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Thursday, 16 February 2017

Matahari Mandala- A Free Tutorial



Whenever I don't feel like working on a current big project, and want something small and fast, I've developed a habit of making mandalas.

Or doilies.

Or Mandoilies.

I can't decide what to call them!

I just grab one or more balls of cotton yarn, a hook and start crocheting.
The trick is to increase evenly so you don't get the wibbly- wobblys, just a nice flat circle.

Here is one I whipped up a few weeks ago from a delicious variegated cotton yarn called Moda Vera Mornington 8ply.  It's a mercerized cotton, so a bit shinier and slimmer than the normal 8ply cotton. 



And the colours are psychedelic!!  I've named it 'Matahari' which is the Indonesian/ Malay word for 'sun'. When I stayed on the Indonesian island of Lombok a long time ago it was common for the locals to hold a newspaper over their head on a hot, sunny day and remark, "Astaga! Matahari itu panas sekali!" (Gee Willickers! The sun is very hot!)

I then went CRAZY and added little beads. I am still using it as a doily, but it's reminiscent of the old fashioned milk jug covers, don't ya think?

Would you like a tutorial? Woo Hoo!

As with many of my patterns, if you would like a printable PDF, you can purchase a digital download from my Etsy, or Ravelry Stores for the super low price of US$1. Admin costs baby!!

For this tutorial I have used normal 8 ply cotton with a different colour for each row so it's easy to see the stitches in each row.

What do ya need?
  • Yarn: 8ply cotton yarn. I have used the following colours for the tutorial:
Colour A: mid pink
Colour B: light pink
Colour C: apricot
Colour D: dark pink
Colour E: Ecru/ cream
Colour F: Orange

BUT YOU CAN JUST USE ONE BALL OF YARN LIKE THE FIRST MANDALA ABOVE IN ANY YARN YOU LIKE.
  • If you're using a normal 8 ply cotton, I recommend a 3.5mm hook. For mercerized 8ply cotton, I used a 3mm.
  • 12 pretty beads
  • thread for sewing on the beads
  • darning needle.

Let's get started!


Round 1:   Starting with Colour A, crochet a magic ring, chain 3 (counts as first dc). Then 11 x dc in MR. Join with a ss to top of beg Ch3. FO. [12dc]


Round 1

Round 2:   Join Colour B into the top of any dc. Ch 3 (counts as first dc). Then in the same st 1dc, then 2dc in each st around. Join with a ss to top of beg Ch3. FO. [24dc]


Round 2

Round 3:   Join Colour C in any space between 2 dc. Ch 3 (counts as first dc). In the same space 1dc, Ch1. Sk next 2dc, *(2dc in same sp, Ch1, sk next 2dc). Repeat from * 11 times. Join with a ss to top of beg Ch3. FO. [24dc, 12 x ch1 sp]


Round 3

Round 4:   Join Colour D in any Ch1 space.  Ch 4 (counts as first dc & Ch1). In the same space 1dc, Ch1. Working only in each Ch1 in the round *(Dc, ch1, dc, Ch1). Repeat from * 11 times. Join with a ss to the 3rd ch of beg Ch4. FO. [24dc, 24 x Ch1 sp]


Round 4

Round 5:   Join Colour A in a 'V' ch1 space.  Ch3 (counts as first dc). In the same space 1dc, dc in top of next dc, dc in next Ch1 sp, dc in top of next dc. *( 2dc in the Ch1 'V', dc in top of next dc, dc in ch1 sp, dc in top of next dc). Repeat from * 11 times. Join with a ss to top of beg Ch3. FO. [60 dc]


Round 6:   Join Colour B in between any 2 dc. Ch 6 (the 1st ch counts as a sc), sk 5dc, then sc between the 5th dc and the next dc. *(Ch 5, sk 5dc, sc in between the 5th dc and the next dc). Repeat from * 11 times. Join with a ss to 1st ch in the initial 6ch. FO. [12 sc, 60ch]


