Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Snowflake Mandala



♥ A beautiful Christmas themed Mandala ♥
The centre of this pattern is based loosely on a diagram on a page from a 1987 Crochet Magazine I have had forever :::: have I ever mentioned that I am a horder of note!  If I could pass on an attribute to the designer I would so happily do so, it is a very pretty and almost delicate little centre, reminiscent of a snowflake!

So here we go:
Yarn:  Elle Gold DK in Chilli, Lily and Limeade
Hook: Size 4mm
Special Stitches:  
Puff St ~ link here 
Picot ~ find a link here 

Row 1:   Start with a Magic ring or 5 ch joined to create a circle.
Row 2
Row 2
3ch;   then 23dc;   join with a sl st to top of 3ch to end row.   (24 dc)



Row 3a 
Row 3b

Row 3
6ch;  (counts as first sc and 5ch;  skip 2dc;   1sc into next st.  *5ch;  skip 2 sts;  1sc into next st.   Repeat from * to end of row; sl st into first sc at start of row. (12 x 5ch loops)



Row 4a
Row 4b
Row 4c
Row 4d
Row 4
Sl st into first 5ch loop and make another sl st, as per photo 4a.  This moves the yarn to the top of the loop.   Into first 5ch loop:  *Puff st;  5ch;   1sc 2ch 1sc into next 5ch loop; 5ch.  Repeat from * to end of row;  sl st into top of first Puff st to finish row. Photo 4d shows:  6 Puff sts and 6 2ch loops.




Row 6
Row 6
Join new colour in a 5ch loop before any Puff st.  3ch (counts as 1dc), 1dc, 1ch, 2dc all into loop;  1ch;  2dc, 1ch, 2dc into chain loop after Puff st;  3ch.  * 2dc, 1ch, 2dc into next chain loop;  1ch;  2dc, 1ch, 2dc into next chain loop;  3ch.  Repeat from * a further 4 times. Join to top of starting 3ch.




Row 7
Row 7
Join new colour into any 3ch space and work 3ch (counts as 1dc plus 4dc (making a 5 dc cluster);  into next 1ch space work 1dc;  into next 1ch space make 2dc, 1ch, 2dc;  into next 1ch space make 1dc;  into next 3ch space work 5dc cluster.  Continue to end of row, finishing with a sl st into top of starting 3ch.





Row 8
Row 8
Join new colour into third dc of any 5dc cluster and 6ch (stands for 1dc plus 3ch);  Puff st into top of next 1dc;  3ch;  1dc into third dc of 5dc cluster;  3ch;  Puff st into top of next 1dc.  Continue to end of row, finishing with a sl st into third ch of beginning 6ch.



Row 9
Row 9
Sl st into 3ch space;  Into each 3ch space, work 5dc cluster



Row 10
Row 10
Join new colour Into space between 5dc clusters;   work 1sc and 6ch;  1sc into next space between clusters; 6ch.  After last sc into last space between clusters, finish row with 3ch and 1dc into starting sc.



Row 11

Row 11
Sl st across first 3 chain sts;  6ch;  sc into next 6 ch space.  Finish row after last 6ch with a sl st into 1st sc.




Row 12
Row 12
Join new colour into any 6ch space.  3ch and 6dc (making a 7 stitch cluster);  next a Picot;  7dc cluster into next 6 chain space;  then a Picot.  Continue to end, making a Picot seperating each 7dc cluster.  Finish row with last Picot and a sl st into starting 3ch.




And there we are .. I love this Mandala!  Hope you enjoy making it up.  And if you do I would love to see your photos on the Sunshine FB page!

I must add an apology at this point;  after some most annoying problems on my blog template these past few weeks, all is sorted thanks to my beloved son Arend ♥ soo sorry for the delay in getting this post out, soo happy to see it finally on it's way :) Please forgive any out-of-sync looking pics too!

Until next post 
thank you for reading
Pat xxxxxxxxx


10 comments:

  1. It is so pretty, and good to know that mandala's have been around for a long long time too! xx

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  2. This is gorgeous - thank yo so much for the step by step tutorial I reckon even I could have a go at making one of these.

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    1. Thank you Lorna; if you should make one please will you post a photo on the Sunshine and a Sewing Basket FB page, I would love to see it!

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  3. What a clear, helpful tutorial, and gorgeous mandala too. So Christmassy! X

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  4. Beautiful Mandala and a great tutorial :)

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  5. I love it Pat! The background you used for your photos was a really clever touch too!

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