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So Many Mandalas!


Over the past few months I’ve made quite a few mandalas! They are so quick to make and I love trying new color combinations with each one. I love that small changes can make each one look so different! Below I listed each mandala and what yarn and pattern I used, along with any changes I made to the pattern.

Simply Crochet Magazine (issues 7 & 14)

1 & 7

Spiky Mandala Pattern

4, 6, 10 – Knit Picks Shine Worsted

2 – Lily’s Sugar and Cream Cotton

Picot Mandala Pattern

– Knit Picks Dishie Cotton

– Cascade Cotton (sorry, can’t remember exact name)

15 – Cascade Ultra Pima Fine

11 – Lily’s Sugar and Cream Cotton

First Mandala Pattern

8, 12, 17 – Knit Picks Shine Worsted yarn

9, 13 – Cascade Ultra Pima Fine

14 – Knit Picks Dishie Cotton

16 – This is the same as the pattern up to the last row. Instead of making double crochets for a scallop edge, I worked a single crochet in each dc, then sc, ch2, sc in each ch2 space of the previous round. I repeated the round again for the last row (sc in each previous sc and sc, ch2, sc in each ch2 space).

18 – Lily’s Sugar and Cream Cotton

Spiky Mandala Tutorial!

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I guess you probably noticed that I’ve become a little obsessed with mandalas. I see why so many people love making them! So, I’m super excited to share another mandala tutorial with you! This one’s pretty simple, but I love it! It looks great with a bunch of different colors, and is completely customizable.

To begin, chain 5 and join with slip stitch in the first chain to form a ring. The first round will be worked out of it.


Round 1:

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


2. Join with slip stitch in 3rd chain of beginning ch3. Fasten off and weave in ends


Round 2:

3. Join new color between any two double crochet stitches


4. Work sc in same space, chain 1


5. Work sc, ch1 between each dc of previous round

Round2.3 Round3.4

6. Join with slip stitch in first sc. Fasten off


Round 3:

7. Join new color in any ch1 space


8. Chain 3 (counts as 1dc), dc in same ch1 space, ch1


9. Work 2dc, ch1 in each of the remaining ch1 spaces of the previous round

Round3.4 Round3.5

10. Join in 3rd chain of beginning ch3. Fasten off


Round 4:

11. Join new color in any ch1 space. Work sc in same space, ch1



12. Work sc between the next 2dc, ch1


13.  Continue working sc, ch1 in each ch1 space and between the dc of previous round


14. Join with slip stitch in first sc. Fasten off


Round 5:

15. Join new color in any ch1 space, ch 4 (counts as 1dc and 1ch)


16. Work dc in next ch1 space, ch1


17. Continue working dc, ch1 in each ch1 space of the previous round


18. Join with slip stitch in 3rd chain of beginning ch4. Fasten off


Round 6:

19. Join new color in any ch1 space. Work 2sc in same space, ch1


20. Work 2sc, ch1 in each of the ch1 space of the previous round


21. Join with slip stitch in first sc. Fasten off


Round 7:

22. Join new color in any ch1 space, work sc in same ch1 space, ch3




23. Skip the next two sc, sc in the next ch1 space of previous round, ch3


24. Continue working sc, ch3 in each ch1 space of precious round


25. Join with slip stitch in first sc. Fasten off



Round 8:

26. Join new color in any ch3 space, ch5 (counts as 1dc, 2ch)


27. Work dc in same ch3 space, ch1


28. In next ch3 space, *dc, ch2, dc, ch1*


29. Repeat between ** in each ch3 space of previous round


30. Join with slip stitch in 3rd ch first ch3. Fasten off


Round 9:

31. Join new color in any ch1 space, ch5 (counts as 1dc, ch2)


32. Work dc in same ch1 space, ch2


33. In next ch1 space, work *dc, ch2, dc, ch2*


34. Repeat between ** in each ch1 space of previous round. Join with slip stitch in 3rd ch of first ch5. Fasten off


Round 10 :

36. Join in any ch2 space between 2dc, ch3


37. Work 4 more dc in same ch2 space, sc in next ch2 space



38. In next ch2 space, work 5dc, sc in next ch2 space


39. Continue step 38 for the rest of the round


40. Finish with a slip stitch in 3rd ch of first ch3. Fasten off


And you’re done!