Round 6 close up

Round 6 not close up

Round 7:   Join Colour E in any Ch 5 space. Ch 1 (does not count as a stitch), sc x 6 in the Ch5 space. Sk sc of previous row. *(Sc x 6 in next Ch 5 space, sk next sc of previous row.) Repeat from * 11 times. Join with a ss to 1st sc. FO. [72sc]



Round 7

Round 8:   Join Colour F to the 3rd sc of the 6sc's that you crocheted over the Ch 5 spaces. Ch 1(does not count as a stitch). Sc in same st, Ch 6, sk 5 st, *(sc in 6th st, Ch 6, sk 5 st). Repeat from * 11 times. Join with a ss to the 1st sc. FO. [72 ch, 12 sc]



Round 8

Round 9:   Join Colour C in any Ch 6 space. Ch 1 (does not count as a stitch). Sc x 7 in the Ch 6 space, *( sc in the sc of the previous row, sc x 7 in the Ch 6 sp). Repeat from * 11 more times. Join with a ss to the 1st sc. FO. [96 sc]


Round 10:  Join Colour D to any sc stitch which is above a sc stitch from Round 8 (see photo below for clarification). Ch 1 (does not count as a stitch). Starting from that first st: *(sc, sc, hdc, dc, tr, Ch3, then ss in the 1st ch, tr, dc, hdc). Repeat from * 12 times. Join with a ss to the 1st sc. FO. [96st, 12 x 3ch 'peaks']


Round 10
Round 11:  Join Colour E to the Ch3 'peak' bit of any triangle from Round 10. Ch 1(does not count as a stitch). Sc in same st, Ch 10, sk to the next Ch3 'peak', *(sc in Ch3 'peak', Ch 10, sk to the next Ch3 'p). Repeat from * 11 times. Join with a ss to the 1st sc. FO. [120 ch, 12 sc]



Round 11
Round 12:   Join Colour B to any crochet stitch. Ch 1 (does not count as a stitch), then sc in the same stitch. SC x 11 in each Ch 10 sp and sc x 1 in each sc of the previous row around to the end. Join with a SS to the beginning SC. FO. [144sc]

Round 13:   Join Colour A to any single crochet stitch which is right above a Ch3 'peak' from Round 10.  Ch3 (counts as first dc), then dc in the same stitch. In each stitch across Dc x 11, *(2dc in next stitch, 11 x dc). Repeat from * 11 times. Join with a ss to the top of beg Ch 3. FO. [156 dc]



Round 13

Round 14:   In between the last dc of Round 12 and the beg Ch3 on R12, join Colour D, Ch 3, then dc in same space. Then *(sk 2 dc, 2 x dc in between next 2 dc). Repeat for the rest of the round. Join with a sl st to beginning Ch 3. FO. [156 dc]



Round 15:  With this last round we are simply going to slip stitch around.

To start insert hook into any dc, yarn over, pull through to the front, insert hook into next dc, pull through to the front, then slip through the loop leaving one loop on the hook. Continue to slip stitch all the way around in each dc of the previous round.

Follow the photo instructions below.


Insert hook into any dc...


Pull through a loop...


Insert hook into next dc, yarn over and pull through the loop...


Then slip through the previous loop on the hook.


This is what it looks like after 6 stitches.


This is what those 6 slip stitches look like from the back of the work.



Round 15 finished.

If you didn't sew in your thread ends as you finished each row, do so now.

And if you want to add beads, grab needle and thread and sew them on.

I used 12 beads and matched them roughly in line with the peaks of those rays from Round 10.


The next step is to block your work.


Your piece may look a little wibbly- wobbly, but this is easily fixed with a light blocking. I simply pin out the mandala on a piece of foam, then lightly spray with water and leave to dry.

This is sufficient as I use my mandalas ALOT! Especially on the dining table where they may get dirty.  So they get washed frequently. And if you use spray starch, you will need to restarch after every wash.

Here's a classic example of how I usually have an assortment of mandalas on my dining table. 



 
 Meet Violet...


After I took this photo, Violet pee'd AND crapped on one of my cotton mandalas. I was able to pop it in a laundry bag and into the washing machine on a gentle cycle. The mandala, not the guinea pig. Because we don't put our guinea pigs in the washing machine, do we boys & girls?

