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The weather may not know it but spring is finally here! The best part of spring is all the new pretty flowers popping up and brightening our day. Those flowers are what have inspired today’s project. The Crochet Springtime Mandala works up quickly and beautifully. If you have all the supplies at the ready, you can easily get this done in an afternoon. Unless you’re like me and forget the hot glue sticks. Oops!
Lately, I’ve been seeing a lot of mandala patterns floating around the interwebs but none of them really fit what I wanted for this particular project. So off I went to design my own! It took me a couple trial runs but I ended up with something that I think is simple and beautiful. I think you’ll think so too! Let’s get started!
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- The difficulty of the pattern is Advanced Beginner. If you’re familiar with the stitches and with working flat in the round you can do this!
- The pattern is worked in the round. No turning after the end of each round.
Here’s what you will need:
- 4-5 colors of size 4 medium weight yarn or however many colors you want to use ( I used Hobby Lobby’s I Love This Yarn)
- For the main color of my mandala, I used about 10 yards
- For the flowers and leaves, I used just a few feet of each color. You could use scraps or mini skeins to make them
- Sizes H (5mm) hook and I (5.5mm) hook
- A yarn needle
- A pair of scissors
- A glue gun (don’t forget your glue sticks!)
- Permanent fabric glue ( I used Aleene’s Super Fabric Adhesive.)
- A 10-inch embroidery hoop
- A sheet of felt ( The color doesn’t necessarily matter. It will go on the back of your flowers where no one will see.)
- An iron with a steam function.
- CH – chain
- ST/STS – stitch/stitches
- SLP ST– slip stitch
- SC – single crochet
- HDC – half double crochet
- DC – double crochet
- TRC – treble crochet
Pattern for the mandala:
Using the I/5.5 mm hook, CH 5. SLP ST to the first chain to join in a circle. CH 2.
Round 1: Make 9 HDC in the center of the circle. SLP ST to first HDC. ( 9 HDC stitches ) CH 3.
Round 2: DC in the same ST you joined in. *CH 1, DC in the next ST repeat from * around to last HDC. DC then CH 1 and SLP ST to the second chain of the beginning chain to finish round. CH 2 ( counts as DC for next round.)
Round 3: DC in first CH space. DC in DC ST. *2 DC in CH space, DC in DC ST repeat from * around. 2 DC in last CH space. SLP ST to the second chain of the beginning chain. ( 28 DC stitches) CH 1.
Round 4: SC in same ST you joined in. *CH 7, skip 3 STS, SC in next ST, repeat from * around to final 3 STS, CH 7 and SLP ST to first SC of the round. Ch 1.
Round 5. SC in first SC, * 7 DC in CH-7 loop, SC in SC, repeat from * around, SLP ST to first SC of the round. CH 4 ( counts as TRC for next round.)
Round 6: CH 5, skip 3 DC STS, DC in the next ST. * CH 5, skip 3 DC STS, TRC in next ST. CH 5, skip 3 DC STS, DC in next ST repeat from * around. CH 5 and SLP ST in the fourth CH of the beginning chain. CH 4.
Round 7: CH 6. TRC in the DC ST. * CH 7, TRC in the TRC ST. CH 7 TRC in the DC ST repeat from * around. CH 7, SLP ST to the fourth chain of the beginning chain. CH 1.
Now we’re going to work into each CH ST and TRC.
Round 8: SC in same ST that you joined in. 2 SC in next CH, SC in next CH, ( SC, CH 3. SC ) in next CH. SC in next CH, 2 SC in next CH, SC in next CH. * SC in TRC ST, SC in next CH, 2 SC in next CH, SC in next CH, ( SC, CH 3, SC ) in next CH. SC in next CH, 2 SC in next CH, SC in next CH, repeat from * around. SLP ST to first SC of the round. Cut a 6-inch tail and pull the yarn through. Now time to finish it off and weave in your ends!
Next, we have to steam block the mandala! To do this we’re going put our iron on the lowest steam setting. Then without actually touching the mandala, level your iron over the mandala and steam it. Spend a couple minutes just steaming and lightly stretching the mandala. Doing this will loosen and soften up the yarn and help it lay right so we have no issues attaching it to the hoop. Now let your mandala lay there to air dry for a few minutes before continuing.
Next is attaching it to your hoop! Or you can continue with the appliques below and come back to this part later to assemble it all together.
Attaching the Mandala-
First we’re going to take our hoop apart. You do this by loosening the screw at the top just a little bit and slipping the outside hoop off the inside hoop.
You’re going to attach your mandala to your smaller hoop. Now take your yarn needle and a piece of yarn about 2.5 feet long. You’re going to thread your needle through the chain 3 space of the last round of the mandala, then wrap around the hoop and back through the next chain 3 space. Like shown in the picture below. Continue all the way around the hoop back at the beginning. Tie your ends together or hot glue them down. If you don’t like the look of it this way, then you can cut 14 pieces of yarn. Take one piece, thread it through a chain 3 space and then tie the ends tight around the hoop. Trim the ends off and hot glue the knot down.
Put this hoop back in the other hoop. What I did was line up the “seam” of my beginning chain stitch line with the gap between the hoop and had 1 of my chain stitches on either side of the screw piece. Can you tell in the picture? Then tighten the screw piece back up. Time to move onto decorating! Yay!
Time for the flowers and leaves!
For the first flower, I used an I/5.5mm hook. For the other two flowers, I used an H/5mm hook.
I used 3 different flower tutorials to decorate my hoop.
For the small bud shaped flowers, I used a free pattern by Red Heart Yarns. You can download the free pattern here.
I adjusted my foundation chain to make the two different sizes. For the smallest one, I chained 12 then worked the pattern like normal ending with 3 v-stitches in row 1.
For the medium sized flowers, I used a free tutorial from the Sewrella blog. You can find that tutorial here.
I made two different sizes for this one too. I followed her pattern for the biggest one and then for the smallest one I chained 20+1. Then continued with the pattern like normal.
For the giant purple flower, I used a free tutorial from the Busy Creating Memories blog. You can find it here. This one is giant and awesome!
Of course, you don’t have to use all of these flower and leaf patterns! You can use whatever appliques you come up with. It’s still going to look amazing!
Finishing the flowers:
After I had all my flowers ready I then cut out little circles of my felt. Cut them just small enough that the edges won’t stick out from under the flowers. Then I used my fabric glue to glue the felt onto the back of the flowers. This will help the flowers stick to your hoop.
I have a separate blog post for the leaves. I thought the leaves could have more use than just for this mandala so I gave them their own blog post. You can find it here!
After you finish making your leaves, you can add the felt to the back of them just like you did with the flowers. The felt will help with keeping your leaves nice, stiff and perfect.
Get your hot glue gun ready!
First practice or test out how you would like your flowers and leaves arranged! To attach them to the hoop, using your hot glue gun, first glue down your leaves how you like. Then glue down the flowers where you would like them. I think its just easier to do the leaves first because then you don’t have to fiddle with the flowers to get them to lay right.
Well, there you go! Your Springtime Mandala is finished! It’s going to look beautiful on your wall! So hang it up for all to see!
Thanks for hanging out with me today! I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! If you did please comment below or share it with your friends! If you have any questions or comments please leave them below!
Have a fantastic day and happy crocheting!