Let’s just stop and take a moment to appreciate this thing of beauty: this crochet flower mandala. Enjoy for a moment the contrast of color. The lines. The curves of the scallop edge. That circle of wallop that is the center. And relax for a moment.
What’s a Crochet Mandala?
I first heard the word “mandala” in conjunction with the words “crochet mandala”. A crochet mandala is a circular piece made up of rows of colors and patterns. A crochet mandala may find use as a coaster, a potholder, a placemat or a work of art.
So What’s a Mandala Anyway?
The crochet mandala has it’s roots in a more traditional mandala. The word “mandala” means “circle”. It has a spiritual origin and is meant to symbolize the never ending circle of life. One can calm one’s mind by focusing on the patterns and nuances of the mandala. It was originally a Buddhist practice, but if you look around you can find mandalas everywhere and as a part of many religions. I think of the detail in the stain glass of a church or the intricacies of the stonework in an old building, for instance. And really..beautiful circles are everywhere.. the sun.. the moon.. the circle of our friends and family.. and the never-ending circle of life.
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Does our crochet flower mandala look familiar to you? It should! It is the Kaleidoscope Crochet Coaster reimagined! I chose beautiful fall colors out of my stash in place of the bright colors in the coaster. Then I swapped out the last round for this pretty scalloped edge! Isn’t she a beauty?
This crochet flower mandala is part of the Happy Flower Project 2019! Together, 4 bloggers and millions of crocheters are taking 30 days to spread crochet love around our communities! You can read about the project here. If you are interested in the other flowers in the above photo, check out the free patterns available on the blog (clockwise starting at left): Loopy Flower, African Flower, Crochet Flower Mandala (see below) and the Black Eyed Susan. Let’s get started with our Crochet Flower Mandala Pattern:
Crochet Mandala Flower
Here is what you will need:
- US G6/4mm crochet hook Did you know you can purchase my go-to hooks on Amazon?)
- Worsted Weight Yarn, sample used scraps. Each flower uses approximately 18-20 yards.
- Tapestry needle and scissors
Resources and tutorials you may find helpful in following this pattern: Crochet Abbreviations, US to UK Crochet Conversion Chart. Find links to stitches on the “Tutorial” menu: Getting Started will show basic stitches used in many patterns and Crochet Stitch Dictionary shows our growing collection of crochet stitch tutorials. Sample used the following colors:
- Color A: Brick (Dark Orange)
- Color B: Gold
- Color C: Pumpkin Orange
- Color D: Honey
Crochet Mandala Flower is approximately 4″ across.
With color A, chain 4 and join.
R1: ch 2 (does NOT count as hdc), work 12 hdc in ring. Join with slip stitch to top of 1sthdc. Fasten off color A. Fasten off color A.
R2: With color B, join to any stitch, ch 3 (counts as dc), dc in same stitch, 2dc in each stitch around. Fasten off color B. (24 st)
The next round is worked in the spaces between the 2 dc in the previous row.
R3: With color C and using a standing stitch, work *2hdc, ch 1 into first space, skip next 2 st, repeat from * around. Join with slip stitch to top of first hdc. Fasten off color C.
R4: With Color D, join with a slip stitch to the first stitch in previous round. Ch 1, sc in same st as joining, sc in next st, work a dc front post stitch around the next stitch in row 2, *sc in next 2 st, work a dc front post stitch around next stitch in row 2. Repeat from * around. Fasten off. (36 st)
R5: With color A, join with a slip stitch to the first stitch in previous round. Ch 1, sc in same st as joining, sc in next 4 st, 2 sc in next st, *sc in next 5 st, 2 sc in next st. Repeat from * around (48 st)
R6: Continuing with Color A, *ch 4, skip next st, sl st in next st. Repeat from * across. Sl st to starting sl st. Fasten off and weave in ends. I love seeing your finished projects! If you enjoyed making the Crochet Mandala Flower, I’d love to see yours on Instagram, be sure to tag me @crochet365knittoo. If you are on Facebook, stop over to the Crochet 365 Knit Too Facebook page or pop over to the Crochet365KnitToo Club and share a photo! I’d love to see your work!