I think I have been bitten by the Mandala Bug!
|1st Attempt Mandala by CrochetBTW|
Well, I have it under control, for now, but there are no guarantees that it will not flare up again soon.
If you're wondering what I'm talking about, read Lucy's post here and you'll learn a thing or two about the brotherhood of crochet :-)
Well, being the kind of person I am, I had to try my hand at creating my OWN mandala before looking at any mandala pattern. I had some of the yarn from my Election Day project lying around and this is what I've come up with:
|A very South African Mandala|
Not bad for a very first attempt, I think.
Here's my colour-coordinated pattern. It's really simple and you can play around with the colours!~
Inside a magic ring, do 12 trebles.
Round 1: (Ch 6, sl st to 3rd treble from hook) x 4 (24 chains)
Round 2: (2dc, 1htr, 1tr, ch 2, 1tr, 1 htr, 2dc) into each loop (40 stitches)
Rejoin new colour into any 2ch space.
Round 3: [Ch 3 (counts as first tr), 1 tr] into 2ch space, *ch 5, 1tr into final dc of this 'loop', 1 tr into first dc of next 'loop', ch 5, 2 tr into next 2ch space*. Repeat * to end. (56 stitches)
Round 4: 1htr into each tr, 6htr into the 6ch spaces. Continue to end. (64 stitches)
Join new colour.
Round 5: Ch 1, 1 dc into each of next 5 sts, 2 dc into next stitich. *1dc into each of next 6 stitches, 2 dc into following stitch.* Repeat * till end.
Round 6: (Ch9, slst into 8th dc from hook) x 9. (81 stitches)
Join new colour.
Round 7: (1dc, 1htr, 2tr, 2dtr, 2tr, 1htr, 1dc) into each loop. (90 stitches)
As proud as I am with myself for doing this with no pattern to refer to, I don't think this will be My Mandala for Yarndale... it doesn't look very wheel-y does it?
I'm going to play around some more, maybe refer to some of the patterns Lucy suggested. Lots of fun to be had!
If you're making a mandala, please share some idea with me!
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