuesday (post holidays, and amidst Mandala Fever) the Courier arrived with my parcels:


yarn stash

Pretty!!!!    Pretty!!

A few ladies new to the art of crochet asked me to create an easy Mandala for them to hook.    Of course that was the perfect excuse to start a new project using my lovely new stash!

I kept the stitchwork very simple so that (a) it would be easy to make and (b) I could use my variegated cottons!


crochet mandala

I was having so much fun with this - and the variegated yarn reminded me of the Rainbow Vermicelli my children loved sprinkling on cakes and milkshakes when they were younger!

A few more rows and it was done!   This time actually writing the pattern as I did each row! (A first for me as I usually get so carried away with the crocheting that I forget to write the pattern down).

Four lovely ladies are testing the pattern with me at the moment - a bit slow going, as the ladies have to squeeze in a few rows between children, husband and home.

The first rows of the pattern have been tested (and, according to the testers, are perfect!)

I plan to use this Mandala on the patio and a few matching coasters seemed like a good idea!

crochet coaster

They do look a bit wonky in the photo - but a quick puff of steam from the iron will sort that out in no time!

6 Quick and easy rows, work up to a coaster 12cm in diameter.

Rainbow Vermicelli Coasters

Pattern Terms:  US

Yarn:  Raeesah Cotton Soft DK (100% cotton)
Hook:  4.00mm 

Foundation:  5ch, ss to join

Row 1:  3ch (counts as 1dc), 1dc, 2ch into circle;  *2dc, 2ch into circle* *to* x 5 ss into top of 3ch to close

Row 2:  Join yarn in any 2ch space;  3ch (counts as 1dc), 2dc into same space as join, 2ch:  *3dc, 2ch into next 2ch space* *to* x 5, ss into top of 3ch to close (6 x 3dc, 2ch groups)

Row 3:  Join yarn in any 2ch space;  3ch (counts as 1 dc), 5dc into same space as join (6dc group), 1ch;  *6dc, 1ch into next 2ch space (6dc group)* *to* x 5;   ss into top of 3ch to close (6 x 6dc, 1ch groups)

Row 4:  Join yarn in 1st dc of any 6dc group;  3ch (counts as 1dc), 1dc into same place as join, 1dc into each of next 4dc, 2dc into last dc on 6dc group (8dc group);  *2dc into first dc on next 6dc group, 1 dc into each of next 4dc, 2dc into last dc on 6dc group (8dc group)* *to* all around;  ss into top of 3ch to close (6 x 8dc groups = 48 dc)

Row 5:  Join yarn in 1st dc of any 8dc group;   3ch (counts as 1dc), 1dc into same place as join, 1dc into each of next 6dc, 2dc into last dc on 8dc group, *2dc into first dc on next 8dc group, 1dc into each of next 6dc, 2dc into last dc on 8dc group* *to* all around,  ss into top of 3ch to close 

Row 6   ss into any dc;  *1ch, 1ss into top of  next dc*  *to* to end 1ch, ss into ss at start of edging.

crochet coasters

A little bit of quick, colourful hooking fun - perfect for using up yarn scraps!

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Popcorn Flower Square: Baby Groovyghan CAL(7)

With all the holidays and the excitement about my STARFLOWER MANDALA PATTERN I almost forgot to write this post!

For those joining in now (or for those who are a little behind) here are the links to the previous posts:

WEEK 1 - RAINBOWS AND DAISIES SQUARES

WEEK 2 - RAINBOW HALF GRANNY SQUARES

WEEK 3 - THE FIRST STRIPES

WEEK 4 - CIRCLES IN SQUARES

WEEK 5 - ZOOTY OWL SQUARE

WEEK 6 - ITS STARTING TO LOOK A LOT LIKE A BABY GROOVYGHAN

After you have completed Week 6, your Baby Groovyghan should be looking something like this:


crochet baby blanket

Onto the top of the "Zooty Owl" row, crochet 5 stripes as follows:

Row 1:   Join your white yarn (or whatever colour you are using as your border colour) into the corner 3ch of the first square in the row; 1dc into the top of each dc, when you reach a corner on a block 1dc into corner, 1dc into loop of  join, 1dc into corner on next block.   Repeat this to the end of the row of blocks.  1dc into the last corner 3ch.
 
Rows 2 - 5:   "Granny Stripe"

Row 2:  Into space between first 2 double crochet on the wrong side of your work, crochet 3ch, 2dc,  *skip two spaces, into third space from hook 3dc* rep *to* to last 4dc, 3dc into space between last 2dc. 

Row 3:  turn work - now working on the right side;  ch 4;  *3dc into space between clusters* rep *to* to last sp between clusters, ch 1, 1dc into sp between last dc on final cluster of Row 2 

Row 4:   Working on the wrong side of your work;  3ch, 2dc into 1ch sp at end of prev row (i.e the start of this row);  *3dc into space between each cluster* rep *to* to last sp between clusters 

Row 5:  Repeat Row 3

Make 8 POPCORN FLOWER SQUARES and join together using the Visible Join



popcorn flower granny squares

Pattern Terms:  US 
Yarn:  Mirage 4ply 
Hook Size:  350mm 

Foundation:   4ch, sl st to join OR make a magic ring;

Row 1:  3 ch (counts as 1 dc):  11 dc into circle (12 dc), sl st into top of 3ch to join;

Row 2:  3ch (counts as 1dc), 1dc into top of  same dc;  [2dc into top of next dc (2dc group)] x11 = 24dc
 
Row 3:  Join yarn in any space between a 2dc group;   3ch (counts as 1dc), 4dc into same space as join; form popcorn, 2ch;  (popcorn stitch into space between next 2dc group, 2ch) x 11;   sl st into top of first popcorn to join


popcorn flower square

NOTE:   A Popcorn Stitch is formed by crocheting 5dc then removing the hook from the last loop, inserting the hook front to back on the first dc, and again into last loop, yoh and pull through


popcorn flower square



popcorn flower square



Row 4:  Join yarn in any 2ch space between popcorns;  6ch (counts as 1dc, 3ch), 2dc into same space as join;  (3hdc into each of next two 2ch spaces;  3dc, 3ch, 3dc into next 2ch space) x 3;  3hdc into each of next 2ch spaces;  2dc into same space as join, sl st into loop formed at start

Row 5:  [3ch (counts as 1dc) 2dc , 3ch, 3dc into same space as ss;  3dc into each of next 3 spaces between 3dc groups,  3dc, 3ch, 3dc into next space] x3;   3hdc into each of next 3 spaces between 3dc groups;   sl st into top of 3ch at start

Row 6:  3dc into space between each 3dc group;  into corner 3ch crochet 3dc, 3ch, 3dc - to end, sl st to close


This is what my Baby Groovyghan looks like so far:


crochet baby blanket

Next week we do the final stripes and blocks, and the week after (the final week) we will do the border.

The finished blanket if you are using 4ply and a 3.50 mm hook should be approximately  85cm x 110cm

Happy Hooking!!!

Monday, 21 April 2014

Starflower Mandala: Thank You!

Happy, amazed, dazed confused!! 27 000 views on my pattern since I published my STARFLOWER MANDALA PATTERN on Friday! 

Who would have thought that my "little" mandala would get so much attention?! 

YAY! - Thank you wonderful crochet friends!

starflower mandala