The word “mandala” comes from the Sanskrit term for “circle.” Mandalas have their roots in Indian religions, but these geometric designs have become popular with artistic types in recent years. Mandala coloring books are all the rage, and crochet mandalas pop up all over social media. (Search the hashtag #crochetmandala to see some beautiful examples.)
After hooking a few mandalas I found online and in books, I was inspired to take the flower motif from my Mod Floral Blanket pattern and adapt it for use in my own mandala design. I love the result! The Mega Mod Floral Mandala is 26 inches across and could entirely cover a small end table. That’s pretty big, as mandalas go, and not everyone needs that kind of coverage. With that in mind, I designed the Mini Mod Floral Mandala (which is just a foot wide) and the Mod Floral Coaster, which is a petite 5 inches and a perfect place to set down a mug of hot tea.
You will need to know how to
- make a slip knot
- chain stitch
- slip stitch
It is recommended that you also be familiar with
- single crochet
- half double crochet
- double crochet
- single crochet 3 together
- double crochet 3, 4, and 5 together
If you don’t know how to do these stitches, they are explained within the instructions (tutorial version, only). Also, if you need to see some of the stitches worked, take a look at my video, which was recorded for the blanket that inspired these mandalas:
Topics Covered in the Tutorial
More than just a simple crochet pattern, this ebook is like a mini-class. Each topic includes step-by-step instructions and photos where appropriate.
You will learn:
- How to crochet an eight-petal flower
- How to transform a flower shape into a round mandala
- How to work a variety of stitch patterns
- How to add a scalloped border to your mandala
- How to simplify your color choices
For those that don’t need the tutorials, the pattern is also available by itself. Choose the option that best suits you!
Tools and Materials
The Mega Mod Floral Mandala measures 26″ across. If you are making a different size, you will need to adjust the yarn amounts below accordingly.
- Less than 1 150-yard ball inexpensive worsted weight cotton in each of six different colors
- Less than 2 150-yard balls inexpensive worsted weight cotton in off white
- G (4mm) hook
- yarn needle
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