{Crochet} Mandala Tutorial {Mandy’s Mandala}

crochet mandala

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I designed my very first crochet mandala pattern yesterday! I’m excited about sharing it with you, but i am also really nervous. I scribbled down the steps as i was making it, so i hope these instructions are clear and easy to understand. As this is my very first crochet design, i am open to hints or suggestions to make my writing clearer. And if you happen to find a mistake in the steps below – please let me know, so i can fix it as soon as possible. If you decide to try my pattern, i would love to see the results. Tag your images with #mandysmandala so that i can see your beautiful creations. Thank you!

This mandala is made from 8ply Patons Cotton Blend and a size 4 hook. Instructions are written in UK terms, and there are Shorthand Instruction in both US and UK at the end of this tutorial.

ch = chain

dc = double crochet

htr = half treble

tr = treble

dtr = double treble

sl st = slip stitch

Mandy’s Mandala Tutorial

free crochet mandala

Round 1 – Make a magic ring and chain 1 (this doesn’t count as a stitch), 8dcs into the ring, pull to close. Cut the yarn and thread into a yarn needle. Insert into the top of first dc and fasten off. (8dcs) All rounds will be fastened off this way.

free crochet mandala

Round 2 – Attach new colour with a sl st into any dc, chain 2 (counts as one htr), 1 htr into same stitch. 2 htr into each dc and then fasten off. (16htr)(8 groups of 2htr)

free crochet mandala

Round 3 – Add new colour with a sl st in between any of the 2htr pairs. Ch 3 (counts as one tr), 2tr in same stitch. 3tr in between each of the htr pairs. Fasten off. (24 tr)(8 groups of 3tr)

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Round 4

With new colour sl st in between any of the 3tr groups, ch3 (counts as 1tr), 2 tr in the same space, 2 ch, * 3tr in between next 3tr groups, 2 ch * repeat from * to * until end. Fasten off (24tr, 16ch) (8 groups of 3tr, 8 groups of 2ch)

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Round 5 – Add new colour with a sl st into any 2ch space * dc in 2ch space, ch6 * repeat from * to * until end. Fasten off. (8dc, 8 groups of 6ch)

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Round 6 – Add new colour with a sl st into any 6ch space, work 10dc into each 6ch space until end. Fasten off (80dc)(8 groups of 10dc)

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Round 7 – Add new colour with a slip stitch into any dc, 2ch (equals htr). 1htr into each dc in the round. Fasten off. (80htr).

crochet mandala tutorial

Round 8

Add new colour with a sl st into any htr, 4ch (equals 1tr, 1ch). * Skip one htr, 1tr in the next, 1ch * Repeat from * to * until end of round and fasten off. (40tr, 40ch)

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Round 9

Add new colour with a sl st into any 1ch space, 3ch (equals 1tr), 2tr in the same space, 2tr in the next 1ch space, *3tr in the next 1ch space, 2 tr in the following 1ch space * repeat from * to * until end of round. Fasten off. (100tr)(20 groups of 2tr, 20 groups of 3tr).

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Round 10 – Add new colour with a sl st in between any of the tr groups, 3ch (counts as 1tr), 1tr in the same space. 2tr in between each group of trebles from the previous round. Continue until end and fasten off. (80tr)(40 groups of 2tr)

crochet mandala tutorial

Round 11 – Add new colour with a sl st in between any 2tr pairs, 1dc  * 5ch, skip 4tr and then 1dc * repeat from * to * until end of round. Fasten off. (100 ch, 20 dc)(20 groups of 5ch, 20dc)

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Round 12

Add new colour with a sl st into any 5ch space, ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch), * 2dc, 1htr, 1tr, 1dtr, 1tr, 1htr, 2dc into the same 5ch space. *  In each ch-5 space repeat from * to * until end of round fasten off. (20 groups of 2dc, 1htr, 1tr, 1dtr, 1tr, 1htr, 2dc). Ta da! All done.

UK Shorthand

Round 1 – Magic ring, 8dcs. (8dc)
Round 2 – 2htr into each dc (16htr)(8 x htr pairs)
Round 3 – 3tr in between each htr pair (24tr)(8 x tr trios)
Round 4 – 3tr and ch2 in between tr trio (24tr, 16ch)(8tr trios)
Round 5 – dc in ch-2 space, ch6 around (8dc, 8 x ch-6 spaces)
Round 6 – 10dc in every ch-6 space (80dc)
Round 7 – 1htr in each dc (80htr)
Round 8 – 1tr, 1ch, skip a st around (40tr, 40ch)
Round 9 – 2tr in ch-1 space, 3tr in the next around (100tr)(20 x tr pairs, 20 x tr trios)
Round 10 – 2tr in between each tr trio and tr pair. (80tr)(40 x 2tr)
Round 11 – dc in between any two tr pairs, ch-5, skip 4 trebles – repeat (100ch, 20dc)(20 x ch-5 spaces, 20dc)
Round 12 – work 2dc, 1htr, 1tr,1dtr, 1tr, 1htr, 2dc in each ch-5 space (20 groups) Fasten off!

