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Sunday, 21 May 2017

Glitterball Mandala


crochet mandala

I've been playing around with this mandala for a little while, getting the hang of creating a round, flat doily thing that doesn't get warped and wobbley.

Then I found some delicious gold and silver thread while away at Phillip Island a month ago.
I avoided metallic threads for many years as I thought them a bit tacky. I was so very, very wrong! I used some in my Unicorn Poop Arm Mitts, then decided to chuck a bit of glitter in this very glittery mandala.  And I love it!

I have also been having massive Eargasms listening to the glam rock stylings of Suzi Quatro, The Sweet, Thin Lizzy and David Bowie lately. The music I listen to when I crochet has a huge impact on my colour choices.

As I crochet and sing along to the tunes crackling out of my record player (for you Gen Y/Zers, record players were what we oldies used a long, long, long time ago before CDs were invented. Think of them as being like black CD discs but way bigger. And no lasers!!), I found myself wanting more colour, more crazy!

Even now I have a strong yearning to throw neon in with the silver, aqua and hot pink. That's the power of vinyl Crochet Brothers and Sisters!

I called this mandala 'Glitterball' because it reminds me of all my favourite tunes such as Ballroom Blitz and the glam/ glittery iconic symbols of the 70s rock scene: Aladdin Sanes' lightning bolt, glitter coated platform shoes, crunchy guitars, and fantastic androgynous makeup.

So are you ready Steve, Andy? Mick? Alright fellas!

Let's gooooooo!!!!!*

*Ballroom Blitz opening lyrics, not mine. Go listen to the song if you've never heard it. It's the coolest thing next to your eardrums.

What will you need?

A combination of cotton yarns in the colours below (or your own choices). The gold and silver will probably be acrylic or polyester.

A 3.5mm crochet hook

Scissors and darning needle

Stitch Abbreviations

(U.S. Crochet terms are used)   



ch

Chain

dc

Double crochet

fo

Finish off

hdc

Half double crochet

sc

Single crochet

sk

Skip

sp

Space

ss

Slip stitch

St

Stitch

tr

Treble



Colour A

canary yellow

Colour H

disco ball silver

Colour B

hot pink

Colour I

grass green

Colour C

light pink

Colour J

purple

Colour D

flamingo pink

Colour K

emerald

Colour E

blush pink

Colour L

aqua

Colour F

teal

Colour M

gold

Colour G

storm blue



Grab your hook and let's get started!

Round 1: Starting with Colour A, crochet 6sc in a magic ring. Ss to beginning sc, then FO. [6]
Round 1

R2:          Join Colour B to any sc from R1. *(Ch2, dc in same stitch, ch2, ss in next st). Repeat from * 5 more times. You will now have 6 sweet little petals. FO. [6 petals]
Round 2

R3:          Join Colour C in the top of the middle dc of any petal from R2.  Sc in that same st, ch4, *(sc in top of the middle dc in next petal, ch4). Repeat from * 5 more times and finish with a ss to beginning sc. FO. [6sc, 24ch]
Round 3

R4:          Join Colour D in any ch4 space and ch1 (counts as 1st sc). 5sc in this same ch4 sp. Then *(sk sc, 6sc in next ch4 sp). Repeat from * 5 more times and finish with ss to beginning sc (which was a ch1). FO. [36sc]
Round 4

R5:          Join Colour E in any sc of R4. Ch1 (counts as sc), then sc in each st around. Ss to beginning sc (which was a ch1) and FO. [36sc]
Round 5
R6:          Join Colour F in the sc that is at the point of each side of this little ‘hexagon’. Ch1 (counts as sc), ch7, sk 5 st. *(sc in next st, ch7, sk 5 st). Repeat from * 5 more times, then join with ss to beginning sc (which was a ch1). FO. [6sc, 42ch]
Round 6

R7:          Join Colour G to the beginning of any ch7 sp. Ch1 (counts as sc). Crochet 9sc in same ch7 sp. Then skipping every sc, crochet 10sc in each of the remaining ch7 sp. Ss to beginning sc (which was a ch1). FO. [60sc]
Round 7

