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Meet Amanda from @yarn_house

It’s time to meet another one of the @craftastherapy moderators. Amanda from @yarn_house is a relatively new member of the team, who has embraced moderating with energy and enthusiasm. She is currently moderating her second week with the theme #craftastherapy_bouquet ? She’s a talented designer with her own unique style, so pop over and join her on @craftastherapy this week. Read on to find out a little more about her.

1. Why do you crochet? 

Plain and simple – It’s my passion. I can’t help it.

2. What’s your fave project that you’ve made?

My overlay crochet peacock feather mandala

Crochet overlay mandala

This is Amanda’s favourite project – her crochet overlay peacock mandala

3. Besides craft, what are you passionate about?

Spending time with my husband and our 2 kids, camping, the ocean, drawing, occasional cooking, baseball, highway driving, music, and I also really love silence.

4. Do you have a nickname?

I have a countless number of nicknames, but the one that has stuck the most over the years is “bigdoonie”, which also happens to be the name of personal IG account.Crochet rainbow

5. Tell us why you love @craftastherapy

It’s such a wonderful community filled with positivity, support, and endless inspiration.

6.  What’s next on your ‘to make’ list?

I’ve been wanting to make a massive wall hanging for awhile now, I’d love to cross that off my list eventually.

Crochet Mandala

7. What are your dreams for the future.

I’m finding myself becoming increasingly interested in gardening. I have zero skills at the moment, but I hope to one day have a big beautiful garden full of colorful flowers.
8. Tell us something random that we wouldn’t  know about you?

I can’t remember the last time I read a book.

Crochet rainbow

 

{Crochet} Sunnyside Up Mandala Pattern

crochet mandala tutorial

Oh my gosh! I had such a positive response to my very first crochet mandala, Mandy’s Mandala, that i was inspired to create another. So, here is another free crochet mandala pattern that i’ve designed. This one is called the Sunnyside Up Mandala, for obvious reasons. I love the bright happy yellow yoke and egg white surround, but i’m sure it was look pretty in other colour combinations too. :)

I’ve used my favourite yarn, Patons Cotton Blend 8ply for this project. The instructions are all written in UK terms, but there are US shorthand instructions at the end of this post.  The stitches you need for this one include –

  • ch = chain
  • dc = double crochet
  • htr = half treble
  • tr = treble
  • sl st = slip stitch
  • tr3tog – treble three together (explained below)
  • tr4tog – treble four together (explained below)

Treble Three Together (tr3tog)

Yarn over hook, insert into st, yarn over hook and pull up loop (3 loops on hook), yarn over pull through two loops (2 loops on hook). Yarn over hook, insert into st, yarn over and pull up loop (4 loops on hook) yarn over and pull through two loops (3 loops on hook). Yarn over hook, insert into st, yarn over and pull up loop (5 loops on hook) yarn over pull through 2 loops (4 loops on hook) yarn over and pull through all 4 loops.

Treble Four Together (tr4tog)

Yarn over hook, insert into st, yarn over hook and pull up loop (3 loops on hook), yarn over pull through two loops (2 loops on hook). Yarn over hook, insert into st, yarn over and pull up loop (4 loops on hook) yarn over and pull through two loops (3 loops on hook). Yarn over hook, insert into st, yarn over and pull up loop (5 loops on hook) yarn over pull through 2 loops (4 loops on hook). Yarn over hook, insert into st, yarn over and pull up loop (6 loops on hook) yarn over pull through 2 loops (5 loops on hook), yarn over and pull through all 5 loops.

Okay! Here we go –

crochet mandala free

Round 1 – Start with a happy sunny yellow colour. To begin form a magic ring, chain 3 (this counts as 1tr). Work 11tr into the loop then slip stitch into the top of the ch3 at the beginning. Pull magic circle to close. (12tr)

 

crochet mandala tutorial

Round 2 – Ch3 (counts as 1 tr). 1tr into the same st. 2tr into each tr from the previous round. Slip st into the top of beginning ch3. (24tr)

 

crochet mandala design

Round 3 – Ch4 (counts as 1tr, 1ch). * 1tr into the next st, ch 1.* Repeat from * to * until end of round. Slip st into the third chain of beginning ch-4 (24tr, 24ch)

 

crochet mandala design

Round 4 – Slip st into ch-1 space, ch1 (this doesn’t count as a stitch). * tr3tog into ch-1 space, ch3 * Repeat from * to * until end of round. Slip st into top of the first tr3tog. (24 tr3tog, 24 ch-3 spaces)

 

crochet mandala free

Round 5 – Sl st into first ch-3 space, ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch). Work 3dc into each ch-3 space from the previous round. Sl st into first dc. (72dc or 24 groups of 3dc).

 

crochet mandala

Round 6 – Sl st into middle dc of 3dc group, that is, the 2nd dc. Ch5 (counts as 1tr, 2ch) and then 1tr into the same stitch. Find the middle of the next group of dc and work 1tr, ch2, 1tr into this stitch. Continue to work 1tr, ch2, 1tr into the second dc of of every 3dc group from the previous round. Sl st into the 3rd ch of the beginning ch5. (48tr, 48ch)

 

crochet mandala design

Round 7 – Sl st into ch-2 space, chain 1 (doesn’t count as a stitch) tr4tog, ch4. *tr4tog into the next ch-2 space, ch4 * repeat from * to * until end of round. As we are changing colours for the next round, cut your yarn and using a yarn needle, join your last stitch to the top of the first tr4tog and fasten off. (24 tr4tog, 24 ch-4 spaces).

 

crochet mandala tutorial

Round 8 – Attach the white yarn to any ch-4 space with a sl st. Ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch) then work 6dc into each ch-4 space. Sl st into first dc. (144dc or 24 groups of 6dc)

 

crochet mandala free

Round 9 – Final round! ch1(doesn’t count as a st). Into each 6dc group work 1dc, 1htr, 1tr, ch1, 1tr, 1htr, 1dc. Sl st into first dc and fasten off. Wooohooo! You’re all done.

Short Hand Pattern UK
1. 12tr into magic ring.
2. 2tr in each tr from previous round. (24tr)
3. 1tr, ch1 – around. (24tr, 24ch)
4. Tr3tog, ch3 into each ch1 space. (24 tr3tog, 24 groups of 3ch)
5. 3dc in each 3ch space. (24 groups of 3dc)
6. Into the middle chain of each 3dc work 1tr, 2ch,1tr. (48tr, 48ch)
7. Tr4togther, ch4 into each ch-2 space. (24 tr4tog, 24 groups of ch-4 spaces).
8. 6dc into every ch-4 space (24 groups of 6dc)
9. Into each 6dc groups – 1dc, 1htr, 1tr, 1ch, 1tr, 1htr, 1dc.

Short Hand Pattern US
1. 12dc into magic ring.
2. 2dc in each dc from previous round. (24dc)
3. 1dc, ch1 – around. (24dc, 24ch)
4. dc3tog, ch3 into each ch1 space. (24 dc3tog, 24 groups of 3ch)
5. 3sc in each 3ch space. (24 groups of 3sc)
6. Into the middle chain of each 3sc work 1dc, 2ch,1dc. (48dc, 48ch)
7. dc4togther, ch4 into each ch-2 space. (24 dc4tog, 24 groups of ch-4 spaces).
8. 6sc into every ch-4 space (24 groups of 6sc)
9. Into each 6sc groups – 1sc, 1hdc, 1dc, 1ch, 1dc, 1hdc, 1sc

I’d love to see your beautiful creations, so if you decide to make my mandala please tag #sunnysideupmandala !! :)