Monday, December 23, 2013

Last minute Christmas mandala - free pattern


I am sneaking in some blog time to say Hi to you all. It is  a busy house hold over here with 10 people in the house.

Thought I would share my last minute Christmas Mandala with you the day before Christmas Eve. It is so simple that you can probably whip it up in a good hour without problem, and choose your own size to match whatever will be placed on it. It is perfect for Christmas flowers, breakfast bowls, fruit bowls, decorations...

I started making these with my crochet class when we practised working in rounds, and they were so satisfying and fun that I just couldn't stop making them. I had forgotten how much fun it is to work in the round. I now have awakened the need of making "real" mandalas with mixed stitches... Who knows where that desire may end... :D

I used a local department store cotton/poly blend yarn, DK weight on a 3,5 mm hook for this project. Feel free to use any cotton or cotton blend you have available. Working with a DK weight yarn makes for a mandala with good stability and perfect thickness in my opinion, a Sport weight will make it smaller and more doily-mandala like. So here we go... This is the pattern for the small mandala in the last picture.
Christmas Mandala

Material
DK weight cotton or cotton/blend yarn, 1 ball of red and 1 ball of white.
Hook 3,5 mm/E4
Scissors a
Darning needle

Abbreviations
Stitch - st
Stitches - sts
Slip stitch - sl st
Chain - ch
UK treble - UK tr
US double crochet - US dc

Foundation

Red yarn: Ch 6, close with a sl st in your first st to make a round.

Row 1
Red yarn: Ch 3 (counts as first UK tr/US dc), 11 UK tr/US dc in the ring (total 12 sts), sl st in the third st of your first 3 ch to close the row.

Row 2
Red yarn: Ch 3 (counts as first UK tr/US dc), 2 UK tr/US dc in the every st until end of row (total 24 sts) , sl st in third st of your first 3 ch to close the row. Fasten off.

Row 3
White yarn: Join your white yarn and ch 3 (counts as first UK tr/US dc), 1 UK tr/US dc in the same st. [1 UK tr/ US dc in the next st, 2 UK tr/ US dc, 1 UK tr/ US dc] - repeat until end of row. You finish with 1 UK tr/ US dc (total of 36 sts), sl st in third st of your first 3 ch to close the row.

Row 4
White yarn: Ch 3 (counts as first UK tr/US dc), 1 UK tr/US dc in the same st. [1 UK tr/ US dc in the next 2 sts, 2 UK tr/ US dc, 1 UK tr/ US dc in next 2 sts] - repeat until end of row. You finish with 1 UK tr/ US dc in the last 2 sts (total of 48 sts), sl st in third st of your first 3 ch to close the row. Fasten off.

Row 5
Red yarn: Join your red yarn. Ch 3 (counts as first UK tr/US dc), 1 UK tr/US dc in the same st. [1 UK tr/ US dc in the next 3 sts, 2 UK tr/ US dc, 1 UK tr/ US dc in next 3 sts] - repeat until end of row. You finish with 1 UK tr/ US dc in the last 3 sts (total of 60 sts), sl st in third st of your first 3 ch to close the row.

Row 6
Red yarn: Ch 3 (counts as first UK tr/US dc), 1 UK tr/US dc in the same st. [1 UK tr/ US dc in the next 4 sts, 2 UK tr/ US dc, 1 UK tr/ US dc in next 4 sts] - repeat until end of row. You finish with 1 UK tr/ US dc in the last 4 sts (total of 72 sts), sl st in third st of your first 3 ch to close the row. Fasten off.

Row 7
White yarn: Join your white yarn. Ch 3 (counts as first UK tr/US dc), 1 UK tr/US dc in the same st. [1 UK tr/ US dc in the next 5 sts, 2 UK tr/ US dc, 1 UK tr/ US dc in next 5 sts] - repeat until end of row. You finish with 1 UK tr/ US dc in the last 5 sts (total of 84 sts), sl st in third st of your first 3 ch to close the row.

Row 8

White yarn: Ch 3 (counts as first UK tr/US dc), 1 UK tr/US dc in the same st. [1 UK tr/ US dc in the next 6 sts, 2 UK tr/ US dc, 1 UK tr/ US dc in next 6 sts] - repeat until end of row. You finish with 1 UK tr/ US dc in the last 6 sts (total of 96 sts), sl st in third st of your first 3 ch to close the row. Fasten off.