R8:          Join Colour B to any st from R7. Ch1 (counts as sc), then sc in each st around. [60sc]
Round 8

R9:          Join Colour H to any point of the ‘hexagon’ as indicated by the photo below.  Ch1 (counts as sc). Sc in next 2 st, hdc in next 2st, 3hdc in next st, hdc in next 2 st, sc in next 2 st. *(sc in next 3 st, hdc in next 2st, 3hdc in next st, hdc in next 2 st, sc in next 2 st.) Repeat from * 5 more times. Join with ss to beginning sc (which was a ch1). FO. [72st]
Round 9
R10:       Join Colour I to any st of R9. Ch2 (counts as sc and ch1), then sk next st. *(sc, ch1, sk st). Repeat from * around to the end. Join with ss to beginning sc (which was a ch1). FO. [36sc, 36ch]
Round 10

R11:       Join Colour E in any ch1 space. Ch2 (counts as sc and ch1), sc in same st, then ch1 *(sk next st, sc in next ch1 sp, ch1). Repeat from * 5 times. Skip the next st. Now to complete to round: #(in same st {sc, ch1, sc}, then ch1, {sk next st, sc in ch1 sp, ch1} 5 times). Phew! Repeat from # 4 more times. Join with a ss to beginning sc (which was a ch1). FO. [42sc, 42ch]
Round 11

R12:       Join Colour J in any ch1 sp. Repeat R10. [42sc, 42ch]
Round 12

R13:       Join Colour K in any ch1 sp. Repeat R10. [42sc, 42ch]
Round 13

R14:       Join Colour A in any ch1 sp. Ch 3, dc in same sp then ch1. *(in next ch1 sp crochet 2dc, ch1, sk next sc of R13). Repeat from * around to the end. Join with a ss to top of beg ch3. FO. [84dc, 42ch]
Round 14

R15:       Join Colour D in any ch1 sp. Ch3 (counts as 1sc plus 2ch). *(sk the 2dc of R14, sc in ch1 sp, ch2). Repeat from * around to the end. Join with a ss to beginning sc (which was a ch1). FO. [42sc, 84ch]

R16:       Join Colour L in any ch2 sp. Ch1 (does not count as sc). *(in same ch2 sp: sc, hdc, dc, ch3, sl st to 3rd ch from the hook. Skip the next sc. In next ch2 sp: dc, hdc, sc). Repeat from * around to the end. Join with a ss to beginning sc. FO. [You will finish up with 21 ‘rays’]
Round 16


Round 16

R17:       Join Colour J to the point of any ray in the ch3 loop. Ch1 (counts as sc), Ch6. Then *(sc in the top of the next ray point, ch6). Repeat from * 20 times. Join with ss to beginning sc (which was a ch1). FO.
Round 17

R18:       Join Colour B in any Ch6 sp. Ch3 (counts as first dc), 7dc in same ch6 sp. Then *(8dc in each ch6 sp skipping each sc). Repeat from * around to the end. Join with a ss to top of beg ch3. FO. [168dc]
Round 18
R19:       Join Colour M in between the 2dc above the sc of R17. Ch10 (counts as 1sc plus 9ch), sk 8dc of R18. *(sc between the 8th and 9th dc of R18. This should be above the sc of R17. Ch9). Repeat from * around to the end, only crocheting the sc between the 8th and 9th dc of the previous round. See photo for clarification. [21sc, 189ch]


Round 19
R20:       Join Colour D in any ch9 sp. Ch2 (counts as fist hdc), 8hdc in same ch9 sp. Then *(9hdc in each ch9 sp skipping each sc). Repeat from * around to the end. Join with a ss to top of beg ch2. FO. [189hdc]

Round 20
R21:       Join Colour L to the first hdc of any 9hdc section. Ch1 (counts as 1st sc), then in the next 8 stitches: sc, hdc, dc, 2tr in same st, dc, hdc, sc, sc. *(sc, sc, hdc, dc, 2tr in same st, dc, hdc, sc, sc). Repeat from * in each of the remaining 20 ‘9hdc’ sections around to the end. Join with a ss to beg sc (which was a ch). FO. [198st]