US Shorthand

Round 1 – Magic ring, 8scs. (8sc)
Round 2 – 2hdc into each dc (16hdc)(8 x hdc pairs)
Round 3 – 3dc in between each hdc pair (24dc)(8 x dc trios)
Round 4 – 3dc and ch2 in between dc trio (24dc, 16ch)(8dc trios)
Round 5 – sc in ch-2 space, ch6 around (8sc, 8 x ch-6 spaces)
Round 6 – 10sc in every ch-6 space (80sc)
Round 7 – 1hdc in each sc (80hdc)
Round 8 – 1dc, 1ch, skip a st around (40dc, 40ch)
Round 9 – 2dc in ch-1 space, 3dc in the next around (100dc)(20 x dc pairs, 20 x dc trios)
Round 10 – 2dc in between each dc trio and dc pair. (80dc)(40 x 2dc)
Round 11 – sc in between any two dc pairs, ch-5, skip 4 dcs – repeat (100ch, 20sc)(20 x ch-5 spaces, 20sc)
Round 12 – work 2sc, 1hdc, 1dc, 1tr, 1dc, 1hdc, 2sc in each ch-5 space (20 groups) Fasten off!







  1. Leonie- Australia
    June 29, 2015 / 8:56 pm

    Looks gorgeous, Thank you for sharing the pattern!

    • redagapeblog
      June 30, 2015 / 8:10 am

      Thanks Leonie! I’d love to see your mandala, so please tag #mandysmandala if you decide to post it online. Thank you kindly xx

  2. June 30, 2015 / 2:40 am

    I ‘m definitelly going to make it! Thanks for the tutorial!

    • redagapeblog
      June 30, 2015 / 8:11 am

      Great! Thanks Gaby. 🙂 I’d love to see it when it’s finished. Xx

  3. Kelly
    June 30, 2015 / 2:30 pm

    Love this mandala! It’s gorgeous, fast, and fun! Going to be making more! Thank you!

    • redagapeblog
      June 30, 2015 / 7:45 pm

      I’m so pleased you like it! Thanks for the support Kelly. I can’t wait to make more patterns. Xx

  4. July 2, 2015 / 5:38 pm

    What a lovely pattern and so well written – excellent job in many ways!! Thanks for sharing, dear Mandy! Marianne xx

    • redagapeblog
      July 3, 2015 / 10:09 am

      Thank you kindly Marianne. There will be more mandalas to come. They’re quite addictive! Xx

  5. July 3, 2015 / 11:33 pm

    Hello Mandy! Thanks to show how to make this super cute pattern 🙂 I’m not really expert but I’ve seen this mandala on your instagram and now I’m making one (6 round right now)!!! Everithing it’s clear to understan and it’s fun to make, I’ll show you the result 😉 Ciao Katia

    • redagapeblog
      July 4, 2015 / 1:40 pm

      Yay Katia! Thank you so much for using my pattern. I’m so pleased you are finding the instructions clear and easy to understand. Xx

  6. June
    July 10, 2015 / 9:13 pm

    Beautiful, I can’t wait to make this, thank you for sharing.

    • redagapeblog
      July 12, 2015 / 2:41 pm

      You’re welcome! i’d love to see your mandala if you decide to make one. 🙂

  7. July 13, 2015 / 4:44 pm

    Absolutely beautiful! I’m looking forward to making this! Thank you very much for sharing x

    • redagapeblog
      July 14, 2015 / 2:03 pm

      You’re very welcome! have fun 🙂

  8. Elrine
    August 20, 2015 / 3:41 am

    THANK YOU for at last an “airy” design for a mandala! All the others I found had way too “dense” stitches. I have a burned patch on my bedroom carpet and found a photograph of a carpet runner made using mandalas. With your pattern, I can make various sizes of mandala and will thus be able to cover the mark. Blessings!

    • redagapeblog
      August 20, 2015 / 11:40 am

      Oh wow! Thank you for the fabulous feedback and I cannot wait to see your carpet runner!! What a great idea. Please make sure you send me a pic or tag me in one of you’re on Instagram. Xx

      • August 24, 2016 / 4:41 am

        Made this mandala for my ex son in law. He remarried and had an Indian wedding. I’m sure he will love this. Beautiful pattern, Thank you much.