Row 9
Red yarn: Join your red yarn. Ch 3 (counts as first UK tr/US dc), 1 UK tr/US dc in the same st. [1 UK tr/ US dc in the next 7 sts, 2 UK tr/ US dc, 1 UK tr/ US dc in next 7 sts] - repeat until end of row. You finish with 1 UK tr/ US dc in the last 7 sts (total of 108 sts), sl st in third st of your first 3 ch to close the row.

Row 10
Red yarn: Skip the first 2 sts, 3 UK tr/ US dc in third st, ch 2,  3 UK tr/ US dc in same st, skip 2 sts, sl st in next st, [skip 2 sts, 3 UK tr/ US dc in third st, ch 2,  3 UK tr/ US dc in same st, skip 2 sts, sl st in next st] repeat until end of row and finish with your sl st to close the row. Fasten off.

Voila! Your Christmas Mandala is finished. Easy, right!

Happy Christmas for now and we'll see if I get to share some Christmas pics with you before the big day as well.

Kärlek
Annette

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15 comments :

  1. En så söt liten duk du virkat. Jag hoppas få se beskrivningen på svenska också - när du får tid - eller i alla fall förkortningarna (ch = lm, UK tr = ??, US dc = ??).
    Önskar dig och de dina en härlig jul och hoppas ni får lite snö. I Stockholm och större delen av landet är det barmark, grått och regnigt.
    Kram

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  2. Wow lovely! Hats off to you, for having posted a pattern during Christmas and 10 ppl at home. It can sometimes be overwhelming, but I know its fun having guests/big family :-) Enjoy your time and A MERRY CHRISTMAS to you and your family!! :-)
    Hugs!!
    -Ranjitha

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  3. Pretty Annette! Merry Christmas to you and yours!!
    xo Kris

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  4. A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and your family Annette! Love your Mandela!!!

    Madelief xox

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  5. This is wonderful Annette, love the colours and the pattern, perfect for any time of the year. Have a special Christmas Annette, have loved reading you blog this year and really looking forward to hearing all your news next year. Merry Christmas, lots of love as always
    Dorothy
    :-)xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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  6. God Jul på dig, fina du! Hoppas ni får en fantastisk julhelg! Kram //Petra

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  7. It is lovely. Merry Christmas.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  8. MUITO LINDA,PARABÉNS.BEIJO.VALÉRIA.

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  9. Thank you Annette!!!!
    Buon Natale and Felice 2014!!!!
    xxxxxxx Ale

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  10. Wishing you a Merry Christmas Annette, and thank you for all the crochet inspiration you share with us! :) x

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  11. Merry Christmas, Annette! my best wishes to you and your family.
    I hope that next year will be too splendid with the love of your children and your works with crochet.
    Thanks once again for sharing with us your stuff!
    Thanks, Annette! MERRY CHRISTMAS!
    A big hug from Catalonia!

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  12. Ich wünsche Dir im Kreise deiner Lieben ein wunderschönes, gemütliches Weihnachtsfest und einen guten Rutsch, Gesundheit und Glück fürs Jahr 2014. Ich freue mich schon darauf auch im nächsten Jahr wieder einiges auf deinem Blog miterleben zu dürfen.
    Viele, herzliche Grüße aus der Windmühle
    Iris

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  13. Hi Annette, this is a really lovely mandala and I was wondering whether you are happy for me to share this pattern on my blog tomorrow or the day after as a pattern to use for my next monthly mandalong? I think this will make a lovely pattern for people to use in preparation for Christmas and needless to say I will provide the link to your blog. Please let me know via email: stiana.hubert4@gmail.com. Many thanks. xoxo

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  14. This is lovely!! I can't wait to make some!
    I followed the link form Hannapat's blog! LOL
    Have a lovely November!
    Jenn

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    1. Hi Jenn
      Welcome to my blog and I am so pleased to hear you enjoy my simple Christmas Mandala. Happy hooking!
      XXx

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Kärlek
Annette

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