Round 21
R22:       Join Colour H to the first sc of the previous round. Ch1 (counts as sc), then sc in each of the next 4st, ch3, sc in next 5st. *(sc in each of the next 5 st ending with the 1st tr of the previous row. Ch3, starting with next tr: sc in each or the next 5 st of the previous row). Repeat from * around to the end. Basically in this round you sc in each stitch but with a little ch3 between the 2 high trebles in the middle so you make it a little bit more pointy. Join with a ss to beg sc (which was a ch). FO. [198st, 63ch]


Round 22. Doesn't the silver make it looks super cool and glam?!


And you're finished!  Block your mandala just so those points sit out nice and pointy.

crochet mandala


I would love to see your mandala. Pop on over to my Facie page and post a photo of your finished Glitterball. Or tag me on Instagram @red.haired.amazona.crochets
I love love love seeing everyone's finished projects!



Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Sunshine Lollipops Blanket- How I made this thing!

This isn't a pattern post.  Nor is it a tutorial. This post will simply explain how I made this blanket. Then if you want to make one, you can too. But it's very informal. If you have any further questions or want extra info, please feel free to message me through my Facebook page  or email me at balibelibear@gmail.com
 
 
When I'm going on holidays, I spend quite sometime deciding what yarn and projects to take. Then my choices are packed super carefully.



Back in December we went to stay in Mollymook with the parental units for Christmas and this is what I took along.

A bag of cottons to play with in the car when I wasn't doing the driving, and a basket for other projects to be packed in the boot.

I chose a nice deep blue merino (just in case), some pompoms to finish off the Winterlude Keyhole Scarflet (underneath), my hook case, and a selection of colourful acrylics. I wasn't sure what I wanted to do with the acrylics but I loved looking at those colours together!

After spending an hour or so choosing and packing yarns, I selected my clothes and threw them into a suitcase which took less than 10 minutes. Because #priorities


Once we had arrived and settled in, I decided I fancied making lots of colourful circles with the acrylics. I took my project to the beach.



I made lots of circles during daytime games of Monopoly, and after the kids were tucked in bed, during games of Cards Against Humanity. Have you ever played that game? Not for the faint of heart or prudish minded!

BTW the little nail clippers on the table are not for personal grooming. There is always a pair in my hook case from my last plane trip for cutting yarn when you can't carry scissors!


I set up a crochet corner in this comfy place on the Motherships back verandah.
 

Once we had returned home after a lovely 2 weeks away, I started turning my circles into squares.


Would you like to know how to make these circley square grannies?

I used a selection of colours in DK acrylic.
A 4mm crochet hook.
I also had a pair of scissors and a darning needle for sewing and trimming ends.

I use US crochet terms.

First I started with a magic circle, chained 3 (counts as 1st DC), then 11dc in the circle.


Once all 12 dcs (including the beginning ch3) are complete, slip stitch to the top of the beg Ch3 and pull that centre thread in the middle of the magic circle nice and tight!



For round 2: Ch3 (counts as 1st dc), dc in same st, then 2dc in each stitch around.
Once you've crocheted 24 dc (including 1st Ch3), slip stitch to top of beg Ch3.


For round 3: Ch3 (counts as 1st dc), dc in same stitch, dc in next stitch then work in pattern (2dc, dc) all the way around. This should give 36 dcs (inc beginning Ch3). Slip stitch to top of beginning Ch3 and finish off.



Join your next colour.



In the stitch where you joined in your new colour, Ch1, then sc in same st. Then hdc, hdc, dc, in next stitch: (tr, ch3, tr)...
 


For the next 3 sides in each stitch:
 
dc, hdc, hdc, sc, sc, hdc, hdc, dc, in next st (tr, ch3, tr)
 


In the last part: dc, hdc, hdc, sc, then join with a slip stitch to the beginning st. Finish off!.


Join the last colour, ch1, sc in the same stitch and in each stitch around. Finish off.


