Crochet Mandala pattern

I made this mandala with Lily sugar’n cream wool, its a good staple cheap cotton yarn and I used a size5.5 hook. Its the same pattern I used to make my mandala bath mat. For that I used tshirt yarn and a big fat chunky hook ūüôā

So here goes nothing! This pattern is written in US crochet terms even though I’m English.. go figure.

 
Round 1: Ch4, join into a loop to work in the round, ch3 (this counts as your first dc) Work 1 double crochet into the loop ch1, *2dc ch 1* Repeat pattern between *’s until you have 6 groups of 2dc. Join the round by slip stitching into the top of the ch3. Fasten off and change colour yarn.

 
Round 2: Join new colour into any of the ch1 spaces from the previous round. Ch3 (counts as your first dc) 1dc, ch 1, 2dc, then into the remaining ch1 from the previous round work 2dc, ch1, 2dc. Join the round by slip stitching into the ch3 that started the round, slip stitch into the top of the next dc so that you start the next round in the ch1 space. Do not fasten off, the next round is worked in the same colour.

 
Round 3: In the ch1 space from the previous round ch3, (counts as first dc) work 6 more double crochets in the same ch1 space. Then work 7dc in the remaining ch1 spaces. You should end up with 6 ‘petals’. Fasten off.

 
Round 4:  Join new colour to the tail of yarn from fastening off the previous round, ch 1, sc around and make a long stitch down in round 2 between each flower petal. End with sl st. Do not fasten off. 

 
Round 5: Sc in every stitch around, Sl st and fasten off.

 
Round 6: Join new colour in any stitch, ch 3 (counts as first dc) 2dc,* ch1, skip a stitch and 3dc in the the next stitch.* Repeat between *’s ending by ch1 and joining with a sl st into the top of the ch3 that started the round. You should have 21 3dc clusters. Fasten off.

 
Round 7: Join new colour in any ch1 space from previous round. Ch3 (counts as first dc) 2dc into same ch1 sp. ch1 3dc in next space around, ending with ch1, sl st into the ch3 that started the round. You should still have 21 3dc clusters, Fasten off.

 
Grab yourself a cuppa! and cookies!
Round 8: Join new colour in any ch1 space from previous round. Ch3 (counts as first dc) 2dc into same ch1 sp. ch1 3dc in next space around, ending with ch1, sl st into the ch3 that started the round. You should still have 21 3dc clusters, Fasten off.
 
 
Round 9: Join new colour in any ch1 sp. Ch4, skip a stitch and double crochet in the centre dc of the cluster from the previous round. *ch1 skip a stitch and dc in space, ch 1, skip a stich and dc in centre of dc cluster *. Repeat between *’s around, to finish round ch1 and sl st in to the 3rd chain of the ch4. Fasten off. Should look like this:

 

Round 10: Join new colour into any of the skipped stitches from round 8, ch 3 and sc into the top of the dc from round 9. *Dc into the next skipped stitch from round 8 and sc into the top of the dc from round 9* repeat¬†between *’s¬†around, join with a sl st into the ch3. Fasten off. Should look like this:

 
Round 11: Join new colour into any stitch, Ch3, dc into same stitch. ch1, Then 2dc, ch 1 into every stitch around. Mandala will start to crinkle at this point. Sl st into the ch3 to finish the round. Fasten off.
 
 
 

Round 12: Join new colour between any of the dc pairs but not in a ch1 sp. ch3 (counts as first dc) then 5dc into the same space.* Skip 2 pairs of dc, then 6dc in the middle of the next 2dc pair.* Repeat between *’s around ending with 28 petals. sl st into the top of the ch3 and fasten off.

 

Round 13: Now for the picot edging! Join new colour to the tail of wool from the previous round. long sc into round 10 between the skipped dc pairs. 3sc into the petals of round 12, ch3, then insert the hook into the first chain, yarn over and sl st so you have a bobble, secure with sc into the next dc, 1sc into the next then long sc into round 11. So should be long sc, 3sc, bobble 2sc, long sc. Repeat around secure with a sl st. Should look like this:

 
 
 
And there you have your finished Mandala! This is the first of my patterns I’ve typed up, would love some feedback! Also you can win this mandala by entering the competition to name this pattern¬†on my facebook page here. Winner will be announced on the 22nd February 2014.
 
 
This was the pattern as promised for my bathmat, made with some super cool chunky tshirt yarn ūüôā ÔĽŅ

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