Crochet Mandala Free Pattern


I have had a go at making really complex mandalas but never designed one before, so this is what I have come up with. My first crochet design. 


UK terminology has been used. 

Abbreviations:

ch   chain
st(s)   stitch(es)
sl st   slip stitch
dc   double crochet
tr   treble crochet stitch
ch1-sp   chain 1 space
ch2-sp   chain 2 space
fptr   front post treble
yo   yarn over
tr3tog   treble 3 together
st dc   standing double crochet
st tr   standing treble crochet

Yarn and hook size:

Gauge is not crucial for this project, it could be worked in a variety of yarns with 
appropriate hook size. I have used a 5 mm hook and aran weight yarn in four 
colours (Drops Love You 8, 100% cotton 85m/50g) so that my mandala measures 
16 cm across. 

Instructions: 

Start with an adjustable ring. 

Round 1: With colour A, ch1 (does not count as a stitch), 12 dc into ring. Sl st to join. (12 sts)

Round 2: Ch4 (counts as first tr, ch1), (tr, ch1) in next 11 sts. Sl st to the third chain to join. 
Fasten off.   (12 tr, 12 ch1 sp)

Round 3: Join colour B either by pulling up a loop, ch3 into any ch1-sp 
or with a st tr into any ch1-sp. 
Tr into same sp. Fptr around post of next tr from round2. 
(2tr in next ch1-sp, fptr around next tr from previous round) 11 times. Sl st to join. Fasten off. 
(36 sts)

Round 4:  Join colour C by either pulling up a loop in any st, ch1, skip next st
or with a st dc into any st, ch1, skip next st.

(dc, ch1, skip next st) 17 times. Sl st to join. Fasten off. (18 sts, 18 ch1-sp)

Round 5: In this round you will work 18 tr3tog bobble stitches. These are worked by only 
completing the first step of the tr three times and leaving the loops on the hook, 
to complete the stitch you take yo and pull through all the loops left on the hook. 

The first one is different at the start of the round.  

Beginning tr3tog bobble: Pull up a loop of colour D in any ch1-sp, ch2, y0, insert hook 
into the same space and pull up a loop, yo pull through 2 loops (2 loops on the hook), 
yo, insert hook into the same space and pull up a loop, yo, pull through 2 loops 
(3 loops on the hook), yo and pull through all 3 loops. Ch2 before working the 
next bobble in the next ch1-sp. 

The next 17 bobbles are all the same. 
Tr3tog bobble: (Yo, insert hook into sp and pull up a loop, yo through 2 loops) 3 times, yo and 
pull through all 4 loops on the hook. (One tr3tog bobble completed), ch2) 17 times. 
Sl st to top of ch2 of beginning tr3tog bobble to join. Fasten off. 

Round 6: Join colour C with a st dc in any ch2-sp, 2 dc into same sp, fpdc around top of bobble 
st. (3 dc into ch2-sp, fpdc around bobble) 17 times. Sl st to join. Fasten off. (72 dc)

Round 7: Join colour A with a st dc into any st. (Skip 2 sts, 7tr into next st, skip 2 sts, dc into 
next st ) 12 times, omitting last dc at the end of the round. Sl st to join. Fasten off. 
(12 "petals" consisting of 7 tr each, 12 dc)


Earphone Cosy Free Knitting Pattern


Knit in DK yarn on 4 mm needles (US 6) this is a very quick knit. It makes a useful cozy for those irritating earphones which lie around and get tangled with other things. I decided to give it a cabled twist effect as decoration. 
Finished size: 9 cm deep and 8 cm across at the widest point.
This pattern was drafted as a teaching pattern in order to practice increases and cables. That is the reason for the use of both lifted increases and make one increases. You could stick to one kind of course if you wish. Cabled Earphone Cosy
Happy Knitting.

Balloon Bunting Free Knitting Pattern



If you get up at five a.m. during the balloon fiesta in Bristol you are in for a treat. Hundreds of 
multicoloured balloons floating up into the sky all around you during the early morning 
light. This balloon bunting attempts to capture the magic of this moment.

Using this pattern you can create as many plain balloons as you want. Crochet a chain to 
join them to a strip of bunting.