Mandala Madness Part 3
You are my sunshine…you make me happy when skies are grey…
A line from a song I remember well from my childhood!
It always makes me smile when I start humming it…just as all the amazing photos you have all been sharing make me smile, such amazing colour combinations, so much beautiful creativity. And the single colour mandalas show the texture of the stitches perfectly. Thank you for all the wonderful comments, it gives me great joy to share my passion.♥
Before we start this week I would like to clarify a couple of points… you will not need to change hook size..keep with the same size all the way through.
Also you will not need to block your Mandala Madness until right at the very end. There will be a couple of weeks where things get wobbly, but it is all part of the cunning plan…. if you do block, and stretch your work it could make it harder in the next part…. so just a gentle warning 🙂
This part of our Mandala Madness is created to look like a sun with its rays beaming out, spreading light all over the world. 🙂
♥ There is another new stitch for many of you, the Ruffle stitch, another of my favourites. It is quite simple, and very effective, but takes a little concentration. Follow the link above for a full tutorial.
♥ We will also be working with 2 colours at the same time this week. For some of you this will be the first time, so please check out Esther’s video if the photo tutorial is not enough help. Those of you working with just one colour will just need to ignore the colour change instructions.
♥ There are lots of single crochet this week and you will be forming points, I suggest using stitch markers to help you to identify the ch-1 space in each point.
♥ Please remember this is my design and is covered by copyright law. You may share a link to this page with anyone, you may print off the photo or written tutorials for your own use, but please do not alter or change in any way.
Please love and respect me, as I love and respect you. ♥
♥ If you haven’t read the introduction post, then please find it here. You will find all the information on Yarn Packs, how much yarn you will need, hook sizes, the finished size of your blanket and all the resources available.
♥ It is worth book marking the main Mandala Madness page as it will contain all the posts about the project and each weekly part.
♥ You may also like to add this CAL to your Ravelry Queue.
♥ I have also started a group on Ravelry, which covers all of my designs. I will try to check in there every day. I now have some lovely moderators, thank you so much for your help ladies. ♥
♥ I suggest taking a look through the photo tutorial here before downloading the pdf to work from, but if you just can’t wait to get started I have put all the pdf downloads together.
♥ And for those of you who like to follow the Video Tutorial by Esther Dijkstra from itsallinanutshell.com, just click here and the link will take you straight to the video for this part.
I would like to add a HUGE thank you to Esther for the amazing job she has done with these videos. ♥
♥ PDF downloads
For the translated versions of the CAL, please click on the links here and it will take you straight to your preferred language. With no need to scroll down further on this page.
And another HUGE thank you to the awesome team of translators, from the CAL – Crochet A Long Facebook group, for the fantastic job they have done with all the translations. ♥
♥ Afrikaans Mandala-Madness-Part-3-VertaalAFR
♥ Arabic Mandala-Madness-Part-3-Arabic-منديلا-مادنس-الجزء-٣
♥ Dutch Mandala-Madness-Part-3-Dutch
♥ Danish Mandala-Madness-Part-3-Danish
♥ Finnish Mandala-Madness-Part-3-Finnish
♥ French Mandala-Madness-Part-3-French
♥ German Mandala-Madness-Part-3-German
♥ Greek Mandala-Madness-Part-3-Greek
♥ Hebrew Mandala-Madness-Part-3-Hebrew
♥ Korean Mandala-Madness-Part-3-Korean
♥ Persian Mandala-Madness-Part-3-Persian
♥ Polish Mandala-Madness-Part-3-Polish
♥ Russian Mandala-Madness-Part-3-Russian
♥ Spanish Mandala-Madness-Part-3-Spanish
♥ Swedish Mandala-Madness-Part-3-Swedish
Mandala Madness Part 3
♥ Materials and Colours
For the purposes of this tutorial I am using Scheepjes Merino Soft and a 4 mm Clover Amour Crochet Hook .
The colours used in each round are listed below.
US terms used throughout.
Abbreviations[ ]Hints: Are typed in italics and coloured purple, they are to help and guide you and
hopefully make life a little easier, especially for beginners.
Reference to photos is [P] with the relevant photo number
* * Repeat instructions between asterisks the amount of times specified.
This is normally a repeat for a complete side and will consist of multiple instructions.
() Repeat instructions between parentheses the amount of times specified.
This is a lower level repeat.
