Hello and happy start of Advent!
My kids are super excited – we have our advent calendars ready and the Elf on the Shelf is getting prepared to make his appearance every morning!
And so it’s time for the December instalment of the Love and Loop Mandala CAL!
This design is a fairly simple one; working simple increases in the round to create a super flat circle. I am going to be making a few of these, and using them as festive coasters for the season! I will probably alternate between red and green baubles to keep the colours traditional (my favourite!) but you could go with any christmas colour palette you like! As always with the CAL I have chosen Paintbox DK cotton – kindly gifted to me by the team at Love Crochet so I can bring you a new design every month!
Paintbox Cotton DK 1 ball each of;
yarn A – Rose Red 414
yarn B – Mustard Yellow 424
yarn C – Light Champagne 403
yarn D – Evergreen 431
3.5 mm hook
U.K Terminology used
Using yarn A, 4 chain, slip stitch into 1st ch to form ring
RND 1; 3 ch (counts as 1st treble now and throughout) 11 tr into ring, ss into top of beg 3-ch to join (12 tr)
RND 2; 3 ch and 1 tr into 1st st, 2 tr into every st to end, ss to top of beg 3-ch to join. (24 tr)
RND 3; 3 ch, 2 tr into next st, *1 tr, 2 tr in next st rep from * to end, ss into top of beg 3-ch to join. (36 tr) fasten off A.
RND 4; join yarn B to any st, 3-ch, 1 tr, 2 tr in next st, 1 tr, change to yarn C, 1 tr, 2 tr into next, *1 tr, 1 tr, 2 tr into next 3 sts, rep from * to end.
RND 5; continuing with yarn C, work this round of trebles, increasing every 4th st with 2 tr
RND 6; as round 5, increasing every 5 stitches with 2 tr
RND 7; join yarn A to any st, 1 ch (counts as 1st dc) work 1 dc in each st, increasing every 6 sts with 2 dc, rep to end, ss to top of beg 1-ch to join. Fasten off A
RND 8; as round 7 but with increase every 7 sts. Join yarn D to any st, and bearing in mind increases, at the same time change colour every 2 sts, alternating between yarn D and C. finishing with yarn C, ss into top of beg 1-ch to join. Fasten off
Using a small amount of yarn B and tapestry needle, embroider ‘loop’ detail for bauble.
Don’t forget to tag me in your makes on Instagram so I can see your mandalas! @loveandloop #loveandloopmandalaCAL