I hope this tutorial is easy to follow! I loved seeing some of the  mandalas you made with the other tutorial! (you can find it here if you missed it!) I’d love to see any more that you make! Please share your pictures with me on Instagram or leave your link in the comments below!


Disney Tournament and New Projects!

This weekend I was in Orlando for the Disney Volleyball Qualifier tournament! It was a huge 3 day tournament with hundreds of teams!

Chloe and I left thursday afternoon.  I had to check my team in at the Convention Center, then we checked in to my hotel.  We stayed at the World Center Marriott and it was an awesome hotel! There were about four or five restaurants in the hotel and was so pretty! I was so excited when I saw that we had a patio, but was kind of disappointed when I saw we just had an excellent view of the roof.


We played three games friday, three games saturday and two on sunday.  Our games were in the afternoon, with our first game at 3:00pm and our last game at 7:00pm.  It’s really neat going to big tournaments like this one that are held in big convention centers.  There were about 100 nets set up with games being played at each.

Volleyball Courts

Saturday we had a team lunch at King’s Bowling Alley.  They got our reservation wrong, and only had one waitress working our group of 30 people. It took forever, and we were rushing to get to the convention center in time to play.  While we were eating, the weather turned horrible and we all received alerts on our phones that a tornado had touched down.  Thankfully, the restaurant was only a few minutes from the convention center, so I didn’t have to drive too far in that weather. I don’t think I’ve ever driven in anything that bad before, but I figured the convention center would probably be a pretty safe place.

The weekend was very fun, and my team did pretty well, but I sure am tired today! It was so hard getting out of bed this morning and having to go to work.

I didn’t have much time to work on projects this weekend.  After finishing the chair covers for my friend, I decided I really wanted one for my desk chair.  I got this chair from Target years ago, and I really like it, but the paint is starting to wear off and turn blue from my jeans.


ChairSquaresI’m using different colors from the other chair pads, and I really love it!

ChairCoverIf you follow me on Instagram, you probably saw a picture of this new mandala I made last week!

Mandala 1I like that this one kind of looks spiky and looks really great with a lot of different colors! Hopefully I’ll be able to get a tutorial and pattern up for it this week!



Mandala Tutorial!


I was finally able to take the pictures for this mandala tutorial, and I’m so excited about it! I don’t really know if this is technically a mandala or a doily, or if it even matters, but I love the way they look!

I made my first mandala a few weeks ago, and I thought it was so fun! I love that they are so quick to make and each one can be so unique!

For these mandalas I used my new  yarn from Knit Picks.  I used the Shine Worsted yarn for the first mandalas I made and loved the way they looked.  I only had 3 colors, so of course I had to buy more.  My yarn buying problem is real.


For this mandala, I used the colors Blush, Cosmopolitan, Clementine and Dandelion and a 3.5mm hook.

To begin, chain 5 and join to form a ring.

RingRound 1:

1. In ring, Ch3 (counts as first dc), 11 dc (12 total dc)


2. To join, slip stitch in 3rd chain of beginning ch3



Round 2:

3. Ch3 (counts as 1 dc), dc in same stitch


4. Work 2dc in each stitch of round 1. To join, slip stitch in 3rd chain of beginning ch3. (24 total dc)


Round 3:

5. Ch3 (counts as 1dc), dc in same stitch.


6. In next stitch, work 1dc.


7. Work 2 dc in the next stitch, followed by 1dc in the next


8.  Continue this pattern for the rest of round 3. (36 total dc)


Round 4: This round will be worked in single crochets.

9. Ch1 (does not count as single crochet), 2sc in same stitch. 1 sc in each of the next 2dc.


10. Work 2sc in next dc, followed by 1sc in each of the next 2dc. Continue this pattern for the rest of round 4.


11. To end, slip stitch in the first sc of this round.



Now we’re ready to switch colors! Go ahead and cut your yarn, leaving a tail to weave in, and fasten off.


