Summer Mandala – Free Crochet Pattern – Annie Design Crochet


Crochet Mandalas are very popular! This easy Free Crochet Pattern is my version of this lovely art form, which can be used as a table doily/mat, or turned into a stunning Dream Catcher or Wall Art. Instructions are given to make the crochet mandala, and a simple easy way of attaching it to a hoop. You can then hang it on your wall or porch, or even hang outside for a beautiful decoration or for yarn bombing!

I originally designed this mandala for my book Crochet Yourself Calm

Inspired by crochet vintage doilies, I wanted an easy repetitive pattern that will slow your mind and help you relax, as you crochet stitch by stitch, and I am happy to share this easy colourful crochet pattern with you all! I love the pleasing geometry of the ever increasing circle as you crochet this piece.

As I looked at the crochet mandala’s on my table, I realised that I now wanted them displayed in all their colourful glory. The crochet mandala is approx. 11in (28cm) across, and I found in my stash some embroidery hoops that were 12in (30cm) in diameter. With a little stretch, the mandala’s fitted perfectly. You could crochet around a hoop to attach the circle but I wanted the easiest way, and simply used a sewing needle and yarn. I think they look very lovely hanging from the trees in my rather wild Irish garden!

Mandala is the ancient Sanskrit word for circle, and as a practice can be found right across the world throughout many cultures and religions. Wikipedia/Mandala

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Abbreviations (US terms)

  • Sl st – slip stitch
  • Ch(s) – chain(s)
  • Sc – single crochet
  • Dc – double crochet
  • Beg – beginning
  • Sp – space
  • St(sts) – stitch(es)

Special Stitches

V-stitch – V-st: (1 dc, ch 1, 1 dc) in the same space/stitch

Picot: Ch 3, sl st into first ch.

Materials

  • Small amounts of 4 ply cotton. I used a lovely 100% Cotton 4 ply yarn Scheepjes Cotton 8
  • 3.0mm Crochet Hook
  • Yarn Needle to weave in threads and attach to hoop
  • Scissors
  • 12in/30cm Embroidery Hoop

Size

Circle is approx. 11in [28cm] in diameter when using the suggested yarn weight and hook. You could use a heavier weight yarn and matching hook to make larger circles

Instructions

  • Pattern is written in US crochet terms
  • You will change yarn for every round

Using first colour, ch 4 and join into a ring.

Round 1 : Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), 15 dc into ring. Join with a sl st to 3rd ch of beg ch 3. Fasten off yarn. (16 dc)

Round 2 : Using next colour, join in any st, ch 4 (counts as 1 dc, ch 1), * 1 dc, ch 1 in next st; repeat from * around, join with sl st to 3rd ch of beg ch 4. Fasten off yarn. (16 dc, 16 ch-1 sp)

Round 3 : Using next colour, join in any ch-1 sp, ch 3 ( counts as 1 dc), 1 dc, ch 1 in same sp, * 2 dc, ch 1 in next ch-1 sp; repeat from * around,  join with sl st to 3rd ch of beg ch 4. Fasten off yarn.  (32 dc, 16 ch-1 sp)

Round 4 : Using next colour, join in any ch-1 space, ch 4, 1 dc in same sp (counts as first V-st), ch 1, * V-st, ch 1 in next ch-1 sp; repeat from * around, join with a sl st to 3rd ch of beg ch 4. Fasten off yarn. (16 v-st, 16 ch-1)

Round 5 : Using next colour, , join in any ch-1 of any V-st from round 4, ch 4, 1 dc in same sp (counts as first V-st), ch 3, * V-st, ch 3 in next V-st; repeat from * around, join with a sl st to 3rd ch of beg ch 4. Fasten off yarn. (16 v-st, 16 ch-3)

Your crochet circle will be starting to look too wide but it will even out after the next few rounds

crochet mandala easy free pattern dream catcher

Round 6 : Using next colour, join in any ch-1 sp, ch 4, 1 dc (counts as first V-st), ch 3, * V-st, ch 4 in next ch-1 space; repeat from * around, join with a sl st to 3rd ch of beg ch 4. Fasten off yarn. (16 V-st, 16 ch-4)

Round 7 : Using next colour, join in any ch-1 sp, ch 4, 1 dc in same sp (counts as first V-st), ch 1, V-st, ch 1 in the next ch-4 sp, * V-st, ch 1 in next ch-1 sp, V-st, ch 1 in next ch-4 sp; repeat from * around, join with a sl st to 3rd ch of beg ch 4. Fasten off yarn. (32 V-st, 32 ch-1)

Round 8 : Using next colour, join in any ch-1 sp of any V-st from round 7, ch 4, 1 dc in same sp (counts as first V-st), ch 2, * V-st, ch 2 in next ch-1 (V-st) sp; repeat from * around, join with a sl st to 3rd ch of beg ch 4. Fasten off yarn. (32 V-st, 32 ch-2)

Round 9 : Using next colour, repeat round 8 (32 V-st, 32 ch-2)

Round 10 : Using next colour, join in any ch-1 sp in any V-st, ch 1, 1 sc in same sp, ch 1, [3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc] in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, * 1 sc in next ch-1 space, ch 1, [3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc] in next ch-1 sp, ch1; repeat from * around, join with a sl st to first sc. Fasten off yarn. (16 petals)

Round 11 : Using next colour, join yarn to top of first dc made in round 10. Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc in next 2 sts, (2 dc, picot st, 2 dc) in ch-2 space, 1 dc in next 3 sts, * skip next sc, 1 dc in next 3 dc, (2 dc, picot st, 2 dc) in next ch-2 space, 1 dc in next 3 dc; repeat from * around, join with a sl st to top of beg ch 3. Fasten off yarn. (16 petals)

Finishing

Weave in all threads. Block your mandala by pinning into shape, and gently steam iron. If you wish to turn your mandala into a Dream Catcher, or Wall Art – here are very basic instructions on how I made my one. The crochet piece will stretch very well if your hoop is larger than the one I used

I threaded a large yarn needle with some of my cotton yarn and firstly, attached the yarn to the top of one of the 12 petals with a stitch. I then looped the yarn over the hoop and then attached the next petal. I worked my way around the mandala, attaching each petal with a stitch and then making a loop around hoop each time. It worked out great!

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