February Mandala time! This month has been influenced by (can you guess?!!) Valentines day (insert heart emoji here!) I really didn’t want to go overboard with the hearts, flowers and pink, although depending on your point of view, maybe I did! I certainly love pink so that might be something you want to change if you are not a pink person….
So here is the pattern, I have used Paintbox Cotton DK, just as I have with all my Mandala Cal patterns, as Paintbox very kindly gifted me all the yarn I needed to bring this CAL to you!
Paintbox Cotton D.K 1 ball each of;
yarn A – 408 Vanilla Cream
yarn B – 453 Ballet Pink
yarn C – 442 Dusty Rose
yarn D – 451 Bubblegum Pink
3.5 mm hook / U.K terminology used
Tension: finished mandala measures approx 15 cm across
– when pattern requires tr2tog (treble 2 together) start the round by either 3 ch as for a normal tr or you can use a ‘standing’ treble which will help to make the mandala more uniform, just leave out the last stage of the standing treble as you would a regular treble.
Puff stitch – 3tr-puff /4tr-puff: *yrh, insert hook into st or sp indicated in pattern, yrh, pul to height of a tr, rep from *twice more for 3tr-puff or three times more for a 4tr-puff, yrh, pull through all 7 loops on hook (9 loops for a 4tr-puff)
Spike tr (spk tr) work as regular tr but work into stitch or space of a previous round as indicated by pattern.
Rnd 1: with yarn A, 4 ch and ss to 1stch to join to ring (or magic circle), 3 ch (counts as 1sttr), 1 tr into ring, 1 ch, *2 tr into ring, 1 ch, rep from * 4 more times, ss to top of beg 3 ch to join round. Fasten off A (6 x 2trs)
Rnd 2: with yarn B, join to any 1 ch sp, *(tr 2 tog, 1 ch, tr 2 tog) all in same sp, 1 ch, rep from * 5 more times, ss to top of beg tr 2 tog to join. Fasten of B (6 lots of 2×2 tr tog)
Rnd 3: with yarn C, join to any 1 ch-sp *(tr2tog, 1 ch, tr2tog) all into same sp, rep from * in each 1-ch sp, ss to top of beg tr to join. Fasten off C. (12 ‘hearts’ or 12 lots of 2x2trtog clusters)
Rnd 4: with yarn D, join to any 1 ch-sp from previous round, (between 2 of the 2×2 clusters or ‘hearts’) *1 3tr-puff, 1 ch, 1 3tr-puff all into same sp, 1 ch, rep from * in every 1 ch-sp to end, ss to top of beg puff to join. Fasten off D. (12 ‘hearts’)
Rnd 5: with yarn A, join to any 1 ch-sp between 2 puff cluster (or the middle of a ‘heart’) *(tr2tog, 1 ch, tr2tog) all into same sp, 1 spk tr into gap between 2x2trtog from round 3, rep from * to end, ss to top of beg tr to join. Fasten off A. (12 ‘hearts’ with 1 spk tr between each)
Rnd 6: join yarn D to any 1 ch-sp (between 2x2trtog), *4tr-puff stitch, 1 ch, 1 tr into the space to the right of spk-tr from round 5, 1 tr into sp to left of spk-tr from rnd 5, 1 ch, rep from * to end, ss to top of beg puff to join. Fasten off D. (12 puffs with 2 tr between each puff)
Rnd 7: join yarn B to any gap between 2 tr from previous round, 4tr-puff st, 1 tr into next gap (between 1 tr & 1 puff from previous rnd), 1 ch, 1 tr into next gap (other side of puff from prev rnd), rep from * to end, ss to top of beg puff to join. Fasten off B. ( 12 puffs with 2 tr between each puff)
Rnd 8: with yarn D, join to any 1 ch-sp from previous rnd (between 2 tr), 3 ch (1sttr) 2 more tr in same sp, (1 tr into tr directly below in rnd 6) twice, *3 tr in next 1 ch-sp, (1 tr into tr directly below in round 6) twice, rep from * to end, ss to top of beg 3-ch to join. Fasten off
Happy Mandala-making! Remember to tag me in your makes on Instagram with the hashtag #loveandloopmandalaCAL and you can follow me there @loveandloop where I post regularly all my makes and the yarn-y stuff I’m up to!