I came up with the idea to crochet a mandala of 1 meter in december 2019. I was inspired by all the beautiful mandalas I saw on Facebook and Instagram, that I couldn’t resist to make one my own.
Last year we bought our first house, and that’s almost one year ago. Our bedroom is still very empty and not really cosy. I thought a mandala was the perfect way to change this! It was a very challenging project for someone who only started with crochet 2 months earlier, but it didn’t hold me back to just start and go!
I found the pattern on Pinterest. It consists of 2 parts:
The pattern is designed by Kazuko Hayashi of Ondori, a Japanese company that made multiple crochet magazines. Unfortunately, the company does no longer exist, which is a shame.
Disclaimer: I did not make this pattern and do not own any rights.
The symbols in the pattern
I have made an overview of the symbols that are used in this particular pattern:
= chain stitch. One circle is one stitch, so if there are 5 circles you need to ch5
= single crochet (US), double crochet (UK)
= the 3 chain stitches you start your round with, equals 1 double crochet (US)/treble (UK)
= double crochet (US), treble (UK)
= decrease in double crochet (US), decrease in treble (UK). The amount of sticks indicates the amount you must decrease, e.g. you also see 3 and 5 in this pattern.
= double crochet 2 together (US), treble 2 together (UK)
= double crochet 3 together (US), treble 3 together (UK)
= double crochet 3 together (US), treble 3 together (UK), but you make the stitches around the chain 2 in the round below.
= chain 4 picot
It’s hard to see on the pattern, but you use a slip stitch to end each round.
The details of my mandala:
- Yarn: Scheepjes Whirl Blueberry Bambam (started from the inside). The yarn was 1000 meters, but I did not use it all. I have 34 grams of yarn left, that equals approximately 150 meters. That means I have used approximately 850 for the complete mandala.
- Hook: 2,5 mm
- Diameter ring: 1 meter
This project was a huge challenge for me. At a certain point, I developed a love/hate relationship with it. It has so many details, that it’s easy to make a mistake. Most of the mistakes I only discovered a round later. That meant that I needed to pull apart one complete round, and start over. One time I noticed a mistake 10(!) rounds later, which resulted in a major detail that got lost. It was hard to pull it apart, but I thougth that it was much harder to see the ‘imperfect’ mandala on my wall every day and annoy myself about it.
I bought a ring of 1 meter, but the pattern was not sufficient to reach this width. Also, in the original pattern it is required to detach and attach the yarn a few times per round. I didn’t want to do this, so I adjusted the pattern a bit and added some details of my own, starting in round 46, see the image below. I want to suggest to buy a ring AFTER you have finished your mandala. The ring must be 5-10 cm larger than your crochet work.
I fastened the mandala on the ring by using yarn strings. After that, I started to crochet around the ring by using single crochet (US)/double crochet (UK).
In the end I am super happy with the result! The mandala hangs above our bed. Meanwhile, I already started my next project, which is also a mandala! I’m sure many will follow. If you have any questions, please send me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org!