This month I have used a relaxing and calming colour palette and, like with many of my designs, I have taken inspiration from nature. My family and I have been enjoying taking more walks recently and breathing in the outdoors as well as watching summer slowly approach; greens getting greener, flowers popping up here and there… and I wanted this month’s mandala to be just that – a breath of fresh air!
I can’t believe that we are already in May – even if the days in isolation seem to be never-ending! Only 3 more mandalas left after this one meaning that we are ¾ of the way through this year-long cal!
Yarn used; Paintbox DK Cotton 1 ball each in;
A – Misty Grey (404)
B – Vintage Pink (456)
C – Ballet Pink (453)
D – Daffodil Yellow (422)
E – Pistachio Green (425)
F – Blood Orange (420)
UK terminology used
Tension; finished mandala measures approx. 16 cm across
Mandala worked front facing unless otherwise stated in pattern.
Special Stitches; Puff stitch (6 tr tog) *yarn over, insert into st as indicated in pattern, yarn over, pul, yarn over, pull through 2 sts, rep from *5 times more, 7 loops on hook, yarn over, pull through all 7 loops on hook, 1 ch.
With A, 4 ch, sl st to beg 1 ch to form ring.
Rnd 1; 4 ch (1sttr & 1ch) [1 tr, 1ch] into ring 7 times more, sl st into 3rdch of beg 4-ch to join. F.O. (8 tr & 1x 1 ch-sp)
Rnd 2; join B to any ch sp, 1 ch (1stdc), 1 htr, 1 tr, 1 htr, 1 dc all inti same sp, cont with [1 dc, 1 htr, 1 tr, 1 htr, 1 dc] into each sp around, sl st to beg 1 ch, DO NOT FASTEN OFF (8 ‘petals’)
Rnd 3; 1 ch, turn work, 3 more ch, sl st into back of 1stdc of next petal, *4 ch,sl st into back of 1stdc of next petal, rep from * to end, sl st into 1stch of round, F.O. (8 x 4 ch sps)
Rnd 4; (right side facing) join C to any 4 ch sp, [puff st, 2 ch puff st, 2 ch] into each sp around,(starting with a 3 ch for 1stpuff), sl st into top of first puff stitch to join, F.O. (16 puff sts & 16 2-ch sps)
Rnd 5; join D (right side facing)to the bottom of the sl st posts from round 3, 1 ch (1stdc) 4 ch, *1 dc around next post, 4 ch rep from * to end, sl st into 1stch to join, F.O (8 dc & 8 4ch-sps)
Rnd 6; join E to any 2 ch sp from rnd 4; 3 ch (1sttr) 3 tr more into same sp, 1 ch, * 4 tr, 1 ch in next sp, rep from * to end, sl st into top of beg 3-ch to join, F.O. (64 sts & 16 1 ch-sps)
Rnd 7; join D to any sp, and rep previous round. (64 sts & 1 ch-sps)
Rnd 8; join F to any ch-sp, 3 ch (1sttr) 1 tr, 1 ch, 2 tr, 1 ch all in same space and cont with [2 tr, 1 ch, 2 tr, 1 ch] in every sp around, sl st into top of beg 3 ch to join, F.O. (64 sts & 32 1-ch sps)
Rnd 9; join A to any sp, 3 ch (1sttr) 2 tr more into sp, 1 ch * 3 tr, 1 ch in next sp, rep from * to end, sl st into top of beg 3-ch to join, F.O. (96 sts & 32 1-ch sps)
Rnd 10; join C to any sp, 3 ch (1sttr) 3 tr more in same sp, *4 tr in next sp, rep from * to end, sl st into top of beg 3-ch to join, F.O. (128 sts)
Weave in ends and block to measurements.
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