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)