Picot Mandala Tutorial!


I’m really excited about this new mandala! This mandala is a bit smaller than the other ones I’ve made, but I really love it. This one measures only about 5 1/2 inches. I used KnitPicks Dishie Yarn in Swan, Creme Brûlée and Conch, and I LOVE the colors!

Round 1

To begin, chain 4 and slip stitch in beginning chain to form a ring.

1. Chain 3 (counts as first dc) and work 11 more dc in ring



2. Slip stitch in the 3rd chain of beginning chain 3. Fasten off to change colors.


Round 2

3. Join new color between any two dc. Chain 4 (counts as first dc and ch1)



4. Work a dc, ch1 between every dc of previous round.


5. Slip stitch in 3rd chain of beginning ch3 to finish round 2, fasten off



Round 3

6. Join new color in any dc, work sc in same stitch, ch2


7. In each dc of previous round work sc, ch2


8. Slip stitch in beginning sc, fasten off

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9. Join new color in any sc, ch3 (counts as first dc)


10. Next we are going to make a long double crochet. It is just like a normal dc, but instead of going in to the ch2 space from round 3, you will go in to the ch1 space of round 2 (I marked it with a star in the next picture) so it makes a long stitch



11. Work regular dc in dc of previous round


12. Continue alternating long dc and normal dc, ending with a long dc. Join with a slip stitch in the 3rd chain of beginning ch3, fasten off



Round 5

13. Join new color in any dc, ch 3 (counts as first dc)


14. Work another dc in same stitch


15. 1 dc in the next stitch


16. Work 2dc in next stitch, and 1dc in the following

17. Repeat step 16 until back at beginning; slip stitch 3rd chain of beginning chain 3, fasten off


Round 6

18. Join new color between any 2 dc, ch 4 (counts as 1dc, ch1)


19. Work dc between next two dc of previous round, ch1


20.  Continue working dc, ch1 between each remaining dc


21. Join with slip stitch in 3rd chain of beginning ch3, fasten off


Round 7

22. Join new color in any dc, work sc, ch1 in same stitch


23. sc, ch1 in each of the remaining dc



24. Join with slip stitch in first sc, fasten off


Round 8

25. Join new color in any sc, ch3 (counts as first dc)


26. We are now going to make a long dc just like in round 4; work this just like a normal dc, but insert your hook in the ch1 space from round 6


27. Make a regular dc in the next sc from the previous round, and another long dc in the following ch1 space from round 6.


28. Continue step 27 for the rest of this round


29.  Join with slip stitch in 3rd ch of beginning ch3, fasten off


Round 9

30. Join new color in any long dc, sc in same stitch


31. sc in next regular dc


32. In the next long dc stitch, we are going to make a picot. In the same long dc stitch, sc, ch3, sc



33. 1sc in each of the next 3dc


34. In the next long dc, repeat step 32 and make another picot


35. This can seem a little confusing, but basically, you are making in a picot in every other long dc of round 8, and working sc in the others. You should end with a sc and join with a slip stitch in the first sc


And you’re done!!


I made a couple more with different yarn and hooks to show the difference. The size didn’t change too much, but with an even thicker yarn and hook, I’m sure you could make it bigger!


The one on the far left was made with Cascade Ultra Pima Fine yarn and I used a 4.0mm hook. It is about 4.5 inches.  The one on the far right was made with a medium weight cotton yarn (I’m sorry I can’t remember the exact kind) and a 4.5mm hook and is about 6 inches.

I hope these instructions were clear enough! Please let me know if you have anything doesn’t make sense! As always, I’d love to see any you make!

Finished! Hexagon Baby Blanket

Remember that project I told you about, but I couldn’t show you yet?  Well, I just finished and can finally show you what I’ve been doing!

McCallBlanket1I made this baby blanket for a friend who is having a baby boy at the end of May! I’m so excited and in love with how it turned out!

Like I said in a previous post, I used the KnitPicks Brava Worsted yarn. I really liked the yarn for this blanket, and I LOVE the colors.


I also used a neat little tool online called the Granny Squares Color Pattern Generatorlove the way the random colors look, especially in this blanket, but I have a hard time doing random colors on my own. I sit there and debate and stress over which color to use next and if it looks okay. The is a really neat program that gives you a template to follow while you make your blanket. You just plug in what colors you are using and it generates a little grid. You can keep making new combinations until you find one you like best and it takes the stress out of choosing which color to use next!