Round 5:

12. Join your next color yarn in any sc with a slip stitch.


13.  Ch5 (counts as first dc plus ch2)


14. Work 1dc into the same stitch and ch1


15.  Skip 2 sc from previous round.  In next sc, work *dc, ch2, dc, ch1*


16. Repeat between ** all the way around the circle


16. Finish this round with a slip stitch into the 3rd chain of the first ch5.



Round 6:

17. Slip stitch into first ch2 space of the previous round and repeat steps 13 through 16.



We are ready to change colors, so cut your yarn, again leaving a tail to weave in, and fasten off!

Round 7:

18. Add new color with a slip stitch into any ch2 space.


19. Ch3, dc in same ch2 space


20. In the same ch2 space, ch2, 2dc, ch2



21. In next ch2 space, *2dc, ch2, 2dc, ch2*


22. Repeat between ** in each of the remaining ch2 spaces.


23. Join with slip stitch in the 3rd chain of the first ch3. Slip stitch in the next dc and in the ch2 space, so you’re ready to work out of that space for the next round.



Round 8:

24. Repeat steps 19 through 23



Round 9:

25. In first ch2 space, ch3, dc, ch2, 2dc, ch 1


26. Slip stitch in the ch1 space from the previous round and ch1


27. In next ch2 space, *2dc, ch2, 2dc, ch1. Slip stitch in ch1 of previous round, ch1*


28.  Repeat between ** in the remaining spaces.


29.  To finish this round, slip stitch in the 3rd chain of beginning ch3 and fasten off.



We are now ready to start our last color!

Round 10:

30. Join new color with slip stitch in any of the ch2 spaces


31. Ch3 (counts as first dc)


32. In same ch2 space, work 4 more dc (5 total dc), ch2


33. Slip stitch in the slip stitch from the previous round and ch2



34. In next ch2 space, *work 5 dc, ch2, slip stitch in slip stitch from previous round, ch2*


35. Repeat between ** in each remaining space


36. To finish, slip stitch in 3rd chain of first chain 3.  Fasten off and you’re done!


Not too hard, right? If your mandala ends up curling a little around the edges, there’s an easy fix! All you have to do is iron it a bit and it will lie flat.  I use a thin towel between my iron and the mandala, and set the iron so there’s a lot of steam.  I also let it cool off all the way before I move it. If you want your doily or mandala to be a little stiffer, you can spray it with starch before you iron.  I like using the spray starch because it does stiffen it a little, but doesn’t make it hard or crunchy.

These mandalas are also easily customized! You can use whatever color combination you like, and switch colors wherever you want! They even look great in just one color!


It’s simple to change the size by just changing yarn weight and hook size. These two were made using Cascade’s Ultra Pima fine yarn.  I used a 3.5mm hook for the pink one and a 4.5mm hook for the grey one.

I hope this tutorial is helpful! I loved making it, and would love to see any mandalas that you make!

Weekend Recap

This weekend was really relaxed.  I  had volleyball tournaments the past two weekends, so it was nice to have a break, especially with a big three day tournament coming up. We’ve had a lot of rainy weather the past few days, and we were all fighting  different sicknesses, so we kept it pretty laid back.

I spent most of my free time joining most of my circles on my blanket. I absolutely love the way it’s turning out! It’s growing, but there is definitely still a lot of work to do. My goal was to get all of them joined this weekend, but it took longer than I thought and I got a little burned-out, so I’ll have to finish this week.

Blanket Circles


I took a break from circle joining and hopped on the mandala bandwagon. I’ve seen a lot of these recently on Pinterest and other blogs, so I thought it was about time I made my own.




I now see why they’re so fun! I love all of the color possibilities that make each one unique.  I followed patterns in issues 7 and 14 of Simply Crochet.  They were really easy to follow and I think they turned out pretty great! I used KnitPicks Shine Cotton in Robot, Reef and Green Apple and loved it! The cotton is super soft and the colors are bright and beautiful!

If you can’t tell, I definitely have a comfort zone with colors.  Blue is my favorite color and I have a really hard time straying from it.  I want to be better about trying new colors, so my goal is to use colors other than blue and green in new projects. Let’s see how long that lasts.

I’ll leave you with one of my favorite videos. This is Scott Avett singing Bob Dylan’s One More Night and it’s seriously great!