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So Many Mandalas!

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

Picot Mandala Tutorial!

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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

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

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Round 2

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

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

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

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Round 3

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

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

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8. Slip stitch in beginning sc, fasten off

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Round4

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

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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

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11. Work regular dc in dc of previous round

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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

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Round 5

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

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14. Work another dc in same stitch

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15. 1 dc in the next stitch

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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

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Round 6

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

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

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20.  Continue working dc, ch1 between each remaining dc

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

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Round 7

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

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23. sc, ch1 in each of the remaining dc

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

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Round 8

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

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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

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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.

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28. Continue step 27 for the rest of this round

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

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Round 9

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

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31. sc in next regular dc

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

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33. 1sc in each of the next 3dc

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

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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

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And you’re done!!

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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!

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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!

Last Volleyball Tournament and New Projects

This weekend was the last tournament of the season! It still feels like it barely started! Friday night I got to go to the Florida Region Volleyball Award Banquet. The guest speaker was Stacy Sykora!

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She went to the Olympics three times and won a silver medal! She was pretty great! I’ve watched her play for years, so it was really neat to get to hear about her experiences. She passed around the medal and I was beyond excited to hold it!

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I was also able to watch a little of the Florida Men’s Professional team play.  They were awesome! It made me miss BYU volleyball games so much!

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It is so crazy how high they can jump and how hard they can hit! It is so fun to watch!

My team did pretty well this weekend! We made it to the gold bracket, but lost early in the playoffs. My team has improved so much and it has been so fun to watch!

With volleyball season winding down, I will hopefully have more time to devote to the blog and new projects! I’ve been working on a few new things that I will share with you as soon as I can!

I’m working on something really neat with this yarn from KnitPicks! This is my first time using the Brava Worsted, and I really like it! Plus, there is a great color selection.

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I can’t show you what I’m making yet. It’s a gift and I don’t want to spoil the surprise!

I’ve also come up with another mandala pattern! I really like this one and I’m so excited to share it! Hopefully I can get it up for you within the next week!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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