Did you make one? Good for you! I'd love to see it! Post your makes to my Spacey Facey page, or tag me on Instabrag!

And stay tuned because I have several more mandala patterns on the cook, so I look forward to posting those over the coming months.

xox
Louise


The Red Haired Amazona

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Happy Flower Crochet Mandala


happy flower crochet mandala a free tutorial by Red Haired Amazona

Why Happy Flowers? Because I've kind of convinced myself there are tulipy type flowers in rounds 6-7!

And they make me happy!


Would you like to make yourself some of these super easy peasy fast mandala/ doily thingos? Then let's get cracking!!

What do you need??

3.5mm crochet hook
A darning needle
Scissors
Yarn: Any brand of 8ply Cotton or  
 
Cotton Blend. I used Patons 8 ply Cotton Blend.

Colour A: Teal
Colour B: White
Colour C: Soft Pink
Colour D: Mid Pink
Colour E: Soft Green
Colour F: Yellow
Colour G: Purple

Special Stitches:

Beginning 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.

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.

Abbreviations

Beg: beginning
BLO: back loops only
Ch: chain
Dc: Double Crochet
Hdc: half double crochet
MR: Magic ring
Sc: single crochet
Sk: skip
Sl st: slip stitch
St: stitch

Let's get started!!

Super Dooper Tip: As you fasten off each colour, sew in your ends. Saves the big stitch up later on!

Round 1: Starting with Colour A, work 6sc into MR [6]

Round 1
R2: 2sc in each st. Fasten off and Join Colour B [12]

Round 2

R3: Ch 3 (counts as dc), dc in same st, then *(2dc in each st ) Repeat from *. Join with a sl st to top of beg Ch 3. Fasten off and join Colour C in between the 2 groups of 2dc. [24]

Round 3

R4: Ch2 (counts as hdc), hdc in same st, *Ch 1, sk next 2dc, 2hdc in same sp). Repeat from * to the end. Join with sl st to top of beg Ch2. Fasten off and join Colour D in a Ch1 sp. [24hdc & 12ch]

Round 4 Close up
Round 4

R5: Ch3 (counts as dc), 2dc in same sp, *(Ch1, 3dc in next Ch 1 sp) Repeat from * to the end. Join with a sl st to top of beg Ch3 and fasten off. Join colour E in a Ch1 sp. [36dc & 12ch]

Round 5
R6: In 1st Ch1 sp: (Ch3, dc, Ch 2, 2dc). Then in each Ch1 sp *(2dc, Ch 2, 2dc). Repeat from * to the end. Join with a sl st to top of beg Ch 3 & fasten off. Join Colour F in a Ch2 sp. [48dc & 24ch]

Round 6 close up


Round 6

R7:  Work Beginning Popcorn (see Special Stitches above), Ch5, then *(4DC Popcorn, Ch 5) Repeat from * to the end. Join with sl st in top of beg Ch3. Fasten off and Join Colour G. [12 Popcorns & 60ch]

***Tip: take care not to work your ch 5 too tightly or it will warp the work!!***
 
Round 7
 
R8: Ch1, then 6Sc in each Ch5 sp, 1sc in top of each popcorn. Sl st to beg ch. Fasten off and join Colour C into sc above a popcorn st. [84sc]

Round 8 Close up
Round 8

R9: Ch1, 2sc in same st, *(sc in each of the next 6sc, 2sc in same sc above the popcorn st of R7) Repeat from *. Join with a sl st to beg st, fasten off. Join Colour A. [96sc]

Round 9

R10: Ch1, sc in same st. Sk 3 st, Work shells as follows: *(dc, Ch1,dc, Ch1, dc, Ch1, dc, Ch1, dc, sk 3 st, sc, sk 3 st) Repeat from * around to the end. Fasten off. If you haven't sewn in your ends as you went along, do so now. [12 shells]

Round 10 Close up

Block and you're done!

Happy Flower Crochet Mandala - a free tutorial by Red Haired Amazona

Happy Flower Crochet Mandala - a free tutorial by Red Haired Amazona