{Crochet} New Bloom Square

free crochet square chart

A fresh new year calls for a new crochet square! This one is called New Bloom and i hope it will be one of MANY designs i create this year. I love a fresh new start and i am really excited about the possibilities and opportunities ahead of me in 2017. I am not sad to see the back of 2016. I didn’t enjoy last year and saying that makes me feel sad, because life is too short not to enjoy every single year, but the truth is, it was a hard year. I always say to my kids that we go through hard times so that we appreciate the good times even more. I have a feeling that 2017 is going to be a good year. :)

So, with that in mind i’d like to share my first charted pattern. Please be kind to me as this is the first crochet chart that i have made and anyone who has tried to do this will know how challenging it can be. I have checked it mulitple times but there might be some errors. If you find any, please let me know. I’ve only included my shorthand instructions this time around – both in UK and US terms.

What you’ll need –

  • Any 8ply cotton yarn in 4 colours – Yarn A, B, C and D
  • 3.5mm hook
  • scissors
  • yarn needle

free crochet pattern

free crochet square pattern

UK Shorthand Instructions

  1. Yarn A – (1tr, ch1) 8 times into a magic ring
  2. Yarn B – (tr3tog, ch3) 8 times into each ch-1 sp
  3. Yarn C – (tr, ch3, tr, ch1) into each ch-3 sp
  4. Yarn A – (3dtr, ch3, 3dtr) at the corners, (ch1, 5tr, ch1) at the sides
  5. Yarn B –  (2dc, ch1, 2dc) at the corner ch-3 sp, work 1dc in into each stitch along the side
  6. Yarn D – (tr, ch3, tr) at the corners, work 1tr into each dc.

US Shorthand Instructions

  1. Yarn A – (1dc, ch1) 8 times into a magic ring
  2. Yarn B – (dc3tog, ch3) 8 times into each ch-1 sp
  3. Yarn C – (dc, ch3, dc, ch1) into each ch-3 sp
  4. Yarn A – (3tr, ch3, 3tr) at the corners, (ch1, 5dc, ch1) at the sides
  5. Yarn B –  (2sc, ch1, 2sc) at the corner ch-3 sp, work 1sc in into each stitch along the side
  6. Yarn D – (dc, ch3, dc) at the corners, work 1dc into each sc.

new bloom crochet square chart

{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

 

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)

crochet mandala

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)

crochet mandala design

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)

crochet mandala

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)

crochet mandala

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).

crochet mandala

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)

crochet mandala

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!

 

 

My Favourite Images of RedAgape Guesthouse and My Home

dining table styling

My Home – dining table styled with candles, antlers and flowers

world map in office

My office….when it’s tidy.

Monochrome pink and gold bedroom interiors

My cheap and cheerful bedroom

layering in interior design

My favourite bedroom at RedAgape Guesthouse

layering with cushions

The Parlour at RedAgape Guesthouse

Recycling old copper pots

My dining table at home

Gallery wall for girls bedroom

My daughter’s gallery wall at home

Teen bedroom gallery wall

Gallery wall in my daughter’s room

styling with vintage maps

My kitchen at home…plus an awesome vintage map

using vintage maps in interiors

My son’s room – with an awesome vintage map

Bookcase sorted by colour

My colour coded bookcase at home

Layering in Interior Design

how to layer interiors

Dining Room at RedAgape Guesthouse

When it comes to interior design, layering is all about what we include in a room to make it feel complete. For example – cushions, throws, books, curtains, candles and magazines are all objects we include when we layer our spaces. I believe the most interesting and welcoming rooms are those that have just the right amount of layering.

layering interior design

A bedroom at RedAgape Guesthouse – layered with lamps, books and pictures

Getting that right balance of layers into a room is really important. Too little and a room can appear very cold, clinical and unwelcoming. Or too many layers and a room may feel cluttered and disorganized.

dining table styling

My table at home layered with books and flowers

Ok, so getting the balance right? Firstly, I hate staged rooms. Don’t layer with items that serve no logical use in a space. Don’t sit a lamp on the dining room table if you don’t intend to use it, or coffee table books in the kitchen unless you plan to read them. When layering occurs organically then it’s more likely to look natural. I’ve added lamps to both side tables in this bedroom along with reading material, layered with purpose.

layering in interior design

Layered bedroom at RedAgape Guesthouse

Try using different patterns and textures in your layering, but make sure there is a connection between layered objects. The striped throw on this bed adds interest with a contrasting pattern to the florals, but works well because the green stripe ties in with other green elements in the room.

layering with cushions

The Parlour at RedAgape Guesthouse

Layering with cushions! Ahh…my favourite type of layering. A lounge with no cushions is so boring and sad. Once again, try mixing patterns and textures. It’s been suggested that you shouldn’t have cushions in the same fabric that match your lounge. While I agree, it’s hard because lounges are often sold with matching cushions. I think the only exception to this rule is when the cushions serve as a structural component of the lounge.

coffee table styling

A coffee table at RedAgape Guesthouse

And don’t forget your coffee and dining room tables! Add books, flowers and coasters with different heights and textures. A layered coffee table is a warm and welcoming invitation to come on in, sit down, and make yourself at home.

dining table styling

My Home – dining table styled with candles, antlers and flowers

Using Maps in Interior Styling

paper cone wreath from maps We have quite a few maps on the walls in our home. My hubby is quite fond of them as he has a keen interest in geography. It’s not uncommon to find him standing in front of one, analysing the countries, cities or towns. I like maps too, but mostly because they look pretty.
The world map below I bought as a gift for my husband and it hangs in our office. It’s decorative and practical as the kids do most of their homework in this space. world map in office
maps as wall art in the office We own a few vintage maps and they are my favourites because of their colours and tones. Hubby loves these ones too as he can compare how mapping has changed over the years *yawn*. styling with vintage maps The vintage map below is HUGE and hangs on the wall in our son’s room. We found it online at Empirical Style. They have a great range of maps, plus other cool goodies. using vintage maps in interiors This paper map wreath hangs in our living area. You can find the tutorial for this DIY wreath here. Hubby was NOT pleased about me destroying an old atlas, but look how pretty it is! upcycled altas as paper wreath