Crochet to Calm Book

calming crochet I’ve been published in a proper book! Hooray! I was pretty excited to receive this book from Interweave publishers last week. They asked me, as the founder of @craftastherapy, to write the forward and contribute a simple mandala pattern for this gorgeous book, Crochet to Calm. I am really excited to be part of a book that promotes my philosohpy of #craftastherapy. I’ll be having a book giveaway on Instagram soon, so keep an eye out for that.

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{Craft as Therapy} Meet the moderators : @yarn_house

 

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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.

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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.

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{Crochet} LoveCrochet.com and Indie June

 

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To read the full interview – click on the image above

It was an honour and a thrill to be involved in lovecrochet.com’s Indie June, a month long celebration of independent crochet designers. I was able to share the love of our #craftastherapy community during an interview, which you can read in full here.

I also participated in #lctakeover where i took control of the Lovecrochet.com instagram account for a day. These are some of the images i shared during the takeover. Head to the lovecrochet.com instagram account to see more of what happened during Indie June. Thanks for having me LoveCrochet.comfree crochet patterns granny square blanket free crochet mandala patterns crochet mandalas

{Crochet} Mandy’s Mega Mandalas – Made by You

free crochet mandala pattern

Image Credit – @mommeetspoetry This is her short version of Mandy’s Mega Mandala that she made into a sweet little wall hanging.

Today i wanted to share with you some of the gorgeous crochet mandala creations made from my crochet pattern – Mandy’s Mega Mandala. It’s been a pure delight to see so many of these being made. I love that a crochet mandala can be used in many different ways – doily, coaster, wall hanging or acushion. Thank you kindly to all of these clever crafters for making Mandy’s Mega Mandala in a varietyof colour schemes. Beautiful!! And if you make one of my mega mandalas please tag #mandysmegamandala, so that i can see it and maybe share it here. If the mega mandala is too much of a committment for you, please try out one of my smaller patterns –

{Crochet} My Favourite Mandy’s Mandalas

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Crochet Mandala by @mobiusgirl

When i designed my free crochet mandala pattern, Mandy’s Mandala, i never expected so many clever crocheters to use my pattern and share their gorgeous images with me on Instagram. I would like to share some of my favourites from the #mandysmandala hashtag. It’s been so much fun to see my pattern made in so many colourways. If you decide to make one, i’d love to see you colour combination, so don’t forget to tag #mandysmandala.

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Crochet Mandala by @kellykellykellygreen

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Crochet Mandala by @neverjillian

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Crochet Mandala by @runebrurun

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Crochet Mandala by @marretjeroos

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Crochet Mandala by @dhiaree

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Crochet Mandala by @knitpurlhook

{Crochet} Sunnyside Up Mandala Pattern

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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 –

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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)

 

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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)

 

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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)

 

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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)

 

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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).

 

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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)

 

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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).

 

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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)

 

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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 !! :)

 

{Crochet} Mandala Tutorial {Mandy’s Mandala}

crochet mandala

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

 

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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.

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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)

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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).

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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)

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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!