And sew in your ends.




video


Here are all the little finished squares laid out on a white sheet. There are 9 rows of 13 squares. Or 13 rows of 9 squares! 


It now looked nothing like what I initially imagined. But I started to love my blanket for it's new character.


After they were all sewn together, I crocheted 7 rounds of single crochet.


5 of the 7 rounds...

Then I decided to go a bit wild!  I wanted to create a tulip border similar to what I used in my Happy Flower Mandala.

I crocheted 1 round in green as follows:

Ch3, dc in same st, Ch2, 2dc in same st as 1st 2 dc. Sk 3 st, *{(2dc, 2ch, 2dc, sk 3 stitches) to the first corner. In the corner stitch (2dc, 3dc, 2dc)}. Continue from * on each side.and corners. Join with a slip stitch to top of beginning Ch3. Finish off.


 
In the next round, to complete the flower tops I made little popcorns. They are kind of in 4dc clusters made like this:
 
Starting in any ch2 space...

For the first popcorn:

Ch 3, yarn over, insert hook into the Ch2 space, YO, pull up the loop, YO, pull through 2 loops. There will still be 2 loops left on the hook. YO, insert yarn into the same Ch2 sp, YO, pull up a loop, YO, pull through 2 loops. There will now be 3 loops left on the hook. YO, insert hook into the same Ch2 sp, YO, pull up a loop, YO, pull through 2 loops. There will be 4 loops left on the hook. YO, pull through all 4 remaining loops.

Then chain 4, skip all the stitches to the next Ch2 space, then crochet the next popcorn:

4DC Popcorn:
YO, insert hook into next Ch2 sp, YO, pull up the loop, YO, pull through 2 loops. There will still be 2 loops left on the hook. YO, insert yarn into the same Ch2 sp, YO, pull up a loop, YO, pull through 2 loops. There will now be 3 loops left on the hook. YO, insert hook into the same Ch2 sp, YO, pull up a loop, YO, pull through 2 loops. There will be 4 loops left on the hook. YO, insert hook into same sp, YO, pull up a loop, YO pull through 2 loops. There will be 5 loops left on the hook. YO, pull through all 5 remaining loops.
To continue all you need to do is follow the sequence (Ch4, 4dc popcorn) in each Ch2 space around.
 

 
The next round simply single crochets all around including in the top of each popcorn, followed by another round of single crochet.
 
Then 2 rounds of granny stripe.  I did one in green and one in orange.
 
Because I was sewing in my threads as I went, and the blanket was simply hanging around the loungeroom, it started being used!


After just sticking to orange, light pink, dark pink and green in the border, I decided to do a few rounds with the yellow and purple.
This was a bad decision.


For some reason whenever I looked at it, the colours made me feel gloopy. I threw the blanket in a project bag for weeks and didn't look at it!

SO I frogged back to the last orange granny stripe round, crocheted a round of single crochet in hot pink, then found this wonderful border pattern.

It is by Dragana from the crochet blog Dada's Place.

She has a pattern for this lovely edging. I had tried several different styles but found this on Pinterest and realized it was exactly what I wanted. If you would like to crochet this edging onto one of your projects, you can find her pattern here.


I then pinned the whole blanket out on some camping mats which I bought solely for blocking, not for camping!


Bijoux gave it her feline tick of approval.


And to wet it, I sprayed with the garden hose on 'mist'.


It was a beautiful warm breezy day so the blanket dried super fast.


And is now inside and being used.

All stacked up with my other blankets!

 
Some of the lovely ladies who follow my Facebook page gave me some gorgeous name ideas. Like Tutti Fruity (nice one Kim!), Summer Splash (thanks Christine!), Scrumptious Fruit Medley (thanks Kae!), Shades of COmfort (thanks Nancy!), Running Round in Circles (good one Debra!) and Sunny fruit salad (xox Vicki!). 
 
I've decided to call it Sunshine Lollipops because it reminds me of summer and lollies!
 



 


I love making super bright blankets because when we use them in winter when it's cold and dreary, they brighten up your day!

Thanks for visiting!


xox
Louise
The Red Haired Amazona