March Mandala time! I’m feeling good to be back on this CAL again after having to stop half way through the CAL last year when my family and I went through a huge relocation move from the U.K to the States! My oh my what a year it has been but let’s save that for another time…. I’ll just say that I think I have been through every emotion known to me (sometimes all in one day too!)
The colours in this month’s mandala have been inspired by the lush green beginning to return to our surroundings; gardens, yards, parks and reserves – with the little pops of colour ready to bloom at any time. I very often just make mandalas for mindfulness purposes – but I have to say this one is just crying out for an indoor pot plant to be placed on it!
The yarn used is the fantastic Paintbox cotton DK (kindly gifted) but any yarn of any size would work – just remember to up or down your hook size!
Paintbox Cotton D.K 1 ball each of;
yarn A – 428 Racing Green
yarn B – 423 Buttercup Yellow
yarn C – 455 Peach Orange
yarn D – 409 Light Caramel
yarn E – 453 Ballet Pink
3.5 mm hook / U.K terminology used
Tension – finished mandala measures approx 15 cm across.
With yarn A, 4 ch, sl st into 1st ch to form ring
Rnd 1; 3 ch (1st tr) 11 tr into ring, sl st to top of beg 3-ch to join. F.O (12 tr)
Rnd 2; join B to any gap between posts of rnd 1 (not into stitch) 2 ch (1st dc + 1 ch), *1 dc into next gap, 1 ch, rep from * to end, sl st into 1st ch to join. F.O ( 12 dc + 12x 1-ch sps)
Rnd 3; join A to any 1 ch-sp of prev rnd, 1 ch (1st dc) 1 dc into same ch-sp, *2 dc into next ch-sp, rep from * to end, sl st to beg 1 ch to join. do not fasten off. (24 dc)
Rnd 4; 1 ch (1st dc) (place a marker if needs be), 2 dc in next st, *1 dc in next, 2 dc in next, rep from * to end, sl st into beg 1 ch to join. F.O (36 dc)
Rnd 5; join C to any dc st, 2 ch (1st htr), 1 htr in each st to end, sl st into top of beg 2-ch to join. do not fasten off. (36 htr)
Rnd 6; 3 ch (1st htr + 1ch), [1 htr, 1 ch] in every st to end, sl st into 2nd ch of beg 3-ch to join. F.O (36 htr + 36 x 1-chs)
Rnd 7; join B to any 1-ch sp, 4 ch (1st dc + 3 ch), [1 dc, 3 ch] in every 1-ch sp to end, sl st to 1st ch of beg 4-ch to join. F.O (36 dc + 36 x 3-ch sps)
Rnd 8; join D to any 3-ch sp, 4 ch (1st dc+ 3ch) continue with [1dc, 3 ch] into every 3-ch sp to end, sl st into 1st ch of beg 4-ch. F.O (36 dc + 36 x 3-ch sps)
Rnd 9; join A to any 3-ch sp, 3 ch (1st dc + 2 ch) and cont’ with [ 1dc, 2 ch] in every 3-ch sp to end, sl st into 1st ch of beg 3-ch to join. F.O (36 dc + 36x 2 ch-sp)
Rnd 10; join E to any 2 ch sp, 2 ch (1st htr), 2 htr more into same sp, cont’ with 3 htr in each ch-sp to end, sl st into top of beg 2-ch to join. F.O (108 htr)
Rnd 11; join A to any middle tr of a 3 htr group from prev rnd, 2 ch (1st htr) 1 htr in next st, *1dtr around post of dc st that is directly below in rnd 9 (and missing st directly behind), 1 htr in next 2 sts, rep from * to last st, 1 post dtr around dc in round 9, missing st directly behind, sl st into top of beg 2-ch to join. F.O (36 dtr + 72 htr)
Rnd 12; join c to any st, 4 ch (1st dc+3ch) 1 more dc in same st (creates 1 picot), *1 dc in next 3, [1dc, 3 ch, 1dc] in next st, rep from * to last 3 sts, 1 dc in next 3, sl st into bottom of beg 4-ch to join. F.O (27 picots)
Sew in ends
Block to measurements
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