Starflower Mandala

Mandala means, loosely translated, Cicle in Sanskrit. No matter if you draw or crochet them, there is something really calming and stressless in the repetitions of every round. You don’t have to think big thoughts, just keep calm and crochet on, in the rhytm of every added round. Combined with a palette of delicious colors, it’s a joyous way to spend time. The finished mandala can be used in various ways: For pillow cases, floor rugs, centerpiece, hot pad or simply as a beautiful wall decoration. Make a whole lot and hang them in the nursery or even in the living room!

Make your own Starflower Mandala

  1. Begin with a magic ring (or ch 5 and close to a ring with a sl st). 12 dc in the ring. (12)
  2. 3dc tog, ch 1. Repeat around. (24)
  3. 2 dc in ch, ch1 and skip the dc. Repeat around. (32)
  4. In chain, (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc). Repeat.
  5. In ch between dc’s put (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc). Between the two dc (from 3rd rnd) directly below, do a tr. Be careful not to make it too tight or loose, as it will affect the shape of the Mandala.
  6. 2 dc, ch 1, sk the ch, 2 dc, ch 2, skip the tr. Repeat.
  7. Sc in the dc’s (2 sc), ch two and skip the ch below. 2 sc, post treble around treble from 5th rnd. Repeat around.
  8. In chain, put (3 dc, ch 1, 3 dc). Repeat in next ch.
  9. Sc in the dc’s (3 sc). In chain, put (1 sc, 1 dc, ch 1, 1 sc). 3 sc, 1 post tr around tr from 7. Repeat.

STRAP (if you want to use the mandala as a potholder)
Anywhere in round 6, instead of a ch 2, ch 18 instead and close the loop with a sl st in the 1st ch. Continue the round as described above.

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