Ruffle Stitch: Made over 3 sts. Flsc in indicated stitch, and working around the front of the post of the same st, from top to bottom (hdc, 3 dc), skip next st, flsc in next st.
Tr9tog Cluster: Yarn over twice, hook through indicated stitch and pull up a loop, yarn over and pull through 2 loops, twice. Repeat in next 8 sts, giving 10 loops on hook, yarn over and pull through all 10 loops.
Sc2tog: Hook through indicated stitch and pull up a loop, repeat in next stitch, yarn over and pull through all three loops on hook.
Hint: In this round you will only be working into the folding sc, which sit behind your work. See P2
24. Join with a standing hdc in any marked st, make 2 more hdc in same st,
*hdc in next 10 sts, sc2tog twice,
[these will be 11th and 12th folding sc, and 1st and 2nd folding sc of next point],
hdc in next 10 sts, 3 hdc in next st [marked st].*
Repeat from * to* 7 more times, omit last 3 hdc.
Join to standing hdc with a sl-st.
Stitch Count: 184 hdc, 16 sc2tog.
Hint: To learn more about working stitches together go here.
Hint: In this round you will be working with two colours and carrying one colour behind the other, as you switch colours give the new colour a gentle pull to ensure an even tension throughout your work.
You may find it helpful to use stitch markers in the ch-1 point spaces from this point forward, also remember ch-1 point spaces are not included in any stitch count.
25. Ch 1 and sc in same st,
*in next st (sc, ch 1, sc) [forming new point space],
sc in next 8 sts, add 2nd colour by completing last sc with 2nd colour, ch 3,
working over 1st colour, make a tr9tog cluster over the next 9 sts, ch 3,
joining colour 1, and working over colour 2, sc in same st as last tr, sc in next 7 sts.*
Repeat from * to * 7 more times, omit last sc.
Join to 1st sc with a sl-st.
Stitch Count: Per repeat: 18 sc, 1 tr9tog cluster, 2 ch-3 spaces.
Total: 144 sc, 8 tr9tog clusters, 16 ch-3 spaces.
26. Ch 1 and sc in same st, [making sure you are still working over colour 2], sc in next st, *in ch-1 point space (sc, ch 1, sc), sc in next 9 sts [taking care not to miss the 1st st],
re-join colour 2 as you complete the 9th sc, working over colour 1 and into the “eye” of the cluster make 9 tr, change to colour 1 and sc in next 9 sts.*
Repeat from * to * 7 more times, omit last 2 sc.
Join to 1st sc with a sl-st.
Fasten off colour 2.
Stitch Count: Per repeat: 20 sc. 9 tr.
Total: 160 sc, 72 tr.
Hint: To stop colour 1 showing through, pick up with 1st dc.
27. Ch 1 and sc in same st, sc in next 2 sts,*
in ch-1 point space (sc, ch 1, sc), sc in next 8 sts, skip next 2 sts, (dc in next tr, 2 dc in next tr) 4 times, dc in last tr, skip next 2 sts, sc in next 8 sts.*
Repeat from * to * 7 more times, omit last 3 sc.
Join to 1st sc with a sl-st.
Stitch Count: Per repeat: 18 sc, 13 dc.
Total: 144 sc, 104 dc.
28. Ch 1 and sc in same st, sc in next 3 sts,
*in ch-1 point space (sc, ch 1, sc), sc in next 7 sts, skip next 2 sts, (2 dc in next dc, dc in next dc) 6 times, dc in next dc, skip next 2 sts, sc in next 7 sts.*
Repeat from * to * 7 more times, omit last 4 sc.
Join to 1st sc, fasten off and secure ends.
Stitch Count: Per repeat: 16 sc, 19 dc.
Total: 128 sc, 152 dc.
29. Join with standing sc in any ch-1 point space, (ch 1, sc) in same space,
*sc in next 8 sts, skip next dc,[P3] (flsc in next dc, in same st (fphdc, 3 fpdc) skip next st, flsc in next st [making a Ruffle st],[P4,5]) 6 times, sc in next 8 sts, in ch-1 point space (sc, ch 1, sc).*
Repeat from* to * 7 more times, omit last point group.
Join to standing sc, fasten off and secure ends.
Stitch Count: Per repeat: 18 sc, 6 ruffle st.
Total: 144 sc, 48 ruffle st.
Part 3 is now complete.
Give yourself a pat on the back, sit back and admire your amazing work, especially if this is your first time working with two colours.
Please feel free to leave a comment below. ♥
See you next week. ♥