        • redagapeblog
          September 5, 2016 / 4:41 pm

          That’s great! i hope he liked it. 🙂

  9. Brielle
    January 11, 2016 / 9:39 am

    Hello! What a beautiful mandala! I also love how it is more airy and less dense 🙂 I am making in right now!
    I just have one bit of feedback: In row 7 for the US terms shorthand, I believe it should read:
    Round 7 – 1hdc in each sc (80hdc) instead of
    Round 7 – 1hdc in each dc (80hdc)
    because in round 6 we did sc
    Regardless, this pattern is very easy to follow. Love all the pictures as you go along!
    You will see my finished mandala @briellecerep shortly!

    • redagapeblog
      January 11, 2016 / 7:42 pm

      Thank you so much for your feedback! And you are correct. I’ll fix it right now. Thanks again. I’ll look you up on Instagram. Xx

  10. Jessie
    February 25, 2016 / 1:49 pm

    Hi sorry I’m a beginner and I’m stuck on round 6 what is the abbreviation of odc? I can’t find it online anywhere and not sure how to complete this round.

    • redagapeblog
      March 3, 2016 / 2:49 pm

      hi jessie – it’s actually 80 dc or eight groups of 10 dcs. Hope this helps you. xx

  11. March 2, 2016 / 10:22 pm

    I love this mandala too, but haven’t tried making it yet! Thank you for sharing your patterns when so many other people are selling theirs!

    • redagapeblog
      March 3, 2016 / 2:50 pm

      It’s my pleasure Sandra. My reward comes from seeing others making my patterns in various colour combinations! I love it. xx

  12. Lindsay
    April 15, 2016 / 8:45 am

    Hello! This is great! I’m hoping to make this for a friend’s birthday. Can you please tell me what the finished diameter of this mandala is? (for framing!)

    Thank you,

    • redagapeblog
      April 21, 2016 / 4:12 pm

      Hi Lindsay, it’s approximately 22cm across depending on your tension. i hope this helps.

    • redagapeblog
      June 5, 2016 / 1:53 pm

      You’re welcome. thanks for leaving a comment here. xx

  13. Paula Johnson
    June 30, 2016 / 11:17 am

    I can’t wait to make this lovely mandala! Thank you for sharing the pattern. It is beautiful. I love your color choices.

    • redagapeblog
      July 5, 2016 / 10:32 am

      You’re welcome.
      Mandy xx

  14. Rachel
    July 11, 2016 / 6:25 am

    I am making this beautiful pattern and I think I got mixed up with the UK and US shorthand, which I didn’t even knew existed.
    I did at the 6th row double crochet instead of single crochet and it looks much less pretty..
    For some unexplained reason I also got 100 stitches in this row instead of 80..

    • redagapeblog
      July 12, 2016 / 2:38 pm

      It’s so annoying when that happens – i hope you managed to work through the rest of the pattern.

  15. Julia
    September 3, 2016 / 3:54 am

    Love your mandala patterns and the colours you use. what size is this mandala? I would love to find one that would fit inside a 9 1/2 ” hoop. Thanks 🙂

    • redagapeblog
      September 5, 2016 / 4:37 pm

      Hi Julia, ths mandala is approximately 9inches depending on your yarn and tension. Hope this helps.

      • Julia
        September 6, 2016 / 5:04 am

        That would be just right – thank you!

  16. September 9, 2016 / 5:48 am

    Hi Mandy,

    A lovely mandala, thanks for sharing the pattern. I’ll be putting a link up to your easy to follow instructions on my blog at the weekend, along with a photo of my colour combination.


    • redagapeblog
      September 9, 2016 / 1:16 pm

      great! thanks Faye. 🙂

  17. Hiko
    September 5, 2017 / 7:01 pm

    Hi there, this is a pretty mandala. I have on question though. What is the size of your hook in mm? I know you said size 4 but that could be an American size or an Australian size. Either I think is a bit small when I look on my conversion charts.

    • redagapeblog
      September 21, 2017 / 8:03 am

      Hi Hiko,
      I’ve definitely used a size 4mm hook for this mandala. Hope this helps.:)

  18. Anne-Marie
    December 13, 2017 / 9:17 pm

    Thank you. Just made one. Easy to follow and appreciate UK and US.

    • redagapeblog
      December 26, 2017 / 10:36 am

      My pleasure! You’re welcome. xx

  19. Ann Anderson
    January 16, 2018 / 10:39 pm

    As someone who has just taken up crochet in the past couple of months I thought I would give this a try. Nice clear instructions with pictures and none of the stitches are beyond my capabilities, except perhaps the counting of the them! I ended up with 90 so thought what can go wrong, it’s only a ‘see if I can do it’. Of course everything worked until row 11. Quite happy with it, despite there being a six treble in amongst the four trebles! Decided I’m going to do another one and get it right this time.

    • redagapeblog
      January 19, 2018 / 8:32 am

      yay!! go Ann! I’m glad you enjoyed the tutorial. This is an older pattern that i need to update, but i’m happy to hear you found the instructions easy to follow. Happy Making xx

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