I have a lovely free summer pattern for you! It is a shawl that I originally designed for Crochet Now magazine earlier this year, and now I’m pleased to be able to share the ‘Sweet on You’ shawl with you here on my blog! It is a super-feminine design which is great for summer garden parties/weddings or just for a day on the beach/picnic in the woods…. you get the idea – but if the colours are a bit too sweet for you, you could always alter the palette to suit your style.
It may seem a little daunting if you haven’t crocheted many mandalas before, but once you have cracked them the repetition of the design is actually very relaxing. The shawl is made up of 33 of the same mandala, and then on the final round they are joined together in the ‘join as you go’ method.
I have used Rico Creative Cotton in DK here, which is lovely in texture and has a great colour palette, but you could use any DK weight cotton, should you wish.
3 balls in Light Yellow 003 (A), 2 balls each in Light Blue 011 (D), Pastel Pink 004 (E), Salmon 022 (G) and 1 ball each in White 001 (B), Candy Pink 005 (C) & Sky Blue 014 (F)
3.5 mm (or hook needed to obtain gauge below)
Each mandala motif 14cm diameter (approx)
The shape of the shawl has been designed to drape over the shoulders (see layout pic below) but if you would rather you could lay the mandalas out in a more standard row by row formation.
‘one size’ 122cm wide at widest point x 75cm at longest point
Spike double crochet (spike dc): insert hook into rnd below as instructed, yrh, pul, drawing loop level with other dc on working rnd, yrh, draw through both loops on hook
Spike half treble crochet (spike htr): yrh, insert hook into rnd below as instructed, yrh, pul, drawing loop level with other htr on working round, yrh, draw through all 3 loops on hook.
Mandala: (make 33) (UK Crochet Terminology used throughout)
With A, ch 4, join with sl st in 1st ch to form a ring
Rnd 1: working into ring, 4 ch (counts as 1sttr & 1 ch), *1 tr into ring, 1 ch, rep from * 10 more times, sl st into 3 rd ch from beg, fasten off A. (12 tr with 12 1-ch sps)
Rnd 2: join yarn B to any 1-ch sp, 3 ch (counts as 1sttr) 1 tr into same sp, *(3 tr into next sp, 2 tr into next) rep from * to last 1-ch sp, 3 tr, sl st to top of beg 3 ch. Fasten off B. (30 tr)
Rnd 3: join yarn C to any 3rdtr on a 3-tr set, 1 ch (counts as 1stdc) working into sts, 3 dc, 1 spike dc in between 2 tr on rnd 1, *4dc, 1 spike dc, rep from * to last st, 1 spike dc, sl st to beg 1-ch to join. Fasten off C. (30 dc)
Rnd 4: join yarn D to any dc, 4 ch (counts as 1sttr & 1 ch), (1tr, 1 ch) into every st to end, sl st to 3 ch of beg 4-ch. Fasten off D. (30 tr & 30 1-ch sps)
Rnd 5: join yarn E to any 1-ch sp, 3 ch (counts as 1sttreble) 1 tr into same sp, 2 tr into each 1-ch sp to end, sl st into top of beg 3-ch to join. Fasten off E. (60 tr)
Rnd 6: join yarn F to any gap between 2 sets of 2 tr (and work into these gaps throughout), 4 ch (counts as 1 dc & 3 ch), *1 dc into next gap, 3 ch, rep from * to end, sl st into bottom of beg 4-ch to join. Fasten off F. (30 dc & 30 3-ch sps)
Rnd 7: join yarn A to any 3-ch sp, (2 ch (counts as 1sthtr) 1 spike-htr in between 2 tr from rnd 5, 1 htr) all into same 3 ch-sp, (1 htr, 1 spike-htr, 1 htr) into each 3 ch-sp to end, sl st into top of beg 2-ch to join. Fasten off A (90 htr)
Border and joining as you go;
Join yarn G to any st, 4 ch (counts as 1stdc & 3 ch) 1 dc back in same st (makes 1 picot), 4 ch, miss 4 st, *(1 dc, 3 ch, 1 dc) in next st, 4 ch, miss 4, rep from * to end, finishing with a sl st into bottom of beg 4 ch to join. Fasten off. (18 picots)
Joining as you go; Following layout chart, work the border as above but on each adjoining picot work as follows; 1dc, 1 ch, insert hook in 3ch-sp on picot of adjoining mandala, 1 ch, 1 dc in same st on current mandala.
Weave in all ends.
Happy mandala making and don’t forget to share your makes with me on Instagram @loveandloop !