A week or so ago a friend of mine sent me a link to some gorgeous mandala crochet dream catchers and suggested that I give them a go. I decided to rise to the challenge with the final goal of creating my own pattern for my very own crochet mandala wall hanging.
I started off by taking to pinterest and doing a search for free mandala patterns.
To my great surprise the very first link that I discovered belonged to a fabulously bright and cheery blogger that I have followed on Instagram for several years, the lovely Miki at @sfmgs (which stands for Set Free My Gypsy Sole)! If you don’t already follow her, go and check her out, her posts are so bright and cheery and her colour combinations are a real feast for the eyes. Miki has a whole section on her blog full for lovely mandala patterns. Here is the link if you’d like to check them out.
The pattern that I used to create my first mandala (the one that is pictured below) is Miki’s Bright Colourful Rainbow Mae Mandala.
I finished it off 2 rounds before the end so that it would fit in my hoop. As you can see, it fitted perfectly inside my 9 inch embroidery hoop.
I was so pleased with the result that I whizzed up the road to hobby craft in search of more embroidery hoops, only to be told that I’d purchased their last one the day before! Undeterred I fired up my Amazon app, ordered a set of four embroidery hoops (with Amazon Prime next day delivery, of course 😉 ) and started thinking about my own pattern.
I decided that I wanted my design to be more open and “dream catcher” like than my first mandala wall hanging, I also thought it would be quite nice to include a flower in the centre. This in itself presented a bit of a problem in that I wanted the flower to stand out in a 3D design, so I apologise now for the “front loop, back loop stuff” but I think it works well.
So here it is. This is my first attempt at a pattern it’s quite tricky and I’m new to pattern writing so please bear with me and feel free to point out any mistakes in the comments below. I’ve filled it with lots of photos to guide you through. I’ll see you on the other side. 😀
Boho flower dream catching mandala.
You Will Need:
4mm crochet hook,
8 or 9 inch Embroidery hoop,
For the mandala pictured to the left I used stylecraft classique yarn in the colours; (working from the inside out) sunflower, hot pink, white, sky blue and shrimp.
Ch – Chain Stitch
Ss – Slip stitch
Dc – Double Crochet, US Single Crochet
Tr- Treble Crochet, US Double Crochet
Dtr – Double treble crochet, US Treble Crochet
DtrCl – Double treble crochet cluster (in this case the cluster includes 5 double treble stitches). US Treble cluster.
Sk – Skip/miss
St – Stitch
Ch Sp – Chain space
F.O – Fasten off
Ch 4, ss into the first ch st to join loop.
Ch 2 (counts as Tr), Tr 10 into loop, ss into the top of the ch 2 to complete the round. F.O
Pics 1, 2 and 3
Join yarn in the front loop of one of the trebles from the previous round. Ch 1,in the front loop of the next stitch htr, tr, dtr, tr, htr, ch1. *Sk the next stitch htr, tr, dtr, tr, htr, ch1* repeat 5 times. Secure with a ss into the first front loop. F.O.
Pics 4, 5 and 6.
Join new yarn in the back loop of a round 1 tr that was skipped in the previous round. Ch 6 (counts as dc ch5), working in the back loops, *sk one st, dc in the next st ch5 * repeat from * to * 5 times. Finish round with a ss into the second ch of the starting ch.
Pics 7, 8 and 9
*Ss into the first 2 ch stitches, 2 dc into the ch sp, ch6* repeat form * to * 5 times. join the round with a ss into the first dc.
Ss into the dc, ss into the first 2 ch stitches, *3 dc into ch sp, ch 7* repeat from * to * 5 times. join with ss into the first dc. F.O.
Join new yarn in a ch sp. Ch 1 ( counts as dc ) htr, 2 tr, 3 dtr, 2tr, htr, dc in the same ch sp. dc in the next 3 dc’s. * dc, htr, 2 tr, 3 dtr, 2 tr, htr, dc in the next ch sp* repeat 5 times. join with a ss into the starting ch. F.O.
Join new yarn in the middle dc of the previous round. Ch 3 ( counts as dtr ) work a 5 dtrCl using the ch 3 as your 5th dtr. Ch 7, dc in the second dtr form the previous round, ch 7, *DtrCl in the second dc of the previous round, ch 7, dc in the second dc, ch 7* repeat from * to * 5 times. Join round with a ss into the top of the first DtrCl. F.O.
Pics 12, 13, 14, 15 and 16.
Join yarn in the top of a DtrCl , ch1 (counts as dc), 2 hrt, 2 tr, 3 dtr, 2 tr, 2 hrt in the ch sp. dc in the dc from the previous round. *2 htr, 2 tr, 3 dtr, 2 tr, 2 htr in the ch sp. Dc in DtrCl. 2 htr, 2 tr, 3 dtr, 2 tr, 2 htr. Dc in next stitch* Repeat 5 times, ss into ch to finish round. F.O and weave in ends.
Thats the mandala done, now all you need to do is wrap your hoop and attach your finished mandala.
Remove the inner ring from your embroidery hoop. For the example above I used a 9 inch embroidery hoop. This gives my final mandala a dream catcher effect with the blue yarn creating the webbing of a dream catcher. The completed mandala fits perfectly inside a 8 inch hoop if you are looking for a more solid look.
Once you’ve removed your ring, pick a colour (and its hammer time 😀 ……. get it?? It’s time to get rapping 😀 ).
I’ve used the hot pink here but any combination will work.
Securing the end of your yarn with one hand wrap it around your ring making sure that it doesn’t overlap and that you don’t have any gaps. Work you way around your ring until the whole hoop is covered. Knot the end of your yarn together on the outside of your ring. The knot will be hidden when you replace the outer embroidery hoop.
We’ve reached the final stage. Now its time to attach your mandala to your embroidery hoop.
Cut yourself a length of yarn about 60cm should do. Using a crochet hook, pull your yarn through the middle dtr stitch on your mandala. Pass your yarn over the back of your hoop then pull it through the middle dtr on the next petal. Continue wrapping your yarn through your mandala until you are back at the beginning.
Holding your yarn ends in one hand spread the petals of your mandala out until you are happy that they are evenly spaced. Knot the ends together keeping the knot on the outside of your embroidery ring.
Place your dream catcher mandala in to the outside ring or your embroidery hoop, ensuring that the knots and their ends are covered. Tighten the screw on your embroider hoop and you’re done. 😀 😀
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