CRO­CHET MANDALAS

Get your brights on with An­nemarie Hui­jser’s punchy cro­chet man­dala trio

Mollie Makes - - Contents -

Three colour­ful doily de­signs to hook

Feel like mak­ing, just for the sheer joy of it? Scratch that crafty itch with this bright cro­chet project, and get a happy colour fix while try­ing out new tech­niques.

The three mandalas are all worked from the same pat­tern, but each one uses colour in a dif­fer­ent way. Use the shades listed, or go rogue and mix it up, clash­ing or com­pli­ment­ing dif­fer­ent hues.

Blue man­dala

Colours are changed every round, so break the yarn and fas­ten off at the end of each round, and sew in the ends as you go. Us­ing Yarn A, make a magic ring Round 1 ch3 (counts as 1tr), 11tr in ring, pull ring gen­tly, join to 3rd st from start­ing ch3 with a ss, pull ring tight [12tr] Round 2 join Yarn B in any space be­tween sts made in Round 1, ch3 (counts as 1tr), 1tr in same place, 2tr in each space be­tween sts made in the pre­vi­ous round, join to 3rd st from start­ing ch3 with a ss [24tr] Round 3 join Yarn C in any space be­tween 2 groups of 2tr made in the pre­vi­ous round, ch3 (counts as 1tr), 2tr in same place, 3tr in each space be­tween 2tr groups made in the pre­vi­ous round, join to 3rd st from start­ing ch3 with a ss [36tr] Round 4 join Yarn D in any space

be­tween 2 groups of 3tr made in the pre­vi­ous round, ch5 (counts as 1dc, ch3), (1dc, ch3) in each space be­tween 3tr groups made in the pre­vi­ous round, join to 2nd st from start­ing ch5 with a ss [12dc and 12 3ch-sps] Round 5 join Yarn A in any 3ch-sp, ch3 (counts as 1tr), str in the mid­dle st of the 3tr group made in Round 3 work­ing over the 3ch-sp, 1tr in 3ch-sp, ch1, (1tr, 1str in mid­dle st of 3tr group, 1tr, ch1) in each 3ch-sp around, join to 3rd st from start­ing ch3 with a ss [36tr and 12 1ch-sps] Round 6 join Yarn E in any tr, ch3 (counts as 1tr), 1tr in each st and 1str over 1ch-sp and into the dc on Round 4 all around, join to 3rd st from start­ing ch3 with a ss [48tr] Round 7 join Yarn B in any tr, ch3 (counts as 1tr), *2tr in next st, 1tr in next st; rep from * to last st, 2tr in last st, join to 3rd st from start­ing ch3 with a ss [72tr] Round 8 join Yarn C in a tr on Round 7 sit­ting di­rectly above a str on Round 6, ch2 (counts as 1dc), 1dc in next st, *1fptr around mid st of 3tr group on Round 6, miss 1 st, 1dc in each of next 5sts; rep from * an­other 11 times but on the last re­peat omit the last 2dc, join to 2nd st from start­ing ch2 with a ss [60dc and 12fptr] Round 9 join Yarn D in any fptr on Round 8, ch3 (counts as 1tr), ch4, miss 2 sts, *1tr in next st, ch4, miss 2 sts; rep from * to end of round, join to 3rd st from start­ing ch3 with a ss [24tr and 24 4ch-sps] Round 10 work this round into Round 8 and in front of Round 9, join Yarn E in a dc from Round 8 im­me­di­ately be­fore a tr worked on Round 9, ch3 (counts as 1tr), ch4, miss 2 sts of Round 8, *1tr in next st, ch4, miss 2 sts of Round 8; rep from * to end of round, join to 3rd st from start­ing ch3 with a ss [24tr and 24 4ch-sps] Round 11 join Yarn A through the 4ch-sps on both Rounds 9 and 10 be­tween the tr from these rounds, ch3 (counts as 1tr), sdtr over the 4ch-sps and into the un­used dc of Round 8, 1tr in same 4ch-sps, ch1, *1tr in next 4ch-sps, 1sdtr into Round 8 dc, 1tr in same 4ch-sps, ch1; rep from * to end of round, join to 3rd st from start­ing ch3 with a ss [48tr, 24 sdtr and 24 1ch-sps] Round 12 join Yarn B in a tr di­rectly af­ter a 1ch-sp, ch3 (counts as 1tr), 1tr in each of next 2 sts, 1str over the 1ch-sp and into the tr of Round 10, *1tr in each of next 3 sts, 1str over the 1ch-sp and into the tr of Round 10; rep from * to end of round, join to 3rd st from start­ing ch3 with a ss [72tr and 24str] Round 13 join Yarn C in any tr, ch2 (counts as 1dc), 1dc in each st around, join to 2nd st from start­ing ch2 with a ss [96dc] Round 14 join Yarn D in any dc, ch2 (counts as 1htr), *2htr in next st, 1htr in next st; rep from * to last st, 2htr in last st, join to 2nd st from start­ing ch2 with a ss [144htr] Round 15 join Yarn E in any htr, ch2 (counts as 1dc), *1tr in next st, ss in next st, miss 1 st, 1dc in next st; rep from * to last 3 sts, 1tr in next st, ss in next st, miss 1 st, join to 2nd st from start­ing ch2 with a ss

Yel­low man­dala

Work as for the Blue man­dala, this time us­ing Yarn H, Yarn D, Yarn I, Yarn J, Yarn A and Yarn B in your de­sired colour se­quence.

Pink man­dala

Work as for the Blue man­dala, this time us­ing Yarn F, Yarn D, Yarn A, Yarn G, and Yarn C in your de­sired colour se­quence.

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